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KSAR AWARDED PLAQUES OF APPRECIATION: During the annual Izard County Invitational Tournament last Saturday night, ICC Superintendent Fred Walker presented KSAR’s James Bragg and longtime Coach turned broadcaster Gary “The Old Coach” Cooper plaques of appreciation for their support of the tournament by broadcasting every game every year. Photos/B.Stapleton

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ICC came into the Championship as the top seed and only needed to defeat Mammoth Spring to earn their trip. The Cougars squared off against Melbourne who had defeated Salem and Calico Rock to get to the finals. ICC held a 51-46 lead that stood up as the final score.
In the Senior Girls Championship game, the top seeded Lady Cougars of ICC took on the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. ICC had a first round bye, then defeated Calico Rock to punch their ticket. Melbourne came in as the number three seed and had to defeat Midland and Salem to earn their pass to the championship game. The Lady Cougars riding a 34 point fourth quarter scoring frenzy came back and claim the Championship by the score of 57-47.
Pictured are the champions and runner-ups.
See full stories and additional pictures in the January 28 edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photos/B.Stapleton

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A Calico Rock woman who has been in jail since October 13, 2014 in lieu of $500,000 bond on charges of sexual indecency with a child, sexual assault fourth degree, and rape now faces additional child sex related charges.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 32 year old Beth Dickerson, was additionally charged January 16 with another sexual assault in the fourth degree, a class “d” felony; and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. These additional charges stem from the forensic analysis of her computer by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
The computer was seized at the time of Dickerson’s original charges. Bond for Dickerson was increased to $510,000. She remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.
In other reports, Blake Lawrence, age 31 of Norfork, was arrested January 12 on charges of harassing communications- six counts, and terroristic threatening first degree. The charges relate to phone calls Lawrence is accused of making to officials of the Eagles in Horseshoe Bend. Lawrence was released with a court date the day of his arrest.

by Bobby Stapleton
It’s a good thing gas prices have fallen.
The Arkansas Activities Association has awarded the post season sites for the majority of sports, and it looks like patrons in area coverage school systems will become road warriors.
In basketball, after Calico Rock, I.C.C, and Mammoth Spring get past the Senior Districts, which will be at ICC, it will be time to gas up the vehicle. The Regionals will be at Hillcrest from February 25 to February 28. The State Tournament will be held March 3 through 7 at Nashville, Arkansas.
For Salem, the District will be held at Tuckerman, the Regional Tournament will be held at Buffalo Island Central from February 25 to 28. The State Tournament will be March 3 through 7 at Pangburn.
For Melbourne, after hosting the District Tournament, the Regional Tournament will be February 25 through 28 at Rose Bud. The State Tournament will be held at Cassatot River in Cove, Arkansas, March 3 through 7.

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: Thirty-three participants from the tri-county area took a cold plunge into Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 17. Plungers raised almost $5,000 for Special Olympics Arkansas. The Polar Plunge was sponsored in part by Box Hound Marina. See additional pictures and full story in January 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Over 150 people attended the standing room only meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) on Thursday, January 15, voicing their opinions, loudly at times, on the addition of an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park. Opponents of the project site the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property values. Proponents look forward to more people coming to Horseshoe Bend, creating more commerce for the city. See the entire story and vote in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Pick up your copy of the paper in newsracks in Izard, Fulton and Sharp Counties.

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The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fourth 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 4 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, 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.

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ALL STAR: During the Homecoming festivities last Friday night, Jan. 9 at Melbourne, Bearkatz alum Kyler McLaughlin was honored for his accomplishments during his time at Melbourne. As an athlete, McLaughlin was a three sport star, competing in track, football, and basketball. Kyler’s jersey was hung on the wall with the other All Star Jerseys. Kyler is pictured with Football Coach Kevin McCarn. See full story in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend voted to continue the City’s contract with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) during the December council meeting.
The contract with ICSO will continue for four years, through December 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $243,600 for 2015, or $20,300 a month; $247,254 for 2016; $250,962 for 2017; and $254,726 for 2018. Contract rates reflect a 1.5% annual increase as called for in the contract.
ICSO took over the jurisdiction of Horseshoe Bend in September of 2013 signing a 16 month contract at that time, for $240,000 a year. One of three Horseshoe Bend officers hired by ICSO still remains employed by the county, Michael Smith. City Council voted 6-2 in July 2013 to approve the county contract, following a heated discussion, with over 150 residents attending that meeting.
The new agreement was signed on December 15 and ICSO will continue to provide 24/7 full public safety services for the city of Horseshoe Bend, with the county furnishing and supplying all necessary labor, supervision, equipment, communications and dispatching facilities necessary to maintain the level of service to be rendered.
The city will provide utilities for the sheriff’s substation located downstairs at city hall.
The agreement between the city and ICSO may be terminated by either party upon a 60-day written notice. Future contract agreements will be for a period of five years.

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes has his eye on achieving several goals over his next four years in office, including promoting the development of an assisted living center, and implementing a rental property inspection program.
“The City of Horseshoe Bend wants our citizens to know that city government is responsive to its citizens and their needs, and that our highest priority is to provide them with appropriate service levels through the implementation of this four year plan,” wrote Barnes in the introduction of his plan covering the years 2015 through 2018.
Pick up the January 14 edition of the Pacesetting Times to read the full plan!

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PROPOSED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH: The Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are discussing a proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. According to AGFC Regional Maintenance Contract Coordinator Mike Cantrell, the preliminary proposal will include vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock and launch ramp. If the proposal is approved, this will become public access to Crown Lake. Some residents have questioned the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property value. According to Cantrell, a previous proposal with Box Hound Marina “is at an end pass, and done.” Box Hound Marina has recently resurfaced their boat launch which is free to use by property owners. MRID has included discussion of the proposed launch in their public meeting agenda for January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building located atop Turkey Mountain.

The Salem Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will conduct the Annual Valentine Pageant Tuesday, January 27 right before the Salem-Sloan Hendrix Basketball games.
Candidates for Mr. and Miss Valentine are from grades seventh through 12 at Salem High School. The Little Miss and Little Mr. contestants are from grades kindergarten through sixth grade at the Salem Elementary School.
Elementary candidates are: Ms. Simers’ Kindergarten – Kylie Harber and Keaton Zeigler, Ms. Julie’s Kindergarten Jailyn Strong and Wesley Oliver, Ms. Hurtt’s Kindergarten – Kenly Brown and Caleb Smith, Ms. Barker’s First Grade – Keely Ward and Landon McEntire, Ms. Henley’s First Grade – Shaylee Goodson and Richard Smith, Ms. Walling’s First Grade – Lydia Smith and Whitt Bishop, Ms. Aldridge’s First Grade – Roxie Spears and Jackson Taylor, Ms. Watson’s 2nd Grade – Montana Franks and Brant Cochran, Ms. Long’s Second Grade – Olivia Smith and Owen Guffey, Ms. Hyslip’s Second Grade – Hannah Hutson and Braden Morris, Ms. Gaskin’s Third Grade – Madeline Keen and Hunter Sizemore, Ms. Edward’s Third Grade – Angelei Erwin and Spencer Jackson, Ms. Manes’ Third Grade – Katie Fish and Hunter Collier, Ms. Cotter’s Fourth Grade – Adrianna Bagwell and Dryver Springstun, Ms. Fowler’s Fourth Grade – Greenly Hall and Hank Guiltner, Mrs. Boyd’s Fourth Grade – Madalyn Miller and Matthew Guffey, Ms. Turnbough’s Fifth Grade – Yuki Beller and Brady Boles, Ms. Maguffee’s Fifth Grade – Cassidy Walling and Brice Langston, Ms. Walling’s Fifth Grade – Kelsey Pearson and Owen Jones, Ms. Cooper’s Sixth Grade – Brianna Lundry and Tommy Bassham, Mr. Cone’s Sixth Grade – Brittney Worsham and Darius Brown, and Ms. Wiseman’s Sixth Grade – McKenzie Bontrager and Cord McCullough. Mr. and Miss Valentine candidates are: Seventh Grade – Kendalee Stansbury and Mark Hancock; Eighth Grade – Dagni Hall and Chase Himshoot; Ninth Grade – Kaylea Walling and Braden Love; Tenth Grade – Melissa Palumbo and Justin Pearson, 11th Grade –Callie Marsh and Mason Kinder; and 12th Grade – Libbie Watkins and John Smith.
Votes for contestants are one penny each. Cans for votes are at the Town and Country Super Market on Church Street in Salem. Voting will end at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 26 and no votes will be accepted after that date.
All proceeds from the pageant will be used by Beta Sigma Phi for community service projects.

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Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2015 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on January 17, with registration beginning at noon and the plunge at 1 p.m. Sponsorship/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina, Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Pacesetting Times.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges. Special awards will be given for Best Costume, individual, pair, and team; and First Place for the most money raised to individual, pair, and team.
Incentive for $50 minimum collected per plunger is an official Plunge T-Shirt; $250 collected, plunger will receive a Plunge T-Shirt and Beach Towel; $500 collected will include Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, and a 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket; and $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket, and a 32-can Rolling Cooler.
SOAR was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently more than 14,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for gold, silver or bronze medals. In a sense athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for our athletes and their families.
The vision of SOAR is to transform communities by changing lives through sports.
So plungers, get your sponsorship/contribution form, then get your sponsors, and be ready to take the 2015 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on January 17.

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ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM: (l to r) Lauren Jones, Jen King, and Kennedy Cooper were selected to be on the All Tournament Team at the NEA Invitational Basketball Tournament held last week. See full story and additional pictures on page 7 in this week’s edition!

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PRESSURING ‘D: Melbourne’s Derek Love (L) and Jay Chaney apply the defense to Valley Springs on the break in last week’s action. See full story and additional pictures in the January 7th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton