by Michelle Grabowski
It is time again to renew your annual business license. You may come into Horseshoe Bend City Hall to renew for 2017, or for your convenience, you may renew by mail.
If renewing by mail, return a copy that was given to you last year after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check. If you would like to also receive a copy of your 2016 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with your payment and current changes. We can also send you a copy through email if you provide your email to us.
The City of Horseshoe Bend requires an annual license fee to be paid by any person, firm or corporation that maintains a business location within the City of Horseshoe Bend, or engages in any business, profession or occupation of any kind and nature within the city. The business license fees are classified in City Ordinance #87-14 that is available for your inspection at City Hall.
Section II of Ordinance #87-14 states: “It is hereby declared a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation carrying on a business, profession or occupation within the City of Horseshoe Bend who fails and/or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this ordinance and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount of not less than one hundred ($100) dollars nor more than two hundred ($200) dollars for each separate violation.”
Licenses must be renewed by March 31 or penalties will be applied.
Also due for 2017 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for un-spayed and un-neutered pets. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.
If you have any questions contact City Hall at 870-670-5113 Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, quarterly meetings for 2017 are, February 9, May 11, August 10, and November 9.
All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building atop Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.

“North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s phone system will be down Saturday, Feb. 11, while employees finish a system upgrade. Members still may make automated credit card payments by calling 844-335-4451 and may report an outage by calling 844-335-4461. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

TOTAL LOSS: The home of Robert and Joy Stephens of Oxford was destroyed by fire on February 8. Oxford and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene. No one was injured in the fire. The family of four lost everything in the fire, and donations for the family may be taken to Bailey’s Country Cookin in Melbourne, or Day’s Family Store in Oxford. A donation jar is set up at Jordan’s Kwik Stop and Red Mule in Melbourne. Immediate items needed are clothing in the following sizes, Mens shirt-2XL, pants 38-32; Women’s shirt XL; Boy size 12 shirt and pants; Girl size 10/12 shirts and pants; Girl 3T; Girl 9-12 month. Shoes needed are Girl, size 5 youth; Boy size 6 youth; Baby Girl size 7. Also needed immediately are Diapers size 3 and 4, Formula – Similac Advanced. Furnishings and household items are also needed. Photo/R.Sherrell

by Sue Clay
Join the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals for a “Fun-Raiser” Bowl for the Animals on Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes. Teams need to be made up of four bowlers.
Fees are $20 per bowler with kids under 12 bowling for $10, and each team will receive a free pizza while bowling, provided by Scenic Realty.
There will be lots of prizes, drawings, and special awards.
The “Fun-Raiser” is a great way to spend time with good friends, and help the animals. Pick a theme for your team; choose a name, wear matching clothes, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a good time!
Area businesses and churches, please think about sponsoring a team. If you are not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but do not have a team, we can put one together for you.
The Friends Bake Sale, always the best goodies in town with lots of delicious choices, will also be going on at Horseshoe Lanes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stop in to buy your special Valentine treats for yourself and others. Come early for the best selection of goodies as the Friends Bake Sales are always a sellout.
If you have any questions, please phone Friends of HBA at 870-373-2649. If you would like to donate some baked goods, please have them at Horseshoe Lanes by 10:30 a.m. on that Saturday.
You can register your team at Horseshoe Lanes by phoning 870-670-5606. Please join the Friends of HBA and help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend.

Gary Owens

When you’ve been in the shoe business for 61 years, you know what you’re doing. And let’s just say, Gary Owens of Union, knows his shoes.
Raised in Union, Gary began working for Noah Caruthers at the Salem Shoe Shop, when he was 11. He remembers running the shop alone for a week, at age 14, when Noah went on vacation. This job led Gary to Little Rock in 1966, where he worked for Snell Prosthetic Orthotics Lab until 2015. He remained there for 46 years. “There were five people employed there in the beginning, then 60 when I left, with ten labs. I was supervisor for all the labs,” he said. Gary built shoes, braces and orthopedic appliances until his retirement in February of 2015.
Gary and his wife Brenda opened Owens Corner Store in Union, a little over a year later, in June of 2016, and he has a workshop at the store, repairing shoes, saddles, purses and billfolds. He sells Cowtown boots at his shop as well. His slogan that can be seen on the storefront window is “Saving your sole so your boot can heel.”
Owens Corner Store is located on Hwy. 9, and they offer groceries, deli items, sandwiches, Hunt’s Brothers Pizza, wings and wingbites, ice, propane, and more. Gary and Brenda invite everyone to come by and have a free cup of coffee. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is closed on Sunday.

