The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fourth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is February 29. 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 9 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at, 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.

It is time again to renew Annual Business Licenses. Come into City Hall to renew for 2016, or for your convenience, you may renew by mail.
If renewing by mail, return a copy that was given to you last year after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check.
If you would like to also receive a copy of your 2016 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with payment and current changes.
The City of Horseshoe Bend requires an annual license fee to be paid by any person, firm or corporation that maintains a business location within the City of Horseshoe Bend, or engages in any business, profession or occupation of any kind and nature within the city. The business license fees are classified in City Ordinance #87-14 that is available for your inspection at City Hall.
Section II of Ordinance #87-14 states: “It is hereby declared a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation carrying on a business, profession or occupation within the City of Horseshoe Bend who fails and/or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this Ordinance and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount of not less than One Hundred ($100.00) dollars nor more than Two Hundred ($200.00) dollars for each separate violation.”
Also due for 2016 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for pets that are not spayed or neutered. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.


ALL-AMERICAN CHEERLEADER: Brittney Dudra, a freshman at Melbourne High School, participated in the B2 Cheerleading Competition held at the Melbourne High School in the beginning of June 2015. Brittney, the 14 year old daughter of Gary and Ginny Dudra, along with three other girls, was selected as an All-American Cheerleader at the competition. By being selected an All-American Cheerleader, Dudra was asked to perform at the 2016 Liberty Bowl, and was in the New Year’s Day Parade on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Dudra held a raffle for a $200 gift card to help raise money for expenses for her trip. She has been cheering since seventh grade. Photos/Submitted

Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2016 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, January 16 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Awards start at noon and the plunge follows directly.
Sponsorships/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges.
Special awards will be given for best costume: individual and team; and first place for the most money raised: individual and team.
Incentive for $50 minimum collected per plunger is an official plunge t-shirt; $250 collected, plunger will receive a plunge t-shirt and beach towel; $500 collected will include plunge t-shirt, beach towel and high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker; $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a plunge t-shirt, beach towel, high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker and a packable waterproof jacket available in seven colors.
SOAR was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently, more than 15,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Athletes in Arkansas train and compete in aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, power-lifting and other sports at local, Regional, State and International levels. While their competition events are often in public view, it is their training program that forms the foundation of all that they do. Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze metals. In a sense, the athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for athletes and their families. Their goal is to bring people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream of society in Arkansas under conditions where they are accepted, respected and given the opportunity to become positive citizens.
So, plungers get your sponsorship/contribution form, get your sponsors and be ready to take the 2016 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina, Resort & RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 16.

by Karen Sherrell
Making people laugh comes easy for Lucas Smith, as well as singing, playing musical instruments, never meeting a stranger, well you get the idea.
Recently Lucas, age 18 of Franklin, auditioned for American Idol in Little Rock, and came back home with a great attitude. “It was an honor,” said Lucas. “Overall it was a positive experience that I grew from.”
Lucas performed in four preliminary auditions, and made it through to the panel of celebrity judges. He did not receive a golden ticket, but that’s okay. “I had a great experience,” said Lucas. “I met alot of people that thrive on creativity and artistry. People I met were completely authentic.”
Lucas was a little star-struck when he met the panel of celebrity judges, an experience he will not soon forget. He performed Budapest by George Ezra and one of his own songs.
For now, the 2015 ICC graduate, and son of Larry and Kendra Smith, continues his studies at Ozarka College to obtain his associates degree. He then wants to transfer to UCA at Conway seeking a Major in Theater with a Minor in Linguistics.
American Idol’s farewell season premiers Wed., January 6, with two days of audition content. On Wednesday, the show will feature Denver and Atlanta tryouts, and on Thursday, San Francisco and Little Rock auditions.
We’ll have to keep watch and hopefully catch some of the highlights of Lucas’ performance.
“I had a great experience, and a peer into the workings of the show,” said Lucas, who says he will not be auditioning for The Voice. “My eyes are set on stand-up comedy,” said Lucas, which as many know is something that also comes natural for him. His first “gig” will be a one-half to one hour performance on January 18 at the UACCB campus in Batesville.
Even though Lucas did not receive a golden ticket from American Idol, he has from his community. We’re sure we haven’t seen or heard the last from this talented young man.

The Pacesetting Times Christmas edition is this week, December 23. Grab yourself a copy of the paper and enjoy Letters to Santa, greetings from area businesses, Christmas Parade and Santa photos, and much more!

COMMUNITY GETS THEIR STORE BACK: The Violet Hill Store is now open with plenty of convenient parking, thanks to new owners Larry and Heidi Smith of Violet Hill. The Violet Hill Store offers gasoline, groceries, deli sandwiches, fountain drinks, coffee, cappuccino and more. Gasoline for sale is ethanol free unleaded, diesel, and off road diesel. The business takes all major credit cards and debit cards, and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Violet Hill Store may be reached by calling 870-322-7151. Photo/K.Sherrell

The 22nd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway. Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences.
Deadline to enter is Friday, December 11 at noon, and judging will be Saturday, December 12.
Winners in the Business and Club category will receive $100 from Pacesetting Times for first place; second place will receive $50 from Horseshoe Bend Insurance; and third place will win a $50 gift certificate from B&B Supply. Winners in the Residential Category will receive $100 from Horseshoe Health and Medicine for first place; second place will receive $50 cash from FNBC Community Bankers; and third place will receive a $50 gift certificate from Neighborhood Fresh Market.
Entry forms for the lighting contest are available at Pacesetting Times and the chamber office. Remember, if you don’t enter, you can’t win!

A Guion woman was killed Wednesday, November 25 in a single-vehicle crash east of Mountain View.
The Arkansas State Police reported 68-year-old Jennetta McNealy died when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway, collided with a ditch and overturned on State Highway 14.
The accident was investigated by Corp. Brandon J. Cook.

Thelma Clara Blevins Montgomery, daughter of the late Jonathan Blevins and Minnie Bell Pearson Blevins, was born October 13, 1918 in Violet Hill, Arkansas. She departed this life November 24, 2015 in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 97 years, 1 month and 11 days. She was united in marriage to Eathel Montgomery April 4, 1942 in Knob Creek, Arkansas and to this union three daughters were born. She spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, homemaker and friend. During her working years she was employed as a restaurant cook. She was of the Baptist faith and a long time member of Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill, Arkansas.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law: Barbara Womack of Gassville, Donita K and Max Williams of Brockwell and Bonita Faye and Lonnie Neal of Viola; eight grandchildren: Ronnie Womack, Kristine Davis, Shawn Womack, Penny Vandergriff, Rita Newman, Wayne Neal, Ginger Harris and Daniel Neal; 22 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends.She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband: Eathel Montgomery; four brothers: Preston Blevins, Clarence Blevins, Ewing Blevins, Hancel Blevins; six sisters: Mary Reynolds, Martha Reed, Elsie Jennings, Virgie Tarvin, Ester Thompson and Alta Bookout Smith; one son-in-law: Roger Womack.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, AR. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Ken Vest officiating. Burial will be at Violet Hill Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Womack, Shawn Womack, Wayne Neal, Daniel Neal, James Newman and Bryan Harris. Honorary Pallbearers: Kristine Davis, Penny Vandergriff, Rita Newman, Ginger Harris, Melinda Womack and Denise Neal

The Oxford City Council met November 2 and approved the purchase of a rescue vehicle by the Oxford Fire Department.
The meeting began at 7 p.m. with all council members present, along with Mayor Greg Stuart and Recorder/Treasurer Bonnie Moss.
Stuart reported on a possible purchase of a 2006 4×4 Chevy one ton. Fire Chief Alan Estes was unable to attend the meeting.
“The vehicle has work boxes on the sides and can haul a 350 gallon polytank,” said Stuart. The vehicle cost is $16,000 and is for sale at Campbell’s Auto Sales in Melbourne. “The fire department has $10,000 that can be used for the purchase, and still leave money in their account. They can borrow the remainder and make payments,” said Stuart. Councilman Billy McBride made a motion to approve the purchase of the vehicle by the fire department, seconded by Councilwoman Amy Stevenson. All council members unanimously approved the purchase.
Stuart told the council that a Rural Services Block Grant was available for up to $75,000, with a 10% match, that could be used for renovating the fire station, vehicles, equipment, protective clothing and other items. This grant would have to be submitted by an official grant writer. Council asked Stuart to find out costs associated with the grant, before pursuing the grant as an option to defray the cost of the vehicle.
Street and Water Reports were given by Superintendent Micah Walker. City workers have fixed two leaks, finished the Aquiar project, painted the pavilion at the city park, and cleaned and painted the concession stand. Minor repairs were done on nine sewer calls, and the sewer program is continuing. Walker reported he is waiting for the ground to settle at the culvert project on Campground Road, with more repair to the area. The new replacement fire hydrant has been received to be installed between Whispering Pines and Green Acres.

