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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 29. 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 9 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, age, 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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It is time again to renew Annual Business Licenses. Come into City Hall to renew for 2016, or for your convenience, you may renew by mail.
If renewing by mail, return a copy that was given to you last year after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check.
If you would like to also receive a copy of your 2016 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with payment and current changes.
The City of Horseshoe Bend requires an annual license fee to be paid by any person, firm or corporation that maintains a business location within the City of Horseshoe Bend, or engages in any business, profession or occupation of any kind and nature within the city. The business license fees are classified in City Ordinance #87-14 that is available for your inspection at City Hall.
Section II of Ordinance #87-14 states: “It is hereby declared a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation carrying on a business, profession or occupation within the City of Horseshoe Bend who fails and/or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this Ordinance and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount of not less than One Hundred ($100.00) dollars nor more than Two Hundred ($200.00) dollars for each separate violation.”
Also due for 2016 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for pets that are not spayed or neutered. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.

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ALL-AMERICAN CHEERLEADER: Brittney Dudra, a freshman at Melbourne High School, participated in the B2 Cheerleading Competition held at the Melbourne High School in the beginning of June 2015. Brittney, the 14 year old daughter of Gary and Ginny Dudra, along with three other girls, was selected as an All-American Cheerleader at the competition. By being selected an All-American Cheerleader, Dudra was asked to perform at the 2016 Liberty Bowl, and was in the New Year’s Day Parade on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Dudra held a raffle for a $200 gift card to help raise money for expenses for her trip. She has been cheering since seventh grade. Photos/Submitted

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Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2016 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, January 16 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Awards start at noon and the plunge follows directly.
Sponsorships/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges.
Special awards will be given for best costume: individual and team; and first place for the most money raised: individual 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 high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker; $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a plunge t-shirt, beach towel, high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker and a packable waterproof jacket available in seven colors.
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 15,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Athletes in Arkansas train and compete in aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, power-lifting and other sports at local, Regional, State and International levels. While their competition events are often in public view, it is their training program that forms the foundation of all that they do. Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze metals. In a sense, the athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for athletes and their families. Their goal is to bring people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream of society in Arkansas under conditions where they are accepted, respected and given the opportunity to become positive citizens.
So, plungers get your sponsorship/contribution form, get your sponsors and be ready to take the 2016 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina, Resort & RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 16.

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by Karen Sherrell
Making people laugh comes easy for Lucas Smith, as well as singing, playing musical instruments, never meeting a stranger, well you get the idea.
Recently Lucas, age 18 of Franklin, auditioned for American Idol in Little Rock, and came back home with a great attitude. “It was an honor,” said Lucas. “Overall it was a positive experience that I grew from.”
Lucas performed in four preliminary auditions, and made it through to the panel of celebrity judges. He did not receive a golden ticket, but that’s okay. “I had a great experience,” said Lucas. “I met alot of people that thrive on creativity and artistry. People I met were completely authentic.”
Lucas was a little star-struck when he met the panel of celebrity judges, an experience he will not soon forget. He performed Budapest by George Ezra and one of his own songs.
For now, the 2015 ICC graduate, and son of Larry and Kendra Smith, continues his studies at Ozarka College to obtain his associates degree. He then wants to transfer to UCA at Conway seeking a Major in Theater with a Minor in Linguistics.
American Idol’s farewell season premiers Wed., January 6, with two days of audition content. On Wednesday, the show will feature Denver and Atlanta tryouts, and on Thursday, San Francisco and Little Rock auditions.
We’ll have to keep watch and hopefully catch some of the highlights of Lucas’ performance.
“I had a great experience, and a peer into the workings of the show,” said Lucas, who says he will not be auditioning for The Voice. “My eyes are set on stand-up comedy,” said Lucas, which as many know is something that also comes natural for him. His first “gig” will be a one-half to one hour performance on January 18 at the UACCB campus in Batesville.
Even though Lucas did not receive a golden ticket from American Idol, he has from his community. We’re sure we haven’t seen or heard the last from this talented young man.