The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today, August 8!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 31. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up. Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage.
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Our Neighborhood Fresh Market; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Foxy Lady Boutique, located at Cedar Glade Resort, $25 gift certificate; Healthy Habits Haven and Spa Massage, located at Cedar Glade Resort, one year membership, valued at $25; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., a FNBC lawn chair, one entry per visit, Papa Dick’s, Crown Point Resort, Ivory Lane, one medium pizza, value up to $20; Our Place, lower level Diamond B Mall, dinner for two, value up to $15; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 gift certificate to The Calabama Restaurant; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, 707 Third Street, a gift basket; City Hall, 704 W. Commerce Street, free chipper service or leaf removal to top two people that pay the most sales tax in Horseshoe Bend, save your receipts all month long and turn in to City Hall prior to August 31; The Loft, atop Turkey Mountain, two entry fees to pool tournaments.
In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 Junction, a tool pouch; Franklin General Store, Hwy. 56, reminds everyone that they have pizza, one free pizza with any topping; AJ’s Automotive, 105 Hwy. 289, front end alignment, valued at $59.95.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer ads and be sure and save this Special Section as you sign up throughout the month of August.


The Buck Stops Here retail promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins August 8! Shoppers can visit participating merchants through the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 31.
Participating area businesses invite shoppers to come by and sign up. They appreciate your business, and you will enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and everyone is encouraged to Shop At Home.
Last year prizes given away ranged in value from $10 to $100.
Each time a customer visits a retailer, they can register. Checkout Pacesetting Times Classifieds, Aug. 8 edition, for participating retailer ads.


The Izard County Consolidated School District has scheduled an Open House at all campuses for Thursday, August 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Parents, guardians and students are invited to attend this event and meet their teachers and administrators for the 2018-19 school year. New students may register from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. between now and the first day of school on August 13.
The Melbourne School District has an Open House on Thursday, August 9. Bearkatz Academy will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; the Elementary is from 4 to 6 p.m.; fourth through sixth grade orientation is at 4 p.m. at the Melbourne Elementary Gym; the High School Open House runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; seventh grade orientation is at 5 p.m.; and ninth grade orientation is at 5:30 p.m. The first day of school is on August 13.
The Calico Rock School District will host Open House on Thursday, August 9 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at both the Elementary and High School. Seventh grade students will meet in the High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. The first day of school is on August 15.
The Salem School District will hold an Open House on Thursday, August 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at both the Elementary and High School. The first day of school is on August 13.


The 39th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will be held July 26 through 28. The festival will feature craft and food vendors, kids games and entertainment. Also featured will be a WetZone, with armbands sold at $10 each, and attendees may bring a towel and/or a swimsuit. No pets or alcohol are allowed in the park. Bring your lawn chairs.
On Thursday, July 26 entertainment will be provided by the LeFevre Quartet at 8 p.m. on the Melon Stage. The Amazing Watermelon Race will be held at 5 p.m. at Cave City Middle School, followed by the First Freewill Baptist Church Praise Team at 6 p.m. and First Baptist Church Worship Band at 7 p.m., both on the Melon Stage.
On Friday, July 27 Mo Pitney of Nashville, TN, will headline the night’s entertainment at 8 p.m. Friday’s activities start at 9 a.m. with a kid’s fishing derby at the city park. At 5:15 p.m. will be the watermelon speed eating contest on the Melon Stage, followed at 6 p.m. by Luke Stroud & the 50s Beat on the main stage, and 6:45 p.m. the Cave City Cruizers Drive Thru at the city park. Maggie Thorne will perform at 7 p.m. on the main stage.
On Saturday, July 28, Little Texas will perform at 8:30 p.m. Their hits include God Blessed Texas and What Might Have Been.
Saturday activities include a Melon Dash 5K at 7 a.m. at the city park and a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Cave City First Baptist Church family life education center. Registration for the Cave City Cruizers car show is at 9 a.m. at the city park, followed by the parade at 10 a.m. at the middle school. A watermelon selfie challenge will also follow the parade at the city park.
The Tri-County Antique Tractor Club show will be at 11:30 a.m. and the Cave City Sharpshooters Horseshoe Pitching Tournament will begin at 1 p.m. at the walking track. The Band Trippp will perform at noon followed by Walter, Rounds and Company, both on the Melon Stage. On the Melon Stage, Watermelon Growers Games will be at 3 p.m., a free watermelon feast at 4 p.m., and a prize melon auction at 5 p.m. Randy Morrison and Andy Buschmann will perform at 5:45 p.m. and Kristin Kelly at 6:45 p.m. on the main stage.
For a complete schedule visit www.cavecitywatermelonfestival.com or find them on Facebook.


story and photo submitted by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
HARDY – A sinkhole that opened in the Spring River last month has been closed, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston announced Thursday, July 12.
The Commissioner of State Lands office, alongside the Attorney General’s office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Transportation, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork and Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer, as well as local landowners and volunteers, completed work Thursday repairing the sinkhole, located south of Mammoth Spring.
The team of officials used a track hoe to collapse the travertine roof of the sinkhole. The structure fell into itself, resolving the water hazard that had been created by erosion that claimed the life of one person in early June.
State, federal and local officials had met in June to discuss the hazard and to determine how to correct the problem and ensure public safety. They enlisted the help of hydrogeologist Tom Aley, PG with Ozark Underground Laboratory in Potem, MO. After visiting the site, where Aley conducted a survey of the area with a dye tracing technique to determine the characteristics of the hazard, the agencies began examining potential fixes.
Thurston extended thanks to all of the agencies and individuals involved in the project.
He acknowledged additional assistance from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Sen. Missy Irvin, as well as the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for expediting permits for the work.
“Without the tireless work of many people, we would not have completed this project in a timely manner,” he said. “Each agency, official and volunteer has given a great amount of time to put together the plan and act upon it before anyone else was injured.”


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.


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.

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.


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.


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 Karen Sherrell
When owner David Branstetter decided to sell his grocery business in Horseshoe Bend, his first thought was to ask his long-time friend if he would be interested.
And was he ever.
Russell Tosh began his working career at age 16, and his first boss was Branstetter. “David hired me to work at the grocery store in Cave City when I was 16. I have been mostly in the grocery business ever since,” said Tosh.
Tosh, who became owner of Our Neighborhood Fresh Market in Horseshoe Bend January 1, was manager of Town and Country Grocery in Newark for 16 years, between 1994-2001, and 2008-2017. He and his wife, Jenny, and five year old daughter Reagan live south of Cave City, and look forward to moving to the Horseshoe Bend area within a year. Jenny has worked for White River Health Systems for 28 years, 20 in Obstetrics and now as Applications Manager. She is taking classes toward a Master’s degree, which will be completed in one year, to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Tosh is focusing on competitive pricing and increasing the variety of products carried at the store. “We will have a grand opening the first week in April, with food and demos,” said Tosh.
Future plans include an internet presence, with a website and Facebook featuring the store ad, announcements and in-store specials. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, opening until 9 p.m. during summer months.
Tosh is keeping the name of the store, Our Neighborhood Fresh Market. “I love the name,” said Tosh, “With emphasis on Our. It’s our store, our community store.”


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 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.


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.


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 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.


by Rev. David Tews
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church invites you to attend this year’s special services.
Regular worship services will be held on Sunday, December 24 at 9 a.m. and December 31 at 9 a.m.
There will be special services on Christmas Eve (Candlelight) at 5 p.m., Christmas Day at 9 a.m., with Christmas Dinner at 12 p.m. If you plan on attending the Christmas Dinner please call 870-670-5482 or 870-670-4814. There will also be a service on New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m.
Christmas Day Dinner at 12 p.m., a free ham dinner with all the fixings and dessert is open to all. Thanks to a special grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans called Action Teams, this meal is being expanded to accommodate more home bound and shut-ins. After the noon dinner, take-out boxes will be prepared to be delivered to the homebound.
If you know of someone who would benefit and enjoy a take-out meal please talk to them and encourage them to make a request for a take-out box. To help in preparation for the dinner, reservations for the meal and take out boxes need to be made by noon, December 22. Call 870-670-5482 or email shepherdhills@centurytel.net.

