Fitness icon, Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has declared war on childhood obesity. To help combat this disease, he is bringing the Foundation’s multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to Arkansas and has engaged Governor Hutchinson to partner in this effort. The campaign encourages elementary and middle school educators to think outside the box by implementing innovative ideas in fitness and nutrition for its students. The nomination process is open at www.natgovfit.org and will run through mid June. Three schools, selected by the National Foundation, will be deemed National Champion Schools and will each be awarded a $100,000 state-of-the-art Live Positively Fitness Centers for their efforts.
“I am honored to partner with Jake Steinfeld to bring the National Champion Schools campaign to Arkansas schools,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Jake and the Foundation have done incredible work around the country in the fight against childhood obesity, and I am excited that he has chosen Arkansas to take part in this campaign. Childhood obesity is a significant problem in this great state. I believe this program is a step in the right direction for getting our kids fit and healthy, and I would encourage every elementary and middle school in the state to take part in the nomination process. Three schools in the state will become the recipient of a brand new fitness center, but every school participating in the process will be setting their students on the path to a healthier tomorrow.”
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program is set apart from other initiatives because it does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding, making it even more attractive to cash-strapped states. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Nike. In addition, TuffStuff Fitness International equips all of the fitness centers. The National Foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.
“When you have the right tools and the inspiration, anything is possible. Today, we are changing the way our kids think about fitness and physical activity. We are changing their habits and in the process changing their lives! And now, Arkansas schools have a great opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future. Academics and fitness go hand in hand. We are not only building bodies, but most importantly we are building confidence self esteem in these terrific kids. By placing fitness centers in elementary and middle schools, we are certain to see positive, healthy changes. Our children are our most precious resource and by providing them with a strong foundation in health and fitness, we can feel confident that they will excel beyond their wildest dreams,” said Steinfeld.
Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs.

Following a public meeting held on Wednesday, April 15 in Little Rock, Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners concluded the proposed boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend is a no go.
“The AGFC Property Management Committee supported the staff recommendation to defer the proposed Crown Lake – Fisherman’s Park boat ramp project and deauthorize the funds previously obligated to the Crown Lake – Box Hound Marina boat ramp project,” said Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor in Mountain Home.
“On Thursday, April 16, the Commission passed a minute order that formally deauthorized the money previously obligated toward the Box Hound Marina boat ramp project in the amount of $112,600. This action officially defers the Fisherman’s Park project,” he said.
This was the second public meeting held by the AGFC on the proposed public boat launch in Horseshoe Bend. On March 24, about 200 people attended a meeting held by the commission at the Horseshoe Bend Theater in hopes to give residents and non-residents a voice in the issue. According to AGFC, approximately 70% of the input they have received has been negative on placing a boat launch at Fisherman’s Park.
“Should access become an issue at Crown Lake in the future and there is community support, we can certainly revisit that need,” said Risley.
Property owners may still utilize the boat launch on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina at no charge.
Non-property owners pay $5 to utilize the launch.

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Mammoth Spring’s Konnor Alexander slides in safely under Calico Rock’s Tyler Stowers as umpire Kevin Wray keeps a close eye on the action. See full story and additional pictures on page 6 of the April 29 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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TOTAL LOSS: Horseshoe Bend and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene of a house fire at 1102 Pearl Drive in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, April 25 at approximately 11 p.m. No injuries were reported with the fire, and the home was a total loss. Owner of the home is Ed Wariner of Horseshoe Bend, which was currently occupied by Athania Hardin and her three year old daughter. According to Fire Chief Mike Hilliker, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Personnel were on the scene until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Photo/K.Sherrell

Act 560 of 2015 amended Arkansas laws pertaining to the Public School Choice Act. Act 560 of 2015 went into effect on March 20.
The Act now states that parents must submit school choice applications to the nonresident district by May 1, and the nonresident district shall notify the resident district of the filing of the application.
Under the former school choice law, applications were due by June 1 and parents had the responsibility of providing copies of the application to both the nonresident and resident districts.
The Superintendent of the nonresident district shall notify the parent and resident district in writing as to whether the student’s application has been accepted or rejected on or prior to July 1.
Under the former school choice law, a nonresident school district had to make a determination regarding whether to accept or deny a school choice application by August 1.
You can pick up School Choice Application forms from your schools Superintendent Office, or by printing one offline at www.arkansased.gov.

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ON THE RUN: Lady ‘Hound Tina King hauls in a line drive during the Salem V. Midland game last week. See additional photos and the full story in the April 8th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton
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PLAY AT THE PLATE: ICC’s Jen King slides safely into home as Mammoth Spring’s Megan Johnson tries to gather in the throw in last week’s game. See full story and more pictures in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton
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WALL OF DEFENSE: Mammoth Spring’s Makayla Cray comes up firing as Elizabeth Taylor dives out of the way. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: The Izard County sixth grade boys peewee team won the 14th Annual Izard County Invitational Peewee Basketball Tournament held on Saturday, March 21, at Brockwell. The sixth grade boys defeated Salem, 28-14 in the championship game to finish the season 12-0. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Caleb Faulkner, Rifle Comstock, Chase Orf, Coby Everett, Zach Simmons, and Drew Foster. Front row, Noah Johnson, Brady Taylor, Noah Everett, and Justin Stubblefield.fifth
CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP: The Izard County fifth grade boys finished second in the Tournament, losing to Gainesville MO, 22-16 in the championship game. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Keith Melton, Jared Brandon, Gunner Gleghorn, Josh Jensen, Muchael Shelton, and Landon McBride. Front row, Denton Riley, Isaac Lung, and Cody Timbs.

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As promised during the AGFC public meeting held on Tuesday, March 24, in Horseshoe Bend here is the information about the monthly AGFC Commission meeting where the proposed Fisherman’s Park Access at Crown Lake will be discussed.
Issues like the Fisherman’s Park Access are discussed by the AGFC Commissioners in the Property Management Committee.
The Commission has decided to deviate from the normal meeting schedule in order to have the Property Management Committee meeting at the beginning of the Commission meeting. This will allow citizens to attend the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion and not have to stay all day.
The Property Management Committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the Commission Briefing Room at the AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock. The address is 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock AR 72205.
For those planning to attend, the AGFC receptionist at the front entrance will direct you to the AGFC Commission Briefing Room.
They want to make everyone aware that the meeting room is not very big so it could be standing room only. The AGFC does not want this to discourage people from attending.
AGFC wants to relay this important information about the Fisherman’s Park Commission discussion. Their understanding is that each side of the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion (opposed and support) will be given the opportunity to have two people speak before the Commission on the behalf of each side.
Each speaker will be given a maximum of seven minutes. This is the typical allotted time for any speaker whether it is AGFC personnel or member of the public.
The Commission has asked Laureen Sac to be the contact for the opposition side and Tom Doty to be the contact for the support side. These two will decide the speakers for each side.
Sac and Doty have given their permission to attach their contact info.
Laureen Sac, 870-670-4496, saclaur@gmail.com
Tom Doty, 870-926-9934, twdoty02@yahoo.com
Please contact these two with information that you feel will help benefit the side that you are in favor of. Information submitted by Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor.