TAKING THE PLUNGE: Thirty-three participants from the tri-county area took a cold plunge into Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 17. Plungers raised almost $5,000 for Special Olympics Arkansas. The Polar Plunge was sponsored in part by Box Hound Marina. See additional pictures and full story in January 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton
Over 150 people attended the standing room only meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) on Thursday, January 15, voicing their opinions, loudly at times, on the addition of an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park. Opponents of the project site the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property values. Proponents look forward to more people coming to Horseshoe Bend, creating more commerce for the city. See the entire story and vote in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Pick up your copy of the paper in newsracks in Izard, Fulton and Sharp Counties.
The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fourth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 4 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, phone number and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.
ALL STAR: During the Homecoming festivities last Friday night, Jan. 9 at Melbourne, Bearkatz alum Kyler McLaughlin was honored for his accomplishments during his time at Melbourne. As an athlete, McLaughlin was a three sport star, competing in track, football, and basketball. Kyler’s jersey was hung on the wall with the other All Star Jerseys. Kyler is pictured with Football Coach Kevin McCarn. See full story in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton
by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend voted to continue the City’s contract with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) during the December council meeting.
The contract with ICSO will continue for four years, through December 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $243,600 for 2015, or $20,300 a month; $247,254 for 2016; $250,962 for 2017; and $254,726 for 2018. Contract rates reflect a 1.5% annual increase as called for in the contract.
ICSO took over the jurisdiction of Horseshoe Bend in September of 2013 signing a 16 month contract at that time, for $240,000 a year. One of three Horseshoe Bend officers hired by ICSO still remains employed by the county, Michael Smith. City Council voted 6-2 in July 2013 to approve the county contract, following a heated discussion, with over 150 residents attending that meeting.
The new agreement was signed on December 15 and ICSO will continue to provide 24/7 full public safety services for the city of Horseshoe Bend, with the county furnishing and supplying all necessary labor, supervision, equipment, communications and dispatching facilities necessary to maintain the level of service to be rendered.
The city will provide utilities for the sheriff’s substation located downstairs at city hall.
The agreement between the city and ICSO may be terminated by either party upon a 60-day written notice. Future contract agreements will be for a period of five years.
Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes has his eye on achieving several goals over his next four years in office, including promoting the development of an assisted living center, and implementing a rental property inspection program.
“The City of Horseshoe Bend wants our citizens to know that city government is responsive to its citizens and their needs, and that our highest priority is to provide them with appropriate service levels through the implementation of this four year plan,” wrote Barnes in the introduction of his plan covering the years 2015 through 2018.
Pick up the January 14 edition of the Pacesetting Times to read the full plan!
PROPOSED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH: The Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are discussing a proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. According to AGFC Regional Maintenance Contract Coordinator Mike Cantrell, the preliminary proposal will include vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock and launch ramp. If the proposal is approved, this will become public access to Crown Lake. Some residents have questioned the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property value. According to Cantrell, a previous proposal with Box Hound Marina “is at an end pass, and done.” Box Hound Marina has recently resurfaced their boat launch which is free to use by property owners. MRID has included discussion of the proposed launch in their public meeting agenda for January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building located atop Turkey Mountain.
The Salem Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will conduct the Annual Valentine Pageant Tuesday, January 27 right before the Salem-Sloan Hendrix Basketball games.
Candidates for Mr. and Miss Valentine are from grades seventh through 12 at Salem High School. The Little Miss and Little Mr. contestants are from grades kindergarten through sixth grade at the Salem Elementary School.
