All Urban Deer Hunts will begin September 1, and close January 31, 2013. All property inside the Horseshoe Bend city limits is open to hunting except the red cross-hatched areas (300 foot No Hunting Zone around Airport runway). For additional information about land ownership and location of MRID lands, www.ARCountyData.com. Must have written permission from landowner to hunt or cross private property.

Melbourne Bearkatz hosted Izard County Consolidated, Mtn. View, Lead Hill and Cave City in 9-hole match play Thursday, Aug. 23 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne.Melbourne’s Brad Lamb took medalist honors with a 33. Dylan Smith of Melbourne shot 39. Tyler Webb of Melbourne and Chris King, of ICC, each shot a 44. Chris Mosley shot a 54 for the Cougars. On the girls side, Jordan Sherrell, ICC Junior, led the girls and took home medalist honors with a 45. Emma Cooper, Melbourne senior, shot a 53 and Falyn Farmer of ICC ended the day with a 56. The Bearkatz shot the best of all schools with a 116. Izard County Lady Cougars led the way with a 161. Izard County boys came in 5th with a team total of 156, and the Lady Bearkatz placed third with 182.

According to the Izard County Clerk’s Office, this is latest update in City filings for Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend James Davis: Ward 1, Position 1 Larry Kirby: Ward 1, Position 1 Harold Faigle: Ward 1, Position 2 Joe Moser: Ward 1, Position 2 Nate Wolff: Ward 2, Position 1 *Lee Mears: Ward 2, Position 2 Nicki West: Ward 2, Position 2 Marty McKnight: Ward 3, Position 1 *Cliff Summey: Ward 3, Position 1 *Sonny Minze: Ward 3, Position 2 *John Grachowski: Ward 4, Position 1 *Richard Emmens: Ward 4, Position 2 Ron Yow: Ward 4, Position 2 *Michelle Grabowski: Recorder/Treasurer, Michelle Muncie: Recorder/Treasurer.

* denotes incumbent

On August 15, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office received reports of four separate structure fires and one hay fire. On August 16, another structure fire was reported to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The fires appeared to be set using a substance.
Sharon Maguffee, 64, of Salem was arrested August 16, and charged with Arson (four counts) and Reckless Burning. Each Arson count and the count of Reckless Burning is a Class D Felony.
Maguffee admitted to having set structure and hay fires on August 15 as well as a structure fire on August 16. She was released from Izard County Jail on August 21 on $10,000 bond.
Special Agent Todd Shaw was the investigating officer.

Horseshoe Bend’s oldest citizen will celebrate her birthday on Sunday, Sept. 2 at CrownPoint Health and Rehab. Everyone is invited to come by and wish Dorothy Wagner a happy 108th birthday at the center located at 1203 South Bend Drive.
September 2 is also designated “Dorothy Wagner Day” in Horseshoe Bend.

Jacob Morley, age 22 of Salem was arrested on August 13 for Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat. Morley is being held in Izard County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond. Morley had threatened to commit a terroristic act at Salem High School earlier this month.

Salem Senior Greyhound Nathan King stretches for the interception during the scrimmage game against Melbourne. Photo/V.Haas

The Salem Greyhounds readily overcame losses to their line from last year to defeat the Melbourne Bearkatz 42-6, for the season-opener scrimmage on Monday, August 20 at Melbourne.
“We are very encouraged by the performance of our offensive line,” said Coach Cody Curtis. “We’re very pleased with our seniors and every guy got to play.”

The Dream Riders Biking for Children Chapter “E” 5th Annual Fish Fry and Poker Run will be held at the Izard County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 25. Proceeds will go to provide for needs of disabled and under-privileged children in the surrounding area. The event includes bike games, a tractor show, bike show and more starting at 2 p.m. There will also be free train rides for the kids, a bouncy house, face painting and more.
First bike out at 8 a.m.; last bike out at 10 a.m. Last bike back in by 12 p.m.
Poker hands are $10 and extra hands are $5. There will be a prize for best hand and worst hand. There will be a Fish Fry starting at noon. Fish plates are $8 and include a drink.
Everyone is welcome!