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by Karen Sherrell
Spectacular lighting displays can be seen throughout Horseshoe Bend this year. Don’t miss your chance to see them!
The 24th Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest had 14 entries this year, representing some of the best displays in town, in addition to dazzling displays not entered. Take a drive down the business district to begin your night of viewing noting Reeves Propane on Hwy. 289, Cedar Glade Resort at 900 Fourth Street, Garden Park on Bend Drive, FNBC Community Bankers, First National Bank of Izard County, Horseshoe Lanes, Box Hound Marina, Horseshoe Health and Medicine and others.
Christmas lights may be seen on Clark Lane, Jade Lane, Fairwater Circle, Pearl Drive, Emerald Cove Drive, Fairway Drive, Scenic Acres, Dawn Lane, Mohawk, Primrose Lane, North Bend Drive and more. Judging was held Friday, December 15, and winners of the lighting contest will be announced in next week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.
Thanks everyone for lighting up Horseshoe Bend! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


by Rich Fischer
The team of volunteers, working to fund and construct a chapel building on the grounds of the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit near Calico Rock, has ramped up the effort to raise money to move the project forward by announcing the activation of a Text-to-Donate capability enabling potential donors to use their smart phones to show their support.
Anyone interested in donating is invited to text the keyword: Chapell to the number 41444 which when done will bring up a link to a donation app. Once in the app the texter will be asked to input how much they wish to donate along with credit card info with the funds then being deposited directly into the project bank account.
One time donations as well as periodic, ongoing donations are both supported. Project manager Rich Fischer shared that one might set up a monthly donation of $10 which shows on a donor’s monthly credit card statement each month. “I have done this for other causes and I never miss the money which is paid out automatically charging my credit card. It is also important to note that the project has been granted non-profit 501(c)3 status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under which all donations are deductible from one’s income tax.”
The project also has begun publication of a quarterly newsletter titled The Clarion Call, the first issue of which is now available. Anyone interested in receiving the publication may contact newsletter editor Rich Fischer via email richfischer@centurytel.net and request to be added to the distribution list.


On Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. the First Baptist Church of Horseshoe Bend Choir will present, Night of the Father’s Love by Pepper Choplin.
Everyone is invited to come and share this worshipful and beautiful re-telling of the Christmas story with narration and music.


On Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. the First Baptist Church of Horseshoe Bend Choir will present, Night of the Father’s Love by Pepper Choplin.
Everyone is invited to come and share this worshipful and beautiful re-telling of the Christmas story with narration and music.


by Jacque English
The Five Rivers Bee Club, FRBC, meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Grandma’s Country Cookin’ in Hardy. John Goodson, Sharp County Board of Health Food Inspector, will be the guest speaker at their Tuesday, December 12 meeting. Goodson will discuss selling honey as a hobbyist beekeeper.
They are a small non-profit club for hobbyists, backyard honeybee beekeepers, and wish to extend an invitation to come to our meetings to learn more about Honeybees and how we can help to increase their dwindled numbers.
The mission of FRBC is to provide our membership and local community with a forum for sharing knowledge and mutual interests in beekeeping, to educate and promote the benefits of beekeeping to the public.
The Bee Club covers many counties in the State of Arkansas and Missouri (Sharp, Fulton, Izard, Baxter, Randolph, Lawrence) and more folks are joining every month.
To learn more about them, visit 5rbc.net or call President Arrie Goodwin at 870-966-3666.


Due to the basketball tournament at Mammoth Spring High School on December 9, the following changes to the Christmas Parade and related activities have been made:
1. Christmas Parade line up has been moved to 8th Street at 5 p.m.
2. Christmas Extravaganza activities are cancelled from 3 to 6 p.m.
3. Pictures with Santa at the Mammoth Spring Fire Department will go on as planned.
4. The Christmas Parade at 6 p.m., Choir performance and Little Miss Merry Christmas crowning will all go on as planned.
The Chamber of Commerce thanks you for your cooperation on this and hopes to see you there!


by Bill Stephens
The VFW Post 4687 in Melbourne will conduct their monthly meeting on December 12 at 6 p.m. The Post is located at 584 West Road in Melbourne and all current members and those wishing to join the VFW are welcomed.
Community interest projects that will be discussed include having the local Cub Scout Troop 316 help in planting Veteran Grave Markers in several local cemeteries and participating in a Worn Flag Burning Ceremony to destroy the numerous US Flags accumulated by Izard County Flag Disposal box located in the Courthouse.
Other items will be the pinning of several new officers, discussion for the Christmas Dance with Santa Claus for the children and supporting the Melbourne High School graduating class.
Any Veteran that served during a combat related tour overseas is encouraged to come out and join the VFW in recognition of your duty in a foreign land.
Reminder that the Melbourne VFW Post 4687 conducts a dance every Friday evening and hosts the Vietnam Veterans Coffee Meeting every first and third Thursday of the Month. The VFW Post also rents its facility to anyone desiring a large meeting hall for weddings, family reunions or other celebrations where a large in-door facility is required.


Ozarka College will host their Seventh Annual Holiday event on December 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event is free to the public and will take place in the John E. Miller Education complex, at Ozarka College in Melbourne.
This year’s theme is, Holidays in Who-ville and families are invited to join Ozarka College for a Dr. Seuss themed night. There will be festive stations for the kids to do coloring activities and play games, treats prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department, and of course, pictures with Santa.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “My town is called Who-ville, for I am a Who and we Whos are all thankful and grateful to you.” That idea can be echoed by Ozarka College, as we are grateful to be able to provide life-changing experiences through education. Ozarka College looks forward to giving back to the community with this fun filled, family friendly event. In the case of inclement weather, this event will not be rescheduled. For more information about Holidays in Who-ville, please contact Suellen Davidson at 870-368-2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


Saturday, December 2 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2017 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas in the Bend.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome to enter the parade. New this year, the parade will have a rain delay/cancellation policy. If it is raining too hard at 9:30 a.m., the parade will have a one hour delay and a hopeful start time of 11 a.m. If it is still raining at 11 a.m., the parade will be canceled and Santa will make his appearance at the chamber office directly following the announcement of parade cancelation.
Also new this year, parade floats will need to enter the parade line up from Highway 289/S. Bend Drive. From there, early arrival floats will turn left on First Street, right on Profession Drive and right on Third Street. The first float (after dignitaries) will begin the parade line at the corner of Third and Church Street until directed to move forward. Floats will be lined up in order of arrival, not by category and will receive entry forms once in line. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place with points being earned for theme, originality and overall appearance of the float.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, brats and other concessions.
The 20th Annual Festival of Trees will be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend at 900 Fourth Street.
Everyone is invited to come and see the variety of decorations and creativity on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Glade Resort.
Area clubs, churches, businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to place a decorated tree in the resort lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Every year we have some truly spectacular Christmas trees in the festival,” said chairman Karen Sherrell. “Some of the holiday trees reflect a theme, and are really clever.”
Theme forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 707 S. Third Street. Forms include name of club, organization or business, theme of tree, and a short narrative of the Christmas tree to be included in the Festival of Trees program. Forms need to be returned to the Chamber office by Thursday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 23, and must be in place no later than Friday, December 1. Trees will remain for public viewing thorough the end of the year. Past themes include, Where do the unsold Christmas trees go, Let it snow, Gone fishin’, Volunteer angels ringing bells throughout the ages, Merry Beaded Christmas, and of course you may just enter a tree themed Merry Christmas to All.
Get your ideas in place and get to decorating for the Annual Festival of Trees to be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend.
So everyone come on out and get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 2 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 24th Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway.
Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences. Deadline to enter is Friday, December 15 at noon.


