The Izard County Board of Election Commissioners have announced the following polling sites for Early Voting and the Nov. 6 General Election.
Early Vote
Ozarka College beginning Oct. 22, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Horseshoe Bend City Hall, Friday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 6 General Election 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Calico Rock City Hall: Calico Rock – City and Rural – Claiborne
Horseshoe Bend City Hall: Horseshoe Bend – City and Rural
Mt. Pleasant Community Building: Mt. Pleasant City and Rural – Big Spring – Lafferty
Old Franklin City Hall: Franklin City and Rural – Myron – Wiseman
Oxford City Hall: Oxford City and Rural – Wideman
Ozarka College: Knob Creek – Lacrosse – Larkin – Melbourne City and Rural – Sage – Sage (Melbourne Ward 4)
Pineville Fire Station: Dolph – Pineville City and Rural
Reeves Cemetery: Gid – Guion City and Rural
Ruthie Mountain Fire Station # 1: Boswell – Sylamore – Twin Creek
Brockwell Music School: Brockwell – Newburg – Oxford City in Brockwell – Violet Hill
Zion Community Building: Strawberry – Zion

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Convenient online payment options are available in over 50 Arkansas counties including Izard County, when paying property taxes.
The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.
Citizens can avoid late fees and in-person payment lines by paying their property taxes online before the deadline. Visit www.izardcountyar.org and follow the link, or visit https://propertytax.ark.org/izard.
To make a secure payment on a computer or mobile device, taxpayers just need to enter the parcel or tax-ID numbers provided on their tax statements, or search by their name or address. The online service provides payment confirmation and printable receipt. Payments can be made online until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15. Note that fees apply to online payments and payments by phone.
While paying property taxes online, residents in many counties can also sign up to receive an email notification in March when their annual tax statement is available. Taxpayers who sign up for this new paperless convenience will no longer receive annual tax statements in the mail but will still get paper statements if their taxes are adjusted throughout the year.
Taxes may be mailed and postmarked by Oct. 15, or visit the Izard County Tax Collector’s office, 15 South Street, Annex Building in Melbourne, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checks need to be made payable to Izard County Collector. The mailing address is Marilyn Downing, Izard County Collector, P.O. Box 490, Melbourne, AR 72556.
A new online record search is now provided by the collector’s office by visiting the website www.actdatascout.com/taxcollector/arkansas/izard. Find a link to pay taxes online, detailed tax record cards, proof of payment and tax history at this website.

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by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend passed an ordinance on Sept. 24 for the purpose of regulating residential yard sales within the city limits.
Ordinance 2018-03 states that Yard/Garage Sales include personal property owned by an individual or members of the residence and does not include any merchandise purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
Anyone wishing to have a yard sale at their residence in Horseshoe Bend must obtain a permit, at a cost of $5, at least three days prior to the sale. The permit must be applied for with the Code Enforcement Department. Each location is permitted up to four permits in a calendar year. Sales are limited to three consecutive days during the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the sale may be conducted within 30 days, after a request is submitted by the permit holder and approved. A permit is not required by a business having a city license to conduct estate sales or auctions, nor is it required during citywide yard sales. Permits are not required for someone conducting a sale due to a court order or for sales conducted by charitable or religious organizations when the proceeds are used solely for charitable or religious purposes.
Two signs for yard sales are permitted, not more than four square feet in size, and two directional signs, not more than two square feet in size, are permitted. Signs must be removed at the close of the sale.
Anyone violating the new ordinance, which becomes effective Oct. 24, may be fined $25 for each offense, up to two offenses. After that, violators could face a penalty of $250.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st annual Sod Buster golf tournament, BBQ luncheon, and silent auction on Oct. 13. This event will take place at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The BBQ meals will include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, and a bottle of water for $5. The golf tournament is a 3-person scramble and entry forms are available at the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain. Proceeds from this event will help with the Chamber’s operating expenses associated with the numerous free events they host throughout the year. For more info, contact the Chamber at 870-670-5433 or horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com.
Hallows End Haunted Scare Factory will be held Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 8 p.m. until midnight at 90 Hwy. 62 West in Ash Flat, use service road to go to the back entrance of the factory. Cost is $10 per person and no one under the age of 13 is permitted.
The Hardy Friends of the Library Book Sale will be at the Historic Hardy Gym, located at 203 School Street, on Oct. 12 and 13. For more information call 870-856-3934.
There will be a Holiday Extravaganza at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be inside the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building located at 124 Arena Lane in Salem. This is a holiday gift and decorating market featuring a number of direct marketing and craft vendors. Contact Mary Hall at 870-421-0580 to reserve your spot or for more information.
The Thayer Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Fall Festival to be held on Oct. 13 in downtown Thayer from 4 to 8 p.m. In case of rain, the date will be Oct. 20. Booth rental cost is $20; with electricity cost is $25. For additional details contact Bec Eckman at 417-280-0142 or Kim Harralston at 417-280-1139. Registration forms can be picked up at K-Kountry 95.

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A Hallelujah Fest will be held Saturday, October 13 at the Ash Flat Church of God from 3 to 5 p.m. Hot dogs, chili and nachos will be served.
The Believers from Cabot will be making a personal appearance after the Hallelujah Fest at 6 p.m. The Believers are ready to bless you with the Gospel of God through songs.
Ash Flat Church of God is located at 124 Arnhart Street, the street behind the courthouse. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be received. A wonderful evening of praising God awaits you. For more information, call 870-847-2347 or 870-758-0009.

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Mountain Home Moose Lodge #1953 will hold its monthly all-u-can-eat fried fish and shrimp dinner on Friday, October 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. You can order fried fish, fried shrimp or a combination plate which also includes hushpuppies, french fries, coleslaw, vegetable, roll, dessert and a beverage. Mike Dirks will once more be providing live music. The event is open to members and signed-in guests alike. Mountain Home Moose Lodge is located at 4754 Hwy 5 South, 2.5 miles south of the bypass in Mountain Home. For more information including cost and guest qualification please call 870-491-5696 after 2 p.m.

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This year, one student from Salem High School was selected to attend the 2018 Arkansas Governor’s School (AGS) hosted at Hendrix College. Megan West, daughter of Wayne and Cora West, studied in the area of mathematics. As Megan says, “AGS was the best six weeks of my life. Not to sound like a cliché, but it was life-changing for me.”
Selection for Governor’s School is based on a combination of ability and interest and is highly competitive. The six-week intensive program is in its thirty-ninth year.
AGS is a six-week summer residential program for gifted and talented students who are upcoming high school seniors and residents of the state of Arkansas. The program is funded by the Arkansas State Legislature as a portion of the biennial appropriation for Gifted and Talented Programs through the State Department of Education. State funds provide tuition, room, board, and instructional materials for each student who attends the program. AGS is a non-credit program that seeks to create a unique experience for a select group of Arkansas’ best students in which the students are exposed to an intellectual atmosphere both inside and outside the classrooms. AGS was founded in 1980 and has been held on the campus of Hendrix College since its creation.
For additional information about the program, including past curriculum, speakers, and activities, visit online at www.hendrix.edu/ags/.

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The Sharp County Quorum Court approved two ordinances on Aug. 13, concerning the funding and operation of a new jail in the county.
Sharp County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a one-half of one percent (.50%) sales and use tax for the purpose of financing the cost of a new jail and law enforcement facilities, through a bond issue. This tax will be for the purpose of paying off the bonds which will finance all or a portion of the cost of a new jail, arraignment room, administrative offices relating to law enforcement and any necessary utility, road and parking improvement related to the jail. This tax, if approved, will expire after the bonds have been paid.
Voters will also decide on a one-quarter of one percent (.25%) sales and use tax to be used to furnish, operate and maintain a new or existing jail and facilities, and to pay and secure the repayment of jail and law enforcement bonds.
The one-half and one-quarter sales and use taxes will be voted on during the General Election, Nov. 6.

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by Fred Walker, superintendent
The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on August 20 in the board room at the high school.
Superintendent Fred Walker told the board that preliminary enrollment information shows that the district’s enrollment is presently up over 50 students from last year.
The board discussed the bids for banking services from four area banks and the board accepted the bid from FNBC.
Walker commented that the district appreciated the good service provided by BancorpSouth over the past several years and looks forward to working with FNBC in the future. The board approved the resignations of Paraprofessional April Glass and High School Teacher Louise McBride. The board also approved the employment of Kailey Simmons as a Paraprofessional for the 2018-19 school year.
Principal Billy McBride told the board that school had started well and he was proud of the school livestock team and the many awards the students won at the Fulton, Sharp, and Izard County Fairs recently.
McBride said Agri teachers Isaac Blankenship and Jared Johnson were to be commended for their help with the many ICC students competing in the livestock shows.

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The Ozark Gateway Region Golf Classic three-person scramble will be held Aug. 25 at the Golf Course at Turkey Mountain, 3 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend.
Tee-off time is scheduled for 8 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts to be served beginning at 7 a.m. This does not include the cost of cart rentals.
Players 70 years and older will be allowed to play from the forward tees except on contest holes. Cash prizes will also be awarded.
The annual event has become a popular fundraiser for the Ozark Gateway Regional Council, a nonprofit organization, which works to promote tourism, industry and the communities of a multi-county area.
Entry forms can be picked up at the Lawrence County Chamber in Walnut Ridge, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Melbourne office, Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce, Calico Rock Museum and Visitor Center, Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Randolph County Tourism Association and Visitor Center, Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce, Mammoth Spring State Park, Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, The Ozark Gateway office (forms will be available 24/7 outside by the door). Forms are online at www.ozarkgateway.com/ozark-gateway-region-golf-classic-registration-form.
Completed forms can be returned to The Pro Shop at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, or emailed to gateway@ozarkgateway.com or proshop@turkeymtngc.com.
For more information, call 870-670-5252 or 800-264-0316.

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One race has emerged in Izard County after the first week of candidate filings.
In Horseshoe Bend, there will be a race for the mayor’s seat, with both Craig M. Huckaby and Marty McKnight seeking the position.
Candidates for the offices of mayor and city council may file at their local county clerk’s office during the three week filing period. Petitions of nomination, affidavits of eligibility and political practices pledges must be filed by the deadline which is noon on Friday, August 17.
Filings in the tri-county as of Friday, August 3: Horseshoe Bend, Alderman Ward 3, Pos. 2, Joseph W. Moser; Calico Rock, Mayor, Ronald Guthrie; Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1, Jackie Goggans, Ward 2, Pos. 1, Steven Lively, Ward 2, Pos. 2, Howard Jeffery, Ward 3, Pos. 1, Mitchell Arnold, Ward 3, Pos. 2, Kim Parnell, Ward 4, Pos. 1, Rick Knowles; Melbourne, Mayor, Rhonda Halbrook, Alderman Ward 1, Pos. 1, Bill Wright; Guion, Alderman, Charles Williams; Pineville, Mayor, Sharon K. Sanders, Alderman, Janet Davis, Jeff Sanders; Mt. Pleasant, Mayor, Donnie Fulbright, Alderman Pos. 3, Garry Sims.
Ash Flat, Mayor, Larry Fowler, Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1, Fred Goodwin, Ward 1, Pos. 2, Mike Nix, Ward 2, Pos. 2, Danny Traw, Ward 3, Pos. 1, Delbert N. Camden, Ward 3, Pos. 2, Annette Wolverton; Cave City, Mayor, Jonas Anderson, Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1,  Hana Smith, Ward 2, Pos. 2, Eddie Johnson, Ward 4, Pos. 1, Johns Ables, Ward 4, Pos. 2, Dale King; Cherokee Village, City Clerk, Deb Weichinger, Alderman, Ward 3, Pos. 2, Paul R. Huensch, Ward 4, Pos. 2, Gerald Adams; Highland, Mayor, Russell Truitt, Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1, Mary Jo Morris, Ward 2, Pos. 1, Dennis Burton, Ward 4, Pos. 1, Kenneth Massey; Hardy, Alderman, Ward 2, Pos. 1, Bruce Thurow.
Viola, Alderman, Pos. 4, Robert Lash.
Anyone interested in running for municipal office may call their clerk’s office for more information.
In Izard County call 870-368-4316; Fulton County 870-895-3310 and Sharp County 870-994-7361.

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The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today, August 8!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 31. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up. Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage.
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Our Neighborhood Fresh Market; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Foxy Lady Boutique, located at Cedar Glade Resort, $25 gift certificate; Healthy Habits Haven and Spa Massage, located at Cedar Glade Resort, one year membership, valued at $25; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., a FNBC lawn chair, one entry per visit, Papa Dick’s, Crown Point Resort, Ivory Lane, one medium pizza, value up to $20; Our Place, lower level Diamond B Mall, dinner for two, value up to $15; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 gift certificate to The Calabama Restaurant; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, 707 Third Street, a gift basket; City Hall, 704 W. Commerce Street, free chipper service or leaf removal to top two people that pay the most sales tax in Horseshoe Bend, save your receipts all month long and turn in to City Hall prior to August 31; The Loft, atop Turkey Mountain, two entry fees to pool tournaments.
In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 Junction, a tool pouch; Franklin General Store, Hwy. 56, reminds everyone that they have pizza, one free pizza with any topping; AJ’s Automotive, 105 Hwy. 289, front end alignment, valued at $59.95.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer ads and be sure and save this Special Section as you sign up throughout the month of August.

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Kenneth D. Lettau Trust transferred Lots 61, 62, 63, Pleasant Valley Addt., Horseshoe Bend Estates, to John C. and Maria R. Hoit for the amount of $79,900.
Kenneth and Sharon Engle transferred part of the W1/2 of NE 1/4, Section 2, Township 16N, Range 7W, with easements, to Ervy L. and Aleeta M. Stewart for the amount of $16,500.
Samuel P. Still, POA for William Still, transferred part of Section 28 and part of the S1/2, Section 21, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 2.27 acres m/l, part of the S1/2 of Section 21, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 1.35 acres m/l, and part of the S1/2 of Section 21, Township 17N, Range 11W, with easements, to Laverne Hiner for the amount of $132,500.
Carlton and Joy Sweatman transferred part of the S1/2 of SW1/4, Section 30, Township 18N, Range 10W, containing 13.8 acres m/l, to Austin Hicks for the amount of $14,000.
Christi and Terrence Massey transferred Lot 44, Millcrest Acres Addt., to Hayley Brokaw and Jonathan Madena for the amount of $97,500.
Milam R. and Cheryl Kepford and Robert D. and Carey Kepford transferred the SE1/4 of SE1/4, Section 25, Township 18N, Range 7W, to Joseph and Lisa Spray for the amount of $38,000.
Tom and Paula Cone transferred the E1/2 of E1/2 of the SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 26, Township 18N, Range 9W, to Sean and Christy Tomlinson for the amount of $70,000.
Hayden N. Wyatt, LLC transferred the W1/2 of Lot 2 of the NW1/4, Section 1, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 40 acres m/l, with exceptions, to Todd and Lindsey Weaver for the amount of $45,000.
Louis V. Sr. and Marion McIntire transferred the NE1/4 of SE1/4 and the S1/2 of SE1/4, the SE1/4 of SW1/4, Section 14, Township 15N, Range 9W, and the E1/2 of NE1/4, Section 23, Township 15N, Range 9W, to Covia Holdings Corporation for the amount of $324,000.
Blane and Suzette Johnson transferred the SW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 17, Township 17N, Range 9W, containing 33 acres m/l, with exceptions, to Dewayne E. and Valerie D. Smith for the amount of $57,500.
Darrell Jr. and Traci Overbey, Brett Overbey and Andrea Neevel transferred Lot 20, Millcrest Acres Addt., to Triple M. Enterprises, LLC for the amount of $17,000.
Shane and Billie Linn transferred the NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 23, the S1/2 of SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 14, the S1/2 of S1/2 of SE1/4, Section 15, the N1/2 of NE1/4, the SW1/4 of NE1/4 and the E1/2 of NW1/4, Section 22, all in Township 16N, Range 9W, part of the W1/2 of SE1/4, Section 15, Township 16N, Range 9W, part of the SE1/4 of SW1/4, Section 15, Township 16N, Range 9W, containing 1.5 acres m/l, with exceptions, to Scott and Shelly Bailey and McKee and Luke Miller for the amount of $415,000.
Dillon W. and Rachel R. Anglum transferred part of the E1/2 of SW1/4, Section 34, Township 17N, Range 7W, part of the NE1/4 of NW1/4, Section 3, Township 16N, Range 7W, with exceptions, to David and Christina Harrison for the amount of $79,900.
Kim and Rodney Hutchins transferred part of the E1/2 of NW1/4 of SE1/4, the E1/2 of SW1/4 of SE1/4, the W1/2 of SE1/4 of SE1/4, and part of the NE1/4 of SE1/4, the W1/2 of SW1/4, SE1/4 of SW1/4, the E1/2 of SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 23, Township 16N, Range 8W, the NW1/4 of NE1/4, the NE1/4 of NW1/4, the E1/2 of NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 26, Township 16N, Range 8W, with exceptions, to Bearkatz Sand of Arkansas LLC for the amount of $382,500.
Russell W. and Wendy Blevins transferred the SE1/4 of SW1/4, Section 31, Township 18N, Range 8W, to Winford and Attie Rush for the amount of $24,000.
Dennis W. and Marion R. Coon transferred Lots 312 and 313, North Shore Addt., Horseshoe Bend Estates, to Malvin W. and Anneta B. Russell for the amount of $86,000.
Millcreek Realty, Inc. transferred Lots 14 and 15, Hill Top Acres Subdivision, Section 24, Township 18N, Range 9W, to Heather Haling for the amount of $12,000.
Jackie W. O’Neal and Kris Black, and Randie and Tammy O’Neal transferred part of the SE1/4 of NE1/4, Section 4, Township 17N, Range 8W, containing .3 acres m/l, to Larry G. and Hieu T. Smith for the amount of $2,000.
Eric Bray Enterprises, LLC transferred Lots 3 and 4, Piney Creek Manor, to What Dreams May Come, LLC, for the amount of $18,724.
What Dreams May Come, LLC transferred Lots 3 and 4, Piney Creek Manor, to Fred Bower, Jr. for the amount of $21,500.
Joey E. and Pamela C. Clairday transferred the S1/2 of SW1/4, Section 12, Township 17N, Range 8W, with exceptions, to Billy R. and Mary J. Harris for the amount of $125,000.
Laneta Radtka transferred part of the SE1/4 of SE1/4, Section 7, Township 17N, Range 9W, to David D. Sharp for the amount of $8,000.
Lynn W. and Mary J. Williams transferred part of the W1/2 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 17N, Range 11W, to James R. Jr. and Elizabeth Cox for the amount of $12,000.
Rick and Vicki Hurst transferred part of the NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 10, Township 17N, Range 11W, and part of the NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 10, Township 17N, Range 11W, with exceptions, to Charles W. and Valerie R. Sneathern for the amount of $264,500.
Lenora D. Campbell transferred Lot 38, Pioneer Village Manor Addt., Horseshoe Bend Estates, to Andrea M. Evans for the amount of $48,500.

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The Buck Stops Here retail promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins August 8! Shoppers can visit participating merchants through the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 31.
Participating area businesses invite shoppers to come by and sign up. They appreciate your business, and you will enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and everyone is encouraged to Shop At Home.
Last year prizes given away ranged in value from $10 to $100.
Each time a customer visits a retailer, they can register. Checkout Pacesetting Times Classifieds, Aug. 8 edition, for participating retailer ads.

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The Izard County Consolidated School District has scheduled an Open House at all campuses for Thursday, August 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Parents, guardians and students are invited to attend this event and meet their teachers and administrators for the 2018-19 school year. New students may register from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. between now and the first day of school on August 13.
The Melbourne School District has an Open House on Thursday, August 9. Bearkatz Academy will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; the Elementary is from 4 to 6 p.m.; fourth through sixth grade orientation is at 4 p.m. at the Melbourne Elementary Gym; the High School Open House runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; seventh grade orientation is at 5 p.m.; and ninth grade orientation is at 5:30 p.m. The first day of school is on August 13.
The Calico Rock School District will host Open House on Thursday, August 9 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at both the Elementary and High School. Seventh grade students will meet in the High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. The first day of school is on August 15.
The Salem School District will hold an Open House on Thursday, August 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at both the Elementary and High School. The first day of school is on August 13.

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The 39th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will be held July 26 through 28. The festival will feature craft and food vendors, kids games and entertainment. Also featured will be a WetZone, with armbands sold at $10 each, and attendees may bring a towel and/or a swimsuit. No pets or alcohol are allowed in the park. Bring your lawn chairs.
On Thursday, July 26 entertainment will be provided by the LeFevre Quartet at 8 p.m. on the Melon Stage. The Amazing Watermelon Race will be held at 5 p.m. at Cave City Middle School, followed by the First Freewill Baptist Church Praise Team at 6 p.m. and First Baptist Church Worship Band at 7 p.m., both on the Melon Stage.
On Friday, July 27 Mo Pitney of Nashville, TN, will headline the night’s entertainment at 8 p.m. Friday’s activities start at 9 a.m. with a kid’s fishing derby at the city park. At 5:15 p.m. will be the watermelon speed eating contest on the Melon Stage, followed at 6 p.m. by Luke Stroud & the 50s Beat on the main stage, and 6:45 p.m. the Cave City Cruizers Drive Thru at the city park. Maggie Thorne will perform at 7 p.m. on the main stage.
On Saturday, July 28, Little Texas will perform at 8:30 p.m. Their hits include God Blessed Texas and What Might Have Been.
Saturday activities include a Melon Dash 5K at 7 a.m. at the city park and a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Cave City First Baptist Church family life education center. Registration for the Cave City Cruizers car show is at 9 a.m. at the city park, followed by the parade at 10 a.m. at the middle school. A watermelon selfie challenge will also follow the parade at the city park.
The Tri-County Antique Tractor Club show will be at 11:30 a.m. and the Cave City Sharpshooters Horseshoe Pitching Tournament will begin at 1 p.m. at the walking track. The Band Trippp will perform at noon followed by Walter, Rounds and Company, both on the Melon Stage. On the Melon Stage, Watermelon Growers Games will be at 3 p.m., a free watermelon feast at 4 p.m., and a prize melon auction at 5 p.m. Randy Morrison and Andy Buschmann will perform at 5:45 p.m. and Kristin Kelly at 6:45 p.m. on the main stage.
For a complete schedule visit www.cavecitywatermelonfestival.com or find them on Facebook.

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The city pool in Horseshoe Bend remains closed until repairs can be made.
In addition to leaking skimmers, additional repairs are necessary according to Josh Jackson, manager with the Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID.
Jackson has comprised a list of the following items needing repair: five out of eight skimmers and the main drain leaks; the main pump needs to be rebuilt, four leaks have been detected in the interior plumbing; cracks on the deck over 1/4 inch need to be filled, this is a recurring problem caused by the way the deck was laid in the 1970s; and the pool’s flow rate/turnover rate pumping is 120 gallons per minute and the requirement is 220 gallons per minute. There may be additional problems that are not visible or detectable.
The city pool was professionally winterized last year, and in 2012 the liner was replaced, costing approximately $40,000.
Jackson has contacted pool repair companies to provide a cost assessment to get the pool back in use. The 40-year-old structure is in need of extensive upgrades and fixes, and the MRID would like to get all repairs done for a long-term fix.
The commissioners may be able to apply for a grant to assist with the cost of the repairs.
As Jackson stated earlier this summer, “We’re at a standstill right now.”

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Abbreviations = bf: Bond Forfeiture; FTA: Failure to Appear; BAC: Breathalyzer Test; gt: Guilty/Timepay, ng: not guilty; NP: nolle pros; VAHCL: Violation of the Arkansas Hot Check Law.
Anderson, Randy, littering on public property, gt.
Casey, Melissa, failure to pay/show cause, cont. July 10.
Eaton, JaNae, drinking in public, gt; domestic battery 3rd, gt.
Freeman, Jeff, no proof of insurance, guilty.
Goforth, Paul Jr., discharge firearm in city limit, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, cont. Sept. 4.
Harris, Jhondell, no proof of insurance, failure to pay vehicle registration, fictitious tags, dismissed.
Harrington, John, domestic battery 3rd, cont. July 10.
Johnson, Jonathan, driver’s license suspended, gt; domestic battery 3rd, np.
Johnston, Sharleen, unlawful dog attack, np, restitution.
Jones, Donald, no proof of insurance, dismissed.
Kitts, William, failure to appear, failure to pay, dismissed.
Knighten, Jessica, failure to pay fines, bf.
Lubelski, Natasha, leaving scene of accident, cont. Aug. 7.
Margerum, Larry, no driver’s license, cont. July 10.
McFarland, Christopher, harassing comm., np.
Mero, Rusty, battery 3rd, cont. Oct. 9.
Milsap, Anthony, theft by receiving, bf.
Montes-Rubio, Crystal, failure to appear, contempt of court, failure to pay fines, time served.
Pillow, Lance, maintenance of real property, cont. July 10; unlawful burning, bf.
Smith, Memory, terroristic threatening, FTA.
Sourwine, Michael, theft of property, cont. July 10.
Sparks, Leonard, driver’s license suspended, failure to pay fine, dismissed.
Steward, Jennifer, filing false report, cont. July 10.
Stroud, Alan, unsightly conditions, cont. July 10.
Taylor Jones, Laci, FTA x2, failure to pay, time served.
Vincent, Dyre, theft of property, cont. July 10.
Williams, Kimberly, no proof of insurance, failure to pay registration, over 60 days, gt.
Williamson, George III, domestic battery 3rd, np.

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by Randy Zellers, Assistant Chief of Communications
Anyone can help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission keep tabs on the state’s bear population, thanks to the social media site iNaturalist. AGFC biologists have set up a special online survey dedicated to learning more about where bears are expanding in the Natural State under the title “Arkansas Bear Survey.”
Myron Means, AGFC large carnivore program coordinator, says game cameras and mobile technology have really made it possible for the public to take an active role in helping manage certain wildlife species.
“We receive images and reports of bears in feeders all the time, and we know the bears are expanding into new areas,” Means said. “This survey will help us gather location information as well as basic biological information such as sex, recruitment and relative age class to supplement our other methods of tracking the population.”
Participating in the survey requires a free account with iNaturalist.org, which takes less than five minutes to set up. Once you have established an account, you may enter sightings as you come across bears in The Natural State.
“Ideally, the best information will be photos that are accurately date stamped and in electronic format where they can be uploaded to the iNaturalist.org website for further review,” said Mark Hooks, regional biologist supervisor for the AGFC at the Monticello Regional Office. “Actual observation information without a picture is also useful, particularly if you can provide the approximate location and date of that observation.”
For more information on how to participate in this survey, contact Hooks at 877-367-3559.