Elementary candidates are: Ms. Simers’ Kindergarten – Kylie Harber and Keaton Zeigler, Ms. Julie’s Kindergarten Jailyn Strong and Wesley Oliver, Ms. Hurtt’s Kindergarten – Kenly Brown and Caleb Smith, Ms. Barker’s First Grade – Keely Ward and Landon McEntire, Ms. Henley’s First Grade – Shaylee Goodson and Richard Smith, Ms. Walling’s First Grade – Lydia Smith and Whitt Bishop, Ms. Aldridge’s First Grade – Roxie Spears and Jackson Taylor, Ms. Watson’s 2nd Grade – Montana Franks and Brant Cochran, Ms. Long’s Second Grade – Olivia Smith and Owen Guffey, Ms. Hyslip’s Second Grade – Hannah Hutson and Braden Morris, Ms. Gaskin’s Third Grade – Madeline Keen and Hunter Sizemore, Ms. Edward’s Third Grade – Angelei Erwin and Spencer Jackson, Ms. Manes’ Third Grade – Katie Fish and Hunter Collier, Ms. Cotter’s Fourth Grade – Adrianna Bagwell and Dryver Springstun, Ms. Fowler’s Fourth Grade – Greenly Hall and Hank Guiltner, Mrs. Boyd’s Fourth Grade – Madalyn Miller and Matthew Guffey, Ms. Turnbough’s Fifth Grade – Yuki Beller and Brady Boles, Ms. Maguffee’s Fifth Grade – Cassidy Walling and Brice Langston, Ms. Walling’s Fifth Grade – Kelsey Pearson and Owen Jones, Ms. Cooper’s Sixth Grade – Brianna Lundry and Tommy Bassham, Mr. Cone’s Sixth Grade – Brittney Worsham and Darius Brown, and Ms. Wiseman’s Sixth Grade – McKenzie Bontrager and Cord McCullough. Mr. and Miss Valentine candidates are: Seventh Grade – Kendalee Stansbury and Mark Hancock; Eighth Grade – Dagni Hall and Chase Himshoot; Ninth Grade – Kaylea Walling and Braden Love; Tenth Grade – Melissa Palumbo and Justin Pearson, 11th Grade –Callie Marsh and Mason Kinder; and 12th Grade – Libbie Watkins and John Smith.
Votes for contestants are one penny each. Cans for votes are at the Town and Country Super Market on Church Street in Salem. Voting will end at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 26 and no votes will be accepted after that date.
All proceeds from the pageant will be used by Beta Sigma Phi for community service projects.
Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2015 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on January 17, with registration beginning at noon and the plunge at 1 p.m. Sponsorship/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina, Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Pacesetting Times.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges. Special awards will be given for Best Costume, individual, pair, and team; and First Place for the most money raised to individual, pair, and team.
Incentive for $50 minimum collected per plunger is an official Plunge T-Shirt; $250 collected, plunger will receive a Plunge T-Shirt and Beach Towel; $500 collected will include Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, and a 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket; and $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket, and a 32-can Rolling Cooler.
SOAR was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently more than 14,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for gold, silver or bronze medals. In a sense athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for our athletes and their families.
The vision of SOAR is to transform communities by changing lives through sports.
So plungers, get your sponsorship/contribution form, then get your sponsors, and be ready to take the 2015 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on January 17.
by Karen Sherrell
Attempting to drive away after being pulled over, and refusing to exit her vehicle, resulted in a woman getting a ride to jail, facing numerous drug charges. Elizabeth “Beth” Howell faces nine counts, after she was pulled over on Dec. 6 on Hwy. 9N in Salem.
Salem Police Officer Barry Abney initiated the traffic stop on Howell, who according to Abney, appeared nervous and had bloodshot eyes. Abney asked for consent to search Howell’s vehicle, and she refused consent. Officer Jamie Turnbough of the Mammoth Spring Police Department and his canine partner Aitos, responded to the scene. The trained drug dog alerted three times to the presence of a controlled substance during his walk around the exterior of the vehicle. Investigator Joe Boshears with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force arrived at the scene, and was told Howell had rolled up her vehicle windows, locked herself inside and refused to step out of the vehicle. Officers, including Sheriff Buck Foley, requested Howell exit her vehicle on five different occasions, and Howell had attempted to drive off three times. Fulton County Deputy John Cawvey had blocked Howell’s vehicle with his patrol car to prevent her from fleeing in the vehicle.
At one point, Howell had her window rolled down partially and when Officer Turnbough tried to get the window down, she rolled the window up on his fingers.
Abney attempted numerous times to use a vehicle entry tool to unlock the door of the vehicle, but each time Howell would reach and keep both doors locked, and according to the arrest affidavit, Howell actually grabbed the entry tool at one point. Eventually Boshears broke out the passenger window, shut off the vehicle, retrieved the key, and unlocked the driver’s side door, and Howell was apprehended.
During the search of the vehicle, officers found a glass smoking device, a canvas style zip case containing a spoon with a usable amount of crystal methamphetamine, three syringes commonly used for the injection of controlled substances, a baggie of a marijuana, and several small baggies containing residue.
Howell has been charged with: possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class d felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class d felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; Use or possession with the purpose to use paraphernalia with the purpose to hide, conceal, contain methamphetamine, a class b felony; speeding; no liability insurance; refusal to submit; omnibus DWI act; and interference with a law enforcement officer, a class a misdemeanor.
Bond for Howell was set at $75,000. She posted bond and was released Dec. 9.
SWITCHING IT UP: Salem’s Lindsey Smith goes in for the reverse lay up against the Lady Greyhounds win over Flippin in the Marvin Newton Classic last Saturday. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition. Included in the Classic coverage is Viola Longhorns and Salem Greyhounds. Photo/B.Stapleton
by Karen Sherrell
An Izard County Consolidated High School teacher that resigned in April following a suspension, has received a written warning from the State Board of Education, November 13.
Matthew O. Orf accepted the recommendation by the Arkansas Professional Licensure Standards Board of a written warning on September 18.
He will not be re-hired at ICC according to Superintendent Fred Walker.
See the full story in the November 26 edition of Pacesetting Times.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on immigration reform, one of the most politically explosive issues of his presidency. It’s a major speech, one in which Obama is expected to announce sweeping immigration reform, including a plan to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The White House even promoted the upcoming speech in a Facebook video.
ABC, NBC, and CBS have signaled that they won’t be carrying the president’s speech.
CNN and PBS will carry the 8 p.m. address, and so will all the other cable news channels. And Univision, the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, will be translating it and airing it live.
Administration officials put out feelers this week and determined that the networks would be reluctant to hand over the air time, so the officials decided not to formally request it from ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Those requests, when made by the White House, are essentially always granted.
The White House may have honed in on Thursday night because of Univision’s planned telecast of the Latin Grammys.
SEALING THE LINE OFF: Melbourne’s Derek Love works on getting the line contained against Elkins last Friday night, November 14, during the opening round of the State Tournament. The Katz held on and let the 15-14 score stand up for the win. The Bearkatz head to Osceola Friday night, November 21, to take on the Seminoles in the second round of the State Tournament. See additional photos and full story in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Horseshoe Bend held its Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, hosted by the American Legion. Despite the frigid temperature, several people attended and a great ceremony was held. See additional photos on page 4 of this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford
The Salem Chamber of Commerce will host a Potato Soup and Chili Luncheon on Thursday, November 20. The cost of the meal is $5 and will include cornbread and/or crackers, and a cookie. Delivery to local businesses in Salem will be available.
A sign-up sheet will be dropped by local businesses the week prior to the luncheon. The public is also invited to dine in between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. inside the NAEC Orange Room. Tea will be provided if dining in. For more information contact Mary at 895-2591.
A public meeting will be held on December 11 concerning the Strawberry River Watershed, according to the Izard County Extension Office.
The forum is for community members to discuss water pollution issues specific to the Strawberry River Watershed. The watershed includes communities in Fulton, Izard, Lawrence and Sharp Counties.
Forum participants will be asked to discuss local water quality concerns, to identify priorities for reducing pollution from runoff and about who should be involved in those efforts. The forum is an extension of an annual stakeholder meeting that the UA Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center holds each year in partnership with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, which is responsible for developing and implementing programs to address nonpoint source water pollution in the state. December’s forum is a local opportunity for people to get engaged in addressing water issues.
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ozarka College, Student Center Room AFSC104, 64 College Dr., in Ash Flat.
For more information about the community forum or to RSVP, Call Amanda Philyaw Perez at 501-671-2228 or you can e-mail your RSVP to email@example.com.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
Natosha “Tosha” Alysse (Goodman) Brink, 24, of Hardy, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 30, 2014, near Black Rock. She was born December 13, 1989, in Topeka, Kansas, to Edward Luther Goodman Sr. and Carmen Denise Musick Goodman. She was a graduate of Arthur’s Beauty College in Jonesboro, Ark. and was of the Baptist faith.
Tosha was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Edward Goodman and Tom Pedano.
Survivors include her husband, Alex Brink of the home; two sons, Braxton Wayne Goodman and Walker William Brink both of Hardy; one daughter, Abigail Chyanne Stanford of Hardy; two stepsons, Kaden Brink and Gage Brink both of Glencoe; her parents, Edward and Carmen Goodman of Ash Flat; two brothers, Edward Luther Goodman Jr. of Fort Carson, Colorado, and Nickolos McCray Goodman of Ash Flat; one sister, Stephanie Gail Goodman of Ash Flat; her grandparents, Cherylene Pedano of Evening Shade, Catherine Delong of Agnos, and William Musick of Nelsonville; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Monday, November 3 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel in Highland.
The Spring River Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will held November 15 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center in Highland.
At this time 40 businesses are participating. The SRACC invites everyone to come out and check out the Expo and support the Local Business Community, and participate in the food drive.
For additional information, contact SRACC at 870-856-3210, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 870-856-3320.
The Knights of Columbus will host a Indoor Rummage Sale at Saint Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hillbilly U-Pump at Glencoe now has an attendant on duty every day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., ready to help customers. The self-serve gas station also offers cigarettes, tobacco, soft drinks and snacks with a drive through window. The station offers discounts on gas and takes cash, debit or credit. Hillbilly U-Pump is located on Hwy. 289 at Glencoe.
by Bobby Stapleton, sports
The regular season of football has wrapped up and the road to the Championship starts this Friday, November 14, with a couple of the area teams involved.
In the 3A, Melbourne takes on Elkins this Friday night with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Osceola/Camden Harmony Grove winner on November 21.
In the 4A, Highland takes on Clinton in the first round with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Dollarway/Gentry game on November 21.
Come to the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend this weekend!
The Garden Club will be having a Christmas Bazaar on Friday, November 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Christmas Village will be featured, as well as decorated Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, plants, and baked items. Stop in early for best buys!
There will be a recount on the Horseshoe Bend Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman race, Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at the Izard County Courthouse courtroom, in Melbourne.
by Karen Sherrell
The midterm election yielded a few surprises and upsets for some candidates, some winning by only a few votes, and voters sent a resounding message to Congress. Democrats have relinquished their control over the Senate, and Republicans retained control of the House as well.
In Arkansas, Republican candidates faired well in state races with Asa Hutchinson winning the Governor’s seat; Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor; Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General; Mark Martin, Secretary of State; Dennis Milligan, State Treasurer; Andrea Lea, Auditor of State; and John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands.
Linda Collins-Smith won her bid for State Senate District 19 winning each of the five counties she represents: Fulton, Izard, Independence, Sharp and Randolph. Collins-Smith garnered 2,575 in Izard County over Democratic opponent James McLean’s 1,735.
Republican candidate Michelle Gray upset incumbent Tommy Wren (D), winning the State Representative District 62 seat, covering Izard, Sharp, Stone and Independence counties. Wren won in Izard County 2,238 to Gray’s 2,127, but lost to Gray in the other three counties.
Izard County showed a 57% voter turnout, a high number for a midterm election.
In Horseshoe Bend the number was even higher. Sixty-seven percent of the registered voters in Horseshoe Bend turned out to vote, and re-elected Bob Barnes their mayor. Barnes had a narrow victory of 31 votes; 414 votes to opponent Chuck Spangler’s 383. Barnes won in Wards 1, 2 and 3, with the following votes; Ward 1, 48-46; Ward 2, 133-111; Ward 3, 86-75. Spangler took Ward 4 with four votes, 151-147.
Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman in Horseshoe Bend was a close race, with incumbent John Grochowski taking the victory by only two votes. Grochowski garnered 143 votes to opponent Butch Van Zandt’s 141.
Rhonda Halbrook won the mayor’s seat in Melbourne over Mike Cone, 387-285. Halbrook is the first woman to serve as mayor of Melbourne for over 40 years. Halbrook told Pacesetting Times she’s not the first woman to hold that office in Melbourne, with Jan Lawrence serving in the 1970’s, and a woman filling in the duties of mayor during WWII.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence retained his office with 2,813 votes over Republican Walter Hagan’s 1,549. Bryant K. Lamb won Gid Constable over Kelly Anderson, 50-35. Kathy Roberts is the Mayor of Guion, defeating Larry Pittman 19-15.
Greg Stuart won the mayor’s seat in Oxford over incumbent Steve Stevenson in a close race, 107-100. Thomas Norvold defeated incumbent Jetta Peters in a close race for Oxford Ward 4, Position 1 council seat, 102-99.
by Sonia Blakenship
We are still encouraging everyone to sign up for the CodeRed Weather Warning.
We have changed the site where you go to and sign up for the warnings. Go to www.izardcountyar.org and then click on OEM.
When that page opens up there is a link that you click on and the site opens up for you to enter your information.
As always, if you want to sign up for CodeRed and do not want to use the website, you can call 870-368-4113 and you can be signed up that way. Everyone is encouraged to utilize this service.
The 19th Annual Food Drive sponsored by the Pacesetting Times is now underway.
“Join us again this Holiday season in helping your neighbors and friends,” said Karen Sherrell, publisher of Pacesetting Times. Donate two or more non-perishable food items and receive a free classified ad that can be used anytime, from now until March 31, 2015.
“We will deliver donated food items through December 12 to the Food Pantry in Horseshoe Bend,” said Sherrell. The Food Pantry is located behind the Assembly of God Church.
Stop by Pacesetting Times at 703 South Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend with your food donations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until December 12. Limit one classified ad per family.
Members of the American Legion Post #344 will observe Veteran’s Day November 11 at Veterans Park in Horseshoe Bend.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. We hope that all citizens will join us in honoring the men and women who served their country in uniform.
The American Legion, making its 95th year in service to God and Country, was formed by Veterans after World War I to promote American ideals and to ensure that families of their fallen comrades would be cared for.
Today the American Legion continues to fight for health and education benefits for this nation’s Veterans. The Legion also sponsors programs that benefit Americas youth, such as American Legion Boys and Girls State, American Legion Baseball, the National High School Oratorical Contest and Scouting programs. The American Legion is involved and making a difference around the world and right here in Horseshe Bend. American Legion Post #344 is proud to be a part of this community.
HAGAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY: Walter R. Hagan announces his candidacy for Izard County Sheriff. “I honestly believe that if the citizens of Izard County could and would work more closely together with the department, we could solve an awful lot of our drug and other crime problems. The department needs to take more serious the anonymous reports from public and minor crimes (if there is such a thing) and follow up on them. I’m an ordinary working man with family and roots in Izard County for over 30 years. I have run a family business for over 40 years. I have been a Christian since November 1979. I’m not running for sheriff for the money or the power, but to protect mine and your families from the illegal drugs as well as other crimes in OUR county. From the bottom of my heart, I want to make the sheriff’s department more honorable and the homes in our county a safe place to live. I would appreciate your vote on November 4th. if you have any questions or comments, please call me at 870-297-8019.” Paid Political Ad
by Karen Sherrell
Does your vote really make a difference? Ask the candidate that wins by less than a handful of votes and they’ll tell you, “yes it does”.
This year’s midterm elections are more important than in many years. The Republican led House of Representatives (233 seats to 199 Democrats, and three vacant) look to hang on to their control. They also look to gain control in the Senate after this mid-term election on November 4.
Democrats currently control the Senate with 55 seats to the Republican’s 45 seats, but several of those Democratic seats are up for grabs come election day, with neck and neck races in several states, including Arkansas.
Nationally, this senate election could go either way, and voter turnout is going to be essential.
On the average, voter turnout in midterm elections is about 40%, but there has been a higher turnout when Americans were less approving of Congress. With a congressional job approval rating of 13%, voters may just see a good chance this year to shake things up, and there’s a good chance they may. An above-average turnout of voters is expected this election, with the feeling that a change in government is needed now.
The Pacesetting Times hosted a Candidates Forum in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, October 21, featuring speakers in contested races locally: for mayor, Bob Barnes, incumbent, and Chuck Spangler; for Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch VanZandt; and County Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent, and Walter Hagan. Tommy Wren, incumbent (D) and Michelle Gray (R) also attended, both seeking the Arkansas House of Representatives seat in District 62.
These folks will tell you….Yes your vote really can make a difference.
FORUM ATTENDEES: Municipal Candidates attended the Pacesetting Times’ Candidates Forum on Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. (l to r) Butch Van Zandt, John Grochowski, Chuck Spangler and Bob Barnes. Photo/C.Johnson
by Karen Sherrell
Early voting for the November 4 General Election has begun, with voters taking advantage of shorter wait times.
In Izard County, 470 votes have been cast by Monday, Oct. 27. Early voting continues at Ozarka College in Melbourne through November 3. Off site early voting will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Contested races in Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook.
In Guion for Mayor, Kathy Roberts and Larry Lynn Pittman.
In Oxford for Mayor, Stephen M. Stevenson, appointed incumbent, and Greg Stuart; Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters, incumbent, and Thomas Norvold.
In Fulton County, for County Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) and Terry Dailey (I).
In Salem for Mayor, Charles Owens, and Daniel Busch (D).
In Mammoth Spring, for Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, Charles Vaughn, Rose Pierce, and Wilma Rogers; Ward 2 Position 1, Peggy Smith, Joan Baker; Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Adam Davis.
In Sharp County, for County Judge, Phillip D. Hood (R), and Larry W. Brown (I); Coroner, Doug Wortham, incumbent, and Nathan W. Circle (I); Cherokee Village, District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) and Robert L. “Bob” Russell (D).
TROPHY BUCK: Rex Ogle of Melbourne proudly displays his massive buck harvested on Sunday, October 19. Ogle was running late for a morning hunt, with only one load in his 50 caliber muzzle loader. He arrived to his brother’s deer stand after daylight and ten minutes later the buck came by. “He came out, I whistled, he stopped, and I got him,” said Ogle. The large deer weighed almost 200 pounds. The antler spread at the widest points was 18-3/4” with the G2 tines measuring 11-1/2”. Ogle said according to Boone & Crockett, the buck is rough scored at 165, and will be entered in the Big Buck Classic in Little Rock next January, and in the Big Buck Classic in Jonesboro next February. Congratulations Rex!
