A Guion woman was killed Wednesday, November 25 in a single-vehicle crash east of Mountain View.
The Arkansas State Police reported 68-year-old Jennetta McNealy died when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway, collided with a ditch and overturned on State Highway 14.
The accident was investigated by Corp. Brandon J. Cook.

Thelma Clara Blevins Montgomery, daughter of the late Jonathan Blevins and Minnie Bell Pearson Blevins, was born October 13, 1918 in Violet Hill, Arkansas. She departed this life November 24, 2015 in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 97 years, 1 month and 11 days. She was united in marriage to Eathel Montgomery April 4, 1942 in Knob Creek, Arkansas and to this union three daughters were born. She spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, homemaker and friend. During her working years she was employed as a restaurant cook. She was of the Baptist faith and a long time member of Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill, Arkansas.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law: Barbara Womack of Gassville, Donita K and Max Williams of Brockwell and Bonita Faye and Lonnie Neal of Viola; eight grandchildren: Ronnie Womack, Kristine Davis, Shawn Womack, Penny Vandergriff, Rita Newman, Wayne Neal, Ginger Harris and Daniel Neal; 22 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends.She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband: Eathel Montgomery; four brothers: Preston Blevins, Clarence Blevins, Ewing Blevins, Hancel Blevins; six sisters: Mary Reynolds, Martha Reed, Elsie Jennings, Virgie Tarvin, Ester Thompson and Alta Bookout Smith; one son-in-law: Roger Womack.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. at Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, AR. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Ken Vest officiating. Burial will be at Violet Hill Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home.
Pallbearers: Ronnie Womack, Shawn Womack, Wayne Neal, Daniel Neal, James Newman and Bryan Harris. Honorary Pallbearers: Kristine Davis, Penny Vandergriff, Rita Newman, Ginger Harris, Melinda Womack and Denise Neal

The Oxford City Council met November 2 and approved the purchase of a rescue vehicle by the Oxford Fire Department.
The meeting began at 7 p.m. with all council members present, along with Mayor Greg Stuart and Recorder/Treasurer Bonnie Moss.
Stuart reported on a possible purchase of a 2006 4×4 Chevy one ton. Fire Chief Alan Estes was unable to attend the meeting.
“The vehicle has work boxes on the sides and can haul a 350 gallon polytank,” said Stuart. The vehicle cost is $16,000 and is for sale at Campbell’s Auto Sales in Melbourne. “The fire department has $10,000 that can be used for the purchase, and still leave money in their account. They can borrow the remainder and make payments,” said Stuart. Councilman Billy McBride made a motion to approve the purchase of the vehicle by the fire department, seconded by Councilwoman Amy Stevenson. All council members unanimously approved the purchase.
Stuart told the council that a Rural Services Block Grant was available for up to $75,000, with a 10% match, that could be used for renovating the fire station, vehicles, equipment, protective clothing and other items. This grant would have to be submitted by an official grant writer. Council asked Stuart to find out costs associated with the grant, before pursuing the grant as an option to defray the cost of the vehicle.
Street and Water Reports were given by Superintendent Micah Walker. City workers have fixed two leaks, finished the Aquiar project, painted the pavilion at the city park, and cleaned and painted the concession stand. Minor repairs were done on nine sewer calls, and the sewer program is continuing. Walker reported he is waiting for the ground to settle at the culvert project on Campground Road, with more repair to the area. The new replacement fire hydrant has been received to be installed between Whispering Pines and Green Acres.

State Senator Linda Collins-Smith will be the featured speaker at the Spring River Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, November 17 at noon at the HaHoo Mongolian Grill in Hardy. Guests are welcome to attend this meeting. For more information call the Chamber office 870-856-3210 or email sracc@centurytel.net.

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HALLOWEEN: Area trick or treaters had a fun-filled evening in Horseshoe Bend on Halloween. This year’s Annual Trunk or Treat was held at Cedar Glade Resort, where there were hayrides to and from the Haunted House on Market Street. See additional Halloween photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/R.Sherrell

