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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Karen Sherrell
SHARP COUNTY — A woman has been found competent to proceed to trial, according to recent findings in her fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations.
Jennifer Lea Collins, age 55, was charged with murder second degree, after the death of an elderly woman in her care in May. She had been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. Following an autopsy of the victim, a change in charges, from battery first degree to murder second degree, was filed on Collins on August 16. She was released on a $100,000 bond, after her court appearance before Judge Mark Johnson.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. Examination results were filed with the Sharp County Clerk’s office on November 20, and summarize that Collins has the capacity to understand her charges, and is competent to stand trial, which could be in January.
Bond restrictions on Collins, who shows her address as just doors down from her victim’s home on Mixtec Drive in Cherokee Village, are to have no contact with Sandefur’s family, nor go within one mile of the family members, residences or places of employment.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder. She was additionally charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.

by Karen Sherrell
SHARP COUNTY — Following an autopsy of her victim, a change in charges, from battery first degree to murder second degree, were filed on Jennifer Lea Collins on August 16. Collins was released on $100,000 bond the following day, after her court appearance before Judge Mark Johnson.
According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Garner in August, charges were upgraded to murder second degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, Collins, and subsequently dying.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
Collins, age 55, had been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS was to determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
According to the Sharp County Clerk’s office, no examination results have been filed as of November 14.
Bond restrictions on Collins, who shows her address as just doors down from her victim’s home on Mixtec Drive in Cherokee Village, are to have no contact with Sandefur’s family, nor go within one mile of the family members, residences or places of employment.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder. She was additionally charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Proseucting Attorney Henry Boyce stated in August, “After carefully reviewing the evidence in this case including a review of the autopsy and consultation with the Crime Lab Medical Examiner, I decided that the upgrade in charges was warranted.”

It is time again to renew your annual business license. You may come into Horseshoe Bend City Hall to renew for 2018, or for your convenience you may renew by mail, over the phone or online. If renewing by mail, return a copy of your last year’s licenses after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check. If you would like to receive a copy of your 2018 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with your 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 and 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 $100 nor more than $200 for each separate violation.” Also due for 2018 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for un-spayed and un-neutered pets. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.

by Karen Sherrell
On November 6, former Izard County Judge David Sherrell entered a negotiated plea of guilty to charges, formally filed five days earlier, of criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, forgery (two counts) and theft.
Sherrell waved his right to a jury trial, and with his attorneys L. Gray Dellinger of Melbourne and Tom Thompson of Batesville, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver, who asked Sherrell if he understood the charges against him, to which Sherrell replied, “Yes.”
Sherrell was sentenced to six years in the Regional Correctional Facility in Osceola, and ordered to pay $35,000 restitution to the victim, the taxpayers of Izard County, plus $1,920 in fines and court costs.
“Basically we have to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money,” said Izard County Judge Eric Smith. “It makes me sad when someone takes advantage of their power. We are to watch the money, spend it wisely and not steal from the public.”
According to Sherrell’s sentencing order, $25,750 is payable by Sherrell, and $9,250 is payable by Sherrell and his son-in-law Matt Orf. Payments must begin within 30 days of Sherrell’s release from prison, and be not less than $500 a month.
Sherrell, Orf and Paul Shuttleworth were arrested following an investigation into discrepancies of equipment purchases and sales from March 2015 through December 2016.
Sherrell, who served as the county judge from 2011 to 2016, was investigated by Dennis Simons, with the Arkansas State Police, when Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened the investigation in February 2017.
Charges were in connection with the purchase and sale of a 20 ton trailer, purchase of a John Deere road grader and a Case bulldozer, and theft of tools and equipment, all belonging to Izard County.
Orf was charged with criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, in connection with the sale of the trailer, and Shuttleworth was charged with forgery in the second degree, in connection with the purchase of the road graders.
Both Orf and Shuttleworth are scheduled to appear in court on November 22.
Sherrell was reprimanded to the custody of Izard County authorities immediately following his plea agreement November 6. In lieu of the State charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office will not seek Federal charges, according to the agreement. Sherrell could face civil charges for ethics violations, through the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

by Sharlee Webb
The Franklin Extension Homemaker’s Club did not have a meeting in October. This is our travel month to deliver supplies to Little Rock. We go to Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald and the VA Hospital.
The trip was supposed to be on October 16, but things came up and it was postponed until October 30. We met at Brockwell to start our journey. We had ten ladies for the trip. Susan Williams drove the Izard County Senior Center bus. We want to thank both for helping us out.
Our first stop was the VA Hospital with lots of books and magazines. Two patients were outside as we delivered and they thanked us for giving them something to read.
Our next stop was Children’s Hospital. We had hats and supplies for their playroom. A friend of Susan Chapman made teddy bears that we delivered also.
Then we were off to the Ronald McDonald House with our supplies and soda tabs. We got to tour the first floor of their new home. The house was full at this time.
After the Ronald McDonald House we were off to Red Lobster for lunch. Our last stop was Hobby Lobby. We made it home around 6 p.m. It was a full day of fun, fellowship and heart-warming events. This trip was the most supplies we have delivered to these three place.
We had a great Craft Fair on October 28. There were around 30 vendors. We had the food court again this year. We sold out of everything except browning. We are now looking forward to the holidays. Our next meeting will be Monday, November 13 with hostesses Kathy Duncan and Sharlee Webb. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Old Main Schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper and pie auction Saturday, November 11, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of Old Main. Local and state elected officials and those considering a run for office are invited to meet and greet with attendees during the event.
There is no set admission fee; however, donations will be greatly appreciated to benefit the Old Main restoration project.
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. Volunteers with the Friends of Old Main have worked during the past three years to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities. Recent additions include a central air conditioning unit for the auditorium.
For more information about the Fourth Annual Chili Supper and Pie Auction or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the Friends of Old Main Board of Directors, at 870-710-0720.