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story and photo submitted by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
HARDY – A sinkhole that opened in the Spring River last month has been closed, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston announced Thursday, July 12.
The Commissioner of State Lands office, alongside the Attorney General’s office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Transportation, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork and Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer, as well as local landowners and volunteers, completed work Thursday repairing the sinkhole, located south of Mammoth Spring.
The team of officials used a track hoe to collapse the travertine roof of the sinkhole. The structure fell into itself, resolving the water hazard that had been created by erosion that claimed the life of one person in early June.
State, federal and local officials had met in June to discuss the hazard and to determine how to correct the problem and ensure public safety. They enlisted the help of hydrogeologist Tom Aley, PG with Ozark Underground Laboratory in Potem, MO. After visiting the site, where Aley conducted a survey of the area with a dye tracing technique to determine the characteristics of the hazard, the agencies began examining potential fixes.
Thurston extended thanks to all of the agencies and individuals involved in the project.
He acknowledged additional assistance from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Sen. Missy Irvin, as well as the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for expediting permits for the work.
“Without the tireless work of many people, we would not have completed this project in a timely manner,” he said. “Each agency, official and volunteer has given a great amount of time to put together the plan and act upon it before anyone else was injured.”

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Diamond Cove Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Horseshoe Bend is proud to announce Linda Hall as new administrator of the facility.
Hall has over 30 years experience in long-term care and assisted living and looks forward to working with the staff and residents at Diamond Cove. “We have a good staff,” said Hall. “My goal is to make the diamond in the rough, shine.” Hall welcomes anyone interested in finding out more about Diamond Cove to call or stop by. “We can visit about your long-term care needs,” said Hall. Tours of the facility are also available.
Diamond Cove is a 78 bed skilled nursing facility that provides 24-hour skilled nursing, occupational, physical and speech therapies, post-acute care following surgery or hospitalization, hospice and palliative care, respite care for at-home caregivers, and outpatient therapy. The center has private rooms available, and a registered dietician on staff. They accept Medicare, Medicaid and select private pay.
Diamond Cove Healthcare and Rehabilitation is located at 1203 S. Bend in Horseshoe Bend and may be reached by calling 870-670-5134.

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On June 21 the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the circuit court’s decision to halt the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission’s (MMC) award of marijuana cultivation licenses. At issue was the MMC process that resulted in awarding five top scoring applicants, out of 82, medical marijuana cultivation facility licenses. Each applicant paid a $100,000 licensing fee and posted a $500,000 performance bond.
Naturalis Health, one of the applicants, and ranking 38th, brought a complaint forward stating that “the MMC carried out the application process in a flawed, biased, and arbitrary and capricious manner, and that commissioners failed to uniformly apply their rules when scoring the applications,” according to the case filed in the Supreme Court, CV-18-356.
The circuit court agreed and declared the MMC’s licensing decisions null and void and enjoined the MMC from issuing the cultivation-facility licenses.
MMC appealed the decision and last month the Supreme Court held that the circuit court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction under the Administrative Procedure Act. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp wrote, “I agree with the majority’s conclusion that we must reverse and dismiss this case for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. I write separately to note the respective roles of the court and MMC.”
As of June 25, a total of 5,463 medical marijuana identification cards have been approved in Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. This represents .2 percent of the state’s population order their cards online. Cards will not be available for printing until one month prior to medical marijuana availability in Arkansas dispensaries.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host Pizza and Politicians, a question and answer session for Izard County candidates running for Tax Collector, Judge and Sheriff. This event will take place on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. in the Recreation Center at Crown Point Resort. Papa Dick’s Pizza will cater the event, cost is $10 per person. The deadline to reserve your seat is noon on Tuesday, July 17.
Questions for the candidates will be read by a moderator and their responses will be timed. The deadline to submit your questions is also noon on Tuesday, July 17. To RSVP or to submit a question, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or email horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com. You can also RSVP/submit questions via Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsbacc.

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IZARD COUNTY — Hwy. 354 from Horseshoe Bend to Oxford will soon receive chip and seal, approximately 9.5 miles, to provide a new wearing surface for the highway.
According to Tim Dunlap, District 5 Maintenance Engineer with the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the work consists of spraying a layer of oil over the surface and then spreading small aggregates, or chips, on to the roadway. This will seal cracks in the asphalt. There are five other locations in other counties that will also be sealed.
“Work should begin in mid-July and continue until all projects are complete, some time in August,” said Dunlap. The work will be performed by the District 5 sealing crew, after the Izard County maintenance crew prepares the roadway by repairing pot holes. District 5 consists of Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone and White Counties.
Additional roadwork has been approved by the Arkansas State Highway Commission for improvements to roadways in Franklin, Melbourne and Mount Pleasant.
Road projects include resurfacing 2.6 miles of selected sections of city streets in Franklin, S. Main, Military Road and N. Main. In Melbourne, 2.1 miles will be resurfaced including Knob Creek Road and Jumbo Road, and in Mount Pleasant 1.3 miles, Ash Trail, Pearl Drive/School Street, Barren Fork Road, Reeves Street/Circle Drive and McSpadden Drive.
Atlas Asphalt, Inc. of Batesville was awarded the contract at $643,867.76.
Construction is to begin in two to four weeks. Drivers are reminded to be attentive when traveling.

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HORSESHOE BEND –An arrest has been made in connection with several reports of recent break-ins occurring in Horseshoe Bend and the surrounding area.
Matthew J. Sollock, age 25 of Mount Pleasant, was arrested on June 30 for thefts committed during the early morning hours of Friday, June 29.
Over ten vehicle break-ins were reported in the Manor Home/Pioneer Village subdivision in Horseshoe Bend, and in the Violet Hill and Oxford areas according to Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley. “The vehicles were all unlocked,” said Blackley. Items taken included a 2010 Dodge Challenger, a Taurus 40 caliber hangun, small amounts of money, a GPS, sunglasses and more. Some of the stolen items have been recovered.
A Horseshoe Bend resident posted on social media that someone with a mask making their way through an outside door at her home ran away when a family member spotted them during the early morning hours.
Sollock was apprehended without incident in Hoxie and transported to Izard County. He was charged with felony breaking or entering – 15 counts; theft of property – nine counts, and one count of criminal mischief.
His bond was set at $100,000.

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by Karen Sherrell
Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend has undergone a transformation over the last few years, with renovations to their accommodations, and the addition of a boutique and wellness center.
The Wellness Center offers a variety of alternative methods of relaxation and healing, and therapies for those interested in taking responsibility for their own health. Modalities offered at Healthy Habits Haven and Spa include massage, ultrasound therapy, LED light therapy, a hyperbaric chamber, color and sound therapy, lymphatic drainage and a harmony room.
Anyone may join the Wellness Center and at this time membership is only $25 annually or $100 for a lifetime. Registered Nurse Jim Frey is on-site to help you with a wellness consult. Frey has 28 years as an RN in clinical research and applications, and has conducted over 1,000 clinical trials in addition to his career. “When a person comes for a wellness consult, together we develop what is best for them,” said Frey.
One of the most interesting services offered is the addition of a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber at the center. Historically these type of chambers were used to help patients with the bends, a painful condition that occurs in scuba divers who ascend too quickly. Present day applications encompass a variety of needs.
In a hyperbaric chamber, the air pressure is increased to higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body.
“Mild hyperbaric chambers have been produced the past ten years,” said Frey. “This one utilizes a therapeutic 1.2 atmospheric pressure, with an oxygen concentrator.” An individual breathes near 100% oxygen intermittently while inside a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized to greater than sea level pressure. This therapy assists with increasing immune capabilities, helping patients with problems ranging from chronic wounds to complex disabilities and neurological impairment.
The softsided chamber at the Wellness Center takes in ambient air, filters the oxygen from it and pushes it into a user’s cells. “The more oxygen in your cells creates hemoglobin, red cells, and knocks out toxins,” said Frey. It can speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function.
“This therapy is also used on patients with traumatic brain injuries to re-oyxgenate brain cells,” said Frey. “It helps with tremors associated with Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, paralysis and autism.”
During a session in the hyperbaric chamber, Frey remains in the room with the patient. There is a window in the chamber enabling him to communicate with the patient as well. “There is room to move inside the chamber, it is peaceful, you can hear air flowing,” said Frey. A patient may use their phone during treatment, to play soft music.
Hyperbaric therapy in a clinic typically costs $500 per session, according to Frey, and pricing on a session in the Center’s soft, portable chamber is much less, at $150. Sessions are available by appointment, from 30 to 60 minutes.
“Some medications contradict with the hyperbaric chamber, that’s why we do an initial wellness consultation,” said Frey. “If a patient is known to have seizures, they cannot use this therapy.”
Other alternatives offered for relaxation and meditation include thermal massage beds, vibration beds and a portable sauna. “These alternative therapies are used to help ease pain and hopefully improve your body,” said Frey.
The spa is now open, with 24/7 keycode access, offering a hot tub, three private jacuzzi tubs, sauna steam and eucalyptus, and universal gym. Discounts are offered for spa and wellness packages, and for couples.
The Wellness Center may be contacted at 870-670-5051.
Cedar Glade Resort’s amenities include remodeled lodge rooms with Wi-Fi and Continental breakfast, an 18 hole par 3 golf course, a tennis court, shuffleboard, horseshoes, volleyball, a stocked fishing lake and RV hookups. Foxy Lady Boutique features dresses, tops, slacks, scarves, jewelry, shoes and more. Healthy Habits offers vitamins, multi and liquid cell food, energy bars, bulk nuts and seeds, tinctures, Garden of Life products, Braggs ACV and aminos, and herbal and medicinal teas.
Frey, RN, is pictured with the new hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber located at the Wellness Center at Cedar Glades Resort in Horseshoe Bend. Photo/K.Sherrell

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Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce event details for this year’s Independence Day celebration. The theme will be We the People and activities will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, July 4.
Bargains in the Bend, an outdoor yard sale of sorts, will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will be the exclusive food vendor and they will have burgers, brats and hotdogs ready as early as 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will travel the same route as last year. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will host their annual ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At 12 p.m., local residents will present a dramatic reading called, “We the People.” This event is free to attend and will take place in the Little Theatre. Everyone is encouraged to find a good viewing area of Crown Lake around 5 p.m. to watch the flotilla on parade. From there, drive on up to Turkey Mountain and enjoy some live music before the fireworks begin at dusk.
For more information, please email: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com or call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433.
Salem
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Fireworks in the Park Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4 at the Salem City Park.
The chamber invites everyone out to this free event to enjoy the fun, food, music, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The chamber will be selling armbands for $5 each for bounce houses for the kids and will also sell inexpensive patriotic toys, hand fans, and flags. There will be food vendors set up on the east side of the park.
At 6 p.m. the Salem VFW Post will perform the Colors Flag. At 7 p.m. there will be entertainment on the east side of the City Park. In conjunction with the Fireworks in the Park Celebration, Hall Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.
At dark spectators at the City Park, Rodeo Arena, and surrounding areas can enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. Local businesses are encouraged to send your donation P.O. Box 649, Salem, AR 72576 before June 30.
Calico Rock
The Calico Rock Lions club will once again bring the community their Annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday, July 3, at Hwy. 56 in Calico Rock. The Lions will be stationed at park exits following the conclusion of the show accepting donations from attendees who wish to show their appreciation and help support local Lions’ charitable projects.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Independence Day Celebration will be on Wednesday, July 4. The list of events include: Cherokee Village Fire Fighters Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Baseheart Fire Station from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Patriotic Boat Parade at 7 p.m.; Thunder on Thunderbird Fireworks Show, Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Arkansas at 9 p.m.
Melbourne
Fireworks show on the Fourth of July is free to the public thanks to FNBC and the City of Melbourne. The gates to the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road will open at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Sarah Jo Sample and the Natural Disasters from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be three bounce houses/slides for children. Concessions will be available. The fireworks will start at dark.
Hardy
The Hardy Independence Celebration at Loberg Park, presented by the Hardy A&P Commission, will be held June 30.
There will be live music and water slides from 3 p.m. to dark. There will be Food Trucks – Auntie Anne’s, Leaves and Beans, Robert’s Country Fried Cooking with cuisine to fit the youngest to the fittest to the seasoned appetites.
There will be a Kids’ Bike Decorating Parade at 7 p.m. and prizes will be given out.

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Several black bear sightings have been reported from mid-May through early-June in Izard, Sharp, Fulton and Independence Counties.
On May 13, a black bear was seen swimming in Crown Lake, in Horseshoe Bend, and also crossing the road on Ranchview Lane.
On May 17, a black bear was seen at Robinson Point on Norfork Lake by a Sturkie family.
On May 30, a Horseshoe Bend family spotted a full grown black bear on Hwy. 63 at the Williford turnoff near Martin Creek bridge.
A brown bear was reportedly seen on June 7 in Southside, on top of Ramsey Mountain in Independence County.
On June 15, a black bear was seen by Quilted Heart on Hwy. 289.
The American black bear, the only species of bear in Arkansas, carries a powerful Natural State attraction for wildlife watchers and photographers, many of whom consider bears to be the most significant symbol of the vanishing American wilderness. Formerly one of North America’s most widely occurring mammals, the American black bear was so common in Arkansas at the time of pioneer settlement that the state’s original nickname was “The Bear State.” Now bears are absent from much of the continent’s interior, while the population of Arkansas bears is recovering from decline.
The current population of Arkansas bears is estimated at more than 3,000. They usually appear taller at the hips than at the shoulders and can reach over six feet tall when standing erect. Male black bears are known to exceed 600 pounds. In Arkansas, adult males typically range from 130 to 300 pounds and adult females from 90 to 150 pounds. Their weights vary considerably within a single year and even between years, depending on food abundance.
Black bears in the wild prefer feeding in early morning and late evening, but are active at night. Insects are a mainstay of their diet, which also includes blackberries, pokeberries and blueberries in the summer and acorns and hickory nuts in autumn.
American black bears occur in a variety of colors ranging from black to almost white. The black color phase is virtually the only one found in the eastern United States. Black bears may occasionally have a white patch or “blaze” on the chest. Brown and cinnamon-colored black bears become increasingly common in the more variable, drier and mountainous habitats in the western United States.
An interesting exception to this rule occurs in Arkansas. Approximately 23 percent of bears in the Ozark Mountains and three percent of bears in the Ouachita Mountains are brown or cinnamon-colored. Cinnamon and brown-colored black bears are fairly common in these areas.
Trey Reid, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said weeks of temperatures in the 90s after cooler weather in early spring might have led to the animals’ most active periods happening over a shorter period of time. This is also the case for snakes, he added.
Reid said the commission does not track bear sightings but that they usually leave their dens in the spring. With social media, more sightings are recorded. It’s not necessarily happening more, Reid said, “we just know about more of it.”
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas.com.

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by Manda Jackson
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the First Annual Bargains in the Bend on Wednesday, July 4. Groups and individuals interested in selling items or handing out promotional materials are welcome to do so on the lower level of the Diamond B parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We are looking forward to offering the community and our visitors something a little different than a traditional festival this year,” said Chamber President, Manda Jackson. “If you like treasure hunting at yard sales, this should be a fun event for you!”
The Chamber will collect $10 per space (up to three tables) upon arrival, no pre-registration or vendor application required.
If the use of electricity is a necessity, please call the Chamber and they will try to accommodate this need. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will be the exclusive food vendor. They will have their delicious burgers, brats and hot dogs ready to serve around 9 a.m.
Other than smoke from their grill, no smoking will be permitted from vendors.
Stop by and find yourself some bargains before, during or after the parade. For more information, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or email: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com. You can also visit the Chamber on the web at www.horseshoebend.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsbacc.

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by Theresa McCarty
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m for another great act to appear at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre. Come hear some great bluegrass and gospel. Stringed Union Bluegrass will perform. Admission is by donation. Come join us at 5 p.m. for burgers and hot dogs on the grill.
Stringed Union Bluegrass consists of four band members:
Sharry Lovan from Willow Springs, MO, plays bass and sings lead/harmony. She grew up in a large family band playing bluegrass gospel from a very young age.
She has been a band member of Stringed Union Bluegrass for four years now and is very fortunate to share the stage with some of the finest musicians around.
Javan Loadholtz from Oklahoma City, OK, plays mandolin and sings lead/harmony. He has been a part of the band ever since it was formed in 2014. He plays multiple instruments and and is a fine musician indeed. He was part of the band Bluegrass Express many years ago and has traveled all over sharing his talents with friends and family.
Gene Collins from Ozark, MO,  plays rhythm guitar on an old Martin he has owned since the 60s. Known for his smooth playing, he is one of the finest musicians you will ever meet. He is also in another band called The Collins Brothers out of Kansas City, MO. He is a great addition to the band.
Alan Strickland from West Plains, MO, plays a beautiful Gibson Banjo-sings lead/harmony. He has travelled all over the U.S. and played with many bands through the years. He is still the banjo player for the group First Impression and Stringed Union is truly blessed to have him in the band.
Join us for a great night of music. Support our town and the effort to add amenities to our community. Hope to see you at Music in the Mountains Theatre, located in the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a free Kids Fishing Derby for youngsters 15 years old and younger, at the Commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle, no live bait is allowed. Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 15 years old and under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults cannot fish.
This event is free to the public. For more information contact 877-625-7521.

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced mobile office locations for June.
Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and assisted nearly 1,000 Arkansans last year.
Rutledge believes in face-to-face conversations to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.
This year, the Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services they provide statewide.
Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement across Arkansas to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call 501-682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
Upcoming mobile office:
Fulton County
Tuesday, June 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, located at 225 S. Main in Salem.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a free Kids Fishing Derby for youngsters 15 years old and younger, at the Commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle, no live bait is allowed. Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 15 years old and under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults cannot fish.
This event is free to the public. For more information contact 877-625-7521.

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by Karen Sherrell
A Sharp County woman charged with murder in the second degree has once again been found competent to proceed to trial.
Jennifer Lea Collins, age 56, was charged with murder in the second degree, after the death of an elderly woman in her care in May of 2017.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
The state official account reads, “Collins would not cooperate with law enforcement or paramedics at the scene, and became belligerent and violent when officers attempted to take her into custody.” Collins was transported to White River Emergency Center for a blood test and the “available information indicates that Collins registered a blood alcohol level of .29, more than three times the legal limit for intoxication.”
Sandefur died seven days after the attack. She was able to tell Officer Phillip Dunlap at the scene that Collins “had bit and beat her.” The autopsy lists death as “aspiration pneumonia due to blunt force injuries and human bites.”
Initially charged with battery first degree, Collins’ charges were upgraded on August 16, 2017. She was then released on a $100,000 bond, after her court appearance before Judge Mark Johnson.
Collins, through her attorney, R. T Starken, requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. Examination results were filed with the Sharp County Clerk’s office on November 20, 2017, and the results summarized that Collins had the capacity to understand her charges, and was competent to stand trial.
One month later, a commitment order was filed for Collins to undergo additional evaluations citing insufficiencies in the first exam. On December 12, 2017, she was ordered to receive care, treatment and evaluations through the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
Records indicate Collins was seen by Debra Alberts, LCSW, for individual therapy December 2017 through May of this year. Records also indicate that Collins was married this past March.
The results from the second evaluation were filed May 23 in Sharp County Circuit Court.
Michael J. Simon, Ph.D., Supervising Forensic Psychologist, Arkansas State Hospital, conducted the clinical interview on May 10. According to his report: at the time of the examination Collins does not have a mental disease or defect; has the capacity to understand the proceedings against her; and is functioning in the average range of intelligence. Simons’ summary opinion reads: at the time of the alleged conduct and in regards to her charge of murder in the second degree, “Collins did not lack the capacity to appreciate the criminality of her conduct; did not lack the capacity to conform her conduct to the requirement of the law; and did not lack capacity to engage ‘knowing’ conduct.’”
Simon additionally reported, “Ms. Collins has a long history abusing alcohol and thus meets criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder; however, substance dependence or intoxication is not considered a mental disease or defect under Arkansas statutory law.” His report continued, “There is significant evidence that her actions were the result of voluntary intoxication which cannot be used as an affirmative defense.”
Collins denied any memory of the alleged offenses to Simon, but was able to provide a detailed description of the events leading up to the alleged crimes, as stated in his official report.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder. She was additionally charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
A trial date has not been set at this time.

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Horseshoe Bend
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located at 508 Profession Drive, will hold an Easter Brunch with an Easter Egg Hunt following on Sunday, April 1. If there is inclement weather the hunt will be in the church building.
Diamond Cove Healthcare, located at 1203 South Bend Drive, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be separate age groups.
Oxford
The Oxford Baptist Church invites you to join them on Saturday, March 31 for some glow-in-the-dark fun! The hunt will begin at 7:30 p.m. with food, games, prizes and devotion. The glow fun will get started as soon as it gets dark. They will have lots of eggs filled with all kinds of surprises. The hunt is for children through sixth grade.
Salem
Salem First Baptist Church, located at 552 Hwy. 62, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 10 a.m. for kids ages birth to sixth grade. Everyone leaves with a prize including two grand prizes for each age group.
Scribner Family Practice Clinic, located at 115 Turner Lane, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The hunt is open to the community and there will be prize eggs for each age group.
The Ozark Mountain Music Makers will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at the Music Barn, located on Hwy. 62.
Mammoth Spring
The Spring River Lions Club will sponsor the annual Easter Egg Scramble at Mammoth Spring State Park on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The hunt is for kids 11 years and younger.
Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church, located at 16600 Hwy. 9 N, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 11 a.m. All children 12 years and under are invited to attend. There will be lots of eggs to hunt, prizes and fun! They will be serving a hot dog lunch with all the fixings. For more information call 870-625-3273.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5215 Hwy. 56 E in Violet Hill, will hold an Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, April 1. There will be a huge egg hunt after the 11 a.m. service, for all ages.
Hardy
The Hardy Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31 at Loberg Park beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt is hosted by the City of Hardy and the Elks. Bring your basket and join them for fun in the park. There will be a bike giveaway.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Fire Department, located at 1 Basehart Road, will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
Evening Shade
The Ministerial Alliance Women’s Auxiliary from Evening Shade VFW will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at the Evening Shade Park on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. The Easter Bunny will be present and there will be lots of eggs filled with candy and golden eggs with special prizes. For more information call 870-283-4238.
Calico Rock
The Calico Rock Lions Club will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at Rand Park. There will be two age groups.

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Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend will be having an Easter Sunrise Service on Turkey Mountain at the tennis court. The service will be conducted by David Schaller. There will be music and singing. Come and participate in this glorious celebration. Please bring a chair. Donuts and coffee will be served following the service at the church.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Horseshoe Bend will have Easter Services beginning at 9 a.m. with Holy Communion. An Easter Brunch will follow the service, and those wishing to attend need to call the church at 870-670-5482.
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Violet Hill will have Easter Services at 11 a.m. They will present a drama about Jesus Christ. It will answer the questions of who He was and why He died. The drama will feature testimonials and songs.
First Baptist Church of Salem will find out “Who Moved the Stone?” at 10 a.m.

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A benefit BBQ dinner and live auction will be held at the ICC High School Cafeteria on Saturday, April 7 beginning at 6 p.m.
Proceeds of the event will go to help the Smith Family, Ryan, Sabra and Drake, with hospital bills and monthly expenses incurred due to two year old Drake’s Type 1 diabetes.
Some items donated for the auction include home decor, tools, jewelry, handmade blankets, baby blankets, quilts, refurbished tv stand, flower arrangement, hand painted signs, hand painted stained glass, baked goods, 30 minute massage, an Ann Magnolia, Yeti cooler, outdoor Beanbag game, and much more.
The ICC campus is located at 5068 N AR Hwy. 9, Brockwell.

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HORSESHOE BEND – As part of the annual Keep America Beautiful™ Great American Cleanup®, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, KAB, is helping volunteers in every county organize and promote local cleanup and beautification events that will #MakeArkansasGreen.
The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, and the #MakeArkansasGreen challenge, is a call-to-action to volunteers to organize at least one cleanup event in each of the state’s 75 counties during March, April and May. Cleanup events should focus on enhancing a community’s public spaces, such as roadsides, waterways, parks and neighborhoods, by picking up litter and debris, planting flowers, removing bulky waste, recycling materials and improving overall appearance.
“Littering is illegal in Arkansas, and it is ugly and unhealthy. We want Arkansans to no longer tolerate littered places,” said Liz Philpott, KAB’s volunteer program manager and statewide cleanup coordinator. “KAB is committed to fostering behavior change and new attitudes to make littering socially unacceptable. We advance change through volunteer activities and educational outreach about the negative impacts on a community that is not litter-free. The #MakeArkansasGreen challenge during the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas is a key initiative to engage and inspire Arkansans toward better habits.”
Everyone is encouraged to participate in this year’s Keep Horseshoe Bend Beautiful Great American Cleanup. Civic groups, clubs, organizations, scouts, churches, individuals, businesses, and neighborhoods can put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on Saturday, May 5 and help cleanup.
There will be a hot dog picnic to follow. All are encouraged to take part in the annual community cleanup initiative. Those interested in organizing a cleanup event or volunteering, please call Event Coordinators Michelle Grabowski, City Hall, at 870-670-5113; or Carrie Johnson, Pacesetting Times, at 870-670-6397.
Horseshoe Bend is an attractive community, and all residents have a responsibility to keep it clean and attractive.
If Horseshoe Bend is littered and ill kept, its potential to attract industry and tourism can be greatly impacted.
A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, roadsides and waterways free of litter can make a big difference in Horseshoe Bend’s future.
Below are some of the things you can do as a church, business, or civic group to be a sponsor.
– Freshen up your parking lot, roadsides, and ditches;
– Plant a flower bed;
– Add potted flowers or plants to your entrance;
– Recycle Items produced by your church, business, or civic group that are accepted by Horseshoe Bend Recycling Center;
– Prune trees and bushes;
– Add a fresh coat of paint if needed;
– Put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 5.
Volunteers will meet starting at 7 a.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church’s parking lot where a designated area will be assigned to individuals or groups if they do not already have an area.
KAB works with cleanup coordinators to plan and publicize their local events, and provide volunteers with Glad® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other cleanup supplies.
Each week beginning in April, KAB will post to its social media platforms a #MakeArkansasGreen map of the counties where a cleanup is registered. Arkansans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track the #MakeArkansasGreen campaign’s success. During the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, volunteers registered events in 52 counties.

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Vice Chairman Teresa Orrick called the regular meeting of the Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on March 14.
Present: Aldermen Luther Yancey, Orrick, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Marty McKnight.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept the February Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $23,571.89 in sales tax for the month of February 2018.
Yow moved to defer the Treasurer’s Report to the City Council, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously.
Under unfinished business: None.
Under new business: Barnes updated the committee on the status of last year’s water increase. In accordance with Ordinance 2017-01 the council would review the increase to determine if operating funds, maintenance funds and reserves were adequate before implementing the annual increase. The Water Department had to replace a well pump at a cost of $22,219 and delaying the cleaning and painting of the water tower is no longer an option. The water tower costs will be in excess of $95,000. The annual rate increase will go into effect in the next billing cycle with no further action by the council.
Yow moved to table Ordinance 2018-01 amending the zoning code to add Crown Point Resort’s un-platted acreage West of Ivory Lane, and North of Tri Lakes Drive to Pasture/Stable districts, until a representative from Crown Point Resort appears before the City Council with an operational plan, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously.
With no further business to come before the committee, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously. The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for April 11 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer

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Several races have emerged following the filing deadline of March 1 for candidates running for county offices.
Filings in Izard County, for Judge, Eric Smith (R) incumbent, Thomas Ward (D), Warren Skelton (D); Sheriff, Earnie Blackley (R), Carl Russell (R), Rick Kimble (D); Clerk, Shelly Downing (D) incumbent; Treasurer, Warren Sanders (R) incumbent; Collector, Marilyn Downing (D) incumbent, Paul D. Womack (R); Justice of the Peace: District 1, Justin Sanders (D) incumbent; District 2, Thomas W. Rushing (D) incumbent, Walter Hagan (R); District 3, Jared Johnson (D), Randy “Hank” Sherrell (I), John Walker (R), Dale Ivy (R); District 4, Willie Moser (D) incumbent, Michelle Graetz (R); District 5, John David Miller (D) incumbent; District 6, Seth Engelhardt (D) incumbent; District 7, Brian Biard (D), Tony Gill (I), Christopher Blake Johnson (R); District 8, Wayne Boren (D) incumbent; District 9, Richard “Rich” Emmens (R) incumbent; Constable: Millcreek, Timothy Whitehurst (D) incumbent; Pleasant Hill, John Mark Rogers, (I); Gid, George F. Whitfield (I), Donnie Tate (I); School Board, Melbourne, Phillip Edwards (I) incumbent.
Filings in Fulton County, for Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) incumbent, Brock Love (D), Jim Kendrick (R); Sheriff, Albert “Al” Roork (D) incumbent; Clerk, Vickie Bishop (D) incumbent; Treasurer, Seth Jones (D) incumbent, Barry Abney (D); Collector, Michalle Watkins (D) incumbent; Assessor, Brad Schaufler (D) incumbent; Coroner, Steven C. Barker (D) incumbent; Surveyor, Brian Keen (D) incumbent; Justice of the Peace: District 1, Cris Newberry (D) incumbent; District 2, Lynn Guffey (I) incumbent; District 3, Burton Yarnell, (D) incumbent, Michael Barnett (D), Gene McBride (R); District 4, Seth Martin (D) incumbent, Bill Worsham (D); District 5, Johnny Moody (D) incumbent, Randy L. Wilson (R); District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) incumbent; District 7, Tesa Bishop Nelson (D) incumbent, Ray Matthew (R); District 8, Jack Haney (D) incumbent; District 9, Jimmy Marler (D) incumbent, Charles R. Kendrick (R); Constable Township #1, Clay Divelbiss (D). In the City of Salem: Mayor, Daniel Busch (D) incumbent; Jimmy D. McBride (D); Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Betty Teague (D) incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Marcia Newton, (D) incumbent; Ward 2, Position 1, Richard Frazier (D) incumbent; Ward 2, Position 2, Ted York (D) incumbent; School Board: Salem, Position 3, Jason Miller, incumbent; Viola, Position 3, Max Ray Shrable, incumbent.
Filings in Sharp County, for Judge, Gene Moore (I) incumbent; Treasurer, Wanda Girtman (D) incumbent; Sheriff, Mark Counts (I) incumbent; Clerk, Alisa Black (I); Assessor, Kathy Nix (I) incumbent; Tax Collector, Charlotte Ratliff (I) incumbent; Coroner, Renee Clay-Circle (R) incumbent, Seth H. Wortham (D); Justice of the Peace: District 1, Roger C. Stark (D) incumbent, Phillip Sullivan (R); District 2, Briana Dilorio (R) incumbent, Garry Lawrence (D); District 3, Greg Prenger (D) incumbent; District 4, Chuck Murphy (D) incumbent; District 5, Tony Vaughn (R) incumbent, Derek Ford (R), Ruth Rogers (D); District 6, Everett McGuire (R) incumbent, David R. Cook (D), Jackie Pickett (I); District 7, Bart Schulz (I) incumbent; District 8, Jeral Hastings (D) incumbent; District 9, Todd Price (I) incumbent; Constable: District 1, Kevin Dienst (D) incumbent; District 2, Steven R. Rose (D) incumbent; District 3, Mary Wanley (D) incumbent; District 4, Michael R. Orosz (I) incumbent; District 5, Kelly Newcom (R) incumbent; District 6, Israel Hester (D); District 7, Eric J. Pickle (D) incumbent, District 9, Aaron Hunter (D) incumbent; School Board: Highland, Position 2, Jason Rhodes incumbent; Position 3, Julea Garner incumbent; Cave City, Position 5, Donald Simmons incumbent, Jon Hodges.
The Preferential Primary Election is Tuesday, May 22. Voters will decide on candidates in the Democrat and Republican races. Deadline to register to vote in the Preferential Primary is Monday, April 23.

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A group of individuals from Horseshoe Bend and the outlying areas have gotten together to try and re-open the Horseshoe Bend Music in the Mountains Theater.
This group is looking at different formats for the shows, hoping to bring the area some professional shows on top of showcasing local talent.
The first endeavor will be a show on March 24 at 6 p.m. with the professional talents of The Creek Rocks that has performed in many different venues, Eureka Springs, Little Rock, Springfield and Branson, MO, to name a few. There will be a ticket charge for the professional shows to help with the expenses of, not only bringing great talent to our area, but assisting in keeping the doors of the theater open.
Watch the Pacesetting Times for more details and ads to come. Mark your calendars. There is also a reunion show being planned for the future, hopefully bringing back some of the great talent we have heard in the theater over the years. The theater is also going to be made available to groups needing a venue of this kind. The new board of the Theater looks forward to bringing great talent to our area and asks for your support for this piece of history in Horseshoe Bend.

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by Bobby Stapleton, sports
Izard County punched their ticket, this time a Golden Ticket, last Saturday, when they knocked off the Mount Vernon-Enola Warhawks at Morrilton in the semi-finals of the State Tournament. Ten years ago, the Izard County Cougars went to the Summit in Hot Springs and brought home the 1A State Championship trophy. This weekend, they will try to duplicate that achievement. The Cougars head back to the Spa City for a 7:45 p.m. tipoff on March 10, where they will face the Guy Perkins Thunderbirds.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead when Justus Cooper lit things up with a baby hook shot in the lane and Dalton Dillard stroked a trey from the left wing. Cooper upped the lead with a step back jumper from the top of the key, making it an early 7-zip lead for the Cougars. Mt. Vernon-Enola finally got on the scoreboard at the 3:18 with a free throw and Dylan Tharp answered that with a pull up jumper off the free throw line, pushing the Cougar lead up to 9-1.
The Warhawks racked up back-to-back treys to close the gap down to a two point game, but Caleb Faulkner hit a jumper in the lane and Dillard hit one of two free throws to bump the lead to 12-7. The Warhawks capped the first stanza with a couple of charity tosses and the Cougars kept the lead, 12-9. Mt. Vernon-Enola made it a one point game with a bucket with less than half a minute gone from the clock in the second, but Faulkner drained a trey from the top of the key to make it a two possession game once again. The Warhawks picked up a bucket at the other end to keep it close, but Faulkner sank a couple of free throw to keep it a two possession game. The Warhawks picked up five straight points to claim their first lead at the 2:50 mark, taking an 18-17 lead. A little less than a minute ticked off the clock and Cooper stuck back a rebound and followed that with a traditional three point play, pushing Izard County back out in front 22-18, which held up until halftime.
The Warhawks opened the third quarter with six straight points, going up 24-22. Faulkner hit a jumper from near the free throw line to knot the game back up at 24-all, but a traditional three point play at the other end kept the Cougars trailing. Faulkner stole a ball on defense and took it back for the lay up, pulling Izard County back to within one. Another old fashioned three point play by Mt. Vernon-Enola gave them a two possession lead at 30-26, but a baby hook by Cooper off the right side and a floater in the lane from Faulkner tied the game 30-all with 3:40 left in the third. The Warhawks retook the lead with a trey, but Cooper hit a jumper from the top to keep it a one point game. Mt. Vernon-Enola stayed with the long range bombs, hitting their third trifecta of the frame to up their lead to 36-32 before Mike Uecker hit a reverse lay up to pull the Cougars back to within two. The fourth trey of the third quarter upped the Warhawks lead to 39-34, but Faulkner crashed the offensive glass and stuck back a rebound to close out the frame, pulling the Cougars back to within three points at 36-39.
Izard County had eight minutes to get things lined out and head back to Hot Springs, where Coach Kyle McCandlis has fond memories, since he was on the team ten years ago when Izard County last won the Championship. Uecker hit a jumper off the right side after getting the no look pass from Cooper, making it a one point game. The Warhawks made it four in a row as they nailed a trey to up their lead, and the Cougars started climbing back with a vengeance. Back-to-back buckets by Faulkner knotted the game to 42-all with 6:03 left in the game, then Cooper came back with two free throws at the 5:34 mark to put Izard County on top 44-42. With the Warhawks spreading the floor to pressure Izard County, Faulkner attacked the basket and hit the jumper in the lane to make it a two possession game at 47-43. Mt. Vernon-Enola never could put together back-to-back scores and Izard County hit free throws from there on to secure their ticket to the Championship game by taking a 52-48 win. For Izard County: Faulkner (22), Cooper (17), Uecker (6), Dillard (4), Tharp (2), and Everett (1).

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The Mammoth Spring Lady Bears battled hard this season and after almost 17 years, made it to the State Elite 8.
The young team drew a bye for first round in state and took on the Quachita Lady Warriors on Wednesday, February 28 at the Devil Dog Arena in Morrilton.
The Lady Bears led by 14 points at the half and never looked back, defeating the Lady Warriors 85-67.
Mammoth Spring rallied to a 50-36 halftime lead and were ahead by 20 at the half, 68-48.
Whitlee Layne had game high points with 27, Brianna Hocum had 19, Stephine Henry hit 14 and Lauren Mitchell scored 12.
The Lady Bears (30-11) met the Kirby Lady Trojans in quarterfinal action on Friday, March 2, another young team, and the battle ensued. The Lady Bears were down by three at the end of the first quarter, but scored 19 points to lead the Lady Trojans at the half 32-29.
The Lady Bears set the pace, outscoring their opponent in the third quarter, and kept the lead, 45-38.
The Lady Trojans tied the game 45-all with a little over four minutes left in the game, and the Lady Bears regained the lead for a short time. The Lady Bear’s season came to an end with a loss to the Lady Trojans 61-55.
Layne led the Lady Bears with 23 and Mitchell scored 10.
Coach Denny Young praised his team and their great season. “It’s all about the experience, getting to play post-season,” said Young. “This is a close-knit group, and everybody is coming back next year.”
Congratulations Lady Bears on a great season!
JUMP FOR IT: Brianna Hocum hauls in a rebound against Kirby at Morrilton. Photo/D.Russell

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The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz proved their strength this year, and made it to the Class 3A State Final Four. The last time the Lady ‘Katz were in this position was in 1991.
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz took on the Two Rivers Lady Gators in the Class 3A State Tournament first round, at Drew Central High School in Monticello, on Wednesday, February 28 at 1 p.m.
The Lady ‘Katz rallied to defeat the Lady Gators, 38-33, shooting 85 percent from the free throw line, sinking 18 out of 21.
The Lady Bearkatz (27-7) came from a four point deficit after one, to tie the game 19-19 at the half. The Lady Bearkatz took the lead at the end of three, 30-26 and captured the win 38-33. Regan Rapert led the Lady ‘Katz with 18 and Dani Hardaway added 7.
The Lady Bearkatz made their way into the State Final Four with their win over Junction City 59-42 on Friday, March 2. This is the first time in 27 years that the Lady Bearkatz were in the State Final Four.
The Lady Bearkatz great season came to an end on Saturday, March 3, with their loss to the Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets 40-63.
The Lady Yellowjackets came out with a vengeance, outscoring the Lady Bearkatz by 15 points in the first quarter, and 9 points in the second. The Lady Bearkatz scored 18 in the third quarter and 9 in the fourth, but couln’t overcome the Yellowjackets.
The Lady Bearkatz’ young team, coached by Eric Teague, looks forward to next year.
SHOT: Lady Bearkat Josie Roark goes in tough to the hoop in quarterfinal action against Junction City last week. Photo/L.Hoskinds

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by Karen Sherrell
When owner David Branstetter decided to sell his grocery business in Horseshoe Bend, his first thought was to ask his long-time friend if he would be interested.
And was he ever.
Russell Tosh began his working career at age 16, and his first boss was Branstetter. “David hired me to work at the grocery store in Cave City when I was 16. I have been mostly in the grocery business ever since,” said Tosh.
Tosh, who became owner of Our Neighborhood Fresh Market in Horseshoe Bend January 1, was manager of Town and Country Grocery in Newark for 16 years, between 1994-2001, and 2008-2017. He and his wife, Jenny, and five year old daughter Reagan live south of Cave City, and look forward to moving to the Horseshoe Bend area within a year. Jenny has worked for White River Health Systems for 28 years, 20 in Obstetrics and now as Applications Manager. She is taking classes toward a Master’s degree, which will be completed in one year, to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Tosh is focusing on competitive pricing and increasing the variety of products carried at the store. “We will have a grand opening the first week in April, with food and demos,” said Tosh.
Future plans include an internet presence, with a website and Facebook featuring the store ad, announcements and in-store specials. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, opening until 9 p.m. during summer months.
Tosh is keeping the name of the store, Our Neighborhood Fresh Market. “I love the name,” said Tosh, “With emphasis on Our. It’s our store, our community store.”

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The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Sixth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Wednesday, February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 7 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR, 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.

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The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Sixth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Wednesday, February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 7 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR, 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.

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by Karen Sherrell
Firefighters stayed busy last week when an arsonist set several fires in Horseshoe Bend.
On Wednesday, January 31, Izard County dispatch began receiving calls from the Horseshoe Bend area, concerning several fires throughout the city. The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department responded with personnel, brush trucks and fire engines, and mutual aid was provided by Zion, Franklin, Morriston, Agnos-Glencoe-Heart Fire Departments, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The intentionally set fires were located in the areas of Kennedy and Executive Drives to the quarry on Hwy. 56, Pine Ridge Road at Moonstone, South Shore Drive at Tri Lakes Drive, Primrose and Memory Lanes, Springfield Avenue at Moonstone, several on North and South Little Rock Roads, Shady Lane at Pony Lane, and Clark Lane at Enterprise Lane.
Strong winds and gusts enabled the fires to move quickly, and firefighters were dispatched throughout the entire city for several hours. Smaller crews, sometimes one or two firefighters, remained at each scene to keep the fires from spreading through the underbrush. Firefighters responded through the night.
A home on Pony Lane was in the path of a quickly moving brush fire, and volunteers on the scene beat the flames down before the pumper trucks arrived from another hot spot.
No injuries were reported and no structures were lost in the fire outbreak.
This area is in moderate danger of wildfires spreading according to the Forestry Commission, and that, with the wind gusts, could have resulted in severe damage if not for the response time of firefighters and volunteers.
Additional fires occurred that same day on Military Road in Franklin and Lacrosse Road in Melbourne.
The fires are under investigation, according to Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, and the department is actively searching for the suspect(s).

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by Joyce Mabry
ICARE will be holding its Annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Please note the new location: the former Melbourne Grade School. Dr. Nanci Solis from Thousand Hills Veterinary Service in Charlotte will be there on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with vaccinations, meds and other services for your pets. Concessions will also be available.
You may drop off your donations for our sale at the Paws and Claws Thrift Store, located at 189 Lunen Street, Tuesday through Thursday, February 13 through 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and/or at the former Melbourne Grade School cafeteria, Monday through Thursday, February 12 through 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need pick-up of donations, please call 870-368-5000 and leave that message, thank you.
All proceeds from the sale goes to help pay for the vetting of unwanted and abandoned animals in Izard County, as well as the spaying and neutering of community pets.

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by Tom Doty
The Young at Heart, a ministry of elders of Salem First Baptist Church, are pleased to welcome you to a night of Southern Gospel music with The McKameys of Clinton, TN.
The singing is set for February 16 and begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken. If you have not seen this group preform before, you are in for a great evening.
If there is one word that describes The McKameys, it would be sincere.
Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love for the Lord, sincere in their love for the music they sing, and sincere in their need to spread the Word to others through their music.
Organized as a trio of sisters, Dora, Peg, and Carol McKamey, in 1954, the group is in its fifth decade of spreading love and blessing through the music they sing. Even though there have been several changes in the group’s makeup, the wonderful harmonies, great songs and sheer joy of singing has never gone away. Whether they are performing I’ve Made Up My Mind, Roll That Burden On Me, I Will Trust You Lord, Right On Time, Arise, or earlier hits like Who Put The Tears or God On The Mountain, there is a light that shines through onstage and an energy that carries them through the night when they perform.
First Baptist Church of Salem invites you to come and experience The McKameys on February 16 at 7 p.m. Salem First Baptist Church is located at 552 Highway 62 East. For more information please contact the church at 870-895-2330. We look forward to seeing each of you.

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by Ken Buttry
The Horseshoe Bend Chapter of AARP is proud to continue its participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VITA, program. We offer free tax preparation help to anyone, and if you are 50 and older or cannot afford preparation service, we were made especially for you. With the help of our team of IRS-certified volunteers we will make it easy for you. However, the Volunteer Protection Act requires that the volunteers stay within the scope of the program and their training. If counselors feel that they do not have adequate knowledge or training, they may recommend that you seek professional assistance.
Returns requiring schedule C-business income with a loss or expenses in excess of $5,000; schedule E-rental property; or schedule F-farm income are beyond our training and cannot be filed. Electronic filing of both federal and state returns is available. Counselors are required to keep all information confidential.
Bring a photo ID, proof of health insurance, and a document issued by the Social Security Administration for all persons on the return. You (and your spouse) are required to be present to sign your return. Other items needed are:
* Copy of your 2016 income tax return
* W-2 forms from each employer
* Unemployment compensation statements
* SSA-1099 if receiving Social Security
* 1099 forms from all other sources of income
* Documentation of real estate/personal property taxes paid in 2016
* Documentation of dependant care expenses paid
* Receipts and/or cancelled checks of expenses if itemizing deductions
We will be available every Tuesday beginning February 7 through April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Library, #9 Club Road. Appointments are required and can be made by calling Ken at 870-670-4162 most days.

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The 28th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 21 will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend, the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort, and R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event. The tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; gates open at 5 a.m. Entry fees will be $60 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $10 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in. All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
Starting as the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animal Control in 1994, and evolving to the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals in 2010 to expand assistance efforts, this group of dedicated volunteers has assisted hundreds of dogs and cats in Horseshoe Bend. This non-profit 501c3 organization supports animals and their owners in many ways. They provide spay/neuter vouchers for animals being cared for by Horseshoe Bend citizens.
They also assist the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control Center in providing food, medicine, supplies, and transportation to the dogs and cats being held at the Center. The entire cost of vetting and spay/neutering of each animal that is adopted from the Center is paid for by the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
For more information regarding Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals visit their website at www.friendsofhorseshoebendanimals.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofhorseshoebendanimals.
The Annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 27 years ago upon the request of local fishermen and was then known as the Dogwood Days Buddy Bass Tournament. The tournament has consistently grown with six boats showing up that first year to an average of about 35 boats and is run with less formality than most big league tournaments. One of the main differences is that the take off is done by drawing numbers versus the date the entries were received. Many of the years have seen pontoon boats mixed in with the decked out bass boats. Contestants are mainly Arkansas and Missouri residents.
Presenter and Host, Box Hound Marina, Resort and R.V. Park 870-670-4496 is a full-service marina, resort, and R.V. Park located on spectacular Crown Lake in North-Central Arkansas. In addition to some of the finest bass fishing in Arkansas, there are endless water sports to enjoy including pontoon boats, swimming, or just relaxing outside the resort’s cabins or R.V. Park. Box Hound is truly a natural jewel nestled in the boot heel of the Arkansas Ozarks. The owners have created a very relaxing and family oriented resort which is unparalleled anywhere. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful, and non-pressured place in which to relax, visit Crown Lake and experience Box Hound.

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by Cassie Stafford
On January 11, the Department of Finance and Administration released a document listing the applicants for marijuana cultivating facilities and dispensaries in Arkansas.
According to the application report, there were two applications filed in Izard County, two in Fulton County and four in Sharp County.
Below is a list of applicant’s business name, type of facility applied for, location and the registered agent for each county.
In Izard County, Piney Creek Mercantile, LLC, dispensary, Melbourne, Mark Herrington; Plant Family Medical Ventures, LLC, cultivating, Clint Mickle.
In Fulton County, Alternative Care of Arkansas, dispensary, Ash Flat, Cora Louise Rega; Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis Dispensary, Salem, Renee Clay-Circle.
In Sharp County, Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis Dispensary, Highland, Renee Clay-Circle; Grassroots OPCO AR, LLC, cultivating, Williford, Corporation Service Company; Grassroots OPCO AR, LLC, dispensary, Hardy, Corporation Service Company; Village Productions, Inc., cultivating, Cherokee Village, Kelly Beers.
According to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission office, the Commission will conduct a meeting to award five cultivation facility licenses, on Tuesday, February 27.

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by Sharon Brasher
Join the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals for their Sixth Annual “Fun-raiser” event, Bowl for the Animals, on Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes.
Teams will consist of four members; fees are $20 per bowler with kids under age 12 bowling for $10. Each team will receive a free pizza courtesy of Scenic Realty. The first, second and third place teams will receive trophies provided by Circle K Trophy in Ash Flat. There will be lots of prizes for bowlers, no one will go home empty-handed.
This is a great way to have some fun while supporting Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Pick a team name, wear matching shirts, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a good time! No team? No problem. We can get a team together for you.
The Friends Bake Sale will be going on at Horseshoe Lanes at the same time as the tournament. Stop in to buy your Valentine a special homemade treat. Come early for best selection, our bake sale is always a sell out.
Tickets for a quilt raffle will be available for purchase with the quilt winner being chosen during Dogwood Days in May.
If you have any questions about getting signed up or to register your team to bowl call 870-670-5848. If you would like to donate baked goods to the sale please have them at Horseshoe Lanes by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
Please join us at this event to help Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals continue to provide spay/neuter services, emergency veterinary care and low cost vaccinations for the animals in our area.

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Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2018 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, March 3 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Awards start at noon and the plunge follows directly.
Sponsorships/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina and Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges.
Special awards will be given for best costume: individual and team; and first place for the most money raised: individual and team.
Incentive for $50 minimum collected per plunger is an official plunge t-shirt; $250 collected, plunger will receive a plunge t-shirt and beach towel; $500 collected will include plunge t-shirt, beach towel and water proof picnic blanket; $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a plunge t-shirt, beach towel, water proof picnic blanket and a 10,000 mAh power bank.
SOAR was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas.
Currently, more than 15,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Athletes in Arkansas train and compete in aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, power-lifting and other sports at local, regional, state and international levels. While their competition events are often in public view, it is their training program that forms the foundation of all that they do. Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze metals. In a sense, the athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for athletes and their families. Their goal is to bring people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream of society in Arkansas under conditions where they are accepted, respected and given the opportunity to become positive citizens.
So, plungers get your sponsorship/contribution form, get your sponsors and be ready to take the 2018 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina, Resort & RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, March 3.
Too chicken to plunge? No problem, they want you to be a part of the fun too. The official “I chickened out” long sleeve t-shirt will be on sale for a $25 donation to Special Olympics Arkansas.

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Donald W. Lamoureaux, former physician in Arkansas and Missouri, is seeking to overturn his November 2015 conviction.
Lamoureaux was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ten years of supervised release, following his conviction of one count of Coercion and Enticement of a Minor on November 19, 2015.
Court records reflect an undercover officer entered an internet chat room posing as an adult mother offering her four hear old daughter for sexual exploitation in January 2015. Lamoureaux made contact with the undercover officer, sent his picture, and scheduled a meeting for Feb. 6 at a hotel in West Plains, MO. He was arrested upon arriving at the agreed location.
Lamoureaux was charged with a single count of attempting to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity, and entered a conditional plea of guilty, preserving his right to appeal.
In a motion filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, Lamoureaux’s appeal argues in part that communications with an adult intermediary cannot form the basis for an attempt of causing a minor to engage in prohibited sexual activity. He contends his intentions were professional.
Lamoureaux, through his attorney Marvin Honeycutt of Fort Smith, has been granted a hearing on Jan. 29 at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Smith.
The initial case against Lamoureaux was investigated by the Fort Smith Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Northwest Arkansas/River Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the West Plains Police Department, and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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SHARP COUNTY – A chili dinner will be held at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland on January 16.
The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. and proceeds will be used to benefit the Spring River Adult and Child Services domestic violence and homeless center. This center assists victims by providing shelter during times of crisis.
Dinner will include a bowl of chili or a frito pie, drink and dessert. Cost of the meal is a donation amount of choice.

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The ballots have been counted and the results are in for County Committee, COC, Election. Michael Barnett will represent local administrative area (LAA) 2 and Gene McBride will serve as first alternate for the Sharp/Fulton County Committee.
Elected County Committee members serve a three year term and are responsible for making decisions on disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. Their term began on January 1.
County Committee members are a valuable asset because they are comprised of local producers who participate in FSA Programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers in the community. Thank you to everyone for returning ballots and participating in the Sharp/Fulton County Committee Election.

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The Jones-Lewis VFW Post 4687 will conduct its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9 at the VFW Post located at 584 West Street in Melbourne. All members are invited to attend and anyone wishing to join the VFW are encouraged to come out and see what it is all about.
Items of discussion will be the continuing program of setting Veteran Memorial Markers in local cemeteries, sponsoring local events for the Melbourne Cub Scout Troop and the Friday night dances conducted weekly at the VFW. Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars are encouraged to get involved in your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post as you have earned the privilege to belong to this National Organization that is dedicated to serving Veterans.

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by Ann Wilson
It is time to make another New Year’s resolution. This year, make a resolution that you will enjoy keeping. There is no dieting or exercising involved.
Come and join the Country Quilters Quilt Guild, where you will enjoy the company of the most talented and giving ladies in the area. Think that you cannot quilt, no problem. Think that you cannot sew a straight line, no problem. Come to the guild and help to give back to our community.
The Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Orange Room at the NAEC in Salem. This month’s meeting is on January 10 and this month’s project is notebook covers. If you have any questions call Ann Wilson at 870-895-3373.

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A new Combat Trauma Healing Course will be conducted over the next 12 weeks, hosted by Gary Barnes and held at the First Baptist Church, located at 1140 AR 56 Highway in Calico Rock. The program started on January 9. There is no cost for the program and dinner and childcare will be provided.
REBOOT Combat Recovery exists to help combat veterans and their families heal from the spiritual and moral injuries of war associated with post-traumatic stress, PTSD, and combat trauma. War wounds the soul. Over the past several years, the medical community has expanded its view of the impact of trauma. Now, many acknowledge that combat trauma directly impacts not only the mind and body but also the soul. This type of injury is called moral injury.
Moral injury can manifest itself in the form of anger, anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and, most tragically, suicide. At REBOOT, it is believed these symptoms are often linked to deep-rooted soul wounds related to unresolved grief, distrust of God/self/others, unforgiveness, bitterness, and loss of identity. The ripple effects of combat trauma and resultant moral injury often negatively impact the mental health and quality of life of family’s members as well as the veteran.
REBOOT is a 12-week combat trauma healing course that provides a unique blend of clinical insight with faith-based support for combat veterans, their loved ones as well as anyone that might have served in a civilian position in like situations. Those seeking answers to defining questions about life, death, meaning and purpose. Our greatest value is offering education, affirmation, and support in an environment of trust.
REBOOT Combat Recovery is quickly becoming the practical leader in the fight against moral injury and combat trauma. So, join us every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Calico Rock.

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by Rev. David Tews
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church invites you to attend this year’s special services.
Regular worship services will be held on Sunday, December 24 at 9 a.m. and December 31 at 9 a.m.
There will be special services on Christmas Eve (Candlelight) at 5 p.m., Christmas Day at 9 a.m., with Christmas Dinner at 12 p.m. If you plan on attending the Christmas Dinner please call 870-670-5482 or 870-670-4814. There will also be a service on New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m.
Christmas Day Dinner at 12 p.m., a free ham dinner with all the fixings and dessert is open to all. Thanks to a special grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans called Action Teams, this meal is being expanded to accommodate more home bound and shut-ins. After the noon dinner, take-out boxes will be prepared to be delivered to the homebound.
If you know of someone who would benefit and enjoy a take-out meal please talk to them and encourage them to make a request for a take-out box. To help in preparation for the dinner, reservations for the meal and take out boxes need to be made by noon, December 22. Call 870-670-5482 or email shepherdhills@centurytel.net.

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by Karen Sherrell
Spectacular lighting displays can be seen throughout Horseshoe Bend this year. Don’t miss your chance to see them!
The 24th Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest had 14 entries this year, representing some of the best displays in town, in addition to dazzling displays not entered. Take a drive down the business district to begin your night of viewing noting Reeves Propane on Hwy. 289, Cedar Glade Resort at 900 Fourth Street, Garden Park on Bend Drive, FNBC Community Bankers, First National Bank of Izard County, Horseshoe Lanes, Box Hound Marina, Horseshoe Health and Medicine and others.
Christmas lights may be seen on Clark Lane, Jade Lane, Fairwater Circle, Pearl Drive, Emerald Cove Drive, Fairway Drive, Scenic Acres, Dawn Lane, Mohawk, Primrose Lane, North Bend Drive and more. Judging was held Friday, December 15, and winners of the lighting contest will be announced in next week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.
Thanks everyone for lighting up Horseshoe Bend! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Changes to the stipend paid by the state of Arkansas to National Board certified teachers have been implemented, and the deadline for registering to become a candidate is approaching.
Teachers in high poverty schools located within high poverty districts will get a yearly $10,000 bonus under the new changes. Lesser amounts are given to teachers in schools/districts that are not high poverty. Deadline for registering is January 1.
Eve Hatman, principal at Izard County Elementary, is the facilitator for a support site to help candidates achieve their certification. Meetings are held at the elementary school in Violet Hill. “Eight teachers are currently working in our district toward their certification,” said Hatman.
Anyone interested in more information may contact Hatman at 870-322-7229 from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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by Rich Fischer
The team of volunteers, working to fund and construct a chapel building on the grounds of the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit near Calico Rock, has ramped up the effort to raise money to move the project forward by announcing the activation of a Text-to-Donate capability enabling potential donors to use their smart phones to show their support.
Anyone interested in donating is invited to text the keyword: Chapell to the number 41444 which when done will bring up a link to a donation app. Once in the app the texter will be asked to input how much they wish to donate along with credit card info with the funds then being deposited directly into the project bank account.
One time donations as well as periodic, ongoing donations are both supported. Project manager Rich Fischer shared that one might set up a monthly donation of $10 which shows on a donor’s monthly credit card statement each month. “I have done this for other causes and I never miss the money which is paid out automatically charging my credit card. It is also important to note that the project has been granted non-profit 501(c)3 status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under which all donations are deductible from one’s income tax.”
The project also has begun publication of a quarterly newsletter titled The Clarion Call, the first issue of which is now available. Anyone interested in receiving the publication may contact newsletter editor Rich Fischer via email richfischer@centurytel.net and request to be added to the distribution list.

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On Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. the First Baptist Church of Horseshoe Bend Choir will present, Night of the Father’s Love by Pepper Choplin.
Everyone is invited to come and share this worshipful and beautiful re-telling of the Christmas story with narration and music.

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On Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. the First Baptist Church of Horseshoe Bend Choir will present, Night of the Father’s Love by Pepper Choplin.
Everyone is invited to come and share this worshipful and beautiful re-telling of the Christmas story with narration and music.

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Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork and other law enforcement officers and community leaders are getting ready for the first Shop with a Cop Program for Fulton County. The Shop with a Cop Program is a fantastic event which pairs children, who may not have a Christmas or have never got to shop for gifts with a local law enforcement officer, to shop for gifts for themselves and family members. On December 9, children will be transported by the officers to the Ash Flat Wal-Mart for a shopping spree.
The Fulton County program was initiated last December after Sharp County held a very successful event for 105 children. Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts and John Kunkel from First Community Bank met with Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork and Fulton County Fair Manager Carolyn Lewis and offered their help in starting a program in Fulton County. Representative Scott Baltz, Senator Linda Collins-Smith, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Wal-Mart at Ash Flat, First Community Bank and Kunkel each pledged funds for the Fulton County project. After hearing about the program, the Saddle Baptist Church started a monthly donation to the fund and community organizations and individuals have made donations; however, there is still a need for funds for the program. The goal is to involve 40 to 50 children and to have funds for $100 per child.
Businesses, organizations and individuals who want to make a donation can drop it off at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office or the Fulton County Fair Office. Donations can also be mailed to Shop with a Cop, P.O. Box 910, Salem, AR 72576. For more information on the program contact the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office or call the Fulton County Fair Office at 870-895-5565.

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by Jacque English
The Five Rivers Bee Club, FRBC, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Grandma’s Country Cookin’ in Hardy. John Goodson, Sharp County Board of Health Food Inspector, will be the guest speaker at their Tuesday, December 12 meeting. Goodson will discuss selling honey as a hobbyist beekeeper.
They are a small non-profit club for hobbyists, backyard honeybee beekeepers, and wish to extend an invitation to come to our meetings to learn more about Honeybees and how we can help to increase their dwindled numbers.
The mission of FRBC is to provide our membership and local community with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.
The Bee Club covers many counties in the State of Arkansas and Missouri (Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Baxter, Randolph, Lawrence) and more folks are joining every month.
To learn more about them, visit 5rbc.net or call President Arrie Goodwin at 870-966-3666.

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‘Hounds set school record making it to State Final Four
by Bobby Stapleton
After reaching the third round of the State Football Playoffs for only the second time, the Greyhounds matched up against a familiar foe, conference rival Earle.
Earle had won the conference and had the home field advantage, but Salem was coming into the game on a hot streak.
After winning the toss and deferring until the second half, the Greyhound defense took the field first. Earle wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard, using a six play, 82 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown with a second over two minutes gone in the game.
Salem started their first drive on their own 33 yard line and back-to-back runs by Jordan Turner picked up a fresh set of downs and more, setting Salem up at the Earle 40. After trading out penalties on second down and needing only five more yards to move the sticks, Salem went back to Turner who went left side all the way down to the 11 yard line. From there, the Greyhounds stalled out and Paul Goetzmann booted a 27 yard field goal to put Salem on the board.
Earle increased their lead on their next series, going up 14-3 with 2:21 left in the first quarter. After stalling out on their second series, the Greyhounds had to punt the ball back over to Earle who used a five play drive that covered 85 yards for their third TD of the game, going up 20-3 with 8:21 left before half.
Salem had trouble getting untracked on their third series and went three and out. With things looking bleak, the defense stepped up and changed the outlook. Holding Earle to six yards on three plays, Salem forced the Bulldogs into a punting situation. A bobbled snap by Earle was the break Salem needed and a tackle in the backfield, before they could get the punt away, gave Salem the ball only 20 yards from paydirt.
One play, one score. QB Harrison Henley hit Austin Goodson with the pass for the touchdown. Goetzmann split the uprights and Salem was right back in it, only trailing 10-20.
Earle used up pretty much all the time left in the first half on their next drive, scoring their fourth TD with 37 seconds left. Once again, just when things were looking bleak for Salem, a big play comes through. Goodson took the ensuing kickoff and went 80 yards on the return to keep in the game, trailing 17-28 at the half.
Salem got the ball to open the third, but stalled out at the Earle 23 yard line, turning the ball over on downs. Earle got the momentum going on their next play, which was a 77 yard touchdown then added the two point conversion, going up 36-17 with 6:44 left in the third. The Greyhounds started their next drive on their own 32. With Goodson and Turner churning up the yards and getting Salem all the way down to the Earle 39. With a mix or pass plays and the ground game keeping the defense guessing, Salem got down to the four yard line on a run by Turner. Back-to-back QB keepers by Henley got Salem into the endzone with 2:15 left in the quarter. With Goetzmann nailing the PAT, Salem only trailed 24-36.
Salem looked to have things going their way after recovering the onside kick on Earle’s side of the 50. With a draw play to Turner on second down and Eli Hale busting through the line for a first down at the Earle 36, Salem was looking to close the gap on the scoreboard. On second and 15, Henley hit Ethan Sanders with a pass that picked up 11. Two plays later, Salem turned the ball over to Earle on a fumble on the second play of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs did not waste time and punched the ball in for a touchdown, going up 42-24 with 6:32 left in the game.
After forcing Salem to turn the ball over on downs on the Greyhound’s next possession, Earle scored once again with 2:53 left, going up 50-24.
Salem started their next drive on their own 20 and with three straight runs by Peyton Barker that moved the ball down to the Earle 30, a facemask penalty against the Bulldogs moved the ball even closer to the endzone for the Greyhounds. After moving down to the five yard line for a fresh set of downs, Turner bulled his way over the goal line for a touchdown with :11 left on the clock. Goetzmann provided the PAT to set the final score of 50-31, with Earle advancing to the next round.
Salem Football continues
After a defeat at Earle in the third round of the State Playoffs sent Salem into the offseason and onto the hardwood for basketball, a surprising turn of events has reversed the course for the Greyhounds.
Earle self-reported the use of an ineligible player during this season to the AAA and declared the season and all games a forfeit. With the sudden change of events, the AAA has slotted the Greyhounds in as the team in the semi-finals of the State Playoffs and they will be taking on Foreman with only one win separating them from a trip to War Memorial Stadium for the Championship game.
With the announcement coming mid-week, the AAA actually stepped up and did the right and fair thing, they postponed the games for a week to allow Salem to get back into football mode and prepare for the game. Salem will travel to Foreman for the 7 p.m. matchup this Friday night.
Good luck Coach Wiggins and the Greyhounds!

