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

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

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

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Many of us are affected by cancer in some way or another. For one local family, cancer has wreaked havoc for a decade.
Salem resident Charolete Williams’ journey began at the tender age of 14 when she was diagnosed with cancer in her leg. Since then, she has fought and won her battle with cancer four times. Charolete has had to endure having her right lung removed, and most recently her leg was amputated.
During this decade long battle, Charolete and her family have suffered financial hardships due to loss of income and ever-growing medical bills. Friends of Charolete have rallied around to show their support with fundraisers.
Jade Lowrie, a Younique consultant is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from an online makeup party to Charolete. Younique is a family-founded company supporting battered women and children. The beauty products are a high quality, animal-cruelty free, and all natural. If you would like to browse the cosmetics, and help Charolete’s fundraiser you can do so by visiting the direct website at: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/JadeLowrie/party/1854809/view#.VUzgDdOqqkp; the facebook group “Charolete’s Beauty Bash Fundraiser”; or call Jade Lowrie, Younique presenter, at 870-750-0812.
Another fundraiser will be “Riding for Charley” on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton County Fair Grounds. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for kids, and six and under FREE. Mutton Bustin will begin at 7 p.m. and there will be Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding. This rodeo fundraiser for Charolete will be produced by Hall Rodeo Company, LLC.

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CROWN LAKE SPILLWAY: Several inches of rain fell over Mother’s Day weekend, with an estimated six inches during the night on May 10. Pictured is the Crown Lake spillway at the dam on Tri Lakes in Horseshoe Bend the following morning. Photos/K.Sherrell

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UP TO THE BRIDGE: The Strawberry River was roaring on Monday, May 11 following several inches of rain over the weekend. The flooded river came close to covering the Strawberry River bridge between Horseshoe Bend and Wiseman on Highway 354.

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The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Box Hound Marina, will again be sponsoring the Kid’s Fishing Day on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. Pencil in May 16 on your calendar and come haul in the catfish from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Box Hound Marina.
There will be a shuttle provided from the parking lot to the fishing area. There will be free hotdogs, chips, and soda. Lots of prizes to be handed out to kids for biggest fish, first fish, smallest fish, youngest fish, most whiskers, or for just showing up.
Kids should be between five and twelve, one rod per child. There will be a four fish limit per child. Bait will be provided and for those without a rod, one will be furnished.
Bring your young anglers out to Box Hound Marina on May 16 for a guaranteed good time.
Questions? Contact Walt at 870-670-4264. Remember, it is about the kids. We will see you there.

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District Tournament Champs, Calico Rock Lady Pirates. See full story and additional photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photos/B.Stapleton

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Conference Champions and District Tournament Runner-up, Viola Lady Longhorns

Fitness icon, Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has declared war on childhood obesity. To help combat this disease, he is bringing the Foundation’s multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to Arkansas and has engaged Governor Hutchinson to partner in this effort. The campaign encourages elementary and middle school educators to think outside the box by implementing innovative ideas in fitness and nutrition for its students. The nomination process is open at www.natgovfit.org and will run through mid June. Three schools, selected by the National Foundation, will be deemed National Champion Schools and will each be awarded a $100,000 state-of-the-art Live Positively Fitness Centers for their efforts.
“I am honored to partner with Jake Steinfeld to bring the National Champion Schools campaign to Arkansas schools,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Jake and the Foundation have done incredible work around the country in the fight against childhood obesity, and I am excited that he has chosen Arkansas to take part in this campaign. Childhood obesity is a significant problem in this great state. I believe this program is a step in the right direction for getting our kids fit and healthy, and I would encourage every elementary and middle school in the state to take part in the nomination process. Three schools in the state will become the recipient of a brand new fitness center, but every school participating in the process will be setting their students on the path to a healthier tomorrow.”
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program is set apart from other initiatives because it does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding, making it even more attractive to cash-strapped states. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Nike. In addition, TuffStuff Fitness International equips all of the fitness centers. The National Foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.
“When you have the right tools and the inspiration, anything is possible. Today, we are changing the way our kids think about fitness and physical activity. We are changing their habits and in the process changing their lives! And now, Arkansas schools have a great opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future. Academics and fitness go hand in hand. We are not only building bodies, but most importantly we are building confidence self esteem in these terrific kids. By placing fitness centers in elementary and middle schools, we are certain to see positive, healthy changes. Our children are our most precious resource and by providing them with a strong foundation in health and fitness, we can feel confident that they will excel beyond their wildest dreams,” said Steinfeld.
Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs.

Following a public meeting held on Wednesday, April 15 in Little Rock, Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners concluded the proposed boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend is a no go.
“The AGFC Property Management Committee supported the staff recommendation to defer the proposed Crown Lake – Fisherman’s Park boat ramp project and deauthorize the funds previously obligated to the Crown Lake – Box Hound Marina boat ramp project,” said Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor in Mountain Home.
“On Thursday, April 16, the Commission passed a minute order that formally deauthorized the money previously obligated toward the Box Hound Marina boat ramp project in the amount of $112,600. This action officially defers the Fisherman’s Park project,” he said.
This was the second public meeting held by the AGFC on the proposed public boat launch in Horseshoe Bend. On March 24, about 200 people attended a meeting held by the commission at the Horseshoe Bend Theater in hopes to give residents and non-residents a voice in the issue. According to AGFC, approximately 70% of the input they have received has been negative on placing a boat launch at Fisherman’s Park.
“Should access become an issue at Crown Lake in the future and there is community support, we can certainly revisit that need,” said Risley.
Property owners may still utilize the boat launch on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina at no charge.
Non-property owners pay $5 to utilize the launch.

