The Hardy Garden Club is hosting an Indoor Flea Market/Craft Bazaar this Saturday, February 22 from – 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Old Hardy Gym.
Over 20 vendors will be there.

A traffic stop was initiated Monday morning, February 17 on a motorcycle that was traveling at a high rate of speed near the Diamond B shopping mall in Horseshoe Bend.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the driver of the motorcycle failed to stop for Deputy Mike Smith, and a pursuit continued through various areas of the city eventuallyy onto State Highway 289. The cycle with a passenger on board traveled in excess of 80 miles per hour, failed to stop at several stop signs and often crossed the center line. Deputy Smith radioed for assistance and Corporal Mark Simino established a road block west of Wiseman; however, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked before reaching the road block.
Kenneth R. Stephens II, age 29 with addresses in Batesville and Star Cit,y and his 22 year old female passenger were thrown to the ground when the motorcycle crashed. Stephens then threw his coat and helmet to the ground and continued to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by Smith.
Vital Link transported the female passenger to a hospital and Corp. Simino transported Stephens to a hospital before taking him to the Izard County Detention Facility. Stephens was charged with 15 traffic offenses and five criminal offenses to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia- two counts, and fleeing. The female passenger was not charged.
Stephens remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on these charge as well as seven Sharp County warrants including a parole violation.

Early Tuesday morning, February 11, Izard County deputies and the Arkansas State Police were dispatched to a field off of Lafferty Road, Mt. Pleasant in response to a body in that location. Dale E. Strader, age 58 of Mt. Pleasant was found. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said it appeared that Strader was leaving a residence the night before and possibly fell on the ice and snow. Lawrence said there were no signs of foul play. The body was sent to the state crime laboratory and a report from the medical examiner’s office said that there was no trauma to the body and that Stader likely died from natural causes or from the extreme cold. A toxicology report is pending from that office.

Izard County District Court in Melbourne scheduled for Thursday, February 6th was cancelled due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions. District Judge David E. Miller said persons scheduled to appear in court that day are rescheduled for Thursday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

The Fulton County Fair Association is now accepting vendors for the 11th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market on April 11 and 12 in Salem. Inside spaces are 8×8 ft. and rent for $30, a double space, 8×16 ft., is $50, or a triple space, 8×24 ft., is $80. Outside space is 12×20 ft. and the rental fee is $40. There is a $5 charge for electricity.
A limited number of spaces are available. Vendor applications are available at www.fultoncountyfair.org or an application can be mailed by calling 870-895-5565 or 870-458-3080 or email fultoncountyfair@centurytel.net.
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-Wide Yard Sale will also be on these dates.
The two events are advertised statewide and draw a large number of people to Salem for this weekend.

Paul William Buck was born the son of Gene Merlin Buck and Norma Jean (Collins) Buck on February 14, 1954, in Janesville, Wisconsin. He departed this life February 2, 2014, at his residence in Franklin, at the age of 59 years. He was united in marriage on March 28, 2013 in Highland, to Lora R. Umphries.
He is survived by his wife, his mother, his four daughters, Dawn Borchardt and husband, Shawn, of Custer, South Dakota, Tara Ritter and husband Steve of Rockaway Beach, Missouri, Cherish Buck of Tacoma, Washington and Nicole Peters and husband William of Wahiawa, Hawaii, his son, Cory Wright and wife Jeri of St. Louis, Missouri, stepchildren, Clarence Bricker III and wife Lesley and Crystal Ping and husband Josh, both of Terre Haute, Indiana. Twenty grandchildren were shared by Paul and Lora. Paul is also survived by two brothers, John Buck and wife Karen of Broadhead, Wisconsin, and James Buck and wife Cynthia of Violet Hill, two sisters, Sue Miller and husband Lance of Glencoe, and Mary Smith and husband Rocky of Violet Hill, several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, and nephew Simon R. Buck (son of James and Cynthia Buck.) Paul worked in the construction and carpentry business most of his life. He enjoyed doing woodworking activities for family and friends. Earlier in his life he worked at a charcoal plant in Missouri for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and and loved walks in the woods, gardening with Lora and fishing. His main purpose in these later years was to know the Lord and to do as God had directed him to do.
He was a member of the Word Works Ministries Church of Highland, and will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, as well as a loyal friend. He will truly be missed by all.
There will be two memorials for Paul, one at the Word Works Ministries in Highland, on Sunday, February 23, with Rev. Joan Counts officiating and the other at the Assembly of God in Horseshoe Bend, on Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Berlin Walker officiating.

Chairman Marty McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on February 12.
Present: Aldermen James Davis, Nate Wolff, Nicki West, McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Harold Faigle.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept January 2014 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by West. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $18,624.82 in sales tax for the month of January 2014. Mayor Barnes thanked the public works department for their efforts and putting in extra time clearing the streets.
Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Under unfinished business: None
Under new business:
The committee discussed snow removal.
Barnes handed out a Snow Removal Fact Sheet. A copy may be viewed on the cities website.
West read a prepared statement regarding the recent snow/ice storm. She recommends the city consider outfitting a city pickup truck with a plow blade to assist with snow removal. The committee also discussed the possibility of obtaining a grant to purchase a truck outfitted with a snowplow.
Barnes prepared a spreadsheet to identify all elected officials property taxes paid in 2013 as an example of what the city actually receives. The total taxes paid in this group were $9,292.08 and out of taxes paid the city received $929.20 and the street department received $278.76. His point was to clear up the misunderstanding that all property taxes paid are distributed to the city. He reiterated that the budget for the street department is limited. The cost to salt all the roads in Horseshoe Bend one time would have been approximately $11,000. The Mayor stated the street department did a great job considering their limited resources and the unprecedented conditions. The surrounding cities have been contacted requesting a status update of their clean-up efforts and they stated that it is a work in progress.
Yow suggested the city recognize Bob Johnson, Commander of the American Legion, for all his efforts-specifically obtaining the cannon for Veterans Park.
The committee addressed questions from the audience.
With no further business to come before the committee Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Davis, motion carried unanimously.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for March 12 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Michelle Grabowski
Recorder/Treasurer

The Izard County Animal Resue Effort is holding its 11th Annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, at the Izard County Fairground Exhibit Building in Melbourne. This is the largest rummage sale around, and it is all inside!
Concessions will be available with hot dog and hamburger lunches, chili, drinks and baked goods.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will also be a pet vaccinations clinic, with Nanci Solis of Thousand Hills Vet Service, where you can bring your dogs on a leash and/or cats in a carrier, and get your pets vaccinated at a reduced cost. Rabies vaccination will be $10. Nail trimming and other vet related services will also be available.
Come on out, have lunch, buy some treasure, and support a great cause!

Rhonda Halbrook, County and Circuit Clerk for Izard County has announced that she will not run for re-election this year.
Rhonda was elected Clerk in 1994 and took office January 1st, 1995 and at the end of her current term will have served as County and Circuit Clerk for 20 years.
Rhonda also served at Deputy Clerk for 15 years prior to being elected.
She made the following statement:
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve you, the Citizens of Izard County and to work with so many other dedicated public servants over the past 35 years.
“ I will forever be grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve as your County and Circuit Clerk.”

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 county courthouse in Melbourne.
Party filing fee amounts are: Judge, $950; Sheriff, $930; Clerk, $870; Treasurer, $840; Assessor, $840; Collector, $840; Justice of the Peace, $78; Coroner, $92; Democratic Committee, $5; Constable, $10; Calico Rock Mayor, $340.
The Preferential Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 20. Following the primary election, winning candidates will run against independent candidates in the General Election on November 4. Deadline to register to vote in the Preferential Primary Election is Monday, April 21.

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering free heart health screenings at its rural health clinics during the last week of February, 24 through 28. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check.
Participants in the cholesterol screening should not eat or drink for eight hours prior in order to receive accurate results on the blood test. The screenings are free but appointments are required and may be made by contacting the clinic. Individuals do not need to be a patient of the clinic to participate.
OMC rural health clinic locations include:
Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228
Salem 1st Care, Salem, Arkansas: 870-895-1911
Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.
“American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease,” said M. Faisal Khan, MD, OMC Interventional Cardiologist “Early detection of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and this screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle.”
In addition to the rural health clinic screenings, a free event will be held at OMC Heart Care Services in West Plains from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and will include a free cholesterol panel and blood pressure screen as well as peripheral arterial disease, PAD, check. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793. The screenings for PAD are limited to persons with high risk. Risk for PAD will be assessed when making a screening appointment.
OMC will also host a Heart Health Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 in the OMC Willard Hunter Classroom at Parkway Center. The breakfast is free but a reservation is required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.

The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on January 27 in the high school board room.
Superintendent Fred Walker announced to the board that the high school had won a High-Achieving High Schools award from the Office of Educational Policy. The High-Achieving High Schools awards are given to high-achieving schools for their performance on End of Course, EOC, exams in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and the Grade 11 Literacy Exam. Walker also announced that the high school, for the fifth consecutive year, had been named to U.S. News and World Report’s List of the Nation’s Best High Schools.
Walker told the board that the AAA Board of Directors had recently awarded Izard County High School the Class 1A Region 2 basketball, baseball, and softball tournaments for this year and Izard County is also the host of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament to be held at Mountain Home.
The board unanimously agreed to extend Superintendent Fred Walker’s contract by one year through June 30, 2017.
Elementary Principal John Walker announced that Kirsten Dickerson had won the Izard County Spelling Bee recently and it is the fourth straight year that an ICC student has won the Izard County Spelling Bee. Callie Cole was third and Lakesha Crider was seventh. High School Principal David Harmon announced 12 students in our band and choir programs had been selected for All-Region honors recently. He said four students had been selected to the Region V All-Region Band and three students were selected as alternates. Benji Norton, Andy Norton, Callie Cole, and Adryanna Woodward were named to the 2013-2014 Region V All-Region Bands. Andy and Benji Norton were named to the Junior High Second Band, Callie Cole was named to the Junior High First Band, and Adryanna Woodward was named to the Senior High Second Band. Autumn Thick, Kennedy Wallis, and Davis Norton were selected as alternates. Also, Harmon announced five students had been selected All-Region Choir recently. The students selected are Davis Norton, Deshia Fuller, Lucas Smith, April McCoy, and MaKayla Gross. The band director is Jonathan Phillips and the choir director is Chelsea Phillips. Harmon also commended Business Teacher Hugh Chapman for achieving National Board Teacher Certification recently.
Middle School Principal Billy McBride praised the junior girls basketball team for winning the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagle and the Izard County Invitational Tournaments recently and the junior boys for their runner-up finish in the Izard County Invitational Tournament. McBride also commended the school’s bowling teams for having a cumulative record of 5-1 so far this year. Matt Orf is the bowling coach.
McBride noted that the junior and senior high basketball teams have a combined 24-6 conference record and a combined overall record of 63-35 this year currently and the junior girls, senior girls, and senior boys are all 1A 2 North Conference Champions or Co-Champions this year. The senior girls and senior boys have already qualified for the regional tournament. Kyle McCandlis is the boys basketball coach and Tony Booth is the girls basketball coach and they are assisted by Steven Walker.
McBride announced that Coach McCandlis was selected for the Harold Ray Jeffery Sportsmanship Award recently at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and Andrew Walker was selected to the All-NEA Tournament Team.

by Anna Floyd
The Izard County Singing Convention will meet Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium at Brockwell, located at 4243, Highway 9 North in Izard County.
Please make an effort to come out and help us keep the Southern Gospel, Shape not emusic, alive and well. Music School Students, we have our new song books, too. This will be great fun and enjoyment. Everyone is welcome.
For more information call 870-368-4146, or 870-368-5012.

For your rummage sale donating convenience, ICARE will have its trailer parked at the Corner Drug Store parking lot in Melbourne. The door will be open, please just place your items inside. Donated dog and/or cat food would be most appreciated too.
Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.
Do not forget, ICARE Rummage Sale is February 21 and 22 at the fairgrounds.

by Karen Sherrell
Sharp County voters have a lot to think about.
A special election will be held on March 11 to determine a 1.5% sales tax increase countywide to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital.
Sharp County Quorum Court justices voted on ordinances pertaining to the building of the hospital, and issuance of bonds to finance the hospital in November of 2013. The ordinances will take effect if the sales tax is approved by voters.
Members of the Sharp County Hospital Foundation have been actively meeting with area hospitals since their formation approximately five years ago, with the closing of the hospital in Sharp County in 2004. According to Jonathan Rhodes, the foundation has spoken to White River Medical Center, UAMS, Baxter Regional Medical Center, NEA, and St. Bernard’s Healthcare.
If voter approved, the 40,000 square foot, 19-bed facility would be county-owned but not county-managed. St. Bernard’s Healthcare has expressed their interest in equipping, staffing and managing the proposed hospital, and attended the November Quorum Court meeting. The hospital would be a two-story facility, with a fully equipped emergency room, open 24/7, have a state of the art imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, administration and food service.
White River Medical Center also attended the November meeting and told the court and audience members of their plan for a satellite emergency room at their Urgent Care Clinic on the four-lane at Cherokee Village. “We are converting to a trauma room with a CT scanner and will be open 24-7 with trained emergency room physicians,” stated Sheila Mace, WRHS Public Relations Coordinator. The clinic has received verbal approval by the Arkansas Department of Health and Mace stated the satellite ER project will proceed regardless of the outcome of the special election. The Urgent Care Clinic volume has grown, according to Mace. “We have added services as they could be sustained,” she said.
Sharp County will be reimbursed for the cost of the special election, between $20,000 to $25,000, by the Sharp County Hospital Foundation.
Voters will decide on a one percent sales tax to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital with various departments and facilities, including emergency medicine, radiology, physical therapy, acute care and rehab. Voters will also decide on a half percent sales tax to pay on the bond issuance for the construction of the hospital.
Opponents of the proposed new hospital say the new tax rate will be among the highest in the state. Local cities within the county currently have sales taxes ranging from 7.50% to 9%.
Proponents state the county has been without a hospital for ten years, and one is needed in the county, for the citizens and for future generations to come. They feel a good health care system is an integral part of community growth and stability.
Voters will decide on Tuesday, March 11.
Residents of Sharp County wishing to vote in the special election, that are not registered to vote, need to do so by February 13. Early voting begins March 4 at the Sharp County Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sharp County Citizens for Responsible
Government can be found on Facebook.
Citizens for a County-Owned Hospital can be found at www.sharpcountyhospital.com.