Horseshoe Bend
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located at 508 Profession Drive, will hold an Easter Brunch with an Easter Egg Hunt following on Sunday, April 1. If there is inclement weather the hunt will be in the church building.
Diamond Cove Healthcare, located at 1203 South Bend Drive, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be separate age groups.
Oxford
The Oxford Baptist Church invites you to join them on Saturday, March 31 for some glow-in-the-dark fun! The hunt will begin at 7:30 p.m. with food, games, prizes and devotion. The glow fun will get started as soon as it gets dark. They will have lots of eggs filled with all kinds of surprises. The hunt is for children through sixth grade.
Salem
Salem First Baptist Church, located at 552 Hwy. 62, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 10 a.m. for kids ages birth to sixth grade. Everyone leaves with a prize including two grand prizes for each age group.
Scribner Family Practice Clinic, located at 115 Turner Lane, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The hunt is open to the community and there will be prize eggs for each age group.
The Ozark Mountain Music Makers will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at the Music Barn, located on Hwy. 62.
Mammoth Spring
The Spring River Lions Club will sponsor the annual Easter Egg Scramble at Mammoth Spring State Park on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The hunt is for kids 11 years and younger.
Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church, located at 16600 Hwy. 9 N, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 11 a.m. All children 12 years and under are invited to attend. There will be lots of eggs to hunt, prizes and fun! They will be serving a hot dog lunch with all the fixings. For more information call 870-625-3273.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5215 Hwy. 56 E in Violet Hill, will hold an Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, April 1. There will be a huge egg hunt after the 11 a.m. service, for all ages.
Hardy
The Hardy Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31 at Loberg Park beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt is hosted by the City of Hardy and the Elks. Bring your basket and join them for fun in the park. There will be a bike giveaway.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Fire Department, located at 1 Basehart Road, will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
Evening Shade
The Ministerial Alliance Women’s Auxiliary from Evening Shade VFW will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at the Evening Shade Park on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. The Easter Bunny will be present and there will be lots of eggs filled with candy and golden eggs with special prizes. For more information call 870-283-4238.
Calico Rock
The Calico Rock Lions Club will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at Rand Park. There will be two age groups.


Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend will be having an Easter Sunrise Service on Turkey Mountain at the tennis court. The service will be conducted by David Schaller. There will be music and singing. Come and participate in this glorious celebration. Please bring a chair. Donuts and coffee will be served following the service at the church.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Horseshoe Bend will have Easter Services beginning at 9 a.m. with Holy Communion. An Easter Brunch will follow the service, and those wishing to attend need to call the church at 870-670-5482.
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church in Violet Hill will have Easter Services at 11 a.m. They will present a drama about Jesus Christ. It will answer the questions of who He was and why He died. The drama will feature testimonials and songs.
First Baptist Church of Salem will find out “Who Moved the Stone?” at 10 a.m.


A benefit BBQ dinner and live auction will be held at the ICC High School Cafeteria on Saturday, April 7 beginning at 6 p.m.
Proceeds of the event will go to help the Smith Family, Ryan, Sabra and Drake, with hospital bills and monthly expenses incurred due to two year old Drake’s Type 1 diabetes.
Some items donated for the auction include home decor, tools, jewelry, handmade blankets, baby blankets, quilts, refurbished tv stand, flower arrangement, hand painted signs, hand painted stained glass, baked goods, 30 minute massage, an Ann Magnolia, Yeti cooler, outdoor Beanbag game, and much more.
The ICC campus is located at 5068 N AR Hwy. 9, Brockwell.


HORSESHOE BEND – As part of the annual Keep America Beautiful™ Great American Cleanup®, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, KAB, is helping volunteers in every county organize and promote local cleanup and beautification events that will #MakeArkansasGreen.
The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, and the #MakeArkansasGreen challenge, is a call-to-action to volunteers to organize at least one cleanup event in each of the state’s 75 counties during March, April and May. Cleanup events should focus on enhancing a community’s public spaces, such as roadsides, waterways, parks and neighborhoods, by picking up litter and debris, planting flowers, removing bulky waste, recycling materials and improving overall appearance.
“Littering is illegal in Arkansas, and it is ugly and unhealthy. We want Arkansans to no longer tolerate littered places,” said Liz Philpott, KAB’s volunteer program manager and statewide cleanup coordinator. “KAB is committed to fostering behavior change and new attitudes to make littering socially unacceptable. We advance change through volunteer activities and educational outreach about the negative impacts on a community that is not litter-free. The #MakeArkansasGreen challenge during the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas is a key initiative to engage and inspire Arkansans toward better habits.”
Everyone 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 Saturday, May 5 and help cleanup.
There will be a hot dog picnic to follow. All 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.
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 5.
Volunteers will meet starting at 7 a.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church’s parking lot where a designated area will be assigned to individuals or groups if they do not already have an area.
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.
Each week beginning in April, KAB will post to its social media platforms a #MakeArkansasGreen map of the counties where a cleanup is registered. Arkansans can follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to track the #MakeArkansasGreen campaign’s success. During the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, volunteers registered events in 52 counties.


Vice Chairman Teresa Orrick called the regular meeting of the Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on March 14.
Present: Aldermen Luther Yancey, Orrick, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Marty McKnight.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept the February Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $23,571.89 in sales tax for the month of February 2018.
Yow moved to defer the Treasurer’s Report to the City Council, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously.
Under unfinished business: None.
Under new business: Barnes updated the committee on the status of last year’s water increase. In accordance with Ordinance 2017-01 the council would review the increase to determine if operating funds, maintenance funds and reserves were adequate before implementing the annual increase. The Water Department had to replace a well pump at a cost of $22,219 and delaying the cleaning and painting of the water tower is no longer an option. The water tower costs will be in excess of $95,000. The annual rate increase will go into effect in the next billing cycle with no further action by the council.
Yow moved to table Ordinance 2018-01 amending the zoning code to add Crown Point Resort’s un-platted acreage West of Ivory Lane, and North of Tri Lakes Drive to Pasture/Stable districts, until a representative from Crown Point Resort appears before the City Council with an operational plan, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously.
With no further business to come before the committee, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously. The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for April 11 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer


Several races have emerged following the filing deadline of March 1 for candidates running for county offices.
Filings in Izard County, for Judge, Eric Smith (R) incumbent, Thomas Ward (D), Warren Skelton (D); Sheriff, Earnie Blackley (R), Carl Russell (R), Rick Kimble (D); Clerk, Shelly Downing (D) incumbent; Treasurer, Warren Sanders (R) incumbent; Collector, Marilyn Downing (D) incumbent, Paul D. Womack (R); Justice of the Peace: District 1, Justin Sanders (D) incumbent; District 2, Thomas W. Rushing (D) incumbent, Walter Hagan (R); District 3, Jared Johnson (D), Randy “Hank” Sherrell (I), John Walker (R), Dale Ivy (R); District 4, Willie Moser (D) incumbent, Michelle Graetz (R); District 5, John David Miller (D) incumbent; District 6, Seth Engelhardt (D) incumbent; District 7, Brian Biard (D), Tony Gill (I), Christopher Blake Johnson (R); District 8, Wayne Boren (D) incumbent; District 9, Richard “Rich” Emmens (R) incumbent; Constable: Millcreek, Timothy Whitehurst (D) incumbent; Pleasant Hill, John Mark Rogers, (I); Gid, George F. Whitfield (I), Donnie Tate (I); School Board, Melbourne, Phillip Edwards (I) incumbent.
Filings in Fulton County, for Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) incumbent, Brock Love (D), Jim Kendrick (R); Sheriff, Albert “Al” Roork (D) incumbent; Clerk, Vickie Bishop (D) incumbent; Treasurer, Seth Jones (D) incumbent, Barry Abney (D); Collector, Michalle Watkins (D) incumbent; Assessor, Brad Schaufler (D) incumbent; Coroner, Steven C. Barker (D) incumbent; Surveyor, Brian Keen (D) incumbent; Justice of the Peace: District 1, Cris Newberry (D) incumbent; District 2, Lynn Guffey (I) incumbent; District 3, Burton Yarnell, (D) incumbent, Michael Barnett (D), Gene McBride (R); District 4, Seth Martin (D) incumbent, Bill Worsham (D); District 5, Johnny Moody (D) incumbent, Randy L. Wilson (R); District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) incumbent; District 7, Tesa Bishop Nelson (D) incumbent, Ray Matthew (R); District 8, Jack Haney (D) incumbent; District 9, Jimmy Marler (D) incumbent, Charles R. Kendrick (R); Constable Township #1, Clay Divelbiss (D). In the City of Salem: Mayor, Daniel Busch (D) incumbent; Jimmy D. McBride (D); Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Betty Teague (D) incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Marcia Newton, (D) incumbent; Ward 2, Position 1, Richard Frazier (D) incumbent; Ward 2, Position 2, Ted York (D) incumbent; School Board: Salem, Position 3, Jason Miller, incumbent; Viola, Position 3, Max Ray Shrable, incumbent.
Filings in Sharp County, for Judge, Gene Moore (I) incumbent; Treasurer, Wanda Girtman (D) incumbent; Sheriff, Mark Counts (I) incumbent; Clerk, Alisa Black (I); Assessor, Kathy Nix (I) incumbent; Tax Collector, Charlotte Ratliff (I) incumbent; Coroner, Renee Clay-Circle (R) incumbent, Seth H. Wortham (D); Justice of the Peace: District 1, Roger C. Stark (D) incumbent, Phillip Sullivan (R); District 2, Briana Dilorio (R) incumbent, Garry Lawrence (D); District 3, Greg Prenger (D) incumbent; District 4, Chuck Murphy (D) incumbent; District 5, Tony Vaughn (R) incumbent, Derek Ford (R), Ruth Rogers (D); District 6, Everett McGuire (R) incumbent, David R. Cook (D), Jackie Pickett (I); District 7, Bart Schulz (I) incumbent; District 8, Jeral Hastings (D) incumbent; District 9, Todd Price (I) incumbent; Constable: District 1, Kevin Dienst (D) incumbent; District 2, Steven R. Rose (D) incumbent; District 3, Mary Wanley (D) incumbent; District 4, Michael R. Orosz (I) incumbent; District 5, Kelly Newcom (R) incumbent; District 6, Israel Hester (D); District 7, Eric J. Pickle (D) incumbent, District 9, Aaron Hunter (D) incumbent; School Board: Highland, Position 2, Jason Rhodes incumbent; Position 3, Julea Garner incumbent; Cave City, Position 5, Donald Simmons incumbent, Jon Hodges.
The Preferential Primary Election is Tuesday, May 22. Voters will decide on candidates in the Democrat and Republican races. Deadline to register to vote in the Preferential Primary is Monday, April 23.


A group of individuals from Horseshoe Bend and the outlying areas have gotten together to try and re-open the Horseshoe Bend Music in the Mountains Theater.
This group is looking at different formats for the shows, hoping to bring the area some professional shows on top of showcasing local talent.
The first endeavor will be a show on March 24 at 6 p.m. with the professional talents of The Creek Rocks that has performed in many different venues, Eureka Springs, Little Rock, Springfield and Branson, MO, to name a few. There will be a ticket charge for the professional shows to help with the expenses of, not only bringing great talent to our area, but assisting in keeping the doors of the theater open.
Watch the Pacesetting Times for more details and ads to come. Mark your calendars. There is also a reunion show being planned for the future, hopefully bringing back some of the great talent we have heard in the theater over the years. The theater is also going to be made available to groups needing a venue of this kind. The new board of the Theater looks forward to bringing great talent to our area and asks for your support for this piece of history in Horseshoe Bend.


by Bobby Stapleton, sports
Izard County punched their ticket, this time a Golden Ticket, last Saturday, when they knocked off the Mount Vernon-Enola Warhawks at Morrilton in the semi-finals of the State Tournament. Ten years ago, the Izard County Cougars went to the Summit in Hot Springs and brought home the 1A State Championship trophy. This weekend, they will try to duplicate that achievement. The Cougars head back to the Spa City for a 7:45 p.m. tipoff on March 10, where they will face the Guy Perkins Thunderbirds.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead when Justus Cooper lit things up with a baby hook shot in the lane and Dalton Dillard stroked a trey from the left wing. Cooper upped the lead with a step back jumper from the top of the key, making it an early 7-zip lead for the Cougars. Mt. Vernon-Enola finally got on the scoreboard at the 3:18 with a free throw and Dylan Tharp answered that with a pull up jumper off the free throw line, pushing the Cougar lead up to 9-1.
The Warhawks racked up back-to-back treys to close the gap down to a two point game, but Caleb Faulkner hit a jumper in the lane and Dillard hit one of two free throws to bump the lead to 12-7. The Warhawks capped the first stanza with a couple of charity tosses and the Cougars kept the lead, 12-9. Mt. Vernon-Enola made it a one point game with a bucket with less than half a minute gone from the clock in the second, but Faulkner drained a trey from the top of the key to make it a two possession game once again. The Warhawks picked up a bucket at the other end to keep it close, but Faulkner sank a couple of free throw to keep it a two possession game. The Warhawks picked up five straight points to claim their first lead at the 2:50 mark, taking an 18-17 lead. A little less than a minute ticked off the clock and Cooper stuck back a rebound and followed that with a traditional three point play, pushing Izard County back out in front 22-18, which held up until halftime.
The Warhawks opened the third quarter with six straight points, going up 24-22. Faulkner hit a jumper from near the free throw line to knot the game back up at 24-all, but a traditional three point play at the other end kept the Cougars trailing. Faulkner stole a ball on defense and took it back for the lay up, pulling Izard County back to within one. Another old fashioned three point play by Mt. Vernon-Enola gave them a two possession lead at 30-26, but a baby hook by Cooper off the right side and a floater in the lane from Faulkner tied the game 30-all with 3:40 left in the third. The Warhawks retook the lead with a trey, but Cooper hit a jumper from the top to keep it a one point game. Mt. Vernon-Enola stayed with the long range bombs, hitting their third trifecta of the frame to up their lead to 36-32 before Mike Uecker hit a reverse lay up to pull the Cougars back to within two. The fourth trey of the third quarter upped the Warhawks lead to 39-34, but Faulkner crashed the offensive glass and stuck back a rebound to close out the frame, pulling the Cougars back to within three points at 36-39.
Izard County had eight minutes to get things lined out and head back to Hot Springs, where Coach Kyle McCandlis has fond memories, since he was on the team ten years ago when Izard County last won the Championship. Uecker hit a jumper off the right side after getting the no look pass from Cooper, making it a one point game. The Warhawks made it four in a row as they nailed a trey to up their lead, and the Cougars started climbing back with a vengeance. Back-to-back buckets by Faulkner knotted the game to 42-all with 6:03 left in the game, then Cooper came back with two free throws at the 5:34 mark to put Izard County on top 44-42. With the Warhawks spreading the floor to pressure Izard County, Faulkner attacked the basket and hit the jumper in the lane to make it a two possession game at 47-43. Mt. Vernon-Enola never could put together back-to-back scores and Izard County hit free throws from there on to secure their ticket to the Championship game by taking a 52-48 win. For Izard County: Faulkner (22), Cooper (17), Uecker (6), Dillard (4), Tharp (2), and Everett (1).


The Mammoth Spring Lady Bears battled hard this season and after almost 17 years, made it to the State Elite 8.
The young team drew a bye for first round in state and took on the Quachita Lady Warriors on Wednesday, February 28 at the Devil Dog Arena in Morrilton.
The Lady Bears led by 14 points at the half and never looked back, defeating the Lady Warriors 85-67.
Mammoth Spring rallied to a 50-36 halftime lead and were ahead by 20 at the half, 68-48.
Whitlee Layne had game high points with 27, Brianna Hocum had 19, Stephine Henry hit 14 and Lauren Mitchell scored 12.
The Lady Bears (30-11) met the Kirby Lady Trojans in quarterfinal action on Friday, March 2, another young team, and the battle ensued. The Lady Bears were down by three at the end of the first quarter, but scored 19 points to lead the Lady Trojans at the half 32-29.
The Lady Bears set the pace, outscoring their opponent in the third quarter, and kept the lead, 45-38.
The Lady Trojans tied the game 45-all with a little over four minutes left in the game, and the Lady Bears regained the lead for a short time. The Lady Bear’s season came to an end with a loss to the Lady Trojans 61-55.
Layne led the Lady Bears with 23 and Mitchell scored 10.
Coach Denny Young praised his team and their great season. “It’s all about the experience, getting to play post-season,” said Young. “This is a close-knit group, and everybody is coming back next year.”
Congratulations Lady Bears on a great season!
JUMP FOR IT: Brianna Hocum hauls in a rebound against Kirby at Morrilton. Photo/D.Russell


The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz proved their strength this year, and made it to the Class 3A State Final Four. The last time the Lady ‘Katz were in this position was in 1991.
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz took on the Two Rivers Lady Gators in the Class 3A State Tournament first round, at Drew Central High School in Monticello, on Wednesday, February 28 at 1 p.m.
The Lady ‘Katz rallied to defeat the Lady Gators, 38-33, shooting 85 percent from the free throw line, sinking 18 out of 21.
The Lady Bearkatz (27-7) came from a four point deficit after one, to tie the game 19-19 at the half. The Lady Bearkatz took the lead at the end of three, 30-26 and captured the win 38-33. Regan Rapert led the Lady ‘Katz with 18 and Dani Hardaway added 7.
The Lady Bearkatz made their way into the State Final Four with their win over Junction City 59-42 on Friday, March 2. This is the first time in 27 years that the Lady Bearkatz were in the State Final Four.
The Lady Bearkatz great season came to an end on Saturday, March 3, with their loss to the Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets 40-63.
The Lady Yellowjackets came out with a vengeance, outscoring the Lady Bearkatz by 15 points in the first quarter, and 9 points in the second. The Lady Bearkatz scored 18 in the third quarter and 9 in the fourth, but couln’t overcome the Yellowjackets.
The Lady Bearkatz’ young team, coached by Eric Teague, looks forward to next year.
SHOT: Lady Bearkat Josie Roark goes in tough to the hoop in quarterfinal action against Junction City last week. Photo/L.Hoskinds

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