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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

Pacesetting Times will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 21 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Hall in Horseshoe Bend. State, county and local candidates are invited to attend.
Horseshoe Bend candidates with races are for Mayor: Robert H. “Bob” Barnes, Inc., and Charles “Chuck” Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, Inc., and Butch Van Zandt. Local candidates will have a question and answer session, with county and state candidates given time to speak.
Horseshoe Bend residents are encouraged to submit questions for the local candidates to pacesettingtimes@yahoo.com, or bring by the news office at 703 South Bend Drive. Names do not need to be submitted with questions.
Also invited to the forum are party affiliates and organizations. Campaign materials supplied by candidates will be available for constituents to take home, as well as Horseshoe Bend sample ballots and absentee voting applications.
Early voting for the November 4 General Election begins Monday, October 20.
Offsite voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Oct. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registered Izard County voters may utilize one of the offsite voting precincts in lieu of the Melbourne courthouse.

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Additional sex related charges have been filed against Robert J. Norton of Sage, who was previously charged in June of this year and is being held at the Fulton County Jail in Salem, on a $240,000 bond. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the latest charges against Norton, filed October 1, 2014, involve conduct with three female students in his fourth grade class, which he taught last school year at Izard County Consolidated Elementary in Violet Hill. Norton’s bond has been increased by $100,000 for a total bond of $340,000. See Pacesetting Times for full story and recap of previous charges.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. in the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Orange Room.
The Chamber will honor Whatever as Business of the Year, Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi as Volunteer Organization of the Year, and Rob Long as Educator of the Year.
The Chamber will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to retiring Salem Mayor Gary Clayton for all of his years of service and dedication to Salem.
A brisket meal will be served prior to the awards ceremony. Cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 13, and five and under eat for free. For more information contact Mary Harris at 895-2591.

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WRAPPING UP THE FRONT NINE: Izard County Cougar Cody Workman putts on the 9th green midway through the District Golf Tournament. Workman qualified to compete in the 1A State Golf Tournament on October 7 at Drasco, as he was the tournament Medalist runner-up. Photo/B.Stapleton

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SALEM GREYHOUNDS: The undefeated Lady Greyhounds golf team won the District Tournament and the Greyhounds boys team finished second at District on Monday, September 22, qualifying both for berths at the State Championships. Lady ‘Hound team members (l to r) are Haley Ward, Kaci Barnett, Kendra Pendegrass, Bailey York and Kendra Rich. The ‘Hounds (l to r) are Coach JW Blevins, Dylan York, Mason Kinder, River Galbreath, Jeremy Brown, Jesse Kinder and Coach Stu Smart. The boys will travel to the 2A State Tournament at Thunder Bayou near Blytheville on Wednesday, October 8.

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DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Melbourne Bearkatz and Lady Bearkatz both took home District Golf Tournament victories. They are 2-3A district and both teams won District last year as well.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council met on September 22. Mayor Bob Barnes presented a Service Awards to Paul Sulser and his wife, Virginia, for their many years of service to the city of Horseshoe Bend. Barnes honored Joe and Les Valenta for their Armed Service during World War II. Joe and Les recently returned from a trip from Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Program. Barnes presented them a copy of the letter he wrote and was handed out during mail call on the return trip. Continuing with the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer of the Year program, Barnes presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for October 27 at 6 p.m. For additional Horseshoe Bend City Council action read this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford
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The Franklin Volunteer Fire Department will be having their Annual Fish Fry and Pie Auction on Saturday, October 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fire Department. Cost is $7 per person. Fish, fries, hush puppies and a drink will be served. All candidates running for election are welcome to attend this event.

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HAULING IT IN: Salem Greyhound Drake Raines hauled in a catch for a 30 yard gain against Yellville-Summit on Friday, September 12. See related story and pictures on page 6 of the September 17th edition of Pacesetting Times. Check newsstands now! Photo/ Travis Stapleton

oldmainThe Old Main schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper, pie auction, talent show, and candidate meet and greet on Saturday, October 4, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Fulton County Heritage Foundation.
The general public is invited to participate in the events and to visit with candidates for local and state office. There is no charge for the chili supper; however, donations will be accepted to benefit the Old Main restoration project. Old Main is located at the intersection of Oak and North Streets in downtown Salem.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main.
The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening.
Singers, musicians, dancers and variety act participants are invited to participate in the talent show, which will follow the pie auction.
Volunteers with the Fulton County Heritage Foundation have worked during the past year to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities such as Terrific Tuesdays, a summer meals program for children in Salem and the surrounding area. Other community activities are planned in the coming months.
For more information about the upcoming event or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the foundation, at 870-710-0720.

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WINNER: Philisha Fountain (l) employee at FNBC Horseshoe Bend branch, hands Linda Jacobs a Silver Eagle coin she won from participating in the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce’s retail promotion, “The Buck Stops Here.” The retail promotion ended August 29 in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin, and the following shoppers are the lucky winners of goods or services. Shoppers visited participating merchants, and registered to win prizes throughout the entire month of August. The annual retail promotion is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Thanks everyone for shopping local! Check this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times to see all winners and prizes!

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Lining them up and knocking them down: Greyhound Spencer Love steamrolls Yellowjackets on his rumble down the left side last Friday night, Sept. 5. See newsstands now for complete game coverage! Photo/B.Stapleton

That’s far enough: Salem’s Alex Martin takes down a Yellowjacket in a great open field tackle against Mountain View last Friday night. See this and the full game highlights in the September 10 edition of Pacesetting Times!martin Photo/B.Stapleton

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Cub Scouting wants you! Now is the time to join the fun and excitement of America’s foremost youth program for boy, Cub Scouting.
Sign up is at Salem Elementary, on September 2 at 7 p.m., and at Calico Rock Elementary on September 9 at 7 p.m.
Designed for boys in the first through sixth grades and their families, Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more in a fun and exciting program that helps families teach character values in family fun activities.
The Boy Scouts of America is composed of more than 1.27 million volunteers working together for the sole purpose of helping its more than three million youth succeed in life. Local Scouting Units are charted by community partners on a local level to deliver the program to young people and families. Parents of the youth are the primary volunteer base for those programs.
For a sneak preview of what scouting has to offer, visit www.quapawbsa.org.

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This year’s Mountain Man Rendezvous/Native American Day will be Friday evening, September 12, and Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Calico Rock Museum, this third annual event will include a Mountain Man and Native American Rendezvous in Rand Park, a Walk of remembrance down Main Street to honor those that walked the Trail of Tears, Native American Dancers plus music, food, crafts and more. The Museum’s Executive Director Gloria Gushue is seeking applications from food, craft and/or merchandise vendors. Booth spaces are $25 each. Booths for those offering Native American crafts are free. Call 870-297-4129 or ggushue@gmail.com or visit http://www.calicorockmuseum.com/index.html.

The Dream Riders Biking for Children will be hosting “Dancing with Izard County Stars” on September 6 at the John E. Miller building on the Ozarka campus in Melbourne.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Emcee for the night will be Judge David Sherrell. Couples participating are: Isaac Blankenship and Beverly McCollum, Dean and Lillian Hutchins, Rocky and Mary Smith, Pete and Sheila Blankenship, Dave Snow and Rebecca Guthrie and Jim Ed Cole and Sherry Roberts.
Ticket prices are $5 per adult and kids get in free. After the show, there will be two trophies given, one for audience choice and one for judge’s choice. There will also be a raffle for six free dance lessons. All proceeds raised go directly to the Dream Riders Biking for Children. For more information call 870-373-2624.

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Melbourne Bearkatz Football
Senior High School
Aug. 26 Scrimmage at Mtn. View 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 Yellville 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Cave City 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 Salem 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Manilla * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 Hoxie * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Corning * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Piggott * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Osceola * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Rivercrest * 7:00 p.m.
11/6 at Cedar Ridge * 7:00 p.m.
11/14 Playoffs Round 1 7:00 p.m.
11/21 Playoffs Round 2 7:00 p.m.
11/28 Playoffs Quaterfinals 7 p.m.
12/5 Playoffs Semifinals 7:00 p.m.
12/12 Playoffs Finals 7:00 p.m.
*Conference Games

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Salem Greyhound Football Schedule 2014-15
Thursday, August 28, Scrimmage at Cedar Ridge 5:30 JR 7:30 SR
Friday, September 5, Mountain View at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, September 12, Salem at Yellville-Summitt 7 p.m.
Friday, Septemeber 19, Salem at Melbourne 7 p.m.
Friday, October 3, HOMECOMING, Rector at Salem, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 10, Cross Country at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 17, Salem at Earle 7 p.m.
Friday, October 24, Marked Tree at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 31, Salem at Walnut Ridge, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, Midland at Salem, 7 p.m.

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Pictured is Tiny Miss Photogenic in the Izard County Fair Beauty Pageants held on Friday and Saturday, August 8 and August 9. See more pictures in this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/S.Williams

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KATZ ACCEPT CHALLENGE: Bearkatz Varsity team members douse their coaches during the annual pep rally kicking off football season on Thursday, August 21 in Melbourne. The latest social media “Ice Bucket Challenge” has sparked a new awareness in ALS, and contributions to the research of a cure for the disease have been tremendous. Read more about ALS and see more photos of local challenges in this week’s Pacesetting Times!! Photo/C.Anderson

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Bearkatz on the line during practice on Monday, August 11.

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Salem Senior High Football Team 2014

There are nine elected offices in Horseshoe Bend up for election November 4. On Saturday, August 23, there will be a Meet and Greet for all municipal candidates running for election at the Horseshoe Bend MRID building located on Club Road. The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. using a “Town Hall format”. All registered candidates are invited to participate the public is encouraged to attend. Coffee, iced tea and cookies will be provided. Pat Arnold of Horseshoe Bend will be moderator for the Meet and Greet.