REALTOR OF THE YEAR: Jessie Friend (l) was presented the Tri-County Board Realtor of the Year award on Thursday, November 16. She lives in Hardy with her son Emmett. Pictured with Friend is the 2018 Arkansas Realtor’s Association President Velda Lueders. The Realtor of the Year award is presented to someone with high personal and professional principles. The recipients are members of the community with reputable business accomplishments, members of their local board and participate in state events. See the Tri-County Board of Realtor’s Installation of Officers on page 4 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


On Thursday, November 23, the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will host a Thanksgiving Dinner for the community at 1 p.m.
The church will provide turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and beverages. The rest of the meal will be potluck dishes brought by those attending, a side dish is not required to attend. There will be no carry-outs. There is no charge for this meal, so come and enjoy!
The Church is located at 600 West Church Street. For reservations call 870-670-5392.


by Sharlee Webb
The Franklin Extension Homemaker’s Club did not have a meeting in October. This is our travel month to deliver supplies to Little Rock. We go to Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald and the VA Hospital.
The trip was supposed to be on October 16, but things came up and it was postponed until October 30. We met at Brockwell to start our journey. We had ten ladies for the trip. Susan Williams drove the Izard County Senior Center bus. We want to thank both for helping us out.
Our first stop was the VA Hospital with lots of books and magazines. Two patients were outside as we delivered and they thanked us for giving them something to read.
Our next stop was Children’s Hospital. We had hats and supplies for their playroom. A friend of Susan Chapman made teddy bears that we delivered also.
Then we were off to the Ronald McDonald House with our supplies and soda tabs. We got to tour the first floor of their new home. The house was full at this time.
After the Ronald McDonald House we were off to Red Lobster for lunch. Our last stop was Hobby Lobby. We made it home around 6 p.m. It was a full day of fun, fellowship and heart-warming events. This trip was the most supplies we have delivered to these three place.
We had a great Craft Fair on October 28. There were around 30 vendors. We had the food court again this year. We sold out of everything except browning. We are now looking forward to the holidays. Our next meeting will be Monday, November 13 with hostesses Kathy Duncan and Sharlee Webb. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


The Old Main Schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper and pie auction Saturday, November 11, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of Old Main. Local and state elected officials and those considering a run for office are invited to meet and greet with attendees during the event.
There is no set admission fee; however, donations will be greatly appreciated to benefit the Old Main restoration project.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main. The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening. Volunteers with the Friends of Old Main have worked during the past three years to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities. Recent additions include a central air conditioning unit for the auditorium.
For more information about the Fourth Annual Chili Supper and Pie Auction or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the Friends of Old Main Board of Directors, at 870-710-0720.


The Old Main Schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper and pie auction Saturday, November 11, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of Old Main. Local and state elected officials and those considering a run for office are invited to meet and greet with attendees during the event.
There is no set admission fee; however, donations will be greatly appreciated to benefit the Old Main restoration project.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main. The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening. Volunteers with the Friends of Old Main have worked during the past three years to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities. Recent additions include a central air conditioning unit for the auditorium.
For more information about the Fourth Annual Chili Supper and Pie Auction or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the Friends of Old Main Board of Directors, at 870-710-0720.


Izard County Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, ASPSF, an Arkansas based non-profit, is pleased to announce the funding of a scholarship for local students through the generous support of Entergy.
Entergy, a long-time supporter of SPSF, would like to recognize Mindi Roberts of Melbourne. Roberts is in her second semester of school at Ozarka College, working on completing her Associate of Art degree in General Education. She is raising her two year old daughter, Annie Parker, in addition to going to school full-time and also working full-time.
She is very grateful to receive the Entergy scholarship.
The mission of ASPSF is to enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. Since 1990, ASPSF has awarded more than 41,000 scholarships in every county in Arkansas. ASPSF makes a positive difference in the lives of impoverished families by assisting single parents who are enrolled in college or technical programs and are seeking better-paying careers. They focus support on both financial assistance and personal support. This not only helps improve the parent’s educational level and earning potential, but it also helps the parent improve the standard of living for themselves and their children. When the children see their parent studying and working hard for a degree, they see a value placed on education. They see post-secondary education as something “my family does” instead of thinking “my people don’t go on to school”.
ASPSF’s investment in each family also helps to shape the educational goals and career aspirations of the next generation, breaking the cycle of poverty for that family.
To donate toward scholarships for deserving students in your county or volunteer in this life-changing program, contact Laura Lawrence at 870-368-2010, or go online to www.aspsf.org.


SECOND ALTERNATES AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR PAGEANT: Sydney Elizabeth Brown (r) 18 year old daughter of Terry and Becky Brown of Viola. She is a senior at Calico Rock High School and will attend Harding University at Searcy. Mary Katherine Estes, 19 year old daughter of Jason and Monica Estes of Salem. She is a 2016 graduate of Salem High School and is attending Arkansas State University Mountain Home. See additional photos on page 8 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the City of Horseshoe Bend will host a Halloween Trunk or Treat. The event will take place on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot on Halloween from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The gazebo will be decorated and reserved as a free photo booth area, so be sure to bring your phone or camera. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will give away free hot dogs to kids in costume; burgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase. The DJ Doctor will provide music, and there will be two rows set up for trick-or-treaters to collect candy from. One row will be reserved for parked automobiles and the other row will be for tables and lawn chairs. To ensure the safety of all those ghosts and goblins, everyone handing out candy should be parked and/or set by 5 p.m.
The Chamber would also like to see businesses participating in this event by decorating a table or trunk. For more information, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or contact them via Facebook at facebook.com/hsbacc.
The Horseshoe Bend Library will have a Pumpkin Ball program on Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m. Children should come dressed in their Halloween costume. They will be reading several books as a prelude to Halloween. The Library will be decorated and several activities, treats, surprises are planned. Cut off for age is 13 years.
Residents at CrownPoint Health and Rehab in Horseshoe Bend will be passing out candy on Halloween night from 6 to 7 p.m.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 56 in Violet Hill, will have their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Inflatables, hayride, pumpkin seed spitting contest, hot dog eating contest, marshmallow eating contest, chili cook-off and more will be available that afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Oxford
Oxford Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot. Decorated trunks, games, food and prizes will be the entertainment on Halloween at 6 p.m.
Melbourne
Belview Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot with decorated trunks, games, food and prizes on Sunday, October 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department will be handing out candy at the Firehouse by the school starting at 5 p.m. on Halloween.
Salem
Trunk or Treat will be held on the Salem Square on Halloween night.
At the Salem Methodist Church parking lot on Saturday, October 28 from 3 to 6 p.m., there will be food, games and fun. Everyone is invited.
Southfork River Therapy and Living Center will host their annual Fall Festival on October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games for children with prizes and candy.
Salem First Baptist Church will have their Trunk-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m.
A Fall Festival will be held at Salem Elementary cafeteria on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., open to the public. Games, cake walk, ring toss and more. Twenty-five cents per ticket and most games are one to four tickets each.
Faith Country Church, located on Hwy. 9 South in Salem, invites you to attend their Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Viola
The Viola Volunteer Fire Department will present a Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 7 p.m. The Department is located on Hwy. 223 south in Viola. This is a spooktacular family fun event with tricks and treats for all.
Mammoth Spring
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to their Spooctacular event on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. There will be games and activities for the entire family. If you would like to be a vendor, it is free. All you need to do is come up with a creative Halloween-themed game for the kids and come play and hand out candy as a prize. Event tickets will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and with a purchase of $10 in tickets, each kid will receive a free Spooktacular t-shirt compliments of the event sponsors. Sunni Stevens and K Kountry 95 will have a live remote from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as a costume contest with prizes at 6:30 p.m. next to Simmons Bank. There will be several food vendors. New this year is a fun Snapchat filter.
The Mammoth Spring Fire Department will have their annual Haunted Hayride as well as a Car Smash.
Ash Flat
Crossroads Baptist Church will present their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m. There will be funnelcakes, hotdogs, hot chocolate, hayrides, face painting, games and more. The Church is located on Hwy. 62 before the Ash Flat stoplight on the left.
Hallows End is being held in Ash Flat on the backside of Vinco, 90 Hwy. 62W. This haunted house is open on October 21, 28 and on Halloween night from 8 p.m. to midnight. They stop the line at 11:30 p.m. to ensure everyone gets to go through.
They ask that no children under eight years old participate because of the scare factor. Cost is $10 per person. This is not a quick in-and-out experience, it is well worth the money and time.
The Book Lovers Brigade and Ash Flat Library will host a Not Too Scary Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center located at 20 Arnhart Street.
Highland
Highland Band Boosters will hold their Fall Fest and Cake Walk on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AL Hutson Memorial Center. There will be hayrides, face painting, hair streaking, white elephant gifts, concessions and tons of games available.
Hardy
Rock this House of Ash Flat is having a Pumpkin Dash on Saturday, October 28 at Loberg Park in Hardy.
Trick or Treat will be held on Main Street in Hardy on Halloween. There will be a costume contest and more.


