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HAGAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY: Walter R. Hagan announces his candidacy for Izard County Sheriff. “I honestly believe that if the citizens of Izard County could and would work more closely together with the department, we could solve an awful lot of our drug and other crime problems. The department needs to take more serious the anonymous reports from public and minor crimes (if there is such a thing) and follow up on them. I’m an ordinary working man with family and roots in Izard County for over 30 years. I have run a family business for over 40 years. I have been a Christian since November 1979. I’m not running for sheriff for the money or the power, but to protect mine and your families from the illegal drugs as well as other crimes in OUR county. From the bottom of my heart, I want to make the sheriff’s department more honorable and the homes in our county a safe place to live. I would appreciate your vote on November 4th. if you have any questions or comments, please call me at 870-297-8019.” Paid Political Ad

by Karen Sherrell
Does your vote really make a difference? Ask the candidate that wins by less than a handful of votes and they’ll tell you, “yes it does”.
This year’s midterm elections are more important than in many years. The Republican led House of Representatives (233 seats to 199 Democrats, and three vacant) look to hang on to their control. They also look to gain control in the Senate after this mid-term election on November 4.
Democrats currently control the Senate with 55 seats to the Republican’s 45 seats, but several of those Democratic seats are up for grabs come election day, with neck and neck races in several states, including Arkansas.
Nationally, this senate election could go either way, and voter turnout is going to be essential.
On the average, voter turnout in midterm elections is about 40%, but there has been a higher turnout when Americans were less approving of Congress. With a congressional job approval rating of 13%, voters may just see a good chance this year to shake things up, and there’s a good chance they may. An above-average turnout of voters is expected this election, with the feeling that a change in government is needed now.
The Pacesetting Times hosted a Candidates Forum in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, October 21, featuring speakers in contested races locally: for mayor, Bob Barnes, incumbent, and Chuck Spangler; for Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch VanZandt; and County Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent, and Walter Hagan. Tommy Wren, incumbent (D) and Michelle Gray (R) also attended, both seeking the Arkansas House of Representatives seat in District 62.
These folks will tell you….Yes your vote really can make a difference.

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Melbourne QB Conor Fogle crashes into the endzone for a touchdown against Osceola last Friday night. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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FORUM ATTENDEES: Municipal Candidates attended the Pacesetting Times’ Candidates Forum on Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. (l to r) Butch Van Zandt, John Grochowski, Chuck Spangler and Bob Barnes. Photo/C.Johnson
by Karen Sherrell
Early voting for the November 4 General Election has begun, with voters taking advantage of shorter wait times.
In Izard County, 470 votes have been cast by Monday, Oct. 27. Early voting continues at Ozarka College in Melbourne through November 3. Off site early voting will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Contested races in Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook.
In Guion for Mayor, Kathy Roberts and Larry Lynn Pittman.
In Oxford for Mayor, Stephen M. Stevenson, appointed incumbent, and Greg Stuart; Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters, incumbent, and Thomas Norvold.
In Fulton County, for County Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) and Terry Dailey (I).
In Salem for Mayor, Charles Owens, and Daniel Busch (D).
In Mammoth Spring, for Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, Charles Vaughn, Rose Pierce, and Wilma Rogers; Ward 2 Position 1, Peggy Smith, Joan Baker; Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Adam Davis.
In Sharp County, for County Judge, Phillip D. Hood (R), and Larry W. Brown (I); Coroner, Doug Wortham, incumbent, and Nathan W. Circle (I); Cherokee Village, District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) and Robert L. “Bob” Russell (D).

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TROPHY BUCK: Rex Ogle of Melbourne proudly displays his massive buck harvested on Sunday, October 19. Ogle was running late for a morning hunt, with only one load in his 50 caliber muzzle loader. He arrived to his brother’s deer stand after daylight and ten minutes later the buck came by. “He came out, I whistled, he stopped, and I got him,” said Ogle. The large deer weighed almost 200 pounds. The antler spread at the widest points was 18-3/4” with the G2 tines measuring 11-1/2”. Ogle said according to Boone & Crockett, the buck is rough scored at 165, and will be entered in the Big Buck Classic in Little Rock next January, and in the Big Buck Classic in Jonesboro next February. Congratulations Rex!

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LOCAL BEAUTY WINS AT STATE: Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne was Third Runner-Up in the State Junior Fair Queen Pageant held Saturday, October 18 in Little Rock. Photo/R.Guthrie

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KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON: ICC’s Andy Norton applies the defensive pressure against Cotter last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
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Going to the rim: ICC’s Clay Mosley goes in for two points last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
See more pictures and the story in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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Trunk or Treat will be held on Friday, October 31 at lower Diamond B Mall. Set up is at 5 p.m. in front of the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office. Judges will circulate among the trunks and choose first, second and third place. Trophies will be awarded to the three placed trunks and everyone competes together, no commercial or organizational categories.You do not have to decorate your trunk to come park at the lower mall and give out candy. Be sure to be parked at 4:30 p.m.
Following the trunk judging, around 5:30 p.m., the Parade of Costumes will begin. This year they are trying to simplify the process and finish earlier so that everyone can get to trick or treating. There is no pre-registration. Instead of meeting in the Theatre, weather-permitting, they will line up on the left-side of the gazebo. Spectators and parents please bring your own chair.
The Haunted House will be held Tuesday through Friday, October 28 through 31. Extended hours will be on Thursday and Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Every other night hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. This event just keeps getting bigger and better, rumor is that they’ve recruited some wicked pirates! Volunteers are needed and very much appreciated. For more information, please call Paula Rivera at 670-4536.

