On Thursday, July 25, a shooting occurred at the residence of Dale Koeling on Pleasant Valley Rd. in northern Fulton County.
According to Fulton Sheriff Kenneth “Buck” Foley, Koeling and Ricky Due sustained gunshot wounds and were hospitalized.
The investigation is being conducted by the FCSO and Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police. The investigation is still in progress.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence will be the featured speaker at the Friday, Aug. 2 meeting of the Horseshoe Bend AARP Chapter #1420.
The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles located on West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Members will be called, others should call 670-4889 for breakfast reservation.
The meeting and program will start at 9 a.m. Anyone who is a member of AARP is welcome to join the Chapter. Dues are $3 per person for the year.

The Ozarka College Bookstore, located on the Melbourne campus, will be open Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow students to take advantage of the Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday. According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the “sales tax holiday allows shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.” Students who have financial aid in place will be allowed to charge textbooks to their Ozarka College student account. This will be the first day students will be allowed to charge to their accounts, and only textbooks and school supplies will be eligible for charge. Students are encouraged to check their financial aid status in the myOzarka portal or with the Financial Aid Department. For more information, please contact Robin Coggins, bookstore manager, at 870-368-2022.

IZARD COUNTY — Izard County Judge David Sherrell issued a burn ban on July 1.
The ban will be in effect until there is significant rainfall.

Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4.
The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011. The intent was to help families with children in school, and ia popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday. Everyone benefits from the holiday though, whether or not they have children of school age.
Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item will qualify for the exemption.
Keep in mind that if you buy an item that costs more than $100 you must pay the state and local sales taxes on the entire amount.

There will be a Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, working meeting on Monday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the MRID building, #3 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Mayor of Horseshoe Bend, Bob Barnes, is hosting a meeting between the cities of Horseshoe Bend, Fairfield Bay, and Cherokee Village on Thursday, July 25, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in Horseshoe Bend at 1 p.m. The topic of discussion is “Promoting our Cities”.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council will meet Monday, July 22 to discuss the possible acquisition of the city’s police department by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.
A contract was discussed at a prior meeting held Monday, July 8, with over 100 people attending. “It is my responsibility to look out for the welfare of the city of Horseshoe Bend,” said Mayor Bob Barnes at that meeting. The proposal will cost the city $240,000 annually, an estimated savings to the city of $65,000, for 24/7 coverage. If the resolution is passed, the county will take over all assets of the city police department, and be housed in the current police offices.
“I think we are making a big mistake,” stated Alderman James Davis. Three of the city’s aldermen voted against further discussion of the contract.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at city hall council chambers.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Pacesetting Times garnered eight awards in the Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.
The state awards were presented at the press association luncheon held in Eureka Springs on Saturday, June 29, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.
Karen Sherrell, publisher of the Pacesetting Times received First Place of all state weekly newspapers in the category of Investigative Reporting, “Officers called in property dispute.” Judges comments included, “Awesome series of articles. Great reporting and story writing.”
The Pacesetting Times also received the following awards in the Smaller Weekly Division: Second Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Hang on” Karen Sherrell; Second Place, Single Sports Feature Photograph, “Viola Lady Longhorns” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, Headline Writing, “Demo Derby a Dinger” Carrie Johnson; Third Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Knocking them out” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, In-Depth Series Reporting, “Cemetary Vandalism” Karen Sherrell; Honorable Mention, Single News Photograph, “Freightliner Accident” Carrie Johnson; and Honorable Mention, Sports News Story, “Salem routes Mt. View” Eric Lufkin.
The Pacesetting Times is located in north central Arkansas and is beginning their 26th year in publishing.
Richard Irby of The News in Salem, received First Place in the Best Beat Reporter Category, in the Medium Weeklies Division, as well as Second Place in the News Story Category, and Honorable Mention in the Feature Story Category.
The Baxter Bulletin of Mountain Home received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies Division, and the Batesville Daily Guard received Second Place. The Stone County Leader of Mt. View received Third Place in General Excellence, Larger Weeklies Division.
Members of the Texas Press Association selected winners from 1,027 entries from 26 daily newspapers and 1,051 entries from 36 weekly newspapers.

The Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at city council chambers for the purpose of discussing the General Fund, possible changes, including the city police department.
The meeting is open to the public.

HORSESHOE BEND — Golf carts are allowed on city streets in Horseshoe Bend following a 5-3 vote of City Council on Monday, June 24.
The ordinance becomes law in 30 days and golf carts can be operated on city streets, under certain conditions. Golf carts must be driven by a licensed driver, age 16 and over, from dawn to dusk hours only, and carts are not allowed on city streets designated as federal or state highways, or on county roads, except to cross them. Proper safety flags or equipment must be visible on the cart.

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Quorum Court unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, July 2, stating their belief that property rights are supreme and ownership is an inalienable right guaranteed by the Constitution.
“Izard County Quorum Court is proud to stand up for the rights of property owners of our county and to protect those rights against any individual, agency, department or governmental, seeking to deny those rights without due process and without the opportunity to perform due diligence necessary to make informed and prudent decisions for the betterment of all concerned,” read Resolution 2013-4.

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The key to operating a successful fourth generation farm is to diversify with the changing times, and that’s just what this year’s Izard County Farm Family is doing.
“This is a family farm; my sons will be the fifth generation on this land if they farm,” said Bryan Phillips.
Bryan, his wife Cindy, and two sons, James, age 16 and Ethan, 14 are continuing the Phillips family legacy, by farming their 925 acres located three miles southeast of Franklin on Military Road.
See their story in the July 10 edition of Pacesetting Times.