The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Radio Auction on Oct. 16, 17 and 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Bidders can go to the Horseshoe Bend City Hall Council Chambers, listen to 98.3 the River and it will be live stream on myhometwonradiostations.com.
The following are items for the Radio Auction:
Horseshoe Bend: Reeves Propane, 20 pound propane grill cylinder and fill up; Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, two rounds 18 hole of golf with cart (3); Sunlight Café, breakfast; Sunlight Café, lunch; All Star Grooming, $20 off any service; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, gift certificate (2); Cliff’s Engine, golf cart or lawn mower service; Pacesetting Times, $25 off any advertising or printing order; Pacesetting Times, one year subscription (2); B&J Automotive, oil change; Cedar Glade Resort, one round of golf; Cedar Glade Resort, two rounds of golf; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, gift certificate (3); Turkey Mountain Pro Shop, 24 precept ladies golf balls (2); Turkey Mountain Pro Shop, 12 srixon men’s golf balls (2); Deaun Wilson, jams and jellies (2); Jeanie Moore, hand knitted afghan; Jeanie Moore, hand knitted hat; Horseshoe Health and Medicine, bath/shower seat; Deaun Wilson, handmade throw rug; Deaun Wilson, handmade quilt; Mirror Image, one woman’s haircut; Taco Jac’s/Bender’s BBQ, one meal; The Quilted Heart, gift certificate; William Shipley Dentist, cleaning and exam; Daily Flea Market/Yard Sale, heart earrings with blue stones; Cathy Duncan, silver earrings with turquoise stones; Cathy Duncan, silver earrings with brown stones; Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, four rounds 18 holes of golf; City Hall – Water Department, plant; Lynn Watts, infinity scarf – handmade; Lynn Watts, handmade jewelry (2); Smoking Butts BBQ Jr. Wallace, one boston butt; Smoking Butts BBQ Jr. Wallace, one rack of ribs; Music in the Mountains, hamburger and drink to the farewell show on Oct. 21; Music in the Mountains, hotdog and drink to the farewell show on Oct. 21; Loft, one membership; The Eagles, one dinner (2); Frank and Susie Herron/Secure Storage, gift certificate 50 pound bag dog food; Andrew Dillon – Computer Guy, one service call; Horseshoe Bend Public Library, book – Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda; Susan Bauknecht/Avon, glass santa; Ann, eight coffee cups (2); Palars Flea Market, set of three dolphin; Ann, u-draw game tablet; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, Thirty-One Go-To-Tote; FNBC, Messenger Bag (2); Ann, seven inch widescreen digital picture frame; BancorpSouth, green and white canvas boat tote and goodies; Palars Flea Market, cookie jar; Ann, box of romance novels; BancorpSouth, cooler and golf accessories; Anonymous, large pitcher and misc.; Scenic Realty Co., wrought iron wine rack; FNBC, basket full of goodies (2); Lance and Son’s, $100 off on powerwashing a house; Kiwanis Club, one $10 card of Bingo (2); Deaun Wilson, fresh baked rhubarb pie; City of Horseshoe Bend, truck load mulch; City of Horseshoe Bend employees, Game Day to go bag; Water Department, Chinese Evergreen Plant; St. Mary’s Ladies Guild, Spa Gift Basket; Laundromat – Ardith Clark, laundry basket with laundry items; FNBIC, 2015 Silver Eagle; Box Hound Marina, Marina dri fit size L; Box Hound Marina, “There’s no place like home” t-shirt size L; Box Hound Marina, tye dye Crown Lake t-shirt size L; Man Cave in the Mall, basket full of household goodies; Gray’s Saddlery, $50 off saddle repair; Crown Point Resort, one year family fitness membership; Papa Dick’s Pizza, $20 gift certificate (2); Malibu Heat Tanning, 10 sessions of tanning; Horseshoe Lanes, 30 days free bowling; Box Hound Marina, $50 gift certificate.
Franklin: The Calabama Restaurant, gift card (4); Franklin General Store, one pizza; AJ’s Automotive & Diesel Repair, alignment (2).
Melbourne: Earnie’s Baits, handmade in the USA bass fishing lures (3); Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Annin 2×3 nylon US flag (2); Mark Martin Chevrolet, oil change.
Glencoe: Stiles Grocery, bag of groceries.
Salem: Hair Hut, two hair cuts and styles; Crystal Knight LMT, half an hour massage; Tower Hill Guns & More, RTIC Koozie; Tower Hill Guns & More, Conceal Carry purse and matching wallet; Balance 30, one month free membership for 60 years and older; Groovy Little Flower Shop, one dozen roses.
Highland: Pest Control Solutions, pest control service; Pest Control Solutions, Termite Inspection.
Branson: Jim Stafford Theater, four general admission tickets to any show (3); Acrobats of China, all show pass for two; Grand Country Music Hall, all show pass for two; IMAX Entertainment Complex, dinner at McFarlann’s and two show tickets of choice; Showboat Branson Belle, two general admission tickets; Clay Coopers Country Express, two general admission tickets.
Tunica: Horseshoe Casino, one night stay and $150 food credit.
Eureka Springs: The Great Passion Play, two general admission tickets.


by Ron Yow
In 2006, Melodie Clemmons started Music in the Mountains in Horseshoe Bend with her singing and a Karaoke machine. Clemmons got T-Tom Richardson, Bob McCarty, Chuck McNeight and Doc Yow to form a band to back her and the Karaoke machine was history. She continued putting on monthly shows at the theatre until she and her husband Roger moved back to Texarkana.
She handed the controls over to McNeight and Yow who were able to get members of the Deadwood Groove Band, Tracy, Mitch and Eric, to commit to helping Music in the Mountains continue on as Clemmons wanted it to. Music in the Mountains continued to grow and had the opportunity of welcoming many guests to its historic stage, from seasoned professionals to young men and women making their first appearance before an audience.
We want to thank everyone who has been involved with Music in the Mountains over the years from performers to volunteers to sponsors to maintenance personnel and especially to those of you who came out each month to support the theatre. The list is very long, but the Hwy. 289 Band wants each of you to know that you have helped with the success of the show. On behalf of the Hwy. 289 Band, we would like to say we have had a wonderful time performing for you all and feel confident that we did our best to make each show one of quality. It has been a wonderful opportunity and we have made countless friendships. The time spent in the theatre will rank high on our list of life’s joys.
With that said, Music in the Mountains will be closing with a final show on October 21. Due to family obligations along with declining attendance and donations, we will no longer be able to produce a show. This decision has been a very difficult one to make and we have not made it lightly. It has been heavy on our hearts for some time now, but even the best things in life must come to an end.
We will have our farewell performance on October 21 so please mark your calenders for this date and help us put Music in the Mountains out with a bang. We would love for all who attended the shows over the years to make it just one more time.
Again, on behalf of the Hwy. 289 Band, we thank you all for the opportunity, the years of support and all the good memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Hope to see you this month.