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The City Horseshoe Bend is pleased to announce a new service, Electronic Billing and Payments. Water/Sewer Utility customers are able to view their bills online, saving the City the cost of printing and mailing bills. Customers participating in online billing receive emails when their bills are ready for viewing. They simply click through and the bill appears with all the information they would have received on a paper bill.
“This is a win for everyone involved,” said Mayor Bob Barnes. “We spend 34 cents in just postage to mail an average bill to a customer. Add to that paper, ink, upkeep on printing equipment expenses, it is costly. The cost to post a bill for online viewing is about a penny. It is just one way we are holding down costs for our customers.”
“We would like our customers to opt out of receiving paper bills to help us reduce costs,” said Public Works Director Donny Dawson, “However, if they prefer to have paper bills sent, they can still pay electronically. When they pay online, by smart phone, or by calling, the payments post to our software, saving time and eliminating manual input errors.” Another benefit is that up-to-date amounts due are posted daily, so customers can know how much they owe by simply going online or viewing it on our mobile app.
Customers can pay from the comfort of their homes, seven days a week, 24 hours a day; log onto www.CityofHorseshoeBend.org, download “PSN Payments” from the App Store® or Google Play™ or call a toll-free automated phone service (877-885-7968) to pay. “Our customers can now pay by credit or debit card as well as making an electronic payment from checking or savings,” noted Water Clerk Barb Kurtzweil. Residents can pay immediately, schedule a payment or set up Auto-Pay and not have to worry about making payments for each bill. Auto-payments can be for the amount of the bill or a set budgeted amount.
Of course, online billing and payments are a green initiative as well. “It is great to do something that benefits our residents while at the same time being kinder to the environment,” commented Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Electronic payments and bills are easy to use. Once registered, the payment process is just three quick steps. “Registration is simple, customers can just enter their name and account number, and the system will locate their accounts,” noted Kurtzweil. Customers can also print receipts and bills, view current balances and view their electronic payment histories whether the payments were made online, on the mobile app or by phone. A handy tool is available to “group” accounts so that customers can pay multiple billing accounts in one visit.
If customers have questions about using the online, mobile and phone system, they can call the PSN Call Center, which operates during extended business hours, 365 days a year. Call Center can also make payments on behalf of customers should the need arise. Call Center support and the automated phone system are available in English and Spanish.
The City’s payment processor charges a convenience fee of $1 for check/savings payments and 2.75% (plus 50 cents if under $100) for credit/debit card payments. Viewing bills and balances due are free services.
Security of online information is always a concern, so when the City looked for a company to provide online bills and payments, that was a top consideration. They chose Payment Service Network, PSN, which has attained Level One Certification by the Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard, PCI-DSS, the highest degree of security awarded by the industry. PSN specializes in providing billing, payment and communication services to utility companies and municipalities. The company was a pioneer in the online payment industry and is based in Madison, WI. If residents have any questions, they can call PSN’s HELP line, toll free at 1-866-917-7368.

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Due to the basketball tournament at Mammoth Spring High School on December 9, the following changes to the Christmas Parade and related activities have been made:
1. Christmas Parade line up has been moved to 8th Street at 5 p.m.
2. Christmas Extravaganza activities are cancelled from 3 to 6 p.m.
3. Pictures with Santa at the Mammoth Spring Fire Department will go on as planned.
4. The Christmas Parade at 6 p.m., Choir performance and Little Miss Merry Christmas crowning will all go on as planned.
The Chamber of Commerce thanks you for your cooperation on this and hopes to see you there!

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by Bill Stephens
The VFW Post 4687 in Melbourne will conduct their monthly meeting on December 12 at 6 p.m. The Post is located at 584 West Road in Melbourne and all current members and those wishing to join the VFW are welcomed.
Community interest projects that will be discussed include having the local Cub Scout Troop 316 help in planting Veteran Grave Markers in several local cemeteries and participating in a Worn Flag Burning Ceremony to destroy the numerous US Flags accumulated by Izard County Flag Disposal box located in the Courthouse.
Other items will be the pinning of several new officers, discussion for the Christmas Dance with Santa Claus for the children and supporting the Melbourne High School graduating class.
Any Veteran that served during a combat related tour overseas is encouraged to come out and join the VFW in recognition of your duty in a foreign land.
Reminder that the Melbourne VFW Post 4687 conducts a dance every Friday evening and hosts the Vietnam Veterans Coffee Meeting every first and third Thursday of the Month. The VFW Post also rents its facility to anyone desiring a large meeting hall for weddings, family reunions or other celebrations where a large in-door facility is required.

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Ozarka College will host their Seventh Annual Holiday event on December 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event is free to the public and will take place in the John E. Miller Education complex, at Ozarka College in Melbourne.
This year’s theme is, Holidays in Who-ville and families are invited to join Ozarka College for a Dr. Seuss themed night. There will be festive stations for the kids to do coloring activities and play games, treats prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department, and of course, pictures with Santa.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “My town is called Who-ville, for I am a Who and we Whos are all thankful and grateful to you.” That idea can be echoed by Ozarka College, as we are grateful to be able to provide life-changing experiences through education. Ozarka College looks forward to giving back to the community with this fun filled, family friendly event. In the case of inclement weather, this event will not be rescheduled. For more information about Holidays in Who-ville, please contact Suellen Davidson at 870-368-2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.edu.

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DISTRICT AND STATE CHAMPIONS: Izard County Consolidated FFA Shooting Sports Team brought home four individual trophies from the Second Annual FFA Shooting Sports Contest on Friday, November 17 at the AGFC Shooting Complex in Jacksonville. Hayden Ekenes and James Morris both shot a perfect score of 50/50, out of the 22 schools participating. After a shootoff, Ekenes came out as Champion of the contest. In the awards ceremony, Ekenes received two trophies, the Eastern District 1st Place Individual Male, and the Arkansas State FFA 1st Place Individual Male Champion. Morris received a trophy for the Arkansas State 2nd Place Individual Male, and Kassey Martin received a trophy for the Eastern District 1st Place Individual Female. ICC FFA Advisor and Shooting Sports coach Wayne Neal said, “I am very proud of the team and it was an honor to be recognized for having the top male and female individual shooters in the Eastern District, and to have the top two male individual shooters in the State.”

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by Karen Sherrell
On November 21, Matt Orf, age 39 of Oxford, entered a negotiated plea of guilty to a felony charge filed November 1 in Izard County.
Orf appeared before Judge Tim Weaver in Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville, where he pled guilty to criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, a class c felony, according to his sentencing order.
Orf was sentenced to three years suspended imposition of sentence and ordered to pay $9,250 restitution to Izard County, jointly with his father-in-law David Sherrell, former Izard County Judge.
Sherrell pled guilty on November 6 to criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, forgery (two counts), and theft, and was sentenced to six years in the Regional Correctional Facility in Osceola. Sherrell was ordered to pay $35,000 restitution, and is currently serving his sentence.
According to Dr. Charles Allen, Chief Administrator of the Arkansas Correctional School District, Orf has been employed by the school district for approximately two years as a teacher, stationed at the North Central Unit at Calico Rock. Allen stated, “Orf was suspended with pay pending the outcome of court case, until resolved.”
Sherrell, Orf and Paul Shuttleworth were arrested following an investigation by Dennis Simons, with the Arkansas State Police, when Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened the case in February of 2017. Charges filed were in connection with the purchase and sale of a 20 ton trailer, purchase of a John Deere road grader and a Case bulldozer, and theft of tools and equipment, all belonging to Izard County. Simons found discrepancies of equipment purchases and sales during his investigation, dating from March 2015 through December 2016.
Orf was charged in connection with the sale of the trailer. He was also ordered to pay $2,920 in fines and court costs when he appeared in court. Orf was represented by Attorney L. Gray Dellinger of Melbourne.
Shuttleworth was charged with forgery in the second degree, in connection with the purchase of the road graders, and waived arraignment in Izard County Circuit Court on Wednesday, November 22. He is represented by Attorney Ralph Blagg of Clinton, and is to appear in Izard County on January 16.

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Saturday, December 2 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2017 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas in the Bend.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome to enter the parade. New this year, the parade will have a rain delay/cancellation policy. If it is raining too hard at 9:30 a.m., the parade will have a one hour delay and a hopeful start time of 11 a.m. If it is still raining at 11 a.m., the parade will be canceled and Santa will make his appearance at the chamber office directly following the announcement of parade cancelation.
Also new this year, parade floats will need to enter the parade line up from Highway 289/S. Bend Drive. From there, early arrival floats will turn left on First Street, right on Profession Drive and right on Third Street. The first float (after dignitaries) will begin the parade line at the corner of Third and Church Street until directed to move forward. Floats will be lined up in order of arrival, not by category and will receive entry forms once in line. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place with points being earned for theme, originality and overall appearance of the float.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, brats and other concessions.
The 20th Annual Festival of Trees will be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend at 900 Fourth Street.
Everyone is invited to come and see the variety of decorations and creativity on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Glade Resort.
Area clubs, churches, businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to place a decorated tree in the resort lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Every year we have some truly spectacular Christmas trees in the festival,” said chairman Karen Sherrell. “Some of the holiday trees reflect a theme, and are really clever.”
Theme forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 707 S. Third Street. Forms include name of club, organization or business, theme of tree, and a short narrative of the Christmas tree to be included in the Festival of Trees program. Forms need to be returned to the Chamber office by Thursday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 23, and must be in place no later than Friday, December 1. Trees will remain for public viewing thorough the end of the year. Past themes include, Where do the unsold Christmas trees go, Let it snow, Gone fishin’, Volunteer angels ringing bells throughout the ages, Merry Beaded Christmas, and of course you may just enter a tree themed Merry Christmas to All.
Get your ideas in place and get to decorating for the Annual Festival of Trees to be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend.
So everyone come on out and get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 2 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 24th Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway.
Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences. Deadline to enter is Friday, December 15 at noon.

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REALTOR OF THE YEAR: Jessie Friend (l) was presented the Tri-County Board Realtor of the Year award on Thursday, November 16. She lives in Hardy with her son Emmett. Pictured with Friend is the 2018 Arkansas Realtor’s Association President Velda Lueders. The Realtor of the Year award is presented to someone with high personal and professional principles. The recipients are members of the community with reputable business accomplishments, members of their local board and participate in state events. See the Tri-County Board of Realtor’s Installation of Officers on page 4 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.

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On Thursday, November 23, the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will host a Thanksgiving Dinner for the community at 1 p.m.
The church will provide turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and beverages. The rest of the meal will be potluck dishes brought by those attending, a side dish is not required to attend. There will be no carry-outs. There is no charge for this meal, so come and enjoy!
The Church is located at 600 West Church Street. For reservations call 870-670-5392.

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by Cassie Stafford
The Izard County Republican Committee held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Melbourne Community Church.
Dorothy Grochowski read the October minutes. The Treasurer’s Report was given. The committee had $759.49 in their account and received $50 towards dues for two new members that joined the night of the meeting.
The committee decided to make a decision about filing fees at their December 12 meeting. The filing fees are used to support candidates for their election. Also in December, the committee will collect dues. The cost is $25 per person for two years.
Trevor Drown, candidate for Treasurer of State, will be the guest speaker at the January 9 meeting. Tommy Land, candidate for Commissioner of Land, will speak at the February 13 meeting. The committee is working on getting a speaker about the Federal Reserves for the December meeting.
Mark Herrington spoke to the committee and guests about the benefits of having a medical marijuana dispensary in Izard County and the use of medical marijuana. “Honestly and truly, it’s a drug just like any other drug, it’s just not thought of in the same light. It has benefits and it has drawbacks. From what I’ve seen, there are a lot of people who, particularly, when they get to the end stages of their life, things don’t work the way they should. Medicine doesn’t help with the pain, it doesn’t help with appetite, it doesn’t make their quality of life that they have left, much of anything,” said Herrington.
Herrington has been involved in the application process for an extended period. “I can tell you there are a lot of questions that nobody knows the answers to.” The application process was very involved and invasive. Application page count has ranged from several dozen to over 2,000.
He said that at this time people are not even sure where their supply will be coming from due to the fact that people applying for cultivation had to apply at the same time as people applying for a dispensary.
According to the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, there were 95 cultivation applications received and 227 dispensary applications. In Zone 2, which covers Izard and Fulton County, there were four applications received for cultivation and 17 for dispensaries; including one application for cultivation and two for dispensaries in Izard County. Sharp County is included in Zone 3 and had two application for cultivation and three for dispensaries submitted.
Herrington explained that his personal opinion on legalizing marijuana for medical use is a very positive thing because it eliminates underhanded use. He said he thinks that it will be highly monitored and supervised for the entire state by, the way he understands it, the Federal Government and not the State Government. “Which is another thing that brings up a lot of problems, I think that is where a lot of the drawbacks to this are coming from, the Federal Level,” said Herrington.
A person will not be able to go to a pharmacy to pick up marijuana, there will be separate facilities. “My facility that I am proposing is going to be set up exactly like a pharmacy and I’m going to have a semi-retired pharmacist run it,” Herrington stated. The dispensary will be regulated by the Federal Government unlike a pharmacy that is State regulated.
Herrington said, “As far as positive benefits, I think it has a lot of them. I think it is safer than a lot of drugs.” Alcohol and pain pills are much harder on your body than marijuana. “You hardly ever hear of anyone that gets used to marijuana, so I think it is a good thing and a lot less toxic to your body, long term and short term, than the majority of the medications that we have to offer you.”
Herrington has been at his pharmacy in Melbourne for 22 years and the number of people addicted to medications in all age groups has astounded him. “It’s pretty sad, but addiction doesn’t have an age boundary, from old enough to buy it themselves to so old that they can’t go and get it themselves. I’m hoping from my standpoint and from a medical standpoint, that given this option about marijuana, it will help some of that.”
He explained that he thinks medical marijuana will be cheaper than the current system to the taxpayers due to spending less time and money on treatments of people and hospital stays. The medicine that is used now is almost as bad as the diseases themselves due to the side effects and many people end up in the hospital because of them. “Don’t get me wrong, you’re not going to prolong someone’s life a lot longer, but you’ll make whatever they have a lot more comfortable.” He does not think that insurance or government agencies will cover the cannabis, that it will be purchased by cash only.
“Instead of running away from it and saying it’s a bad thing, I think we need to look at it and say, ‘Hey, if you keep hiding it, all it’s ever going to be is negative’. You can get some positive out of it if you choose to and I think it is a good thing. I think even if it was made recreational, it would be healthier than people drinking or popping pills. A lot of people disagree with that, but as far as physically, I’m going to tell you it would be. Marijuana is good,” Herrington concluded.

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