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Thanksgiving dinner unites community Page 3 n Council approves equipment purchase
n Mayor asks for public input on tax
n Parks OKs revised smoking ordinance
City will pay for equipment using FEMA grant funds
Berry: Would citizens support sales tax just for water, sewer?
Proposed ordinance prohibits smoking in certain city parks
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Nov. 21 8:37 a.m. — An emergency room nurse called in to request an officer to report a domestic altercation between a father and son. The report was referred to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office because the incident occurred in Beaver. One subject was taken into custody for domestic battery. 1:35 P.M. — A caller at an area hotel advised that a pit bull just ran into the hotel. The animal control officer responded and picked up the dog. The animal control officer met the owner on the street and released the dog to its owner. 5:50 p.m. — A caller advised that his wife had been rear-ended in front of an area hotel. An officer took a report. 9:55 p.m. — A caller advised that his daughter had been missing for two hours. An officer responded, and the daughter showed up while the officer was talking to the mother. Nov. 22 2:12 p.m. — A manager at an area store advised of a male subject who came in, pushed displays off the counter and harassed one of the clerks. An officer made contact with the clerk, but the subject was gone on arrival. Officers were advised to be on the lookout for the subject to contact him and advise him not to return to the business. Nov. 23 12:12 p.m. — An officer responded to a report of a semi stuck at the bottom of Wall Street that had taken out two signs and a mailbox on the upper part
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of the road. 7:16 p.m. — An officer responded to a local bar and took a report on theft. Nov. 24 11:43 a.m. — A complainant advised that his truck was taken from the parking lot of an area restaurant. He advised that it had a hood ornament and a wooden canoe rack. He advised that the keys were left in the vehicle. 1:39 p.m. — An officer responded to an alarm and made contact with an employee who had triggered it. The owner was called to reset the alarm. The restaurant was secured, and the alarm was reset. Nov. 25 12:44 a.m. — A complainant advised that a disturbance was going on next door to her apartment and that she could hear yelling and screaming. Officers responded and spoke with the couple, who advised they were not arguing but having a discussion and talking loudly. Officers advised them to keep it down for the night. 1:08 a.m. — An officer responded to a report of an erratic driver but could not find a vehicle in the area matching the description. 1:20 a.m. — A complainant advised that he thought he hit a deer and that it was lying in the middle of the roadway on Highway 62 West. An officer searched the area but was unable to locate any deer. 3:29 a.m. — An officer conducted a welfare check but was unable to make contact. Contact was later made by phone. All was well. 11:24 a.m. — An officer responded to an alarm and checked the building. The officer made contact with the alarm company and advised that no entry was gained. The alarm was reset, and the building was secured. 12:02 p.m. — A clerk at an area hotel requested a welfare check on a female guest who was refusing to get out of bed and check out. The clerk said the guest denied any medical issues. An officer responded and issued citations See Dispatch, page 21
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Community means family
Flint Street Fellowship hosts annual Thanksgiving Dinner By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
The ECHO Clinic’s community room started filling up at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. Volunteers dropped off pies, cooked created dishes from scratch and community members took their spot at one of the many tables in the room. Decorated with orange and red hues, the tables signified what many Americans look forward to on the fourth Thursday in November. It was time for Thanksgiving dinner. Sponsored by Flint Street Fellowship, the dinner was free for everyone in the community. Two of the cooks, Jason Farrell and Suzannie Roder, worked together for the first time this year. Farrell said it was his first year cooking the dinner and described all the food he and the other cooks had prepared. “We’ve got turkey and ham. We’ve got some roasted red potatoes with carrots in it. We’ve got some homemade mac and cheese. We’ve got cream peas,” Farrell said. Farrell pointed out that he isn’t a chef, calling himself a regular cook. Because it was his first year cooking such a large holiday meal, Farrell said he relied on Roder for help. “She’s taken the lead on a lot of stuff, because she’s got a lot of experience,” Farrell said. “I’ve never done anything like this before, and I’m glad to help the community. I think it’s something we should all do for each other.” Roder agreed. All her life, Roder said, she has loved cooking for others. She remembered when she first learned to cook, saying she enjoyed seeing how eating homemade food makes others feel. “I love to cook. I love to be in the kitchen. To me, the holiday is feeding people,” she said. “They’re all happy. They smile at you.” That’s especially true, she said, during the community Thanksgiving dinner. Roder helped cook at Flint Street’s Christmas dinner a few years ago, and she said she was excited to come back. “People come with smiles on their face. They love the delicious food … if it’s prepared right, and I definitely want to make sure it’s prepared right,” Roder said. Working in the kitchen, Roder said, was another highlight of the dinner. “We had a good time preparing. Everybody did their job very beautifully, and they’re charming people,” Roder said. All the food served at the dinner, she continued, was
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Suzannie Roder enjoys dessert at Flint Street Fellowship’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Along with two others, Roder helped cook the main meal.
It’s always a very good place to come. It’s such a friendly place. You feel the Lord here. It’s loving, and if anybody comes in hateful, they won’t last long. – Scot McKnight authentic and homemade. Roder said the turkey was cooked the night before, allowing her to use the giblets to create gravy from scratch. “I do gravy with genuine turkey broth. I really like authentic, good-tasting food,” Roder said. “We have wonderful dressing. Jason made wonderful mashed potatoes with real potatoes instead of instant. Our turkey is fall-off-the-bone, succulent and delicious and moist.
It’s a wonderful homemade dinner.” George and Joanne Landrum said they always look forward to the food. Joanne Landrum said she and her husband have been coming to the dinner for years. They lived in Eureka Springs, she said, but had to move because of an employment opportunity. “We come back every year. It’s our way to keep connected to the community we love so much. We had to leave not by choice, just for economic reasons,” Joanne Landrum said. “It was very sad to leave Eureka Springs, but this keeps us connected with it…keeps us part of it.” It’s the people who live in Eureka Springs, George Landrum said, that makes the city such a wonderful place to be. He said he enjoyed seeing some of his old friends at the dinner. “There are people who come here we know. We like being around them,” he said. “I just love being around the people. They have some great people here in Eureka Springs. I don’t think it could get any better.” Scot McKnight, who attended the dinner for the first time in a few years, said he always enjoys the fellowship of the meal. “It’s always a very good place to come. It’s such a friendly place. You feel the Lord here,” McKnight said. “It’s loving, and if anybody comes in hateful, they won’t last long.” Sharon Harrison, who helped organize the dinner with her husband, Ken, said she loved getting to see so many people in the community eat together on Thanksgiving. Harrison thanked the volunteers who gave their time on the holiday, saying they made the dinner possible. “A lot of the volunteers will go around and visit with people if they need someone to visit with when they’re eating,” Harrison said. “It’s just a wonderful thing, and it’s a wonderful meal. It’s the biggest joy that you can have on Thanksgiving … a true joy to help other people and be with other people.” She continued, “A lot of people just want to be with one another and enjoy the season. This is wonderful. We love it.” For Roder, Thanksgiving is an especially meaningful holiday. She remembered growing up in Hungary, saying she immigrated to the United States on Nov. 28. This year marks her 60th year living outside of Hungary, Roder said. “It’s the anniversary of my first day of freedom, so Thanksgiving chokes me up with pride and joy and thanksgiving that I am free and I am in the United States, my chosen country,” Roder said.
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The Eureka Springs City Council approved an ordinance allowing the public works department to purchase wastewater treatment plant equipment Monday night. The ordinance was passed on a first reading and second and third readings by title only. The emergency clause was approved, as well. The ordinance waives competitive bidding on the purchase of a fine screen assembly for the Lakeside Headworks Unit. The city will purchase the equipment from Lakeside Equipment Corporation for $77,760. Mayor Butch Berry said the purchase is covered by a FEMA grant, saying the city received $173,978.74 in disaster funds. Of these funds, Berry said, $78,543.54 was specified for wastewater. The council moved on to the food truck ordinance, which was approved on a first reading Nov. 14. The ordinance says private property owners will apply for property permits and will arrange independently for the food truck vendors of their choice to operate on their sites until Dec. 31 of each year. Food trucks are required to have all permits and licenses displayed prominently for inspectors, the ordinance says. The ordinance addresses the designated areas where food trucks are allowed, as well as how many food trucks are allowed at specific sites. There will be one property permit for one food truck from the junction of Highway 62 to the northern city limit, from Spring Street to German Alley and from the intersection of Highway 62 to Eugenia Street. On Highway 62 and Highway 23 South, there will be two property permits for one food truck each. Property owner applicants will be entered into a once-a-year lottery held in mid-November, the ordinance says, with four separate lotteries held for
Main Street, Center Street, Kingshighway and Highways 62 and 23. Food trucks must operate on the chosen sites by May 1, the ordinance says, or that site will be forfeited to the next available site owner on the prioritized list from the lottery. The ordinance says food trucks must be located at least 100 feet from any restaurant, unless the restaurant owner has given permission otherwise. Alderwoman Mickey Schneider asked if city attorney Tim Weaver has looked into potential legal problems with a rule saying food trucks can’t exist within 200 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants. “I think as written the ordinance can withstand judicial review. Always with any new ordinance [there’s] the possibility someone will make a challenge to it,” Weaver said. “I don’t think the challenge will be successful because it is a new land use and cities have the right to regulate new land uses in their zones.” “It’s a new land use by having a restaurant on wheels. It’s not a new land use by selling food,” Schneider said. The council moved to approve the ordinance on a second reading by title only. Kristi Kendrick, Bob Thomas, David Mitchell and Terry McClung voted in favor of it, and Schneider voted against it. In other business, the council approved an ordinance reclaiming unopened alleyways on a first reading and a second reading by title only. The council agreed to draw up the ordinance on Nov. 14 after hearing from Barbara Dicks, who said there is a 60-foot plot on her land running between her property and her neighbor’s. She said she’d like to trade the alley for an easement along Dairy Hollow Road so the parks commission can create a trail there. Parks director Justin Huss said the commission is completely behind Dicks’ proposal. “We’ve marked out our easement. This makes it a trade, and we feel like
that’s a good deal,” Huss said. “It’s something for something, which we always like to see. Parks wholeheartedly endorses the trade and anything we can do to support that.” On Monday, Kendrick asked if Dicks had finished the application vacating the street, including getting signatures from her neighbors. City clerk Ann Armstrong said Dicks completed her application. “It wouldn’t be at the table if all the preliminaries hadn’t been covered,” Armstrong said. Armstrong read the ordinance, saying Dicks’ land will be exchanged with the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, giving the commission jurisdiction over the land for a potential trail. After the council approved the ordinance on first and second readings, Kendrick said she wants to have two workshops discussing the process of vacating land in the city. Mitchell said he doesn’t quite understand what Kendrick wants to change about the process. “I don’t know what it is about this. I am having a hard time tracking it in my mind,” Mitchell said. “It’s almost like I have to see a process with a beginning and middle and end, and I’m seeing pieces and I’m losing it. I’m sorry. I just am.” Kendrick said she understood, saying a workshop could help clear that up. She wants to have two workshops, Kendrick said, because she’s proposing two separate ordinances regarding green space and the process of vacating property in the city. Berry said he would get one of those workshops set up. Also at the meeting, the council approved two resolutions, one allowing Berry to negotiate a lease agreement with the county judge for the offices in City Hall and the other allowing him to negotiate a lease agreement for the parking lots in the city. The city’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at City Hall.
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Berry asks for input on tax situation By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
Even though a proposed 1 percent sales tax didn’t pass, the Eureka Springs City Council isn’t giving up on the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. At the council’s meeting Monday night, Mayor Butch Berry said he’s trying to figure out why voters rejected the tax in the general election Nov. 8. Revenue from the tax would have been used to fund repairs and improvements to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure, as well as help fund operation of the Auditorium. “We briefly talked about this under budget review. The issue has come up. What are we going to do now?” Berry said. The water and sewer rates are definitely going to increase, Berry said, but he isn’t sure how much yet. He said he’s asked finance director Lonnie Clark to prepare a report on how much the rates need to increase so the city can pay an additional 20 percent
on its bond payments. “All we’re really doing is bringing these water and sewer rates up to meet our obligations for the bond issue. It does not mean we’re going to have that much money to go back and improve the infrastructure,” Berry said. He described what infrastructure improvements would include, saying he wants to build a maintenance building, a testing lab at the sewer plant and a building for chemical storage. It makes most sense to work on the chemical storage building and testing lab first, Berry said, because those structures would immediately save the city money. “As bad as we need the maintenance building, it doesn’t show a return on any investment. I think the biggest problem with our budget is we’re still running a flat budget,” Berry said. “We need to fix our infrastructure. That was the whole purpose of the tax.”
He pointed out that a reason the tax failed could be the portion of revenue dedicated to the Auditorium. Berry said he is considering proposing another tax for the water and sewer infrastructure only. Alderman Terry McClung supported that idea, saying he’s aware of the problems with the water and sewer infrastructure. “If we have a lot of sewer lines and water line breaks, all the expenses …come out of water and sewer,” McClung said. “That can change year to year as far as what that would be based on problems we would have in our infrastructure.” Until the city can repair the infrastructure completely, Clark said, it would be a good idea to look into ways to fix specific problem areas. Berry said a mechanism exists that uses a satellite to examine the water lines, which would help identify these areas. “It looks at the temperature of the ground. It can isolate water leaks, because
your water is going to be colder than the surrounding ground,” Berry said. “If we can break those down and fix those, then we can end up saving more money. Again, it costs money to fix them.” He continued, “You can see we don’t have a whole lot of money going in right now. Anything we could save …it could help us for sure. By raising the water rates and sewer rates, we’ll be able to have extra money to go back in and make some repairs to our infrastructure.” Berry encouraged residents to contact council members or the mayor’s office about a tax completely dedicated to the water and sewer infrastructure. “Should we do this or raise our water rates? Those are the two choices we have,” Berry said. “It would be dedicated strictly to water and sewer, and again we’ll set up a special account for water and sewer. We’ll be able to see where that’s going. Council could monitor it. Citizens could monitor it.”
Hospital commission chairman presents 2015 audit By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
The Eureka Springs Hospital Commission has had a successful year. Chairman Michael Merry presented the commission’s 2015 audit to the Eureka Springs City Council Monday night, saying the commission started the year with $1,962,114. The commission had money spread across two bank accounts, Merry said, from its two sources of income. He explained that the commission has a lease with Allegiance Health Management to run the hospital and a lease with a home healthcare company to offer home healthcare services. These companies pay the commission to use its license, Merry said, bringing in $371,998 in 2015. The commission had $53,196 in expenses, he said. Merry pointed out that $51,000 of these expenses are caused by depreciating property the commission owns. The rest of the expenses, he said, are legal and audit fees. Merry said the commission will end the year with $2,280,917. The way the
commission earns revenue, Merry said, has changed over the years. He remembered joining the commission in 2005, just two years before the commission stopped running the hospital. “The commission’s predominant job was to run the hospital. We hired the administrators. We basically struggled to make the payroll when it wasn’t available through income,” Merry said. “The hospital commission is about as poor as any other commission in town.” The writing was on the wall, he said, that the commission should turn over the hospital to a management company. “Small community facilities like ours were becoming so expensive to operate that the community itself was going to continue to have quite a struggle to make this happen,” Merry said. “The most reasonable approach to keep having a hospital was to go out and find a management company. They could bring new equipment in to run a functional hospital where we were struggling.” In 2007, Merry said, the commission
began working with Allegiance Healthcare Management. The company took over the operation of the hospital, Merry said, from the commission and the city. The commission’s partnership with Allegiance, Merry said, has been going well. “Allegiance has just brought in what they call a 32-slice CT scanner. It’s state of the art,” Merry said. “I think the only company in Northwest Arkansas that can compare to anything like it is MANA in Fayetteville. Needless to say, it’s well beyond the expense the commission could ever afford.” With Allegiance running the hospital, Merry said, the commission is responsible for managing the money from lease payments. He said he has been working with commission treasurer Bob Walling to place the revenue in CDs that generate interest. “The very, very little bit we can do with these funds actually amount to a considerable amount of money over time,” Merry said. The commission recently put out bids
for certificates of deposit, Merry said, and chose to work with Community First Bank. The commission now has a CD with the bank, he said, at 1.56 percent interest. “We’re looking at perhaps finding the best bid in the city we can each year and rolling these into five-year CDs,” Merry said. “In another three and a half years, we’ll have new ones coming due. We have been working to try to increase the amount of money we have to work with in the future.” That money can be used as an emergency fund in case something happens with Allegiance, he explained. If Allegiance breaks the contract, Merry said, it shouldn’t take too long to find another management company. He said it’s important that the commission continue running the hospital during that time. “Right now, the only way to keep our hospital alive and active is to never allow the doors to be locked for one second. The minute that happens, our license See Audit, page 17
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Council workshop focuses on water, sewer rates By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
The Eureka Springs City Council met for a budget workshop Monday afternoon, and the discussion quickly turned to the city’s water and sewer rates. Mayor Butch Berry explained that water and sewer rates will need to increase more than anticipated because of the failed 1 percent sales tax proposal. Voters rejected the proposed tax in the general election Nov. 8. Revenue from the tax would have been used to fund repairs and improvements to the city’s water and sewer infrastructure, as well as help fund operation of the Auditorium. Berry said Monday he wasn’t sure why the tax failed. “I’ve talked to some other people trying to figure out what happened on the passage of the tax, whether it was The Auditorium or something else,” Berry said. Alderwoman Mickey Schneider said the tax didn’t pass because voters were wary of the City Advertising and Promotion Commission’s involvement with The Auditorium. “They just didn’t trust that the CAPC was not going to be getting any money. It needed to be verbally clarified how the money would be spent,” Schneider said. Without the tax, Berry said, the council
will have to look at raising the water and sewer rates to repay the city’s bonds. The rate increase will likely be split between water and sewer, he said. To get in a better financial position, Berry said, the city should pay an additional 20 percent toward the bonds. “It’s not a surprise. We all know at this table that we haven’t met our bond requirements on meeting the payments,” Berry said. “I think what the council was hoping, and I was too, was that we’d get the tax passed. Then, we could start gradually or slowly raising our water and sewer rates to meet the bond requirements.” He continued, “Now, I think we’re going to have … to figure out how we split that between sewer and water.” Berry added that the water rates haven’t increased since 2008. Alderwoman Kristi Kendrick pointed out that the water rates are making a profit, asking why those rates need to be increased. “We’ve got to meet that 120 percent. We can throw that all on sewer. We can throw that all on water, or we can split it,” Berry said. Kendrick asked if the water rates allow the city to pay an extra 20 percent of the bond payment, and Berry said they don’t. “Well, then I could see raising the water,” Kendrick said.
To pay 120 percent of the bond payments, Berry said, the water and sewer rates need to increase by 80 percent. Kendrick asked where the money for the payments is coming from now. Finance director Lonnie Clark said the payments are made through the city’s existing bank account, pointing to the financial report. “That’s where it’s coming from, and that’s why we do this sheet every month showing the bank balance,” Clark said. Alderman David Mitchell remembered the decisions that got the city into its financial situation. “You can only kick the can down the road so far,” Mitchell said. “That’s what we were trying to do,” alderman Terry McClung said. “We were trying to quit kicking the can.” “We got shot down big time,” Mitchell said. “The next question is how to get out from it.” Berry recalled speaking with residents before the tax proposal was rejected, saying someone asked him why the city didn’t raise water and sewer rates much sooner. “It’s because we’re putting the burden on the people. I don’t think it’s completely fair to put all the burden on our people,” Berry said. Now that the water and sewer rates will be increasing, Berry said, the question is how
the increase will be split up. “We’ve got to figure that out. We’ve got different rates for different categories, so we’re going to have to come up with that,” he said. “We want to figure out that division between water and sewer.” Another concern, Berry said, is how much the rates should increase. He suggested raising the rates incrementally, and McClung disagreed. “Why would you go for anything less? If you’re not going to cover the nuts you need to cover, what’s the point?” McClung said. “My point is they had the option and we tried to put our best foot forward. We thought it was a great idea. It was a great idea.” He added, “It was the right way to disperse the burden to everybody, including our guests. Now, the city has put us in no other position than to increase the water rates and sewer rates to try to do what we need to do. If we don’t, then what’s the point? Why do it at all?” Kendrick said she wants to raise the rates to the point where the city can cover the bond payments. “Then, I think we ought to put in maybe another 10 percent to have some money for infrastructure,” Kendrick said. Clark said he would get information on the rate increase and have that ready for the council’s next meeting.