Jacob Morley, a National Guardsman, allegedly told two fellow soldiers that he would target Salem High School, killing as many students as possible to see how the soldiers would react.

They were attending a National Guard military drill at the  Mountain Home Armory on the weekend of August 4, when Morley made the threat. The soldiers reacted. Law enforcement agencies are taking the threat seriously.

According to reports, the affidavit submitted by Special Agent Todd Shaw with the Arkansas State Police, includes the following information:
“While at the Armory, Morley engaged in a conversation with two other soldiers in which he stated that, if he decided to commit suicide sometime within the next five years, he would go to the Salem, AR. High School and shoot as many students as possible. Morley commented that he would do so to make the teachers suffer and have to live with what had happened. The soldiers whom Morley made the statement were interviewed and state that the statement was not made jokingly, and that Morley appeared very serious at the time he made the statement. Morley was confronted about the statement by his commanding officers and admitted having made it. Furthermore, Morley has stated that he had found a place on the Internet from which he could order “booby traps”, and has attempted to negotiate the purchase of firearms from other soldiers assigned to his National Guard Unit.”

Jacob S. Morley, 22, was arrested August 14 and is being held at the Izard County Jail on lockdown without bond, after a week-long investigation by Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement.

Morley is being charged with Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat, which is a Class B Felony. It is a crime that occurs under the law, when “the person knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a terrorist act, or otherwise creates the impression or belief that a terrorist act is about to be or has been committed, or in any manner knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a catastrophe…that the person knows to be false.”
Salem High School Principal Wayne Guiltner stated Morley was a 2009 graduate of SHS.

Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals annual Rummage and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, August 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall on Church Street.

Come shop early for the best deals in home decorations and accessories, furniture, electronics, kitchen and bath items, and linens. Jewelry is always a popular item, and as usual, there will be a great selection.

Municipal filing deadline was Friday, August 17 and the following is a list of candidate filings in Izard County.
Horseshoe Bend:  For Recorder/Treasurer: Michelle Grabowski, incumbent, and Michelle Muncie. For Alderman:  Ward 1 Position 1, James Davis and Larry Kirby; Ward 1 Position 2, Joe Moser and Harold Faigle; Ward 2 Position 1, Dr. F. Lee Mears, appointed incumbent, and Nate Wolff; Ward 2 Position 2, Nicki West; Ward 3 Position 1, Cliff Summey, incumbent, and Marty McKnight; Ward 3 Position 2, Sonny Minze unopposed incumbent; Ward 4 Position 1, John Grochowski, unopposed incumbent Ward 4 Position 2, Rich Emmens, incumbent, Dr. Ronald Yow, and Steve Boyer.
Melbourne: For Recorder/Treasurer: Alecia Bray; For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1 Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2 Position 2, Ronald Treat; Ward 3 Position 1 Jerry Crosby; Ward 4 Position 1, E.F. “Trey” Lamb.
Oxford: For Recorder/Treasurer: Bonnie Moss. For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Herbert Moss; Ward 1 Position 2, Stephen Stevenson; Ward 2 Position 1, Mandy Everett; Ward 2 Position 2, Lawrence Savell; Ward 3, Position 1, Michael Hall; Ward 3 Position 2, Randy Sherrell, incumbent, and Christina Oliver; Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters; and Ward 4 Position 2, Gerald Thomas.
Pineville: For Clerk/Recorder/Treasurer: Susan Gray;  For Alderman: Charlene Honeycutt and Elizabeth “Beth” Whitfield.
Franklin: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stevie Smith, incumbent, and Darlene Folyer. For Alderman: Position 1, Latricia Weaver; Position 2, Rene Reeves; Position 3, Sue Smith; Position 4, Loribeth Walker; and Position 5, Betty Owens.
Guion: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stacie Engles; For Alderman: Position 1, Elwin Sapp; Position 2, James Roberts, Position 3, Shelby Upton, Position 4, Randy Engles, and Position 5, Charles Williams.
Candidates will be voted on in the General Election to be held on Tuesday,  November 6.
Drawing for ballet position for the candidates will be held on Friday, August 24 at 9 a.m. at the county clerk’s office at the Melbourne courthouse.

The city of Oxford will be holding a pre-bid meeting for the proposed community building project, on Thursday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at city hall on Hwy. 9 in Oxford. Mayor Mike Warden announced the meeting at the August 13 council meeting. Project engineer and WRAA will be at city hall to assist any  contractors wishing to ask questions and interested in bidding on the project.

Bid opening will be August 23 at 2 p.m. at Oxford City Hall.

COUGAR CLASSIC CHAMPIONS:The Izard County Lady Cougars golf team won the 2012 Cougar Classic High School two-day golf tournament Aug. 8. Team total was 616, one stroke ahead of Batesville Southside and Salem with 617. Southside won the playoff for runnerup. Lady Cougar Jordan Sherrell finished runner up medalist with 188 after a playoff with Highland’s Madi Harris. Teammates Kelsey Fry added a 204 and Falyn Farmer finished with 224. The two day tournament was held Tuesday, August 7 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, and Wednesday, August 8 at the Golf Course at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend. Pictured are Lady Cougars (l to r) Jordan Sherrell, Falyn Farmer, Kelsey Fry, with Turkey Mountain Golf Pro Chuck McNeight and Golf Coach David Harmon.

 

2012 IZARD COUNTY FAIR QUEEN: Savannah Skidmore (center) was crowned Izard County Fair Queen on Saturday, August 11. Savannah is the daughter of Jerry and Kim Skidmore. First runner up was Aston Byram (l), daughter of Leta Gay Byram, and second runner up and photogenic was Sage Parish, daughter of Dale and Anna Parish.

 

The 2012 Fulton County Fair Queen is Sara Perkins, 19, of Salem. After being crowned by Kelsey Pendergrass, last year’s Fulton County Fair Queen, Perkins said that winning the pageant “feels like a new adventure.” She will go on to represent Fulton County in the Arkansas State Fair Queen Pageant in Little Rock on October 17. Madison Jones, 1st runner-up, and Dalina Perkey, 2nd runner-up, will represent Fulton County in the Miss North Central Arkansas Fair Queen Pageant in Melbourne on September 22. The 2012 Fulton County Junior Fair Queen is Libbie Watkins, and this year’s Young Miss Fulton County is Emily Pate.

Contestants in the 2012 Fulton County Fair Queen Beauty Pageant. From the left, Dalina Perkey, 2nd runner up, Sara Perkins, Fulton County Fair Queen, and Madison Jones, 1st runner up.

With help from local volunteers, the Horseshoe Bend Municipal Recreational Improvement District has been busy renovating the amenities atop Turkey Mountain. The shuffleboard and tennis courts have been resurfaced.

MRID commissioners JR Wilson, Paul Sulser and Tom Langston display their shuffleboard skills on the newly resurfaced court.

 

Recently resurfaced tennis courts in Horseshoe Bend

Severe thunderstorms that struck the area on Wednesday, August 1, exacted their toll on a number of Salem’s trees and buildings. Salem Fire Chief Nick Blanton reported that winds in excess of 70 mph stripped the roofs off of two barns and a building on the town square. Blanton added that some roads were blocked when tree limbs that were killed by the 2009 ice storm were blown to the ground.

Severe thunderstorms downed a tree next to the Salem First National Banking Company parking lot. Paige Cooper, the Salem FNBC branch manager, said that the tree was scheduled to be removed on Saturday, August 4.