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Monday, July 28, 2014
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Tragedy on the Trail: Cyclist dies after accident on Fat Tire course (07/22/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The annual Fat Tire Festival mountain bike race was marred by tragedy Saturday when a 39-year-old Little Rock woman died from injuries she apparently suffered in an accident on the course. Laura Wooldridge was taken by helicopter to Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville after the accident, which occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Wooldridge died at the hospital, although no further details about an exact cause of death were available...
Sheriff's office to collect fines, JPs determine (07/22/14)
A light agenda and a small crowd brought a feeling of summer vacation to Friday's meeting of the Carroll County Quorum Court. The justices of the peace narrowly approved the second and third readings of an ordinance to designate the Carroll County Sheriff's Office as the agency in charge of collecting fines owed to the county. ...
New ES hospital is primary topic for commission (07/22/14)
Discussion about the possibility of a new hospital was continued at the Eureka Springs Hospital Commission meeting on Monday. An idea that has long been considered, the new hospital would be located at the western end of town. Allegiance Health Management, which operates Eureka Springs Hospital, has said it would be willing to contribute as much as $20 million to build the facility. However, construction would be contingent upon extending sewer lines to the new location at the city's expense...
Team roping at GF Cowboy Church (07/22/14)
The Green Forest Cowboy Church's name says most of what needs to be said. But it still works to spread its Biblical message and while some churches use gyms for basketball and sand pits for volleyball, the Green Forest church uses team roping and rodeo events as an outreach. ...
Opera in the Ozarks season complete (07/22/14)
The 2014 Opera in the Ozarks season is now in the history books. Final figures on attendance have yet to be calculated but are expected to be on par with previous years. Forty-eight singers and more than 25 orchestra members from across the U.S., along with dozens of artistic and support staff, produced four opera and one traveling opera show for the eight-week season. ...
Beaver alderman targets code violations (07/22/14)
By Kathryn Lucariello CCNhi@cox-internet.com BEAVER -- One Beaver alderman is pursuing enforcement of municipal codes and scrutinizing what she says is the town violating tax laws by subsidizing water use of four private properties. At the monthly council meeting July 14, Alderman Penny Sullivan said she had obtained the names and addresses of the owners of four properties in town that are unsightly and pose a health hazard to residents. ...
ES board to hear presentation on disaster plan (07/22/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Eureka Springs School Board will tackle a lengthy agenda at its monthly meeting Thursday. The board is set to hear a presentation by the Osage Group, who is working with the city on a disaster mitigation plan. The board will hear a presentation by the Osage Group, which is working on a disaster mitigation plan for the City of Eureka Springs. ...
BV Library summer programs going strong (07/18/14)
Each summer, the Berryville Public Library hosts programs and events for residents of all ages, and this year is no exception. With science as this summer's overall theme, the library has hosted some exciting events over the last few weeks. "We have events at the library at least once a week for every age group, as well as extra stuff people can do on their own time toward winning cool prizes," said Mark Schuster, the library's director. ...
Memorial tribute: Green Forest to honor fallen soldier with street renaming (07/18/14)
Green Forest will honor one of its fallen soldiers, United States Army 2nd Lt. Michael Goins, by changing the name of South Arch Avenue to Lt. Michael Goins Avenue. Lt. Goins, 23, was killed in Iraq on August 15, 2004. The city will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15, the 10th anniversary of his death, to honor Lt. Goins and rename the street...
Citizens ask water board to delay fluoridation (07/18/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- In another attempt to delay fluoridation of their drinking water, several Carroll County citizens attended the quarterly board meeting of the Carroll-Boone Water District on Thursday, July 16. Among them was Eureka Springs Alderman Mickey Schneider...
Eureka Springs council approves master trail plan (07/18/14)
More than 40 residents spoke during the public comments portion of Monday's meeting of the Eureka Springs City Council, with the vast majority urging the council to adopt the Eureka Springs Master Trail Plan. Those residents got their wish, as the council voted 5-0-1 to adopt the plan. ...
SWEPCO wants more time to respond (07/18/14)
Southwestern Electric Power Co. says it will comply with the Arkansas Public Service Commission's request for more evidence demonstrating a need for its plan to construct a high-voltage power line through the Ozark Mountains -- but not until January 2015...
Airport Commission gets back to business (07/18/14)
The Carroll County Airport Commission had a very routine monthly meeting Thursday, after working through several meetings with disruptive issues. A dispute with the Ozark Flying Club had dominated recent meetings, and the dispute spilled over into quorum court meetings. ...
Clerk warns residents about letter (07/18/14)
A company located in California, Record Transfer Services, has been mailing letters to citizens of Carroll County informing them that the company can provide them with a copy of their Current Grant Deed and Property Assessment Profile for a processing fee of $83...
Beaver Spring considered for National Register of Historic Places (07/18/14)
BEAVER -- Recently Beaver Mayor Ann Shoffit received a surprise in the mail -- a copy of a June 20 letter stating that the Beaver Spring is being considered for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. The letter was addressed to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Archeologist Rodney Parker from Frances McSwain, director of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program...
Eureka Springs receives grants from state agency (07/18/14)
LITTLE ROCK-- Governor Mike Beebe announced Wednesday that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has awarded $2,043,454 in grants for projects in 33 Arkansas counties -- including Carroll County -- through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Revitalization Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs...
ESH's Smith wins Employee of the Year honor (07/18/14)
Longtime Eureka Springs Hospital employee Jodi Smith has been named Employee of the Year 2013 by Allegiance Health Management. She was selected from among all employees of the 32 health care facilities Allegiance operates across five states. Smith has worked for the hospital since 1991, starting her career while it was still being operated by the City of Eureka Springs. ...
Opera royalty comes to Carroll County (07/15/14)
CARROLL COUNTY -- When bluesman BB King came to Eureka Springs to play at the Aud, it was a big deal. When opera diva and Metropolitan Opera star Latonia Moore came to Carroll County last week, it was an equally big deal. Moore took time out of her busy international schedule, which includes performing...
Green Forest bank unveils new name (07/15/14)
First National Bank of Green Forest has a new name with a long history, On Monday, the bank announced that it will rebrand and change its name to Anstaff Bank. Customers can expect to see new signage and rebranding at the end of July when the bank unveils a new logo...
Albert's Gas Station becomes Check's for a day (07/15/14)
BERRYVILLE -- A National Geographic freelance photographer passed through Berryville several years ago on an assignment to capture the flavor of the Ozarks. He had heard about an iconic restaurant in Berryville and drove over on a cold winter day. The lights inside the cafe made halos through the steamy, moist windows of Check's Restaurant...
Water board to hear update on fluoridation (07/15/14)
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Carroll-Boone Water District board will hear an update Thursday on construction of the fluoride-dispensing project, as well as on payments from Delta Dental for the facility and those to the contractor. The board also will consider approval of life insurance and AD&D coverage for employees exposed to silica, part of the fluoridation process...
Hospital board honors Harp (07/15/14)
On May 22, the Mercy Hospital Berryville Board of Directors honored Board Chair Richard Harp with a plaque in his honor for his many years of service to the hospital and community. Harp was an original member of the first Board of Directors of Carroll General Hospital in 1969. ...
Berryville students honored at Harding (07/15/14)
Two Berryville students have been named to the dean's list at Harding University in Searcy for grades achieved during the spring 2014 semester. Sophomore Drew Howerton and junior Emily Hale were named to the dean's list. The list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, university provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incomplete courses...
Youth Theater presents 'Little Women' at Aud (07/15/14)
The Youth Community Theater of Eureka Springs will present two performances of "Little Women" at 7 p.m Aug. 1 and 2 at the Auditorium. The performances are free. Published in 1868, Louisa May Alcott's best-known novel tells the story of the four March sisters -- Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth -- and their home life in New England during the Civil War. ...
Marion County woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud (07/15/14)
LITTLE ROCK -- A Marion County woman pleaded guilty July 10 to felony Medicaid fraud for billing the state's Medicaid program for services she did not provide, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced. Amanda Coker, 36, of Yellville was convicted in Pulaski County Circuit Court on one count of Medicaid Fraud, a Class B felony. Special Circuit Judge John Plegge sentenced Coker to five years of probation. She was ordered to pay a fine of $10,357.95 and restitution of $3,452.65...