A Flippin man, 38 year old Kelly Joe Hancock, was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday, February 7 during a traffic stop in Mountain Home.
Baxter County Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell stopped the vehicle Hancock was a passenger in for an equipment violation. The deputy observed the violation on U. S. Highway 62B in Mountain Home and conducted the stop. The driver pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The passenger was Hancock. A firearm was observed in open view inside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was on active supervised probation. Deputies decided to conduct a search.
A subsequent search of Hancock by Sgt. Dwight Duch uncovered a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine from Hancock’s right front pocket. This was later weighed out at approximately 3.2 grams. Hancock was also found to be in possession of metal knuckles, which are prohibited by law to possess.
Hancock was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of: possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) – felony; criminal use of prohibited weapon – misdemeanor.
Hancock was released on $15,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer these charges on February 23.
LETTERS OF INTENT: Highland High School senior Jacey Ann Oakes signed two letters of intent on Tuesday, February 7 to play softball and volleyball for Crowley’s Ridge College, CRC, located in Paragould. Currently, Jessica Sellers is her softball coach and Kolby King coached her in volleyball at Highland. Jacey is the very first athlete from Highland to sign a letter of intent to play volleyball, and the very first female athlete to play two sports in college. Jacey is the daughter of Richie and Dana Hepler of Cherokee Village, and Jason Oakes of Hardy. Pictured (l to r) Richie and Dana Hepler, Jacey, CRC’s head softball coach Jordan Malone, CRC’s assistant softball coach Kourtney Brown, and CRC’s head volleyball coach Barry Wheeler. Photo/C.Johnson
The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
Commissioners Present: Mac James, Jonathon Phillips, Jack Tharp and Michael Stracener.
Managers Present: Josh Jackson.
Jackson reported all spring pre-emergent and post-emergent has been applied to all areas of the golf course. The greens will undergo deep tine aerification during the middle of April. The drainage ditch on Hole 13 has been completed.
James reported for Chuck McNeight and recommended all memberships stay the same for the 2017 season. He recommended that the driving range memberships increase to $125 per person. Motion passed unanimously.
After asking the Commissioners if they had any changes to the November 11 MRID meeting minutes, there were none, James stated that those minutes are approved as written.
Tharp suggested changing vacation time in the employee handbook to read: one year one week vacation, three years two weeks vacation and seven years three weeks vacation. After much discussion the issue has been tabled until the next meeting.
James made a motion to approve a Boat Launch at Fishermen’s Park, if funds were available. After much discussion the motion has been tabled until the next meeting.
Phillips brought to the attention of the board that moving the forward tees up on some of the holes would be beneficial to many players. After some discussion no decision was made, but will be discussed further.
The Boating and Fishing Club gave their report and would like to be placed on the agenda at every MRID regular scheduled meeting.
Tharp moved to adjourn the meeting and Phillips seconded. All were in favor and the meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.
TOTAL LOSS: The home of Robert and Joy Stephens of Oxford was destroyed by fire on February 8. Oxford and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene. No one was injured in the fire. The family of four lost everything in the fire, and donations for the family may be taken to Bailey’s Country Cookin in Melbourne, or Day’s Family Store in Oxford. A donation jar is set up at Jordan’s Kwik Stop and Red Mule in Melbourne. Immediate items needed are clothing in the following sizes, Mens shirt-2XL, pants 38-32; Women’s shirt XL; Boy size 12 shirt and pants; Girl size 10/12 shirts and pants; Girl 3T; Girl 9-12 month. Shoes needed are Girl, size 5 youth; Boy size 6 youth; Baby Girl size 7. Also needed immediately are Diapers size 3 and 4, Formula – Similac Advanced. Furnishings and household items are also needed. Photo/R.Sherrell
by Sharon VanZandt
Members and guests, join us for another busy month at the Loft! Every Tuesday Pool Tournaments begin at 6:30 p.m. Want to learn to line dance with a fun group? Join us every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 will be a real treat for our club! Entertainers Penny Wolfe, Erin Walters, Shannon Rounds and Eric Mallot will be singing and playing some great music for your listening or dancing pleasure. There is a $5 cover charge, you don’t want to miss this great night. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 17 will be our Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off! DJ Doctor Steve Clark will also be playing his great dancing music after the cook-off. See our ad in the Pacesetting Times classifieds for details. There will be no Potluck this month. Friday, February 24 will be our Birthday and Anniversary night. This month we will be celebrating both January and February. Sing along to Karaoke with the Slavins at 7 p.m. For more information contact the Loft at 870-670-4411. The Loft is located atop the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain.
by Sue Clay
Join the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals for a “Fun-Raiser” Bowl for the Animals on Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes. Teams need to be made up of four bowlers.
Fees are $20 per bowler with kids under 12 bowling for $10, and each team will receive a free pizza while bowling, provided by Scenic Realty.
There will be lots of prizes, drawings, and special awards.
The “Fun-Raiser” is a great way to spend time with good friends, and help the animals. Pick a theme for your team; choose a name, wear matching clothes, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a good time!
Area businesses and churches, please think about sponsoring a team. If you are not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but do not have a team, we can put one together for you.
The Friends Bake Sale, always the best goodies in town with lots of delicious choices, will also be going on at Horseshoe Lanes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stop in to buy your special Valentine treats for yourself and others. Come early for the best selection of goodies as the Friends Bake Sales are always a sellout.
If you have any questions, please phone Friends of HBA at 870-373-2649. If you would like to donate some baked goods, please have them at Horseshoe Lanes by 10:30 a.m. on that Saturday.
You can register your team at Horseshoe Lanes by phoning 870-670-5606. Please join the Friends of HBA and help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend.
When you’ve been in the shoe business for 61 years, you know what you’re doing. And let’s just say, Gary Owens of Union, knows his shoes.
Raised in Union, Gary began working for Noah Caruthers at the Salem Shoe Shop, when he was 11. He remembers running the shop alone for a week, at age 14, when Noah went on vacation. This job led Gary to Little Rock in 1966, where he worked for Snell Prosthetic Orthotics Lab until 2015. He remained there for 46 years. “There were five people employed there in the beginning, then 60 when I left, with ten labs. I was supervisor for all the labs,” he said. Gary built shoes, braces and orthopedic appliances until his retirement in February of 2015.
Gary and his wife Brenda opened Owens Corner Store in Union, a little over a year later, in June of 2016, and he has a workshop at the store, repairing shoes, saddles, purses and billfolds. He sells Cowtown boots at his shop as well. His slogan that can be seen on the storefront window is “Saving your sole so your boot can heel.”
Owens Corner Store is located on Hwy. 9, and they offer groceries, deli items, sandwiches, Hunt’s Brothers Pizza, wings and wingbites, ice, propane, and more. Gary and Brenda invite everyone to come by and have a free cup of coffee. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is closed on Sunday.
by Cassie Stafford
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.
CASA volunteers in Sharp County are appointed by Judge Kevin King to watch over the child and be the eyes and ears for King. Volunteers must be age 21 and older, and attend a local training class and pass a background check.
Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. The advocate visits the child at least once a month to see how they are doing. The volunteer can interview the parents, foster parents, the schools, anyone that is involved in the child’s life.
Advocates have one or two cases tops, so that they can devote their time to the children and make sure their needs are being met. The advocate will then report back to the Coordinator.
The Coordinator then writes a court report. The advocate will go with the child to court and present the court report to the judge and speak for the child if needed.
“Basically, we are here to help out the child,” said April Garrett, Sharp County Coordinator. “We definitely need advocates, there are so many cases and right now we have seven advocates for Sharp County. They can only cover one to two cases each and there are probably close to 100 cases in Sharp County alone.”
Due to the lack of volunteers, there are a lot of children that need advocates that do not have them. An upcoming training meeting will be held in Pocahontas on February 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided, and February 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, located at 400 North Thomasville Ave.
“When it’s possible, our main goal is to get the child back to their parents. We can talk with parents and encourage them and let them know of the different kinds of help they can get,” said Garrett.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.
Following the arrest of a parole absconder by Fulton County deputies, the fugitive became belligerent.
Travis Wilson, age 38 of Viola, was arrested on a warrant from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday, January 31. According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Wilson was discovered at his residence hiding in a closet. Roork and Chief Deputy John Cawvey arrested Wilson without incident. He was placed in Deputy William Fawcett’s patrol car. Roork said, “Wilson was able to slip the cuffs from behind him and began destroying the interior of the patrol car.”
When Cawvey opened the rear door of the patrol car and removed Wilson, he hit Cawvey in the face. “Fawcett and Cawvey had an altercation with Wilson in an attempt to handcuff him a second time,” stated Roork. Both deputies and Wilson were taken to the Fulton County Hospital for treatment. Roork himself was kicked several times, but was not injured.
Wilson has been charged with parole absconder; two counts of second degree battery on a police officer, class a felonies; resisting arrest; criminal mischief, a class d felony; attempted escape, a class a felony; and criminal possession of body armor, a class d felony. He is incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail on a no-bond hold.
Wilson is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on Feb. 21, 2017.
North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s phone system will be down for maintenance on Saturday, Feb. 4.
While the system is being upgraded, members still may make automated credit card payments by calling 844-335-4451, and may report an outage by calling 844-335-4461. NAEC apologizes for any inconvenience.