State Senator Linda Collins-Smith will be the featured speaker at the Spring River Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, November 17 at noon at the HaHoo Mongolian Grill in Hardy. Guests are welcome to attend this meeting. For more information call the Chamber office 870-856-3210 or email

HALLOWEEN: Area trick or treaters had a fun-filled evening in Horseshoe Bend on Halloween. This year’s Annual Trunk or Treat was held at Cedar Glade Resort, where there were hayrides to and from the Haunted House on Market Street. See additional Halloween photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/R.Sherrell

by Karen Sherrell, Publisher
HORSESHOE BEND –Following the resignation of Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) administrative assistant Nina Windsor, Commissioners have decided to hire an accounting firm and contracts have been agreed upon with two managers currently employed by MRID.
George Thomas Certified Public Accounting firm in Salem, will be handling all relevant accounting duties for MRID for a fee of $450 month, through December of next year.
Cost to MRID is $5,400 annually.
Contracts for employment were approved October 13, and went into effect November 1, with a contract extension through December 2021 to Chuck McNeight, Pro Shop Manager and PGA Golf Professional, and a contract with Josh Jackson, Golf Course Superintendent, through November 1, 2025.
McNeight’s annual salary is $49,750 for working an average of 40 hours per week, and he has the rights to the profits of concessions sold in the Pro Shop. Duties include Pro Shop management, PGA Pro, and other duties as MRID shall designate related to such. McNeight’s previous annual contract was for approximately $47,000, making an increase to his annual contract of $2,750.
Jackson’s annual salary is $37,000 and upon completion of the 2016 fiscal year, if the approved budgets for his departments are met, Jackson will receive a 4% salary increase for 2017, and a 4% salary increase for each additional year he is on or below budget. Jackson’s duties are Golf Course Superintendent and other duties as the MRID shall designate related to such. Jackson agrees to acquire Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America Class A certification when eligibility requirements are met. His previous annual salary was $33,500, making an increase to his annual salary of $3,500.
Windsor resigned in early September when her hours were cut to 22.5 hours per week. According to MRID she was making $10 per hour; which would have equalled an annual salary of $11,700 with the change in hours.
Several citizens complained about the manner in which Windsor was informed of her reduction in hours, with Windsor claiming she found out about her new hours when she read the August 13 meeting minutes she was preparing to type.

Handbags for Homeless Women is a non-profit organization that Crystal Pinson, of Salem, started less than two weeks ago. While still in the beginning stages of the mission, the response from the surrounding communities has been tremendous.
Pinson lives in Salem with her husband the three sons. “I was inspired to do this mission when I heard about an organization providing shoes for the homeless,” said Pinson. “I realized some of the struggles that came from being a woman on the streets,” she added. The mission fills handbags with fruit snacks, feminine hygiene products, personal care trial size items, etc. for homeless women. Since Handbags for Homeless Women is such a new mission, purses and personal care items are still needed. After the purses are filled, they will be distributed to Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters throughout the Ozarks. Drop-off sites are at Expressions Salon, located at 306 Hwy. 62 West in Salem, and All About You Salon, located at 7 Highland Cove Drive in Highland.
Receipts are available upon donation. The mission appreciates any and all help. If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Pinson at or follow Handbags for Homeless Women on Facebook.

HORSESHOE BEND – Members of the American Legion Post #344 Horseshoe Bend will observe Veterans Day November 11 at Veterans Park in Horseshoe Bend. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Please join in honoring the men and women who served their country in uniform. Today, America remains a beacon to the world in large part because of its Veterans. The American Legion, making its 97th 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, in accordance with its motto, is Still Serving America. The American Legion is involved and making a difference around the world and in Horseshoe Bend. American Legion Post #344 is proud to be a part of this community.
HIGHLAND: American Legion Post 346 invites everyone to their annual Veterans Day ceremonies on Wednesday, November 11. The first ceremony will be at the Highland High School gymnasium at 9 a.m.
ASH FLAT: The second ceremony will be at the American Veterans Memorial on Nix Ridge Road in Ash Flat at 11 a.m.
Food will be available at the Ash Flat ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a donation.
Captain Wes Ward of the Marine Corps Reserves as the guest speaker for both ceremonies. Ward is currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer and Team Leader with the Third Civil Affairs Group in Great Lakes, Illinois. Ward has been serving in the United States Marine Corps for over 15 years and has completed deployments to Afghanistan and Jordan with the First Marine Division and First Battalion, First Marines. He was also appointed Third Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas in March 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Ward is from the small town of Lake City in Northeast Arkansas and is a graduate of Riverside High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Agricultural Finance from Arkansas State University. Ward earned a law degree and also completed the LL.M. program for a Master of Laws degree in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas. He has also worked as a Field Coordinator for Congressman Rick Crawford doing agricultural outreach and as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Hope to see everyone at one or all of these Veterans Day Events!

ONE LAST GAME: Salem Greyhound football Seniors (L-R) Drake Raines, Raymond Hunter, Trey Lemmel, and Alex Martin go out for the coin toss on Senior night last Friday night, the last home game of the season. See additional photos in the Nov. 4 edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

TOUGH IN THE LANE: ICC’s Coby Jones goes up for two points against Nemo Vista in the Bad Boy Classic held at the Cougar Den in Brockwell last week. The Cougars picked up a 58-37 win over Nemo Vista and were paced by Andrew Walker’s 30 points while Taylor Reynolds delivered a well- rounded game as he added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. See full story and additional photos in the October 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Filing dates for candidates with party affiliation begin in November, for inclusion in the state’s Preferential Primary election March 1, 2016.
Party filing period will begin November 2 at noon and will end November 9 noon.
November 2 is also the start of the period when a person desiring to have their name placed on the ballot as an independent candidate to file petitions, and all necessary affidavits and pledges.
These filing dates do not apply to municipal filings which begin in July 2016. County offices such as sheriff, judge, clerk, assessor, collector, coroner and justice of the peace party affiliates need to file.
The deadline for the ballot draw will be December 3. The order by which names of the candidates shall appear on the ballot shall be determined at a public meeting of the county board.
January 4, 2016 is the deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the primary election.
Deadline to register to vote in the March 1 preferential primary and non-partisan elections is February 1, 2016.
The Arkansas legislature voted to move the state’s primary election from its traditional May date to March 1.
Fulton County Election Filing Period
Candidates for County, Municipal and Township offices should file during regular office hours with Fulton County Clerk Vickie Bishop at the Courthouse in Salem. Each candidate must file a DPA Political Practices Pledge.
Filing for membership in the Fulton County Central Committee is also open during the filing period. The membership fee for the county committee is $20 for a two-year period (2016-2017). The committee membership is open to all Fulton County Democrats.
For additional information contact County Clerk Vickie Bishop at 870-895-3310 or County Secretary Carolyn Lewis at 870-895-2491.
Izard County Election Filing Period
Izard County candidates should file with Izard County Clerk Shelly Downing at the Courthouse in Melbourne.
For additional information, contact Downing at 870-368-4316.

Make plans for your ghouls and goblins to attend the annual Horseshoe Bend Trunk or Treat.
This year’s Trunk or Treat will be held at a new location, still with plenty of room to park those decorated trunks, have children’s games and a Costume Contest.
Cedar Glade Resort located at 900 Fourth Street, will host the fun on Saturday, October 31 beginning at 5 p.m. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions, and the Best Trunk and Costume Contest Awards will be presented at 6 p.m.
Best Trunk awards: first place winner will receive a weekend getaway in a suite at Cedar Glade Resort; second place winner will receive a gift certificate for The Calabama HSB; third place winner will receive a gift certificate to Papa Dick’s in Horseshoe Bend. Each winner will also receive an engraved trophy.
The Costume Contest will have five age groups: newborn to four years, five to eight years, nine to twelve years, thirteen to eighteen years, and over eighteen years is considered the adult group. There will be one boy and one girl winner selected out of each group. Each child will win a toy and every winner will receive an engraved medal.
Other fun activities are planned, so mark your calendar for this year’s Trunk or Treat at Cedar Glade Resort’s front parking lot.
Horseshoe Bend’s Annual Haunted House will be held at the usual location at 405 East Market Street, on October 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly. Admission is $3 per person, children age five and under are free. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions on Wednesday through Friday.
There will be Hayrides on Halloween that run from Cedar Glade Resort to the Haunted House and back to Cedar Glade Resort. Departure times will be every 15 minutes all night.

Joseph Perry Morfield, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was charged October 12 in Izard County Circuit Court with rape and incest following a August 15 complaint by a female relative.
According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, while the female relative and her children were residing in a home occupied by Morfield and others family members, Morfield is alleged to have awakened the victim in the earlier morning hours on August 17 while he was violating her sexually.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory recently completed DNA testing and the results showed DNA swabs from the victim showed to be consistent with the DNA of Morfield who is the uncle of the victim.
Rape is a class “y” felony while incest is a class “c” felony.
Morfield remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $50,000 bond set by District Judge David E. Miller.
Morfield’s initial court date is Tuesday, November 17.

KING: Drake Raines get a congratulatory kiss from Madison Stills after he was crowned Homecoming King last Friday night during the Salem Greyhound Homecoming festivities. Photo/B.Stapleton

SOFT TOUCH: Jr. Cougar Chandler Smith goes for the running one hander against Western Grove last week. See full story and additional photos in the October 21 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

Texting while driving is a problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012, driver distraction was the cause of 18% of all fatal crashes, with 3,328 people killed, and crashes resulting in an injury, with 421,000 people hurt.
Despite knowing the risks of texting while driving, 43% of teens admit to texting while driving. However, there is an opportunity to change this behavior. Ninety percent of teen drivers say they would stop if a friend in the car asked them and 78% say that they are likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it is wrong.
The Arkansas Newspaper Foundation (ANF), Pacesetting Times, and AT&T are sponsoring and challenging Arkansas students, ages 14 through 19, to write an editorial or opinion column highlighting the dangers of texting while driving and encouraging their peers to take the It Can Wait pledge.
Write an editorial or opinion column about the dangers of texting while driving. Word limit is between 300 and 500, and entry must include student name, daytime phone number, parent/guardian name, school, and English teacher’s name.
The piece will answer the question, “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to never text and drive.” The piece will highlight the dangers of texting while driving. The piece must include the following call to action, “Take the pledge to never text and drive at”
Submit entries to one of the following,, 703 S. Bend Dr., Horseshoe Bend, or P.O. Box 132, Franklin AR 72536.
The contest deadline is October 28. A local winner will be announced by Pacesetting Times after this date, and will receive $75. Then the entry will be sent to the state level.
A statewide winner will be announced November 13. The winning prize on the state level will include $500, a special guided tour of the state capitol and a dinner for the student and their parents with leadership of AT&T, the ANF and the Pacesetting Times.


The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is Thursday, October 15.
County property taxes are used to fund a variety of services in Arkansas including public education, libraries, police and fire, local infrastructure and emergency medical services.
Citizens can avoid penalties and late fees by paying their property taxes over-the-phone before the October 15 deadline.
If you mail your payment make sure it is post marked by October 15 or it will be returned with a 10% penalty.
Izard County Collector Marilyn Downing’s office also accepts Visa and Master Card, but you will be charged a 3.75% convenience fee. The Izard County Collector’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or you may mail your payment to Izard County Collector, P.O. Box 490, Melbourne AR 72556. The collector’s office is located in the Izard County Annex Building, adjacent to the county courthouse. If you have any questions please call 870-368-7247 or email the collector at
The Fulton County Collector’s office phone number is 870-895-2457 and customers can pay via phone, or you can mail in your payment to Fulton County Collector, P.O. Box 126, Salem, AR 72576. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they are open during lunch.
The Sharp County Collector’s office is located at 718 Ash Flat Drive in Ash Flat. Send payment via mail to Sharp County Collector, 718 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR 72513; pay online at the Sharp County Tax Collector ePayment Service Site, accepted payment method is with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit card, or an electronic check, the total amount will be adjusted to allow for the electronic processing of the transaction through the state’s eGovernment service provider,, taxes paid online will be credited to your account within 48 hours; or call 870-994-7334.
If you mail your payment you will need to include a self addressed stamped envelope or an e-mail address for a receipt.

CHASE ENDS AT MARK MARTIN DEALERSHIP IN MELBOURNE: A 17 year old male juvenile in a stolen vehicle out of Montana, sped away from the Arkansas State Police on Friday, October 2 at approximately 5:30 p.m., traveling from north of Mt. Pleasant through Melbourne at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Hwys. 9 and 69, flipping at least once. The juvenile exited the vehicle, was pursued on foot and captured within 20 minutes. No one was injured in the crash; however, several vehicles at the dealership sustained damage. New vehicles damaged were a Tahoe, two Silverado trucks, and two Equinox. Total damage was $237,000 according to Gary Hunt at the dealership.

HORSESHOE BEND AT COLOR RUN: Cathie Johnson, Debbie Kalchik, Jackie Kizer and Cheryl Kugler participated in the Second Annual Color for Life Run/Walk 5K at Loberg Park in Hardy on Saturday, September 19, sponsored by the The New Beginnings Pregnancy Center in Ash Flat.


The City of Horseshoe Bend will have Fall Clean-up the week of Oct. 5 on your regular trash day. Items not accepted during clean-up are: hazardous waste of any kind, red bag medical waste, motor oil, auto batteries, paint in liquid form, freon filled components, construction materials, (remodels, window replacements, add ons etc.) and electronic materials such as computers, television sets etc.
If you have any questions please call the Water Department at 670-5885.

Residents in Horseshoe Bend, Salem, Franklin, Violet Hill, Wiseman, Oxford and Glencoe are receiving a complimentary issue of Pacesetting Times this week.
The Pacesetting Times publishes weekly, featuring news, local sports, community news, feature stories, entertainment, statewide and local classifieds, crossword puzzle, editorials and more. It is distributed in newsracks in Izard, Sharp and Fulton Counties.
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HORSESHOE BEND — Municipal Recreation Improvement District Commissioners received a letter of resignation from seven-year administrative assistant Nina Windsor on Friday, September 11.
Commissioners reduced Windsor’s hours during their August 13 evening meeting, and according to Windsor, failed to discuss the job change with her.
According to the August 13 MRID minutes, Terry Smith wished to discuss the hours of operation for the administrative position, advising the hours should be cut. Mac James made a motion to reduce the hours to 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., five days a week, seconded by Smith. The motion passed unanimously and went into effect September 1.
Windsor’s resignation reads in part:
“To: Commissioners Tom Doty, Steve Boyer, Jonathan Phillips, Terry Smith and McLee James.
The purpose of this communication is to provide you with official notice of my resignation from M.R.I.D. which is effective immediately. As you felt no need to inform me of your decision to reduce my hours, and my pay by half, thereby changing my employment status to part-time, I feel no need to give you any notice of my resignation.
“On Thursday, August 20, 2015, when Mac James came into my office to sign checks, he also left the minutes of your August 13, 2015 meeting for me to type. As I read them to correct spelling errors, punctuation, word usage and formatting, I discovered that Mac James made a motion to reduce my hours (and my pay) by one half. Terry Smith (a commissioner for less than six months) seconded, and they and Tom Doty voted to approve the motion. The other two commissioners, Steve Boyer and Jonathan Phillips, were not in attendance. This obviously changed my employment status to part-time and negatively affects my life in general. As of this date, none of you have formally told me anything. I can only assume that you meant for me to discover it on my own.”
Commissioner Terry Smith stated on Friday that Windsor’s duties only require the new hours set at the August 13 meeting.
To read Windsor’s full resignation, see the Sept. 16 edition of Pacesetting Times.

GOING ALL OUT: Salem’s Cameron Shaver gets upended trying to get into the end zone. The Greyhounds played the Yellville Panthers last Friday night. See full story and additional photos in the September 16 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

by Randy Williams
None of the children were ever in any physical danger, but students were briefly panicked on Wednesday afternoon, September 9 at Melbourne Elementary.
Teachers and staff took swift action to lock down and secure their classrooms in what turned out to be nothing but an unplanned drill.
An “active shooter” text alert was inadvertently sent to teacher’s cellphones by the newly installed smartphone app, Rave Panic Button. The panic buttons were mandated by state law this year on all Arkansas public school campuses, and somehow a false alarm was set off at Melbourne Elementary School.
It is not known exactly how the false alert was sent, but is being investigated.
Recently, the app was credited for saving a life in the Blytheville school district in a medical emergency situation. It is designed to allow faculty and staff to quickly inform 911, first responders, and school personnel of the type of emergency and the caller’s exact location, and it automatically gives first responders access to the school’s floor plans, the locations of emergency exits, and key evacuation procedures as well.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to update their existing logo and they want ideas from you!
The current logo is a horseshoe with the tagline “A Weekend or a Lifetime.” The chamber is looking for ideas for a new, enhanced logo and tagline for Horseshoe Bend. The logo should include a design and tagline of no more than a ten word sentence.
Deadline for submission is September 18 to the chamber office at the lower mall, or via mail to 811 Second St., Suite 10, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.
The winner of the best logo idea wins a dinner at Papa Dick’s Restaurant located at Crown Point Resort.

Bingo has come to Horseshoe Bend.
The Kiwanis Club has paired with the Eagles to host Bingo every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Eagles social room. Both the Kiwanis and Eagles support children’s charities and the proceeds from the Kiwanis Bingo go to support the scholarship fund.
Bring your friends and enjoy a night of Bingo and help support our local charities.
Everyone is welcome!

All exhibits for the North Central Arkansas District Fair in Melbourne must be pre-registered by Thursday, Sept. 10.
Entries must be made online at If you do not have computer access, call Geraline Love, Fair Manager, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays at 870-368-4140 for more information prior to September 10.
Exhibits that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted on check-in day.
Exhibitors may also enter their items from the county fair, no matter the award placement received. Exhibitors may also enter items not entered at the county fair level. Only exhibits that are listed in the North Central Arkansas District Fair tabloid will be accepted.
All North Central Arkansas District Fair exhibits will check in on Tuesday, September 22, from 2 to 7 p.m. Judging will be on Wednesday, September 23 from 9 to 3 p.m. The exhibit building will be closed to the public for judging.
Exhibits must be made by the person in whose name it is entered. Exhibitors must be non-professional. A professional is a person that receives 51% or more of their income from a craft, skill, etc. that is being entered in the fair.
Entries must have been completed in the last year, since September 22, 2014.
Each exhibit will be judged on its own merit. Exhibits are divided into two divisions: junior (youth age 18 and under) and open (adults). Judges decision is final.
North Central Arkansas District Fair exhibits check out on Sunday, September 27, from 1 p.m to 3 p.m.
All exhibits must be pre-registered by September 10, and no paper entries will be accepted. Enter online at

The Salem High School All American Cheerleaders will be having a car wash on Saturday, September 12 during the Horseshoe Bend City Wide Yard Sale. The car wash will be set up at First National Bank of Izard County and will begin at 8 a.m. The Cheerleaders are fundraising for their very first ever Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7.

CLOSING THE GAP: Salem’s Spencer Love (#28) and Alex Martin bring down a runner in last week’s game against Cedar Ridge. See additional photos and full story on page 7 in the Sept. 2 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/T.Stapleton


HORSESHOE BEND – It is time to clean out those closets in anticipation of the Horseshoe Bend Fall City Wide Yard Sale coming Saturday, September 12. Sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, the sale begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.
You may set up at the lower mall parking lot, or have your sale at home. Call the Chamber office at 670-5433 to have your sale placed on the list. Lists will be given out the morning of the sale at the chamber office. Deadline to sign up your sale is Thursday, September 10.
SALEM – The Salem Fall City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, September 26. If you would like to be listed on the map please contact Sherry Jackson at North Arkansas Electric at 870-895-3221 or email your listing to no later than September 22.

Over the course of the past year, officers with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Spring Police Department, Salem Police Department and Arkansas State Police have been conducting a drug investigation of methamphetamine distribution in Fulton County. Officers have made over 20 arrests related to the distribution of methamphetamine in this case with more arrests to come, and have seized thousands of dollars worth of narcotics in the ongoing investigation. The charges range from simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
On August 5, 46 year old Lanny R. McCormick of Viola was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 6, 47 year old James William Braddock of Viola was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On August 8, 46 year old Kimberly Hall of Viola was arrested for DWI Drugs, Driving on a Suspended License and Refusal to Submit a Chemical Test.
On August 8, 42 year old Shawn Oliver Richards, of Thayer, MO was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Unlawful use of a Communication Device, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture Meth, a class B felony; and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, a class Y felony.
On August 10, 34 year old Jack H. Culbreath of Damascus was arrested for DWI Drugs, Failure to Maintain Control of a Vehicle and Implied Consent.­­­­­­
On August 15, 25 year old Chrystal Lynn Herpst of West Plains, MO was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine/Cocaine with the Purpose to Deliver, a class B felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine.
On August 18, 45 year old James Denton Starks of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 18, 38 year old Cynthia Deann Willman of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, a class D felony.
On August 18, 28 year old Uriah Alexander Robinson of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony.
On August 18, 46 year old Randy Gene Ninemire of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class B felony, within a 1,000 feet of certain drug free zone; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain, or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, to wit, LSD, a class C felony.
On August 20, 28 year old Scottie Jewell, 32 year old Bruce James Haskins and 32 year old Brandi Simpson, all of Mammoth Spring, were arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class C felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class A felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Oxycodone, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Process, Prepare, Test, Analyze, Pack, Repack, Store, Contain Meth, a class B felony; Unlawful Use of a Communication Device, a class C felony.
On August 20, 42 year old Shawn Richards and 35 year old Rhonda Crouch, both of Mammoth Spring/Thayer area, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Methamphetamine, a class B felony; and Destruction of Evidence, a class D felony.
“Officers will continue to disrupt the distribution of narcotics in the Fulton County area,” said Al Roork, Fulton County Chief Deputy.
In other arrests, on August 6, 56 year old Debora Ann Wegenke of Salem was arrested for Felony Aggravated Assault on a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
On August 8: 52 year old Stephen Dewayne Cope of Pine Bluff was arrested for DWI; 19 year old Nicholas A. Bearce of Jonesboro was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License; 49 year old Julie C. Matlock of Oxford was arrested for DWI; 26 year old Jacob Tanner Creasey of Little Rock was arrested for DWI; 49 year old James Floyd Daniels of Memphis, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 9, 43 year old Terry Lee Price of Newbern, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 15, 23 year old Bruce Carroll Simpson of West Helena was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License.
On August 16, 48 year old Robert Thomas Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for two counts of Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 16, 21 year old Adam Murphy Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 14, 48 year old Susan Donatto of Viola was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

GOING LONG: Salem’s River Galbraith unloads on an approach shot on hole 14 at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend. See the August 26 edition of Pacesetting Times for additional photos and full story. Photo/B.Stapleton

The Annual Old Timer’s Rodeo will be held at the Dolph Rodeo Arena on Saturday, August 29 at 6 p.m.
The rodeo, and a cowboy feast will be featured, and a dance with uptown country bands will begin at 7 p.m.
Everyone is welcome, and bring a friend!

A community potluck and night of entertainment is planned in Horseshoe Bend on Friday, September 18.
“Horseshoe Bend Celebrates Life” will be held at the MRID building atop Turkey Mountain beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come, bring a potluck dish along with your recipe for your dish, and the dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Everyone needs to bring your own place settings. After the dinner and entertainment concludes, approximately 8:30 p.m., a Celebration of Life Walk will be held at the walking trail at the Horseshoe Bend Public Library, with the walkway lit with luminaria, located on Club Road.
If anyone needs a ride to the activity, please call Pat Arnold at 417-257-3773, or call the chamber office at 670-5433.

by Willetta Everett
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Seth Adam McCurley, a member of the Izard County Consolidated School FFA, to purchase livestock for his FFA project.
Seth, as a member of the ICC Show Team, has been outstanding in showing his livestock since he first obtained a FSA youth loan in 2010. He has registered Brangus and Ultra-Black cattle along with a few Boer goats. He has won awards at every competition he has entered from the local county, district and state. He is a very dedicated young man and takes pride in his livestock. In a recent interview Seth said he has gained many good friends while showing his livestock as well as learned the value of responsibility and helping others.
He also said that caring for livestock is hard work, but rewarding. One thing he said he learned quickly was that a long-sleeved shirt coupled with a show-ring and livestock gets really hot!
In 2012, Seth went to Louisiana and participated in the Jr. National Brangus Show. His Brangus bull won second place in the yearling bull class.
This was a good opportunity for Seth to meet kids from across the U.S. who were also active in showing livestock. His Brangus bull then went on to win Supreme Bull in the 2012 Izard County Fair. 
Also in 2012, his Ultra Black heifer won Grand Champion AOB-American Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair, and was inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club. He has won the following belt buckles: 2008 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2009 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2010 NAYLS(North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows)-Cattle Herdsman, 2011 NAYLS-Goat Herdsman, 2012 Izard County Fair-Supreme Bull, 2013 North Central Arkansas District Fair-Jr. Goat Showmanship, and 2014 Izard County Fair-Goat Herdsman.
Congratulations Seth on your accomplishments!

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors.
Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson of Mount Sterling, Illinois, will be buried Aug. 29, in Mountain View, Ark.
Richardson was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and was the passenger aboard an UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) helicopter that was en route to Fire Support Base Katum, South Vietnam, when it was diverted due to bad weather. After flying into Cambodian airspace, the aircraft came under heavy enemy ground fire, causing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. The Huey’s four crewmen and its four passengers survived the landing. Richardson died at the site of the crash during a fire fight with enemy forces. His remains were not recovered.
For 16 years, joint U.S./Cambodian teams investigated the site without success. On Feb. 18, 2009, a joint team interviewed witnesses in the Memot District of Cambodia who claimed to have information on the loss. The witnesses identified a possible burial site for the unaccounted for servicemen. The team excavated the burial site but was unsuccessful locating the remains.
From Jan. 16, 2010 to March 11, 2011, joint U.S./Cambodian teams excavated the area, but were unsuccessful recovering the crewman’s remains.
In February 2012, another joint U.S./Cambodian team re-interviewed two of the witnesses. The witnesses identified a secondary burial site near the previously excavated site. The team excavated the secondary burial site and recovered human remains and military gear from a single grave.
In the identification of Richardson, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) analyzed circumstantial evidence and used forensic identification tools, to include mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister.
MAJ Richardson’s remains are scheduled to arrive at Little Rock, on Thursday, August 27, and be escorted to Mountain View. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 29, at 2 p.m. at Flatwoods Missionary Baptist Church in Mountain View. Borne by U.S. Army pallbearers, Dale will be accorded full military honors and interred near his parents in Flatwoods Cemetery.richardson
Today there are 1,627 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

Back to School in this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times includes Izard County Consolidated, Melbourne, Calico Rock and Salem Public Schools. Get your school calendars, meet the upcoming football teams, and watch for sports each week from these schools!

A FOND FAREWELL: Karen Pierce, owner of Karen’s Kitchen in Horseshoe Bend, has moved from the area and closed her business. Karen was involved in a vehicle accident on July 28, where she sustained injuries and was taken to a Springfield hospital by Air Evac. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries according to her family, but is having other health related issues. Karen and her late husband Bill, opened the family-style restaurant over 15 years ago, and she has served the community faithfully since then. Karen’s “porch” has been the scene of many local and national political debates over the years, with a crew of coffee drinkers finding a home there. Her windows displayed holiday artwork each December, with locals looking forward to the new theme each year. The community sends their well-wishes to Karen and prayers for her future.

Staff members of the Pacesetting Times won seven state awards in the recent Better Newspaper News-Editorial Contest conducted annually by the Arkansas Press Association.
In the Smaller Weekly Division, Coverage of Education Category, Karen Sherrell, Carrie Johnson and Cassie Stafford won Second Place. Judges comments were, “Dedicated page for education news, what a great thing for your readers; good variety of topics.” Sherrell and Johnson won Third Place for Best Front Page, and Sherrell placed third for her News Story, “One Year Later” about a tornado hitting Horseshoe Bend. Judges comments were, “Good photos to illustrate article.” Johnson received Third Place for a Single Feature Photograph, “Good things come in twos.”
Stafford received an Honorable Mention for her Single Sports Feature Photograph “Salem Teammates” and Bobby Stapleton received Honorable Mentions for Sports News Story, “Greyhounds battle Panthers” and Single Sports Action Photograph “Putting on a show.”
“I’m so proud of our staff and their hard work recognized by the Press Association,” said Sherrell, owner of the newspaper. “It’s wonderful when everybody wins!”
This year 55 Arkansas newspapers submitted 1,874 entries, 20 daily newspapers sent 830 entries, 33 weekly newspapers sent 1,044. Their submissions were then judged by members of the Colorado Press Association.
Locally, the Melbourne Times received Honorable Mention for Picture Page in Medium Weeklies; the Batesville Daily Guard received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies; and the Stone County Leader of Mountain View received Honorable Mention in General Excellence.

TOTAL LOSS: Personnel with the Highland and Cherokee Village Fire Departments responded to a vehicle fire on Monday, Aug. 10 at approximately 3:15 p.m. A Chevrolet Suburban, located just off Hwy. 62/412 on Hictochee Road in Cherokee Village, was a total loss. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rick Crook reported that Patrol Officer Brian Buchanan responded to the scene to assist the fire departments, and also provided the owner of the vehicle a ride home. Photo/T.Trivitt

Mary Alice (l), Audra and Maggie (r), Izard County Queen’s Contest Winners at the Horse Show. See additional Izard County Fair photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/K.Dement

Kailee Boverhof received her first Farm Service Agency, FSA, Rural Youth Loan in 2014 to purchase livestock. She has won numerous awards at local, district and state competitions with assistance from her youth loan advisor, Wayne Neal. FSA offers Rural Youth between the ages of ten and 20 the opportunity to borrow up to $5,000 at low interest rates and reasonable terms for repayment.
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Boverhof, a member of the ICC School FFA, to purchase livestock and supplies for her FFA project.
She is a member of the ICC Show Team and has excelled in showing her livestock since she first obtained a FSA youth loan. She used her loan funds to purchase “Rose Mary”, a commercial heifer, and a registered Gelbvieh cow with a heifer calf. Along with the livestock she also purchased fencing, gates, and supplies to provide a pen for her livestock on property her parents own. In addition to this acreage where she lives, she also has access to the ICC school pastures, show barn, lab, pens and any needed equipment to assist her with her project.
She began showing livestock in 2013 and has won various awards. Neal said, “She has been a very active member of our livestock team and has attended several North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows along with the Fulton County Fair, Izard County Fair, North Central Arkansas District Fair and the Arkansas State Fair.” Boverhof said she has learned responsibility and loves showing her livestock.
She and Rose Mary achieved the following in 2013: Supreme Commercial Champion at the Izard County Fair, Reserve Grand Champion – Commercial Heifer at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at Izard County Fair, and Fifth in Class for American Commercial Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair.
After purchasing Rose Mary in 2014, she and Rose Mary won the following: Supreme Commercial Heifer at the Izard County Fair, Grand Champion County Bred at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the Fulton County Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the North Central Arkansas District Fair, Grand Champion American Commercial at the Izard County Fair, and Second in Class for American Commercial at the Arkansas State Fair.
She has purchased a new show heifer for 2015, Oreo, and has won the following to date: Grand Champion Commercial Heifer at the Spring District Show and Thirs in Class for Exotic Commercial at the Spring Arkansas State Show.
Editor’s Note: This is one of a series of three articles to be published on FSA Rural Youth Loan Success Stories. Next week: Seth Stapleton.

The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin is now underway! Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 28. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up! Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage!
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Neighborhood Fresh Market; Doty Family Funeral and Memorial Services, 903 Third St., $30 gift certificate to Neighborhood Fresh Market or Cindy’s Dinner Bell; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; The Hairy Cactus, 404 Market St., $100 gift certificate for salon services; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce, Lower level Diamond B Mall, a gift basket; Snappy Mart, 400 Market St., one 14” pizza; Clary Fitness, lower level Diamond B Mall, one month membership plus a Clary Fitness t-shirt; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., silver eagle coin, one entry per visit, Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 Visa gift card, Mirror Image, Diamond B Mall, free haircut; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change. In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 junction, a Stanley thermos; Weatherford Bros. Feed, Hwy. 56, a one gallon pump sprayer.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer’s ads and be sure and save this special section as you sign up throughout the month of August.



IZARD COUNTY FARM FAMILY: Jared and Samantha Johnson, along with their daughters Quinn, Reese and Karsyn, were recognized as the 2015 Izard County Farm Family of the Year. Congratulations Johnson Family of Oxford! See full story and additional photos in the July 8th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photos/C.Johnson

Becky’s Kids is gearing up for its back-to-school shopping trip for Izard County foster children. On Thursday, July 16, Becky’s Kids will take the children to Jonesboro on a one day shopping trip for new backpacks, school supplies and new clothes and shoes for the upcoming school year.
Becky’s Kids is in need of donations to help fund the trip. The total cost for one child is $250 with donations of all sizes welcomed and appreciated.
With the needs of foster children growing every day, Jessica Eldred, the founder of Becky’s Kids sees this as one way for the community to make a difference. She said, “Izard County has always been so supportive of our efforts, and we can’t thank each donor and volunteer enough. Anyone who takes the opportunity to go with us or gives financially will walk away knowing that on that day they made a tremendous difference in a child’s life, and that is what Becky’s Kids is all about.”
This is the organizations fifth back-to-school trip, and Eldred says the event is something the kids get very excited about. “Of course, they love getting to pick out their own shoes and clothes. Not only is it fun, but it brings dignity to the kids. Most importantly though, the trip shows the children there are people who love and care about them.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the back-to-school shopping trip or learning more about Becky’s Kids can contact Jessica Eldred at 479-586-3210 or Ann Moser at 870-291-7555. The organization encourages individuals to “like” Becky’s Kids page on Facebook to keep up with all the organizations happenings.
All church, civic organizations or companies interested in a representative of Becky’s Kids presenting more information to their group are also encouraged to contact the nonprofit. Any donations can be mailed to Attention: Becky’s Kids P.O. Box 770, Melbourne, AR 72556.

GREAT FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: TRICO Quarry and Paving, Precision Plus Construction and Bookout Excavating’s ferris wheel float in the Horseshoe Bend annual Fourth of July parade. Additional photos from the festivities will be in the July 15th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/R.Sherrell

Lee and Tresa Lester, along with their son Clint, were named this year’s Fulton County Farm Family of the Year Award. Congratulations Lester Family! See full story and additional photos in the July 1 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Johnson

Batesville Motor Speedway
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Hot Laps at 7:30 p.m.; Races start at 8 p.m. Times will vary for special events.
Schedule of Events
July 3: Firecracker Twin 40s, qualifying Super Stock and B Mod plus Bond and Hobby Stock.
July 4: Firecracker Twin 40s Super Stock and B Mod Special, $2,500 to winner, IMCA A Mod and Late Model.
July 11: Weekly Points Race
July 24 and 25: Sizzling Summer Street Stock Clash, $5,000 to winner.
If you have any questions, please contact the Batesville Motor Speedway at 870-251-0011 or text to 870-613-1337.
Legit Speedway Park
Gates open at 5 p.m.; Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m.; Races start at 7 p.m. Times will vary for special events.
Schedule of Events
July 3: Fireworks Show plus Super Late Mode, A Mod, B Mod and Super Stock.
July 10: Points Racing
July 24: Summer Slam Street Stock Race plus Super Late Mode, B Mod and Super Stock.
July 25: Summer Slam Street Stock Race, $5,000 to winner.
July 31: Points Racing
If you have any questions, call Legit Speedway Park at 417-257-2112, send an email to Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

by Sue Clay
Come out on Saturday, July 11, to help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend by joining in the fun at the Third Annual Bowl for the Animals Tournament sponsored by Horseshoe Lanes in Horseshoe Bend.
The bowling and good times will kick off at 11 a.m. Bowling is with teams of four people, and the entry fee is $20 per person with $15 of each fee going directly to the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
The first place winning team will receive $120 and $80 goes to the second place team.
Set up as a “9 Pin No Tap” Tournament, it is a great way to reach some high scores, spend time with good friends, and help the animals.
Pick a theme for your team; choose a name, wear matching clothes, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a great time! Area businesses and churches, please think about sponsoring a team. If you are not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but do not have a team together, we can put one together for you.
A Bake Sale featuring cakes, pies, and other baked goods will also be going on at Horseshoe Lanes during the tournament. Stop in to buy a whole cake or pie, a loaf of bread, or a pan of brownies.
Also, during the tournament “The Friends” will have a 50/50 raffle and sell raffle tickets for the Quilt Raffle being held at our Harvest Festival in November.
So it is time to get your four-person teams together, register at Horseshoe Lanes, and be prepared to have a great, cool July day while helping a good cause. Help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend.
Call Horseshoe Lanes at 870-670-5606 for more information or to register.

KID’S FISHING DAY: The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hosted the Annual Kid’s Fishing Day at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 6. See additional photos and the story on page 5 of the June 17 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/Randy Sherrell

Dr. Adam and Michelle Gray are proud to announce that Gray Family Practice Clinic, PLLC took over ownership and management of the Horseshoe Clinic as of June 8. They are also excited to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner, Marion Conway, will continue to provide comprehensive, high quality care for the entire family, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Gray will be staffing the clinic on Fridays as well. You will be greeted by the same friendly staff at the same phone number and address. They look forward to serving the healthcare needs of you and your family. New patients will be accepted and they will provide integrated healthcare and charting between both the Melbourne and Horseshoe Bend Clinics. All major insurances are accepted, including VA Choice. Gray Family Practice Clinic of Horseshoe Bend is located at 707 Third Street, and can be reached by calling 870-670-5115.
Pictured (l to r) Dr. Adam Gray, Ginny Evans – Receptionist, Susan Walker – Nurse and Marion Conway, Nurse Practitioner. Photo/C.Stafford

by Ron Yow
Music in the Mountains will open its doors at 5 p.m. on June 20. This month, returning to the stage, we have Whitney King who is a college student from Houston, TX. She is in the area visiting her grandparents for summer vacation. She loves music of all kinds and will not disappoint anyone. Let’s welcome her back to Horseshoe Bend and the Music in the Mountains stage.
Also performing this month is Dr. Catherine Wilson. Wilson is an adjunct professor of music at Middle Tennessee State University where she teaches music education courses. She is the daughter-in-law of Horseshoe Bend resident, Deaun Wilson. She is a published arranger and songwriter. You will not want to miss either of these guests this month.
The Hwy. 289 Band will also be doing a medley of TV show songs and Tracy will be giving away a shirt to the person who gets the most correct. Sound easy? Well, the songs will be mixed in with other songs so you will have to be on your toes and listen for the show tunes!
The doors will open at 5 p.m. with hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill. The girls will have cold drinks and other goodies at the concession stand along with the mayor and his popcorn! Come join us for a night of fun, good food, and good music. Show starts at 6 p.m. Admission is by donation which is used to keep the doors open. Music in the Mountains is located at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre in Diamond B Mall.
NOTE: The Music in the Mountains will not have a show in July or August. We are going to remodel the stage at that time. We are looking for volunteers to help so if you have some spare time, let us know and we will fill you in on what’s going to be done and when. See you there!

IZARD COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE 2015: Cancer survivors walk amidst confetti during the opening ceremony at the Izard County Relay for Life held at the fairgrounds in Melbourne on Friday, June 5. This year’s theme “Wish Upon a Cure” was reflected in nine teams that participated, and $6,000 was raised to help find a cure for cancer. The Survivor’s Banquet was held at 5:30 p.m. and the meal was provided by Artisan Restaurant of Highland, with desserts provided by the teams. Russell’s Barn Burgers were also served throughout the night. Fundraising for Relay for Life began last September, and Friday night’s event represented the last coordinated event of the year. Team participants carried spirit sticks while walking around the center track until midnight, representing the fact that people with cancer never quit. Each team had a themed booth and fundraising activities during the night. Izard County Relay for Life thanks everyone who helped sponsor the different events and donated to the cause this year. Additional photos from Relay for Life can be found on page 7 in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

The Emergency Medical Services Board of Izard County will have their quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22, in the courtroom at the Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
For questions, please contact Michelle Gray at 870-291-2515.

Every ten years Cherokee Village celebrates the diverse culture and history of their community.
This year marks the 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary and Cherokee Village is planning the biggest celebration ever!
The celebration/reunion will span three days, June 12 through 14, and will include a parade, live music, boat tours, kids activities – bounce houses, carnival games, face painting; arts and crafts, teen mixers, golf tournaments and a street dance just to name a few. Someone will win the Diamond in the Ozarks Treasure Hunt™ grand prize, a diamond valued up to $5,000! A very special moment will happen Saturday morning, June 13 with a parade and procession of flags from every state in the nation and some 20 countries representing the property owners of Cherokee Village.
A Diamond in the Ozarks Treasure Hunt™ is sponsored by St. Bernards Healthcare and Sissy’s Log Cabin will be held from noon to 6 p.m. following the parade.
Sapphire sponsors are FNBC Bank and WRMC Medical Complex.
Treasure Hunt General Rules
There is only one entry per person, per treasure hunt. All completed, signed and dated ‘Treasure Hunt Entry Forms’ must be turned in at Registration Booth by 7 p.m., Saturday, June 13. Minors under 18 must have their entry forms signed by their parent or guardian prior to submission for the drawing.
Contestants have six hours in which to explore and discover Cherokee Village in this unique Treasure Hunt designed to provide you with activity, entertainment, adventure and one chance at winning a diamond valued at $5,000. You must be present to win. The winning entry will be drawn at approximately 8 p.m. during the ‘Rewind the 50s’ Sock Hop Dance.
Get Started
Available now or at the celebration: A Diamond in the Ozarks Treasure Hunt™ Map and Official Treasure Hunt Entry Form at the Registration booth located in Celebration Central, which is located across from City Hall in Cherokee Village. Decide which of the five treasure hunts fits your lifestyle and plan to make it a day enjoying the amenities and hearing about our Village.
At each stop on your hunt, YOU MUST get your Treasure Hunt Entry Form stamped by the staff on hand AFTER you take time to enjoy, see and hear about the site. Official rules and regulations are located on the Treasure Hunt Entry Form. Maps can be picked up at Carol’s Lakeview Restaurant, City Hall, First Community Bank, FNBC Bank, King-Rhodes, the Senior Lodge, S.I.D., Triple D Package Store and the Welcome Center at Cherokee Village. Other locations include Curves at Highland, the Red Mule, Best Western, Horton’s Music, The Ozark Mall and Clary Fitness at Ash Flat.
A free movie on the history of Cherokee Village will be held at the Omaha Center on Thursday, June 11 at 10 a.m. and then again at 2 p.m.
On Friday, June 12 events will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning with a Dedication Ceremony. A Campfire Sing-Along will begin at 7 p.m. featuring Doug Driesel on the grounds at Old Kia Kima, Teen Mingle, Kidsz Zone, Wine and Beer Garden sponsored by Triple D Package Store, and The Mystix in concert at 7 p.m. featuring Dennis Horton & Guys.
Lake Thunderbird Queen Tours will be conducted June 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a nearly 45 minute ride around the lake. Those interested can enjoy a Drop in Golf Tournament both days as well, and compete for prizes, all sponsored by Cherokee Village S.I.D. Horseshoe Pitching will be held both days: 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
A Mobile Vet Center for veterans will be open at 9 a.m. at Celebration Central.
A Time to Shine Parade sponsored by First Community Bank, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 with the Treasure Hunt to follow. The parade will begin at Carol’s Lakeview Restaurant, travel down Iroquois to Town Center, turn left at the Village Repair Station and continue through the Cherokee Village Town Homes, ending at King Rhodes parking lot. At 1:30 p.m. enjoy music by Judah’s Groove Temple, then at 3 p.m. enjoy music by Bonafide String Band. At 5:30 p.m. Maybe April will perform. Rewind at the 50’s Sock Hop Dance, sponsored by Clary Fitness, will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with prizes awarded for Best Costumes and dances.
On Sunday, June 14 from noon to 3:30 p.m. a barbeque luncheon and recognition ceremony will be held at Celebration Central. The Tri County Board of REALTORS will hold Open Houses throughout Cherokee Village from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Most importantly this Diamond Jubilee Celebration is the opportunity for the national and international community that is Cherokee Village to reunite with friends and old acquaintances. Please make your plans now to be a part of the celebration.
Come early, bring your lawn chair and relax and enjoy!