Crisp mornings have arrived, pumpkin spice lattes are flowing and Fall is in the air. The Chamber of Commerce believes Horseshoe Bend is in need of a little festivity, so they would like to challenge you to the second annual “Autumn in the Bend” Scarecrow Contest!
To enter, set up your one-of-a-kind scarecrow for display at your establishment now through October 31. All scarecrows should be family-friendly, nothing too scary. They can be traditional, or unique! You are in charge of maintaining your scarecrow. The contest is open to all businesses, groups and organizations.
Scarecrows will be judged at the end of October and the winner will be announced. A traveling scarecrow trophy will be awarded to the winner along with a free meal ticket to the January kick-off Chamber Dinner. The winning scarecrow will be published in the Pacesetting Times, on the Chamber’s website, and on social media. The trophy will remain in the hands of the winner until next year’s contest when it will be passed on to the new winner.


There will be a BBQ Pork Dinner prepared by Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley on Tuesday, September 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. Eat on site or order to go, dinner by donation. Funds raised will go towards adding a Pavilion Picnic and Play area at the park. Everyone is invited!


Residents in Horseshoe Bend, Salem, Franklin, Violet Hill, Wiseman, Oxford and Glencoe are receiving a complimentary issue of Pacesetting Times this week.
The Pacesetting Times publishes weekly, featuring news, local sports, community news, features, entertainment, statewide and local classifieds, crossword puzzle, editorials and more. It is distributed in newsracks in Izard, Sharp and Fulton Counties. If you are not a subscriber, take advantage of our special rate of only $20 per year for 52 issues in Izard County, and have the Pacesetting Times mailed directly to your home or post office box. Out of county and out of state subscriptions are only $25 per year. A handy subscription form can be found on page 22. We now also process debit and credit cards. If you already subscribe, we thank you!
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As always, we appreciate your feedback and support. A big thank you to our subscribers, readers and advertisers; we appreciate your business for the past 30 years.


by Ron Yow
This month’s Music in the Mountains Show will be Saturday, September 16 with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and the show beginning at 6 p.m. This month’s show will be a little different than normal.
The Hwy. 289 Band will be taking the month off, but we have the pleasure of having a newly formed band named HWY performing. This band is led by Cassie Hall and Jessie Worsham. These two musicians are widely known in the area. They played together for many years throughout Arkansas. They have just recently come together and formed another band and will be taking the stage at the Music in the Mountains Show at 6 p.m. They perform an array of country and classic rock that we are sure everyone will enjoy.
There will be concessions available and as always, admission is by donation. So mark your calendars and come on out Saturday night for an evening of good food, good fellowship, and good music. Hope to see you all there. We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC Bank for all their assistance.


Does your fitness program need a little boost now that the summer is winding down?
The Fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas begins September 17 and runs through November 18.
“Over the last decade, thousands of Arkansans have made Walk Across Arkansas their opportunity to start or continue a fitness program,” said Lisa Washburn, associate professor-health, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“While we are not really walking across the state, we do have thousands of people across Arkansas who form teams and commit to eight weeks of exercise,” she said. “Many of our participants have credited Walk Across Arkansas with making fitness a permanent part of their daily routine.”
Registration for Walk Across Arkansas opened on September 5.
Information and registration can be found at http://bit.ly/WAA-Fall-2017.
For more information about Walk Across Arkansas or other extension fitness programs, contact your county extension agent or visit www.uaex.edu.


Beginning September 5, Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring will offer free evening GED classes. The classes will meet on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Evening GED classes will also be available at Salem High School, meeting on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ozarka College’s adult education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant, and disability accommodations are available upon request. Registration is ongoing. For additional information on free GED classes, please call Ozarka College’s Adult Education Department at 870.368.2051.


Melbourne School District
Melbourne Elementary Open House will be Thursday, August 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Melbourne High School Open House will be Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Seventh grade orientation will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the ninth grade orientation starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Salem School District
Salem School District will be hosting an Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 10. The Open House will be on both the Elementary and High School campuses from 6 to 7 p.m.
Izard County Consolidated School District
ICC School District will host their Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the High School, Middle School and Elementary.
New students may register until August 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m


The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 25. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up. Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage.
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Cindy’s Dinner Bell; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; Barb’s Sassy Garden Glass and More, Diamond B Mall, $25 gift certificate; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., 2014 silver eagle coin, one entry per visit, Papa Dick’s, Crown Point Resort, Ivory Lane, one medium pizza, value up to $20; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 gift certificate to The Calabama Restaurant; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, 707 Third Street, a gift basket; Snappy Mart, 400 Market Street, $15 gift certificate; All Star Grooming, Diamond B Mall, $20 gift certificate; Taco Jac’s, 305 Third Street, 2 supreme tacos and a drink; City Hall, 704 W. Commerce Street, free chipper service or leaf removal to top two people that pay the most sales tax in Horseshoe Bend, save your receipts all month long and turn in to City Hall prior to August 25; Turkey Mountain Sunlight Cafe, 3 Club Road, meal for two, breakfast or dinner, up to $15; The Loft, atop Turkey Mountain, two entry fees to pool tournaments.
In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 Junction, an air popcorn popper; Franklin General Store, Hwy. 56, reminds everyone that they have pizza, one free pizza with any topping; Weatherford Bros. Feed, Hwy. 56, a one gallon pump sprayer; AJ’s Automotive & Diesel Repair, 105 Hwy. 289, one alignment valued at $59.95.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer ads and be sure and save this Special Section as you sign up throughout the month of August.


by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Present were Aldermen Luther Yancey, Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze and Ron Yow. Absent were Aldermen John Grochowski and Tom Richardson.
Yow moved to approve the June Council minutes, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the June Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Bob Barnes read a thank you letter from Governor Asa Hutchinson for approving his Resolution on Internet Sales Tax. Barnes then read a letter of resignation from Jack Tharp who served as an MRID Commissioner. Tharp is moving outside of Horseshoe Bend city limits.
The Committee Reports were given and there were no comments from the public.
Under New Business was the appointment of Mike Smith to the Airport Commission. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins August 2! Shoppers can visit participating merchants through the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 25.
Participating area businesses invite shoppers to come by and sign up. They appreciate your business, and you will enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and everyone is encouraged to Shop At Home. Last year prizes given away ranged in value from $10 to $100.
Each time a customer visits a retailer, they can register. Checkout Pacesetting Times Classifieds, Aug. 2 edition, for participating retailer ads.


Saturday, July 22 – Junior Fair Queen & Fair Queen Pageants at 7 p.m.
Youth Talent Contest at 7 p.m., contestants arrive by 6:45 p.m.
Salem Civic Center is location for both
Monday, July 24 – All Creative Arts Exhibits check-in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building
Tuesday, July 26 – Shaver Plumbing and Hardware Day at the Fair
Creative Arts Judging at 10 a.m. (Exhibit Bldg. Closed to Public until 3 p.m.)
Commercial Exhibits Check-In from 2 to 5 p.m. Civic Center (open until 8 p.m.)
Shaver Plumbing and Hardware Fair Horse Show and Horse Show Queen
Contest at 6 p.m. in Clayton-Plumlee-Walling Arena
Baby Girl, Baby Boy, Tiny Tot Girl, Tiny Tot Boy & Little Miss Pageants at 7 p.m. in
the Salem Civic Center
Wednesday, July 26 – FNBC Community Bankers Day at the Fair
FNBC Veterans Day – All Veterans will be honored starting at 10:30 a.m. in
the Civic Center. Lunch for Veterans provided by FNBC
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 12 to 7 p.m.
Beta Sigma Phi Apple Pie Baking Contest at 3 p.m.
Poultry Check-In for those whose last name starts with A-M from 3 to 5 p.m.
Poultry Check-In for those whose last name starts with N-Z from 5 to 7 p.m.
Livestock and Rabbits Check-In from 5 to 7 p.m.
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m.
Hall Rodeo LLC (ACA Sanctioned) – 8 p.m. Arena
Thursday, July 27 – Bank of Salem Day at the Fair
Swine Judging at 8 a.m.
Rabbit Showmanship & Judging at 10 a.m.
Sheep & Goat Judging at 11 a.m.
Poultry Showmanship & Judging at 1 p.m.
Bank of Salem/WRAAA Senior Day starting at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 12 to 7 p.m.
Petite Miss, Junior Miss & Young Miss Pageants at 7 p.m. in Civic Center
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Hall Rodeo LLC (ACA and IPRA Sanctioned) – 8 p.m. Arena
Friday, July 28 – North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Day at the Fair
Dairy & Beef Cattle Judging at 9 a.m. at the Everett Show Arena
Kid’s Day starting at 10 a.m. at Civic Center – Kid’s lunch provided
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 1 to 7 p.m.
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Annual Fair Truck Pull at 7 p.m. – Arena
Saturday, July 29 – Hill’s Auto Sales Day at the Fair
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 1 to 7 p.m.
Grand Champion Photos – 1 p.m. (Creative Arts will be first
followed by Poultry and Rabbits.)
Scholarship Presentation at 4 p.m. at Arena
Junior Livestock Premium & Cookie Jar Auction at 4 p.m. at Everett Show Arena
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Hill’s Auto Sales ATV Rodeo at 6 p.m. – Arena
Gate Admission Covers All Events Except the Carnival
Admission is $6 for Teens & Adults
Admission is $4 for ages 6 to 12
Admission is Free for ages 6 and under
Parking is Free