Trunk or Treat will be held on Friday, October 31 at lower Diamond B Mall. Set up is at 5 p.m. in front of the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office. Judges will circulate among the trunks and choose first, second and third place. Trophies will be awarded to the three placed trunks and everyone competes together, no commercial or organizational categories.You do not have to decorate your trunk to come park at the lower mall and give out candy. Be sure to be parked at 4:30 p.m.
Following the trunk judging, around 5:30 p.m., the Parade of Costumes will begin. This year they are trying to simplify the process and finish earlier so that everyone can get to trick or treating. There is no pre-registration. Instead of meeting in the Theatre, weather-permitting, they will line up on the left-side of the gazebo. Spectators and parents please bring your own chair.
The Haunted House will be held Tuesday through Friday, October 28 through 31. Extended hours will be on Thursday and Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Every other night hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. This event just keeps getting bigger and better, rumor is that they’ve recruited some wicked pirates! Volunteers are needed and very much appreciated. For more information, please call Paula Rivera at 670-4536.
Sample Ballots for Horseshoe Bend voters are available at the Pacesetting Times news office at 703 South Bend Drive, as well as fact sheets for Amendments 1-5 on the November 4 Ballot.
Amendments 1, 2 and 3 are presented by the Legislature. Issue 1: Adminstration of Government, requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies’ administrative rules. Issue 2: Direct Democracy, sets threshold of 75 percent of required petition signatures to obtain additional time for signature collection. Issue 3: Term Limits, extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years; limits lobbying and creates independent elected officials salary commission.
Amendments 4 and 5 are presented by the public. Issue 4: Alcohol, legalizes manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol statewide. Issue 5: Minimum Wage, increases the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by 2017.
The Fact Sheets describe the Amendment, and explain what a “For” vote means, and what an “Against” vote means.
The Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will holding their Fall Clothing Drive on Wednesday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Church is located at 600 West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Please place your clothing in boxes or tied plastic bags. Men will be on hand to assist you when you arrive.
While the weather is turning cold and nasty outside, the basketball season it starting up. Last Friday night, October 10, ICC held its annual Black and Grey games to showcase this year’s talent to the fans. ICC will be hosting the Bad Boy Mowers Classic next week and will be in action on Monday night, October 20, when the Sr. Girls take on Marmaduke at 6:10 p.m. and the Sr. Boys will follow with a 7:30 p.m. game, also against Marmaduke. Photo/Travis Stapleton
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return on October 13, 14, and 15, and will be broadcast on The River, 98.3.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned, so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop off at the Chamber office during normal hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned. Anyone running for political office may opt to donate for free advertising.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far.
The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation.
So mark your calendars for the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years!
Pacesetting Times will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 21 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Hall in Horseshoe Bend. State, county and local candidates are invited to attend.
Horseshoe Bend candidates with races are for Mayor: Robert H. “Bob” Barnes, Inc., and Charles “Chuck” Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, Inc., and Butch Van Zandt. Local candidates will have a question and answer session, with county and state candidates given time to speak.
Horseshoe Bend residents are encouraged to submit questions for the local candidates to email@example.com, or bring by the news office at 703 South Bend Drive. Names do not need to be submitted with questions.
Also invited to the forum are party affiliates and organizations. Campaign materials supplied by candidates will be available for constituents to take home, as well as Horseshoe Bend sample ballots and absentee voting applications.
Early voting for the November 4 General Election begins Monday, October 20.
Offsite voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Oct. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registered Izard County voters may utilize one of the offsite voting precincts in lieu of the Melbourne courthouse.
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. in the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Orange Room.
The Chamber will honor Whatever as Business of the Year, Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi as Volunteer Organization of the Year, and Rob Long as Educator of the Year.
The Chamber will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to retiring Salem Mayor Gary Clayton for all of his years of service and dedication to Salem.
A brisket meal will be served prior to the awards ceremony. Cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 13, and five and under eat for free. For more information contact Mary Harris at 895-2591.
