by Matt Orf
The Oxford Cats ended the Gainesville, Missouri youth basketball league with a tournament championship. The Cats got behind early, down 14 to 10 in the first half, then their defense kicked in gear as they held the Bulldogs to just four points in the second half. They went on a 28 to 4 run to end game and win 38 to 14. That win made them 11-0 in the league and league tournament.
They beat a team from D

Oxford Cats 11-0

Oxford Cats 11-0

ora, Missouri in the semi final game.
Team members include Chance Jackson, Coby Everett, Noah Everett, Landon McBride, Gunner Gleghorn, Zachary Simmons and Chase Orf. Billy McBride is the coach of the Cats. All players are from Izard County Schools.

Swearing in ceremonies will be held in Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday, January 2 at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Bob Barnes will conduct the ceremony, swearing in Alderman John Grochowski, Harold Faigle, James Davis, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, Nate Wolfe, Ronald Yow, Nicki West and recorder Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Izard County swearing-in ceremonies be held shortly after midnight New Years Day, January 1 at the courthouse in Melbourne, with Judge David Sherrell conducting the ceremonies.

by Karen Sherrell

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

A massacre of 20 elementary students, and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday,  December 14, has left the nation and local communities in a state of shock and sadness.
The horrific act of one gunman on these small children, has stunned school officials, parents and students, and sparked an evaluation of safety plans at schools nationwide.
Locally, ICC schools are re-evaluating their crisis plans and doing what they can to help children through this terrible time.
Fred Walker, superintendent of ICC Schools said their administration is reviewing their crisis plan, looking to see if they can do anything different than what is in place, following the shooting in Connecticut. “This is devastating to everyone,” said Walker. “I can’t imagine how those parents are dealing with that.” ICC is the only area school that has a full time resource officer at the Middle School/High School. “I’ve had our resource officer at the elementary school every day this week to make the children feel safer,” said Walker. The officer has split his routine between the elementary and high school. School dismissed for the holiday break on Thursday, December 21 and will resume on January 2.
Parents may be fearful about sending children to school, and children who know about the shootings in Connecticut may also be apprehensive.

See more in this week’s print version of Pacesetting Times.

Effective January 12, 2013, the Oxford Post Office will change their hours of operation. The Oxford Post Office will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Beginning January 26, 2013 the Violet Hill Post Office will change hours to four hours a day. The Violet Hill Post Office’s new hours will be 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Effective February 23, 2013, the Glencoe Post Office will change to four hours of operation daily, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
The Franklin Post Office is remaining open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Wiseman Post Office will remain open from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
All area post offices will be closed on New Years Day. The Glencoe Post Office will be closing on New Years Eve at noon.
Other closings: the Izard County Courthouse will close at noon on New Years Eve. City Hall at Horseshoe Bend will be closed New Years Eve and New Years Day. Trash pickup for Horseshoe Bend will be one day later than resident’s normal pickup day.