The Izard County Board of Election Commissioners have announced the following polling sites for Early Voting and the Nov. 6 General Election.
Early Vote
Ozarka College beginning Oct. 22, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Horseshoe Bend City Hall, Friday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 6 General Election 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Calico Rock City Hall: Calico Rock – City and Rural – Claiborne
Horseshoe Bend City Hall: Horseshoe Bend – City and Rural
Mt. Pleasant Community Building: Mt. Pleasant City and Rural – Big Spring – Lafferty
Old Franklin City Hall: Franklin City and Rural – Myron – Wiseman
Oxford City Hall: Oxford City and Rural – Wideman
Ozarka College: Knob Creek – Lacrosse – Larkin – Melbourne City and Rural – Sage – Sage (Melbourne Ward 4)
Pineville Fire Station: Dolph – Pineville City and Rural
Reeves Cemetery: Gid – Guion City and Rural
Ruthie Mountain Fire Station # 1: Boswell – Sylamore – Twin Creek
Brockwell Music School: Brockwell – Newburg – Oxford City in Brockwell – Violet Hill
Zion Community Building: Strawberry – Zion

Convenient online payment options are available in over 50 Arkansas counties including Izard County, when paying property taxes.
The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.
Citizens can avoid late fees and in-person payment lines by paying their property taxes online before the deadline. Visit and follow the link, or visit
To make a secure payment on a computer or mobile device, taxpayers just need to enter the parcel or tax-ID numbers provided on their tax statements, or search by their name or address. The online service provides payment confirmation and printable receipt. Payments can be made online until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15. Note that fees apply to online payments and payments by phone.
While paying property taxes online, residents in many counties can also sign up to receive an email notification in March when their annual tax statement is available. Taxpayers who sign up for this new paperless convenience will no longer receive annual tax statements in the mail but will still get paper statements if their taxes are adjusted throughout the year.
Taxes may be mailed and postmarked by Oct. 15, or visit the Izard County Tax Collector’s office, 15 South Street, Annex Building in Melbourne, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checks need to be made payable to Izard County Collector. The mailing address is Marilyn Downing, Izard County Collector, P.O. Box 490, Melbourne, AR 72556.
A new online record search is now provided by the collector’s office by visiting the website Find a link to pay taxes online, detailed tax record cards, proof of payment and tax history at this website.

by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend passed an ordinance on Sept. 24 for the purpose of regulating residential yard sales within the city limits.
Ordinance 2018-03 states that Yard/Garage Sales include personal property owned by an individual or members of the residence and does not include any merchandise purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
Anyone wishing to have a yard sale at their residence in Horseshoe Bend must obtain a permit, at a cost of $5, at least three days prior to the sale. The permit must be applied for with the Code Enforcement Department. Each location is permitted up to four permits in a calendar year. Sales are limited to three consecutive days during the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the sale may be conducted within 30 days, after a request is submitted by the permit holder and approved. A permit is not required by a business having a city license to conduct estate sales or auctions, nor is it required during citywide yard sales. Permits are not required for someone conducting a sale due to a court order or for sales conducted by charitable or religious organizations when the proceeds are used solely for charitable or religious purposes.
Two signs for yard sales are permitted, not more than four square feet in size, and two directional signs, not more than two square feet in size, are permitted. Signs must be removed at the close of the sale.
Anyone violating the new ordinance, which becomes effective Oct. 24, may be fined $25 for each offense, up to two offenses. After that, violators could face a penalty of $250.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st annual Sod Buster golf tournament, BBQ luncheon, and silent auction on Oct. 13. This event will take place at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The BBQ meals will include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, and a bottle of water for $5. The golf tournament is a 3-person scramble and entry forms are available at the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain. Proceeds from this event will help with the Chamber’s operating expenses associated with the numerous free events they host throughout the year. For more info, contact the Chamber at 870-670-5433 or
Hallows End Haunted Scare Factory will be held Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 8 p.m. until midnight at 90 Hwy. 62 West in Ash Flat, use service road to go to the back entrance of the factory. Cost is $10 per person and no one under the age of 13 is permitted.
The Hardy Friends of the Library Book Sale will be at the Historic Hardy Gym, located at 203 School Street, on Oct. 12 and 13. For more information call 870-856-3934.
There will be a Holiday Extravaganza at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be inside the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building located at 124 Arena Lane in Salem. This is a holiday gift and decorating market featuring a number of direct marketing and craft vendors. Contact Mary Hall at 870-421-0580 to reserve your spot or for more information.
The Thayer Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Fall Festival to be held on Oct. 13 in downtown Thayer from 4 to 8 p.m. In case of rain, the date will be Oct. 20. Booth rental cost is $20; with electricity cost is $25. For additional details contact Bec Eckman at 417-280-0142 or Kim Harralston at 417-280-1139. Registration forms can be picked up at K-Kountry 95.

A Hallelujah Fest will be held Saturday, October 13 at the Ash Flat Church of God from 3 to 5 p.m. Hot dogs, chili and nachos will be served.
The Believers from Cabot will be making a personal appearance after the Hallelujah Fest at 6 p.m. The Believers are ready to bless you with the Gospel of God through songs.
Ash Flat Church of God is located at 124 Arnhart Street, the street behind the courthouse. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be received. A wonderful evening of praising God awaits you. For more information, call 870-847-2347 or 870-758-0009.

Mountain Home Moose Lodge #1953 will hold its monthly all-u-can-eat fried fish and shrimp dinner on Friday, October 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. You can order fried fish, fried shrimp or a combination plate which also includes hushpuppies, french fries, coleslaw, vegetable, roll, dessert and a beverage. Mike Dirks will once more be providing live music. The event is open to members and signed-in guests alike. Mountain Home Moose Lodge is located at 4754 Hwy 5 South, 2.5 miles south of the bypass in Mountain Home. For more information including cost and guest qualification please call 870-491-5696 after 2 p.m.

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