WRAPPING UP THE FRONT NINE: Izard County Cougar Cody Workman putts on the 9th green midway through the District Golf Tournament. Workman qualified to compete in the 1A State Golf Tournament on October 7 at Drasco, as he was the tournament Medalist runner-up. Photo/B.Stapleton
SALEM GREYHOUNDS: The undefeated Lady Greyhounds golf team won the District Tournament and the Greyhounds boys team finished second at District on Monday, September 22, qualifying both for berths at the State Championships. Lady ‘Hound team members (l to r) are Haley Ward, Kaci Barnett, Kendra Pendegrass, Bailey York and Kendra Rich. The ‘Hounds (l to r) are Coach JW Blevins, Dylan York, Mason Kinder, River Galbreath, Jeremy Brown, Jesse Kinder and Coach Stu Smart. The boys will travel to the 2A State Tournament at Thunder Bayou near Blytheville on Wednesday, October 8.
DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Melbourne Bearkatz and Lady Bearkatz both took home District Golf Tournament victories. They are 2-3A district and both teams won District last year as well.
The Horseshoe Bend City Council met on September 22. Mayor Bob Barnes presented a Service Awards to Paul Sulser and his wife, Virginia, for their many years of service to the city of Horseshoe Bend. Barnes honored Joe and Les Valenta for their Armed Service during World War II. Joe and Les recently returned from a trip from Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Program. Barnes presented them a copy of the letter he wrote and was handed out during mail call on the return trip. Continuing with the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer of the Year program, Barnes presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for October 27 at 6 p.m. For additional Horseshoe Bend City Council action read this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford
The Franklin Volunteer Fire Department will be having their Annual Fish Fry and Pie Auction on Saturday, October 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fire Department. Cost is $7 per person. Fish, fries, hush puppies and a drink will be served. All candidates running for election are welcome to attend this event.
The Old Main schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper, pie auction, talent show, and candidate meet and greet on Saturday, October 4, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Fulton County Heritage Foundation.
The general public is invited to participate in the events and to visit with candidates for local and state office. There is no charge for the chili supper; however, donations will be accepted to benefit the Old Main restoration project. Old Main is located at the intersection of Oak and North Streets in downtown Salem.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main.
The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening.
Singers, musicians, dancers and variety act participants are invited to participate in the talent show, which will follow the pie auction.
Volunteers with the Fulton County Heritage Foundation have worked during the past year to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities such as Terrific Tuesdays, a summer meals program for children in Salem and the surrounding area. Other community activities are planned in the coming months.
For more information about the upcoming event or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the foundation, at 870-710-0720.
WINNER: Philisha Fountain (l) employee at FNBC Horseshoe Bend branch, hands Linda Jacobs a Silver Eagle coin she won from participating in the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce’s retail promotion, “The Buck Stops Here.” The retail promotion ended August 29 in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin, and the following shoppers are the lucky winners of goods or services. Shoppers visited participating merchants, and registered to win prizes throughout the entire month of August. The annual retail promotion is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Thanks everyone for shopping local! Check this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times to see all winners and prizes!
Cub Scouting wants you! Now is the time to join the fun and excitement of America’s foremost youth program for boy, Cub Scouting.
Sign up is at Salem Elementary, on September 2 at 7 p.m., and at Calico Rock Elementary on September 9 at 7 p.m.
Designed for boys in the first through sixth grades and their families, Cub Scouting combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more in a fun and exciting program that helps families teach character values in family fun activities.
The Boy Scouts of America is composed of more than 1.27 million volunteers working together for the sole purpose of helping its more than three million youth succeed in life. Local Scouting Units are charted by community partners on a local level to deliver the program to young people and families. Parents of the youth are the primary volunteer base for those programs.
For a sneak preview of what scouting has to offer, visit www.quapawbsa.org.
This year’s Mountain Man Rendezvous/Native American Day will be Friday evening, September 12, and Saturday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Calico Rock Museum, this third annual event will include a Mountain Man and Native American Rendezvous in Rand Park, a Walk of remembrance down Main Street to honor those that walked the Trail of Tears, Native American Dancers plus music, food, crafts and more. The Museum’s Executive Director Gloria Gushue is seeking applications from food, craft and/or merchandise vendors. Booth spaces are $25 each. Booths for those offering Native American crafts are free. Call 870-297-4129 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.calicorockmuseum.com/index.html.
The Dream Riders Biking for Children will be hosting “Dancing with Izard County Stars” on September 6 at the John E. Miller building on the Ozarka campus in Melbourne.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Emcee for the night will be Judge David Sherrell. Couples participating are: Isaac Blankenship and Beverly McCollum, Dean and Lillian Hutchins, Rocky and Mary Smith, Pete and Sheila Blankenship, Dave Snow and Rebecca Guthrie and Jim Ed Cole and Sherry Roberts.