Parks commission agrees to revamp website By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
The Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission is increasing its web presence. On Tuesday night, the commission discussed the existing website for city parks. Parks director Justin Huss gave an update on the website, saying not much has changed since the commission met last. “It’s still terrible,” Huss laughed. “Right now, we’re looking at …we can do a free web page design.” Commissioner Steven Foster said he wouldn’t recommend that, and commissioner Jay Fitzsimmons described the
problems that could arise if the commission doesn’t have full control of the website. Fitzsimmons recalled working with a local on a website for his personal business through Wordpress, saying he was happy with the collaboration. “There’s a guy in town who actually did an extraordinary job rebuilding the one we use for our business. He did it for $250,” Fitzsimmons said. “He uses Wordpress. Even I can go in and make changes to Wordpress.” Chairman Bill Featherstone said he agreed with creating a new website on Wordpress. “Over half the websites on the internet are built on Wordpress. It’s not
just mom and pop stores that use Wordpress,” Featherstone said. “We need to hire someone to build it on Wordpress. There’s a learning curve. It’s very doable, and then we can maintain it and keep it fresh internally.” Foster said he has had positive experiences with Wordpress, too. He recalled when one of his friends had a website designed on Wordpress and said it was very user-friendly. “We sit together on another board, and I sent him four photographs on my iPhone while we’re sitting next to each other in a board meeting,” Foster said. “He had the photos up on his page within an hour, and he’s not a tech-savvy
guy.” The ease of adding photos, Fitzsimmons said, is just one of the benefits of using Wordpress. “There’s also lots of plug-ins, so if you want on the first page the weather forecast for Eureka Springs, you just put in these plug-ins,” Fitzsimmons said. “Wordpress is an open code, meaning you don’t pay for it.” Foster pointed out that he wants to be sure the right person designs the website. “We should really hand that off to a professional who knows what they’re doing,” Foster said. See Parks, page 18
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Parks commission OKs amended no-smoking ordinance By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
The Eureka Springs City Council will be looking at a no-smoking ordinance for city parks soon. On Tuesday night, the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in city parks. Parks director Justin Huss explained that he had previously brought the ordinance to the council, where he was advised to make some changes. The biggest change, Huss said, removes a stipulation prohibiting smoking within 25 feet of Basin Spring Park. “The advice from the city attorney was [it] was not legal since that would be reaching out into public thoroughfare, so the version on that changed to the entirety of Basin Park,” Huss said. “This is a standard thing they do at all state buildings. It’s 25 feet from any building entrance basically. Because of Basin Park, I originally put that in, but if you go to the boundary from Ba-
sin Park you’re either on the street or someone’s property.” The ordinance says smoking and the use of tobacco products is prohibited within 25 feet of any park offices of buildings, all playgrounds, Harmon Skate Park, Harmon Dog Park and Leatherwood Fields. Even though some city council members suggested completely banning smoking in all city parks, Huss said he didn’t want to do that. “That’s as far as I think we should go. I think the comments from city council where they wanted to take this … I feel like that’s their realm if they want to take that on,” Huss said. “I think there’s a reason that hasn’t been done in the past already, and I don’t feel we need to be the ones to do that.” The reason he doesn’t support banning smoking in all parks, Huss said, is because of the nature of Lake Leatherwood City Park. “With Leatherwood being camping …
whether it’s good or bad or wrong, it’s unenforceable. I’m just not comfortable with that. It will create a point of contention,” Huss said. For the most part, Huss said, he received positive feedback from the council regarding the ordinance. “Aside from that one line, when we took this to the city attorney before it was great,” Huss said. Huss added that he changed the fines, too. The fines were originally $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $100 for the third offense, he said, and he changed them to $25, $100 and $300. The fines will be enforced by the Eureka Springs Police Department, he said. “It would be through the police department. This would make it a city ordinance fined through them,” Huss said. Commissioners Steven Foster pointed out that the city has had a no-smoking policy at Harmon Park and Basin Spring Park for at least five years.
“But when the police department went to enforce it, there was no ordinance,” Foster said. “There was nothing to enforce as an ordinance from city council, so this is a document that addresses that problem.” Moving forward, Huss said, he would like to look into an ordinance saying those who violate park policies have violated the municipal code. “I think it’s good … to look at in the future making a city ordinance that gives park policies teeth,” Huss said. “The state system did the one where a violation of park policy is a misdemeanor. But that’s further on.” For now, Huss said, he wanted to send the revised ordinance to the council for approval. Commissioner Jay Fitzsimmons moved to approve the revised ordinance, and the commission agreed to do so. Chairman Bill Featherstone said he was happy with the decision. “Hopefully, they’ll take this and run with it as it’s a whole lot better than where we are now,” Featherstone said.
Athletic Booster Club, National Honor Society partner for Angel Tree program By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
During the holidays, doing good can make Christmas great for families in need. That’s precisely why the Eureka Springs High School Athletic Booster Club is hosting the Teddy Bear Toss at the school’s basketball game on Monday, Dec. 12. Holly Ertel, president of the booster club, explained that the event will benefit the Angel Tree program. Ertel asked everyone attending the game to bring a new stuffed animal. When the Lady Highlanders score their first basket, Ertel said, everyone in the stands will throw their stuffed animals on the court. “Hopefully as soon as one of our girls hits the basket, we can demolish the court with stuffed animals,” Ertel said. She said the stuffed animals will be picked up by members of the National Honor Society, who have been wrapping all the gifts donated through the
Angel Tree program. “We’re going to tie them on the outside of the Angel Tree packages. If the floor is covered with stuffed animals, maybe every family gets three or four stuffed animals,” Ertel said. “If that’s the case …if they don’t really want them, they can pay it forward to somebody else.” Ertel said she helped write the Angel Tree tags this year and realized how many children are in need in Eureka Springs. “I saw there were 30 families in the community that have anywhere from one to four children that need something,” Ertel said. “The things ranged from silly things kids might ask for like a kayak to an electric blanket, and it hurt my heart. It made me want to make people more aware of what actually happens here. I just don’t think our community realizes there are a lot of people who need help.” The students in the National Hon-
or Society are realizing just that. For the past few years, the students have wrapped all the gifts donated to families in the Angel Tree program. Club sponsor Nancy Stainer said the students received their first set of gifts this week. It won’t be long, Stainer said, before the amount of gifts outnumber the students. “This whole week we’ll start wrapping,” senior Azziah Brothers said. “It’ll take the three weeks of school,” junior Faith Martin added. The students will spend much of that time wrapping gifts, Brothers said. She explained that she takes every opportunity to wrap the gifts, often finishing class assignments early so she can help out. This is true to the spirit of National Honor Society students, counselor Rachal Hyatt said. “A lot of them will stay after school or work during lunch. That’s what they did last year,” Hyatt said. Hyatt, who once wrapped all the gifts
on her own, said the students started helping when Stainer suggested it. Since then, Hyatt said, the program has taken off. Those who want to participate in the program, she said, should purchase the items on the Angel Tree tag and deliver them unwrapped to the high school. “The students take care of it from there. They wrap everything, put bows on it to make it cute and the parent of that child would show up on their designated day and it’s all done for them,” Hyatt said. Helping out with the Angel Tree, Brothers said, is just her way of giving back to a community that has shown such generosity to Eureka Springs students. “I think the community does so much for us, so any chance for us to give back to them … we’re going to take that up,” Brothers said. “It’s like a ripple effect. You just spread goodness all over, and See Angel Tree, page 23
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King: Medicaid expansion could constrain state’s education budget
By Kelby Newcomb
State Sen. Bryan King cautioned Carroll County residents Monday night about the effects Arkansas Medicaid expansion could have on the state’s budget, particularly in regard to education. King hosted a discussion on the Arkansas state budget, education and state government Monday night at the Berryville Community Center. Many community officials attended the event, including the superintendents and board members of the Berryville, Eureka Springs and Green Forest school districts. King welcomed those in attendance and said he wanted to discuss the state budget and its potential impact on education with the community ahead of the of the 91st General Assembly, which begins in January 2017. He said that it is important to look at everything that goes into the state budget, not just a single issue. “Education issues are very important to me, but, as a state legislature, we have to look at everything,” King said. He began by breaking down how state funding is divided among various programs. For every state tax dollar, King said, 44 cents go to K-12 education, 27 cents go to the Department of Human Services (DHS), 14 cents go to higher education, eight cents go to the Arkansas Department of Correction and seven cents go to the rest of the state’s government programs. “DHS includes Medicaid and stuff like that, and I feel that’s going to be the biggest issue hurting our state budget,” he said. “I think it is going to burden every part of our state government.” King said he sees the state’s next budget session as being much more difficult because of the expansion of Arkansas Medicaid in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act. “There is traditional Medicaid, which is for kids, the truly disabled and the elderly,” he said. “The expanded Medicaid population is those added under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare or what-
ever you want to call it.” King continued, “This population is not kids, the disabled or the aged. They are able-bodied working-age adults that earned an income of $14,000 per individual or $30,000 to $31,000 per family.” When Arkansas originally expanded its Medicaid program in 2013, he said the federal government originally said that the state would get 100 percent of the expenses paid for that expanded population for the first three years. Afterward, King said the expectation was that Arkansas would begin paying 5 percent of the expenses at the end of the three-year period, increasing its contribution to 7 percent and then 10 percent over time. “The problem is that you don’t know how many people will sign up for a program like that,” he said. “It was like a credit card with no payment due the first few years. The bill comes in eventually.” King said consultants originally estimated that only 215,000 people would be signed up under the expanded Medicaid program, but the state currently has 330,000 people signed up. “The consultants missed this figure by $700 million. Ten percent of that is $70 million,” he said. “The original program now is going to cost well over two billion dollars, and, when the 10 percent kicks in, that’s going to cost us over $200 million.” King continued, “Expanding healthcare coverage is a noble idea, especially for that type of population who may not have healthcare. But as we say with our city budgets and state budgets, you’d love to do everything, but you’re going to have financial problems later if you don’t stay within a budget.” He said his largest concerns with the program are that it disincentivizes people to work and that it has attracted massive amounts of waste, fraud and abuse. “There are about 43,000 people on our Medicaid with out-of-state addresses. There is somebody on Arkansas Medicaid in every state in the union,” King said. “Over 500 people that are on this program are dead, and 1,200 of these people are in
prison.” Because of the unexpected costs of the Medicaid expansion, he said he believes that the state legislature may have to constrain other areas of the budget, such as education. “If you look at the enrollment on this project, we’re way over budget. It’s costing a lot more than what it should,” King said. “The massive amounts of waste, fraud and abuse totals easily over $100 million. If we could cut that, I think we could put that money into other departments.” He continued, “So when the issues come up if I’m going to vote for this DHS appropriation bill and these emails go out saying ‘If King doesn’t vote for this, it will hurt education and all that,’ Beebe and Hutchinson have been using scare tactics. We’re now finding out that the opposite is true about this bill.” Also at the discussion, Dr. Richard Abernathy, executive director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) gave a report on the current state of Arkansas education and the state’s current focus areas for education. Abernathy said graduation rates are the highest they have ever been in Arkansas, and college remediation rates are the lowest they have been since these statistics were first tracked in 1994. Between 2000 and 2013, he said the performance gap between white and black students and between poverty and non-poverty students decreased in every tested area. He said 51 percent of high school students took an advanced placement (AP) exam, the third-highest percentage in the nation. Abernathy said the state has also made gains in three of its four measured education areas: fourth grade reading proficiency, eight grade math proficiency and high school graduation rates. The only area that has not seen improvements is the number of children in pre-K programs, he said. He said the state currently has three focus areas for education. The first focus area, Abernathy said, is developing a stu-
dent-centered environment. He said recommendations include developing and enhancing robust intervention programs, encouraging community engagement, raising awareness of student and staff attendance, investing in universal access to pre-K programs and expanding career and technical education (CTE) opportunities. “We’re not doing as well in career and technical opportunities,” Abernathy said. “Between 70 and 75 percent of jobs don’t require a four-year college degree, but we’ve tried to push all kids into that because that was seen as the way to be successful.” He said focus area two is about attracting, developing, supporting and retaining quality teachers and administrators. A few of the suggestions include strengthening support programs for those teachers new in the field and having support principals in the roles of both instructional leaders and building managers. Abernathy said focus area three is about developing a shared accountability plan for educators and legislators. The goal, he said, is for educators to be held to the highest professional standards and be accountable for student outcomes, and the governance should provide adequate funding and sound reasonable policies that support student learning. King said he had wanted the discussion to focus on budget concerns instead of all of the great things that can be done with education. “I know all of these things are great, and I agree with them and wish we could do more. All of these things need funding, and it has to come from somewhere,” he said. “If this 44 percent of state funding you get goes down because Medicaid is growing, then that will mean less opportunities for education, which is tougher for you all.” King concluded, “Things will have to get constrained in order to make room for Medicaid. This is a much different budget session that I’ve ever had to go to. It will be very tough.”
