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GOING FOR THE DP: Mammoth Spring’s Lucas Jeffers fires to first to try and complete the double play as Viola’s Alex Waltrip slides in trying to break it up. See full story and additional photos in the April 13 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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The 26th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 16 will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort, and R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event.
Tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fees will be $60 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in.
All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Since 2013, the Buddy Bass tournament has raised $6,000 to help their cause.
The Annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 25 years ago upon the request of local fishermen and was then known as the Dogwood Days Buddy Bass Tournament. The tournament has consistently grown with six boats showing up that first year to an average of about 35 boats and is run with less formality than most big league tournaments.
One of the main differences is that the take off is done by drawing numbers versus the date the entries were received. Many of the years have seen pontoon boats mixed in with the decked out bass boats. Contestants are mainly Arkansas and Missouri residents.

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Salem Elementary will have Kindergarten Registration and screening on Friday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for children turning five on or before August 1, 2016. All parents of incoming students will be required to complete paperwork at Salem Elementary.
Official State Birth Certificate, immunization record, Social Security Card and a complete physical are required for your child to be officially registered.
Please bring the required information on the day of registration.
If you are unable to bring all items on the day of registration, your child can still be screened for kindergarten, but will not be assigned to a kindergarten teacher until all items are brought to school.
If your child does not have a current physical, please ask for a blank physical form at Salem Elementary, to be completed by a physician.
If you have questions, please contact the Salem Elementary office at 870-895-2456.

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by Carrie Johnson
Have you noticed the roadwork between Franklin and Glencoe that has been taking place for the past month or so?
Just wait, there’s more.
The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to State Highway 289, from State Highway 56 (Franklin) to US Highway 62 (Glencoe). Atlas Asphalt, Inc of Batesville has been awarded the contract at $1,258,911.35.
Izard and Fulton County Highway Department personnel have been executing all of the prep work for this project, which is what everyone has been seeing around here lately. As most of you may have noticed, there is now a gravel shoulder-like strip on either side of the highway. As a passerby, they look like new shoulders. In fact, the width you see of the road now will be the new width of the blacktop.
The widened road will make traveling much easier for everyone, including tractor-trailers and vehicles pulling trailers. I’m positive that the boaters heading to Horseshoe Bend lakes and golfers heading to the golf courses will be most appreciative. The improvement will ultimately make travel safer for anyone driving the highway.
Instead of applying the usual chip and seal that Highway 289 has seen for years, the State Highway Department will be overlaying the entire section of the highway, starting at Franklin and working toward Glencoe. Super pave asphalt will be used for the project and has a life-expectancy of at least 20 years.
When the overlay is complete, the Izard and Fulton County Highway Departments will finish up by adding shoulders to the road.
Highway 289 will look like US Highway 62 upon completion. What an improvement!
Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Finalization is expected in mid-2016.
Use precaution when traveling through road construction to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but the workers. Watch for speed limit changes and sudden stops, and keep an eye out for crew members. Leave early for your destination to allow extra time for travel.