The Old Main Schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper and pie auction Saturday, November 11, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of Old Main. Local and state elected officials and those considering a run for office are invited to meet and greet with attendees during the event.
There is no set admission fee; however, donations will be greatly appreciated to benefit the Old Main restoration project.
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. Volunteers with the Friends of Old Main have worked during the past three years to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities. Recent additions include a central air conditioning unit for the auditorium.
For more information about the Fourth Annual Chili Supper and Pie Auction or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the Friends of Old Main Board of Directors, at 870-710-0720.

Son-in-law and equipment salesman also charged in case
by Karen Sherrell
A former Izard County judge and two other men have been arrested following a nine month investigation into discrepancies of equipment purchases and other items involving the county judge’s office, and taxpayer’s money.
David Sherrell, Izard County Judge for three terms, from 2011 to 2016, has been charged with criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, two counts of forgery, and theft of property, all four felonies.
Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened an investigation earlier this year, after reviewing alleged discrepancies during Sherrell’s term, specifically from March 2015 through December 2016.
According to court affidavits filed by Meyer on November 1 containing information from Dennis Simons, investigator with the Arkansas State Police, Sherrell’s charges were in connection with the purchase and sale of a 2001 Ameritrail 20 ton trailer, purchases of a John Deere 670B road grader and a Case 1150K bulldozer, and theft of tools and equipment in the amount of $3,500, all belonging to Izard County.
Affidavit and court filings
During Simons’ investigation, he discovered the purchase of two dump trucks for the Izard County Road Department in June of 2015.
Jeremy Purdue, of Coal Creek, LLC Truck and Equipment Sales, was approached by Sherrell for the purchase of the dump trucks along with an equipment trailer. Sherrell told the company that he could not obtain financing on the trailer and asked them to increase the price of the dump trucks to include the price of the trailer. Coal Creek presented two invoices to Sherrell for his signature, one for the two dump trucks totaling $83,000, and a second invoice for the trailer at no cost. The second invoice was not found in the county records, but was provided by Coal Creek.
The trailer was delivered on June 26, 2015 and Sherrell took personal possession of it. Perdue estimated the value of the trailer between $7,000 and $7,500. In July 2015, the Izard County Quorum Court approved financing the dump trucks, and the trailer acquisition was not disclosed to the Quorum Court. In November 2015 Sherrell arranged for the sale of the trailer from his son-in-law, Matt Orf, to the county. Orf presented a document that stated he was the owner of the trailer, and had the authority to sell the trailer, with Sherrell’s signature of approval. Sherrell approved to pay Orf $9,250 for the trailer, and on November 18, 2015, the county delivered a check for $9,250 to Sherrell. The check was endorsed by Orf and Sherrell and bank records show on that date that $3,000 was deposited in the Sherrell Farm Account, $3,000 was deposited in the Sherrell personal account, and $3,250 was cashed. Simons’ summary in the trailer investigation stated, “Izard County buys the trailer a second time, but this second time, the county actually receives the trailer.”
In 2016, auditors discovered the trailer transaction was not approved by the Quorum Court, which is required for transactions with family members. Sherrell approached the court to approve the purchase of the trailer from Orf, which was done on August 2, 2016.
According to the arrest warrant, Matt Orf, age 39 of Oxford, has been charged with criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, a class c felony, in connection with the sale of the trailer.
In June 2015, Sherrell purchased a pair of road graders from Stibling Equipment LLC, for the Izard County Road Department. The cost of the graders was $143,000 for a John Deere 670G, and $20,000 for a John Deere 670B. Neither the customer order or invoices were found in county records, they were given to investigators by Stribling, and were dated June 26, 2016. Found in county records was a fraudulent invoice, not created by Stribling, for the sale of a single road grader, 670G, to the county for $163,000. On July 2, 2015, Stribling salesman Paul Shuttleworth signed the fraudulent bill of sale in Sherrell’s office. The fraudulent bill of sale was located in county payment records. Sherrell presented the purchase of the 670G road grader for $163,000 to the Quorum Court and on July 6, 2015, the court approved financing. Sherrell never disclosed the acquisition of the 670B road grader to the court, or road department. Simons’ summary in the road grader investigation stated, “Izard County unwittingly pays for the 670B road grader and Sherrell takes unauthorized personal possession of the 670B road grader.” Almost a year and a half later, following Sherrell’s defeat in the November 2016 election, the 670B road grader appeared at the county road shop, in December 2016. It was never listed in the Road Department equipment inventory during Sherrell’s term of office. The hours of operation on the 670B road grader were 11,551 at the time of sale in June 2015, and 11,721 in December 2016.
Paul Shuttleworth, age 52 of Mountain View has been charged with forgery in the second degree, a class c felony, in connection with the purchase of the road graders.
In September 2016, Sherrell arranged to purchase a used Case 1150K bulldozer from Scott Equipment Company LLC, and on September 2, 2016, he took possession of the bulldozer, which was receipted as a demo. Sherrell signed a driver receipt which noted Izard County as the customer. He hauled the dozer to his personal farm and unloaded it. On September 12, 2016 Scott created a retail order form indicating Sherrell as the purchaser of the dozer, for the amount of $43,000. Sherrell’s signature appeared on the order. Scott subsequently billed Sherrell for $43,000, sent to his home address, on September 30 and October 17, 2016. Later, Scott invoiced Izard County in the amount of $58,000 for the dozer, indicating a base cost and additional cost of repairs at 15,000. Other information showed Sherrell had the dozer tracks replaced by his mechanic while at his farm. Additionally he paid a county employee out of his own pocket to work on the dozer on his property. Witnessess had seen Sherrell operating the dozer making improvements to his property. County Road Department employee Jesse Morgan picked up the dozer from Sherrell’s farm and returned it to Scott. On November 21, Scott issued an invoice to the county for $60,000, indicating the dozer had a new undercarriage, and noted that the $2,000 increase was due to Sherrell indicating that he wanted the air conditioning fixed. On December 6, 2016, the Quorum Court approved the purchase of the dozer. Another repair order dated December 29, 2016 in the amount of $3,285.34 from Scott, was paid by the county on January 11, 2017. The dozer was then delivered to the road department on January 23 with significant hydraulic issues. The dozer was never taken to the county road shop for use during Sherrell’s term in office.
In March 2015, Sherrell purchased miscellaneous tools and equipment for the Izard County Road Department, from Darren Bates, for the amount of $3,500. County employees accompanied Sherrell to pick up the tools and some of the equipment was dropped off at Sherrell’s farm, including a 100 gallon air compressor and assorted tools. Sherrell requested payment by Izard County to Bates for $3,500, and a check was issued on April 1, 2015. On May 31 of this year, a search warrant was served at the Sherrell residence by investigators with Arkansas State Police. Investigators recovered multiple items identified by Bates as having been purchased by Sherrell, for Izard County.
Sherrell, age 58 of Oxford, surrendered to authorities at the Izard County Jail in Melbourne on November 1, and was released on a $10,000 bond. Orf and Shuttleworth surrendered to authorities the next day and were released on their own recognizance.

According to Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, on October 13, Desiree Rivera, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy Mike Smith for possession of controlled substance schedule I/II, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II, excluding meth and cocaine. Rivera was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and bonded on a $10,000 bond. Rivera was scheduled to appear in Izard County Circuit Court on October 24.
On October 17, Jonathan Foster, age 33, was arrested by Deputy Smith for possession of controlled substance schedule I/II, excluding cocaine and meth; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II, excluding meth and cocaine. Foster is incarcerated in lieu of a $2,000 sheriff’s bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on October 24.
On October 17, Elaine Maxine Taylor, age 37, was arrested by Deputy Dennis Hutchins for failure to pay fines. Taylor was incarcerated and given an own recognizance bond. She is scheduled to appear in District Court on February 6, 2018.
On October 20, Kevin Tyler Webster, age 31, was arrested by Sgt. Steve Davidson for failure to pay fines. Webster is incarcerated in lieu of an $850 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on November 2.
On October 18, Deric Dewayne Hicks, age 36 of Cave City, was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for a parole hold. Hicks is incarcerated with no bond at this time.
On October 17, Wesley James Stalnaker, age 20 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Richard Crowe for possession of liquor by minor and careless driving. Stalnaker was incarcerated and bonded on a $490 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear on November 30.

According to Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, Dorothy Ann Yost reported that a male subject came into Day’s Family Store in Oxford on Wednesday, October 25 wearing a brown jacket and a camouflage scarf over his mouth and nose, and was brandishing a knife and demanding money and her phone. Yost stated that she first thought it was a joke, but quickly realized that it was not. Yost stated she gave him all the money in the register and her phone. The suspect then asked Yost to come from behind the counter and stand halfway to the front door. Yost states that the suspect ran out the door and sped off in a goldish colored Dodge Neon with no license plate. Deputy Toby Smith located the vehicle on Pine Tree Road in Oxford. The subject, a juvenile, was positively identified as being the one that robbed the store. Subject was charged with aggravated robbery and theft of property.

Izard County Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, ASPSF, an Arkansas based non-profit, is pleased to announce the funding of a scholarship for local students through the generous support of Entergy.
Entergy, a long-time supporter of SPSF, would like to recognize Mindi Roberts of Melbourne. Roberts is in her second semester of school at Ozarka College, working on completing her Associate of Art degree in General Education. She is raising her two year old daughter, Annie Parker, in addition to going to school full-time and also working full-time.
She is very grateful to receive the Entergy scholarship.
The mission of ASPSF is to enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. Since 1990, ASPSF has awarded more than 41,000 scholarships in every county in Arkansas. ASPSF makes a positive difference in the lives of impoverished families by assisting single parents who are enrolled in college or technical programs and are seeking better-paying careers. They focus support on both financial assistance and personal support. This not only helps improve the parent’s educational level and earning potential, but it also helps the parent improve the standard of living for themselves and their children. When the children see their parent studying and working hard for a degree, they see a value placed on education. They see post-secondary education as something “my family does” instead of thinking “my people don’t go on to school”.
ASPSF’s investment in each family also helps to shape the educational goals and career aspirations of the next generation, breaking the cycle of poverty for that family.
To donate toward scholarships for deserving students in your county or volunteer in this life-changing program, contact Laura Lawrence at 870-368-2010, or go online to

SECOND ALTERNATES AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR PAGEANT: Sydney Elizabeth Brown (r) 18 year old daughter of Terry and Becky Brown of Viola. She is a senior at Calico Rock High School and will attend Harding University at Searcy. Mary Katherine Estes, 19 year old daughter of Jason and Monica Estes of Salem. She is a 2016 graduate of Salem High School and is attending Arkansas State University Mountain Home. See additional photos on page 8 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.

Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $246,225 to 21 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Rural Community Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018. The grant awards were distributed October 10 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Services Rural Community Grant award on behalf of Glencoe in Fulton County.
The Glencoe Fire Department received $7,781 to purchase eight SCBA bottles, two SCBA backpacks with bottles and mask, two AEDs, and an auto extrication pump, cutter and spreader.
The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the grant recipients. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the Arkansas grant program.
All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2018 Rural Development Conference in Little Rock May 22 through 24. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas’ rural communities.
Over 75 state legislators will join over 600 mayors, county judges, other state and federal officials, and community leaders to participate in this annual conference. For more information about the Rural Development Conference or Rural Services grant programs, please contact the Arkansas Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.
Pictured (l to r) State Representative Scott Baltz, State Senator Missy Irvin, Glencoe representatives, Assistant Fire Chief Doug Shepherd, Captain Reed Fortner, Chief Michael Harlow, ARDC Commissioner Claude Graves, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive VP of Operations Amy Fecher, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, ARDC Commissioner Lynn Hawkins, ARDC Commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham, ARDC Commissioner Davis Bell.

by Bobby Stapleton
Melbourne hosted Yellville Summit in a battle of teams sporting identical 2-1 conference marks last Friday night, and got back on track after suffering their first loss the week before. With Yellville Summit coming in on a two-game win streak, the game looked to be a good one. The Bearkatz wasted no time in asserting dominance in the game.
Melbourne took the kickoff and used the first drive of the game to take the lead. Melbourne got back-to-back runs by Silas Motes for 25 yards. QB Gabe Lawrence then hit Alex Bray for 23 yards down the right side. With a first and goal, Motes went right up the middle for the TD less than two minutes into the game. Blake Howard booted the PAT, giving Melbourne an early 7-0 lead.
The Bearkatz were backed up against the goal line, but flexed their muscles and held Yellville on fourth down, getting the ball back at their own 14. On second down, Lawrence hit Andrew Pitts for 30 yards and a fresh set of downs near midfield. After moving down to the Panther 32 yard line, Lawrence launched another bomb, this time a 32 yarder, to Pitts down the right side for the TD with a shade more than two minutes left in the first. After Howard’s PAT, Melbourne had a 14-0 lead.
Holding Yellville to a three and out, Melbourne’s third possession only needed five plays to pay off when Motes went up the middle for a 10 yard TD, putting the Bearkatz up 20-0.
Yellville finally got on the board with four and a half minutes left in the half after covering 59 yards in four plays, pulling to within two touchdowns.
Melbourne didn’t flinch and came right back. With just less than a minute the in the first half, Melbourne crossed the goal line when Motes bulled his way across from 11 yards out, setting the score at 26-6.
The defense kept Yellville from scoring on their first possession of the second half. The Bearkatz picked right up on offense where they left off, only taking four minutes to score their next touchdown that covered 80 yards.
The score came when Bray lined up as QB and sliced the defense, weaving his way from 15 yards out. On the two-point conversion, Lawrence hit Jordan Hawkes, making it a 34-6 Melbourne lead. Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bearkatz picked up their fifth touchdown on the night when Lawrence hit Tyler Dudra with a six yard TD strike. Howard booted the PAT, making it a 41-6 lead for Melbourne, which kicked in the sportsmanship running clock.
Yellville fired right back, only needing three plays for their second TD of the game but Melbourne, with the game in hand, didn’t let up. The Bearkatz ran six plays, with Aaron Pettyjohn getting five of those including the final one that covered 30 yards, and crossed the goal line with 1:45 left in the game. Howard set the final score at 48-14 with the PAT.

Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the City of Horseshoe Bend will host a Halloween Trunk or Treat. The event will take place on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot on Halloween from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The gazebo will be decorated and reserved as a free photo booth area, so be sure to bring your phone or camera. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will give away free hot dogs to kids in costume; burgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase. The DJ Doctor will provide music, and there will be two rows set up for trick-or-treaters to collect candy from. One row will be reserved for parked automobiles and the other row will be for tables and lawn chairs. To ensure the safety of all those ghosts and goblins, everyone handing out candy should be parked and/or set by 5 p.m.
The Chamber would also like to see businesses participating in this event by decorating a table or trunk. For more information, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or contact them via Facebook at
The Horseshoe Bend Library will have a Pumpkin Ball program on Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m. Children should come dressed in their Halloween costume. They will be reading several books as a prelude to Halloween. The Library will be decorated and several activities, treats, surprises are planned. Cut off for age is 13 years.
Residents at CrownPoint Health and Rehab in Horseshoe Bend will be passing out candy on Halloween night from 6 to 7 p.m.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 56 in Violet Hill, will have their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Inflatables, hayride, pumpkin seed spitting contest, hot dog eating contest, marshmallow eating contest, chili cook-off and more will be available that afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Oxford Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot. Decorated trunks, games, food and prizes will be the entertainment on Halloween at 6 p.m.
Belview Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot with decorated trunks, games, food and prizes on Sunday, October 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department will be handing out candy at the Firehouse by the school starting at 5 p.m. on Halloween.
Trunk or Treat will be held on the Salem Square on Halloween night.
At the Salem Methodist Church parking lot on Saturday, October 28 from 3 to 6 p.m., there will be food, games and fun. Everyone is invited.
Southfork River Therapy and Living Center will host their annual Fall Festival on October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games for children with prizes and candy.
Salem First Baptist Church will have their Trunk-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m.
A Fall Festival will be held at Salem Elementary cafeteria on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., open to the public. Games, cake walk, ring toss and more. Twenty-five cents per ticket and most games are one to four tickets each.
Faith Country Church, located on Hwy. 9 South in Salem, invites you to attend their Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The Viola Volunteer Fire Department will present a Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 7 p.m. The Department is located on Hwy. 223 south in Viola. This is a spooktacular family fun event with tricks and treats for all.
Mammoth Spring
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to their Spooctacular event on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. There will be games and activities for the entire family. If you would like to be a vendor, it is free. All you need to do is come up with a creative Halloween-themed game for the kids and come play and hand out candy as a prize. Event tickets will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and with a purchase of $10 in tickets, each kid will receive a free Spooktacular t-shirt compliments of the event sponsors. Sunni Stevens and K Kountry 95 will have a live remote from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as a costume contest with prizes at 6:30 p.m. next to Simmons Bank. There will be several food vendors. New this year is a fun Snapchat filter.
The Mammoth Spring Fire Department will have their annual Haunted Hayride as well as a Car Smash.
Ash Flat
Crossroads Baptist Church will present their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m. There will be funnelcakes, hotdogs, hot chocolate, hayrides, face painting, games and more. The Church is located on Hwy. 62 before the Ash Flat stoplight on the left.
Hallows End is being held in Ash Flat on the backside of Vinco, 90 Hwy. 62W. This haunted house is open on October 21, 28 and on Halloween night from 8 p.m. to midnight. They stop the line at 11:30 p.m. to ensure everyone gets to go through.
They ask that no children under eight years old participate because of the scare factor. Cost is $10 per person. This is not a quick in-and-out experience, it is well worth the money and time.
The Book Lovers Brigade and Ash Flat Library will host a Not Too Scary Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center located at 20 Arnhart Street.
Highland Band Boosters will hold their Fall Fest and Cake Walk on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AL Hutson Memorial Center. There will be hayrides, face painting, hair streaking, white elephant gifts, concessions and tons of games available.
Rock this House of Ash Flat is having a Pumpkin Dash on Saturday, October 28 at Loberg Park in Hardy.
Trick or Treat will be held on Main Street in Hardy on Halloween. There will be a costume contest and more.

According to the Arkansas Forestry Commission, as of Friday, October 13, Arkansas has 30 counties under County Judge issued burn bans. Local counties included in the burn bans are Fulton and Sharp. You can report wildfires to the Arkansas Forestry Commission by calling 800-468-8834.
For those counties that are not currently under a burn ban, consider these safe burning tips:
* Always check the weather. Avoid outdoor burning when humidity is below 35%, if wind is blowing more than five miles per hour, and when vegetation is very dry.
* Never leave a fire unattended; always plan to stay with your burn throughout the duration of live flames. Never leave until all flames have been suppressed inside stumps and snags.
* Have a water source located nearby.
*Burn in an area located away from homes, vehicles, decks, nearby trees and overhanging branches, leaf litter, trash and other flammable vegetation or materials that you do not intend to burn.
* Keep your flames short and low to the ground. Check for shifts in wind direction and intensity.
* Avoid burning when large groups may be outside, including weekends and during outdoor events.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Radio Auction on Oct. 16, 17 and 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Bidders can go to the Horseshoe Bend City Hall Council Chambers, listen to 98.3 the River and it will be live stream on
The following are items for the Radio Auction:
Horseshoe Bend: Reeves Propane, 20 pound propane grill cylinder and fill up; Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, two rounds 18 hole of golf with cart (3); Sunlight Café, breakfast; Sunlight Café, lunch; All Star Grooming, $20 off any service; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, gift certificate (2); Cliff’s Engine, golf cart or lawn mower service; Pacesetting Times, $25 off any advertising or printing order; Pacesetting Times, one year subscription (2); B&J Automotive, oil change; Cedar Glade Resort, one round of golf; Cedar Glade Resort, two rounds of golf; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, gift certificate (3); Turkey Mountain Pro Shop, 24 precept ladies golf balls (2); Turkey Mountain Pro Shop, 12 srixon men’s golf balls (2); Deaun Wilson, jams and jellies (2); Jeanie Moore, hand knitted afghan; Jeanie Moore, hand knitted hat; Horseshoe Health and Medicine, bath/shower seat; Deaun Wilson, handmade throw rug; Deaun Wilson, handmade quilt; Mirror Image, one woman’s haircut; Taco Jac’s/Bender’s BBQ, one meal; The Quilted Heart, gift certificate; William Shipley Dentist, cleaning and exam; Daily Flea Market/Yard Sale, heart earrings with blue stones; Cathy Duncan, silver earrings with turquoise stones; Cathy Duncan, silver earrings with brown stones; Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, four rounds 18 holes of golf; City Hall – Water Department, plant; Lynn Watts, infinity scarf – handmade; Lynn Watts, handmade jewelry (2); Smoking Butts BBQ Jr. Wallace, one boston butt; Smoking Butts BBQ Jr. Wallace, one rack of ribs; Music in the Mountains, hamburger and drink to the farewell show on Oct. 21; Music in the Mountains, hotdog and drink to the farewell show on Oct. 21; Loft, one membership; The Eagles, one dinner (2); Frank and Susie Herron/Secure Storage, gift certificate 50 pound bag dog food; Andrew Dillon – Computer Guy, one service call; Horseshoe Bend Public Library, book – Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda; Susan Bauknecht/Avon, glass santa; Ann, eight coffee cups (2); Palars Flea Market, set of three dolphin; Ann, u-draw game tablet; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, Thirty-One Go-To-Tote; FNBC, Messenger Bag (2); Ann, seven inch widescreen digital picture frame; BancorpSouth, green and white canvas boat tote and goodies; Palars Flea Market, cookie jar; Ann, box of romance novels; BancorpSouth, cooler and golf accessories; Anonymous, large pitcher and misc.; Scenic Realty Co., wrought iron wine rack; FNBC, basket full of goodies (2); Lance and Son’s, $100 off on powerwashing a house; Kiwanis Club, one $10 card of Bingo (2); Deaun Wilson, fresh baked rhubarb pie; City of Horseshoe Bend, truck load mulch; City of Horseshoe Bend employees, Game Day to go bag; Water Department, Chinese Evergreen Plant; St. Mary’s Ladies Guild, Spa Gift Basket; Laundromat – Ardith Clark, laundry basket with laundry items; FNBIC, 2015 Silver Eagle; Box Hound Marina, Marina dri fit size L; Box Hound Marina, “There’s no place like home” t-shirt size L; Box Hound Marina, tye dye Crown Lake t-shirt size L; Man Cave in the Mall, basket full of household goodies; Gray’s Saddlery, $50 off saddle repair; Crown Point Resort, one year family fitness membership; Papa Dick’s Pizza, $20 gift certificate (2); Malibu Heat Tanning, 10 sessions of tanning; Horseshoe Lanes, 30 days free bowling; Box Hound Marina, $50 gift certificate.
Franklin: The Calabama Restaurant, gift card (4); Franklin General Store, one pizza; AJ’s Automotive & Diesel Repair, alignment (2).
Melbourne: Earnie’s Baits, handmade in the USA bass fishing lures (3); Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Annin 2×3 nylon US flag (2); Mark Martin Chevrolet, oil change.
Glencoe: Stiles Grocery, bag of groceries.
Salem: Hair Hut, two hair cuts and styles; Crystal Knight LMT, half an hour massage; Tower Hill Guns & More, RTIC Koozie; Tower Hill Guns & More, Conceal Carry purse and matching wallet; Balance 30, one month free membership for 60 years and older; Groovy Little Flower Shop, one dozen roses.
Highland: Pest Control Solutions, pest control service; Pest Control Solutions, Termite Inspection.
Branson: Jim Stafford Theater, four general admission tickets to any show (3); Acrobats of China, all show pass for two; Grand Country Music Hall, all show pass for two; IMAX Entertainment Complex, dinner at McFarlann’s and two show tickets of choice; Showboat Branson Belle, two general admission tickets; Clay Coopers Country Express, two general admission tickets.
Tunica: Horseshoe Casino, one night stay and $150 food credit.
Eureka Springs: The Great Passion Play, two general admission tickets.

ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Cole Young and Zander Laxton knock the helmet off the runner during their Homecoming game against Cross County on Friday, October 6. See full story and additional photos on page 5 of this week’s edition.

by Ron Yow
In 2006, Melodie Clemmons started Music in the Mountains in Horseshoe Bend with her singing and a Karaoke machine. Clemmons got T-Tom Richardson, Bob McCarty, Chuck McNeight and Doc Yow to form a band to back her and the Karaoke machine was history. She continued putting on monthly shows at the theatre until she and her husband Roger moved back to Texarkana.
She handed the controls over to McNeight and Yow who were able to get members of the Deadwood Groove Band, Tracy, Mitch and Eric, to commit to helping Music in the Mountains continue on as Clemmons wanted it to. Music in the Mountains continued to grow and had the opportunity of welcoming many guests to its historic stage, from seasoned professionals to young men and women making their first appearance before an audience.
We want to thank everyone who has been involved with Music in the Mountains over the years from performers to volunteers to sponsors to maintenance personnel and especially to those of you who came out each month to support the theatre. The list is very long, but the Hwy. 289 Band wants each of you to know that you have helped with the success of the show. On behalf of the Hwy. 289 Band, we would like to say we have had a wonderful time performing for you all and feel confident that we did our best to make each show one of quality. It has been a wonderful opportunity and we have made countless friendships. The time spent in the theatre will rank high on our list of life’s joys.
With that said, Music in the Mountains will be closing with a final show on October 21. Due to family obligations along with declining attendance and donations, we will no longer be able to produce a show. This decision has been a very difficult one to make and we have not made it lightly. It has been heavy on our hearts for some time now, but even the best things in life must come to an end.
We will have our farewell performance on October 21 so please mark your calenders for this date and help us put Music in the Mountains out with a bang. We would love for all who attended the shows over the years to make it just one more time.
Again, on behalf of the Hwy. 289 Band, we thank you all for the opportunity, the years of support and all the good memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Hope to see you this month.

By Suzonne Harber
The 2017 Greyhound Homecoming is fast approaching. On October 6, the Salem Greyhounds will face the Cross County Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. at Greyhound stadium. Homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Homecoming court includes the following ladies: Erin Cameron, Autumn Freeman, Ashton Guiltner, Quincy Humphries, Kendra Rich, Dagni Hall, Keeleigh Smith, Allie Berry, Rory Walling, McKenzie Bontrager, Mackenzie Hill, Brittney Worsham, Morgan Johnson, Allie Sanders, Kaydence Bailey and Chelsea Hamilton.
The week of October 6, we hope to see everyone joined us in supporting the Greyhounds by showing your school spirit.
Mark your calendars for October 6 and join us to root for the Greyhounds!

Crisp mornings have arrived, pumpkin spice lattes are flowing and Fall is in the air. The Chamber of Commerce believes Horseshoe Bend is in need of a little festivity, so they would like to challenge you to the second annual “Autumn in the Bend” Scarecrow Contest!
To enter, set up your one-of-a-kind scarecrow for display at your establishment now through October 31. All scarecrows should be family-friendly, nothing too scary. They can be traditional, or unique! You are in charge of maintaining your scarecrow. The contest is open to all businesses, groups and organizations.
Scarecrows will be judged at the end of October and the winner will be announced. A traveling scarecrow trophy will be awarded to the winner along with a free meal ticket to the January kick-off Chamber Dinner. The winning scarecrow will be published in the Pacesetting Times, on the Chamber’s website, and on social media. The trophy will remain in the hands of the winner until next year’s contest when it will be passed on to the new winner.

FISHERMAN’S PARK: Rich and Joyce Emmens of Horseshoe Bend wanted to do something about the fire pit/grill vandalism at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake. With the help of friends, the rock and brick were hauled away and the area was cleaned up. Rich ordered two new park grills and installed them. He had plaques made and attached them to the grills in memory of his neighbor Anna Shaw who had a passion for the park and sadly passed away in July.

There will be a BBQ Pork Dinner prepared by Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley on Tuesday, September 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. Eat on site or order to go, dinner by donation. Funds raised will go towards adding a Pavilion Picnic and Play area at the park. Everyone is invited!

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, features, entertainment, statewide and local classifieds, crossword puzzle, editorials and more. It is distributed in newsracks in Izard, Sharp and Fulton Counties. If you are not a subscriber, take advantage of our special rate of only $20 per year for 52 issues in Izard County, and have the Pacesetting Times mailed directly to your home or post office box. Out of county and out of state subscriptions are only $25 per year. A handy subscription form can be found on page 22. We now also process debit and credit cards. If you already subscribe, we thank you!
The Pacesetting Times can be reached by calling 870-670-6397 or by emailing
As always, we appreciate your feedback and support. A big thank you to our subscribers, readers and advertisers; we appreciate your business for the past 30 years.

by Bobby Stapleton
The Greyhounds welcomed the Panthers from Yellville-Summit on September 8 and sent the visitors home with their second loss, while Salem stayed undefeated in the young season.
Salem came out hot on defense, holding Yellville to a three and out first series, getting the ball on their own 35. The ‘Hounds picked up yards from Eli Hale, then Jordan Turner hit for back to back runs for 16 yards and a new set of downs. Salem stalled out and had to punt the ball back to Yellville.
The Panthers covered 53 yards in five plays then converted the two-point conversion to go up 8-0 with 6:21 left in the first.
Salem only needed nine plays to cover 50 yards to tie the game when Turner crashed in for a yard out then converted the two-point conversion to make it 8-all with 3:30 left in the first frame.
The Panthers came storming back, marching downfield but Logan Jewell picked off a Tyler Ramey pass at midfield and returned it to the 32 yard line. Four plays later, Turner put Salem up 14-8 with an eight yard romp. Paul Goetzmann split the uprights to make it a 15-8 Greyhound advantage with less than a half a minute left in the first.
Yellville wasted no time in swinging the momentum back in their favor. The Panthers put together a three play 67 yard scoring drive capped by a 56 yard touchdown pass just two plays into the second quarter. After a two point conversion, Yellville held a 16-15 lead.
Salem didn’t keep the ball long and punted it back to Yellville who had a first and ten from the Salem 41, when Ethan Davis crashed through the line for a sack that pushed the Panthers into a second and 19. Yellville didn’t recover and were forced to punt, but the Panthers punt team came up with a score. Salem mishandled the ball and were forced to run the ball out of the endzone but Yellville made the tackle for the safety, pushing their lead to 18-13.
Salem came out firing in the second half, taking the ball and marching downfield and used a 21 yard TD run by Turner to cap a six play drive to retake the lead. Goetzmann hit his second PAT to up the ‘Hounds up 22-18.
Yellville marched downfield to try and retake the lead but Ian King picked off a pass in the endzone to thwart the Panthers. After Salem stalled and turned the ball back over on downs, Yellville was once again stymied when King picked off his second pass three plays later.
Yellville was feeling the crushing effect of the defense of Salem when their next possession ended on a fumble and Tommy Perkins recovered it for Salem.
Yellville found themselves with the ball with 1:26 left in the game and starting marching downfield trying to retake the lead.
After getting out to their own 42 and less than 30 seconds left, the Panthers went to the air once again but King picked off his third interception on the night, preserving the Salem lead and the Greyhounds claimed the win to stay undefeated.
Pictured: Greyhound QB Harrison Henley fires on the run against Yellville-Summit. Photo/

Rabbit season opened on September 1 and will remain open until February 28, 2018. The daily limit per person is eight rabbits. Total possession limit per person is 16.
Rabbits may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.
Rabbits may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.
Up to eight box traps, with interior dimensions up to eight inches wide and ten inches tall, may be used.
Squirrel season has been open since mid-May and remains open until February 28, 2018 as well. Each person can harvest 12 squirrels a day and have 48 in their possession.
Squirrels may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.
Squirrels may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Bobwhite season (quail) will open on November 1 this year and close on February 4, 2018. One’s daily limit is six quail; possession limit total is 12.
While training bird dogs, you may use handguns or shotguns with blank ammunition. Pen-raised quail may be taken with a Shoot-To-Kill Bird Dog Field Training Permit.
This permit is available from your local wildlife officer.
Duck, Coot and Merganser
Duck, Coot and Merganser season dates are November 18 through 26, December 7 through 23, and December 26 through January 28, 2018.
Duck daily bag limit is six, which may include no more than four mallards (two hens), three scaup, three wood ducks, one pintail, two redheads, one canvasback, one black duck and one mottled duck. If not listed, up to six ducks of a species (including teal) may be taken.
Coot daily bag limit is 15.
Merganser daily bag limit is five, which may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Possession limit for ducks, coots and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit.

by Ron Yow
This month’s Music in the Mountains Show will be Saturday, September 16 with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and the show beginning at 6 p.m. This month’s show will be a little different than normal.
The Hwy. 289 Band will be taking the month off, but we have the pleasure of having a newly formed band named HWY performing. This band is led by Cassie Hall and Jessie Worsham. These two musicians are widely known in the area. They played together for many years throughout Arkansas. They have just recently come together and formed another band and will be taking the stage at the Music in the Mountains Show at 6 p.m. They perform an array of country and classic rock that we are sure everyone will enjoy.
There will be concessions available and as always, admission is by donation. So mark your calendars and come on out Saturday night for an evening of good food, good fellowship, and good music. Hope to see you all there. We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC Bank for all their assistance.

