A Flippin man, 38 year old Kelly Joe Hancock, was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday, February 7 during a traffic stop in Mountain Home.
Baxter County Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell stopped the vehicle Hancock was a passenger in for an equipment violation. The deputy observed the violation on U. S. Highway 62B in Mountain Home and conducted the stop. The driver pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The passenger was Hancock. A firearm was observed in open view inside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was on active supervised probation. Deputies decided to conduct a search.
A subsequent search of Hancock by Sgt. Dwight Duch uncovered a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine from Hancock’s right front pocket. This was later weighed out at approximately 3.2 grams. Hancock was also found to be in possession of metal knuckles, which are prohibited by law to possess.
Hancock was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of: possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) – felony; criminal use of prohibited weapon – misdemeanor.
Hancock was released on $15,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer these charges on February 23.


LETTERS OF INTENT: Highland High School senior Jacey Ann Oakes signed two letters of intent on Tuesday, February 7 to play softball and volleyball for Crowley’s Ridge College, CRC, located in Paragould. Currently, Jessica Sellers is her softball coach and Kolby King coached her in volleyball at Highland. Jacey is the very first athlete from Highland to sign a letter of intent to play volleyball, and the very first female athlete to play two sports in college. Jacey is the daughter of Richie and Dana Hepler of Cherokee Village, and Jason Oakes of Hardy. Pictured (l to r) Richie and Dana Hepler, Jacey, CRC’s head softball coach Jordan Malone, CRC’s assistant softball coach Kourtney Brown, and CRC’s head volleyball coach Barry Wheeler. Photo/C.Johnson


The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
Commissioners Present: Mac James, Jonathon Phillips, Jack Tharp and Michael Stracener.
Managers Present: Josh Jackson.
Jackson reported all spring pre-emergent and post-emergent has been applied to all areas of the golf course. The greens will undergo deep tine aerification during the middle of April. The drainage ditch on Hole 13 has been completed.
James reported for Chuck McNeight and recommended all memberships stay the same for the 2017 season. He recommended that the driving range memberships increase to $125 per person. Motion passed unanimously.
After asking the Commissioners if they had any changes to the November 11 MRID meeting minutes, there were none, James stated that those minutes are approved as written.
Tharp suggested changing vacation time in the employee handbook to read: one year one week vacation, three years two weeks vacation and seven years three weeks vacation. After much discussion the issue has been tabled until the next meeting.
James made a motion to approve a Boat Launch at Fishermen’s Park, if funds were available. After much discussion the motion has been tabled until the next meeting.
Phillips brought to the attention of the board that moving the forward tees up on some of the holes would be beneficial to many players. After some discussion no decision was made, but will be discussed further.
The Boating and Fishing Club gave their report and would like to be placed on the agenda at every MRID regular scheduled meeting.
Tharp moved to adjourn the meeting and Phillips seconded. All were in favor and the meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Josh Jackson
MRID Superintendent


The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, quarterly meetings for 2017 are, February 9, May 11, August 10, and November 9.
All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building atop Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.

“North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s phone system will be down Saturday, Feb. 11, while employees finish a system upgrade. Members still may make automated credit card payments by calling 844-335-4451 and may report an outage by calling 844-335-4461. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

TOTAL LOSS: The home of Robert and Joy Stephens of Oxford was destroyed by fire on February 8. Oxford and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene. No one was injured in the fire. The family of four lost everything in the fire, and donations for the family may be taken to Bailey’s Country Cookin in Melbourne, or Day’s Family Store in Oxford. A donation jar is set up at Jordan’s Kwik Stop and Red Mule in Melbourne. Immediate items needed are clothing in the following sizes, Mens shirt-2XL, pants 38-32; Women’s shirt XL; Boy size 12 shirt and pants; Girl size 10/12 shirts and pants; Girl 3T; Girl 9-12 month. Shoes needed are Girl, size 5 youth; Boy size 6 youth; Baby Girl size 7. Also needed immediately are Diapers size 3 and 4, Formula – Similac Advanced. Furnishings and household items are also needed. Photo/R.Sherrell

by Sharon VanZandt
Members and guests, join us for another busy month at the Loft! Every Tuesday Pool Tournaments begin at 6:30 p.m. Want to learn to line dance with a fun group? Join us every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 will be a real treat for our club! Entertainers Penny Wolfe, Erin Walters, Shannon Rounds and Eric Mallot will be singing and playing some great music for your listening or dancing pleasure. There is a $5 cover charge, you don’t want to miss this great night. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 17 will be our Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off! DJ Doctor Steve Clark will also be playing his great dancing music after the cook-off. See our ad in the Pacesetting Times classifieds for details. There will be no Potluck this month. Friday, February 24 will be our Birthday and Anniversary night. This month we will be celebrating both January and February. Sing along to Karaoke with the Slavins at 7 p.m. For more information contact the Loft at 870-670-4411. The Loft is located atop the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain.

