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THAT’S AND OUT: Salem Lady Greyhound Brooke York takes care of a fly ball against the Calico Rock Lady Pirates last week. See additional pictures in the March 25th issue of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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GOING FOR THE BUNT: Lady Cougar Kristen Caraway prepares to bunt during last Monday’s action against the Lady Bobcats of Flippin. See story and additional photos in this week’s paper! vPhoto/K.Sherrell

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STAYING WITH IT: Calico Rock’s Kelsey Fry keeps her concentration as she takes care of a line drive off the bat of a Lady Greyhound. Photo/B.Stapleton

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The Horseshoe Bend Spring Citywide Yard Sale, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be put on the list call the Chamber office at 870-670-5433. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m. List will be given out the morning of sale.
The City of Melbourne is having their Annual Spring Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 4 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. All sales will be held rain or shine. The City of Melbourne will be preparing a list that we be available for pick up at City Hall on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Please call Melbourne City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. You may set your sale up at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s, Old Dollar General, Mark’s Pharmacy or Home Town Market. For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.
The Salem area Spring Community Wide Yard Sale and Business Sidewalk Sales will be April 10 and 11. Maps will be available. For information call 895-5565 or e-mail SalemAR@centurytel.net.

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The Spring City Wide Cleanup Day in the city of Oxford will be Saturday, April 11. Residents are encouraged to do their spring cleaning and place those unwanted items at the curb for trash pickup that morning.
Items that will not/can not be taken include: hazardous waste of any kind, red bag medical waste-including needles, motor oil, tires of any kind, free flowing liquids, yard waste-including grass clippings, leaves, branches, auto batteries, paint, freon filled components, dead animals, asbestos material, wood not to exceed four inches in diameter or three feet in length, items over 60 pounds excluding furniture and appliances, regular household trash will not be picked up, no roofing.
The Oxford Baptist Church will be having a community outreach the week prior to the city wide cleanup, on Saturday, April 4. Plans include helping those in need with yardwork, door to door evangelism, and a Bible Club at the city park for the children.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors of Oxford will be conducting a cleanup on April 4 as well. Those wishing to volunteer to help the Neighbors clean up that day, please sign up with your name and phone number at City Hall in Oxford.

The Pacesetting Times garnered a Third Place Sweepstakes Award in the 2015 Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.
The newspaper won eleven additional awards which were presented at the Awards Luncheon held at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute at Petit Jean Mountain on Friday, March 13.
Attending the awards luncheon were Pacesetting Times staff members Carrie Johnson and Cassie Stafford.
The newspaper garnered five second place awards, four third place awards, and two honorable mentions, to capture the third place Sweepstakes Award.
In the Smaller Weeklies Division, Second Place went to Karen Sherrell for Best Festival-Special Event Ad for her Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce Dogwood Days ad; Sherrell and Carrie Johnson won in: Promotion of Newspaper, “Find Something New to Howl About”; Best Use of Clip Art for Gray Family Practice, “Back to School Excitement”; Best Ad Campaign for Artisan Restaurant; Single Ad Half Page and Over, for Izard County Democratic Party, “Vote Democratic.”
In the Smaller Weeklies Division, Third Place went to Sherrell and Johnson in Best Use of Process Color for M&M Landscaping, “50% off Shrubs”; and Best Use of Humor for Tri County Medical Supply, “Kabooti Comfort.”
In All Weeklies, Third Place went to Sherrell for Best Single Supplement Ad, Magazine, for Spring River Home Health, “Welcome Home”; for Sherrell and Johnson, Best Automotive Classified Ad for Turkey Mountain Motors, “No Sales Tax.”
Honorable Mention was awarded to Sherrell and Johnson in Multiple Advertiser, for “Horseshoe Bend Trunk or Treat”; and Single Ad, Over 10”, Under Half, Izard County Propane, “New Business Opening.”
This year’s contest was judged by members of the Colorado Press Association with 38 Arkansas daily and weekly newspapers submitting 1,036 entries.
Locally, the Batesville Daily Guard won First Place Sweepstakes in Medium Dailies, and the Stone County Leader of Mountain View won Second Place Sweepstakes in Larger Weeklies.

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GIFTED AND TALENTED HISTORY DAY: Izard County Consolidated Middle School fifth and sixth grade Gifted and Talented held their own History Day. The winners were: first place, Katelynn Johnson (Civil War); second place, Caleb Faulkner (Woodrow Wilson); third place, Landon McBride (Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire); fourth place, Coby Everett (Sam Walton).

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NOT SO FAST: Erica Sac (#11) gets up to tip the pass away and create the turnover against Wonderview in the State Tournament on March 8. The Lady Cougars finish the season with a 34-8 record. See full story and additional photos in the March 11 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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The Turkey – Youth Hunt will be held Saturday, April 11 to Sunday, April 12 this year. Hunters, ages six to fifteen, can hunt from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
The statewide bag limit is two adult gobblers or bearded hens.
For zones: 1; 2; 3; 4; 4A; 4B; 5; 5A; 5B; 6; 7; 7A; 8; 9; 9A; 10; 17.
Hunters must follow the zone bag limits of the zones in which they hunt.
Hunters who are six to fifteen years old may harvest one jake as part of their two-bird limit during the season.
Including the youth hunt.
No more than one turkey may be taken per day.
Only hunters six to fifteen years old may hunt turkeys during the special youth turkey hunt.
Youths who have completed hunter education must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is 18 or older.
Youths who have not completed hunter education must be under the direct supervision of an adult mentor who is 21 or older.
Prepare for your hunt
- Educate yourself about the game you will be hunting and its environment.
- Obtain the most current state regulations.
- Buy appropriate clothing and gear for the environment.
- Secure lease arrangements and permits (dogs and horses may require a veterinarian’s certificate or a current vaccination record).
- Visit the site in the off-season to prepare blinds and cabin facilities.
- Sight-in rifles, handguns, and bows; pattern shotguns.
- Sharpen your skills at the shooting range.
– Pack extra firearms, scopes, bow strings, etc.

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SCENERY WINNER: I call it The Bridge of Sigh, taken at Rockbridge, MO. This is the first place winner in Pacesetting Times’ Fourth Annual Photo Contest held throughout the month of February. A total of 31 photos were entered into the contest. The first category was Scenery; the second category was Special Moments; and the third category was Animal Lovers. There was one winner per category and each winner receives a cash prize of $25! Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. Thank you to all participants. Photo/Leigh LaCaze
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ANIMAL LOVERS WINNER: First place winner in Pacesetting Times’ Fourth Annual Photo Contest. It was taken in January on Mustang Island at Port Aransas, Texas. This is our dog, Jack, and Heaven forbid he should walk any where! Once he discovered the basket, he thoroughly enjoyed our trips to the beach and made everyone we passed smile when they saw him. Photo/Susan Smith
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SPECIAL MOMENTS WINNER: First place winner in the Special Moments category in Pacesetting Times’ Fourth Annual Photo Contest. Mama, Thanks for Your Service. Photo/Diana Biesek

Darrell Lowell Sherrell, of Oxford, Arkansas, son of the late William Robert Sherrell and Myrtle McCurley Sherrell, was born September 10, 1933 in Brockwell, Arkansas. He departed this life March 6, 2015 in Calico Rock, Arkansas at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 24 days. In 1952 he was united in marriage to Mary Alene Blankenship and to his union three sons were born. Darrell spent his life as a son, brother, nephew, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, provider and friend. During his working years, he worked at White River Propane, Reeves Propane, concessions at Salem Auction Barn, in addition to being a farmer. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of Oxford Baptist Church.
He is survived by three sons and three daughters-in-law: Lowell Gene Sherrell and Janie Keil of Grain Valley, Missouri, Randy Steven and Karen Sherrell and Russell Keith and Kim Sherrell all of Oxford; one brother: Shelby Gene Sherrell of Myron; three grandchildren: Brandon Gene Sherrell and wife Krista, Laura Jo Sherrell and fiancé Bubba Rushing, and Jordan Alene Nicole Sherrell; eight great-grandchildren: Jackson Brady Sherrell, Rylan Gene Sherrell, Tyler Sherrell, Michael Sherrell, Joni Sherrell and Trysta Sherrell, Shelby Rushing, and Ricky Rushing; one great-great-grandson Remington Rushing; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; three wives: Alene Blankenship Sherrell; Ruth Washington Sherrell and Martha Vanlandingham Sherrell; eight brothers and sisters: Loyd Sherrell, Hearl Sherrell, Oma Robbins, Vearl Sherrell, Cecil Sherrell, Dale Sherrell, Armilda Everett and Harlen Sherrell and one great grandson: Payton Sherrell.
Visitation will be Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 12 to 2 p.m. with the funeral service beginning at 2 p.m. at Howard Memorial Funeral Chapel in Melbourne with Steve Stevenson officiating. Burial will be at Oxford Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers: Terry Dillard, Alan Sherrell, Alfred Grice, Max Williams, Willie Moser, Wayne Neal. Honorary Pallbearers: Billy Blankenship, Charles Sherrell and Howard Blankenship.

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The Izard County Cougars and Lady Cougars were both named Conference and District Champions. In the Championship game, the Cougars held on for the 50-48 win over the Norfork Panthers. For ICC: Walker (20), Gleghorn (10), Mosley (7), Markovic (6), Reynolds (3), Everett (2), and Jones (2). The Lady Cougars went on for the 48-32 win over the Norfork Lady Panthers. For ICC: Cooper (21), Jones (9), S. King (8), J. King (7), Sac (2), and Caraway (1). Photos/B.Stapleton

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their annual spring festival, Dogwood Days, held the second Saturday in May.
This year, Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend is Saturday, May 9, and anyone interested in a booth may pick up a vendor’s application at the Chamber office located at the lower Diamond B Mall, or visit www.horseshoebendarcc.com for an online application.
Musical entertainment, food concessions, craft booths, commercial booths, and service organizations are all a part of the 29th annual event, which also includes a pet pageant and games for kids.
Get your vendor application today, and plan on Saturday, May 9 in Horseshoe Bend.
The Chamber may also be reached by calling 870-670-5433.

Horseshoe Bend’s annual publication, the Horseshoe Review is now in process.
Clubs, groups, organizations, and churches are encouraged to begin compiling your news and photos for the Review, which will be published in April.
Information may be turned in at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office at the lower Diamond B Mall, or email pacesetting@centurytel.net with Review typed in the subject line.
“This will be the 36th edition of the Horseshoe Review and we look forward to publishing a beautiful glossy magazine again this year,” said Karen Sherrell, Review Chairman. Each Review features a message from the Chamber President and from the mayor, with articles in the past from area organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, American Legion, MRID, Airport Commission, Boating and Fishing Club, SRAA, AARP, Men’s and Ladies Golf Clubs, Recycling Center, Garden Club, Horseshoe Pitching, Animal Control, Telecare, DAR, Little Theater, Pioneer Village-Manor Homes, Music in the Mountains, Izard County Master Gardeners, as well as local church news, Chamber festivals and school information.
Area businesses place advertisements in the Review as well and a sales representative will be calling businesses within the next month.
So let’s get working on your news to publish in the annual Review, and remember to highlight your group’s activities for the year, a little history, and a picture or two. For more information, please call Sherrell at 870-670-6397.

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The Horseshoe Bend Theater located at the lower mall will be the site for a public meeting held by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
“AGFC has scheduled a public meeting concerning the proposed Crown Lake boat ramp at Fisherman’s Park for Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Theater,” wrote Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor, in an email dated Thursday, February 19.
Municipal Recreational Improvement District Commissioners voted 4-1 at their January 15 meeting, to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The total project cost to AGFC is $112,000.
According to Risley, AGFC received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January meeting. They received ten emails in favor of the project. Over 150 people attended that meeting.
“We will be holding a public meeting to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also,” he added. The AGFC planned the meeting at a time that both state officials can attend, according to Risley.
Currently, Box Hound Marina offers the only launch ramp on Crown Lake, which is free to property owners. The AGFC and Box Hound Marina discussed a proposal to repair the marina launch and other specifics, but after months of discussion, could not come to an agreement.
At the January MRID meeting, former commissioner J. R. Wilson told audience members that AGFC had talked to the MRID while he was on the commission, and stated that if the marina and AGFC changed their minds on their agreement, the money goes away. “It’s between the state and Box Hound,” said Wilson. “MRID shouldn’t have anything to do with it. It (Fisherman’s Park) is an amenity. You’d be getting rid of an amenity, a park to a parking lot.”
Chairman of the MRID, Tom Doty, stated that AGFC had contacted MRID to see if they would like to place a public launch at Fisherman’s Park.
According to Doty, the proposed launch placement falls into the guidelines in place for encroachment on adjacent property owners. “There is a pie-shaped part at the park corner at the bottom of the curve that is MRID’s, part of Fisherman’s Park,” he said.
Property owner John Mosser is in favor of the free public launch. “This means more people in town, more money spent here,” said Mosser at the January meeting. “You cannot prevent change. You plan, accept and benefit from it.”
Those against the project cite the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, insufficient policing of the lake, possible increase in theft and noise, and a decline in lakefront property values. Those for the project look forward to an increase in commerce in the city with the availability of a free public boat launch.
Anyone wishing to voice their opinion on the proposed boat launch is invited to attend the March 24 public meeting at the Horseshoe Bend Theater, hosted by AGFC.

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Conference Runner-Up and Jr. District Tournament Runner-Up, Izard County Jr. Lady Cougars. Photos/B.Stapleton

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Calico Rock Jr. Pirates, District Runner Up and Conference Co-Runner Up

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CONFERENCE AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONS: The Salem Jr. Lady Greyhounds beat Pangburn 54-18.The Lady ‘Hounds jumped in front 13-0 and never looked back. Salem led 21-1 after one; 34-10 at the half; 48-15 after three. Sonni Martin led the Jr. Lady ‘Hounds with 25 points.

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Batesville singer/songwriter John T. Parks will be featured at the Horseshoe Bend Music in the Mountains Show on Saturday, February 21.
Parks performs as part of the Lockhouse Orchestra and half of a duo with Sarah Jo Roark, and at local avenues including Fox Creek BBQ in Batesville and Words and Afterwords in Hardy. Parks’ sister Erin Parks Walters is also on the entertainment line-up for the evening.
Rani Rush and Jerry Kipper will perform along with the house Hwy. 289 Band beginning at 6 p.m.
As always, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at 5 p.m. prior to the show which is held the third Saturday of each month.
A new gospel show which began February 14 at the Music in the Mountains, featuring Saved by Grace, will now be held the first Saturday of every month at the music theater beginning at 6 p.m., with concessions available at the snack bar.
Admission to all the musical entertainment at the theater is by donation, and all proceeds go to keep the theater operating.
So, for some great entertainment, be sure and visit the Music in the Mountains Theater on the first and third Saturdays monthly at the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.

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For the 31st year, FNBC Bank will award the Boyd Carpenter Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Sharp, Izard or Fulton County who plans to attend college and seek a four year degree. FNBC Bank partners with the Arkansas Community Foundation to fund this $4,000 scholarship.
Awarded in a two-phase process, the first phase places emphasis on academics, extracurricular activities and employment.
The second phase is based upon the applicant’s interview with the judging committee. The scholarship will be awarded as $1,000 per year for four years for a total of $4,000.
Students interested in applying should visit www.arcf.org/scholarships to complete the online application. All applications are due by April 1.
This scholarship is renewable up to four years. To qualify, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA on a four point scale, or equivalent.
The FNBC Bank Board of Directors established this scholarship in 1984 to honor Boyd Carpenter, then-chairman and president of the bank, who was a devoted advocate for education. Carpenter’s son, Martin, currently serves as chairman and CEO, and his granddaughter, Molly, is director of marketing.

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IT’S MINE: Salem’s Brooklyn Abney controls the ball against Mammoth Spring’s Burgin Shelby. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s issue of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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The 2015 Kiwanis Pee Wee Basketball Tournament was held at the ICC High School in Brockwell on January. The annual all day tournament is divided into girl’s and boy’s brackets. The winners of the girl’s bracket were the Salem Lady Greyhounds and the second place winners were the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. The winners of the boy’s bracket were the Cave City Cavemen and the second place winners were the Izard County Cougars. The Kiwanis Club of Horseshoe Bend congratulates the winners of this tournament and thanks all the participants and parents for their support. All proceeds from this tournament help support student scholarships.

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STOLEN SIGNS: Several street signs, two directional signs and stop signs were stolen along Pine Ridge Road in Horseshoe Bend last week. The city has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the theft. Pictured is the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Tri Lakes Drive, minus the street signs. See full story in the February 11 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

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AERIAL COMBAT: Calico Rock’s Logan Sherrill goes in for the lay up after the steal as Cougar Michael Gleghorn fights to defend the shot. See full story and additional pictures in the February 4th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Graduating seniors in Fulton County who have participated in county, district, or state fairs have the opportunity to apply for three scholarships, the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship, the North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship, and the Arkansas Fair Manager’s Association Scholarship. Applications are available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org and should be completed and turned into the Fulton County Fair Office at least five days before the deadline listed on the application. This will give fair officials time to get the scholarship applications to the appropriate scholarship committee. The scholarship applications can be completed online and printed for submission. All applications must be typed.
All scholarship applications should be submitted to the Fulton County Fair office. The North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship is due by February 26. The Arkansas Fair Managers Association Scholarship is due by March 10, and the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship is due March 26. If you have questions, please contact Fulton County Fair Manager Carolyn Lewis at clewis@fultoncountyfair.org or call the fair office at 870-895-5565.

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by Karen Sherrell
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has received numerous emails concerning the proposed free boat launch at Fisherman’s Park in Horseshoe Bend, and have decided to conduct a public meeting in the city in the near future.
According to Jeremy Risley, with AGFC in Mountain Home, they have received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January 15 meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID).
Over 150 people attended that meeting in which MRID commissioners voted four-to-one to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with, vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The AGFC received ten emails in favor of the project.
“We will be holding a public meeting in the near future to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. The AGFC Director and Commission will make the final decision on the project. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also. We will try to plan the meeting on a date they can both attend,” stated Risley.
The AGFC will be issuing an announcement in the near future with details on the public meeting.
Opponents of the project cite the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property values. Proponents look forward to more people coming to Horseshoe Bend, creating additional commerce for the city.

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KSAR AWARDED PLAQUES OF APPRECIATION: During the annual Izard County Invitational Tournament last Saturday night, ICC Superintendent Fred Walker presented KSAR’s James Bragg and longtime Coach turned broadcaster Gary “The Old Coach” Cooper plaques of appreciation for their support of the tournament by broadcasting every game every year. Photos/B.Stapleton

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ICC came into the Championship as the top seed and only needed to defeat Mammoth Spring to earn their trip. The Cougars squared off against Melbourne who had defeated Salem and Calico Rock to get to the finals. ICC held a 51-46 lead that stood up as the final score.
In the Senior Girls Championship game, the top seeded Lady Cougars of ICC took on the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. ICC had a first round bye, then defeated Calico Rock to punch their ticket. Melbourne came in as the number three seed and had to defeat Midland and Salem to earn their pass to the championship game. The Lady Cougars riding a 34 point fourth quarter scoring frenzy came back and claim the Championship by the score of 57-47.
Pictured are the champions and runner-ups.
See full stories and additional pictures in the January 28 edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photos/B.Stapleton

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A Calico Rock woman who has been in jail since October 13, 2014 in lieu of $500,000 bond on charges of sexual indecency with a child, sexual assault fourth degree, and rape now faces additional child sex related charges.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 32 year old Beth Dickerson, was additionally charged January 16 with another sexual assault in the fourth degree, a class “d” felony; and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. These additional charges stem from the forensic analysis of her computer by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
The computer was seized at the time of Dickerson’s original charges. Bond for Dickerson was increased to $510,000. She remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.
In other reports, Blake Lawrence, age 31 of Norfork, was arrested January 12 on charges of harassing communications- six counts, and terroristic threatening first degree. The charges relate to phone calls Lawrence is accused of making to officials of the Eagles in Horseshoe Bend. Lawrence was released with a court date the day of his arrest.

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It’s a good thing gas prices have fallen.
The Arkansas Activities Association has awarded the post season sites for the majority of sports, and it looks like patrons in area coverage school systems will become road warriors.
In basketball, after Calico Rock, I.C.C, and Mammoth Spring get past the Senior Districts, which will be at ICC, it will be time to gas up the vehicle. The Regionals will be at Hillcrest from February 25 to February 28. The State Tournament will be held March 3 through 7 at Nashville, Arkansas.
For Salem, the District will be held at Tuckerman, the Regional Tournament will be held at Buffalo Island Central from February 25 to 28. The State Tournament will be March 3 through 7 at Pangburn.
For Melbourne, after hosting the District Tournament, the Regional Tournament will be February 25 through 28 at Rose Bud. The State Tournament will be held at Cassatot River in Cove, Arkansas, March 3 through 7.

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: Thirty-three participants from the tri-county area took a cold plunge into Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 17. Plungers raised almost $5,000 for Special Olympics Arkansas. The Polar Plunge was sponsored in part by Box Hound Marina. See additional pictures and full story in January 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Over 150 people attended the standing room only meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) on Thursday, January 15, voicing their opinions, loudly at times, on the addition of an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park. Opponents of the project site the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property values. Proponents look forward to more people coming to Horseshoe Bend, creating more commerce for the city. See the entire story and vote in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Pick up your copy of the paper in newsracks in Izard, Fulton and Sharp Counties.

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The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fourth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is 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 4 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, phone number and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.

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ALL STAR: During the Homecoming festivities last Friday night, Jan. 9 at Melbourne, Bearkatz alum Kyler McLaughlin was honored for his accomplishments during his time at Melbourne. As an athlete, McLaughlin was a three sport star, competing in track, football, and basketball. Kyler’s jersey was hung on the wall with the other All Star Jerseys. Kyler is pictured with Football Coach Kevin McCarn. See full story in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend voted to continue the City’s contract with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) during the December council meeting.
The contract with ICSO will continue for four years, through December 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $243,600 for 2015, or $20,300 a month; $247,254 for 2016; $250,962 for 2017; and $254,726 for 2018. Contract rates reflect a 1.5% annual increase as called for in the contract.
ICSO took over the jurisdiction of Horseshoe Bend in September of 2013 signing a 16 month contract at that time, for $240,000 a year. One of three Horseshoe Bend officers hired by ICSO still remains employed by the county, Michael Smith. City Council voted 6-2 in July 2013 to approve the county contract, following a heated discussion, with over 150 residents attending that meeting.
The new agreement was signed on December 15 and ICSO will continue to provide 24/7 full public safety services for the city of Horseshoe Bend, with the county furnishing and supplying all necessary labor, supervision, equipment, communications and dispatching facilities necessary to maintain the level of service to be rendered.
The city will provide utilities for the sheriff’s substation located downstairs at city hall.
The agreement between the city and ICSO may be terminated by either party upon a 60-day written notice. Future contract agreements will be for a period of five years.

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes has his eye on achieving several goals over his next four years in office, including promoting the development of an assisted living center, and implementing a rental property inspection program.
“The City of Horseshoe Bend wants our citizens to know that city government is responsive to its citizens and their needs, and that our highest priority is to provide them with appropriate service levels through the implementation of this four year plan,” wrote Barnes in the introduction of his plan covering the years 2015 through 2018.
Pick up the January 14 edition of the Pacesetting Times to read the full plan!

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PROPOSED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH: The Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are discussing a proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. According to AGFC Regional Maintenance Contract Coordinator Mike Cantrell, the preliminary proposal will include vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock and launch ramp. If the proposal is approved, this will become public access to Crown Lake. Some residents have questioned the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property value. According to Cantrell, a previous proposal with Box Hound Marina “is at an end pass, and done.” Box Hound Marina has recently resurfaced their boat launch which is free to use by property owners. MRID has included discussion of the proposed launch in their public meeting agenda for January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building located atop Turkey Mountain.