by Karen Sherrell, Publisher
HORSESHOE BEND –Following the resignation of Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) administrative assistant Nina Windsor, Commissioners have decided to hire an accounting firm and contracts have been agreed upon with two managers currently employed by MRID.
George Thomas Certified Public Accounting firm in Salem, will be handling all relevant accounting duties for MRID for a fee of $450 month, through December of next year.
Cost to MRID is $5,400 annually.
Contracts for employment were approved October 13, and went into effect November 1, with a contract extension through December 2021 to Chuck McNeight, Pro Shop Manager and PGA Golf Professional, and a contract with Josh Jackson, Golf Course Superintendent, through November 1, 2025.
McNeight’s annual salary is $49,750 for working an average of 40 hours per week, and he has the rights to the profits of concessions sold in the Pro Shop. Duties include Pro Shop management, PGA Pro, and other duties as MRID shall designate related to such. McNeight’s previous annual contract was for approximately $47,000, making an increase to his annual contract of $2,750.
Jackson’s annual salary is $37,000 and upon completion of the 2016 fiscal year, if the approved budgets for his departments are met, Jackson will receive a 4% salary increase for 2017, and a 4% salary increase for each additional year he is on or below budget. Jackson’s duties are Golf Course Superintendent and other duties as the MRID shall designate related to such. Jackson agrees to acquire Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America Class A certification when eligibility requirements are met. His previous annual salary was $33,500, making an increase to his annual salary of $3,500.
Windsor resigned in early September when her hours were cut to 22.5 hours per week. According to MRID she was making $10 per hour; which would have equalled an annual salary of $11,700 with the change in hours.
Several citizens complained about the manner in which Windsor was informed of her reduction in hours, with Windsor claiming she found out about her new hours when she read the August 13 meeting minutes she was preparing to type.

Handbags for Homeless Women is a non-profit organization that Crystal Pinson, of Salem, started less than two weeks ago. While still in the beginning stages of the mission, the response from the surrounding communities has been tremendous.
Pinson lives in Salem with her husband the three sons. “I was inspired to do this mission when I heard about an organization providing shoes for the homeless,” said Pinson. “I realized some of the struggles that came from being a woman on the streets,” she added. The mission fills handbags with fruit snacks, feminine hygiene products, personal care trial size items, etc. for homeless women. Since Handbags for Homeless Women is such a new mission, purses and personal care items are still needed. After the purses are filled, they will be distributed to Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters throughout the Ozarks. Drop-off sites are at Expressions Salon, located at 306 Hwy. 62 West in Salem, and All About You Salon, located at 7 Highland Cove Drive in Highland.
Receipts are available upon donation. The mission appreciates any and all help. If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Pinson at handbagsforhomelesswomen@yahoo.com or follow Handbags for Homeless Women on Facebook.

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HORSESHOE BEND – Members of the American Legion Post #344 Horseshoe Bend will observe Veterans Day November 11 at Veterans Park in Horseshoe Bend. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Please join in honoring the men and women who served their country in uniform. Today, America remains a beacon to the world in large part because of its Veterans. The American Legion, making its 97th year in service to God and Country, was formed by Veterans after World War I to promote American ideals and to ensure that families of their fallen comrades would be cared for. Today the American Legion continues to fight for health and education benefits for this nation’s Veterans. The Legion also sponsors programs that benefit Americas youth, such as American Legion Boys and Girls State, American Legion Baseball, the National High School Oratorical Contest and Scouting programs. The American Legion, in accordance with its motto, is Still Serving America. The American Legion is involved and making a difference around the world and in Horseshoe Bend. American Legion Post #344 is proud to be a part of this community.
HIGHLAND: American Legion Post 346 invites everyone to their annual Veterans Day ceremonies on Wednesday, November 11. The first ceremony will be at the Highland High School gymnasium at 9 a.m.
ASH FLAT: The second ceremony will be at the American Veterans Memorial on Nix Ridge Road in Ash Flat at 11 a.m.
Food will be available at the Ash Flat ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a donation.
Captain Wes Ward of the Marine Corps Reserves as the guest speaker for both ceremonies. Ward is currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer and Team Leader with the Third Civil Affairs Group in Great Lakes, Illinois. Ward has been serving in the United States Marine Corps for over 15 years and has completed deployments to Afghanistan and Jordan with the First Marine Division and First Battalion, First Marines. He was also appointed Third Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas in March 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Ward is from the small town of Lake City in Northeast Arkansas and is a graduate of Riverside High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Agricultural Finance from Arkansas State University. Ward earned a law degree and also completed the LL.M. program for a Master of Laws degree in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas. He has also worked as a Field Coordinator for Congressman Rick Crawford doing agricultural outreach and as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Hope to see everyone at one or all of these Veterans Day Events!

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ONE LAST GAME: Salem Greyhound football Seniors (L-R) Drake Raines, Raymond Hunter, Trey Lemmel, and Alex Martin go out for the coin toss on Senior night last Friday night, the last home game of the season. See additional photos in the Nov. 4 edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton