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by Karen Sherrell
Early voting began for the Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Elections on February 16, and will continue through February 29. Election Day is March 1.
Voters in all counties will choose Democratic or Republican ballots to pick their candidates.
In ballot order, Democratic candidates for U.S. President are Hillary Clinton, John Wolfe, Bernie Sanders, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, James Valentine, and Martin J. O’Malley.
On the Republican ballot for U.S. President, candidates are Donald J. Trump, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, John R. Kasich, and Mike Huckabee. As of February 11, several Republican candidates have announced they are no longer seeking the presidency, including Christie, Santorum, Huckabee, Fiorina, Paul, and Graham. For U.S. Senate, candidates are Curtis Coleman and Senator John Boozman.
In the tri-county area, in addition to the U.S. and state races, a few local races have emerged, and early voting locations and precincts have been announced.
IZARD COUNTY – Early voting is underway at Ozarka College in Melbourne, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
In addition to the Ozarka College site, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Horseshoe  Bend will have early voting, two days only, Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, March 1, with polls open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The following are the voting precincts and sites in Izard County: Absentee voting, Izard County Courthouse; Big Spring, Lafferty, and Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant Community Building; Boswell, Sylamore and Twin Creek, Ruthie Mountain Fire Dept.; Brockwell and Newburg, Senior Center; Calico Rock and Claiborne, Calico Rock City Hall; Dolph and Pineville, Pineville Fire Station; Franklin, Myron, and Wiseman, Old Franklin City Hall; Gid and Guion, Reeve’s Cemetery Building; Horseshoe Bend, St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Knob Creek, Lacrosse, Larkin, Melbourne and Sage, Ozarka College; Oxford and Wideman, Oxford City Hall; Strawberry and Zion, Zion Community Building; and Violet Hill, Violet Hill Gym.
FULTON COUNTY – Contests in Fulton County for the March 1 primary include two local Democratic races. For Coroner, candidates are Steven Barker, Incumbent, and Melissa James; and for Treasurer, candidates are Boyd Dailey and Seth Jones, Incumbent.
Early voting hours at the Fulton County Clerk’s office will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, from Feb. 16 to 27. On Monday, Feb. 29, hours are 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
In addition to the courthouse site, early voting will be held at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring on Friday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Polling places on Election Day in Fulton County are: for Alton, and Mammoth Spring, Mammoth Spring Fire Station; Benton and Union, Salem City Hall; Cherokee Village, Omaha Center; Cleveland, Byron Community Building; Fulton and Mt. Calm, Viola City Hall; Myatt, Saddle Community Building; Pleasant Ridge, Agnos Community Building; Southfork and Wilson, Camp Fire Station; Strawberry, Morriston Fire Station #2; Vidette and Big Creek, Gepp Fire Station; and Washington, Sturkie Fire Station.
SHARP COUNTY – Races in Sharp County during the Primary Election on the Republican ballot are for County Judge, Dustin Rogers and Phillip D. Hood.
On the Democratic ballot, for Constable District 1, Israel Hester and Kevin Deinst in only these precincts, Upper North, Lower North, Hardy and North Union.­
Polling places on Election Day in Sharp County are: Big Creek and Scott, Grange Fire Station; Cave, Community Center Cave City; Cherokee, City Hall Cherokee Village; Davidson, Liberty Hill Church; East Sullivan, Church Building Maxville Community; Hardy, Hardy Fire Station; Highland, City Hall Highland; Jackson, North Lebanon, South Union, Williford Fire Station; Lave Creek, Camp Ground Community Building; Lower North and Upper North, Fire Station at Wirth; Morgan, Center Fire Department; North Big Rock, South Big Rock, and Strawberry, Poughkeepsie Fire Department; North Unioin, Hilltop Community Building; Ozark, Ozark Acres Clubhouse; Piney Fork, Faith Assembly of god Church; Richwood, Sharp County Courthouse Courtroom; south Lebanon, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church; Washington, Faith Assembly of God Church, Evening Shade; Maxville, Church Building, Cave City; West Sullivan, Sidney Community Center.
In the Non-Partisan Judicial Election which will be found on both party ballots March 1, for State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Position 1, candidates are State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and Judge Dan Kemp; for State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 5, Judge Shawn A. Womack and Clark W. Wilson; for Court of Appeals Associate Judge District 02, Judge Mike Murphy and Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland.
Unofficial results will be posted at the county courthouses following the receipt of all votes from county precincts.
Primary Election winners will move on to the General Election in November to face Independent candidates. At that time, voters are allowed to choose which party they wish to vote for, no matter their ballot choice during the March 1 Primary.
Election results will be listed online at www.pacesettingtimesonline.com following the unofficial tally.

