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The Izard County Cougars and Lady Cougars were both named Conference and District Champions. In the Championship game, the Cougars held on for the 50-48 win over the Norfork Panthers. For ICC: Walker (20), Gleghorn (10), Mosley (7), Markovic (6), Reynolds (3), Everett (2), and Jones (2). The Lady Cougars went on for the 48-32 win over the Norfork Lady Panthers. For ICC: Cooper (21), Jones (9), S. King (8), J. King (7), Sac (2), and Caraway (1). Photos/B.Stapleton

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their annual spring festival, Dogwood Days, held the second Saturday in May.
This year, Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend is Saturday, May 9, and anyone interested in a booth may pick up a vendor’s application at the Chamber office located at the lower Diamond B Mall, or visit www.horseshoebendarcc.com for an online application.
Musical entertainment, food concessions, craft booths, commercial booths, and service organizations are all a part of the 29th annual event, which also includes a pet pageant and games for kids.
Get your vendor application today, and plan on Saturday, May 9 in Horseshoe Bend.
The Chamber may also be reached by calling 870-670-5433.

Horseshoe Bend’s annual publication, the Horseshoe Review is now in process.
Clubs, groups, organizations, and churches are encouraged to begin compiling your news and photos for the Review, which will be published in April.
Information may be turned in at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office at the lower Diamond B Mall, or email pacesetting@centurytel.net with Review typed in the subject line.
“This will be the 36th edition of the Horseshoe Review and we look forward to publishing a beautiful glossy magazine again this year,” said Karen Sherrell, Review Chairman. Each Review features a message from the Chamber President and from the mayor, with articles in the past from area organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, American Legion, MRID, Airport Commission, Boating and Fishing Club, SRAA, AARP, Men’s and Ladies Golf Clubs, Recycling Center, Garden Club, Horseshoe Pitching, Animal Control, Telecare, DAR, Little Theater, Pioneer Village-Manor Homes, Music in the Mountains, Izard County Master Gardeners, as well as local church news, Chamber festivals and school information.
Area businesses place advertisements in the Review as well and a sales representative will be calling businesses within the next month.
So let’s get working on your news to publish in the annual Review, and remember to highlight your group’s activities for the year, a little history, and a picture or two. For more information, please call Sherrell at 870-670-6397.

by Karen Sherrell
The Horseshoe Bend Theater located at the lower mall will be the site for a public meeting held by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
“AGFC has scheduled a public meeting concerning the proposed Crown Lake boat ramp at Fisherman’s Park for Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Theater,” wrote Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor, in an email dated Thursday, February 19.
Municipal Recreational Improvement District Commissioners voted 4-1 at their January 15 meeting, to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The total project cost to AGFC is $112,000.
According to Risley, AGFC received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January meeting. They received ten emails in favor of the project. Over 150 people attended that meeting.
“We will be holding a public meeting to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also,” he added. The AGFC planned the meeting at a time that both state officials can attend, according to Risley.
Currently, Box Hound Marina offers the only launch ramp on Crown Lake, which is free to property owners. The AGFC and Box Hound Marina discussed a proposal to repair the marina launch and other specifics, but after months of discussion, could not come to an agreement.
At the January MRID meeting, former commissioner J. R. Wilson told audience members that AGFC had talked to the MRID while he was on the commission, and stated that if the marina and AGFC changed their minds on their agreement, the money goes away. “It’s between the state and Box Hound,” said Wilson. “MRID shouldn’t have anything to do with it. It (Fisherman’s Park) is an amenity. You’d be getting rid of an amenity, a park to a parking lot.”
Chairman of the MRID, Tom Doty, stated that AGFC had contacted MRID to see if they would like to place a public launch at Fisherman’s Park.
According to Doty, the proposed launch placement falls into the guidelines in place for encroachment on adjacent property owners. “There is a pie-shaped part at the park corner at the bottom of the curve that is MRID’s, part of Fisherman’s Park,” he said.
Property owner John Mosser is in favor of the free public launch. “This means more people in town, more money spent here,” said Mosser at the January meeting. “You cannot prevent change. You plan, accept and benefit from it.”
Those against the project cite the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, insufficient policing of the lake, possible increase in theft and noise, and a decline in lakefront property values. Those for the project look forward to an increase in commerce in the city with the availability of a free public boat launch.
Anyone wishing to voice their opinion on the proposed boat launch is invited to attend the March 24 public meeting at the Horseshoe Bend Theater, hosted by AGFC.

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Conference Runner-Up and Jr. District Tournament Runner-Up, Izard County Jr. Lady Cougars. Photos/B.Stapleton

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Calico Rock Jr. Pirates, District Runner Up and Conference Co-Runner Up

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CONFERENCE AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONS: The Salem Jr. Lady Greyhounds beat Pangburn 54-18.The Lady ‘Hounds jumped in front 13-0 and never looked back. Salem led 21-1 after one; 34-10 at the half; 48-15 after three. Sonni Martin led the Jr. Lady ‘Hounds with 25 points.

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Batesville singer/songwriter John T. Parks will be featured at the Horseshoe Bend Music in the Mountains Show on Saturday, February 21.
Parks performs as part of the Lockhouse Orchestra and half of a duo with Sarah Jo Roark, and at local avenues including Fox Creek BBQ in Batesville and Words and Afterwords in Hardy. Parks’ sister Erin Parks Walters is also on the entertainment line-up for the evening.
Rani Rush and Jerry Kipper will perform along with the house Hwy. 289 Band beginning at 6 p.m.
As always, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at 5 p.m. prior to the show which is held the third Saturday of each month.
A new gospel show which began February 14 at the Music in the Mountains, featuring Saved by Grace, will now be held the first Saturday of every month at the music theater beginning at 6 p.m., with concessions available at the snack bar.
Admission to all the musical entertainment at the theater is by donation, and all proceeds go to keep the theater operating.
So, for some great entertainment, be sure and visit the Music in the Mountains Theater on the first and third Saturdays monthly at the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.

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For the 31st year, FNBC Bank will award the Boyd Carpenter Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Sharp, Izard or Fulton County who plans to attend college and seek a four year degree. FNBC Bank partners with the Arkansas Community Foundation to fund this $4,000 scholarship.
Awarded in a two-phase process, the first phase places emphasis on academics, extracurricular activities and employment.
The second phase is based upon the applicant’s interview with the judging committee. The scholarship will be awarded as $1,000 per year for four years for a total of $4,000.
Students interested in applying should visit www.arcf.org/scholarships to complete the online application. All applications are due by April 1.
This scholarship is renewable up to four years. To qualify, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA on a four point scale, or equivalent.
The FNBC Bank Board of Directors established this scholarship in 1984 to honor Boyd Carpenter, then-chairman and president of the bank, who was a devoted advocate for education. Carpenter’s son, Martin, currently serves as chairman and CEO, and his granddaughter, Molly, is director of marketing.

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IT’S MINE: Salem’s Brooklyn Abney controls the ball against Mammoth Spring’s Burgin Shelby. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s issue of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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The 2015 Kiwanis Pee Wee Basketball Tournament was held at the ICC High School in Brockwell on January. The annual all day tournament is divided into girl’s and boy’s brackets. The winners of the girl’s bracket were the Salem Lady Greyhounds and the second place winners were the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. The winners of the boy’s bracket were the Cave City Cavemen and the second place winners were the Izard County Cougars. The Kiwanis Club of Horseshoe Bend congratulates the winners of this tournament and thanks all the participants and parents for their support. All proceeds from this tournament help support student scholarships.

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STOLEN SIGNS: Several street signs, two directional signs and stop signs were stolen along Pine Ridge Road in Horseshoe Bend last week. The city has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the theft. Pictured is the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Tri Lakes Drive, minus the street signs. See full story in the February 11 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

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AERIAL COMBAT: Calico Rock’s Logan Sherrill goes in for the lay up after the steal as Cougar Michael Gleghorn fights to defend the shot. See full story and additional pictures in the February 4th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Graduating seniors in Fulton County who have participated in county, district, or state fairs have the opportunity to apply for three scholarships, the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship, the North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship, and the Arkansas Fair Manager’s Association Scholarship. Applications are available online at www.fultoncountyfair.org and should be completed and turned into the Fulton County Fair Office at least five days before the deadline listed on the application. This will give fair officials time to get the scholarship applications to the appropriate scholarship committee. The scholarship applications can be completed online and printed for submission. All applications must be typed.
All scholarship applications should be submitted to the Fulton County Fair office. The North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship is due by February 26. The Arkansas Fair Managers Association Scholarship is due by March 10, and the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship is due March 26. If you have questions, please contact Fulton County Fair Manager Carolyn Lewis at clewis@fultoncountyfair.org or call the fair office at 870-895-5565.

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by Karen Sherrell
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has received numerous emails concerning the proposed free boat launch at Fisherman’s Park in Horseshoe Bend, and have decided to conduct a public meeting in the city in the near future.
According to Jeremy Risley, with AGFC in Mountain Home, they have received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January 15 meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID).
Over 150 people attended that meeting in which MRID commissioners voted four-to-one to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with, vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The AGFC received ten emails in favor of the project.
“We will be holding a public meeting in the near future to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. The AGFC Director and Commission will make the final decision on the project. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also. We will try to plan the meeting on a date they can both attend,” stated Risley.
The AGFC will be issuing an announcement in the near future with details on the public meeting.
Opponents of the project cite 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 additional commerce for the city.