by Karen Sherrell
Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend has undergone a transformation over the last few years, with renovations to their accommodations, and the addition of a boutique and wellness center.
The Wellness Center offers a variety of alternative methods of relaxation and healing, and therapies for those interested in taking responsibility for their own health. Modalities offered at Healthy Habits Haven and Spa include massage, ultrasound therapy, LED light therapy, a hyperbaric chamber, color and sound therapy, lymphatic drainage and a harmony room.
Anyone may join the Wellness Center and at this time membership is only $25 annually or $100 for a lifetime. Registered Nurse Jim Frey is on-site to help you with a wellness consult. Frey has 28 years as an RN in clinical research and applications, and has conducted over 1,000 clinical trials in addition to his career. “When a person comes for a wellness consult, together we develop what is best for them,” said Frey.
One of the most interesting services offered is the addition of a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber at the center. Historically these type of chambers were used to help patients with the bends, a painful condition that occurs in scuba divers who ascend too quickly. Present day applications encompass a variety of needs.
In a hyperbaric chamber, the air pressure is increased to higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body.
“Mild hyperbaric chambers have been produced the past ten years,” said Frey. “This one utilizes a therapeutic 1.2 atmospheric pressure, with an oxygen concentrator.” An individual breathes near 100% oxygen intermittently while inside a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized to greater than sea level pressure. This therapy assists with increasing immune capabilities, helping patients with problems ranging from chronic wounds to complex disabilities and neurological impairment.
The softsided chamber at the Wellness Center takes in ambient air, filters the oxygen from it and pushes it into a user’s cells. “The more oxygen in your cells creates hemoglobin, red cells, and knocks out toxins,” said Frey. It can speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function.
“This therapy is also used on patients with traumatic brain injuries to re-oyxgenate brain cells,” said Frey. “It helps with tremors associated with Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, paralysis and autism.”
During a session in the hyperbaric chamber, Frey remains in the room with the patient. There is a window in the chamber enabling him to communicate with the patient as well. “There is room to move inside the chamber, it is peaceful, you can hear air flowing,” said Frey. A patient may use their phone during treatment, to play soft music.
Hyperbaric therapy in a clinic typically costs $500 per session, according to Frey, and pricing on a session in the Center’s soft, portable chamber is much less, at $150. Sessions are available by appointment, from 30 to 60 minutes.
“Some medications contradict with the hyperbaric chamber, that’s why we do an initial wellness consultation,” said Frey. “If a patient is known to have seizures, they cannot use this therapy.”
Other alternatives offered for relaxation and meditation include thermal massage beds, vibration beds and a portable sauna. “These alternative therapies are used to help ease pain and hopefully improve your body,” said Frey.
The spa is now open, with 24/7 keycode access, offering a hot tub, three private jacuzzi tubs, sauna steam and eucalyptus, and universal gym. Discounts are offered for spa and wellness packages, and for couples.
The Wellness Center may be contacted at 870-670-5051.
Cedar Glade Resort’s amenities include remodeled lodge rooms with Wi-Fi and Continental breakfast, an 18 hole par 3 golf course, a tennis court, shuffleboard, horseshoes, volleyball, a stocked fishing lake and RV hookups. Foxy Lady Boutique features dresses, tops, slacks, scarves, jewelry, shoes and more. Healthy Habits offers vitamins, multi and liquid cell food, energy bars, bulk nuts and seeds, tinctures, Garden of Life products, Braggs ACV and aminos, and herbal and medicinal teas.
Frey, RN, is pictured with the new hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber located at the Wellness Center at Cedar Glades Resort in Horseshoe Bend. Photo/K.Sherrell


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce event details for this year’s Independence Day celebration. The theme will be We the People and activities will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, July 4.
Bargains in the Bend, an outdoor yard sale of sorts, will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will be the exclusive food vendor and they will have burgers, brats and hotdogs ready as early as 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will travel the same route as last year. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will host their annual ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At 12 p.m., local residents will present a dramatic reading called, “We the People.” This event is free to attend and will take place in the Little Theatre. Everyone is encouraged to find a good viewing area of Crown Lake around 5 p.m. to watch the flotilla on parade. From there, drive on up to Turkey Mountain and enjoy some live music before the fireworks begin at dusk.
For more information, please email: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com or call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433.
Salem
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Fireworks in the Park Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4 at the Salem City Park.
The chamber invites everyone out to this free event to enjoy the fun, food, music, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The chamber will be selling armbands for $5 each for bounce houses for the kids and will also sell inexpensive patriotic toys, hand fans, and flags. There will be food vendors set up on the east side of the park.
At 6 p.m. the Salem VFW Post will perform the Colors Flag. At 7 p.m. there will be entertainment on the east side of the City Park. In conjunction with the Fireworks in the Park Celebration, Hall Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.
At dark spectators at the City Park, Rodeo Arena, and surrounding areas can enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. Local businesses are encouraged to send your donation P.O. Box 649, Salem, AR 72576 before June 30.
Calico Rock
The Calico Rock Lions club will once again bring the community their Annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday, July 3, at Hwy. 56 in Calico Rock. The Lions will be stationed at park exits following the conclusion of the show accepting donations from attendees who wish to show their appreciation and help support local Lions’ charitable projects.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Independence Day Celebration will be on Wednesday, July 4. The list of events include: Cherokee Village Fire Fighters Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Baseheart Fire Station from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Patriotic Boat Parade at 7 p.m.; Thunder on Thunderbird Fireworks Show, Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Arkansas at 9 p.m.
Melbourne
Fireworks show on the Fourth of July is free to the public thanks to FNBC and the City of Melbourne. The gates to the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road will open at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Sarah Jo Sample and the Natural Disasters from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be three bounce houses/slides for children. Concessions will be available. The fireworks will start at dark.
Hardy
The Hardy Independence Celebration at Loberg Park, presented by the Hardy A&P Commission, will be held June 30.
There will be live music and water slides from 3 p.m. to dark. There will be Food Trucks – Auntie Anne’s, Leaves and Beans, Robert’s Country Fried Cooking with cuisine to fit the youngest to the fittest to the seasoned appetites.
There will be a Kids’ Bike Decorating Parade at 7 p.m. and prizes will be given out.


Several black bear sightings have been reported from mid-May through early-June in Izard, Sharp, Fulton and Independence Counties.
On May 13, a black bear was seen swimming in Crown Lake, in Horseshoe Bend, and also crossing the road on Ranchview Lane.
On May 17, a black bear was seen at Robinson Point on Norfork Lake by a Sturkie family.
On May 30, a Horseshoe Bend family spotted a full grown black bear on Hwy. 63 at the Williford turnoff near Martin Creek bridge.
A brown bear was reportedly seen on June 7 in Southside, on top of Ramsey Mountain in Independence County.
On June 15, a black bear was seen by Quilted Heart on Hwy. 289.
The American black bear, the only species of bear in Arkansas, carries a powerful Natural State attraction for wildlife watchers and photographers, many of whom consider bears to be the most significant symbol of the vanishing American wilderness. Formerly one of North America’s most widely occurring mammals, the American black bear was so common in Arkansas at the time of pioneer settlement that the state’s original nickname was “The Bear State.” Now bears are absent from much of the continent’s interior, while the population of Arkansas bears is recovering from decline.
The current population of Arkansas bears is estimated at more than 3,000. They usually appear taller at the hips than at the shoulders and can reach over six feet tall when standing erect. Male black bears are known to exceed 600 pounds. In Arkansas, adult males typically range from 130 to 300 pounds and adult females from 90 to 150 pounds. Their weights vary considerably within a single year and even between years, depending on food abundance.
Black bears in the wild prefer feeding in early morning and late evening, but are active at night. Insects are a mainstay of their diet, which also includes blackberries, pokeberries and blueberries in the summer and acorns and hickory nuts in autumn.
American black bears occur in a variety of colors ranging from black to almost white. The black color phase is virtually the only one found in the eastern United States. Black bears may occasionally have a white patch or “blaze” on the chest. Brown and cinnamon-colored black bears become increasingly common in the more variable, drier and mountainous habitats in the western United States.
An interesting exception to this rule occurs in Arkansas. Approximately 23 percent of bears in the Ozark Mountains and three percent of bears in the Ouachita Mountains are brown or cinnamon-colored. Cinnamon and brown-colored black bears are fairly common in these areas.
Trey Reid, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said weeks of temperatures in the 90s after cooler weather in early spring might have led to the animals’ most active periods happening over a shorter period of time. This is also the case for snakes, he added.
Reid said the commission does not track bear sightings but that they usually leave their dens in the spring. With social media, more sightings are recorded. It’s not necessarily happening more, Reid said, “we just know about more of it.”
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas.com.


by Manda Jackson
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the First Annual Bargains in the Bend on Wednesday, July 4. Groups and individuals interested in selling items or handing out promotional materials are welcome to do so on the lower level of the Diamond B parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We are looking forward to offering the community and our visitors something a little different than a traditional festival this year,” said Chamber President, Manda Jackson. “If you like treasure hunting at yard sales, this should be a fun event for you!”
The Chamber will collect $10 per space (up to three tables) upon arrival, no pre-registration or vendor application required.
If the use of electricity is a necessity, please call the Chamber and they will try to accommodate this need. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will be the exclusive food vendor. They will have their delicious burgers, brats and hot dogs ready to serve around 9 a.m.
Other than smoke from their grill, no smoking will be permitted from vendors.
Stop by and find yourself some bargains before, during or after the parade. For more information, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or email: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com. You can also visit the Chamber on the web at www.horseshoebend.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hsbacc.


by Theresa McCarty
Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m for another great act to appear at the Horseshoe Bend Theatre. Come hear some great bluegrass and gospel. Stringed Union Bluegrass will perform. Admission is by donation. Come join us at 5 p.m. for burgers and hot dogs on the grill.
Stringed Union Bluegrass consists of four band members:
Sharry Lovan from Willow Springs, MO, plays bass and sings lead/harmony. She grew up in a large family band playing bluegrass gospel from a very young age.
She has been a band member of Stringed Union Bluegrass for four years now and is very fortunate to share the stage with some of the finest musicians around.
Javan Loadholtz from Oklahoma City, OK, plays mandolin and sings lead/harmony. He has been a part of the band ever since it was formed in 2014. He plays multiple instruments and and is a fine musician indeed. He was part of the band Bluegrass Express many years ago and has traveled all over sharing his talents with friends and family.
Gene Collins from Ozark, MO,  plays rhythm guitar on an old Martin he has owned since the 60s. Known for his smooth playing, he is one of the finest musicians you will ever meet. He is also in another band called The Collins Brothers out of Kansas City, MO. He is a great addition to the band.
Alan Strickland from West Plains, MO, plays a beautiful Gibson Banjo-sings lead/harmony. He has travelled all over the U.S. and played with many bands through the years. He is still the banjo player for the group First Impression and Stringed Union is truly blessed to have him in the band.
Join us for a great night of music. Support our town and the effort to add amenities to our community. Hope to see you at Music in the Mountains Theatre, located in the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.


The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a free Kids Fishing Derby for youngsters 15 years old and younger, at the Commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle, no live bait is allowed. Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 15 years old and under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults cannot fish.
This event is free to the public. For more information contact 877-625-7521.


Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced mobile office locations for June.
Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and assisted nearly 1,000 Arkansans last year.
Rutledge believes in face-to-face conversations to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.
This year, the Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services they provide statewide.
Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement across Arkansas to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit ArkansasAG.gov or call 501-682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge and on Twitter at twitter.com/AGRutledge.
Upcoming mobile office:
Fulton County
Tuesday, June 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, located at 225 S. Main in Salem.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a free Kids Fishing Derby for youngsters 15 years old and younger, at the Commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle, no live bait is allowed. Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 15 years old and under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults cannot fish.
This event is free to the public. For more information contact 877-625-7521.


by Karen Sherrell
A Sharp County woman charged with murder in the second degree has once again been found competent to proceed to trial.
Jennifer Lea Collins, age 56, was charged with murder in the second degree, after the death of an elderly woman in her care in May of 2017.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
The state official account reads, “Collins would not cooperate with law enforcement or paramedics at the scene, and became belligerent and violent when officers attempted to take her into custody.” Collins was transported to White River Emergency Center for a blood test and the “available information indicates that Collins registered a blood alcohol level of .29, more than three times the legal limit for intoxication.”
Sandefur died seven days after the attack. She was able to tell Officer Phillip Dunlap at the scene that Collins “had bit and beat her.” The autopsy lists death as “aspiration pneumonia due to blunt force injuries and human bites.”
Initially charged with battery first degree, Collins’ charges were upgraded on August 16, 2017. She was then released on a $100,000 bond, after her court appearance before Judge Mark Johnson.
Collins, through her attorney, R. T Starken, requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. Examination results were filed with the Sharp County Clerk’s office on November 20, 2017, and the results summarized that Collins had the capacity to understand her charges, and was competent to stand trial.
One month later, a commitment order was filed for Collins to undergo additional evaluations citing insufficiencies in the first exam. On December 12, 2017, she was ordered to receive care, treatment and evaluations through the Arkansas Department of Human Services.
Records indicate Collins was seen by Debra Alberts, LCSW, for individual therapy December 2017 through May of this year. Records also indicate that Collins was married this past March.
The results from the second evaluation were filed May 23 in Sharp County Circuit Court.
Michael J. Simon, Ph.D., Supervising Forensic Psychologist, Arkansas State Hospital, conducted the clinical interview on May 10. According to his report: at the time of the examination Collins does not have a mental disease or defect; has the capacity to understand the proceedings against her; and is functioning in the average range of intelligence. Simons’ summary opinion reads: at the time of the alleged conduct and in regards to her charge of murder in the second degree, “Collins did not lack the capacity to appreciate the criminality of her conduct; did not lack the capacity to conform her conduct to the requirement of the law; and did not lack capacity to engage ‘knowing’ conduct.’”
Simon additionally reported, “Ms. Collins has a long history abusing alcohol and thus meets criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder; however, substance dependence or intoxication is not considered a mental disease or defect under Arkansas statutory law.” His report continued, “There is significant evidence that her actions were the result of voluntary intoxication which cannot be used as an affirmative defense.”
Collins denied any memory of the alleged offenses to Simon, but was able to provide a detailed description of the events leading up to the alleged crimes, as stated in his official report.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder. She was additionally charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
A trial date has not been set at this time.

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