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Dear Citizen, I am writing to you as a disappointed local military wife, and family. When I picked up the Citizen paper of November to see the pictures and articles of the Veterans Parade, I saw that you had put a person of the city council as the Citizen of the week. What you have done is totally disrespectful to me, to this town and to this country. The citizen of the week should have went to the Veterans that have and are still serving our country. The person that you chose as the Citizen of the week not once joined us at our meetings of the Veterans Parade Committee. It’s not just my business that put their time and effort into making sure the Veterans Parade would be the best parade and dinner of the year, there were three other business (sic) that put their time and effort in this parade as well. We have spent months on getting things prepared for the Veterans parade. The person that you chose for cit-
izen of the week is the wrong person, she is a councilman of Eureka Springs, even though the town of Eureka Springs does not help or support any of the parades, it is up to the locals of Eureka, and Carroll County. Once again the citizen should have went to our Veterans. So we are asking you to write a retraction and appoligize (sic) to the Veterans of this county. We hope you will take this as a friendly suggestion because you have a lot of unhappy Veterans. I hope to see the retraction in the next paper. – LAURA SANCHEZ
Flag down again
Editor, Well, I see they’ve taken down the POW/MIA flag up Planer Hill again this year, I thought we settled this snafu last year? I guess not. I imagine a great number of people are not aware of the importance of this flag or they wouldn’t disrespect it so much around here. Let me give a les-
Citizen of the Week Tom Beckendorf is this week’s Citizen of the Week. Beckendorf is the city gardener and has been decking out the town with Christmas decor over the past couple of weeks. Collaborating with other employees of the Eureka Springs Parks and Recreation Commission, Beckendorf has lit up many public areas, including Basin Spring Park and the path that leads downtown. If you know someone who has done good for our community, let us know. Nominate the next Citizen of the Week by emailing Samantha Jones at Citizen.Editor.Eureka@ gmail.com.
son for those who are a little ignorant on the history of the POW/MIA flag. In Dec. 1971 the national league of POW/MIA families recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs, an advertising agency employee designed a flag to represent our missing men. On Jan. 23, 1972, POW/MIA flags were manufactured for distribution, but no trademark or copyright was secured; as a result widespread use of the flag was not restricted legally and was misused in some cases. But on March 9, 1989, an official POW/MIA flag was flown over the White House on national POW/MIA recognition day, it was installed in the U.S. Capitol rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th congress. The POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever displayed in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, where it stands as a powerful symbol of America’s determination to account for U.S. personnel still missing in action and unaccounted for from the Vietnam war. On Aug. 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. public law 101-355, which recognized the POW/MIA flag and designated it as the symbol of our nation’s concern and commitment to resolving, as fully as possible, the fates of Americans still being held prisoner, missing or unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending
the uncertainty for their families and the nation. The importance of the POW/MIA flag lies in its continued visibility, a constant reminder of the plight of America’s unreturned veterans. Other than “Old Glory,” the POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, being displayed there since 1982 in its own place of honor. So, there it is, the Congress passed law states “continued visibility” of the flag. Last year Mayor Berry contacted me and gave me his personal guarantee that the flag would not be taken down ever again and that taking down the flag last year was a misunderstanding. Well, it’s no misunderstanding this year, because the word I got from the transit people atop Planer Hill was that “It’s our property and our flagpole and we’ll do whatever we want to with it!” Well … that’s a big “screw you” to the veterans if you ask me and it proves that the Mayor’s word can’t be trusted. I was told I could put the flag back up after the holidays, because the POW/MIA flag was my project, but the flag has been disrespected twice now and I’m angry over this mess, I don’t care if it ever goes back up again or not. Tsk-Tsk Eureka. POWsMIAs, you are not forgotten, at least not by me anyway. – SONNY SMITH
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Citizen Opinion by Cindy Worley
The Christmas Parade is Friday, what is your favorite parade in Eureka Springs?
“Just Abe” Jesus Parade
“Chris” Christmas Parade
“Glitz” Veterans Parade
“Charm Reader” ArtRageous Parade
“Citizen of the Wrold” Festival of the Arts
“Gordo” Christmas Parade
Citizen Survey What’s your favorite parade in Eureka Springs?
Christmas parades will take place this weekend By Kelby Newcomb CCNNews@cox-internet.com
Streets across Carroll County will be filled with floats and festivities this weekend. Eureka Springs, Berryville and Green Forest will all have their annual Christmas parades on Friday and Saturday, giving citizens and visitors three chances to take in some holiday cheer. Eureka Springs Eureka Springs’ annual Christmas Parade of Lights will illuminate the streets at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. This unique parade is organized by the Greater Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Equity Bank. It will feature bright lights, holiday tunes, magnificent floats, marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus. This year’s theme is “Toyland.” The parade will be on Spring Street and will run from Crescent Drive to Main Street. For more information about the event contact Jessica Wheeless at Jessica@EurekaSpringsChamber.com, call 479-253-8737 or visit EurekaSpringsChamber.com and click on events. Berryville Berryville’s annual Christmas parade will start making its way through town at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. This year’s theme is “Let the Music Fill the Air.” The parade route will start near Danny’s Tire and end at the Berryville Community Center. Float staging will be at Southern Heights Baptist Church on Highway 221 South. Judged participants are asked to be on location by 5:45 p.m., and non-judged participants are asked to be on location by 6 p.m. Car, pedestrian, bike, motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle staging will be at the Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center parking lot. Judged participants are asked to be on location by 5:45 p.m., and non-judged participants are asked
to be on location by 6 p.m. Equestrian staging will be at The Zone parking lot. Judged and non-judged participants are asked to be on location by 6 p.m. All judging will occur on the parade route this year to enable each entry to be judged in action. Monetary prizes will be awarded for Best Overall Float, Best Church Affiliated Float or Non-Profit Club, Best Corporate Float, Best Decorated Automobile, Best Decorated Bike, Motorcycle, ATV or miscellaneous, Best Equestrian and Best Pedestrian. Registration forms are available at the Berryville Community Center or online at BCC.Berryville.com. Green Forest The Green Forest Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World.” The parade route will start on Phillips Street in front of the high school and will continue up the north side of Ratzlaff Avenue through the town square. Then the parade will turn left onto Highway 62 and travel west to the stoplight before turning left onto South Springfield. The parade will conclude its journey by traveling back to the high school. Parade entry forms can be filled out at County Craft Farm at 202 W. Main Street. Interested parties can also register the morning of the parade in the lobby of the Old Gym. Every parade participant will need to stop by the Old Gym lobby that morning to make sure they have picked up their entry number so their float or parade entry can be judged. On the morning of the parade, floats can start lining up at 9 a.m. around the high school on Phillips Street, Eighth Street or Ninth Street. There See Parades, page 23
LAST WEEK’S QUESTION
m Artrageous Parade
m Christmas Parade
What are you thankful for?
m Veterans Parade
m Jesus Parade
m Christmas Parade
m Another parade
m Family: 35.7% (5 votes) m Friends: 0.0% (0 votes) m Career: 0.0% (0 votes)
Go to www.lovelycitizen.com and weigh in. Vote by 9 a.m. Wednesday
14 votes cast
m Faith: 21.4% (3 votes) m Home: 35.7% (5 votes) m Community: 7.1% (1 vote)
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Former local starts homeless choir in California
By Samantha Jones Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com
Eureka Springs Historical Museum operations manager Stephanie Stodden presents a $750 check to Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission member Bob Thomas for allowing the museum to use the cemetery to produce ‘Voices from Eureka’s Silent City.’ The museum thanked the cemetery commission for allowing the cemetery to be used for the event and for the commission’s hard work maintaining the grounds of the cemetery.
Christmas Choral Concert slated for Dec. 4
The Eureka Springs School District will perform its Choral Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the high school auditorium. The event includes the high school and middle school choirs, as well as the middle school onstage choir. It is directed by Rick Mann, Barry Milner and Donesa Mann. The community is invited to support the vocal music students and enjoy holiday music.
May Festival of the Arts event application deadline extended to Dec. 15
You can still apply for event funding for the 30th Annual May Festival of the Arts. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, Dec. 15. To see the application and guidelines, visit http://www.eurekaspringsfestivalofthearts.com/wp-content/ uploads/2016/09/ES-MFA-17_APPLICATION-FOR-ART_EVENTGuidelines. pdf or email email@example.com.
