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TOUGH IN THE LANE: ICC’s Coby Jones goes up for two points against Nemo Vista in the Bad Boy Classic held at the Cougar Den in Brockwell last week. The Cougars picked up a 58-37 win over Nemo Vista and were paced by Andrew Walker’s 30 points while Taylor Reynolds delivered a well- rounded game as he added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. See full story and additional photos in the October 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Filing dates for candidates with party affiliation begin in November, for inclusion in the state’s Preferential Primary election March 1, 2016.
Party filing period will begin November 2 at noon and will end November 9 noon.
November 2 is also the start of the period when a person desiring to have their name placed on the ballot as an independent candidate to file petitions, and all necessary affidavits and pledges.
These filing dates do not apply to municipal filings which begin in July 2016. County offices such as sheriff, judge, clerk, assessor, collector, coroner and justice of the peace party affiliates need to file.
The deadline for the ballot draw will be December 3. The order by which names of the candidates shall appear on the ballot shall be determined at a public meeting of the county board.
January 4, 2016 is the deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the primary election.
Deadline to register to vote in the March 1 preferential primary and non-partisan elections is February 1, 2016.
The Arkansas legislature voted to move the state’s primary election from its traditional May date to March 1.
Fulton County Election Filing Period
Candidates for County, Municipal and Township offices should file during regular office hours with Fulton County Clerk Vickie Bishop at the Courthouse in Salem. Each candidate must file a DPA Political Practices Pledge.
Filing for membership in the Fulton County Central Committee is also open during the filing period. The membership fee for the county committee is $20 for a two-year period (2016-2017). The committee membership is open to all Fulton County Democrats.
For additional information contact County Clerk Vickie Bishop at 870-895-3310 or County Secretary Carolyn Lewis at 870-895-2491.
Izard County Election Filing Period
Izard County candidates should file with Izard County Clerk Shelly Downing at the Courthouse in Melbourne.
For additional information, contact Downing at 870-368-4316.

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Make plans for your ghouls and goblins to attend the annual Horseshoe Bend Trunk or Treat.
This year’s Trunk or Treat will be held at a new location, still with plenty of room to park those decorated trunks, have children’s games and a Costume Contest.
Cedar Glade Resort located at 900 Fourth Street, will host the fun on Saturday, October 31 beginning at 5 p.m. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions, and the Best Trunk and Costume Contest Awards will be presented at 6 p.m.
Best Trunk awards: first place winner will receive a weekend getaway in a suite at Cedar Glade Resort; second place winner will receive a gift certificate for The Calabama HSB; third place winner will receive a gift certificate to Papa Dick’s in Horseshoe Bend. Each winner will also receive an engraved trophy.
The Costume Contest will have five age groups: newborn to four years, five to eight years, nine to twelve years, thirteen to eighteen years, and over eighteen years is considered the adult group. There will be one boy and one girl winner selected out of each group. Each child will win a toy and every winner will receive an engraved medal.
Other fun activities are planned, so mark your calendar for this year’s Trunk or Treat at Cedar Glade Resort’s front parking lot.
Horseshoe Bend’s Annual Haunted House will be held at the usual location at 405 East Market Street, on October 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly. Admission is $3 per person, children age five and under are free. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions on Wednesday through Friday.
There will be Hayrides on Halloween that run from Cedar Glade Resort to the Haunted House and back to Cedar Glade Resort. Departure times will be every 15 minutes all night.

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Joseph Perry Morfield, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was charged October 12 in Izard County Circuit Court with rape and incest following a August 15 complaint by a female relative.
According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, while the female relative and her children were residing in a home occupied by Morfield and others family members, Morfield is alleged to have awakened the victim in the earlier morning hours on August 17 while he was violating her sexually.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory recently completed DNA testing and the results showed DNA swabs from the victim showed to be consistent with the DNA of Morfield who is the uncle of the victim.
Rape is a class “y” felony while incest is a class “c” felony.
Morfield remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $50,000 bond set by District Judge David E. Miller.
Morfield’s initial court date is Tuesday, November 17.

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KING: Drake Raines get a congratulatory kiss from Madison Stills after he was crowned Homecoming King last Friday night during the Salem Greyhound Homecoming festivities. Photo/B.Stapleton

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SOFT TOUCH: Jr. Cougar Chandler Smith goes for the running one hander against Western Grove last week. See full story and additional photos in the October 21 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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Texting while driving is a problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012, driver distraction was the cause of 18% of all fatal crashes, with 3,328 people killed, and crashes resulting in an injury, with 421,000 people hurt.
Despite knowing the risks of texting while driving, 43% of teens admit to texting while driving. However, there is an opportunity to change this behavior. Ninety percent of teen drivers say they would stop if a friend in the car asked them and 78% say that they are likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it is wrong.
The Arkansas Newspaper Foundation (ANF), Pacesetting Times, and AT&T are sponsoring and challenging Arkansas students, ages 14 through 19, to write an editorial or opinion column highlighting the dangers of texting while driving and encouraging their peers to take the It Can Wait pledge.
Write an editorial or opinion column about the dangers of texting while driving. Word limit is between 300 and 500, and entry must include student name, daytime phone number, parent/guardian name, school, and English teacher’s name.
The piece will answer the question, “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to never text and drive.” The piece will highlight the dangers of texting while driving. The piece must include the following call to action, “Take the pledge to never text and drive at ItCanWait.com.”
Submit entries to one of the following, pacesettingtimes@yahoo.com, 703 S. Bend Dr., Horseshoe Bend, or P.O. Box 132, Franklin AR 72536.
The contest deadline is October 28. A local winner will be announced by Pacesetting Times after this date, and will receive $75. Then the entry will be sent to the state level.
A statewide winner will be announced November 13. The winning prize on the state level will include $500, a special guided tour of the state capitol and a dinner for the student and their parents with leadership of AT&T, the ANF and the Pacesetting Times.

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The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is Thursday, October 15.
County property taxes are used to fund a variety of services in Arkansas including public education, libraries, police and fire, local infrastructure and emergency medical services.
Citizens can avoid penalties and late fees by paying their property taxes over-the-phone before the October 15 deadline.
If you mail your payment make sure it is post marked by October 15 or it will be returned with a 10% penalty.
Izard County Collector Marilyn Downing’s office also accepts Visa and Master Card, but you will be charged a 3.75% convenience fee. The Izard County Collector’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or you may mail your payment to Izard County Collector, P.O. Box 490, Melbourne AR 72556. The collector’s office is located in the Izard County Annex Building, adjacent to the county courthouse. If you have any questions please call 870-368-7247 or email the collector at izardcollector@centurytel.net.
The Fulton County Collector’s office phone number is 870-895-2457 and customers can pay via phone, or you can mail in your payment to Fulton County Collector, P.O. Box 126, Salem, AR 72576. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they are open during lunch.
The Sharp County Collector’s office is located at 718 Ash Flat Drive in Ash Flat. Send payment via mail to Sharp County Collector, 718 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR 72513; pay online at the Sharp County Tax Collector ePayment Service Site, accepted payment method is with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit card, or an electronic check, the total amount will be adjusted to allow for the electronic processing of the transaction through the state’s eGovernment service provider, Arkansas.gov, taxes paid online will be credited to your account within 48 hours; or call 870-994-7334.
If you mail your payment you will need to include a self addressed stamped envelope or an e-mail address for a receipt.

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CHASE ENDS AT MARK MARTIN DEALERSHIP IN MELBOURNE: A 17 year old male juvenile in a stolen vehicle out of Montana, sped away from the Arkansas State Police on Friday, October 2 at approximately 5:30 p.m., traveling from north of Mt. Pleasant through Melbourne at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Hwys. 9 and 69, flipping at least once. The juvenile exited the vehicle, was pursued on foot and captured within 20 minutes. No one was injured in the crash; however, several vehicles at the dealership sustained damage. New vehicles damaged were a Tahoe, two Silverado trucks, and two Equinox. Total damage was $237,000 according to Gary Hunt at the dealership.

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HORSESHOE BEND AT COLOR RUN: Cathie Johnson, Debbie Kalchik, Jackie Kizer and Cheryl Kugler participated in the Second Annual Color for Life Run/Walk 5K at Loberg Park in Hardy on Saturday, September 19, sponsored by the The New Beginnings Pregnancy Center in Ash Flat.