by Ken Buttry
The Horseshoe Bend Chapter of AARP is proud to continue its participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, VITA, program. We offer free tax preparation help to anyone, and if you are 50 and older or cannot afford preparation service, we were made especially for you. With the help of our team of IRS-certified volunteers we will make it easy for you. However, the Volunteer Protection Act requires that the volunteers stay within the scope of the program and their training. If counselors feel that they do not have adequate knowledge or training, they may recommend that you seek professional assistance.
Returns requiring schedule C-business income with a loss or expenses in excess of $5,000; schedule E-rental property; or schedule F-farm income are beyond our training and cannot be filed. Electronic filing of both federal and state returns is available. Counselors are required to keep all information confidential.
Bring a photo ID, proof of health insurance, and a document issued by the Social Security Administration for all persons on the return. You (and your spouse) are required to be present to sign your return. Other items needed are:
* Copy of your 2016 income tax return
* W-2 forms from each employer
* Unemployment compensation statements
* SSA-1099 if receiving Social Security
* 1099 forms from all other sources of income
* Documentation of real estate/personal property taxes paid in 2016
* Documentation of dependant care expenses paid
* Receipts and/or cancelled checks of expenses if itemizing deductions
We will be available every Tuesday beginning February 7 through April 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Library, #9 Club Road. Appointments are required and can be made by calling Ken at 870-670-4162 most days.


The 28th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 21 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. The tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; gates open at 5 a.m. Entry fees will be $60 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $10 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.
Starting as the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animal Control in 1994, and evolving to the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals in 2010 to expand assistance efforts, this group of dedicated volunteers has assisted hundreds of dogs and cats in Horseshoe Bend. This non-profit 501c3 organization supports animals and their owners in many ways. They provide spay/neuter vouchers for animals being cared for by Horseshoe Bend citizens.
They also assist the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control Center in providing food, medicine, supplies, and transportation to the dogs and cats being held at the Center. The entire cost of vetting and spay/neutering of each animal that is adopted from the Center is paid for by the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
For more information regarding Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals visit their website at www.friendsofhorseshoebendanimals.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/friendsofhorseshoebendanimals.
The Annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 27 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.
Presenter and Host, Box Hound Marina, Resort and R.V. Park 870-670-4496 is a full-service marina, resort, and R.V. Park located on spectacular Crown Lake in North-Central Arkansas. In addition to some of the finest bass fishing in Arkansas, there are endless water sports to enjoy including pontoon boats, swimming, or just relaxing outside the resort’s cabins or R.V. Park. Box Hound is truly a natural jewel nestled in the boot heel of the Arkansas Ozarks. The owners have created a very relaxing and family oriented resort which is unparalleled anywhere. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful, and non-pressured place in which to relax, visit Crown Lake and experience Box Hound.


by Cassie Stafford
On January 11, the Department of Finance and Administration released a document listing the applicants for marijuana cultivating facilities and dispensaries in Arkansas.
According to the application report, there were two applications filed in Izard County, two in Fulton County and four in Sharp County.
Below is a list of applicant’s business name, type of facility applied for, location and the registered agent for each county.
In Izard County, Piney Creek Mercantile, LLC, dispensary, Melbourne, Mark Herrington; Plant Family Medical Ventures, LLC, cultivating, Clint Mickle.
In Fulton County, Alternative Care of Arkansas, dispensary, Ash Flat, Cora Louise Rega; Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis Dispensary, Salem, Renee Clay-Circle.
In Sharp County, Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis Dispensary, Highland, Renee Clay-Circle; Grassroots OPCO AR, LLC, cultivating, Williford, Corporation Service Company; Grassroots OPCO AR, LLC, dispensary, Hardy, Corporation Service Company; Village Productions, Inc., cultivating, Cherokee Village, Kelly Beers.
According to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission office, the Commission will conduct a meeting to award five cultivation facility licenses, on Tuesday, February 27.


by Sharon Brasher
Join the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals for their Sixth Annual “Fun-raiser” event, Bowl for the Animals, on Saturday, February 10 at 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes.
Teams will consist of four members; fees are $20 per bowler with kids under age 12 bowling for $10. Each team will receive a free pizza courtesy of Scenic Realty. The first, second and third place teams will receive trophies provided by Circle K Trophy in Ash Flat. There will be lots of prizes for bowlers, no one will go home empty-handed.
This is a great way to have some fun while supporting Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Pick a team name, wear matching shirts, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a good time! No team? No problem. We can get a team together for you.
The Friends Bake Sale will be going on at Horseshoe Lanes at the same time as the tournament. Stop in to buy your Valentine a special homemade treat. Come early for best selection, our bake sale is always a sell out.
Tickets for a quilt raffle will be available for purchase with the quilt winner being chosen during Dogwood Days in May.
If you have any questions about getting signed up or to register your team to bowl call 870-670-5848. If you would like to donate baked goods to the sale please have them at Horseshoe Lanes by 10:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
Please join us at this event to help Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals continue to provide spay/neuter services, emergency veterinary care and low cost vaccinations for the animals in our area.


Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2018 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, March 3 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 and Pacesetting Times 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 water proof picnic blanket; $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a plunge t-shirt, beach towel, water proof picnic blanket and a 10,000 mAh power bank.
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 2018 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina, Resort & RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, March 3.
Too chicken to plunge? No problem, they want you to be a part of the fun too. The official “I chickened out” long sleeve t-shirt will be on sale for a $25 donation to Special Olympics Arkansas.


Donald W. Lamoureaux, former physician in Arkansas and Missouri, is seeking to overturn his November 2015 conviction.
Lamoureaux was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison and ten years of supervised release, following his conviction of one count of Coercion and Enticement of a Minor on November 19, 2015.
Court records reflect an undercover officer entered an internet chat room posing as an adult mother offering her four hear old daughter for sexual exploitation in January 2015. Lamoureaux made contact with the undercover officer, sent his picture, and scheduled a meeting for Feb. 6 at a hotel in West Plains, MO. He was arrested upon arriving at the agreed location.
Lamoureaux was charged with a single count of attempting to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexual activity, and entered a conditional plea of guilty, preserving his right to appeal.
In a motion filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, Lamoureaux’s appeal argues in part that communications with an adult intermediary cannot form the basis for an attempt of causing a minor to engage in prohibited sexual activity. He contends his intentions were professional.
Lamoureaux, through his attorney Marvin Honeycutt of Fort Smith, has been granted a hearing on Jan. 29 at the Federal Courthouse in Fort Smith.
The initial case against Lamoureaux was investigated by the Fort Smith Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, the Northwest Arkansas/River Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce, the West Plains Police Department, and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.


SHARP COUNTY – A chili dinner will be held at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland on January 16.
The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. and proceeds will be used to benefit the Spring River Adult and Child Services domestic violence and homeless center. This center assists victims by providing shelter during times of crisis.
Dinner will include a bowl of chili or a frito pie, drink and dessert. Cost of the meal is a donation amount of choice.


The ballots have been counted and the results are in for County Committee, COC, Election. Michael Barnett will represent local administrative area (LAA) 2 and Gene McBride will serve as first alternate for the Sharp/Fulton County Committee.
Elected County Committee members serve a three year term and are responsible for making decisions on disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. Their term began on January 1.
County Committee members are a valuable asset because they are comprised of local producers who participate in FSA Programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers in the community. Thank you to everyone for returning ballots and participating in the Sharp/Fulton County Committee Election.


The Jones-Lewis VFW Post 4687 will conduct its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9 at the VFW Post located at 584 West Street in Melbourne. All members are invited to attend and anyone wishing to join the VFW are encouraged to come out and see what it is all about.
Items of discussion will be the continuing program of setting Veteran Memorial Markers in local cemeteries, sponsoring local events for the Melbourne Cub Scout Troop and the Friday night dances conducted weekly at the VFW. Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars are encouraged to get involved in your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post as you have earned the privilege to belong to this National Organization that is dedicated to serving Veterans.


by Ann Wilson
It is time to make another New Year’s resolution. This year, make a resolution that you will enjoy keeping. There is no dieting or exercising involved.
Come and join the Country Quilters Quilt Guild, where you will enjoy the company of the most talented and giving ladies in the area. Think that you cannot quilt, no problem. Think that you cannot sew a straight line, no problem. Come to the guild and help to give back to our community.
The Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Orange Room at the NAEC in Salem. This month’s meeting is on January 10 and this month’s project is notebook covers. If you have any questions call Ann Wilson at 870-895-3373.


A new Combat Trauma Healing Course will be conducted over the next 12 weeks, hosted by Gary Barnes and held at the First Baptist Church, located at 1140 AR 56 Highway in Calico Rock. The program started on January 9. There is no cost for the program and dinner and childcare will be provided.
REBOOT Combat Recovery exists to help combat veterans and their families heal from the spiritual and moral injuries of war associated with post-traumatic stress, PTSD, and combat trauma. War wounds the soul. Over the past several years, the medical community has expanded its view of the impact of trauma. Now, many acknowledge that combat trauma directly impacts not only the mind and body but also the soul. This type of injury is called moral injury.
Moral injury can manifest itself in the form of anger, anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and, most tragically, suicide. At REBOOT, it is believed these symptoms are often linked to deep-rooted soul wounds related to unresolved grief, distrust of God/self/others, unforgiveness, bitterness, and loss of identity. The ripple effects of combat trauma and resultant moral injury often negatively impact the mental health and quality of life of family’s members as well as the veteran.
REBOOT is a 12-week combat trauma healing course that provides a unique blend of clinical insight with faith-based support for combat veterans, their loved ones as well as anyone that might have served in a civilian position in like situations. Those seeking answers to defining questions about life, death, meaning and purpose. Our greatest value is offering education, affirmation, and support in an environment of trust.
REBOOT Combat Recovery is quickly becoming the practical leader in the fight against moral injury and combat trauma. So, join us every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Calico Rock.

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