Three Person Scramble
St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Knights of Columbus and Ladies Guild in Horseshoe Bend has rescheduled the Three Person Scramble to be held this upcoming Saturday, June 13. All monies raised will help them to continue their charitable works where needed. Get there early for the complimentary refreshments that will be served starting at 7 a.m. with the 8 a.m. shotgun start. For more information the Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Dick LeMere at 870-670-5610.
Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic
Mark your calendars for the Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic, formerly known as the Mountain Home Christian Clinic Charity Golf Tournament, on June 13 and 14 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 
Entry fee: $165 per person or $495 per three person team, includes cart. Entry fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.
For more information call 870-508-6105.
Two Person Scramble
The Izard County High School Athletic Department will be having a Two Person Scramble Golf Tournament at the Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The cost of the tournament is $100 per team. A large variety of door prizes will be given away and participants will have an opportunity on all three par threes to win a hole-in-one prize.
For information, call the Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or David Harmon at 870-373-1713, or by email at An entry form is on page 3 in the June 10 edition of Pacesetting Times.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a “Kids Fishing Derby” for youngsters 12 years old and younger, at the Commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located two and a half miles south of Mammoth Spring at the end of State Highway 342. The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle.
Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 12 years old and under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults cannot fish. Adult supervision is required. Come out for a day of family fun. For more information contact the hatchery toll free at 877-625-7521.

Three Person Scramble
St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Knights of Columbus and Ladies Guild in Horseshoe Bend has rescheduled the Three Person Scramble to be held this upcoming Saturday, June 13. All monies raised will help them to continue their charitable works where needed. Get there early for the complimentary refreshments that will be served starting at 7 a.m. with the 8 a.m. shotgun start. For more information the Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Dick LeMere at 870-670-5610.
Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic
Mark your calendars for the Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic, formerly known as the Mountain Home Christian Clinic Charity Golf Tournament, on June 13 and 14 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 
Entry fee: $165 per person or $495 per three person team, includes cart. Entry fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.
For more information call 870-508-6105.
Two Person Scramble
The Izard County High School Athletic Department will be having a Two Person Scramble Golf Tournament at the Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The cost of the tournament is $100 per team. A large variety of door prizes will be given away and participants will have an opportunity on all three par threes to win a hole-in-one prize.
For information, call the Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or David Harmon at 870-373-1713, or by email at An entry form is on page 3 in the June 10 edition of Pacesetting Times.

TOTAL LOSS: Just as the cleanup ended after fire destroyed the Oxford Store, the remaining store in Oxford has burned. Fire departments were called to a structure fire at Oxford Super Stop on Main Street in Oxford at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. Oxford and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene at 9:40 p.m. and were on the scene until 1:35 a.m. according to Oxford Fire Chief Alan Estes. Cause of the fire was possibly electrical, with the junction box and wall burned at the back of the store. Fire damage was minimal, but extreme heat and smoke damage charred the entire store. Early reports of an explosion on social media the evening of the fire were untrue. The store remains closed at this time. Photo/K.Sherrell

ALL-STAR SWING: Viola Lady Longhorn Lakynn Brown crushes a home run against Mammoth Spring earlier this year. Brown will by playing for the East All-Stars during the Arkansas High School Athletic Association’s All-Star game at Farris field on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. The annual Arkansas High School Association All-Star games are on tap for later this month, and Viola’s Lakynn Brown will be those that will be playing one last game of their high school career. The All-Star Game is for Seniors and will showcase the top players in the state and this year the games will be at the University of Central Arkansas. The softball All Star double header will be held at Farris Field on Tuesday, June 23 with a game time of 5 p.m. Brown, a long ball slugger off the Lady Longhorns team that made it to the semi finals of the state tournament will be playing for East All-Stars. Photo/B.Stapleton


SQUIRT RACE: Kids of all ages had a blast at the Fulton County Homecoming Festival last weekend in Salem. See additional photos on page 7 in the June 3 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/H.Wray

The MRID swimming pool officially opened on Saturday, May 30. The hours for the pool are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Senior Adult Swim is held Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. Season passes are available for all. Anyone wishing to schedule Private Parties, may contact 870-750-0036 to reserve your time.

by Fran McGrew
What does it take to be a hero? This summer we will explore what it takes to become a superhero. Some say it is our words, actions and how we conduct our lives. Others say it is being in the right place at the right time that gives us the opportunity to help someone. There are many different kinds of heroes and this summer we will explore and discover the hero within ourselves. Our shelves at the library are filled with stories of people that have made their mark in history, or made a difference in our world.
The theme of our summer program is Every Hero Has A Story. The program will be held weekly on Wednesdays, starting June 17 at 11:30 a.m. and ending on July 15, here at our Horseshoe Bend Public Library. We will have special guests, some exciting new things to do. We will have treats, prizes and a new book for each child that attends. Reading is important and we will read-a-story at each program. We start with age five; however, mothers are welcome to bring their younger children, if you stay with them. We also have teens that still like to come and help.
Mothers are always welcome. We appreciate all the help we have received from our mothers and grandmothers over the years.
Please come in and register your children at 9 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend, or call us at 870-670-4318. Bring a friend with you. We are looking forward to a great summer program.

CHAMPION MUTTON BUSTER: Elijah Miller of Camp poses with Charolete Williams while showing off his Championship buckle he won in the Mutton Busting during the Riding for Charley benefit rodeo. See additional photos on page 6 of this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

On Tuesday, May 19, a joint effort led by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force agents, codenamed “Operation Ice House,” pursued approximately 26 suspects for Delivery of a Controlled Substance including Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Pharmaceuticals. The roundup generated approximately 25 arrests in several counties but was focused in Newport and Jackson County. Multiple agencies and at least 43 law enforcement officerstook part in the roundup.
The investigation leading to these arrests was the result of over one year of undercover work performed by the Third Judicial District Drug Task Force. The DTF is overseen by the Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attornery’s office as well as the Sheriffs of the Third District.
Deefendants in custody from Independence County include: Angela Garcia, 37, of Batesville. Delivery of a Controlled Substance: Methamphetamine, a Class C felony.

The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Box Hound Marina, will again be sponsoring the Kid’s Fishing Day on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. It is rescheduled for Saturday, June 6. Come haul in the catfish from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Box Hound Marina.
There will be a shuttle provided from the parking lot to the fishing area. There will be free hotdogs, chips, and soda. Lots of prizes to be handed out to kids for biggest fish, first fish, smallest fish, youngest fish, most whiskers, or for just showing up.
Kids should be between five and twelve, one rod per child. There will be a four fish limit per child. Bait will be provided and for those without a rod, one will be furnished. Bring your young anglers out to Box Hound Marina on June 6 for a guaranteed good time. Questions? Contact Walt at 870-670-4264. Remember, it is about the kids. We will see you there.

by Nelson Gateway
Each year on Memorial Day, we mourn the loss of Americans who died defending their Country throughout the World since 1775. Since then, we have included all Veterans who have served and fought to keep America free, so we honor them also.
On Monday, May 25, our American Veterans Memorial Committee will sponsor the Memorial Day Program to honor American Veterans at 11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial in Ash Flat. Food will be available before and after the program. Chairs will be there for your comfort.

Many of us are affected by cancer in some way or another. For one local family, cancer has wreaked havoc for a decade.
Salem resident Charolete Williams’ journey began at the tender age of 14 when she was diagnosed with cancer in her leg. Since then, she has fought and won her battle with cancer four times. Charolete has had to endure having her right lung removed, and most recently her leg was amputated.
During this decade long battle, Charolete and her family have suffered financial hardships due to loss of income and ever-growing medical bills. Friends of Charolete have rallied around to show their support with fundraisers.
Jade Lowrie, a Younique consultant is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from an online makeup party to Charolete. Younique is a family-founded company supporting battered women and children. The beauty products are a high quality, animal-cruelty free, and all natural. If you would like to browse the cosmetics, and help Charolete’s fundraiser you can do so by visiting the direct website at:; the facebook group “Charolete’s Beauty Bash Fundraiser”; or call Jade Lowrie, Younique presenter, at 870-750-0812.
Another fundraiser will be “Riding for Charley” on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton County Fair Grounds. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for kids, and six and under FREE. Mutton Bustin will begin at 7 p.m. and there will be Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding. This rodeo fundraiser for Charolete will be produced by Hall Rodeo Company, LLC.