Community Medical Center of Izard County, CMCIC, has completed its sale to Izard County Medical Center, LLC, a subsidiary of Americore Health. The newly-formed limited liability corporation has acquired substantially all of CMCIC’s assets, including the 25-bed critical access hospital located in Calico Rock. The hospital will be renamed the Izard County Medical Center, ICMC.
Americore Health is led by Grant White, a former investment banker and CEO who has significant experience completing transactions in the healthcare sector, with more than $30 billion of transaction experience. This is the first hospital acquired by Americore Health, which has already established a network and team of experts to manage and optimize rural hospitals like ICMC.
The hospital will continue offering the same services and all staff have been retained.
Over the coming months, Americore Health will be implementing its innovative business model to drive significant new revenue and profitability to the hospital while preserving the community-centric focus and high level of care that ICMC has established over the last 65 years.
See full article in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


PARADE: Despite the rainy weather on July 4th, Horseshoe Bend’s “Dreams Come True Under the Red, White, and Blue” Independence Day Parade was a success. See additional photos on page 3 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Stafford


by Ron Yow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, July 15. The Hwy. 289 Band will be on vacation but no worries, Saved By Grace will be performing the entire show. This gospel trio has not been to the theatre for quite some time now, but has always been a hit!
Mark Martin, Mike Smith and JR Dewey blend voices to an array of gospel favorites that will make you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet and say “Amen”! I am sure you will enjoy this evening of gospel music. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and Saved By Grace will take the stage at 6 p.m. Come early and enjoy some fun, food and fellowship. As always, admission is by donation.
Thank you FNBC Bank for being our corporate sponsor. Thank you all who are faithful to come to the theatre every month and support us. The Music in the Mountains is here because of you. Hope to see you there!

Fresh produce on sale at the local farmers market.


by Pat Gill
Things are beginning to pick up and produce is slowly coming in. Shirley from Highland says she is bringing 150 ears of sweet corn this Wednesday and hopefully, more tomatoes. Kristi says her zucchini bread seems to be a hit and she will continue to bake it.
Sandi Conway from Melbourne has herbs and an item that you bake at home from a jar. Her herbs are reasonably priced and look healthy. There are artisan soaps and a variety of crotchet items from our loyal crotchet ladies. Thanks for stopping by.
The Horseshoe Bend Farmer’s Market is located at the Faith Presbyterian Church.


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 4th of July parade! The theme this year is, Dreams Come True Under the Red, White, and Blue.
Parade line-up begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church, located at 600 West Church Street, the parade will start at 10 a.m.
Be on the lookout for Princess Ariel from the Little Mermaid, as she is scheduled to make an appearance and do a meet and greet for any children who wish to visit her.
Parade entry forms are available for pick up at the Chamber office, or can be emailed upon request.
The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Third and Profession Streets, will hold their July 4th Ice Cream Social to benefit the Community Christmas Basket Project from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The church will be serving pie, ice cream and root beer floats so be sure to join them for your favorite ice cream dessert after the 4th of July Parade.
A flotilla will be held on Crown Lake at 5 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at dusk at Turkey Mountain. Join in the fun!
Salem
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Fireworks in the Park Celebration will be held on Tuesday, 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. There will be food available from Crazy Cajun, Vanoven’s BBQ, Mountain Home Kettle Corn, and Boy Scouts Concessions. The chamber will be selling $5 armbands for the bounce houses for the kids and will also sell inexpensive patriotic toys, hand fans, and flags.
At 6 p.m. the Salem VFW Post will perform the Colors Flag Ceremony and Kennedy Rainey will sing the National Anthem. At 7 p.m. rising artist Lauren Gray will be performing 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. Donations will also be collected after the event to help pay for this spectacular fireworks show.
Calico Rock
by Rich Fischer
The Calico Rock Lions club will once again bring the community their Annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday, July 3, at dusk in Earl King Park off State Highway 56 in Calico Rock. The event never fails to entertain all those who attend, young and old alike. The Lions work tirelessly at raising money to help finance the annual show aimed at celebrating American independence. “We are committed to providing our community, area residents, and visitors with wholesome, family fun on the birthday of our nation,” said Lions Club Secretary, Rich Fischer. “All Lions throughout the world strive to live up to the organization’s international motto ‘We Serve’… and our annual fireworks display is just one way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment. This year is particularly special as it marks the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International started in Chicago in 1917,” concluded Fischer. 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 Tuesday, July 4. The list of events include: Patriotic Boat Parade, sign up for free at T-Bird Marina, Trophies for top three decorated winners at 7 p.m.; Helicopter Airshow over the Lake at 8 p.m.; Thunder on Thunderbird Fireworks Show presented by FNBC and Centennial Bank, 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. The gates to the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road will open at 6 p.m. with entertainment by The Deadwood Groove Band starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be two bounce houses for children, one of which will include a water slide. The fireworks are scheduled to start at dark.


IZARD COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR: Doug and Tammy Miller of Sage were awarded Izard County Farm Family of the year. Arkansas Farm Family program sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit MidSouth Associations, and Armor Seed. Program partners are Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas FFA Association, USDA, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. See additional photos and the full story in the July 5th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR: The Davis Family of Mammoth Spring was awarded Farm Family 2017 in Fulton County. Media day was held Thursday, June 8. Arkansas Farm Family program sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit MidSouth Associations, and Armor Seed. Program partners are Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas FFA Association, USDA, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. See additional photos and the full story on pages 3 through 5 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


Fulton County Fair officials reminds exhibitors that entries should be pre-registered by July 15 to expedite check-in and give fair officials time to prepare entry tags, judging sheets, and exhibit space. All Creative Arts exhibits will check in on Monday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Follow the link for online entries on the fair website at www.fultoncountyfair.org.. The computer program does not save passwords so exhibitors will need to select a new password each year. The online entries will shut down at midnight on July 15.
Creative Arts and Livestock Tabloids, including rules and entry information, are available on the fair website. Exhibitors are encouraged to visit the fair website and get a complete entry list for exhibits. There are several new exhibits and four special contests with additional prize money. For help on fair entries contact 870-895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair1@gmail.com.


The Bank of Salem has been notified that there is a spoofing scam in the area in which the phone number comes across as the Bank of Salem with the bank’s phone number on the caller ID.
The call is from an automatic voice messaging system claiming to be the Bank of Salem. The automatic system states that there is nothing wrong with the person’s card, but they are just informing them about an opportunity to lower their cards interest rate, then it says to press 9 for more information. These calls are scams. The Bank of Salem (or any other financial institution) will never call and ask for personal information. If you are suspicious always contact your financial institution directly. If you do receive spoofing calls, you can file a complaint on the Federal Communications Commission website.
According to the Federal Communications Commission “spoofing” occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally. U.S. law and FCC rules prohibit most types of spoofing.
How does spoofing work?
Caller ID lets consumers avoid unwanted phone calls by displaying caller names and phone numbers, but the caller ID feature is sometimes manipulated by spoofers who masquerade as representatives of banks, creditors, insurance companies, or even the government.
What you can do if you think you are being spoofed
You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company’s or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request.
Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
If you have a voicemail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voicemail if you do not set a password.


by Ron Yow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, June 17 at the Music in the Mountains Theatre located at the lower level of the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.
The Hwy. 289 Band has a nice array of songs that will delight all. Erin Parks-Walters will be joining the Hwy 289 Band for this show. She was with us last month and did a fantastic job.
Our guest for the June show is Vanessa Howard. Howard is a lifelong resident of Melbourne. She is married to Ryan Howard and they have two boys, Ryan and Reed. She began singing as a child, along with many of her family members, in the church she still attends, Belview Baptist Church in Melbourne. We are expecting this to be a really good show.
If you have never been to the Music in the Mountains Show, this would be a good way to begin a monthly entertainment night for the family. The doors will open up at 5 p.m. with Marty McKnight grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. The girls will be inside to help with your food selection along with drinks and popcorn.
The show will begin at 6 p.m. with the Hwy. 289 Band and Parks-Walters taking the stage. So mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17 and come on out and enjoy some good food, good music and good fellowship. As always, admission is by donation.
We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC Bank, for their support throughout the year. We would also like to thank Thayer Gas, Jackson Electric, Van Cleave Plumbing, and all the volunteers that help to produce the Music in the Mountains Show. Without the help of these individuals and of course, those of you who attend and donate to keep the doors open, there would not be a show. A big thank you to all. Hope to see you on Saturday!


Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church will hold their Vacation Bible School, Galactic Starveyors, Sunday, June 18 through Friday, June 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
There will be classes for preschool, grades first through 12th and adults available. Ages three to 100 are welcome!
Transportation will be available (with limited seats) by calling 870-670-5707 or 870-847-0665.
The First Baptist Church is located at 511 West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend.


The ladies from Beta Sigma Phi are selling T-shirts to raise scholarship money for a fallen Police Officer’s child. They will be selling T-shirts beginning July 4 and will sell them through Christmas. If you would like to get a T-shirt to show your support you can contact one of the ladies from Beta Sigma Phi. You can also call Mickey Spangler at 870-670-4447.The shirts sell for $15 up to XL; shirts size 2X and up are $20. The deputies stopped by the sorority’s booth at Dogwood Days to show their support. The Beta Sigma Phi ladies thank them and Izard County Judge Eric Smith for their support of this project. Pictured (l to r) Murlene Haggerty, Mickey Spangler, Betty Curtis, Eric Smith, Chief Deputy Ernie Blackwell, Deputy Mike Smith, and Marlene McMullen.


The Spring floods and storms have caused severe damage in Cleburne, Stone, Izard, Sharp and Fulton County. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program, ECP, administered by the Farm Service Agency, FSA.
If damage will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use. If damage is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area affect the productive capacity of the farmland. If damage will impair or endanger the land. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.
The following types of measures may be eligible:
Removing debris from farmland; restoring permanent fences. Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact their local FSA County Office and request assistance. Sign-up for wind damage began May 1 and runs through June 30. Sign-up for flood damage began on May 12 and runs through July 12. Please call for appointments.
To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:
An application for cost-share assistance has been filed. The local FSA County Committee or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area and pictures of damage have been taken. The Agency responsible for technical assistance has made needs determination.
For more information contact the Stone/Izard County Office at 870-269-3726, or the Sharp/Fulton County Office at 870-994-2006.


The Izard County Senior Center in Brockwell will have a group picture made of all participants on Tuesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and leave their mark on the wall with a professional portrait. The sitting fee is $10, which helps the Senior Center cover the cost of the final product. Additional photographs will be available for purchase.
There will be a raffle after lunch for a black/white diamond heart necklaces set in sterling silver. Be sure and come out in time to get your tickets. Cost is $1 each or six tickets for $5.
Tuesday mornings are their dance days and the Fountain Brothers will be performing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Follow them on Facebook at Izard County Senior Center or call 870-368-6011.


by Laureen Sac
The 11th Annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held May 20 at Box Hound Marina, Resort and RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. The event is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. and fishing will go on until 1 p.m. Each child must hook and land their own fish. All participants will be limited to four fish each. If any child does not have a rod and reel, one will be provided for them. Prizes will be awarded. The derby is open to children between the ages of five and 12. All children participating must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The food will be provided by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club. They will be serving hotdogs, chips and drinks. The Brandy Chevallier – State Farm Insurance Agency will be manning the grill.
Remember to mark the calendar for Saturday, May 20 for a fun filled day of fishing and sun on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend.


Batesville Motor Speedway
2017 Schedule
May 12: points racing, 1-2-3-4
May 19: Race #1 of Bad Boy Street Stock Series, qualifying plus 1-2-4
May 20: Street Stock feature event $3,000 to win plus Hobby Stock
May 26: closed for Memorial Day
Classes Racing – 2017 Season
1 – ICMA Mods
2 – Street Stock
3 – Hobby Stock
4 – Front Wheel Drive
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; hot laps start at 7:30 p.m.; races start at 8 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. each day; admission is $10 each day, kids 14 and under are free.
In case of inclement weather, call 870-613-1337 or 870-251-0011. Visit their website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or contact them at info@bms-ar.com.
The Batesville Motor Speedway track is located at Locust Grove, seven miles west of Batesville at Hwy. 14/25 Junction.; 5090 Heber Springs Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550. Schedule is subject to change.
Legit Speedway Park
2017 Schedule
May 13: Mtn. View, Birch Tree, Summersville and Winona Community Night, all classes racing
May 20: points racing, all classes
May 26, 27: Scrapin 50s Super Stock $1,000 to win, IMCA Modified $1,000 to win, and Late Models $1,000 to win, plus Bone Stock, Hobby Stock and USRA B-Mod (ump points, no track points)
Gates open at 5 p.m.; earlier for special events; hot laps start at 6:30 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. Weekly pricing for adults (13years and up) is $12; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission. Special event pricing for adults (13 years and up) is $15 to $20; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission.
The Legit Speedway Park is located at 10603 US Hwy. 63, West Plains, MO 65775. For more information, call 417-257-2112 or email legitspeedway@gmail.com. Schedule is subject to change.


by Fran McGrew
Build A Better World is the theme for our Summer Reading Program for 2017. The Horseshoe Bend Public Library will present our summer program on Thursdays, starting at 11:30 a.m., June 1 through 29. Our programs are designed for pre-school through 12 years old. As always, we welcome our parents and grandparents to attend. We appreciate the help and interest you have given us over the years.
We will be reading a story from new books that we have just purchased. For those that want to participate, we will also have a family-reading-together contest, which we will give a prize for the most books read. This summer we will have new games and activities that we have never done before. We will have treats, incentives, prizes, guests and lunch at the end of the program.
Please register at the Horseshoe Bend Library, located at 9 Club Road in Horseshoe Bend. You may also call to register at 870-670-4318. We feel that you will have a great time at the library and we look forward to seeing you.


WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT: Russell and Kim Sherrell of Oxford are pleased to announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jordan Alene Nicole Sherrell, to Zachary John Foust, son of Mark and Robin Foust of Salem. Jordan is a graduate of Izard County High School, is currently a junior at ASU-Mountain Home, and is employed at NAEC in Salem. Zachary is a graduate of Salem High School, graduated as a High Voltage Lineman from ASU-Newport, and is a Lineman with the Ozark Electric Cooperative in Fayetteville. The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2 p.m., at the Boy Scout Camp in Viola, with a reception to follow. All friends and family are invited to attend.


RAFFLE: The Franklin Extension Homemaker’s Club will be selling raffle tickets for this beautiful cross-stitch done by Sharlee Webb at their booth at Dogwood Days on Saturday, May 13 in Horseshoe Bend. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.


Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.
Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne. Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 degree programs.
Mammoth Spring High School Graduation will be on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Izard County Consolidated High School will hold graduation ceremonies at the Brockwell campus, on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m., in the gymnasium.
Salem High School Graduation will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Melbourne High School will hold commencement exercises on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Michelle Gray, Representative District 62, Arkansas House, will be the featured speaker.
Highland High School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center.
Viola High School Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Calico Rock High School commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 19 at the elementary auditorium. Video begins at 6:30 p.m. and graduation begins at 7 p.m.