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Horseshoe Bend will hold their Fall Citywide Yard Sale on Saturday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be put on the list call the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce office at 870-670-5433. The sign up deadline is Wednesday, September 3, at 3 p.m. The lists will be given out the morning of the sale.

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The Horseshoe Bend Honorary Police will host a three person scramble at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain on Saturday, September 20 with a 9 a.m. start. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $105 per team, cash prizes determined by the number of entrants. Players 70 and up may play from the red tees. For more information contact the Turkey Mountain Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Gene Stanton at 870-670-4344.

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The historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre is pleased to announce “An Evening With Deadwood Groove” on Saturday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. Deadwood Groove has been charming audiences with their uniquely eclectic setlist designed to please any crowd. Expect great music, incredible vocal harmonies, and a whole lot of fun. Buckle up, you never know what you will hear next. Burgers, hot dogs, and concessions available. Admission by donation.

The deadline to file for municipal office was Friday, August 15 at noon, and the following races have emerged for the November 4 General Election.
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 1, Position 1, James I. Davis, incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Teresa Orrick; Ward 2, Position 1, Joseph (Joe) Moser; Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 1, Bobby Martin “Marty” McKnight, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 2, O.G. “Sonny” Minze, incumbent; Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt; and Ward 4, Position 2, Ronald S. Yow, incumbent.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook; Alderman, Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1, Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2, Position 1, Ronald Treat; Ward 2, Position 2, Laura Sipe; Ward 3, Position 1, Jerry W. Crosby; Ward 3, Position 2, Paul D. Womack; Ward 4, Position 1, Trey Lamb; and Ward 4, Position 2, Sonia Blankenship.
The Annual School Board Election will be September 16. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a full list of candidates running in area elections, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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The Music in the Mountains Theater of Horseshoe Bend is having their annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 23.
The three-person Las Vegas Scramble will be held at the Golf Course at Turkey Mountain, with an 8 a.m. tee-off. Cost per team is $120.
For more information, or to sign up for the event, call the Pro Shop at Turkey Mountain at 870-670-5252.
The Music in the Mountains Theater uses proceeds from their annual golf tournament for maintenance and improvements to the theater and their show. The Music in the Mountains Show is held every third Saturday of the month, and they appreciate the support given by the community during their monthly venue and at their annual golfing event.

The North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, NAEC, in Salem will hold their Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 14 at the Salem High School.
All registered members will be eligible to win a 50” flat screen HD television, you do not have to be present to win.
All registered members who attend the meeting will be eligible to win a 2006 GMC Sierra 4X4 retired service truck. Registration cards for members were mailed out in the middle of July with NAEC’s 2013 annual report.
To facilitate quick registration be sure to bring the registration card to the Annual Meeting.
Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., BBQ meal will be served from 3:45 to 6 p.m., and the Business Session will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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Horseshoe Bend Mayor Barnes presented service awards to Donny Gleghorn for five years of dedicated service and to Marty Roberts for 35 years of service at the Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting held on July 28. Barnes also gave a short brief on the semi-annual Mayor Main Street Forum he held on July 22. A video was created to promote tourism to our area and was premiered at the forum. The video may be viewed on either the City or Chamber website, YouTube, or the City’s Facebook page. Pictured is Roberts (l) and Barnes. For the full Council minutes, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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RESOURCE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Salem School’s Resource Officer, Daniel Busch (m), was named the Resource Officer of the Year by the Arkansas Safe Schools Association

The Buck Stops Here retail promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 29.
Need not be present to win. Don’t let the high cost of fuel get you down, shop Horseshoe Bend and Franklin and save! Area merchants appreciate your business! The Buck Stops Here is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses.
For a full list of participating businesses and their additional specials for the month of August, check out the August 6th edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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The Wiseman Post Office held a meeting with postal service officials on July 29 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the Post Office being open two hours a day.
After surveying the local community and posting information at the Wiseman Post Office, 89 percent of people who returned a survey voted on a realignment of hours, and 11 percent made no selection. Wiseman Post Office mailed out 65 surveys and received 19 surveys back.
After reviewing the surveys that were returned, and taking into account Postal Service operational needs, retail hours for Wiseman will most likely be Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
“The hours, 9 to 11 a.m. are not set for sure,” said Jason Fountain, Wiseman postmaster. “But that’s probably what it is going to be.”
Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours. Postal Officials will take into account all information received at the meeting before making a final decision. Access to delivery receptacles will not be reduced from current hours.
Currently the Wiseman Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Nearby Post Offices/Alternative options:
Violet Hill 6.6 miles away; Oxford 6.8 miles away; Glencoe 7.7 miles away; and Franklin 6 miles away.

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by Anna Floyd
Melaleuca customers, Saturday, July 26 is a big day for us! We are having a Sci Bella Cosmetic party in the Community Center at Franklin. The meeting begins at 10 a.m., but you come later if that works best for you.
You will be able to sample many different colors/shades of make up, blush, lipstick and see/use some of the cleaners, toners, and creams that make your skin healthier and younger looking. As Sci Bella says, “you are beautiful”. Check us out on facebook at Sci Bella Ladies.
Come and bring a friend!

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Judith (Judy) A. Butterbrodt departed from us July 11, 2014 at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, AR. Judy was born in Ladysmith, WI on October 26, 1943 to Karl W. Schmidt and Dorothy E. (Wilson).
Judy was a long-time resident of Marshfield, WI. Upon graduation from Marshfield Senior High School, June 1961, she began her employment with the School District of Marshfield, where she worked in the main office until her retirement in 2002. She also worked part-time in a design and floral shop, and became very proficient in her decoration hobbies at home.
On June 29, 1963 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Evan G. Butterbrodt at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield. She was active in the church and community. She was a member of the church choir for over thirty-five years. She worked with Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts in various capacities. Her and her husband worked as a team in the churches that he pastored during his second career.
Judy was the proud mother of two children, Michelle Renee, and Michael Scott.
Judy and Evan moved to Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, July 12, 2004, and became quite active in the community. She had been very active in the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church. She was also a Master Gardener, an active AARP member, a member of the Honorary Police, a past member of the Wisconsin Club, as well as being involved in other volunteer work.
In 2009, Judy and her husband decided to find a winter home in Donna, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. While living in Donna, she became a member of The Amigos de Los Niños de Mexico, the Casa Del Sol choir, volunteered in several other areas in the Casa Del Sol community. She regularly attended Weslaco First United Methodist Church.
Judy and her husband enjoyed travelling together, both here and abroad.
Judy was predeceased by her mother and father. She leaves to mourn her husband, Evan; her son, Michael and his wife Ruth (Baures) of Stoughton, WI; daughter, Michelle Walton and husband Calvin of Stone Mountain, GA, and three grandsons—Stefan, Ryan, and Caleb. She also leaves behind a brother, Gary Schmidt and wife Janet of Green Bay, WI, and two sisters—Karla Pfeiffer and husband Al of Austin, TX, and Deanna Christiansen and husband Michael of St. Louis Park, MN, and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
As she gave of herself in life, she continues to give in death, as she had donated her body to science through Genesis (M.E.R.I.) in Memphis, TN.
Memorial arrangements are pending.

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The Izard County Sheriff’s Department released this information pursuant to Act 989 of 1997 and amendments of 2006 regarding sex offenders. Logan Edwards has moved to 363 Shadow Gate Road in Violet Hill. Edwards was convicted in November 2013. Edwards, then 19 years of age, had sexual intercourse with a 13 year old female.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Edwards is classified as a Level 3 Offender which indicates these individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending and/or strong anti-social, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. The offense patterns of Level 3 Offenders reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur. Edwards is described as a 24 year old white male, six foot tall, 165 pounds having brown hair and blue eyes.
Lawrence said that a sex offender notification has been hand delivered to residences within a half mile radius of Edward’s residence. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the sheriff’s belief that an informed public is a safer public. The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a convicted offender lives. Unless a court ordered restriction exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live where he/she chooses. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders; otherwise law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications could potentially end.

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SIXTY YEARS: On Monday, July 14, Knights of Columbus Council, Father Conan Mawhorr, 10493 of Horseshoe Bend, honored Knight Daniel Bye for his 60 years of service with the Knights of Columbus. A proclamation from the Arkansas State Deputy Adrian Dominguez proclaiming Dan’s service to one and service to all. District Deputy Tim Malloy and Grand Knight David made the presentation of a Certificate and Glass paperweight in honor Dan’s 60 years of service.

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE FRIENDS: A group of Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals met up with ACO Kelly Smith to drop off a load of Officer Kelly’s requested favorite supplies and food for the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control. As a result of their successful Bowling for the Animals fundraiser, they were able to bring in some much needed items. The Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals thanks everyone for always being so supportive of their efforts to help the Dogs and Cats of Horseshoe Bend. Ellen Love, Kelly Smith, and Sharon Brasher.

Tri County’s 7-year-old All-Star baseball team won the Cal Ripken State Championship title in Siloam Springs 4th of July weekend.
The team consists of players from Izard County, Norfork, Viola, and Melbourne.
In bracket play, Tri County defeated Fayetteville 4-3 in 7 innings, Jonesboro 15-8, and Madison County (Huntsville) 8-4 before out scoring NEA Central Battlecatz 13-5 in the title game. The title now provides them an invitation to play in the 7 year old Cal Ripken Southwest Regional tournament in Madisonville, LA on July 18.
The Tri County 7s also won the Cal Ripken Invitational baseball Tournament title in Jonesboro in June.
In bracket play Tri County downed the Bootheel Ballers 9-2 in the semi final round and defeated the Blytheville 7s 16-12 in the finals.state

The Horseshoe Bend Public Swimming Pool is announcing that Swim Lessons will begin soon! Depending on how many sign up, they will begin on July 21 and may continue the next week, July 28.
Lessons will be from 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday. Minimum age to participate is three years old. Cost will be $25 per week and lessons range from beginner to intermediate. Enrollment forms are available at the pool, located on Club Road.

