This year represents a mid-term election nationally, and local county and municipal office seats are up for grabs.
County positions of Sheriff, Judge, Justices of the Peace, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer, Coroner, and Constable will be voted on this year.
Candidates with a party affiliation begin filing on Monday, February 24 at noon for a one-week period ending at noon on March 3.
Party pledges, if any, and affidavits of eligibility shall be filed, and any filing fees of a political party shall be paid at the courthouse of the county in which candidates are filing for office.

Incumbent office holders need to file a Statement of Financial Interest for 2013 by Friday, January 31. State and district officials file with the Secretary of State; county, township, school officials and district judges file with the county clerk; municipal officials file with the city clerk or recorder, and members of regional boards or commissions file with the county clerk of the county in which they reside.

The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Third 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 5 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, age, 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.

Free GED evening classes are currently available at the following locations:
Calico Rock City Hall Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mammoth Spring Ozarka College Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cave City Middle School Mondays and Tuesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mountain View Ozarka College Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Registration is ongoing.
For additional information on these and other classes, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at 1-800-821-4335, ext. 2051 or in Izard County call 870-368-2051.
Ozarka College’s Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant and disability accommodations are available upon request.

Truman “Bud” Earl Eldridge, son of the late Hadley Herbert Eldridge and Twylah Amalee Paxton Eldridge, was born February 18, 1931 in Calhoun, Missouri. He departed this life January 23, 2014 in Benton, Arkansas at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 5 days. In 1953 he was united in marriage to Pearl Schmitz in La Mesa, California. He spent his life as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, provider and friend. He served five years in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a computer programer for IBM; retiring after 35 years of employment. After retiring, he went into business for himself; owing and operating Eldridge Programing. He was a member of the Melbourne Community Church.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Pearl Eldridge of Melbourne; two sons: Steven Eldridge of LaCrosse and Joel Eldridge and wife Patsy of Flippin; two daughters: Colette Crook and husband Jeff of Haskell and Diane Weaver of Weaverville, California; one brother: Herb Eldridge of Murrieta, California; six sisters: Wyonda Handley of Independence, Missouri, Shirley Kephart of Columbia, Missouri, Sondra Hodge of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Sharon Uminn of West Plains, Missouri, Elizabeth Killion of Techumseh, Missouri and Debra Eldridge of Columbia, Missouri; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Russell Eugene Eldridge.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Melbourne Community Church.
Arrangements by Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, Arkansas.

Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store in Melbourne announces a “Bag Sale” every Wednesday through the end of February. Each bag is $1 for items from the women’s and children’s rooms. Limit eight items per bag. Books, hardcover, paperback and children’s, are 10 for $1.
“This is an opportunity for shoppers to visit our store and see what we have to offer,” said Executive Director Lora Umphries-Buck. “The income from our Store supports Safe Passage, Inc. domestic violence programs. These include a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, peer counseling, shelter for victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and other free and confidential services.”
Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store is on Highway 69 East of the traffic light in Melbourne. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you or someone you know is being abused, call our 24-hour hotline 870-368-3222 for free and confidential help.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that following a week and a half trial in Melbourne that ended Wednesday, January 22, Donald Dickey of Calico Rock was convicted of arson and murder in the first degree.
The jury, after deliberating for two hours, announced they had found 77 year old Dickey guilty of the two charges. Again, after convening for about 15 minutes, this same jury announced a sentence of two life terms in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Lawrence said that Dickey was convicted of setting his Gorby home on fire while the victim, wife Mary Dickey, was inside the home.
The fire completely consumed the structure and burned a vehicle sitting nearby. Shortly after the fire was reported on this July 2010 day, Dickey was observed driving away from the residence and was located at Jordan Landing on the Norfork Lake.
It was reported at the time that Dickey had been observed washing some items, suspected to be his own clothing, and clothing was found hanging on his pickup truck drying. The partial remains of Mary Dickey were located in the burned debris by investigators two days later.
The Arkansas Crime Laboratory determined that much, if not all his clothing including shoes and his belt, contained a level of a flammable substance.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver was the presiding judge.

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy in the Izard County Invitational Tournament with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.  Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2.

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.
Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2. Photo/C.Stafford