The 66th Annual Izard County Pioneer Day will kick off on Friday, May 5 with a Golf Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course. A Homecoming Gospel Program will be held on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Ozarka College John E. Miller Auditorium, located at 218 College Drive. Admission is free for the event. At 8 p.m., the ACA/IPRA Champion Rodeo will take place at the Izard County Fairgrounds. The Rodeo will include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc, team roping, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, junior barrel racing, goat tying. Admission for the Rodeo is $6 for adults, $3 for ages six to 12, and under six is free. The schedule of events for Saturday, May 6 is: Golf Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk; 5K registration (cost $20) at Progressive Eye Center on the Court Square at 7 a.m.; Dutch Oven Cook-Off at BancorpSouth west parking lot at 8 a.m.; 5K Race begins on the Court Square at 8 a.m.; Diamond Age Registration on the Court Square at 9 a.m.; Music by Sterling Buchanan Band at the Bandstand on Court Square at 9 a.m.; Kiddie Parade Line Up at Miller’s Supermarket at 9:30 a.m.; Main Parade Line Up at Truck Country at 10 a.m. Kiddie Parade at the Court Square at 10:15 a.m.; Main Parade at Truck Country at 11 a.m.; Music by Miss Arkansas at the Bandstand on Court Square at 12 p.m.; Music by assorted local talent at 12 p.m.; Awards Presentation at the Bandstand on Court Square at 1 p.m.; Tommy Willhite Memorial Car Show at the Health Department parking lot at 1 p.m.; Kids Games in the Arkansas Revenue Department lawn from 1 to 3 p.m.; Music by CR 114 on the east side of the Court Square at 2 p.m.; Burn Out Contest next to Melbourne Auto Parts at 4 p.m.; Rodeo at the Izard County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.; and a Street Dance with the Billy Joe French Band on the Court Square at 8:30 p.m.


Everyone is invited to meet your state candidate for Arkansas State Land Commissioner, Tommy Land, on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Bend City Hall, located at 704 Commerce Street.
Free coffee and donuts will be available.
Land has lived in Cleburne County his entire adult life. He and his wife Judy reside in heber Springs. He retired in 2004 after a 30 year career with Southwestern Bell. Due to increasing requests for help with business telephone equipment, he started Heber Springs Communications in 2006 and continues to provide quality service to his clients in North Central Arkansas.
Land has served the Republican Party of Arkansas in many different positions including chairman of various committees and during this last election he served Arkansas as a Presidential Elector to the Electoral College. He has gaines a great deal of practical business experience through owning and operating several small business operations such as: family cattle farm, lawn care company, and Heber Springs Communications. He also holds a real estate license through the Arkansas Real Estate Commission.
Land’s varied experience and love for Arkansas’ natural resources make him uniquely suited for the office of Commissioner of State Lands.

On April 12, Lt. Charles Melton with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, received a call from the Izard County Consolidated School Principal and Brett Stevenson, the School Resource Officer, after witnesses had come forward that had seen students at school with a gun, a week or two prior to April 12, at the Brockwell campus. Officers with the ICSO responded to Izard County Consolidated School and conducted an investigation the next morning, April 13. The investigation revealed that three juveniles had brought a gun to school a week or two prior to April 12. The gun was not found, but suspects admitted to having the gun on school property. All three of the juveniles were charged with possession of a firearm by a minor on school property.

In a statement released by ICC Superintendent Fred Walker on Monday afternoon, April 24, it read, “The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority for our school district. That is why we have employed a full time school resource officer for the past seven years who also attends all school events. This incident was investigated by school administrators, our school resource officer, and the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. The three students who have been charged have been suspended indefinitely and will not return this school year as the safety of our students and staff is paramount in an incident of this nature. This is an isolated incident and we have not had an incident of this nature in many, many years and I credit our school personnel and the cooperation of the Izard County Sheriff’s Office with making the safety of our students and staff the highest priority in our district.”


Melbourne
The City of Melbourne will hold their Annual Spring Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 1 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. All sales held rain or shine.
The City of Melbourne will be preparing a list that will be available for pick up at City Hall on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31. Please call City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.
You may set up your sale at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s, Western Auto, Mark’s Pharmacy and Hometown Market. For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.
Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Spring City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To be put on the list call the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce office at 870-670-5433. The deadline tp sign up is Thursday, April 6. The list will be given out the morning of the sale.
Salem
The 14th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market and Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-Wide Yard Sale will be April 8 in Salem. Vendor space is still available for the flea market.
Salem is the place to be to find bargains at the flea market and community-wide yard sales on April 8. There will be something for everyone. Both events are advertised heavily throughout North Central Arkansas and Southern Missouri and will draw a large number of people to the Salem area on these dates.
Admission and parking is free at the Flea Market located at the Fulton County Fairgrounds at 124 Arena Lane in Salem. Maps for the yard sales will be available at area businesses and at the Fairgrounds Flea Market.
For more information or to reserve outside booth space, call 870-895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair1@gmail.com. Vendor applications are available online and the rental fee can be paid online at www.fultoncountyfair.org.
Highland
A community wide swap meet (big flea market) is planned for Saturday, April 22 at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland. Vendor applications for inside or outside spaces are now being accepted. Selling out of your car, truck or trailer is okay.
New and used items, furniture, cars, farm equipment, antiques, businesses, crafts, fruits, vegetables, plants, kids toys and clothing, okay. If you have got it come sell it at the Community Wide Swap Meet.
Call Curves at 870-856-6010 for more information or email patclary6776@gmail.com. Vendor applications are available at Curves or Highland City Hall.


by Carrie Johnson
If you have driven through Horseshoe Bend within the last week, you might have noticed crews working on the airport runway. The Horseshoe Bend Municipal Airport Schatzman Field is currently closed for repairs. The work started on Wednesday, March 22 and the projected completion date is early April, weather permitting. The Airport will re-open upon completion. Airport Commission Chairman Mike Slavin stated, “This project is a part of the continuing effort of the Airport Commission to increase the value of the Airport to the City.”
At the end of the summer last year, the Airport Commission received notice that they would receive the Runway, Taxiway and Ramp Rehabilitation Project grant. The Rehabilitation Project consists of filling and sealing cracks, a seal coat of asphalt, and then repainting the runway lines. The Commission looked forward to beginning the work last Fall, but could not due to adverse weather conditions.
Garver USA, of North Little Rock, is the engineer on the project and Vance Brothers, of Kansas City, KS, is the prime contractor. They have been working long hours around the weather to ensure the finalization of the project is early April.
Where is this funding coming from?
The Airport applies for an Airport Improvement Program, AIP, grant. They have to make sure it meets the standards and criteria of the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA. Typically, if awarded the grant, the FAA will pay 90% of the cost of the project. The sponsor, Airport, is responsible for paying the remaining 10%.
The Runway, Taxiway and Ramp Rehabilitation Project costs approximately $243,000. The FAA covers 90%, $218,500, of the grant and instead of Horseshoe Bend Municipal Airport being liable for the other 10%, approximately $24,500, the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics has decided to foot the bill. Federal and State funding is generated through aviation fees and taxes.
Which means, there is little or no cost to the Airport or the City of Horseshoe Bend.


DONATION: The Tri-County Board of Realtors donated $500 to the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren Fund at their February meeting. Pictured (l to r): Renea Orr, Principal Broker of Coldwell Banker Ozark Real Estate Co.; Jill Boyer, Principal Broker of Scenic Realty; Cathy Johnson, Principal Broker of United Country Cotham and Co.; Eddie Ishmael, President Tri-County Board of Realtors; David Woods, head of the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren project; Russell Stokes, Cherokee Village Mayor; Boyd McMasters of Southern Pines; Jessie Ebey of Ozark Gateway Realty; and Susan Reed of Century 21 Pace Wright Real Estate.

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