Former Carroll County local Steph Johnson has taken her musical talent to San Diego, where she has been working with the homeless to create a new melody. Johnson recently created a new choir in the area, composed of the homeless people she’s been advocating for since movJohnson ing there. The choir meets once a week, she said, and it’s open to homeless people and those who support them. Johnson, who attended Alpena High School and regularly performed in Eureka Springs, said she did activist work for the homeless in San Diego but felt the choir would help people in a different way. “Instead of in the past where I passed out blankets and sandwiches, this is something people come to multiple times of the month and they feel lifted,” Johnson said. “They’re developing something. They’re working on something. They’re relaxed with their eyes closed singing, and when we finish, they leave singing.” Through her work with the choir, Johnson said, she has seen how powerful music can be. “It’s healing. It keeps developing and growing with all this magic around it,” Johnson said. “It’s changing their confidence and the whole vibration.” Johnson remembered when she first started helping the homeless, saying the mayor of San Diego stopped feeding the homeless during one month of the summer because of big events happening there. “They had a big sports game coming and Comic Con, and the city cared about that more than the people,” Johnson said. “So me and a bunch of activists did a
peaceful protest, and we combined music and information. We walked through the crowd and talked about who was living on the street, just to kind of do something for the people who had no voice during that period of the summer.” Homelessness has grown 80 percent over the past year in San Diego, Johnson said. She said that shouldn’t be happening if you consider how much money the city has. “A city that has lots of money is not doing what they should be doing as far as affordable housing. That’s a real crisis,” Johnson said. “The cost of living is high, and the city’s more focused on tourism dollars. The city can’t make money on the homeless, so they become a group that’s totally inhumanely treated.” Every Monday morning, Johnson said, the homeless are woken up and forced to tear down their temporary shelter. Johnson pointed out that the homeless aren’t all unemployed. Many people who live on the street, she said, have full-time jobs. “The people that work at grocery stores or do your nails … they can’t afford to live in the city they’re serving,” Johnson said. “If the city doesn’t provide housing, they live in the street and get really sick. They have PTSD because people are crazy out on the street.” Being part of the choir, Johnson said, has shown her how much love exists in the world. “The people involved with the choir are all my friends. They’re all great musicians, and they’re there to share this loving friendship and fellowship that is disarming,” Johnson said. “I think people feel relaxed by that. Music has this ability to just get into spaces that haven’t been touched. If you’ve been struggling to survive, the music you’re singing isn’t a stressor. It’s regenerating.” Johnson remembered performing her music in Eureka Springs, saying she made many friends over the years. The camaraderie in Eureka Springs, she said, See Johnson, page 25
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Highlanders falter in third quarter By Ty Loftis CCNSports@cox-internet.com
One quarter can make all the difference. That was the case Tuesday night when the Mountainburg Dragons defeated the Eureka Springs Highlanders 63-44 in the first round of the Decatur Tournament. The Dragons led 28-26 at halftime and took a 46-31 lead into the fourth quarter. “They buried us in the third quarter,” Eureka Springs coach Brian Rambo said. “We couldn’t handle their pressure in the third quarter and that was the difference in the game.” Mountainburg’s Alex Matlock finished with 34 points, including 16 in the third quarter. “We knew we were going to have to take care of the ball and control the boards,” Rambo said. “We didn’t do those things.” The Highlanders got out to a good start, leading 19-11 at the end of the first quarter. J.M. Gregg had 10 first-quarter
points. “We came out in that first quarter and really played well,” Rambo said. “We made some stops on defense. I thought that early, we had a chance to make some great things happen, but their pressure got to us.” Rambo believes this loss will better prepare the Highlanders for the future. “Our guys understand that it’s a process,” Rambo said. “We hadn’t seen that kind of pressure this year and I feel like we will handle it better as the season goes on.” Carter Drennon led the Highlanders in scoring with 13 points, while Gregg had 10 and Avery Walker had nine. On Wednesday, the Highlanders were back at the Decatur Tournament facing Mulberry. “They aren’t very deep, but they are athletic,” Rambo said. “We want the game to be opposite of what it was last night. We will try to speed them up because they don’t have much depth.”
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Beta Sigma Phi sorority Xi Club Xi Alpha Nu put up its annual nativity scene at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Basin Park Band Shell. The nativity scene has been erected every year since 1950 by the club.
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Hangin’ Out at Good Shepherd Humane Society Cats and dogs and volunteers…oh my! Good Shepherd Humane Society is always bustling with activity, especially on the weekend.
Lancelot suns himself in the last rays of evening light.
Three little kittens, ready to play, would love to see new volunteers visit their enclosure. Employee Randy Hurst loves hangin’ out with Betty, Good Shepherd’s oldest resident.
Brett is a super friendly, live-wire cat with tons of energy and personality. He and so many other loving animals at GSHS are adoption-ready and eager to become part of a new family.
The Light House room is an open space with plenty of Copper enjoys playtime with his favorite toy. Yes, this So many sweet faces and varied personalities make up windows, natural light and carpeted towers where kitties silly boy always chooses a metal bucket over any chew can play and be social. bone or squeaky toy. the pet population at GSHS.
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Great Ozarkan Beard Off
Photos by Tavi Ellis
The Great Ozarkan Beard Off was held this weekend. The annual event celebrates facial hair, and all proceeds go to a local nonprofit. This year, the event benefited People Helping People.
Raymond Ulibarri shows Latigo Treuer a few of the hilarious results of the 2016 GOBO Calendar photo shoot.
Natural Beard participant Michel McCartan talks length.
Seven local men and women make up the judging panel, including Charles Mowrey, Mary Howze, Amanda Haley, David Henke, Lilah Stiger, Tracy Johnson and Dusty Duling.
Brady, 6, wins the Kids Free Style competition.
Each competitor brings his own style.
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Merry melodies: Community Orchestra will present holiday concert this Sunday By Kelby Newcomb CCNNews@cox-internet.com
Photo by David Bell
Christmas music will fill the air in the Berryville Community Center Sunday afternoon Dec. 4 when the Carroll County Community Orchestra presents its annual holiday concert at 4 p.m. The orchestra will perform ‘A Concert for the Holidays’ under the direction of Jim Swiggart. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds go to scholarships for area youth with an interest in music.
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It’s starting to sound a lot like Christmas in Carroll County. The Carroll County Community Orchestra will present “A Concert for the Holidays” at 4 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Berryville Community Center Banquet Hall. Director Jim Swiggart said the concert will feature a mixture of holiday, traditional and patriotic music. He said the orchestra’s selections include “Colonel Bogey March,” “Ave Maria,” a new selection called “Joy,” “Simple Gifts,” “Greensleeves,” a collage of Christmas pieces called “Christmas Sketches” and “Festivo.” Also performing at the concert will be the First United Methodist Church of Eureka Springs Chancel Choir, the First United Methodist Church of Eureka Springs Jubilee Ringers and the Berryville Intermediate Community and First United Methodist Church of Eureka Springs Combined Choir. The Chancel Choir will perform “O Holy Night/ Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” arranged by Keith Christopher and “The Divine Image” arranged by Jonathan Adams. The Jubilee Ringers will perform “Silently in the Night” arranged by Brian Childers and “Christmas Fantasia” arranged by Jason Krug. The Combined Choir will perform “Christmas Carol Celebration” arranged by Benjamin C. Winn. Swiggart said the Community Orchestra has been working on music for the concert since the group began meeting in September. He said the orchestra meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and is always interested in attracting new members. “There are a wide variety of adults with all kinds of musical backgrounds in the orchestra. Some are professional musicians, and some of them are former band directors,” he said. “We welcome
everyone. There are no auditions.” Swiggart said the main goals of the Community Orchestra are to get musicians to pick up their instruments again and encourage the next generation of musicians. He said band students from Alpena, Green Forest, Berryville and Eureka Springs perform in the orchestra. “We attract the students from the different schools, and it’s a good experience for them because they get to play literature that they probably don’t get to play at school,” Swiggart said. “They spend so much time preparing for school concerts and band contests that they don’t get to read a lot of other musical pieces.” He continued, “The orchestra gives them a chance to expand their music horizons and makes them aware of different composers. We’re broadening their understanding of music and challenging them to step up on a weekly basis.” At the end of the Community Orchestra’s season, Swiggart said that all of the money raised through donations and ticket sales goes towards music scholarships for students to use for college and band camps. “We don’t make any money. All the money is used for music scholarships for the kids,” he said. “It’s all for a great cause.” Swiggart said the Community Orchestra has been a great source of camaraderie for musicians in the community as they prepare for the holiday concert. “It’s an exciting experience for all the people to get together, get to perform and create something that we think our public will enjoy,” he said. “The main thing for us is doing something for music education in this area.” Tickets for “A Concert for the Holidays” are $7 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds go to scholarships for area youth with an interest in music.
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Butler’s statements admissible, judge rules By Scott Loftis CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com
Statements that a Eureka Springs man made to investigators after the shooting death of another local man in February 2016 will not be suppressed as evidence, a circuit judge ruled last week. Carroll County Circuit Judge Scott Jackson issued his ruling on Nov. 23, in response to a motion from the attorney for Christopher Kevin Butler. Butler is charged with first-degree murder in the death of John Catlin Keck, 30, of Eureka Springs on Feb. 19. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to a report of a disturbance involving trespassers in the Stone Mountain area discovered Keck’s body inside a Jeep belonging to Butler. According to authorities, Butler admitted to shooting Keck, saying he felt threatened.
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is out the door and we’ll never have it again,” Merry said. The hospital is grandfathered in, he said. Merry explained that the hospital in Berryville was built after the one in Eureka Springs, saying that could cause a problem for the commission if the Eureka Springs hospital ever shuts down temporarily. “It is so close to ours that if we ever allowed ours to close, we would never have the opportunity to open it up again,” Merry said. “With the limitations Berryville puts on us, it’s critical we never all that to take place. The money the commission manipulates right now is predominantly there to help us step in instantly and take over the operation of the hospital until we find a suitable new management company.” It would cost around $150,000 to $250,000 a month to keep the hospital running, Merry explained. He said that shouldn’t be a problem, describing the work Allegiance has done to improve the hospital. Other companies have approached him about managing the hospital, Merry said, but he hasn’t put much
In a motion filed in Carroll County Western District Circuit Court, public defender Joseph Tobler of Little Rock argued that statements Butler made to CCSO investigators should be suppressed because Butler was questioned by then-deputy Janet Galland without being advised of his Miranda rights. Tobler’s motion said Butler was advised of his Miranda rights later, before speaking with CCSO Lt. J.J. Reddick and investigator David Deatherage. Tobler’s motion said Butler later was interviewed by Deatherage and investigator Jerry Williams. “During the interview, when given a moment to pause and reflect as Investigator Deatherage had left the interrogation room, Butler unequivocally invoked his right to counsel by stating ‘I’m at the point now to where maybe I should
stop talking and get a lawyer,’ “ Tobler’s motion said. “At this point, rather than honoring Mr. Butler’s request for his constitutional right to counsel, Investigator Williams continued to question Mr. Butler in order to cajole him into continuing the interview. “Investigator Williams was successful at rescuing the interrogation, and in response to Williams’ question whether Defendant was in fact invoking his right, Mr. Butler relents, ‘I’m not yet.’ “ Tobler argued in his motion that “the interview should have stopped immediately at the point when Mr. Butler invoked his right to a lawyer,” and cited previous court rulings that he said support his contention. “Butler’s statement to Deatherage and Williams should be suppressed as it was not voluntarily made in waiver of Butler’s
Miranda rights, but as the result of the detective’s pressuring Butler to talk after a clear invocation of his constitutional rights,” Tobler said in his motion. Tobler’s motion asked the court to suppress all statements made to Galland and other officers at the scene before Butler was advised of his Miranda rights and statements made during his interview with Williams and Deatherage. Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers responded to Tobler’s motion in a filing with the court, arguing that none of Butler’s statements should be suppressed. Rogers said in his response that when Galland first made contact with Butler on the night of the shooting, he indicated that there was still an armed subject in the woods. Rogers said that Galland’s questioning of Butler, and his See Butler, page 26
weight on those inquiries. “I don’t go out of my way to make these obvious because the current company we’re with is doing a great job,” Merry said. “Until the time we see otherwise, offers are nice to hear, but they need to be kept on the shelf until we need them.” He added, “We’re very lucky the hospital is willing to come to our meetings and share information with us. They’re extremely well-versed in communication with us. I’m extremely pleased.” Alderman David Mitchell said he wants to be sure the hospital will be OK if Allegiance breaks the contract. “A lot of the primary functions of that hospital have been shipped down to Shreveport, La., because they’ve taken over a tremendous amount of the operational aspects of that hospital,” Mitchell said. “They’re running it from the mother corporation down there. You need to take a serious look at the fact that I don’t think there are capabilities for the commission to step in should Allegiance walk out.” If that were to happen, Merry said, he hopes to see the commission work with the council on a solution. “It would be every bit the city council’s decision to choose a direction to move forward,” Merry said.
Alderwoman Kristi Kendrick recalled a part of the commission’s contract with Allegiance requiring the company to pay the commission $500,000 if a new hospital wasn’t built. The hospital wasn’t built, Kendrick said, so where is the penalty fee? “We walked away from the requirement to build a new hospital. We knew that holding onto that, we would never get it built anyway and Allegiance wasn’t going to put that money out for us,” Merry said. The payments Allegiance makes to the commission each month, Merry said, help quite a bit. “The $15,000 a month accounts for about $120,000 a year difference in what they were paying, so it’s really making up the difference in that fund,” Merry said. Kendrick asked Merry why the commission hasn’t looked into banking outside the city, and Merry said that was the preference of the commission. “We felt it reflected the opinion of city council in the past that all monies that were held for the city of Eureka Springs or the people of Eureka Springs be done so in organizations that kept their home base here,” Merry said.
Kendrick added that she’s concerned about the city’s financial situation, pointing out how much money the commission has in its bank accounts. “You’re sitting on close to $3 million. I obviously would like to look at how that money could help the city in its current financial state,” Kendrick said. “I would like to think the commission could be doing more for the city to help it out in this situation.” Merry said the commission’s money can be spent according to guidelines set by the Arkansas Attorney General. “The commission is extremely limited to how it can manipulate those funds. Commissioners are actually in the position of going to prison if they mishandle those funds in the wrong way,” Merry said. “I would say there might be a means for the city to utilize those funds, but they would have to go to the state attorney general’s office before anything could be done legally.” Kendrick said she’d look into it, and Merry said he was looking forward to that. “If you could come up with something that could suffice with the attorney general’s office, that would be awesome,” Merry said.
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Mumps in Carroll County
Two cases confirmed in Berryville schools By Kelby Newcomb CCNNews@cox-internet.com
The mumps outbreak in Northwest Arkansas has spread to Carroll County. Berryville K-2 nurse Kristy Evans sent out an announcement Tuesday, Nov. 22, notifying parents that two confirmed cases of mumps have been reported at the Berryville School District. In the announcement, Evans says the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) notified the district on Nov. 22 that a Berryville Elementary student and a Berryville Intermediate student have been diagnosed with confirmed cases of the mumps. Since receiving this information, she said that school staff have been taking actions to prevent the spread of the disease. Additional cleaning and sanitization were planned over the Thanksgiving break, Evans said, and school authorities have been working diligently to contact families who have requested vaccine exemptions for their children. “If your child shows any symptoms, please keep them at home and schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately,” she said. An ADH notification sent to Berryville
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Fitzsimmons said he’s happy with the company the commission is using for its server, GoDaddy. Foster and Featherstone said they weren’t sure about that. “I have done a lot of research on this and there are a lot better options than GoDaddy as far as hosting goes,” Featherstone said. “You need somebody that’s extremely stable, because if your host goes down or they go out of business, you’re toast,” Fitzsimmons responded. What the commission could agree on, Featherstone said, is to find someone to create a new website on Wordpress. “We can argue about who’s going to host it later,” he said.
parents by Dr. Dirk Haselow, state epidemiologist and outbreak response medical director, says that Berryville students may have been exposed to the illness. If students have been vaccinated against mumps with the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine, Haselow says the risk of them getting the disease is low. If students have not been vaccinated against mumps, he said they are at an increased risk for getting the disease. Students with non-medical exemptions who receive the recommended doses of the MMR vaccine may return to school immediately, he said. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mumps is a viral illness that is transmitted by direct contact with respiratory droplets or saliva from an infected person, the release says. It is best known for painful, swollen salivary glands that show up as puffy cheeks and a swollen jaw. Boys may also have painful, swollen testicles. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. There is no treatment, the release says, and symptoms usually resolve themselves within a few weeks.
Mumps is usually a mild disease in children, it states, but adults may have more serious disease with complications. Haselow says parents should call their family doctor if their child gets these symptoms. He said parents should let the nurse know that their child may have mumps because the doctor may not want the child to sit in the clinic waiting area. Instead, he says, the doctor may ask families to come into the clinic a different way to avoid spreading mumps to the other children visiting the clinic that day. If parents need to take their child to the doctor or the hospital emergency department and are not able to call ahead, Haselow says, they should wait with their child outside and send a messenger inside to tell the staff that they are there with a child who may have mumps. He says parents should ask the clinic or hospital staff how they want to see the child. Haselow says ADH recommends that students 4 years of age and older who have not already had two doses of the MMR vaccine get vaccinated at this time. He says this may reduce their risk of getting mumps in the future.
Unvaccinated adults may also get mumps, Haselow says, so ADH recommends that any adults in Carroll County who have not been vaccinated get the MMR vaccine as well. MMR vaccines are available at the Carroll County Health Unit at 402 Hailey Road in Berryville and may also be available at local doctors’ offices. For more information call local doctors or the Carroll County Health Unit at 870423-2923. ADH has not reported any confirmed cases of mumps in Green Forest or Eureka Springs. The mumps outbreak originally began in the Springdale area in September. According to Healthy.Arkansas.Gov, there are currently 1,558 cases of mumps, including both lab-confirmed cases and suspected cases, in Northwest Arkansas. A press release from ADH says this is the largest cluster of mumps cases that Arkansas has experienced since 2010. For more information about mumps and vaccination, to find a local health unit nearby or to get updates on the current mumps case count, visit Healthy. Arkansas.Gov.
Fitzsimmons suggested reaching out to the community to find someone to design the website, and Featherstone said that shouldn’t be too difficult. “I’m not knocking any of these people we’re talking about, but I think this is more an indication of how easy it is that so many people can do this,” Featherstone said. “If you’re talking to somebody who can’t give you a functional, workable Wordpress website in two hours or less, you’re talking to the wrong person.” No matter what, Foster said, the website needs some work. “The bottom line is the website is the top priority,” Foster said. Featherstone said the commission is open to help from the community. Those interested in building the website
should contact Huss, he said. “I’m totally thrilled that this time next year we’re going to have a great looking website,” Featherstone added. The commission moved on to discuss parking at the Leatherwood Ballfields. Huss said he has been taking steps to improve the parking situation there, cleaning up some of the brush and creating more room for parking in the area. “We’re going to stripe our telephone poles to at least try to delineate our parking spots and encourage people to park in an orderly fashion,” Huss said. “I think we can make a little more room out there. We need a lot more parking out there. We’re going to work on that.” In other business, commissioner Ferguson Stewart said he’s working on the grand re-opening of Lake Leatherwood
City Park. The event will coincide with the opening of the new playground there, Stewart said. “At first, I was just looking at the playground and camp cabins. It will be a re-opening of Lake Leatherwood,” Stewart said. “I talked to the mayor. He will get to cut ribbon.” Getting ready for the event, he said, will take quite a bit of effort. “We need to have a huge blowout in PR. What I’d like to do is if we can break up some of the distribution of getting word out about … what’s going to happen, that would help us disseminate and get the most people to show up,” Stewart said. The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at City Hall.
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he hair on top of our head is seen by everybody and often it is what folks base their first impression upon. Additionally, it does Jim Fain provide a protective function to our head and body. A good diet and proper supplementation can enhance hair health. We all know of male pattern baldness; however, many do not know that women often lose hair count or the thickness of individual strands thins with age. In both men and women hormones play a large role. The balance of testosterone and certain female hormones affects the amount and placement of hair on our bodies. Genetics, diet, prescribed drugs and stress play a large role in hair. Not much can be done about our gene pool but we can maximize our diet and reduce daily stress. A good rounded diet which includes plenty of water helps. If you happen to not be very good with eating well a good multi-vitamin with minerals and trace elements will go a long way. Being sure of having enough vitamin B-complex especially is useful, looking to take in enough biotin (up to 1mg) each day. B-complex also helps the body handle the effects of stress. Stress reduction in whatever form does as well. MSM (2-4g/day) makes the hair stronger as well as improving skin and nails. Wild Yam creme along with Saw Palmetto is used to help bring hair back to those receding or absent places. There are specialty formulas by private label and commercial which can be very beneficial. Shampooing once every other day or longer for most people is often enough. This stops the overcleaning of your hair. You see you do need to leave a little natural oil in place. Some people like to use a shampoo which does not have TEA-Laurel Sulfate or DEA in it, others don’t mind if it does. I like to use a gentle shampoo separate from a conditioner. This way I can add a small glop of conditioner rubbed between my palms. Hair health is surprisingly complicated. A consultation with your trusted and trained hair professional along with your health care provider is often very wise. Having your head displayed to the world in the way you want is a pleasure which enhances self confidence.
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ARIES: You can leap over tall buildings in a single bound after a jumpstart on Monday. Pro tip: Next time, don’t put the battery cables down your underwear. It takes forever to get the scorch stains out. TAURUS: The oasis of sanity calls to you, but you have to dog-paddle through the neck-deep river of batcrap crazy first. Lounge chairs are provided, but you must bring your own towel. GEMINI: Don’t worry; the first steps on any journey are immediately backtracked so you can check and see if you left the stove on. Once your mental gremlins are satisfied, you can continue on your way. CANCER: Tuesday brings a cornucopia of weird surprises and a bellyache. Basically, it’s Thanksgiving Day with your family all over again. LEO: Your boss sees you as a brave worker ant, but you know you’re a dung beetle, rolling the same crap up the hill every day. Let someone else push the ball for a while; you’ve earned a break. And a shower. VIRGO: Have you forgotten something? Phone? Check. Keys? Check. Kids? Check. Wait a minute … weren’t there three yesterday? Better retrace your steps before your ignored child calls you out on Snapchat. LIBRA: Prepare yourself for the lightning strike of sudden success. Make sure your shoes are rubber-soled and for heaven’s sake, don’t wear an underwire bra. That goes double for the ladies. SCORPIO: Everyone thinks you’re the epitome of beauty and grace. Only you know you walk that way so no one tries to snap your thong and make your eyes pop out. Yeah, let them keep believing the beauty and grace thing. SAGITTARIUS: Dance like no one is watching. Truthfully, they couldn’t look at you for long anyway. Those moves scare cattle and set off earthquake detectors. When you get
up to full speed, you’re a bit of a blur. CAPRICORN: Kindness and compassion will take you far, but sucking up to your boss will get you a Christmas bonus. If you’re really talented, you can do both. Consider it multitasking. AQUARIUS: What you accomplish this week will keep historians mystified for ages. Leave a note telling them it involved an open-minded platypus and a roll-
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er skating rink made of Jell-O. They may name a school after you. PISCES: Good things come in small packages, but the awesome stuff comes in HD TV-shaped boxes. Open them all, now is not the time to be picky. After the shower of gifts, write the universe a lovely thank-you note, and wear the scarf Karma knitted you at least once.
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CALENDAR of events
Send calendar entries to Kelby Newcomb at CCNNews@cox-internet.com. The calendar is reserved for events sponsored by non-profit entities, benefits for non-profits and free events. First priority will be given to organizations providing a public service, such as rural fire departments, schools, churches, hospital auxiliaries and services for senior citizens or veterans. Submissions should be timely. Calendar listings should not be more than 30 days in advance of the event. The calendar is sometimes edited to fit the available space in the print edition. See the full calendar online at www.LovelyCitizen.com
Dec. 1: Silver Tea
The women of St. James Episcopal Church will hold their 50th Silver Tea from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Crystal Dining Room at the Crescent Hotel. The event will collect donations for admission and give the money to the Jeremiah Recovery House, a Christ-centered sober living and recovery home for women.
Dec. 2: Monthly Music Jam
The monthly music jam will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Cattleman’s Building at the fairgrounds in Berryville. A potluck will take place at 6:30 p.m., and the music will begin at 7 p.m.
Dec. 3: Permaculture Study Group
The Northwest Arkansas Permaculture Study Group will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at the home of Kimberly Clark at 900 Pivot Rock Road. The topic will be creating eco villages that are permaculture-based and sustainable. For more information call Jerry Landrum at 479244-0377.
Dec. 4: EUUF Service
Sharon Spurlin will present a service on “Where do we go from here? Drawing on all our resources” at the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at 17 Elk St. Refreshments will follow the service. Childcare is provided.
Dec. 4: Christmas Choral Concert
The Eureka Springs Schools Choral Concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the high school auditorium. The event is a product of the High School, Middle School and ESMS Onstage
choirs and is directed by Rick Mann, Barry Milner and Donesa Mann, respectively. Admission is free, and the community is invited to support the vocal music students and enjoy the holiday music.
Dec. 4: Holiday Concert
The Carroll County Community Orchestra will perform “A Concert for the Holidays” under the direction of Jim Swiggart at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Berryville Community Center Banquet Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds go to scholarships for area youth with an interest in music.
Dec. 5: Metafizzies Meeting
The Eureka Springs Metaphysical Society (Metafizzies) meeting will feature Stephen Foster continuing his discussion on metaphysical interpretation of the New Testament at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Heart of Many Ways at 68 Mountain St. All are welcome.
Dec. 6: AARP Safe Driving Class
An AARP Safe Driving Class will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Cornerstone Bank in Eureka Springs. The registration fee is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. For more information call Linda at 479-253-2265.
Dec. 7: Parkinson’s Support Group
The next support group meeting for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the ECHO Community Room. The support group is held at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at ECHO Community Room. For more information email Sally at SarahG@ arkansas.net or call 479-981-1587.
Dec. 9 and 11: Holiday Island Singers Christmas Concert
The Holiday Island Singers Christmas Concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Holiday Island Country Club Ballroom. Guests can come hear many of their favorite Christmas songs. Tickets are available at the Pro Shop in Holiday Island, at the door or from the Holiday Island Singers.
Dec. 9 and 10: Christmas Carol
Cornerstone Bank of Eureka Springs presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in two performances at the Eureka Springs High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10. Eureka Springs Tableaux will perform both evenings. The Eureka Springs High School Drama Department, under the direction of Rick Mann, is excited to offer this holiday classic to the community. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Friday attendees may come to the Saturday performance at no charge. For more information call Donesa Mann at 870-480-6464.
Dec. 10: Amateur Radio Club
The Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at First Christian Church at 763 Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs. The club will have a potluck dinner, so attendees re asked to bring their favorite food for all to enjoy.
Dec. 11: EEUF Service
The Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will have a “Celebration of the Season” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at 17 Elk St. There will be music, readings, surprises and Soup Sunday.
Guests are asked to bring soup, bread or dessert to share for Soup Sunday. Guests can join in the meal with a donation of $5 or $10 maximum per family.
Dec. 12: Carroll County Photo Exhibit
“Scenes from Carroll County,” a photo exhibit featuring people, places and events which helped shape Carroll County, opens Monday, Dec. 12 at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History at 118 W Johnson Ave in downtown Springdale. The exhibit will be on display through May 23, 2017. The Shiloh Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. For more information visit ShilohMuseum.org.
Dec. 12: Teddy Bear Toss
The Eureka Springs High School Booster Club will hold a Teddy Bear Toss at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the girls senior high basketball game. Spectators are asked to bring a new stuffed animal to the game against Union Christian and throw the stuffed animals onto the court when the Eureka Springs Lady Highlanders make their first basket. The animals will be collected by the National Honor Society, sorted and given to this year’s Angel Tree recipients.
Dec. 15: Scottie Christmas Program
The annual Scottie Christmas Program will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Eureka Springs Auditorium. The performance will feature Eureka Springs Elementary School students in preschool through fourth grade. Thanks to the generosity of the city of Eureka Springs, admission is free. For more information contact director Donesa Mann at 870-480-6464.
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Local science teachers benefit from Carroll County Community Foundation mini-grants The Carroll County Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2016 Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) mini grant recipients. Each of the 12 grants awarded this year in our local schools will provide $500 worth of consumable science materials that encourages hands-on learning for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects. “We know that hands-on instruction can foster a student’s curiosity and instill in them a love of science, but we also know that interactive classroom experiments can be costly,” said Janell Robertson, Carroll County Community Foundation executive director. “The SIMS program was made possible by an endowed gift to the Arkansas Community Foundation from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to help offset the cost of materials and make these important activities more feasible for local teachers.” The Carroll County Community Foundation congratulates these grantees and their
students: Alpena School District teachers: Mrs. Criner, Mrs. Hammond, Ms. McClure and Mr. Rose Berryville School District: Mr. Borland, Mr. Goodpaster, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. O’Dell, Mr. Parker and Mrs. Youngblood Eureka Springs School District: Mr. Griffin and Ms. Wesley. Each teacher has chosen a project that provides a variety of interesting learning opportunities for our local students – from understanding the concept of solar energy, exploring physical and chemical change, to owl pellet dissection and even biostratigraphy, the study of geographic time – SIMS mini-grants help science come alive. Arkansas Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the community foundation supports charitable pro-
Flint Street Fellowship to host Christmas Dinner
Eureka Springs Middle School teachers Berry Griffin and Sharon Wesley recently received a grant from the Carroll County Foundation. Pictured from left to right are Griffin, Eureka Springs Middle School principal Cindy Holt and Wesley.
grams that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps. Since 1976, the community foundation has provided more than $156 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions
A community Christmas dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, in the ECHO dining room. There is no charge for the dinner, and everyone is welcome. If you need a ride or would like to volunteer, call 479-253-4945.
Holiday Island Singers to perform Christmas concert Dec. 9 and 11
The Holiday Island Singers Christmas Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Holiday Island Country Club Ballroom. Tickets are available at the Pro Shop in Holiday Island and can be purchased at the door or through one of the Holiday Island Singers.
Parkinson’s support group scheduled for first Wednesdays
A support group for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the ECHO community room. The support group is scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Sally at email@example.com or 479-981-1587.
to the community foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax-deductible. For more information about your local foundation affiliate, please contact the Carroll County Community Foundation at 479253-8203 or visit their website at www.arcf. org/carrollcounty.
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to the guest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The guest was transported to the hospital by EMS. Nov. 26 11:16 a.m. — An employee at a local shop advised that some items had been stolen. An officer responded and took a report. 12:05 p.m. — A caller advised officers of a wounded deer on Planer Hill. 4:10 p.m. — A caller advised of a male slumped over in his truck. An officer made contact with the man, and he was fine. He was just taking a nap. Nov. 27 1:00 a.m. — A subject was arrested for driving while intoxicated, refusal to submit to chemical testing,
driving left of center and violating the city speeding ordinance. 2:16 a.m. — Officers responded to a report of an erratic driver. The driver was tired after driving all day and was escorted to a local motel. 3:50 a.m. — An officer searched for but was unable to locate a reported erratic driver. 8:24 a.m. — A caller reported an injured deer at the bottom of Planer Hill. An officer arrived and found the deer was deceased. The animal control officer responded to remove it. 9:41 a.m. — A caller reported dogs running loose inside the city limits. The animal control officer responded and issued a warning to the owners. 10:03 a.m. — The animal control officer responded to a complaint received about dogs running loose. The officer contacted the owners and issued a warning.
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Buren, 479-253-8544: 2 Dog 2 Karaoke, 7 p.m. SATURDAY, DEC. 3 • Balcony Bar & Restaurant, 479-2537837: Steve Jones, noon; Pearl Brick, 6 p.m. • Brews, 2 Pine St., 479-244-0878: Blues Jazz Soul Group, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. • Cathouse, 82 Armstrong, 479-3639976: Lori Locke Band, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. • Chelsea’s, 479-253-6723: Tim Budhig Band, 9 p.m. • Eureka Live, 479-253-7020: DJ and Dancing, 9 p.m. to close • Grande Taverne, 479-253-6756: Jerry Yester, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. • Grub & Pub Club 169, 479-253-7122: RK Roadshow Karaoke, 8 p.m. • Legends Saloon, 479-253-2500: JAB, 9 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main, 479-2532525: Steve Zimmerman, noon to 4 p.m.; Gates Magoo, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 479-363-6444: Terri & Brett, noon to 4 p.m.; Hedtripp Duo, 8 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 479-253-8544: Terri & the Executives, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 4 • Balcony Bar & Restaurant, 479-2537837: Pearl Brick, noon. • Brews, 2 Pine St., 479-244-0878: Trivia, 6 p.m. • Eureka Live, 479-253-7020: Green Screen Karaoke, 7 p.m. • Grub & Pub Club 169, 479-253-7122:
Happy Hour, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard): Texas Holdem, 7 p.m. • New Delhi Cafe, 2 N. Main, 479-2532525: Whiskey Menders, noon to 4 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Den, 479-363-6444: Terri & Brett, noon to 4 p.m. • Rowdy Beaver Tavern, 479-253-8544: Free Pool MONDAY, DEC. 5 • Chelsea’s: SprUngbilly, 9 p.m. • Grub & Pub Club 169, 479-253-7122: Happy Hour, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. TUESDAY, DEC. 6 • Cathouse, 479-363-9976: Los Roscoes, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Chelsea’s: Open Mic, 9:00 p.m. • Grub & Pub Club 169, 479-253-7122: Happy Hour, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard): Game Night: Texas Hold’em and Pool Tournament, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7 • Brews, 479-244-0878: Open Mic, 6 p.m. • Eureka Live, 479-253-7020: Happy Hour, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. • Grub & Pub Club 169: Happy Hour, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wild Women Wednesdays, Ladies Night • Legends Saloon (Lumberyard): Ladies Night • Local Flavor, 71 S. Main, 479-2539522: ES Community Center, “Let’s Open the Gym” Dinner, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Local artist named Best of Show at state art competition Local artist Barbara Kennedy received Best of Show at the second annual Arkansas Art Teacher Exhibition in North Little Rock on Friday, Nov. 18, for her oil painting Sunset Peony. Kennedy, who moved to Eureka Springs in 2008 from Seattle, has painted since childhood. Her subjects include people, florals and landscapes. She teaches regularly from her studio, as well as at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. Kennedy said she enlarges and paints flowers because people today “rush from place to place, action to action, with-
out stopping to enjoy the beauty of the earth.” “Painting large, colorful flowers give me the opportunity to show that beauty in the small center of a flower. As writer Iris Murdoch says, ‘People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us,’ ” Kennedy said. Her painting will hang at the William F. Laman Library, Argenta Branch, in North Little Rock until Friday, Dec. 9. The hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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TRANSITION Rose Marie Schuler, 89, daughter of Virgil and Jenny Marie Estle and wife of Charles Joe Schuler, of Wichita, Kan., died Nov. 21, 2016 at Travanse Living in Olathe, Kan. She was preceded in death by her daughter Lee Anne Schuler of Mission, Kan., son Mark Schuler of Prairie Village, Kan., and grandson Tyler Schuler of Wichita, Kan.. Rosie and Joe lived the last 32 years in Holiday Island. She loved socializing with family and friends and was fondly called “Oma” by many. She was a Life Master duplicate bridge player and loved watching sports, especially the Royals and Jayhawks. She is survived by her husband Joe of 70 years, daughter Nancy Whitcomb and son Jay Schuler both of Holiday Island; daughter Kim Wright of Shawnee, Kan. and by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Dec. 10, 2016, at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 11430 Wornall Rd, KCMO 64114. Memo-
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it will continue. Just knowing you’re helping someone and you might not even know it is empowering.” Junior Brittney Halper agreed. “It makes our hearts feel good. It’s very rewarding,” Halper said. Stainer said she’s proud of the students for how hard they have worked to wrap presents. “These are wonderful kids, and they can be really useful and they want to
Rose Marie Schuler Passed Nov. 21, 2016
Photo courtesy of the Eureka Springs Historical Museum
rial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute. Condolences may be expressed at www.kccremation.com. do that,” Stainer said. “It’s great to see the kids step forward and really give of themselves. I know they’re fabulous, but they can do more than just get good grades. They’re really good people, and they want to help others. They’re looking at any opportunity to do that.” There are 74 students enrolled in the Angel Tree program, and tags are available at Cornerstone Bank, Equity Bank, Arvest Bank, Bunch’s Quik Check, Pied Piper Pub and Jewelry Show. Unwrapped gifts must be returned to the high school by Wednesday, Dec. 7.
What began in 1891 as a limited system of 10 mule-drawn cars rapidly became one of the most popular tourist attractions in Eureka Springs. In 1898, the mules used to guide the trolley cars around the crooked and narrow streets of the city were replaced by electric motors, and overhead wires were installed for power. For the next 25 years, the streetcars could be heard all along the lower and upper Spring Street, then up to the Crescent and Thach Hotels and back. The 1920s brought automobiles, causing the demise of the city’s first mass transit system. It took 55 years before the city had trolleys again. The very reason given for the earlier trolley system — congestion on the narrow streets — was the one that resurrected it in the form of the motor-driven trolley bus. On July 31, 1978, transportation in Eureka Springs was reborn. While it was originally considered a tourist attraction, the trolley has become a part of the city for residents, too. The trolley fleet has grown over the years. Today, it offers convenience, nostalgia and sensible transportation for visitors and locals alike.
Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club to meet Dec. 10
The Little Switzerland Amateur Radio Club will meet at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at First Christian Church at 763 Passion Play Road in Eureka Springs. There will be a potluck dinner, and all Ham radio operators are invited.
Senior Center Menu The Carroll County Senior Activity and Wellness Center is located at 202 W. Madison Ave. in Berryville. Lunch is served weekdays at noon. Monday, Dec. 5 Pulled pork on bun, baked beans, herbed corn, pickle and onion and orange wedges Tuesday, Dec. 6 Spaghetti with meat sauce, broccoli, cinnamon peaches and garlic Texas toast
Wednesday Dec. 7 Grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato and wheat bun, spicy pinto beans, fiesta corn and pudding parfait Thursday, Dec. 8 Chicken and dumplings, purple hull peas, mixed greens, cornbread and ambrosia Friday, Dec. 9 Baked pork chop, potato wedges, tangy coleslaw, hush puppies and apple slices
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will be parade volunteers lining up the floats. Cash prizes will be awarded for Antique Vehicle, Bicycle or ATV, Commercial Entry, Bands or Musical Group, Civic Group, Club or Church, Equestrian and Lawnmower or Gocart. Also on that Saturday, the chamber will host Breakfast with Santa from
8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Green Forest Alumni Center at 610 Lt. Goins Ave. The cost is $5 per adult and $2 per child. There will be fresh pancakes, sausage, hot chocolate, juice and coffee. Children will have the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and reveal their Christmas wishes. Parents may bring their cameras to capture a picture of the moment. For more information on the parade or breakfast call Ross Darby at 501554-5846.
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is quite similar to the friendships she has in the choir. “I was always really happy when I hung out with people in Eureka, because I felt like I met a lot of open-minded, community people who were artists and musicians and definitely supportive,” Johnson said. “I always felt supported and welcomed. I love Eureka Springs.
David Shane Bolerjack ended this life’s journey and began his next just before dawn on Nov. 20, 2016. He was born Oct. 21, 1952. He had struggled with cancer for almost four years; when it became clear there would be no escape, he made the conscious choice to lean into the experience and face his eventual death rather than deny it. It was a remarkable choice, as it meant that he would be aware of what was happening to him, and it was not easy … but there were many gifts along the way. David’s choices led him to a home in the woods which became his sanctuary, his sacred retreat, and it was there that he prepared, with help of his loving family and a few special friends, to translate from his earthly form into the higher. He derived great spiritual strength from MasterPath and his teacher, Sri Gary Olsen. David was always gracious (despite his discomfort at being in the spotlight of attention from those who loved him), brave, and courageous, inspiring all who were blessed to be in his company. He inspires, still. Not being one who is attracted to gloom and doom, David sought humor as a release, especially with his brothers. He was a huge fan of The Three Stooges, and that is a big clue to his way of looking at the world. Being a poet and musician, he continued, until just a few weeks ago, to play his guitar. He enjoyed walks in the woods and sitting on a special bench along the lane, where he and grandson Shane shared picnics and invented stories about Gruffalos and flying dragons. He participated in a painting project that wife, Pam, initiated, wherein everyone who came to visit was invited to paint. There are now eight completed collaboratively-created canvases, each expressing the beauty and faith of David and his family, friends, and caregiver/ collaborators. And all the while, excellent food was prepared and heartily enjoyed, especially when eaten on the decks watching
David Shane Bolerjack
Oct. 21, 1952 – Nov. 20, 2016
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Who doesn’t?” She continued, “I just want people to know that we need each other right now, and if there’s an opportunity to create something in your community that is helpful and makes another person feel better, I would run to it and create it as quickly as possible because it will be beautiful and healing. That can happen anywhere where people care, and I know there are a lot of people that care in Eureka Springs.”
for the fox to make its appearance. David is survived by Pam, his wife (and so much more) of 36 years, and his two sons, of whom he was intensely proud: Derek (who came to him in what David called “a package deal”, since Pam arrived with a four-year-old) and Timothy. Both sons are tender, funny, smart, and continue to be a blessing. When Timothy welcomed Jennifer into their lives she had Kainean in tow, who heroically gave the first “Grandpa” experience to David. Shane followed, and then Derek and Leah brought forth Lewis; and, oh my, what joy and amazement ensued! Being “Poppa” was the best! He is also survived by his three steadfast brothers, Stewart, Byrum, and Nathan, and their awesome wives, Jane, Sarah, and Kimberly. David was a veteran, proudly serving in the Navy aboard the USS Enterprise in the mid-1970’s, and enjoyed an eclectic work history. He worked all over the place: Tyson’s, Kraft, and as a (very poor) house painter. He became an ophthalmic technician and a paralegal. A stickler for neatness and organization, he often said that he loved being a clerk the best, because of the satisfaction derived from the shuffling of paper. Seriously… There will be a “Gathering to Celebrate and Remember David Shane Bolerjack” on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Crescent Hotel Conservatory from 6-8 pm. There will be music, food, laughter, probably a few tears, and many stories shared. The paintings will be displayed. Please come. Memorial donations will be welcomed by The Clear Spring School, Circle of Life Hospice, and Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.
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responses “are covered under the ‘public safety’ exception to the Miranda requirements,” and cited a previous court ruling. Regarding Butler’s interview with Williams and Deatherage, Rogers said “the recorded interview with Butler is admissible because he was informed of his Miranda rights, waived those rights, then later made an equivocal and ambiguous statement about a lawyer that was insufficient to invoke his right to counsel.”
A hearing on the motion to suppress was held Oct. 27 in Eureka Springs In his ruling last week, Jackson agreed that the public safety exception to the Miranda rule applies to Butler’s responses to Galland’s question. He also ruled that Butler’s statements that he should “maybe” get a lawyer “is not the direct and unambiguous assertion required to to counsel and thereafter Mr. Butler states that he is not asking for a lawyer yet. These statements made by Mr. Butler are insufficient to require that the interrogation cease. Motion to suppress is denied.”
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“Clove” (No. 76) is a small, beautiful 19-week-old calico who came to the shelter with her brother and sister because their owner had too many pets to care for. Clove is very shy and timid, and shelter volunteers are working with her to help her become more socialized. If she is adopted, her new family would have to allow time for her to adjust and not rush her. Hopefully, she will be adopted and given a chance to become a loving little girl. Clove has her shots and is spayed. She’s adoptable at the Good Shepherd Animal Shelter on Highway 62 east of Eureka Springs. The shelter is open from noon to 5 p.m. every day but Tuesday and Wednesday. For more information, call 479-253-9188.
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