CLEANING UP: Prisoners from the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit in Calico Rock, were cleaning up the ditch lines along Lacrosse Road on Friday, January 20. Izard County Judge Eric Smith said he planned on having the prisoners clean up the roadway as long as he could. Photo/C.Stafford
CALLING ALL ARTISTS! OPEN STUDIO
Arts Center of North Arkansas (ACNA)
TUESDAY NIGHTS – FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 – JAN 31.
In the Cherokee Village Mall. Come join the fun –
Bring any project you’re interested in DRAWING – PAINTING – CRAFTING – QUILTING – SCRAPBOOKING – EMBROIDERY…..
Learn, laugh, experiment, visit, share, see what others are doing, enjoy. Bring your own supplies, drinks, snacks – hot chocolate sounds good. Contact – Marty Williams – 870-257-5661 – for more information.
The Arts Center will be closed during inclement weather.
by Ron Yow
The January Music in the Mountains Show will be held on Saturday, January 28.
Normally the show is on the third Saturday but we have had to change the date. Be sure and mark your calendar of this change! Our guests for the January show are a couple of locals.
A few months ago, The Loft held a singing contest with some very talented singers.
We were able to get the first and second place winners to come and perform with us, Randy Campbell and Kelly Smith.
Campbell is a local who grew up up Franklin. He has been singing since he was able to speak and loves country music.
Smith lives right here in Horseshoe Bend and is best known around town as the Animal Control Officer. Smith is a very talented singer and enjoys singing a wide array of music.
This is a show you will not want to miss. So remember the date, January 28. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with Marty McKnight cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. The girls will be inside to help with your hunger needs.
The show will begin at 6 p.m. Come on out for an evening of good food, good fellowship and lots of good music. Admission is by donation.
We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC, for their continued support. Hope to see you all Saturday, January 28.
A Violet Hill woman and her two children were arrested January 13 during ICC’s Homecoming Basketball game at the Brockwell campus.
Izard County Sgt. Mark Simino was approached by Kristen Lynn Hennigan, age 32, who stated that her daughter had been victimized previously at the school. Simino reported that school officials had addressed the situation but Hennigan was not satisfied with the action taken. At that time, he directed Hennigan to School Resource Officer Bret Stephenson.
A short time later, Simino observed Stephenson conversing with the mother and two juveniles. Hennigan and her children were directed to the south side of the lobby near the entrance by school staff.
She was exhibiting extreme agitation and was thrusting her hands and arms about in a protesting manner, according to the incident report.
Simino was summoned by school officials to again assist with the family, who had been directed to leave the building because of their public display of inappropriate outbursts, and their threatening actions toward another student. They refused to comply with the direction to leave the building.
The male juvenile, age 13, attempted to prevent Simino from physically directing Hennigan out of the building, and the female juvenile, age 12, was yelling at officers. Hennigan continued to obstruct the actions of the officer, and was yelling and escalating the situation.
A physical confrontation by Hennigan and her children led to the arrest of all three. A physical struggle with the mother and the juveniles continued as the three were removed from the building by Simino, Stephenson and Probation and Parole Officer Ryan Walker.
When the male juvenile was placed in the patrol car, he shattered the passenger side rear window and continued to yell out threats and insults toward the deputies.
The juveniles were each charged with disorderly conduct and the male juvenile was additionally charged with criminal mischief. Both were transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville. Hennigan was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
She was transported to the Izard County Detention Facility where she remains in lieu of $3,800 bond,and has a court date of February 19.
(January 25, 2017)
by Cassie Stafford
JoAnn Lowrie is retiring after 22 years working with the Head Start and NADC programs in Salem.
Lowrie began working at Head Start in 1992 and worked until 1998. She then took a few year’s break and had her own in-home daycare, and then she returned to “the front side of the building” as she called it. In 2000, she began in the Management position at NADC in Fulton County.
Lowrie was born in Salem in 1962 and graduated from Highschool in 1980. She then moved to Little Rock and started college. While in Little Rock, she attended a Jr. College and also UALR. She met her husband and married him in 1981, had two boys, Robert and James, and moved back to Salem in 1990 when Robert started kindergarten. She received her Child Development Associate license at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
In 1991 the Head Start Program was a home based program, and in 1992, the program was going to center based. “It was a threat that Salem wouldn’t have a Head Start program because they couldn’t find a building,” said Lowrie. With her son, James, being in the program and being a Head Start parent at the time, Lowrie thought, “We can’t just let these kids be dropped.” Lowrie began to help look around for a building and talked to Cord Mosley who owned the property that the Head Start program is in. Head Start opened the center in December of 1992 and Lowrie served as the Assistant Teacher.
Looking back on what she enjoyed most in the 22 years, Lowrie said, “Head Start will always be in my heart, because just watching the kids when they would master tying their shoes, or being able to count to ten. Those little milestones and that little lightbulb would go off, and their face and their little eyes lit up. It would just be awesome.” She also enjoyed working with the parents because they would also set goals for the parents to obtain. “Just being involved in that family was a big plus.”
Lowrie also really enjoyed the Energy Assistance Program. “Our elderly and handicapped live on such a small income, sometimes it makes a difference in eating or medicine.” Lowrie explained that over the years, she has seen some people that are “too proud” to ask for help, but that she encourages people who need the help to take advantage of it, that way they can afford their medicine and food.
She explained that another aspect that she loved about the job was being able to refer people. Sometimes people call and just don’t know where to turn, so Lowrie tries to find the help that they need. Even if NADC is out of funds, she tries to lead people in the right direction they need to be in, and give them that little bit of hope. At times, when funds have been tight, she had to cover two counties. In 2016, Lowrie covered Fulton and Izard County and had to split four days between the two counties.
“I think God put me here, in this job, I really do,” said Lowrie. “Growing up, we didn’t always have the money, so I understand. It’s not an embarrassment to need the help, but if you don’t ask you can’t get it.”
Lowrie said something that has impressed her the past few years is that Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer has been the only Judge that she knows of that has helped unload the commodity truck. “It amazes me that he always stands in there and is in the assembly line unloading the boxes.”
After retirement, Lowrie said her main goal right now is to get her husband well, who has been dealing with some health issues since December 2016. “The main thing is just to be there for him. I also have four beautiful grandchildren; Peyton, Alex, Brooklyn and Jace.” Lowrie is looking forward to just being able to spend some time with her grandchildren outdoors. “They all love to be outdoors,” she said.
Lowrie loves scrapbooking and sewing. She has put her scrapbooking on hold lately, but said she’s ready to get back to it. “To me that’s sort of preserving the history of our family, plus the kids love it,” she said.
She commended Linda Cooper, who has been with NADC for over 40 years, for the good job that she does. “With her vision, this program has really grown. I thank her for giving me the opportunity to start. I appreciate the clients letting me be here in their time of need.”
Libby Hale, who began working at Head Start as a Health and Safety Aide in Fall 2016, was hired on Monday, January 17 to fill Lowrie’s vacant position. The Fulton County office will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Attention all men! Are you a hunk in heels?
The Salem Fifth Grade Class is hosting a Woman-less Beauty Pageant to raise money for the Nathan Jackson family. The pageant will be held at the Salem High School on January 28 at 6 p.m.
The pageant entry fee is $10. Winners will be crowned by donations. This will be a fun event for a great cause. If you would like to enter the pageant or help with the show, please contact Heather Busch at 870-291-1087 or Tiffany Cooper at 870-371-4054.
There will also be a dessert auction (pie, cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc). If you would like to bake a sweet treat, it would be greatly appreciated.
(January 25, 2017)
by Karen Sherrell
A public meeting was held last November by the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit, NCU, at Calico Rock.
Prison officials spoke to the residents attending about the various programs at the local facility, such as education, regional maintenance, horse operation, Substance Abuse Education, Canine Unit, garden and forage production, PAL Program, Pre-Release Program, and Paws in Prison Program.
It was reported at the meeting that a potential expansion at the NCU is under consideration, with a plan to house an additional 500 inmates.
The NCU was established in 1990 and employs 179. Described as a medium to minimum security facility, NCU houses, on the average, 840 inmates, or full capacity.
According to Solomon Graves, Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison with the ADC, in August of 2016, ADC Director Wendy Kelley asked the Board of Corrections for their approval of her to request for funding to expand the North Central Unit at Calico Rock. The Arkansas Board of Corrections is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor.
The request provided for 576 additional beds at the NCU with an additional 30 Administrative Segregation beds, along with additional Administration and Support Staff offices and programming spaces. The projected size of the expansion is 88,442 sq. ft. and projected cost is $39,283,655.
According to the 2018/19 Capital Projects Request report, eight prison projects throughout the state, including the NCU request, have been submitted to the Board of Corrections, totalling $52,064,199.
In August of 2016, reports stated that the ADC is looking to ease the overcrowding issue in the state’s prison system, with the Board of Corrections asking the governor to approve the expansion of 576 beds at the NCU in Calico Rock.
No projected date of the approval of expansion has been announced.
A report on prison and jail population increases, and specialty courts to ease overcrowding, will be published in next week’s edition.
(January 18, 2017)
by Karen Sherrell
Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork is no stranger to law enforcement, and after 38 years in the field, he is manning the helm in Fulton County.
Beginning official duties this month, Roork stated he is a realist and humbled to be the new sheriff in town. Not having an opponent at election time, and with the retirement of Sheriff Buck Foley, it is a natural transition of duty for Roork.
“I’m humbled to be sheriff and protect the community,” said Roork. “I’m everybody’s sheriff, and treat everyone equally. I will enforce the law equally and with common sense.”
Roork has seen many changes over the past four decades in law enforcement. “The law is more and more complex now,” he said. “It costs a fortune to operate all the courts we have.” The 16th Judicial District covers five counties, including Fulton County, and Roork has a deep respect for the judges and their jobs. “I have respect for the judges and how hard they try. It’s not easy on their part.” Law enforcement must deal with a ton of paperwork now more than in the past according to Roork. “We respond to calls, but it’s hard to have pro-active law enforcement,” he said. “There’s just not enough staff.” Roork has four deputies and one chief deputy. “I have a great crew. They, like police officers in America, put on a badge and gun everyday. They have a very difficult job, and they’re honest, dedicated people.”
The sheriff appreciates help from the community and stated Fulton County is the best place in the world to live. “There are lots of hard working people here, and I depend on them to trust me, and know that what they tell me is in confidence.”
The hands-on sheriff stated he is a working sheriff, in the field with his officers. “People will see me around,” said Roork. “I love what I do and love helping people.”
Fulton County has from 1,600 to 2,000 county road miles that the sheriff’s office is responsible for. “It’s forty miles across the county,” said Roork. “We are on call 24/7 and ready to go whenever. We work hard for the people and enforce the law.”
“People have no idea of the amount of crime in their community,” said Roork. The hub of all problems he said, is an increase in drug use in the county, of methamphetamine and prescription drugs. “It leads to assault on families, thefts, and loss of productivity.” Roork hopes to slow the escalation of crime. “Burglaries occur every day somewhere in the county.”
The sheriff’s department focuses on each crime, aware of the fact that people are more difficult to deal with these days. “One of the biggest problems today is mental illness and the way it’s dealt with,” said Roork. “It’s time consuming to have a person committed, seeking help. We can help those people that can’t help themselves, and it’s a great feeling to do that,” he added.
The sheriff would like to see a dedicated investigator in the department. “We’re the only county that doesn’t have one,” he said. “Our Chief Deputy was our Investigator, as well as performing his normal duties. It’s just too time consuming.” But the new sheriff will continue to do his job as a working sheriff in the field, alongside his officers, for a community that he loves. “I have no visions of grandeur, we will do our job,” he said.
DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Beta Club members decorating a home for the holidays (l to r) Trevor Falco, Sophie Rossitto, Suzonne Harber, Kylie Bell Harber (Beta Club helper), Bailey York, Autumn Freeman, Kendra Rich, Kaylea Walling and Erin Cameron.
The Salem High School Beta Club is at it again. The members of the club stay busy throughout the year, especially in the area of community service.
Throughout the summer, the members of the Beta Club helped the community in several ways. The summer began with members washing school buses so they would be sparkling clean for the upcoming school year. They assisted Holly Pate with the Salem Chamber of Commerce 4th of July event at the park. In August, members parked vehicles during fair week for the Fulton County Fair Association. Several members also helped teachers decorate their classrooms. Some members decorated houses and other buildings for the holidays, and all members helped in providing items for the holidays for several families in Fulton County. You may have noticed some of the members serving hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies at the Salem Christmas Parade. Several members helped the Salem Elementary second grade teachers with their annual second grade literacy night.
At this time, Salem Beta Club is organizing its 8th Annual Bass Tournament. The event is slated for March 11, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lake Norfork. It takes money and prizes to make this happen, so it is an event that takes all year to organize. Any anglers who would like information may email Kim Harber: email@example.com or call 870-895-5921. Also, the club will take donations for the event. The club is also involved in upcoming community service. In January, members will help with the benefit auction and fish supper for Nathan and Jean Ann Jackson, that will be at the Izard County Fairgrounds beginning at 4 p.m. on January 14. Each year, the club members visit the nursing home around Valentine’s Day with homemade cards for the residents.
In addition to all of that, several members are traveling to Hot Springs at the end of January to attend the State Beta Club Convention. They will compete in academic and talent competitions and have the opportunity to meet others from all around Arkansas.
by Carrie Johnson
There will be a Benefit Auction and Fish Supper at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne on Saturday, January 14 for Nathan Jackson.
Jackson suffered a major heart attack on September 16 and has been hospitalized since then. The Fish Supper will begin at 4 p.m. and the Benefit Auction will begin between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Nathan and his wife, Jean Ann, and two sons, Chance and Spencer, are local residents. Chance and Spencer attend Salem Public Schools.
Nathan has faced and is facing a tremendous amount of rehabilitation due to a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen. He stayed at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for 111 days. Sixty-six days were spent in ICU and then 35 at the Rehabilitation Institute. On January 5, he was accepted into Timber Ridge Neuro Restorative Ranch in Benton.
The following is a partial list of items to be auctioned at the benefit: Vic Kalchik’s famous carrot cake, two night stay in a two bedroom cabin at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend, guitars, gun, jewelry, processed hog (halves) from Everett Bros. Farms in Oxford, luggage set, chainsaws, toolbox, hair cut and style and accessories from Mirror Image, $100 gift certificate and two whole ribeyes from Our Neighborhood Fresh Market in Horseshoe Bend, quilts, three loads of gravel/limestone any size and ten loads of hill dirt (free delivery within 30 miles) from RLH Construction in Salem, Xbox with controllers and over 20 games, gift certificates to area businesses, two rounds of 18 golf with cart (six available) from the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, one year subscriptions (two available) from Pacesetting Times, 30 games of bowling from Horseshoe Lanes, Avon products, pork butts, tire rotation from Ash Flat Tire and Lube, pictures, frames, baked goods, free rotate and balance from Dennis Lube and Tire in Melbourne, one ton of quality liquid feed and 1-4 wheel lick tank from Harber Livestock and Poultry of Wiseman, Scentsy, Tupperware, air ratchet from O’Reilly’s in Ash Flat, and much more!
Modern Woodmen of America, in Melbourne has donated a $1,000 matching grant.
Anyone having items to donate for this auction may drop them off at the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 300 Circle Drive in Melbourne, or call Earnie Blackley at 870-373-2999.
Visit on Facebook, Nathan and Jean Ann Gaskins Jackson Benefit, to see items for auction.
The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fifth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Tuesday, 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 8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Northcentral Arkansas Development Council, Inc., NADC, is beginning their Winter Regulation Program January 9 and will continue through March 31 or until funds are depleted.
For applicants to be considered in a crisis situation, they are required to have received a shut-off notice date to be with seven days from the date of application.
The following are requirements needed before applications can be taken and processed: proof of income for all household members for the previous month, including verification of any contributions from family and friends; the date and place of current or last employment for all household members; photo ID; proof of child support; proof of utility assistance if applicant receives subsidized housing; copy of an energy bill or receipt from energy supplier, including a receipt stating cost of wood if the applicant’s main heating source is wood, to help NADC make the payment to the correct vendor.
NADC is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.
Contacts in the tri-county area are, Izard County 870-368-4329, Fulton County 870-895-3628, and Sharp County 870-994-7353. NADC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EOE.
by Karen Sherrell
The American FFA Degree is awarded to less than one percent of FFA members, and is one of the organization’s highest honors.
In 2016, the degree was awarded to Izard County Consolidated graduate, Eli Blankenship of Bandmill.
The 2016 American FFA Degree Ceremony was held in Indianapolis, IN on October 22, during the Eighth General Session of the 89th National FFA Convention Expo. Blankenship joined 34 other degree recipients from Arkansas, and 3,790 from throughout the United States, chosen from a national roll of 629,367 FFA members.
The degree is earned by members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and have made significant accomplishments in their agricultural experiences. All of which describe Eli, through years of hard work and commitment.
This degree has also earned him the title of being the first FFA member at Izard County Consolidated Schools to receive the American FFA Degree since Wayne Neal has been the Agri Teacher and FFA Advisor for the past 14 years. “I have had three other FFA members receive national recognition by earning a National FFA Scholarship,” said Neal, adding, “Eli has not only earned this National Degree, but also the pride, respect and honor of his peers, friends and family, as well as the leaders and mentors before him that inspired him to earn this degree.”
And proud his family is. Accompanying Eli to the ceremony in October were his parents, Danny and Sheila Blankenship, and grandparents, Howard and Janice Blankenship.
Highschool graduates may apply for the American FFA Degree one year after their graduation. Eli graduated in 2014, and is currently in his second year at Arkansas Tech in Russellville.
During his first year in highschool, Eli earned his FFA Greenhand Degree, followed by the Chapter degree the next year, and then his State degree. “Eli raised cattle, chickens, and goats and rabbits,” said his mother Sheila. “He also had a community project he had to do.” Eli’s primary agricultural project was cattle, he was on the ICC Show Team, and he served as an FFA Chapter officer.
FFA members utilize the Agricultural Experience Tracker, AET, which is an online record keeping system for agriculture students to record their time worked or money earned with their projects or Supervised Agricultural Experiences, SAE’s. “They also keep records of their FFA activities, officer work, and time in community service, along with other accomplishments and awards,” said Neal. “Utilizing this system is vital for FFA members to earn the degrees, scholarships and awards that they deserve.”
FFA members must apply for the American FFA Degree one year after they graduate, and Eli’s older brother Isaac, a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech in Russellville, encouraged him to apply. “He had all the steps to do it,” said Sheila, “And he worked hard to earn state recognition.”
To earn the American FFA Degree, members must have received the State FFA Degree, and have been an active member for the past three years, with a record of satisfactory participation in activities on the Chapter and State levels. They must have completed the equivalent of at least three years of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, and have one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program. They must have maintained an operation and records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which they have exhibited comprehensive planning, managerial and financial expertise. They must have earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500, or earned and invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. In addition to having a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement, they must have achieved a scholastic record of a C or better, and participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different activities.
No easy feat, and that’s why only one percent of the National FFA membership receive the American FFA Degree. Recipients are also awarded the gold American FFA Degree Key, a symbol of the highest achievement of the National FFA organization, and earned by one hard-working young man, Eli Blankenship.
by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 19.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski and City Attorney Jim Short.
All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and Mayor Bob Barnes led in prayer.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve the November minutes, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the November Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion carried unanimously. Committee Reports were given from the Public Works Department, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Code Enforcement, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Recycling Center and the Library.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
The first item on the agenda under unfinished business was Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl). Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 on its third and final reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes then entertained a motion to pass Ordinance 2016-02. Yow so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes entertained a motion to accept the bid from Bethune Painting Inc. of Jonesboro to paint City Hall. Moser so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion carried unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to place stop signs and warning signs on Ivory Lane by Crown Point Resort. The estimated cost is $400. McKnight so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow who voted no. Motion passed.
Under new business, Barnes entertained a motion to approve the 2017 City Finance and City Council meeting schedule. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to approve Resolution 2016-08 (To Pass and Approve the Budget for the City of Horseshoe Bend beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017). Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Luther Yancey and David Seibert appeared before the council to be considered for the position of Alderman in Ward 1 left vacant by Chris Miller. Both candidates had previously served on the City Council. The Aldermen voted one for Seibert and six for Yancey.
Barnes appointed Yancey to serve on the City Council effective January 1. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Moser so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously. Barnes thanked Seibert for applying to the position.
Barnes announced that Oath of Office would take place on Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. He then went on to thank the City Council, Short, and Grabowski for their service to the city this term and gave his appreciation for the work they have accomplished.
“It truly has been an honor to serve with y’all this last term, I’m looking forward to the next two years. Y’all have done a great job, together we have accomplished a lot. I’m proud of what we have done,” said Barnes.
Yow added, “I just want to say it has been a pleasure working with you Mr. Mayor. I think we have done a lot of good and I look forward to a good two years ahead and being able to accomplish more for the City of Horseshoe Bend, all of us working together.”
With no further business to come before the council, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
by Karen Sherrell
The 23rd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest had several entries this year, with outstanding lighting displays throughout Horseshoe Bend.
In the Residential Category, first and second place were a close race with only one point difference in the scoring. Holiday lights were judged on creativity, use of color and degree of difficulty.
First place was awarded to Vic and Shirley Kalchik, 1102 Fairwater, and second place was awarded to Ed, Laureen, Scotty and Erica Sac, at 1103 Fairwater. Placing third was Carolyn Smith at 1207 Clark Lane, and honorable mention went to Austin Coil at 501 North Little Rock. Other beautiful entries were located at 1211 Scenic Acres Circle, 307 Victoria, 508 Victoria, 105 Sapphire, 1001 Pearl Drive, 204 W. Lansing, 1200 Moonstone, 103 E. Church, and 311 E. Church. Many other dazzling displays may be seen throughout the city as well.
In the Business Category, three entered this year and first place was awarded to Reeves Propane, second was awarded to Box Hound Marina, and third went to Cedar Glade Resort.
Sponsors for this year’s event were: in the Residential Category, Horseshoe Health and Medicine $100, FNBC $50, and Neighborhood Fresh Market $50 gift certificate; and in the Business Category, Pacesetting Times $100, Horseshoe Bend Insurance $50, and B&B Supply of Franklin, $50 gift certificate.
Thanks to everyone who displayed holiday lights this year in Horseshoe Bend, thanks to the judges for their difficult task, and a big thank you to the sponsors for making this annual event possible.
Way to “Light Up” Horseshoe Bend!
See additional photos on page 5.
SHARP COUNTY — An Ash Flat pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, November 27, and the suspect has not been apprehended as of Monday, December 5.
At approximately 5 p.m., a man wearing a camouflage face mask, straw hat, and grey jacket, entered the Ash Flat Pharmacy located on Hwy. 167/62/412 at the traffic light.
According to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, the man was armed with a handgun and asked for prescription medications. The pharmacist gave the man several bottles of prescription medications, at which time he left the pharmacy and fled south on Hwy. 167 in a small white four door car.
A witness may have encountered the suspect prior to the robbery, in an adjacent Citgo parking lot. Gina Moore told Pacesetting Times that she was in that parking lot when a vehicle, matching the description of the suspect’s, pulled up behind her vehicle, and the driver asked her directions to the pharmacy. The driver is described as having blue eyes, short hair, in his late 40s. “I thought it was weird because everyone knows where that pharmacy is,” said Moore. She then thought the person might not be from this area, and had visited the local emergency room. “I gave him directions, and he said ‘thank you’,” said Moore.
“I went to Walmart after that to run an errand, and when I left and drove by the pharmacy, I saw all the cops there,” said Moore. Officers spoke with Moore and showed her a photo for possible identification of the man she had given directions to. Her description of his vehicle was similar to the description given to officers by the witnesses at the pharmacy.
Anyone having any information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Ash Flat Police Department or the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office at 870-994-2211.
by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY — A traffic stop on a vehicle in Izard County on Thursday, December 1, led to a vehicle chase in two counties, with the suspect still at-large as of Sunday, December 1. Sgt. Mark Simino issued a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Tahoe, with fictitious plates, driven by Matthew L. Jones.
According to Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, Jones is on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and it was determined that he was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Parole Officer Josh Morehead advised the Izard County Sheriff’s Office to take Jones into custody.
At that time, Jones fled the scene and a vehicle pursuit covering two counties and jurisdictions began. Jones drove into Fulton County, and subsequently abandoned the vehicle at Union, located between Salem and Oxford.
Jones, who remains at large, is described as a caucasian male with brown eyes, black hair, with a beard and mustache. He is 33 years old, 5’7”, and weighs 150 pounds.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact the Izard County Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203.
BROCKWELL – Lorra Shaw of Pineville and Candace Killian of Oxford, local health and wellness experts, are hosting “Stay Healthy and Stress Free for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center in Brockwell. The holiday season is when many people experience high levels of stress and consistent, unhealthy choices. At this event, attendees will learn specific strategies to make this year different.
“Far too many people experience extreme emotional pulls during the holidays,” says Shaw. She continues, “On one hand, there is excitement for the festivities and on the other is extreme stress due to the surplus of unhealthy foods, time with family, travel, financial drain, and the sheer exhaustion that the holidays tend to create in our lives. But this year will be different – this year will be our time to THRIVE!”
Killian adds, “We are excited to have a special guest educator, Jeannie Harrison, RN, coming in from Tennessee to share strategies for natural solutions, such as essential oils and essential oil infused wellness products, to support our wellness goals!”
If you are interested in learning more about this event, please email email@example.com or call 870-321-4796.
by Karen Sherrell
HORSESHOE BEND – A 19 year old man drowned in Crown Lake on Tuesday, November 22, when he fell from a boat he was testing.
According to officials on the scene, Colt Farley of Zion, formerly of Melbourne, brought his boat to the Box Hound Marina boat launch at approximately 5:30 p.m. Farley had plans to go duck hunting the following morning, and wanted to test his boat first. He was to meet friends at a ballgame Tuesday evening and never arrived. His friends tried to contact Farley, and they decided to travel to the marina to see if he was still there.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Izard County dispatch received a call from the marina, when Farley’s truck and boat trailer were discovered on the launch, with the truck door open and engine running.
Izard County deputies, first responders and Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene. According to Deputy Earnie Blackley, Farley’s boat was discovered across the lake. Volunteers also combed the banks surrounding the lake.
Personnel returned to the scene Wednesday at dawn, with rescue boats with sonar to search for and recover the body. Arkansas Game and Fish Dive Team of Camden arrived on the scene at 11 a.m. and continued the search for Farley. His body was recovered at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Around 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, Izard County dispatch received a call from Calico Rock Elementary School stating there was a naked man in the school.
Shortly before 7 a.m. a staff member arrived at the school and heard loud moaning coming from a hallway. A classroom door was partially open and the lights were on. The staff member knew no one should be in the building, and discovered a naked man sitting in a teacher’s chair holding a pair of scissors.
The man, identified as Adam Rush, age 36 of the area, dropped the scissors when commanded to do so by the responding deputies but refused to comply past that point. He refused to submit to arrest or follow orders and was tased multiple times, many without any effect, and was finally subdued by four officers.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said, “The school reacted in a most appropriate manner by directing incoming elementary students to the gymnasium keeping them away from possible danger and avoiding them seeing the mass destruction to their school.” Following the incident, students were returned home and teachers and staff began cleaning up the debris.
Superintendent Jerry Skidmore estimated that damages to the school were at least $15,000.
Rush was charged with commercial burglary, a class ‘c’ felony; criminal mischief first degree, a felony; resisting arrest, a class ‘a’ misdemeanor. After being placed in the Izard County Detention Facility, Rush was further charged with disorderly conduct from destroying a security camera. Adams remains in jail on a $30,000 cash bond, and has a December 12 circuit court date.
by Karen Sherrell
Saturday, December 3 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2016 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas on Main Street.
Everyone is welcome to enter the parade, entry forms are available at the chamber office and with Victoria at City Hall. Line-up is at 9:15 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, where you will receive your line-up number from the parade coordinator. Undecided? Just show up with your float on the day of the parade and arrangements will be made. The parade begins at 10 a.m. The lower Diamond B Mall parking lot will be closed during the parade, then opened for float displays.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the new chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, hamburgers and other concessions.
The 19th 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 3 and Sunday, December 4, 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 Wednesday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 25, and must be in place no later than Thursday, 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 3 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 23rd 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 16 at noon.
by Bobby Stapleton
ICC’s multi-talented player, Kennedy Cooper, signed to further her college education and basketball career last week, heading just down the road to Searcy, home of Harding University.
Cooper, a nightmare of opposing coaches, will take her career to the next level. With more than 20 offers of places to land, from smaller colleges all the way up to the D1 level, Cooper chose Harding after considering many other places.
She averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game last year, including a school setting record of 50 points in one game.
Harding, which was the first school to offer up a scholarship, will enjoy Cooper’s intensity with their up tempo style of play.
Cooper’s Coach at ICC, Tim Massey says, “She has been very enjoyable to coach and I will miss her very much. She is very team oriented and cares about her teammates.” Congratulations Kennedy.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Horseshoe Bend held its Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The weather turned out beautiful and approximately 65 people were in attendance at Veterans Park. Veterans representing all branches of service were recognized. Speakers told funny and unique stories of their time in service. Photo/C.Johnson
OPENING SOON: Glencoe Junction will be opening soon under new management. The convenience store/gas station has been remodeled, repaired, reinspected and is in compliance and ready to open. the store offers gas, convenience store items, food, fountain drinks, cigarettes, tobacco, games and pool tables. Fuel Unlimited of Arkansas is their corporate office which stated the store will be a full-fledged truckstop. Glencoe Junction is located on Hwy. 62/412 in Glencoe. Photo/K.Sherrell
by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council met in regular session at the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent were Aldermen Chris Miller, Tom Richardson and City Attorney Jim Short.
Barnes lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve September minutes as corrected, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously. The correction made to the September minutes is as follows: Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) on its second reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Grochowski and McKnight voting no. Motion failed.
Yow moved to accept the September Treasurer’s Report seconded by Moser. All voted in favor.
Committee Reports were read from Public Works Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Code Enforcement and the Recycling Center.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
Under unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) by title only. Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and put it on the second reading by title only, Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of McKnight voting no. Motion passed.
Due to the passing of Alan Fahrenberg, Barnes appointed Carol Fahrenberg as Crown Street Improvement District Commissioner to complete the term. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment, Grochowski so moved, seconded by Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Pat Behrndt, owner of Crown Point Resort, addressed the City Council requesting the city consider placing either speed bumps or stop signs and flashing lights on Ivory Lane to slow down speeding traffic in front of the resort. “We’ve been having a real problem with traffic,” said Behrndt. He explained that his first choice would be to place speed bumps on the road but Grabowski said that it would hinder snow removal. “It’s definitely going to limit you on snow removal, for sure,” said Donny Dawson, Pubic Works Director for Horseshoe Bend.
Behrndt then requested the city make a four way stop at the entrance of the resort. “I just don’t know any other answer,” said Behrndt.
“If people know they have to stop there, it will detour a lot of traffic,” he said. McKnight moved to defer Behrndt’s request to the Finance Committee for further discussion and consideration, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Behrndt then addressed the council about his desire to install park models along the lake front of Crown Point. He was advised by Barnes that his request must be taken before the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl) on its first reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Next on the agenda was to allocate funds to paint the outside metal trim of the City Hall building.
Dawson said that the people coming to give a bid are supposed to come one day this week. McKnight moved to approve the beautification of City Hall by painting the trim and directing Dawson to obtain bids for the project, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow voting no. Motion passed.
Barnes entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2016-07 (Certifying 2016 Millage Rates), Yow so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Barnes stated that the Millage Rates would stay the same.
Barnes proclaimed October 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Proclamation. Grabowski read the Proclamation to all in attendance.
The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on November 9.
With no other business to come before the Council, Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. All were in favor. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
It’s just the beginning.
Graetz Auction Service held its inaugural sale on October 22, and owner Michelle Graetz looks forward serving the area.
Graetz Auction is a mobile, on-site, full service auction company capable of selling various types of merchandise, from farm equipment and machinery to antiques, estate and household. With professional, diligent and attentive auction services, Graetz works hard to get her customers the most money for their assets, and she is ready to book auctions now throughout Arkansas and Missouri.
“We can turn your physical assets and long term investments into working capital,” said Graetz. “Let me try my best to get you the most. I will aggressively advertise your auction, and be diligent, energetic and organized.”
The self taught auctioneer is no stranger to hard work and organization. She and her husband Eric, own and operate Horseshoe Bend Gun Shop, and have lived in the city for eight years. They have two daughters, ages seven and five. The couple had a firearms manufacturing business for 20 years, and Graetz gained her knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting during that tenure. Her husband was the designer, engineer and manufacturer of the firearms, and the couple utilized their 12,000 square foot building in the Industrial District in Horseshoe Bend for that purpose.
Graetz is an American citizen, hailing from the Dominican Republic. She was raised in Santo Domingo, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Hotel Administration, and she is bilingual. “It is an honor for me to do this in a country where the freedom of buying or selling a firearm is allowed,” said Graetz. “This is the only country where you can do that.”
Graetz can also conduct firearms and specialty auctions, and industrial equipment auctions. “During this bad economy we understand how critical it is to have cash readily available for the daily cost of living,” said Graetz. “Sometimes we have to take our investments and quickly turn them into cash for that purpose.” Graetz will also buy estates and personal property.
Selling at auction is a plus creating a speedy process, with quick turnaround. Customers know when their goods will be sold; they can set the time and place of their sale. Competitive bidding in an exciting atmosphere, by motivated buyers, will help customers get the most from their items. “Not only will I run my auction on the principles of honesty and integrity, but I will make it my goal to turn every auction into a great success,” said Graetz.
Graetz Auction’s full service on-site auctions are held rain or shine, with up to 20×80 tents, a double porta potty, a hand wash station, credit card terminals for payments, and concessions.
Future plans include re-opening the building on Industrial Street, Tri-County Expo Auction Gallery, for consignment auctions, wholesale and retail auctions, auto consignment auctions, and estate auctions. The public and dealers will be welcomed in the climate controlled, 12,000 sq. ft. event center housing a commercial kitchen, restrooms, and plenty of seating.
And Graetz is planning on obtaining her real estate license.
“I desired to do something on my own now that the children are in school,” said Graetz. “Something to pass on to our children, a pathway to them, for their future.”
Graetz Auction Service can be found online at www.graetzauction.com, and on Facebook. The business contact numbers are 870-751-0820 or 670-4867.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Southfork River Therapy and Living of Salem, a skilled nursing facility which offers option for long-term care, short-term rehab, and out-patient rehab, has earned five out of five stars in an annual assessment of all Skilled Nursing Facilities in the United States. Achieving five stars is challenging and is the highest overall rating for quality and service, only the best ten percent in each state receives a five-star rating.
“Earning the highest rating from CMS demonstrates the commitment of each Southfork River Therapy and Living team member. We continuously strive to provide the highest level of customer service, health care and support to both our residents and their loved ones,” said Joshua Roberts, Marketing Director. “Southfork River Therapy and Living gets to work with the elderly, injured, and ill of our lovely community, we are honored to get the opportunity to care for such wonderful individuals and get to know them while providing high quality healthcare and services to our area.”
Each year, Medicare uses information compiled from health inspections, fire and safety inspections, quality measures, (which indicates how well a home cares for its clients needs), and lastly reported staffing hour ratios, which compare the number of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Aids (CNAs and NAs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) to the number of residents to whom they are providing care. These ratings help individuals choose a nursing home based on quality and performance. A facility can earn from one to five stars. A five-star rating is considered excellent or “Much Above Average” compared to other skilled nursing facilities through out our nation.
“We are very excited to be designated as a five-star Skilled Nursing Facility. Southfork River Therapy and Living and our doctors work hard to provide a high-quality healthcare experience for our patients,” said Brent Tyson, Administrator. “We do this through healthcare innovations, concierge style customer service and access to outstanding physicians, therapists, nurses, aids, pharmacists, and cutting edge technology.”
Southfork River Therapy and Living has been providing care to the local area for over 60 years. Services include Physical, Occupation and Speech Therapies, as well as skilled nursing and long term care. They also have a unit specializing in care for Alzheimer and Dementia patients, and offer in house Certified Wound Care to those who need such services. Medicare star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. To learn more about Southfork River Therapy and Living, or about the Five Star Ratings, visit online www.southforktlc.com/ or www.medicare.gov. For the most recent news and events follow their face book page at www.facebook.com/SouthforkRiverTL/.
