The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Sixth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Wednesday, February 28. 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 7 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.


The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Sixth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Wednesday, February 28. 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 7 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.


by Karen Sherrell
Firefighters stayed busy last week when an arsonist set several fires in Horseshoe Bend.
On Wednesday, January 31, Izard County dispatch began receiving calls from the Horseshoe Bend area, concerning several fires throughout the city. The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department responded with personnel, brush trucks and fire engines, and mutual aid was provided by Zion, Franklin, Morriston, Agnos-Glencoe-Heart Fire Departments, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The intentionally set fires were located in the areas of Kennedy and Executive Drives to the quarry on Hwy. 56, Pine Ridge Road at Moonstone, South Shore Drive at Tri Lakes Drive, Primrose and Memory Lanes, Springfield Avenue at Moonstone, several on North and South Little Rock Roads, Shady Lane at Pony Lane, and Clark Lane at Enterprise Lane.
Strong winds and gusts enabled the fires to move quickly, and firefighters were dispatched throughout the entire city for several hours. Smaller crews, sometimes one or two firefighters, remained at each scene to keep the fires from spreading through the underbrush. Firefighters responded through the night.
A home on Pony Lane was in the path of a quickly moving brush fire, and volunteers on the scene beat the flames down before the pumper trucks arrived from another hot spot.
No injuries were reported and no structures were lost in the fire outbreak.
This area is in moderate danger of wildfires spreading according to the Forestry Commission, and that, with the wind gusts, could have resulted in severe damage if not for the response time of firefighters and volunteers.
Additional fires occurred that same day on Military Road in Franklin and Lacrosse Road in Melbourne.
The fires are under investigation, according to Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, and the department is actively searching for the suspect(s).


by Joyce Mabry
ICARE will be holding its Annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, February 16 and 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Please note the new location: the former Melbourne Grade School. Dr. Nanci Solis from Thousand Hills Veterinary Service in Charlotte will be there on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with vaccinations, meds and other services for your pets. Concessions will also be available.
You may drop off your donations for our sale at the Paws and Claws Thrift Store, located at 189 Lunen Street, Tuesday through Thursday, February 13 through 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and/or at the former Melbourne Grade School cafeteria, Monday through Thursday, February 12 through 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need pick-up of donations, please call 870-368-5000 and leave that message, thank you.
All proceeds from the sale goes to help pay for the vetting of unwanted and abandoned animals in Izard County, as well as the spaying and neutering of community pets.


by Tom Doty
The Young at Heart, a ministry of elders of Salem First Baptist Church, are pleased to welcome you to a night of Southern Gospel music with The McKameys of Clinton, TN.
The singing is set for February 16 and begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken. If you have not seen this group preform before, you are in for a great evening.
If there is one word that describes The McKameys, it would be sincere.
Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love for the Lord, sincere in their love for the music they sing, and sincere in their need to spread the Word to others through their music.
Organized as a trio of sisters, Dora, Peg, and Carol McKamey, in 1954, the group is in its fifth decade of spreading love and blessing through the music they sing. Even though there have been several changes in the group’s makeup, the wonderful harmonies, great songs and sheer joy of singing has never gone away. Whether they are performing I’ve Made Up My Mind, Roll That Burden On Me, I Will Trust You Lord, Right On Time, Arise, or earlier hits like Who Put The Tears or God On The Mountain, there is a light that shines through onstage and an energy that carries them through the night when they perform.
First Baptist Church of Salem invites you to come and experience The McKameys on February 16 at 7 p.m. Salem First Baptist Church is located at 552 Highway 62 East. For more information please contact the church at 870-895-2330. We look forward to seeing each of you.