Vernon Gene Hightower, age 63, of Ash Flat died Saturday, October 11 at the Arkansas Childrens Hospital Burn Unit due to complications from an accident. Vernon was a retired construction worker. He was born January 6, 1951 in Batesville to the late William and Mary (Inman) Hightower.
Vernon is survived by his son; Michael Hightower; grandson, Christian Hightower, and a brother Jerrell Hightower.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a brother.
A memorial service was held Friday, October 17 at 10 a.m. at the Franklin Fire Department. Inurnment followed at 2 p.m. in the Agnos Cemetery.

Sample Ballots for Horseshoe Bend voters are available at the Pacesetting Times news office at 703 South Bend Drive, as well as fact sheets for Amendments 1-5 on the November 4 Ballot.
Amendments 1, 2 and 3 are presented by the Legislature. Issue 1: Adminstration of Government, requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies’ administrative rules. Issue 2: Direct Democracy, sets threshold of 75 percent of required petition signatures to obtain additional time for signature collection. Issue 3: Term Limits, extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years; limits lobbying and creates independent elected officials salary commission.
Amendments 4 and 5 are presented by the public. Issue 4: Alcohol, legalizes manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol statewide. Issue 5: Minimum Wage, increases the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by 2017.
The Fact Sheets describe the Amendment, and explain what a “For” vote means, and what an “Against” vote means.

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The Salem Band Boosters will be having their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25 at Salem Elementary. The Fall Festival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring bingo and pictures with Gary Greyhound. New games will also be played this year. Proceeds go to the Salem Band students.

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The Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will holding their Fall Clothing Drive on Wednesday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Church is located at 600 West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Please place your clothing in boxes or tied plastic bags. Men will be on hand to assist you when you arrive.

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While the weather is turning cold and nasty outside, the basketball season it starting up. Last Friday night, October 10, ICC held its annual Black and Grey games to showcase this year’s talent to the fans. ICC will be hosting the Bad Boy Mowers Classic next week and will be in action on Monday night, October 20, when the Sr. Girls take on Marmaduke at 6:10 p.m. and the Sr. Boys will follow with a 7:30 p.m. game, also against Marmaduke. Photo/Travis Stapleton

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return on October 13, 14, and 15, and will be broadcast on The River, 98.3.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned, so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop off at the Chamber office during normal hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned. Anyone running for political office may opt to donate for free advertising.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far.
The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation.
So mark your calendars for the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years!

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DOUBLE TEAMING: Brent Haskins and Raymond Hunter make the tackle on a Cougar. See this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times for additional pictures and full recap of the Salem v. Rector game. Photo/B.Stapleton

Pacesetting Times will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 21 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Hall in Horseshoe Bend. State, county and local candidates are invited to attend.
Horseshoe Bend candidates with races are for Mayor: Robert H. “Bob” Barnes, Inc., and Charles “Chuck” Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, Inc., and Butch Van Zandt. Local candidates will have a question and answer session, with county and state candidates given time to speak.
Horseshoe Bend residents are encouraged to submit questions for the local candidates to pacesettingtimes@yahoo.com, or bring by the news office at 703 South Bend Drive. Names do not need to be submitted with questions.
Also invited to the forum are party affiliates and organizations. Campaign materials supplied by candidates will be available for constituents to take home, as well as Horseshoe Bend sample ballots and absentee voting applications.
Early voting for the November 4 General Election begins Monday, October 20.
Offsite voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Oct. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registered Izard County voters may utilize one of the offsite voting precincts in lieu of the Melbourne courthouse.

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Additional sex related charges have been filed against Robert J. Norton of Sage, who was previously charged in June of this year and is being held at the Fulton County Jail in Salem, on a $240,000 bond. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the latest charges against Norton, filed October 1, 2014, involve conduct with three female students in his fourth grade class, which he taught last school year at Izard County Consolidated Elementary in Violet Hill. Norton’s bond has been increased by $100,000 for a total bond of $340,000. See Pacesetting Times for full story and recap of previous charges.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. in the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Orange Room.
The Chamber will honor Whatever as Business of the Year, Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi as Volunteer Organization of the Year, and Rob Long as Educator of the Year.
The Chamber will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to retiring Salem Mayor Gary Clayton for all of his years of service and dedication to Salem.
A brisket meal will be served prior to the awards ceremony. Cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 13, and five and under eat for free. For more information contact Mary Harris at 895-2591.