The Salem Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will conduct the Annual Valentine Pageant Tuesday, January 27 right before the Salem-Sloan Hendrix Basketball games.
Candidates for Mr. and Miss Valentine are from grades seventh through 12 at Salem High School. The Little Miss and Little Mr. contestants are from grades kindergarten through sixth grade at the Salem Elementary School.
Elementary candidates are: Ms. Simers’ Kindergarten – Kylie Harber and Keaton Zeigler, Ms. Julie’s Kindergarten Jailyn Strong and Wesley Oliver, Ms. Hurtt’s Kindergarten – Kenly Brown and Caleb Smith, Ms. Barker’s First Grade – Keely Ward and Landon McEntire, Ms. Henley’s First Grade – Shaylee Goodson and Richard Smith, Ms. Walling’s First Grade – Lydia Smith and Whitt Bishop, Ms. Aldridge’s First Grade – Roxie Spears and Jackson Taylor, Ms. Watson’s 2nd Grade – Montana Franks and Brant Cochran, Ms. Long’s Second Grade – Olivia Smith and Owen Guffey, Ms. Hyslip’s Second Grade – Hannah Hutson and Braden Morris, Ms. Gaskin’s Third Grade – Madeline Keen and Hunter Sizemore, Ms. Edward’s Third Grade – Angelei Erwin and Spencer Jackson, Ms. Manes’ Third Grade – Katie Fish and Hunter Collier, Ms. Cotter’s Fourth Grade – Adrianna Bagwell and Dryver Springstun, Ms. Fowler’s Fourth Grade – Greenly Hall and Hank Guiltner, Mrs. Boyd’s Fourth Grade – Madalyn Miller and Matthew Guffey, Ms. Turnbough’s Fifth Grade – Yuki Beller and Brady Boles, Ms. Maguffee’s Fifth Grade – Cassidy Walling and Brice Langston, Ms. Walling’s Fifth Grade – Kelsey Pearson and Owen Jones, Ms. Cooper’s Sixth Grade – Brianna Lundry and Tommy Bassham, Mr. Cone’s Sixth Grade – Brittney Worsham and Darius Brown, and Ms. Wiseman’s Sixth Grade – McKenzie Bontrager and Cord McCullough. Mr. and Miss Valentine candidates are: Seventh Grade – Kendalee Stansbury and Mark Hancock; Eighth Grade – Dagni Hall and Chase Himshoot; Ninth Grade – Kaylea Walling and Braden Love; Tenth Grade – Melissa Palumbo and Justin Pearson, 11th Grade –Callie Marsh and Mason Kinder; and 12th Grade – Libbie Watkins and John Smith.
Votes for contestants are one penny each. Cans for votes are at the Town and Country Super Market on Church Street in Salem. Voting will end at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 26 and no votes will be accepted after that date.
All proceeds from the pageant will be used by Beta Sigma Phi for community service projects.

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Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2015 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on January 17, with registration beginning at noon and the plunge at 1 p.m. Sponsorship/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina, Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Pacesetting Times.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges. Special awards will be given for Best Costume, individual, pair, and team; and First Place for the most money raised to individual, pair, and team.
Incentive for $50 minimum collected per plunger is an official Plunge T-Shirt; $250 collected, plunger will receive a Plunge T-Shirt and Beach Towel; $500 collected will include Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, and a 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket; and $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket, and a 32-can Rolling Cooler.
SOAR was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently more than 14,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for gold, silver or bronze medals. In a sense athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for our athletes and their families.
The vision of SOAR is to transform communities by changing lives through sports.
So plungers, get your sponsorship/contribution form, then get your sponsors, and be ready to take the 2015 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on January 17.

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ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM: (l to r) Lauren Jones, Jen King, and Kennedy Cooper were selected to be on the All Tournament Team at the NEA Invitational Basketball Tournament held last week. See full story and additional pictures on page 7 in this week’s edition!

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PRESSURING ‘D: Melbourne’s Derek Love (L) and Jay Chaney apply the defense to Valley Springs on the break in last week’s action. See full story and additional pictures in the January 7th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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LET’S GET THIS GAME GOING: Salem’s Jeremy Brown knocks down a trey to open the game against Tuckerman last week. See full story and additional pictures of the junior team, senior ladies, and senior boys on page 6 of this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CHILLY RIDE: Horseshoe Bend Alderman Marty McKnight and wife, Karen, enjoyed a chilly morning ride during the Horseshoe Bend Christmas Parade held on Saturday, December 6. See additional parade photos on page 5 of the December 17 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Johnson

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by Karen Sherrell
Attempting to drive away after being pulled over, and refusing to exit her vehicle, resulted in a woman getting a ride to jail, facing numerous drug charges. Elizabeth “Beth” Howell faces nine counts, after she was pulled over on Dec. 6 on Hwy. 9N in Salem.
Salem Police Officer Barry Abney initiated the traffic stop on Howell, who according to Abney, appeared nervous and had bloodshot eyes. Abney asked for consent to search Howell’s vehicle, and she refused consent. Officer Jamie Turnbough of the Mammoth Spring Police Department and his canine partner Aitos, responded to the scene. The trained drug dog alerted three times to the presence of a controlled substance during his walk around the exterior of the vehicle. Investigator Joe Boshears with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrived at the scene, and was told Howell had rolled up her vehicle windows, locked herself inside and refused to step out of the vehicle. Officers, including Sheriff Buck Foley, requested Howell exit her vehicle on five different occasions, and Howell had attempted to drive off three times. Fulton County Deputy John Cawvey had blocked Howell’s vehicle with his patrol car to prevent her from fleeing in the vehicle.
At one point, Howell had her window rolled down partially and when Officer Turnbough tried to get the window down, she rolled the window up on his fingers.
Abney attempted numerous times to use a vehicle entry tool to unlock the door of the vehicle, but each time Howell would reach and keep both doors locked, and according to the arrest affidavit, Howell actually grabbed the entry tool at one point. Eventually Boshears broke out the passenger window, shut off the vehicle, retrieved the key, and unlocked the driver’s side door, and Howell was apprehended.
During the search of the vehicle, officers found a glass smoking device, a canvas style zip case containing a spoon with a usable amount of crystal methamphetamine, three syringes commonly used for the injection of controlled substances, a baggie of a marijuana, and several small baggies containing residue.
Howell has been charged with: possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class d felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class d felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; Use or possession with the purpose to use paraphernalia with the purpose to hide, conceal, contain methamphetamine, a class b felony; speeding; no liability insurance; refusal to submit; omnibus DWI act; and interference with a law enforcement officer, a class a misdemeanor.
Bond for Howell was set at $75,000. She posted bond and was released Dec. 9.

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SWITCHING IT UP: Salem’s Lindsey Smith goes in for the reverse lay up against the Lady Greyhounds win over Flippin in the Marvin Newton Classic last Saturday. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition. Included in the Classic coverage is Viola Longhorns and Salem Greyhounds. Photo/B.Stapleton

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Horseshoe Bend had a great Haunted House this year! See more pictures on page 10 of this week’s paper. Photo/Amanda Keyes

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LINING IT UP: ICC’s Jen King lines up a trey against Jasper last week at the Arvest Bank Tournament. King finished with a team high 17 points. See full story and additional pictures on page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

by Karen Sherrell
An Izard County Consolidated High School teacher that resigned in April following a suspension, has received a written warning from the State Board of Education, November 13.
Matthew O. Orf accepted the recommendation by the Arkansas Professional Licensure Standards Board of a written warning on September 18.
He will not be re-hired at ICC according to Superintendent Fred Walker.
See the full story in the November 26 edition of Pacesetting Times.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on immigration reform, one of the most politically explosive issues of his presidency. It’s a major speech, one in which Obama is expected to announce sweeping immigration reform, including a plan to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The White House even promoted the upcoming speech in a Facebook video.
ABC, NBC, and CBS have signaled that they won’t be carrying the president’s speech.
CNN and PBS will carry the 8 p.m. address, and so will all the other cable news channels. And Univision, the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, will be translating it and airing it live.
Administration officials put out feelers this week and determined that the networks would be reluctant to hand over the air time, so the officials decided not to formally request it from ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Those requests, when made by the White House, are essentially always granted.
The White House may have honed in on Thursday night because of Univision’s planned telecast of the Latin Grammys.

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SEALING THE LINE OFF: Melbourne’s Derek Love works on getting the line contained against Elkins last Friday night, November 14, during the opening round of the State Tournament. The Katz held on and let the 15-14 score stand up for the win. The Bearkatz head to Osceola Friday night, November 21, to take on the Seminoles in the second round of the State Tournament. See additional photos and full story in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton

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VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Horseshoe Bend held its Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, hosted by the American Legion. Despite the frigid temperature, several people attended and a great ceremony was held. See additional photos on page 4 of this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford

The Salem Chamber of Commerce will host a Potato Soup and Chili Luncheon on Thursday, November 20. The cost of the meal is $5 and will include cornbread and/or crackers, and a cookie. Delivery to local businesses in Salem will be available.
A sign-up sheet will be dropped by local businesses the week prior to the luncheon. The public is also invited to dine in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. inside the NAEC Orange Room. Tea will be provided if dining in. For more information contact Mary at 895-2591.

A public meeting will be held on December 11 concerning the Strawberry River Watershed, according to the Izard County Extension Office.
The forum is for community members to discuss water pollution issues specific to the Strawberry River Watershed. The watershed includes communities in Fulton, Izard, Lawrence and Sharp Counties.
Forum participants will be asked to discuss local water quality concerns, to identify priorities for reducing pollution from runoff and about who should be involved in those efforts. The forum is an extension of an annual stakeholder meeting that the UA Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center holds each year in partnership with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, which is responsible for developing and implementing programs to address nonpoint source water pollution in the state. December’s forum is a local opportunity for people to get engaged in addressing water issues.
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ozarka College, Student Center Room AFSC104, 64 College Dr., in Ash Flat.
For more information about the community forum or to RSVP, Call Amanda Philyaw Perez at 501-671-2228 or you can e-mail your RSVP to publicpolicycenter@uaex.edu.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

Natosha “Tosha” Alysse (Goodman) Brink, 24, of Hardy, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 30, 2014, near Black Rock. She was born December 13, 1989, in Topeka, Kansas, to Edward Luther Goodman Sr. and Carmen Denise Musick Goodman. She was a graduate of Arthur’s Beauty College in Jonesboro, Ark. and was of the Baptist faith.
Tosha was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Edward Goodman and Tom Pedano.
Survivors include her husband, Alex Brink of the home; two sons, Braxton Wayne Goodman and Walker William Brink both of Hardy; one daughter, Abigail Chyanne Stanford of Hardy; two stepsons, Kaden Brink and Gage Brink both of Glencoe; her parents, Edward and Carmen Goodman of Ash Flat; two brothers, Edward Luther Goodman Jr. of Fort Carson, Colorado, and Nickolos McCray Goodman of Ash Flat; one sister, Stephanie Gail Goodman of Ash Flat; her grandparents, Cherylene Pedano of Evening Shade, Catherine Delong of Agnos, and William Musick of Nelsonville; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Monday, November 3 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel in Highland.

The Spring River Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will held November 15 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center in Highland.
At this time 40 businesses are participating. The SRACC invites everyone to come out and check out the Expo and support the Local Business Community, and participate in the food drive.
For additional information, contact SRACC at 870-856-3210, or email sracc@centurytel.net or fax 870-856-3320.

The Knights of Columbus will host a Indoor Rummage Sale at Saint Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hillbilly U-Pump at Glencoe now has an attendant on duty every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., ready to help customers. The self-serve gas station also offers cigarettes, tobacco, soft drinks and snacks with a drive through window. The station offers discounts on gas and takes cash, debit or credit. Hillbilly U-Pump is located on Hwy. 289 at Glencoe.
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by Bobby Stapleton, sports
The regular season of football has wrapped up and the road to the Championship starts this Friday, November 14, with a couple of the area teams involved.
In the 3A, Melbourne takes on Elkins this Friday night with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Osceola/Camden Harmony Grove winner on November 21.
In the 4A, Highland takes on Clinton in the first round with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Dollarway/Gentry game on November 21.

Taking it right at them: Pirate Darby Ketron slices through the defense on his way to the rim against Greers Ferry last week. Full story in the November 12 edition of Pacesetting Times. ketronPhoto/B.Stapleton

Putting on a show: ICC’s Clay Mosley slams home a dunk against Norfork last Friday night. Mosley finished with 13 points on the night. Cougars held on in overtime 64-61.See full game highlights in the November 12 edition of Pacesetting Times. mosely Photo/B.Stapleton

Come to the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend this weekend!
The Garden Club will be having a Christmas Bazaar on Friday, November 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Christmas Village will be featured, as well as decorated Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, plants, and baked items. Stop in early for best buys!

There will be a recount on the Horseshoe Bend Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman race, Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at the Izard County Courthouse courtroom, in Melbourne.

by Karen Sherrell
The midterm election yielded a few surprises and upsets for some candidates, some winning by only a few votes, and voters sent a resounding message to Congress. Democrats have relinquished their control over the Senate, and Republicans retained control of the House as well.
In Arkansas, Republican candidates faired well in state races with Asa Hutchinson winning the Governor’s seat; Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor; Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General; Mark Martin, Secretary of State; Dennis Milligan, State Treasurer; Andrea Lea, Auditor of State; and John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands.
Linda Collins-Smith won her bid for State Senate District 19 winning each of the five counties she represents: Fulton, Izard, Independence, Sharp and Randolph. Collins-Smith garnered 2,575 in Izard County over Democratic opponent James McLean’s 1,735.
Republican candidate Michelle Gray upset incumbent Tommy Wren (D), winning the State Representative District 62 seat, covering Izard, Sharp, Stone and Independence counties. Wren won in Izard County 2,238 to Gray’s 2,127, but lost to Gray in the other three counties.
Izard County showed a 57% voter turnout, a high number for a midterm election.
In Horseshoe Bend the number was even higher. Sixty-seven percent of the registered voters in Horseshoe Bend turned out to vote, and re-elected Bob Barnes their mayor. Barnes had a narrow victory of 31 votes; 414 votes to opponent Chuck Spangler’s 383. Barnes won in Wards 1, 2 and 3, with the following votes; Ward 1, 48-46; Ward 2, 133-111; Ward 3, 86-75. Spangler took Ward 4 with four votes, 151-147.
Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman in Horseshoe Bend was a close race, with incumbent John Grochowski taking the victory by only two votes. Grochowski garnered 143 votes to opponent Butch Van Zandt’s 141.
Rhonda Halbrook won the mayor’s seat in Melbourne over Mike Cone, 387-285. Halbrook is the first woman to serve as mayor of Melbourne for over 40 years. Halbrook told Pacesetting Times she’s not the first woman to hold that office in Melbourne, with Jan Lawrence serving in the 1970’s, and a woman filling in the duties of mayor during WWII.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence retained his office with 2,813 votes over Republican Walter Hagan’s 1,549. Bryant K. Lamb won Gid Constable over Kelly Anderson, 50-35. Kathy Roberts is the Mayor of Guion, defeating Larry Pittman 19-15.
Greg Stuart won the mayor’s seat in Oxford over incumbent Steve Stevenson in a close race, 107-100. Thomas Norvold defeated incumbent Jetta Peters in a close race for Oxford Ward 4, Position 1 council seat, 102-99.

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GETTING HER REWARD: Emily Pate (l) receives her Goat Tying Championship buckle from ACA Goat Tying director, Heather Wilson, at the conclusion of the ACA Finals last month in Conway. Feature story and additional pictures on page 6 in this week’s Pacesetting Times!

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by Sonia Blakenship
We are still encouraging everyone to sign up for the CodeRed Weather Warning.
We have changed the site where you go to and sign up for the warnings. Go to www.izardcountyar.org and then click on OEM.
When that page opens up there is a link that you click on and the site opens up for you to enter your information.
As always, if you want to sign up for CodeRed and do not want to use the website, you can call 870-368-4113 and you can be signed up that way. Everyone is encouraged to utilize this service.

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The 19th Annual Food Drive sponsored by the Pacesetting Times is now underway.
“Join us again this Holiday season in helping your neighbors and friends,” said Karen Sherrell, publisher of Pacesetting Times. Donate two or more non-perishable food items and receive a free classified ad that can be used anytime, from now until March 31, 2015.
“We will deliver donated food items through December 12 to the Food Pantry in Horseshoe Bend,” said Sherrell. The Food Pantry is located behind the Assembly of God Church.
Stop by Pacesetting Times at 703 South Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend with your food donations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until December 12. Limit one classified ad per family.

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Members of the American Legion Post #344 will observe Veteran’s Day November 11 at Veterans Park in Horseshoe Bend.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. We hope that all citizens will join us in honoring the men and women who served their country in uniform.
The American Legion, making its 95th year in service to God and Country, was formed by Veterans after World War I to promote American ideals and to ensure that families of their fallen comrades would be cared for.
Today the American Legion continues to fight for health and education benefits for this nation’s Veterans. The Legion also sponsors programs that benefit Americas youth, such as American Legion Boys and Girls State, American Legion Baseball, the National High School Oratorical Contest and Scouting programs. The American Legion is involved and making a difference around the world and right here in Horseshe Bend. American Legion Post #344 is proud to be a part of this community.

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HAGAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY: Walter R. Hagan announces his candidacy for Izard County Sheriff. “I honestly believe that if the citizens of Izard County could and would work more closely together with the department, we could solve an awful lot of our drug and other crime problems. The department needs to take more serious the anonymous reports from public and minor crimes (if there is such a thing) and follow up on them. I’m an ordinary working man with family and roots in Izard County for over 30 years. I have run a family business for over 40 years. I have been a Christian since November 1979. I’m not running for sheriff for the money or the power, but to protect mine and your families from the illegal drugs as well as other crimes in OUR county. From the bottom of my heart, I want to make the sheriff’s department more honorable and the homes in our county a safe place to live. I would appreciate your vote on November 4th. if you have any questions or comments, please call me at 870-297-8019.” Paid Political Ad

by Karen Sherrell
Does your vote really make a difference? Ask the candidate that wins by less than a handful of votes and they’ll tell you, “yes it does”.
This year’s midterm elections are more important than in many years. The Republican led House of Representatives (233 seats to 199 Democrats, and three vacant) look to hang on to their control. They also look to gain control in the Senate after this mid-term election on November 4.
Democrats currently control the Senate with 55 seats to the Republican’s 45 seats, but several of those Democratic seats are up for grabs come election day, with neck and neck races in several states, including Arkansas.
Nationally, this senate election could go either way, and voter turnout is going to be essential.
On the average, voter turnout in midterm elections is about 40%, but there has been a higher turnout when Americans were less approving of Congress. With a congressional job approval rating of 13%, voters may just see a good chance this year to shake things up, and there’s a good chance they may. An above-average turnout of voters is expected this election, with the feeling that a change in government is needed now.
The Pacesetting Times hosted a Candidates Forum in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, October 21, featuring speakers in contested races locally: for mayor, Bob Barnes, incumbent, and Chuck Spangler; for Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch VanZandt; and County Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent, and Walter Hagan. Tommy Wren, incumbent (D) and Michelle Gray (R) also attended, both seeking the Arkansas House of Representatives seat in District 62.
These folks will tell you….Yes your vote really can make a difference.