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The Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Pageant will be February 28 at 1 p.m. at the Cave City High School cafeteria and is open to boys 0-3 and girls 0-21. There is not a residency requirement. Contact Elizabeth Thomason for forms and details at 501-920-8924 and on Facebook.
The Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 19. There will be carnival games for the kiddos, vendors, live music and of course the traditional Irish Stew! Vendors will start around 11 a.m. and parade will be at 1 p.m.
There are door prizes and cash prizes given through out the day. Anyone wanting to reserve a booth space, or enter their float, tractor or horse in the parade may contact Dusty Westmoreland at 870-291-0475.

The Photography Club at the Arts Center of North Arkansas will have its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, February 20, at 10 a.m. Topic for the meeting is, “Learning your Camera” and members are asked to bring their cameras. Tom Helfert will lead the discussion for the meeting held at The Arts Center in Town Center, Cherokee Village. Visitors are welcome, and local photographers are invited to join. The Photography Club is a non-profit organization.

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Arkansans statewide are encouraged to spruce up their communities by volunteering in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. This year’s spring cleanup campaign, coordinated and promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, KAB, begins March 1 and continues through May 31.
Everyone in Horseshoe Bend is encouraged to participate in this year’s Keep Horseshoe Bend Beautiful Great American Cleanup. Civic groups, clubs, organizations, scouts, churches, individuals, businesses, and neighborhoods can put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7 and help cleanup. There will be a Hot Dog Picnic to follow. All Horseshoe Benders are encouraged to take part in the annual community cleanup initiative.
Those interested in organizing a cleanup event or volunteering, please call Event Coordinators Michelle Grabowski, City Hall, at 870-670-5113; or Carrie Johnson, Pacesetting Times, at 870-670-6397.
“The Great American Cleanup is an excellent opportunity for Arkansans to make a positive impact on the environment, the state and their local communities,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We encourage everyone to participate in a local event or sign up to coordinate an event.”
Horseshoe Bend is an attractive community, and all residents have a responsibility to keep it clean and attractive. If Horseshoe Bend is littered and ill kept, its potential to attract industry and tourism can be greatly impacted.
A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, roadsides and waterways free of litter can make a big difference in Horseshoe Bend’s future.
Below are some of the things you can do as a church, business, or civic group to be a sponsor.
– Freshen up your parking lot, roadsides, and ditches;
– Plant a flower bed;
– Add potted flowers or plants to your entrance;
– Recycle Items produced by your church, business, or civic group that are accepted by Horseshoe Bend Recycling Center;
– Prune trees and bushes;
– Add a fresh coat of paint if needed;
– Put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7.
Updated information on where volunteers will meet to sign up and what supplies volunteers will need to bring will be published in the Pacesetting Times as we get closer to the clean-up date.
KAB works with cleanup coordinators to plan and publicize their local events, and provide volunteers with Glad® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other cleanup supplies.

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by Tammy Curtis
What better way to welcome warmer weather than barbecue? For the third year, organizers of the Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Parade will share their event with the season’s first barbecue competition during the town’s festivities on Saturday, March 19.
Local barbecue connoisseur Carl Bailey, one of the judges of the world famous Memphis BBQ Network competition, helped get the cook-off going, after being contacted by Sidney native Justin Davis. Bailey recalls how the renowned Memphis competition began with a bunch of backyard barbecue guys and has grown over the years to be part of the mid-south competition circuit. Bailey and Davis expect to see the Sidney event grow, after starting with 11 teams in 2014. This year, they hope to see double the number of competitors. Party Q from Memphis set up last year, as did a local team Slaughterhouse BBQ, and organizers hope to continue to see a range of chefs, pros to backyard cooks. After the competitors finish their variety of mouth watering meats and are judged, samples will be offered to the parade crowd.
The contest entry form is available online at www.sidneywaterworks.com/bbq.htm. Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third place in each category based on the number of entries. Bailey explained the competition is based on a points system with ribs and butt entries getting the highest point value. He added back yard cookers should not be intimidated by the professional teams, as amateurs beat the pros in some of the categories last year.
Starting this year, the Grand Champion Trophy will be named in honor of Don Taylor, who recently passed away. The owner of Taylor Feed Mill in Franklin was a well known community volunteer who began cooking competitively in 2014 and won a first, second and third place trophy and cash prizes, despite his late start.
His name will live on through the Sidney trophy.
Sidney cook-off participants will check in on Friday, March 18 at the Sidney Ball Park, just off Highway 58, and begin cooking either Friday night or Saturday morning, depending on the length of time required for the meat to cook. Complete rules and judging times are available at www.sidneywaterworks.com/rules.htm. The team is working on a website with downloadable rules, regulations and entry forms. The link will be posted for everyone to share. So invite your friends and come out and enjoy the day in beautiful Sidney.
Business, clubs and organizations interested in joining in the fun can put together teams, set up and compete or set up booths at the event. The group is also looking for corporate sponsorships to help with prizes and awards. Businesses contributing will be listed on the team’s shirts which will be available for sale as well as banners at the barbecue cook-off. For more information on these great opportunities, drop an email to: sidneyarbbq@gmail.com or contact Carl Bailey at 870-283-2272, or Tammy Curtis at 870-283-2132.

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NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Jeremy Brown, a senior at Salem High School, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Crowley Ridge College in Paragould on a Golf Scholarship on Thursday, February 11 at the Salem High School Library. Jeremy is the son of Nick and Sandy Brown of Horseshoe Bend.

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CHAMPIONS: Mammoth Spring Jr. Lady Bears show off their year end trophies, the Conference and District Championships. See additional District Tournament action on page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/Donell Russell

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DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Izard County Junior Cougars won the District Championship against Calico Rock on Saturday night, 35-28. They were also Izard County Invitational Tournament Champs, 1A 2 North Conference Champs and Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles Invitational Tournament Runner-ups this season. For additional District Tournament action, see page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/Donell Russell

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LITTLE MISS AND LITTLE MISTER: The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their Annual Valentine Pageant on Tuesday, February 9 at the Salem High School Gymnasium during the Salem-ICC Basketball game. The winners of the Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant include: Second Runner-Up Ms. Aldridge’s First Grade: Natalie Burk the daughter of Cassi and Joey Burk and Keaton Zeigler the son of Carrie Johnson and Tate Zeigler; First Runner-Up Ms. Barker’s Second Grade: Allison Stone the daughter of Melanie and Jeremy Stone and Kamden Barker the son of Nikki Barker; Winner Ms. Edwards Third Grade: Lilly Summerhill the daughter of Jeff Summerhill and Skyler Payne the son of Bailey and Lincoln Payne. Photo/C.Johnson

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MR AND MISS VALENTINE: The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their Annual Valentine Pageant on Tuesday, February 9 at the Salem High School Gymnasium during the Salem-ICC Basketball game. The winners of the Mr. and Miss Valentine Pageant include: Second Runner-Up Sophomore Class: Kaylea Walling the daughter of the late Sherry Walling and Gary and Amy Walling and Braden Love the son of Brock Love and Tennile Ellison; First Runner-Up Junior Class: Melissa Palumbo the daughter of Mike and Veronique Palumbo and Justin Pearson the son of Buddie and Amy Pearson; Winner Senior Class: Callie Marsh the daughter of Bill and Julie Marsh and Jeremy Brown the son of Nick and Sandy Brown. Photo/C.Johnson

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Ron Helm, Ozarka College Vice President of Student Services, has announced his upcoming retirement. Helm has dedicated forty-two years of his life to education; twenty-three of those at Ozarka College. Anyone in this region and beyond would be hard pressed to find a student or colleague who he did not leave a positive and lasting impression on. Helm has impacted generations of students and will be greatly missed.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Science Education degree in History at Arkansas State University, ASU, in Jonesboro, Helm was hired to teach grades five and six at Oxford Elementary school for the 1972-1973 school year. The next year he returned to ASU to earn his Masters degree in Counseling.
In 1975, Helm was hired to be the Counselor, Psychological Examiner, Social Science Teacher, and Basketball Coach at Naylor Junior and Senior High School in Naylor, Missouri. In 1986, he completed his Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Helm returned home to Arkansas to serve as the High School Principal at Izard County Consolidated in Brockwell beginning in 1987. After four years, he became the Superintendent and served in that role for two additional years.
In 1993, Helm was hired as the first Registrar for Ozarka College. Over the years, this role developed into the Registrar/Director of Student Services, and ultimately the Vice President of Student Services.
“Ron Helm has been a senior academic leader who people admire and appreciate,” said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President.
“He is completely committed to the success of our students and will be deeply missed. I’ve rarely met someone who is so widely respected and known for their service to student success.”
Some of Helm’s greatest accomplishments at Ozarka College include being instrumental in creating articulation agreements for transfer to other Colleges and Universities in Arkansas, offering evening courses for both High School students and members of the community, scheduling concurrent enrollment courses in High Schools, assisting with the start up of additional Ozarka campus locations, and partnering with the North Central Unit to offer education in the prison system.
When asked about some of his fondest Ozarka College memories, Helm stated, “Working at an institution that builds confidence in students, and seeing students who didn’t think they could make it, succeed.”
Helm’s retirement plans include spending time with his family, traveling, taking care of the farm, and writing, publishing and producing music.

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Dr. A. Meryl Grasse, founder of the Community Medical Center of Izard County, in Calico Rock, passed away January 29 at the age of 92. Dr. Grasse spent 63 years in Calico Rock, moving from the area last year, after his retirement in 2012.
A celebration of life service is being planned for Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Calico Rock.
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Anthony Meryl Grasse, MD, passed away peacefully in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the age of 92. Born May 16, 1923 in Chalfont, PA to the late Anthony Myers Grasse and Lillian (Landis) Grasse, Dr. Grasse was an accomplished physician in family practice, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, dedicated to healthcare service. He lived most of his life in Calico Rock, from 1952 to 2015.
Dr. Grasse retired from being a physician at the age of 88, having delivered at least three generations of babies over his medical career.
Dr. Grasse graduated from Souderton High School in Bucks County, PA in 1940 and Goshen College, Goshen IN in 1943. He earned a degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1947 and completed a surgery residency at York Hospital, York, PA. He served in overseas medical work in Ethiopia, East Africa and Indonesia 1948-1951, and Nigeria, West Africa 1964-1966 with the Mennonite Church. Dr. Grasse established a medical practice in Calico Rock in 1952 and built a hospital the Medical Center of Calico Rock in 1959, which was renamed the Community Medical Center of Izard County. He was active in the Mennonite Church in Arkansas, and was a founding member of Calico Rock Mennonite Fellowship.
Dr. Grasse was the husband of Gladys (Landis) Grasse, a nurse, for 63 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children – four daughters, Karen Grasse of Philadelphia, PA; Chloe Grasse and husband Linford Martin of Greencastle, PA; Carol Grasse of Boulder, CO; Gwendolyn Grasse and husband Steve Voran of Boulder, CO; two sons, Joel Grasse and wife Susan of Rogers, AR; Mark Grasse of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, Joseph Grasse and wife Angela of Omaha, NE; Joshua Grasse and wife Dana of Spokane, WA; Hannah and Mariah Martin of Greencastle, PA; and Elleanna Voran of Boulder, CO; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Olivia Grasse of Omaha, NE; two brothers, Willard Grasse and wife Gladys of Chalfont, PA; Warren Grasse and wife Linda of Telford, PA; two brothers were previously deceased, John Grasse (deceased 2005) and Alvin Grasse (deceased 2015). John is survived by his wife Mary Margaret of Calico Rock; Alvin is survived by his wife Ruth of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent in honor of: Dr. A. Meryl Grasse Memorial Hospital Fund, Community Medical Center of Izard County, c/o Kim Skidmore CEO, P.O. Box 438, Calico Rock, AR 75219.
Cremation services were entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, 51 Asper Drive, Shippensburg, PA.

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by Sue Clay
Be a sweetheart. Join the “Friends” for a “FunRaiser” Bowl for the Animals on Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes. Teams need to be made up of four bowlers. Fees are $20 per bowler with kids under 12 bowling for $10, and each team will receive a free pizza while bowling, provided by Scenic Realty. There will be lots of prizes, drawings, and special awards.
The “FunRaiser” is a great way to spend time with good friends, and help the animals. Pick a theme for your team; choose a name, wear matching clothes, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a good time! Area businesses and churches, please think about sponsoring a team. If you’re not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but don’t have a team, we can put one together for you.
The Friends’ Bake Sale, always the best goodies in town with lots of delicious choices, will also be going on at the Horseshoe Lanes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in to buy your special Valentine treats for yourself and others. If you have any questions, please phone Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals at 870-373-2649. You can register your team at Horseshoe Lanes by phoning 870-670-5606.