by Sue Clay
Join the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals for a “Fun-Raiser” Bowl for the Animals on Saturday, February 11 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 “Fun-Raiser” 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 are not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but do not 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 Horseshoe Lanes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stop in to buy your special Valentine treats for yourself and others. Come early for the best selection of goodies as the Friends Bake Sales are always a sellout.
If you have any questions, please phone Friends of HBA at 870-373-2649. If you would like to donate some baked goods, please have them at Horseshoe Lanes by 10:30 a.m. on that Saturday.
You can register your team at Horseshoe Lanes by phoning 870-670-5606. Please join the Friends of HBA and help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend.

Gary Owens

When you’ve been in the shoe business for 61 years, you know what you’re doing. And let’s just say, Gary Owens of Union, knows his shoes.
Raised in Union, Gary began working for Noah Caruthers at the Salem Shoe Shop, when he was 11. He remembers running the shop alone for a week, at age 14, when Noah went on vacation. This job led Gary to Little Rock in 1966, where he worked for Snell Prosthetic Orthotics Lab until 2015. He remained there for 46 years. “There were five people employed there in the beginning, then 60 when I left, with ten labs. I was supervisor for all the labs,” he said. Gary built shoes, braces and orthopedic appliances until his retirement in February of 2015.
Gary and his wife Brenda opened Owens Corner Store in Union, a little over a year later, in June of 2016, and he has a workshop at the store, repairing shoes, saddles, purses and billfolds. He sells Cowtown boots at his shop as well. His slogan that can be seen on the storefront window is “Saving your sole so your boot can heel.”
Owens Corner Store is located on Hwy. 9, and they offer groceries, deli items, sandwiches, Hunt’s Brothers Pizza, wings and wingbites, ice, propane, and more. Gary and Brenda invite everyone to come by and have a free cup of coffee. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is closed on Sunday.

Lady Cougars Champions at the Izard County Invitational Tournament
Photo/B.Stapleton

See full story and photos from the tournament in the February 8 edition of Pacesetting Times!

by Cassie Stafford
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.
CASA volunteers in Sharp County are appointed by Judge Kevin King to watch over the child and be the eyes and ears for King. Volunteers must be age 21 and older, and attend a local training class and pass a background check.
Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. The advocate visits the child at least once a month to see how they are doing. The volunteer can interview the parents, foster parents, the schools, anyone that is involved in the child’s life.
Advocates have one or two cases tops, so that they can devote their time to the children and make sure their needs are being met. The advocate will then report back to the Coordinator.
The Coordinator then writes a court report. The advocate will go with the child to court and present the court report to the judge and speak for the child if needed.
“Basically, we are here to help out the child,” said April Garrett, Sharp County Coordinator. “We definitely need advocates, there are so many cases and right now we have seven advocates for Sharp County. They can only cover one to two cases each and there are probably close to 100 cases in Sharp County alone.”
Due to the lack of volunteers, there are a lot of children that need advocates that do not have them. An upcoming training meeting will be held in Pocahontas on February 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided, and February 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, located at 400 North Thomasville Ave.
“When it’s possible, our main goal is to get the child back to their parents. We can talk with parents and encourage them and let them know of the different kinds of help they can get,” said Garrett.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Travis Wilson


Following the arrest of a parole absconder by Fulton County deputies, the fugitive became belligerent.
Travis Wilson, age 38 of Viola, was arrested on a warrant from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday, January 31. According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Wilson was discovered at his residence hiding in a closet. Roork and Chief Deputy John Cawvey arrested Wilson without incident. He was placed in Deputy William Fawcett’s patrol car. Roork said, “Wilson was able to slip the cuffs from behind him and began destroying the interior of the patrol car.”
When Cawvey opened the rear door of the patrol car and removed Wilson, he hit Cawvey in the face. “Fawcett and Cawvey had an altercation with Wilson in an attempt to handcuff him a second time,” stated Roork. Both deputies and Wilson were taken to the Fulton County Hospital for treatment. Roork himself was kicked several times, but was not injured.
Wilson has been charged with parole absconder; two counts of second degree battery on a police officer, class a felonies; resisting arrest; criminal mischief, a class d felony; attempted escape, a class a felony; and criminal possession of body armor, a class d felony. He is incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail on a no-bond hold.
Wilson is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on Feb. 21, 2017.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s phone system will be down for maintenance on Saturday, Feb. 4.
While the system is being upgraded, members still may make automated credit card payments by calling 844-335-4451, and may report an outage by calling 844-335-4461. NAEC apologizes for any inconvenience.