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Melbourne QB Conor Fogle crashes into the endzone for a touchdown against Osceola last Friday night. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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FORUM ATTENDEES: Municipal Candidates attended the Pacesetting Times’ Candidates Forum on Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. (l to r) Butch Van Zandt, John Grochowski, Chuck Spangler and Bob Barnes. Photo/C.Johnson
by Karen Sherrell
Early voting for the November 4 General Election has begun, with voters taking advantage of shorter wait times.
In Izard County, 470 votes have been cast by Monday, Oct. 27. Early voting continues at Ozarka College in Melbourne through November 3. Off site early voting will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Contested races in Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook.
In Guion for Mayor, Kathy Roberts and Larry Lynn Pittman.
In Oxford for Mayor, Stephen M. Stevenson, appointed incumbent, and Greg Stuart; Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters, incumbent, and Thomas Norvold.
In Fulton County, for County Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) and Terry Dailey (I).
In Salem for Mayor, Charles Owens, and Daniel Busch (D).
In Mammoth Spring, for Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, Charles Vaughn, Rose Pierce, and Wilma Rogers; Ward 2 Position 1, Peggy Smith, Joan Baker; Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Adam Davis.
In Sharp County, for County Judge, Phillip D. Hood (R), and Larry W. Brown (I); Coroner, Doug Wortham, incumbent, and Nathan W. Circle (I); Cherokee Village, District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) and Robert L. “Bob” Russell (D).

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TROPHY BUCK: Rex Ogle of Melbourne proudly displays his massive buck harvested on Sunday, October 19. Ogle was running late for a morning hunt, with only one load in his 50 caliber muzzle loader. He arrived to his brother’s deer stand after daylight and ten minutes later the buck came by. “He came out, I whistled, he stopped, and I got him,” said Ogle. The large deer weighed almost 200 pounds. The antler spread at the widest points was 18-3/4” with the G2 tines measuring 11-1/2”. Ogle said according to Boone & Crockett, the buck is rough scored at 165, and will be entered in the Big Buck Classic in Little Rock next January, and in the Big Buck Classic in Jonesboro next February. Congratulations Rex!

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LOCAL BEAUTY WINS AT STATE: Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne was Third Runner-Up in the State Junior Fair Queen Pageant held Saturday, October 18 in Little Rock. Photo/R.Guthrie

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KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON: ICC’s Andy Norton applies the defensive pressure against Cotter last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
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Going to the rim: ICC’s Clay Mosley goes in for two points last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
See more pictures and the story in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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Trunk or Treat will be held on Friday, October 31 at lower Diamond B Mall. Set up is at 5 p.m. in front of the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office. Judges will circulate among the trunks and choose first, second and third place. Trophies will be awarded to the three placed trunks and everyone competes together, no commercial or organizational categories.You do not have to decorate your trunk to come park at the lower mall and give out candy. Be sure to be parked at 4:30 p.m.
Following the trunk judging, around 5:30 p.m., the Parade of Costumes will begin. This year they are trying to simplify the process and finish earlier so that everyone can get to trick or treating. There is no pre-registration. Instead of meeting in the Theatre, weather-permitting, they will line up on the left-side of the gazebo. Spectators and parents please bring your own chair.
The Haunted House will be held Tuesday through Friday, October 28 through 31. Extended hours will be on Thursday and Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Every other night hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. This event just keeps getting bigger and better, rumor is that they’ve recruited some wicked pirates! Volunteers are needed and very much appreciated. For more information, please call Paula Rivera at 670-4536.

Vernon Gene Hightower, age 63, of Ash Flat died Saturday, October 11 at the Arkansas Childrens Hospital Burn Unit due to complications from an accident. Vernon was a retired construction worker. He was born January 6, 1951 in Batesville to the late William and Mary (Inman) Hightower.
Vernon is survived by his son; Michael Hightower; grandson, Christian Hightower, and a brother Jerrell Hightower.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a brother.
A memorial service was held Friday, October 17 at 10 a.m. at the Franklin Fire Department. Inurnment followed at 2 p.m. in the Agnos Cemetery.

Sample Ballots for Horseshoe Bend voters are available at the Pacesetting Times news office at 703 South Bend Drive, as well as fact sheets for Amendments 1-5 on the November 4 Ballot.
Amendments 1, 2 and 3 are presented by the Legislature. Issue 1: Adminstration of Government, requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies’ administrative rules. Issue 2: Direct Democracy, sets threshold of 75 percent of required petition signatures to obtain additional time for signature collection. Issue 3: Term Limits, extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years; limits lobbying and creates independent elected officials salary commission.
Amendments 4 and 5 are presented by the public. Issue 4: Alcohol, legalizes manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol statewide. Issue 5: Minimum Wage, increases the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by 2017.
The Fact Sheets describe the Amendment, and explain what a “For” vote means, and what an “Against” vote means.

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The Salem Band Boosters will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25 at Salem Elementary. The Fall Festival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring bingo and pictures with Gary Greyhound. New games will also be played this year. Proceeds go to the Salem Band students.

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The Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will holding their Fall Clothing Drive on Wednesday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Church is located at 600 West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Please place your clothing in boxes or tied plastic bags. Men will be on hand to assist you when you arrive.

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While the weather is turning cold and nasty outside, the basketball season it starting up. Last Friday night, October 10, ICC held its annual Black and Grey games to showcase this year’s talent to the fans. ICC will be hosting the Bad Boy Mowers Classic next week and will be in action on Monday night, October 20, when the Sr. Girls take on Marmaduke at 6:10 p.m. and the Sr. Boys will follow with a 7:30 p.m. game, also against Marmaduke. Photo/Travis Stapleton

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return on October 13, 14, and 15, and will be broadcast on The River, 98.3.
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 off at the Chamber office during normal hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned. Anyone running for political office may opt to donate for free advertising.
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 Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years!

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DOUBLE TEAMING: Brent Haskins and Raymond Hunter make the tackle on a Cougar. See this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times for additional pictures and full recap of the Salem v. Rector game. Photo/B.Stapleton