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Mammoth Spring’s Konnor Alexander slides in safely under Calico Rock’s Tyler Stowers as umpire Kevin Wray keeps a close eye on the action. See full story and additional pictures on page 6 of the April 29 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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TOTAL LOSS: Horseshoe Bend and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene of a house fire at 1102 Pearl Drive in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, April 25 at approximately 11 p.m. No injuries were reported with the fire, and the home was a total loss. Owner of the home is Ed Wariner of Horseshoe Bend, which was currently occupied by Athania Hardin and her three year old daughter. According to Fire Chief Mike Hilliker, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Personnel were on the scene until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Photo/K.Sherrell

Act 560 of 2015 amended Arkansas laws pertaining to the Public School Choice Act. Act 560 of 2015 went into effect on March 20.
The Act now states that parents must submit school choice applications to the nonresident district by May 1, and the nonresident district shall notify the resident district of the filing of the application.
Under the former school choice law, applications were due by June 1 and parents had the responsibility of providing copies of the application to both the nonresident and resident districts.
The Superintendent of the nonresident district shall notify the parent and resident district in writing as to whether the student’s application has been accepted or rejected on or prior to July 1.
Under the former school choice law, a nonresident school district had to make a determination regarding whether to accept or deny a school choice application by August 1.
You can pick up School Choice Application forms from your schools Superintendent Office, or by printing one offline at www.arkansased.gov.

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ON THE RUN: Lady ‘Hound Tina King hauls in a line drive during the Salem V. Midland game last week. See additional photos and the full story in the April 8th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton
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PLAY AT THE PLATE: ICC’s Jen King slides safely into home as Mammoth Spring’s Megan Johnson tries to gather in the throw in last week’s game. See full story and more pictures in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton
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WALL OF DEFENSE: Mammoth Spring’s Makayla Cray comes up firing as Elizabeth Taylor dives out of the way. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: The Izard County sixth grade boys peewee team won the 14th Annual Izard County Invitational Peewee Basketball Tournament held on Saturday, March 21, at Brockwell. The sixth grade boys defeated Salem, 28-14 in the championship game to finish the season 12-0. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Caleb Faulkner, Rifle Comstock, Chase Orf, Coby Everett, Zach Simmons, and Drew Foster. Front row, Noah Johnson, Brady Taylor, Noah Everett, and Justin Stubblefield.fifth
CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP: The Izard County fifth grade boys finished second in the Tournament, losing to Gainesville MO, 22-16 in the championship game. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Keith Melton, Jared Brandon, Gunner Gleghorn, Josh Jensen, Muchael Shelton, and Landon McBride. Front row, Denton Riley, Isaac Lung, and Cody Timbs.

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As promised during the AGFC public meeting held on Tuesday, March 24, in Horseshoe Bend here is the information about the monthly AGFC Commission meeting where the proposed Fisherman’s Park Access at Crown Lake will be discussed.
Issues like the Fisherman’s Park Access are discussed by the AGFC Commissioners in the Property Management Committee.
The Commission has decided to deviate from the normal meeting schedule in order to have the Property Management Committee meeting at the beginning of the Commission meeting. This will allow citizens to attend the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion and not have to stay all day.
The Property Management Committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the Commission Briefing Room at the AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock. The address is 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock AR 72205.
For those planning to attend, the AGFC receptionist at the front entrance will direct you to the AGFC Commission Briefing Room.
They want to make everyone aware that the meeting room is not very big so it could be standing room only. The AGFC does not want this to discourage people from attending.
AGFC wants to relay this important information about the Fisherman’s Park Commission discussion. Their understanding is that each side of the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion (opposed and support) will be given the opportunity to have two people speak before the Commission on the behalf of each side.
Each speaker will be given a maximum of seven minutes. This is the typical allotted time for any speaker whether it is AGFC personnel or member of the public.
The Commission has asked Laureen Sac to be the contact for the opposition side and Tom Doty to be the contact for the support side. These two will decide the speakers for each side.
Sac and Doty have given their permission to attach their contact info.
Laureen Sac, 870-670-4496, saclaur@gmail.com
Tom Doty, 870-926-9934, twdoty02@yahoo.com
Please contact these two with information that you feel will help benefit the side that you are in favor of. Information submitted by Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor.

The 66th Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be held May 22 and 23 in Salem. Festival organizers are now accepting vendors for the Festival Street Market. Rental fees are $75 for Friday night and Saturday or $40 for Saturday only. There is a $10 additional charge for electricity. No commission is charged on sales and rental fees will not be refunded in case of rain. Booths are ten feet wide and the depth of a parking space.
All food vendors must meet the Arkansas Department of Health guideline must be inspected by Health Department officials. All vendors must meet the Arkansas sales tax regulations.
Applications are available online at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, www.SalemAR.com or contact Tonya at 870-371-0887.

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The 25th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 25, 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. Tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fees will be $50 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5 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.
The annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 24 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 AR and MO residents. 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. See full story in the April 1 edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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They’re coming May 9! Wrestling with Death will arrive at noon and will be ready to meet everyone from 1 to 3 p.m. Wrestling with Death is one of WGN’s latest American Reality Shows on Tuesday nights. It is about a family of professional wrestlers in Osceola, Arkansas – the Lathams – who are also in the mortuary business. Be prepared for some unexpected and exciting happenings! There is an entire fun-filled day planned. Everyone is encouraged to come to the middle of nowhere and be in the middle of everything! See you on Saturday, May 9 for Dogwood Days in beautiful downtown Horseshoe Bend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fourth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 4 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, phone number and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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