The ICC Class of 2004 will be holding their 10 year class reunion at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend on July 26 beginning at 11 a.m. A kid friendly day at the lake is planned. Everyone will need to bring their own snacks, food and drinks.
The reunion will continue on later that night at the Hawks Nest in Melbourne at 7:30 p.m. for an adult only night.
A memorabilia table will be set up for a “blast to the past” so bring any photos, yearbooks or anything else to set up.
For more information contact Laura Gaskins at 870-291-1290.

The next Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club event will be the boat tie-up at Saddler Flats on Crown Lake, July 19 at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, just bring a breakfast dish to share.
The Boating and Fishing Club is open to anyone interested in the safety of the lake, safety of the children, and those interested in helping with kids’ activities. Membership is $5 annually, and you do not have to be a resident or boat owner to join! Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 6 p.m.
For more information about the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, visit them online at www.sites.google.com/site/boatingandfishingclub; email them at boatingandfishingclub@gmail.com or call Bob Skattum at 870-670-5537.

The general meeting of the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 6 p.m.at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Horseshoe Bend. They will be serving creamy baked chicken, baked potato, glazed carrots, sweet/sour cabbage slaw, rolls, apple caramel cake and a drink, all for $10.
Speaker for the evening is Jeremy Risley, a biologist from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Paul Port, Fisheries Management Biologist, will also be attending the meeting.
Everyone is invited, chamber members or non-members. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling the chamber office at 870-670-5433 by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16.

This month, the Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, July 19 at 6 p.m. in the Music in the Mountains Theatre located in the lower level of the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.
The theme will be “Singer’s Choice” where each band member will pick the songs that they want to perform. This should make for a wide variety of songs and should include something for everyone.
Guests this month will include locals Tom Machado, Jonathan Phillips on brass and from Evening Shade, Penny Wolfe. The doors open at 5 p.m. with Marty grilling hamburgers and hotdogs, the mayor popping popcorn, and the girls making sure that all your thirsty needs are met. Join them for some fantastic toe tapping music and delicious food. See you there!!

A Horseshoe Bend couple was arrested on July 8 on multiple theft of property charges. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, allegations are that while employed at the Eagles Club, the couple wrote checks to the club and then stopped payment on the checks.
Blake L. Lawrence, age 30 is accused of writing three such checks while his 24 year old wife, Heather Lawrence, is accused of writing six checks. They each posted a cash bond the day of their arrest in the amounts of $1,000 and $2,000.
In an alcohol related arrest, Joshua D. Jones, age 32 of Melbourne was arrested July 12 on the charge of driving while intoxicated. Jones posted bond the following day in the amount of $1,000, was released and was given a court date of July 17.
Clayton Doyle Henderson, age 32 of Oxford was arrested July 7 on two felony aggravated assault charges. Henderson posted bond that same day in the amount of $10,000 and was given a court date.
Alcohol resulted in the arrest of Tracey Lynn Alex on July 12. Alex, age 44 of Oxford was charged with public intoxication. The arrest followed a call to the Horton residence at 156 Parker Lane. Apparently an altercation occurred earlier at that residence involving Alex and a juvenile female. The juvenile was issued a citation for battery third degree and given a court date in Izard County Juvenile Court.
The incident at the Horton residence continues to be investigated. Meanwhile, Alex remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on an investigative hold.

The Calico Rock Pirates travel to North Arkansas College in Harrison on Friday, March 7 and take on Stephens in 1A state basketball. Game time is 5:30 p.m. The Norfork Panthers take on Caddo Hills at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. Viola Lady Longhorns take on Caddo Hillsj on Thursday as well, at 7 p.m.

The Salem Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds travelled to Pangburn last week for regional action.
The Greyhounds lost in first round action against EPC 46-60 ending their season. The Lady Greyhounds beat Rector 63-62 and fell to Marmaduke 64-35 putting them in the consolation bracket and earning them a trip to state.
The Lady Greyhounds will take on Spring Hill at 1 p.m. at Hampton High School on Friday, March 7.

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Melbourne Lady Bearkatz were tough throughout regional action and won runner up in the championship game against Rivercrest, 53-61 in Mountain View on Saturday, March 1. The Lady Katz punched their ticket to state with their win over Corning 68-37 and Manila in overtime 60-58. They will travel to Charleston High School and play Danville at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7 in first round state hoops. Photo/V.Haas

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The Melbourne Bearkatz took the runner up slot in Regional action and garnered a spot in state with their win over Osceola 76-68 and Valley Springs 37-34. The Katz travel to Charleston High School on Friday, March 7 and take on Cedarville at 8:30 p.m. Photo/V.Haas

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The Izard County Lady Cougars won Regional runner-up and advance to the Class 1A State Tournament at Harrison on Friday at 7 p.m. and will play the Bradley Lady Bears in the first round. The Izard County Cougars take on Emerson at 8:30 p.m. Photo/T.Stephens

Celtic Breeze Band and the U.S. Forest Service invite you to attend Celtic in the Caverns, a concert featuring Scottish and Irish music played from one of the worlds most impressive natural stages, the Great Cathedral Room at Blanchard Springs Caverns, just north of Mountain View.
Show times are Saturday, March 15 at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 cash or $21 credit. Price includes admission to the cavern stage, but does not include the full cave tour.
Tickets and information are available at For Mother Earth, located on Main Street in Mountain View or by calling 870-585-2406.
Seating is limited to 100 per show.

Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill will host a two night revival on Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Each night the Evangelist will be Bro.Tony Hutson Pastor of Middle Tennessee Baptist Church.
Everyone is invited to hear “old time preaching” from this man of God. For more information or a ride call Pastor Randy Bailey at 870-322-7316.

Youth exhibitors in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area are reminded that online entries for the Spring Junior Livestock Show opened on March 1 and will close on March 31. The show will be held April 17 and 18 at the fairgrounds at Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone, and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats, and horses in the spring show.
The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available on the district fair website at http://www.ncadistrictfair.org/.
Exhibitors must enter online before March 31 and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Entry fees should be mailed to NCA District Fair, Post Office Box 92, Sturkie, 72578.

Sharp County voters are headed to the polls.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, March 11 to determine a 1.5 percent sales tax increase county-wide providing for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital.
Sharp County Quorum Court justices voted on ordinances pertaining to the building of the hospital, and issuance of bonds to finance the hospital in November of 2013. The ordinances will take effect if the sales tax is approved by voters.
If voter approved, the 40,000 square foot, 19-bed facility would be county-owned but not county-managed. St. Bernard’s Healthcare has expressed their interest in equipping, staffing and managing the proposed hospital. The hospital would be a two-story facility, with a fully equipped emergency room, open 24/7, have a state of the art imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, administration and food service.
Sharp County will be reimbursed for the cost of the special election, between $20,000 to $25,000, by the Sharp County Hospital Foundation.
Voters will decide on a one percent sales tax to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital with various departments and facilities, including emergency medicine, radiology, physical therapy, acute care and rehab. Voters will also decide on a half percent sales tax to pay on the bond issuance for the construction of the hospital.
Opponents of the proposed new hospital say the new tax rate will be among the highest in the state. Local cities within the county currently have sales taxes ranging from 7.50% to 9%.
Proponents state the county has been without a hospital for ten years, and one is needed in the county, for the citizens and for future generations to come. They feel a good health care system is an integral part of community growth and stability.
Voters will decide on Tuesday, March 11. Early voting began March 4 at the Sharp County Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CrownPoint Health and Rehab, 1203 South Bend Drive, will be hosting a free Community Health Fair on Friday, March 7 in Horseshoe Bend.
They will open their lobby from 8 to 11:30 a.m. for the community to participate in free health services.
The Ozarka College LPN Class will be offering free cholesterol and blood pressure checks, and CrownPoint Health will have free glucometer and oxygen checks, and balance screenings by a physical therapist. Local and surrounding area health industry businesses will have booths, and there will be snacks and a door prize.

The Hardy Garden Club is hosting an Indoor Flea Market/Craft Bazaar this Saturday, February 22 from – 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Old Hardy Gym.
Over 20 vendors will be there.

A traffic stop was initiated Monday morning, February 17 on a motorcycle that was traveling at a high rate of speed near the Diamond B shopping mall in Horseshoe Bend.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the driver of the motorcycle failed to stop for Deputy Mike Smith, and a pursuit continued through various areas of the city eventuallyy onto State Highway 289. The cycle with a passenger on board traveled in excess of 80 miles per hour, failed to stop at several stop signs and often crossed the center line. Deputy Smith radioed for assistance and Corporal Mark Simino established a road block west of Wiseman; however, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked before reaching the road block.
Kenneth R. Stephens II, age 29 with addresses in Batesville and Star Cit,y and his 22 year old female passenger were thrown to the ground when the motorcycle crashed. Stephens then threw his coat and helmet to the ground and continued to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by Smith.
Vital Link transported the female passenger to a hospital and Corp. Simino transported Stephens to a hospital before taking him to the Izard County Detention Facility. Stephens was charged with 15 traffic offenses and five criminal offenses to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia- two counts, and fleeing. The female passenger was not charged.
Stephens remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on these charge as well as seven Sharp County warrants including a parole violation.

Early Tuesday morning, February 11, Izard County deputies and the Arkansas State Police were dispatched to a field off of Lafferty Road, Mt. Pleasant in response to a body in that location. Dale E. Strader, age 58 of Mt. Pleasant was found. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said it appeared that Strader was leaving a residence the night before and possibly fell on the ice and snow. Lawrence said there were no signs of foul play. The body was sent to the state crime laboratory and a report from the medical examiner’s office said that there was no trauma to the body and that Stader likely died from natural causes or from the extreme cold. A toxicology report is pending from that office.

Izard County District Court in Melbourne scheduled for Thursday, February 6th was cancelled due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions. District Judge David E. Miller said persons scheduled to appear in court that day are rescheduled for Thursday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

The Fulton County Fair Association is now accepting vendors for the 11th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market on April 11 and 12 in Salem. Inside spaces are 8×8 ft. and rent for $30, a double space, 8×16 ft., is $50, or a triple space, 8×24 ft., is $80. Outside space is 12×20 ft. and the rental fee is $40. There is a $5 charge for electricity.
A limited number of spaces are available. Vendor applications are available at www.fultoncountyfair.org or an application can be mailed by calling 870-895-5565 or 870-458-3080 or email fultoncountyfair@centurytel.net.
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-Wide Yard Sale will also be on these dates.
The two events are advertised statewide and draw a large number of people to Salem for this weekend.

Paul William Buck was born the son of Gene Merlin Buck and Norma Jean (Collins) Buck on February 14, 1954, in Janesville, Wisconsin. He departed this life February 2, 2014, at his residence in Franklin, at the age of 59 years. He was united in marriage on March 28, 2013 in Highland, to Lora R. Umphries.
He is survived by his wife, his mother, his four daughters, Dawn Borchardt and husband, Shawn, of Custer, South Dakota, Tara Ritter and husband Steve of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Cherish Buck of Tacoma, Washington and Nicole Peters and husband William of Wahiawa, Hawaii, his son, Cory Wright and wife Jeri of St. Louis, Missouri, stepchildren, Clarence Bricker III and wife Lesley and Crystal Ping and husband Josh, both of Terre Haute, Indiana. Twenty grandchildren were shared by Paul and Lora. Paul is also survived by two brothers, John Buck and wife Karen of Broadhead, Wisconsin, and James Buck and wife Cynthia of Violet Hill, two sisters, Sue Miller and husband Lance of Glencoe, and Mary Smith and husband Rocky of Violet Hill, several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, and nephew Simon R. Buck (son of James and Cynthia Buck.) Paul worked in the construction and carpentry business most of his life. He enjoyed doing woodworking activities for family and friends. Earlier in his life he worked at a charcoal plant in Missouri for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and and loved walks in the woods, gardening with Lora and fishing. His main purpose in these later years was to know the Lord and to do as God had directed him to do.
He was a member of the Word Works Ministries Church of Highland, and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.
There will be two memorials for Paul, one at the Word Works Ministries in Highland, on Sunday, February 23, with Rev. Joan Counts officiating and the other at the Assembly of God in Horseshoe Bend, on Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Berlin Walker officiating.

Chairman Marty McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on February 12.
Present: Aldermen James Davis, Nate Wolff, Nicki West, McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Harold Faigle.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept January 2014 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by West. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $18,624.82 in sales tax for the month of January 2014. Mayor Barnes thanked the public works department for their efforts and putting in extra time clearing the streets.
Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Under unfinished business: None
Under new business:
The committee discussed snow removal.
Barnes handed out a Snow Removal Fact Sheet. A copy may be viewed on the cities website.
West read a prepared statement regarding the recent snow/ice storm. She recommends the city consider outfitting a city pickup truck with a plow blade to assist with snow removal. The committee also discussed the possibility of obtaining a grant to purchase a truck outfitted with a snowplow.
Barnes prepared a spreadsheet to identify all elected officials property taxes paid in 2013 as an example of what the city actually receives. The total taxes paid in this group were $9,292.08 and out of taxes paid the city received $929.20 and the street department received $278.76. His point was to clear up the misunderstanding that all property taxes paid are distributed to the city. He reiterated that the budget for the street department is limited. The cost to salt all the roads in Horseshoe Bend one time would have been approximately $11,000. The Mayor stated the street department did a great job considering their limited resources and the unprecedented conditions. The surrounding cities have been contacted requesting a status update of their clean-up efforts and they stated that it is a work in progress.
Yow suggested the city recognize Bob Johnson, Commander of the American Legion, for all his efforts-specifically obtaining the cannon for Veterans Park.
The committee addressed questions from the audience.
With no further business to come before the committee Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Davis, motion carried unanimously.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for March 12 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Michelle Grabowski
Recorder/Treasurer

The Izard County Animal Resue Effort is holding its 11th Annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, at the Izard County Fairground Exhibit Building in Melbourne. This is the largest rummage sale around, and it is all inside!
Concessions will be available with hot dog and hamburger lunches, chili, drinks and baked goods.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will also be a pet vaccinations clinic, with Nanci Solis of Thousand Hills Vet Service, where you can bring your dogs on a leash and/or cats in a carrier, and get your pets vaccinated at a reduced cost. Rabies vaccination will be $10. Nail trimming and other vet related services will also be available.
Come on out, have lunch, buy some treasure, and support a great cause!

Rhonda Halbrook, County and Circuit Clerk for Izard County has announced that she will not run for re-election this year.
Rhonda was elected Clerk in 1994 and took office January 1st, 1995 and at the end of her current term will have served as County and Circuit Clerk for 20 years.
Rhonda also served at Deputy Clerk for 15 years prior to being elected.
She made the following statement:
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve you, the Citizens of Izard County and to work with so many other dedicated public servants over the past 35 years.
“ I will forever be grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve as your County and Circuit Clerk.”

This year represents a mid-term election nationally, and local county and municipal office seats are up for grabs.
County positions of Sheriff, Judge, Justices of the Peace, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer, Coroner, and Constable will be voted on this year.
Candidates with a party affiliation begin filing on Monday, February 24 at noon for a one-week period ending at noon on March 3. Party pledges, if any, and affidavits of eligibility shall be filed, and any filing fees of a political party shall be paid at the county courthouse in Melbourne.
Party filing fee amounts are: Judge, $950; Sheriff, $930; Clerk, $870; Treasurer, $840; Assessor, $840; Collector, $840; Justice of the Peace, $78; Coroner, $92; Democratic Committee, $5; Constable, $10; Calico Rock Mayor, $340.
The Preferential Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 20. Following the primary election, winning candidates will run against independent candidates in the General Election on November 4. Deadline to register to vote in the Preferential Primary Election is Monday, April 21.

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering free heart health screenings at its rural health clinics during the last week of February, 24 through 28. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check.
Participants in the cholesterol screening should not eat or drink for eight hours prior in order to receive accurate results on the blood test. The screenings are free but appointments are required and may be made by contacting the clinic. Individuals do not need to be a patient of the clinic to participate.
OMC rural health clinic locations include:
Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228
Salem 1st Care, Salem, Arkansas: 870-895-1911
Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.
“American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease,” said M. Faisal Khan, MD, OMC Interventional Cardiologist “Early detection of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and this screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle.”
In addition to the rural health clinic screenings, a free event will be held at OMC Heart Care Services in West Plains from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and will include a free cholesterol panel and blood pressure screen as well as peripheral arterial disease, PAD, check. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793. The screenings for PAD are limited to persons with high risk. Risk for PAD will be assessed when making a screening appointment.
OMC will also host a Heart Health Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 in the OMC Willard Hunter Classroom at Parkway Center. The breakfast is free but a reservation is required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.

The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on January 27 in the high school board room.
Superintendent Fred Walker announced to the board that the high school had won a High-Achieving High Schools award from the Office of Educational Policy. The High-Achieving High Schools awards are given to high-achieving schools for their performance on End of Course, EOC, exams in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and the Grade 11 Literacy Exam. Walker also announced that the high school, for the fifth consecutive year, had been named to U.S. News and World Report’s List of the Nation’s Best High Schools.
Walker told the board that the AAA Board of Directors had recently awarded Izard County High School the Class 1A Region 2 basketball, baseball, and softball tournaments for this year and Izard County is also the host of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament to be held at Mountain Home.
The board unanimously agreed to extend Superintendent Fred Walker’s contract by one year through June 30, 2017.
Elementary Principal John Walker announced that Kirsten Dickerson had won the Izard County Spelling Bee recently and it is the fourth straight year that an ICC student has won the Izard County Spelling Bee. Callie Cole was third and Lakesha Crider was seventh. High School Principal David Harmon announced 12 students in our band and choir programs had been selected for All-Region honors recently. He said four students had been selected to the Region V All-Region Band and three students were selected as alternates. Benji Norton, Andy Norton, Callie Cole, and Adryanna Woodward were named to the 2013-2014 Region V All-Region Bands. Andy and Benji Norton were named to the Junior High Second Band, Callie Cole was named to the Junior High First Band, and Adryanna Woodward was named to the Senior High Second Band. Autumn Thick, Kennedy Wallis, and Davis Norton were selected as alternates. Also, Harmon announced five students had been selected All-Region Choir recently. The students selected are Davis Norton, Deshia Fuller, Lucas Smith, April McCoy, and MaKayla Gross. The band director is Jonathan Phillips and the choir director is Chelsea Phillips. Harmon also commended Business Teacher Hugh Chapman for achieving National Board Teacher Certification recently.
Middle School Principal Billy McBride praised the junior girls basketball team for winning the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagle and the Izard County Invitational Tournaments recently and the junior boys for their runner-up finish in the Izard County Invitational Tournament. McBride also commended the school’s bowling teams for having a cumulative record of 5-1 so far this year. Matt Orf is the bowling coach.
McBride noted that the junior and senior high basketball teams have a combined 24-6 conference record and a combined overall record of 63-35 this year currently and the junior girls, senior girls, and senior boys are all 1A 2 North Conference Champions or Co-Champions this year. The senior girls and senior boys have already qualified for the regional tournament. Kyle McCandlis is the boys basketball coach and Tony Booth is the girls basketball coach and they are assisted by Steven Walker.
McBride announced that Coach McCandlis was selected for the Harold Ray Jeffery Sportsmanship Award recently at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and Andrew Walker was selected to the All-NEA Tournament Team.