Ticket prices are $5 per adult and kids get in free. After the show, there will be two trophies given, one for audience choice and one for judge’s choice. There will also be a raffle for six free dance lessons. All proceeds raised go directly to the Dream Riders Biking for Children. For more information call 870-373-2624.
Melbourne Bearkatz Football
Senior High School
Aug. 26 Scrimmage at Mtn. View 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 Yellville 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Cave City 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 Salem 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Manilla * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 Hoxie * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Corning * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Piggott * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Osceola * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Rivercrest * 7:00 p.m.
11/6 at Cedar Ridge * 7:00 p.m.
11/14 Playoffs Round 1 7:00 p.m.
11/21 Playoffs Round 2 7:00 p.m.
11/28 Playoffs Quaterfinals 7 p.m.
12/5 Playoffs Semifinals 7:00 p.m.
12/12 Playoffs Finals 7:00 p.m.
Salem Greyhound Football Schedule 2014-15
Thursday, August 28, Scrimmage at Cedar Ridge 5:30 JR 7:30 SR
Friday, September 5, Mountain View at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, September 12, Salem at Yellville-Summitt 7 p.m.
Friday, Septemeber 19, Salem at Melbourne 7 p.m.
Friday, October 3, HOMECOMING, Rector at Salem, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 10, Cross Country at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 17, Salem at Earle 7 p.m.
Friday, October 24, Marked Tree at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 31, Salem at Walnut Ridge, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, Midland at Salem, 7 p.m.
KATZ ACCEPT CHALLENGE: Bearkatz Varsity team members douse their coaches during the annual pep rally kicking off football season on Thursday, August 21 in Melbourne. The latest social media “Ice Bucket Challenge” has sparked a new awareness in ALS, and contributions to the research of a cure for the disease have been tremendous. Read more about ALS and see more photos of local challenges in this week’s Pacesetting Times!! Photo/C.Anderson
There are nine elected offices in Horseshoe Bend up for election November 4. On Saturday, August 23, there will be a Meet and Greet for all municipal candidates running for election at the Horseshoe Bend MRID building located on Club Road. The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. using a “Town Hall format”. All registered candidates are invited to participate the public is encouraged to attend. Coffee, iced tea and cookies will be provided. Pat Arnold of Horseshoe Bend will be moderator for the Meet and Greet.
Horseshoe Bend will hold their Fall Citywide Yard Sale on Saturday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be put on the list call the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce office at 870-670-5433. The sign up deadline is Wednesday, September 3, at 3 p.m. The lists will be given out the morning of the sale.
The Horseshoe Bend Honorary Police will host a three person scramble at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain on Saturday, September 20 with a 9 a.m. start. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $105 per team, cash prizes determined by the number of entrants. Players 70 and up may play from the red tees. For more information contact the Turkey Mountain Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Gene Stanton at 870-670-4344.
The historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre is pleased to announce “An Evening With Deadwood Groove” on Saturday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. Deadwood Groove has been charming audiences with their uniquely eclectic setlist designed to please any crowd. Expect great music, incredible vocal harmonies, and a whole lot of fun. Buckle up, you never know what you will hear next. Burgers, hot dogs, and concessions available. Admission by donation.
The deadline to file for municipal office was Friday, August 15 at noon, and the following races have emerged for the November 4 General Election.
In Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 1, Position 1, James I. Davis, incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Teresa Orrick; Ward 2, Position 1, Joseph (Joe) Moser; Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 1, Bobby Martin “Marty” McKnight, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 2, O.G. “Sonny” Minze, incumbent; Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt; and Ward 4, Position 2, Ronald S. Yow, incumbent.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook; Alderman, Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1, Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2, Position 1, Ronald Treat; Ward 2, Position 2, Laura Sipe; Ward 3, Position 1, Jerry W. Crosby; Ward 3, Position 2, Paul D. Womack; Ward 4, Position 1, Trey Lamb; and Ward 4, Position 2, Sonia Blankenship.
The Annual School Board Election will be September 16. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a full list of candidates running in area elections, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!
The Music in the Mountains Theater of Horseshoe Bend is having their annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 23.
The three-person Las Vegas Scramble will be held at the Golf Course at Turkey Mountain, with an 8 a.m. tee-off. Cost per team is $120.
For more information, or to sign up for the event, call the Pro Shop at Turkey Mountain at 870-670-5252.
The Music in the Mountains Theater uses proceeds from their annual golf tournament for maintenance and improvements to the theater and their show. The Music in the Mountains Show is held every third Saturday of the month, and they appreciate the support given by the community during their monthly venue and at their annual golfing event.