Does your fitness program need a little boost now that the summer is winding down?
The Fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas begins September 17 and runs through November 18.
“Over the last decade, thousands of Arkansans have made Walk Across Arkansas their opportunity to start or continue a fitness program,” said Lisa Washburn, associate professor-health, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“While we are not really walking across the state, we do have thousands of people across Arkansas who form teams and commit to eight weeks of exercise,” she said. “Many of our participants have credited Walk Across Arkansas with making fitness a permanent part of their daily routine.”
Registration for Walk Across Arkansas opened on September 5.
Information and registration can be found at
For more information about Walk Across Arkansas or other extension fitness programs, contact your county extension agent or visit

On Saturday, August 26 a man walked into the Palace Drug Store in Mammoth Spring with a gun, demanding drugs.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, at 10:47 a.m. the man walked into the store and demanded Oxycodone. After receiving the drug he left driving a light colored car with Missouri plates. “The man was identified in minutes and a be-on-the-lookout was issued for the subject in surrounding counties in Arkansas and Missouri,” stated Roork in his press release issued August 28.
At 6:34 p.m., a Howell County Deputy spotted the subject in a silver Chevrolet Impala traveling south on Hwy. 17 toward Lanton, at a high rate of speed. The deputy was able to get the vehicle stopped and took the 35 year old man into custody.
Roork’s press release stated formal charges are being filed in Fulton County charging the man with armed robbery and theft. “He will be extradited back to Arkansas later this week to face the charges in Fulton County Circuit Court,” said Roork.
According to a press release from Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, Mammoth Spring Chief Michael Davis and Officer Tim Vanderpool have returned Michael S. Byrd, age 35 of West Plains, MO. Byrd waived extradition to return to Fulton County after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Fulton County. He has been charged in Fulton County Circuit Court with aggravated robbery, a class y felony; theft of property, a class b felony; and trafficking a controlled substance, a class y felony. He will appear on September 20 in Circuit Court.

Beginning September 5, Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring will offer free evening GED classes. The classes will meet on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Evening GED classes will also be available at Salem High School, meeting on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ozarka College’s adult education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant, and disability accommodations are available upon request. Registration is ongoing. For additional information on free GED classes, please call Ozarka College’s Adult Education Department at 870.368.2051.

Izard County Schools is pleased to invite all area third through sixth grade students to participate in the 3rd Annual Tri-County Basketball Academy this fall. Each athlete will receive a basketball and t-shirt to wear to each practice season. The cost for each participant will be $50.
The mission of the Tri-County Basketball Academy is to provide instruction in the fundamentals of basketball, instill a love of the game to area youth, and provide an opportunity for our youth to compete against each other in a fun and organized environment. The basketball skill instructors will be certified coaches from Izard County High School. The coaches will not only instruct the youth in basketball fundamentals, but also provide instruction in sportsmanship, leadership and proper etiquette during competition.
Registration will be held Thursday, August 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Izard County High School Gymnasium. At registration the players will be put through a few drills to measure their skills in order to place them on competitive teams. Players should wear basketball shoes and athletic shorts and tops to registration.
The elementary girls camp will be held on Sundays from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. and the boys will be held from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. The Academy will start September 10 and run through October 1.
For more information, contact Billy McBride at 870-258-3142 or 870-291-0553.

CHECK PRESENTATION: Cory Tyler, Bank of Salem Human Resource Director, presented a check to Salem Golf Coach J.W. Blevins for $600 for the 2017 Greyhound Classic which was held on August 5. Bank of Salem has been sponsoring the Greyhound Classic Golf Tournament for 26 years.

Jr. High Football
Thursday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 31, Mtn. View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 7, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 14, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 21, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 28, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 5, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 12, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 19, TBA
Thursday, October 26, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
*Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sr. High Football
Tuesday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 1, Salem at Mountain View – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 8, Yellville-Summit at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 15, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 22, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, September 29, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 6, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 13, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 20, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 27, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 2, TBA
* Conference Games

by Karen Sherrell
Salem Schools have started a volleyball program and the team has been diligently practicing throughout the entire summer.
Under the guidance of Coach Lena Smith, the new teams have come a long way. “We’ve been practicing skills and fundamentals, and they have done well. The girls will gain more confidence as they play more games,” said Smith.
No stranger to coaching, Smith, a Salem alumni, coached volleyball at Mountain Home for six years, and Junior Olympic volleyball for two years. In addition to her coaching position, Smith teaches 8th and 9th grade Social Studies, 8th grade Arkansas and World History, Civics and Economics, and is the Assistant Softball coach at Salem.
This being their pilot year, the Salem Volleyball team is classified as a JV team. Next year they will have Senior and Junior Varsity in the 1A-4A District.
“We got lucky to fill in games this year, because the schedules were all done,” said Smith.
The senior high and junior high teams travel to Walnut Ridge for their first game on Monday, August 21, with a busy schedule each week through mid-October. “The more we see, the more they’ll improve,” said Smith.