CRASHING THE PARTY: ICC’s Coby Everett goes right at the defense during the ICC Jr. Cougar’s game against Hillcrest last weekend during the finals of the Bill McCurley Jr. High Tournament. Everett hit a game high 24 points. See full story and additional photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton
ASH FLAT – According to the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office, three inmates assaulted a jailer and then escaped the county jail early Sunday morning, October 30.
According to reports, the three inmates escaped at 12:12 a.m. and then were taken into custody at 5:30 a.m. at the Water Department in Ash Flat, approximately two miles south of the jail.
All three subjects were taken into custody without incident by the North Central Unit Chase Team and Highland Police Chief Shane Russell.
Deputies say Jeffery “Major” Harris, 26; Dylan Cole Thompson, 20; and Joshua Keith Ray, 25; beat a jailer who went back to do a jail check. There were four inmates in the cell, and those three managed to get out. Harris was in jail on felony drug charges. Thompson was being held on felony drug charges and battery. Ray was being held on felony drug charges and parole bond.
According to Sgt. Aaron Presser, CID, the three stole a phone, clothes, water and food from the sewer treatment facility. Presser stated that nothing was stolen from the jail, no weapons were involved.
The jailer, Jonathan Trivitt, escaped the incident with only minor injuries.
All three men were formally charged on October 31 with escape, aggravated assault on a police officer, commercial burglary, and theft of property.
Assisting in the search were the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, Ash Flat Police Department, Highland Police Department, Cherokee Village Police Department, Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Hardy Police Department, Ravenden Police Department, North Central Unit Chase Team and the Grimes Unit Chase Team.
HIGHWAY 289 ROADWORK UPDATE: According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department as of today (Oct. 18), the roadwork being done to State Highway 289 is well on its way to being complete. Tuesday’s work consists of finishing setting boxes; Wednesday’s work involves backfilling: setting stones around the boxes, taking the dirt away that has been used for turn-arounds, and bringing the road back up to grade. Weather permitting, crews may be done with roadwork by Friday, but could be as late as Monday, Oct. 24. This section of 289 will remain gravel until it settles, then the road will be paved. Photo/Karen Sherrell
Make plans for your ghouls and goblins to attend the annual Horseshoe Bend Trunk or Treat.
This year’s Trunk or Treat will again be held at Cedar Glade Resort, with plenty of room to park those decorated trunks, have children’s games, and a Costume Contest.
Cedar Glade Resort located at 900 Fourth Street, will host the fun on Monday, October 31 beginning at 5 p.m. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions, and the Best Trunk and Costume Contest Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m.
The Costume Contest will have five age groups: newborn to four years, five to eight years, nine to twelve years, thirteen to eighteen years, and over eighteen years is considered the adult group. There will be one boy and one girl winner selected out of each group. Each winner will receive an engraved medallion.
Other fun activities are planned, so mark your calendar for this year’s Trunk or Treat at Cedar Glade Resort’s front parking lot.
This year, for convenience to families, the Horseshoe Bend Annual Haunted House will be also be held nightly at Cedar Glade Resort, from October 27 through 31. Admission is $3 per person, children age five and under are free.
Chairpersons Carlos and Paula Rivera are setting up the Haunted House now and volunteer help is needed with the set up. Please call 870-670-4536 if you can help the Riveras. Leave a message with your contact information. Each year residents enjoy a great Haunted House thanks to the Riveras and their volunteers.
So come and enjoy the Halloween fun in Horseshoe Bend. It will be a frightfully good time!
by Bobby Stapleton
To say that the last year has been good to Tyler Lewis would be quite the understatement. Lewis, a 2011 Calico Rock graduate, has had things go right.
In June, Lewis qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo and came away as the Reserve Champion, missing the Championship by a mere six points. That was an amazing feat in itself, as Lewis had been in a slump, not having covered a bull in almost two months. After making it back home and lamenting about how close he had come to the CNRF Championship and the automatic entry into Cheyenne’s Frontier Day Rodeo, Lewis got a surprise package that helped ease the sting. A package arrived notifying him that he was also named Rookie of the Year in bullriding for the CNFR, along with a $500 scholarship and gift certificates from Cinch.
After the college rodeo season was over, Lewis turned his attention to the International Professional Rodeo Association, IPR, and the Arkansas Cowboys Association, ACA. Lewis had missed the 2014 IFR by a mere 200 plus dollars, and even led the bullriding most of the summer that year in the ACA. Lewis was the ACA Bullriding Rookie of the Year in 2008 and had made the finals every year except for 2015. In order to qualify for the ACA Finals, you have to have won money in the ACA and make a minimum of eight rodeos. In 2015, Lewis had only made seven rodeos and was not qualified, even though he had won enough money.
During the summer, Lewis kept things going his way as he got engaged to Savannah Henley, a Salem graduate who is also attending ASU in Jonesboro.
On their way to a rodeo in Jasper, Henley was going over the upcoming ACA rodeos helping Lewis plan out his goal at reaching the ACA finals. Lewis had decided to buy his card at Jasper that weekend so he could chase the ACA in hopes of making his way into the finals, since it was a mere five minutes from his apartment at Jonesboro where he is attending ASU majoring in Agri Education.
After buying his card at Jasper, Lewis bucked off that night. That would be the last time for a while as Lewis hit a hot streak like no other, only bucking off one more bull over the next two months, putting him into first place heading into the finals with a $1,300 lead. With the added money at the ACA Finals, Lewis knew he was not safe and would have to keep riding to win the Championship. On Friday night, Lewis rode a Cline Hall bull for a second place win, but the person chasing him for the Championship had won the go round. Saturday would tell the tale as Lewis withstood the challenge and claimed the 2016 ACA Bullriding Championship.
Lewis’ good year is not over by far, as he and Henley will tie the knot December 3.
Next Wednesday, October 12, will be the last week for Farmer’s Market at Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend until next spring. There is a last chance to buy fresh produce and baked goods next week. The Amish Pancake Breakfast will be served on Saturday, October 22 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Amish Community on Hwy. 395 in Salem. Donations are appreciated. There is also an equipment auction.
Crisp mornings have arrived, pumpkin spice lattes are flowing and Fall is in the air. The Chamber of Commerce believes Horseshoe Bend is in need of a little festivity, so they would like to challenge you to the first annual “Autumn in the Bend” Scarecrow Contest!
To enter, set up your one-of-a-kind scarecrow for display at your establishment now through October 31. All scarecrows should be family-friendly, nothing too scary. They can be traditional, or unique! You are in charge of maintaining your scarecrow throughout the month. The contest is open to all businesses, groups and organizations.
Scarecrows will be judged at the end of October and the winner will be announced. A traveling scarecrow trophy will be awarded to the winner along with a free meal ticket to the January kick-off Chamber Dinner. The winning scarecrow will be published in the Pacesetting Times, on the Chamber’s website, and on social media. The trophy will remain in the hands of the winner until next year’s contest when it will be passed on to the new winner.
by Fred Walker
The Izard County Consolidated Cougars and Lady Cougars will tip off the 2016-17 basketball season with their annual Black and Gray intrasquad games on October 7 at Brockwell.
The games will start at 5 p.m. with a seventh grade girls game and followed by the seventh grade boys, junior girls, junior boys, senior girls and senior boys.
Admission is free and a Chili Supper is being held in conjunction with the event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Each meal will cost $6 and all proceeds will go to the Kailey Moss Memorial Scholarship Fund.
For more information or to make a donation, call 870-258-7700.
The deadline for paying real estate and personal property taxes is Monday, October 17. The actual deadline of October 15 falls on a Saturday, so the deadline is extended to the following Monday. The Izard County Collector’s office will be open as usual on Columbus Day, Oct. 10.
The Collector’s office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, but you will be charged a 3.75% convenience fee. Their hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or payments may be made to Izard County Collector, P. O. Box 490, Melbourne, AR 72556. Make sure it is postmarked by October 17 or it will be returned with a 10% penalty. Anyone having questions may call 368-7247.
by Carrie Johnson
Repairs to a drainage system will require the closure of a section of State Highway 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, AHTD, officials. The closure will begin on Monday, October 10 at 8 a.m.
The work will require closure of 289 between State Highway 354 and U.S. Highway 62. Motorists traveling on 289 will follow a detour. This is the most direct route to 62 from Horseshoe Bend, so allow yourself plenty of extra time for traveling.
Routes around the roadwork that include only highway are Highway 354 to Oxford, then right on Highway 9 to Salem or left on 9 to Melbourne; or 289 to Peace Valley Road, then left on Highway 167 to Ash Flat or right on 167 to Batesville. Local traffic should consider alternate routes between 354 and 62, also known as dirtroads.
There will be warning signs at the Glencoe turn off 62 and at the four-way in Horseshoe Bend alerting drivers of the roadwork ahead. A barricade will be in place at Morriston Fire Department.
All students that ride the bus that live beyond the closure will be picked up at Hillbilly U-Pump in Glencoe at 7:30 a.m. and dropped off at approximately 3:20 p.m. For those that are still unaware of where the line is drawn, if your child is usually picked up at The Quilted Heart and beyond (towards Horseshoe Bend), expect to have to find a different route. Your child’s bus and bus driver will remain the same; all parents of affected students should have received a letter from the Salem School District Superintendent Wayne Guiltner notifying route changes.
The closure will conclude on Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks super pave when the repair is complete. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com.
by Karen Sherrell
With the General Election just a little over a month away, some upcoming deadlines and dates need to be noted.
If you are not registered to vote, you need to do so by Monday, October 10. Local county clerk offices will be open on Columbus Day.
Races in Izard County, on the November 8 ballot include: for Judge, David Sherrell (D) incumbent, and Eric Smith (R); for Treasurer Nancy Pratt (D) incumbent, and Warren Sanders (R); Justice of the Peace District 9, James Elbert (I) incumbent, and Richard (Rich) Emmens (R). Municipal races are: Horseshoe Bend Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson; and Calico Rock Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles vie for the seat.
General Election races in Fulton County are for Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) incumbent, and Jim Kendrick (I); Justice of the Peace District 2, Lynn Guffey, (I) incumbent, Lori Benedict (R), and Nathan A. Bales (I); District 7, Tesa Bishop (D) incumbent, Ray Matthew (R), Wilber L. Rowe (I), and Billie J. Gibson (I). Municipal races are, Mammoth Spring Alderman Ward 2, Position 1, Joan Baker and Adam Davis;, Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Viola Alderman Position 4, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen.
Races in Sharp County in November include, for Judge, Dustin Rogers (R), Jackie Pickett (D), Gene Moore (I), and Jon Patterson (I); Justice of the Peace District 2, Darrell Kehrli (I), and Briana M. Dilorio (R); District 5, Tony Vaughn (R) and Ruth Rogers (D); District 6, Rick Huckabee (I), Everett McGuire (R), and Danny Denton (D); and District 8, Matthew T. Hipp (R) and Jeral Hastings (D). Municipal races are: Ash Flat, Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2, Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby, and Ward 2, Position 2, Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw; Cave City Alderman Ward 1, Position 2, Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier; Hardy Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice, Ward 1, Position 2, Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland.
Early voting begins October 24 and ends November 7. Absentee ballots must be returned by November 8.
In Izard County, early voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, and in Horseshoe Bend at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on November 3 and 4.
In Fulton County, early voting will be held at the courthouse in Salem from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, and at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring on Oct. 28 and 29.
In Sharp County, the county courthouse in Ash Flat is the site to early vote from Oct. 24 through Nov. 7, as well as the Community Center in Cave City.
An ordinance is in place in Horseshoe Bend with restrictions on candidate and election signs. Signs may be placed no more than 30 days prior to an election and removed within two days following the election. There are no county restrictions, with the exception that signs may not be placed in the highway right-of-way or easement, or on utility poles.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence reported that counterfeit bills have shown up at various businesses in Izard County. Three fake $100 bills have surfaced in Horseshoe Bend and one has surfaced in Calico Rock. All the 100s have the same serial number of AB13990778M. A fake $10 and a fake $20 bill has also surfaced in Horseshoe Bend.
Lawrence said the back and front of the bills have separated to some degree. It appears the front and back of the bills were glued together and the glue is not holding.
The Horseshoe Bend Fall City Wide Clean-up will be held the week of October 10 on your normal trash pick up day.
Items that will not be picked up include: tires, liquid paint, electronics, oil, construction materials or chemicals.
Call the Horseshoe Bend Water Department at 870-670-5885 or the trash company at 800-833-3423 for a more detailed list of what will not be allowed for pick-up during the Fall City Wide Clean-up.
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return October 11, 12 and 13 and will be broadcast on The River 98.3 and live at the City Hall Council Chambers.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop them off at the chamber office, at 707 S. Third St., during normal hours of operation, and please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned.
Items to be auctioned include several casino stays and buffets, a variety of Branson show tickets, dinners, durable medical equipment, golf outings, propane, health club memberships, marina and resort stays, massages, roses, sport gift items and much more.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far. The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation. So mark your calendars for the Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years.
by Carrie Johnson
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department roadwork is scheduled to begin on State Highway 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe early to mid-October, weather permitting. Repairs to a drainage system will require road closures. The District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks super pave when the repair is complete.
Motorists should expect this upcoming road closure, and start mapping out their alternate routes now. This is the most direct route to U.S. Highway 62. Allow plenty of extra time for your travels.
There will be warning signs at the Glencoe turn off 62 and at the four-way in Horseshoe Bend alerting drivers of the roadwork ahead. Tentatively, the projected detour will be Morriston Road to Wiseman for locals, with a barricade at Morriston Fire Department. Other routes that include only highway are Highway 354 to Oxford, then right on Highway 9 to Salem or left on 9 to Melbourne; or 289 to Peace Valley Road, then left on Highway 167 to Ash Flat or right on 167 to Batesville. Definite alternate routes will be published in next week’s edition.
Salem School District Superintendent Wayne Guiltner is prepared for the roadwork. All students that ride the bus that live beyond the closure will be picked up at Hillbilly U-Pump in Glencoe at 7:30 a.m. and dropped off at approximately 3:20 p.m. For those that are still unaware of where the line is drawn, if your child is usually picked up at The Quilted Heart and beyond (towards Horseshoe Bend), expect to have to find a different route. Your child’s bus and bus driver will remain the same; a letter will be sent home within the week to all parents of affected students; and bus driver Wendall Smith will be letting parents know at the bus stops.
Watch the Pacesetting Times for further updates such as alternate routes and projected closure and completion dates.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com.
First Community Bank is proud to sponsor a community reception welcoming Mr. Don Sharp as the interim Superintendent of the Highland School District. The reception will be located at First Community Bank in Highland on Monday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by and meet Sharp and welcome him to the great community.
SET AND READY: The Izard County Junior Varsity Volleyball team gets ready to receive a serve from opponent Cave City, on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Brockwell campus. The Junior Varsity team includes Roree Warren, Trinity Neal, Stormy Woods, Tess Savell, Haley Stone, Isabella Martinez, Tracy Middleton and Joni Sherrell. See additional photos in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell
by Suzonne Harber
The Salem Greyhound Student Council members are preparing for Homecoming. The Greyhounds take on the Rector Cougars on Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m.
The Homecoming Court includes the following: 12th grade Queen representatives Carmon Doty, Ashley Hall, Emily Pate, Lindsey Smith, and Bailey York; 11th grade representatives Autumn Freeman and Kendra Rich; tenth grade representatives Lillian McCullough and Allyson Walsh; ninth grade Princess representatives Madison Sellars, Megan Ullrich and Rory Walling; eighth grade representatives Mackenzie Hill and Brittney Worsham; seventh grade representatives Jaycie Strong and Cassidy Walling.
At this time, the Student Council members are selling Homecoming shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, please contact Kim at 870-895-5921 or stop by the high school office for an order form. Short-sleeved shirts are $15, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hooded sweatshirts are $25.
Homecoming spirit days have also been decided. Spirit week is September 26 through September 30, and we invite students and community members to dress up and show their spirit.
On Monday, sport your red, white, and blue for America Day. Tuesday is Twinkie Day; find someone and dress as twins. Wednesday is Sports Day, and Thursday is Throwback Thursday.
On Friday, deck out in the black and gold and show your support for the Greyhounds.
Be sure to come out to the Homecoming ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 17. The New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center’s Color for Life Fun Run/Walk 5K is for everyone, whether you are a first time walker/runner or a seasoned athlete. With no times and no official winners, this event is for all fitness levels and all ages.
This Color for Life Fun Run/Walk 5K is a fundraiser for New Beginnings. They encourage you to register yourself, share with all your friends and family, and consider getting teams together to see who can raise the most money.
This type of race has been referred to as the “happiest race on the planet” and New Beginnings cannot wait to share the joy with you at this extraordinarily amazing event.
Registration and pick-up begins at 8 a.m. at Loberg Park, located at Loberg Drive in Hardy, the 5K race begins at 9 a.m. with the one mile race immediately following the 5K.
Registration packets and t-shirts can be picked up at New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center, located at 23 W. Main Street in Ash Flat, on Friday, September 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
by Carrie Johnson
In addition to the roadwork that State Highway 289 received recently, drivers need to be on the look out for more roadwork in the upcoming weeks. Repairs to two separate drainage systems in the area require closures to sections of state highways.
On Monday, September 12 at 8 a.m., a closure on a section of State Highway 58 north of Poughkeepsie and just outside of Williford in Sharp County began, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, AHTD, officials. The work requires closure of 58 between State Highway 354 and U.S. Highway 63. Motorists traveling on 58 will follow a detour. The northbound detour route is 354 north to U.S. Highway 167 and then U.S. Highway 62 east to 63. The southbound detour route is 63 west to 62 and then 167 south to 354. Weather permitting, roadwork will conclude on Friday, September 30 at 5 p.m.
Directly following the drainage system repair at Williford, the crew will relocate to State Highway 289 between Glencoe in Fulton County and Horseshoe Bend in Izard County. The repair, weather permitting, is expected to begin in early October. Once the drainage system is done, the District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks the super pave.
This work also requires a road closure between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe. This is the most direct route to 62; motorists will have to find an alternate route. A press release with updated information such as detour routes will be published closer to the date of the repair.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow AHTD on Twitter @AHTD.
by Karen Sherrell
Izard County Officer Cody Cruse was dispatched to Calico Rock on August 21, then again the following day, in response to a woman claiming her vehicle had been shot at.
Willa Lester, of Calico Rock, stated she was following a vehicle on Hwy. 56, going approximately 20 miles per hour near the intersection of Red Lane, when she heard a loud noise and her vehicle was hit.
“I heard a loud pop on my windshield and then saw a crack in my windshield,” Lester wrote on a statement form to the sheriff’s office. Lester’s children stated it looked like the vehicle had been shot with a shotgun. According to his incident report, Cruse stated that the chip may have been caused by a rock, with two small chips on the window.
Family members discovered other damage on the 2011 Nissan Altima, and Lester contacted the sheriff’s office again that same day. Cruse made arrangements to come back the next day to look at the vehicle. Additional damage was discovered on the driver side of the hood, consisting of deep scratches. Cruse’s report states, “It did indeed look like the vehicle was shot with some kind of object but was unsure with what.” Another set of scratches was located in the center of the hood close to the front windshield. Cruse took additional photos at that time.
Lester, at the time of the incident, was able to write down the license plate of the vehicle she was following, hoping they too may have some information about the incident.
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host its annual Community Picnic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6 on the east side of Independence Hall. Danny Dozier will provide entertainment and John 3:16 Ministries will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. A bounce house will be available for children. This is a free event and the public is invited to attend. Outstanding faculty, staff and adjunct faculty will be recognized at the event.
Game times are as followed: 3rd grade, 10 a.m.; 4th grade, 11:30 a.m.; 5th grade, 1 p.m.; 6th grade, 2:30 p.m.
All games are on Saturday unless noted and are subject to change.
September 3 – West Plains #2 at Salem, 2nd grade at 11 a.m.
September 10 – Salem at West Plains #1
September 17 – Salem at Thayer
September 24 – Cave City at Salem
October 1 – Highland at Salem
October 8 – Bye week
October 15 – Salem at Melbourne
October 22 – Salem at Highland
October 29 – League Tournament
(3rd grade at Salem; 4th grade at Melbourne; 5th grade at Thayer; 6th grade at Cave City)
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 1, Salem at Mtn. View – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 8, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 15, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 22, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 29, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 6, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 13, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, Ocotber 20, TBA
Thursday, October 27, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge 7 p.m.
Friday, September 2, Mountain View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 9, Salem at Yellville-Summit – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 16, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 23, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Friday, Septemeber 30, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 7, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 14, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 21, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 28, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 3, TBA
* Conference Games
Aug. 23 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 1 Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Southside Batesville 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Mtn. Home 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Salem 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 Mtn. View 7 p.m.
* Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m
Aug. 22 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 2 at Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Salem 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 at Elkins * 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 Green Forest * 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 Greenland * 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 Playoffs – Round 1 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 Playoffs – Round 2 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Playoffs – Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 Playoffs – Semifinals 7 p.m.
Dec. ? Playoffs – Finals TBA
The Oxford Fire Department is sponsoring a Round Robin Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 27 beginning at 8 a.m. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to ICC Special Olympics.
There will be door prizes given away throughout the day that have been donated by many county businesses and citizens.
An extrication demonstration involving two cars will be performed, a dunk tank will be set up and a scavenger hunt with a cash prize will be held. Burgers, hot dogs, chips, baked items and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
A beautiful homemade children’s quilt is being raffled. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.
Tickets will be available for purchase, but the quilt will be given away at a later date.
by Karen Sherrell
The filing deadline for municipal office was Friday, August 19 at noon, and the following candidates and eleven municipal races have been announced in the tri county area.
IZARD COUNTY — In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson both seek the position. Teresa Orrick has filed for Ward 1, Position 2; Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Marty McKnight, Ward 3, Position 1; O.G. “Sonny” Minze, Ward 3, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles will vie for the seat. Jackie Coggans has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; and Stacy Stanford, for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Bill Wright, Ward 1, Position 1; Warren Smith Ward 1, Position 2; Laura Sipe, Ward 2, Position 2; Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Ernest F. Lamb III, Ward 4, Position 1; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; and Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Franklin for Alderman: Dennis Taylor, William N. Long, Sue Smith, and Randy Morris. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stevie Smith.
In Guion for Alderman: Leslie Piel, James Roberts, Dale W. Piel, and Randy Engles. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stacie Engles.
In Oxford for Alderman: Lagena Louise McBride, Billy McBride, Renee Everett, Lawrence T. Savell Jr., Amy Stevenson, Randy Sherrell, and Mike McCandlis. For Recorder/Treasurer, Bonnie J. Moss.
SHARP COUNTY — In Ash Flat, a race has emerged for Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2 between Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby; and in Ward 2, Position 2, between Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw. Fred Goodwin has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Sean Himschoot, Ward 2, Position 1; Annette Wolverton, Ward 3, Position 2; and Charlotte Goodwin, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Cave City, both Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier seek the Alderman seat in Ward 1, Position 2. Hana Smith has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Jonas Anderson, Ward 2, Position 1; Eddie Johnson, Ward 2, Position 2; Richard Hawkins, Ward 3, Position 1; Tammy Smith, Ward 3, Position 2; John Ables, Ward 4, Position 1; and Anthony D. King, Ward 4, Position 2.
In Cherokee Village for Alderman, Pamela Rowland, Ward 1, Position 1; Bill Circle, Ward 2, Position 1; Leslie J. Covington, Ward 3, Position 1; Rob Smith, Ward 4, Position 1; and Stephanie Johnson for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Evening Shade for Alderman, John H. Wolfe, Ward 1, Position 2; Billy D. Qualls, Ward 2, Position 1; Angela Haley, Ward 2, Position 2; Eva J. Haley, Ward 3, Position 1; and Dwight Sharp, Ward 3, Position 2.
In Hardy for Alderman, a race has emerged between Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice for Ward 1, Position1. A three-way race for Ward 1, Position 2 includes Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland. For Ward 2, Position 2, two candidates have filed, Corey Gilliland and David Bathrick. Bruce Thurow has filed for Ward 2, Position 1; Raymond Hicks, Ward 3, Position 1; Sue Taylor, Ward 3, Position 2; and Myranda Hobbs, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Highland for Alderman, Both Melody Brink and David Harris seek the Ward 3, Position 1 seat. Mary Jo Clark filed for Ward 1, Position1; Randy Hutchinson, Ward 1, Position 2; Dennis Burton, Ward 2, Position 1; Ty Casey, Ward 2, Position 2; Joe Black, Ward 3, Position 2; Kenneth Massey, Ward 4, position 1; Jack Kimbrell, Ward 4, Position 2; and Mary Ruth Wiles, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Williford for Alderman, Ambie Lester, Position 4; and Suzanne Fowler, Position 5.
FULTON COUNTY — In Mammoth Spring for Alderman, two races have emerged. Joan Baker and Adam Davis have filed for Ward 2, Position 1. A three-way race for Ward 2, Position 2 includes Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Charles Vaughn has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; and Wilma Rogers, Ward 1, Position 2.
In Viola for Alderman, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen both seek the Position 4 seat. Dennis Harber filed for Position 1, Robert L. Wray, Position 2; Duane Barber, Position 3; and Vearl Downum, Position 5.
by Karen Sherrell
In an open letter to the public from Ozark EMS of Calico Rock, owners Leon and Kathy Cheatham announced that they will cease operation in Izard County as of September 1.
Ozark EMS began serving eastern Carroll County as the primary ambulance service on April 1, with two locations, in Berryville and Green Forest.
The letter, dated August 1 stated, “It is with many prayers and thought on both mine and Kathy’s part that we are saddened to announce that as of September 1, 2016, Ozark EMS will no longer be serving/operating in Izard County.
“The judge, David Sherrell, and the EMS Board, Jessica Sanders, Josh Wilson, Michelle Gray, Carl Pitts, Mark Herrington, and Dave Watts, have entered into a five year contract with Vital Link for two ambulances to serve all of Izard County. Oxford, Melbourne, and Horseshoe have exclusive city contracts with Vital Link.
“We are moving all our services to Carroll County. We feel that this is where we need to be at this time.
“We have loved our time here in Izard County, but feel that our endeavor here is a losing battle. We know we will never be the primary provider for our home, Izard County.
“With sincere thanks and gratitude for all your support, Leon and Kathy Cheatham.”
Vital Link EMS provides emergency and non-emergency medical services to Independence, Izard, Stone, and surrounding counties. They have a contract with Izard County to provide two ambulances, with one housed in Horseshoe Bend and a base in Melbourne. A third ambulance is in reserve for use in Izard County.
Vital Link also has a substation at Southside School, in Independence County, and in Mountain View, Stone County.
IZARD COUNTY — Municipal candidate filings as of Friday, August 12 are listed.
In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Jackie Coggans, Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Fredrick Blickle, Ward 4, Position 1, Ricky Knowles, Ward 4, Position 1; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; Stacy Stanford, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Candidates need to file petitions of nomination, an affidavit of eligibility, and a political practices pledge with the county clerk of their residency.
Friday, August 19 at noon is the deadline to file for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.