Lady Cougars Champions at the Izard County Invitational Tournament
Photo/B.Stapleton

See full story and photos from the tournament in the February 8 edition of Pacesetting Times!

by Cassie Stafford
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.
CASA volunteers in Sharp County are appointed by Judge Kevin King to watch over the child and be the eyes and ears for King. Volunteers must be age 21 and older, and attend a local training class and pass a background check.
Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. The advocate visits the child at least once a month to see how they are doing. The volunteer can interview the parents, foster parents, the schools, anyone that is involved in the child’s life.
Advocates have one or two cases tops, so that they can devote their time to the children and make sure their needs are being met. The advocate will then report back to the Coordinator.
The Coordinator then writes a court report. The advocate will go with the child to court and present the court report to the judge and speak for the child if needed.
“Basically, we are here to help out the child,” said April Garrett, Sharp County Coordinator. “We definitely need advocates, there are so many cases and right now we have seven advocates for Sharp County. They can only cover one to two cases each and there are probably close to 100 cases in Sharp County alone.”
Due to the lack of volunteers, there are a lot of children that need advocates that do not have them. An upcoming training meeting will be held in Pocahontas on February 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with lunch provided, and February 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at First United Methodist Church, located at 400 North Thomasville Ave.
“When it’s possible, our main goal is to get the child back to their parents. We can talk with parents and encourage them and let them know of the different kinds of help they can get,” said Garrett.
Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter care.

Travis Wilson


Following the arrest of a parole absconder by Fulton County deputies, the fugitive became belligerent.
Travis Wilson, age 38 of Viola, was arrested on a warrant from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday, January 31. According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Wilson was discovered at his residence hiding in a closet. Roork and Chief Deputy John Cawvey arrested Wilson without incident. He was placed in Deputy William Fawcett’s patrol car. Roork said, “Wilson was able to slip the cuffs from behind him and began destroying the interior of the patrol car.”
When Cawvey opened the rear door of the patrol car and removed Wilson, he hit Cawvey in the face. “Fawcett and Cawvey had an altercation with Wilson in an attempt to handcuff him a second time,” stated Roork. Both deputies and Wilson were taken to the Fulton County Hospital for treatment. Roork himself was kicked several times, but was not injured.
Wilson has been charged with parole absconder; two counts of second degree battery on a police officer, class a felonies; resisting arrest; criminal mischief, a class d felony; attempted escape, a class a felony; and criminal possession of body armor, a class d felony. He is incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail on a no-bond hold.
Wilson is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on Feb. 21, 2017.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s phone system will be down for maintenance on Saturday, Feb. 4.
While the system is being upgraded, members still may make automated credit card payments by calling 844-335-4451, and may report an outage by calling 844-335-4461. NAEC apologizes for any inconvenience.

CLEANING UP: Prisoners from the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit in Calico Rock, were cleaning up the ditch lines along Lacrosse Road on Friday, January 20. Izard County Judge Eric Smith said he planned on having the prisoners clean up the roadway as long as he could. Photo/C.Stafford

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! OPEN STUDIO
Arts Center of North Arkansas (ACNA)
TUESDAY NIGHTS – FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 – JAN 31.
In the Cherokee Village Mall. Come join the fun –
Bring any project you’re interested in DRAWING – PAINTING – CRAFTING – QUILTING – SCRAPBOOKING – EMBROIDERY…..
Learn, laugh, experiment, visit, share, see what others are doing, enjoy. Bring your own supplies, drinks, snacks – hot chocolate sounds good. Contact – Marty Williams – 870-257-5661 – for more information.
The Arts Center will be closed during inclement weather.

by Ron Yow
The January Music in the Mountains Show will be held on Saturday, January 28.
Normally the show is on the third Saturday but we have had to change the date. Be sure and mark your calendar of this change! Our guests for the January show are a couple of locals.
A few months ago, The Loft held a singing contest with some very talented singers.
We were able to get the first and second place winners to come and perform with us, Randy Campbell and Kelly Smith.
Campbell is a local who grew up up Franklin. He has been singing since he was able to speak and loves country music.
Smith lives right here in Horseshoe Bend and is best known around town as the Animal Control Officer. Smith is a very talented singer and enjoys singing a wide array of music.
This is a show you will not want to miss. So remember the date, January 28. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with Marty McKnight cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. The girls will be inside to help with your hunger needs.
The show will begin at 6 p.m. Come on out for an evening of good food, good fellowship and lots of good music. Admission is by donation.
We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC, for their continued support. Hope to see you all Saturday, January 28.

Royalty at the Izard County Consolidated Homecoming on Friday, January 13 at Brockwell. Photo/B.Stapleton

A Violet Hill woman and her two children were arrested January 13 during ICC’s Homecoming Basketball game at the Brockwell campus.
Izard County Sgt. Mark Simino was approached by Kristen Lynn Hennigan, age 32, who stated that her daughter had been victimized previously at the school. Simino reported that school officials had addressed the situation but Hennigan was not satisfied with the action taken. At that time, he directed Hennigan to School Resource Officer Bret Stephenson.
A short time later, Simino observed Stephenson conversing with the mother and two juveniles. Hennigan and her children were directed to the south side of the lobby near the entrance by school staff.
She was exhibiting extreme agitation and was thrusting her hands and arms about in a protesting manner, according to the incident report.
Simino was summoned by school officials to again assist with the family, who had been directed to leave the building because of their public display of inappropriate outbursts, and their threatening actions toward another student. They refused to comply with the direction to leave the building.
The male juvenile, age 13, attempted to prevent Simino from physically directing Hennigan out of the building, and the female juvenile, age 12, was yelling at officers. Hennigan continued to obstruct the actions of the officer, and was yelling and escalating the situation.
A physical confrontation by Hennigan and her children led to the arrest of all three. A physical struggle with the mother and the juveniles continued as the three were removed from the building by Simino, Stephenson and Probation and Parole Officer Ryan Walker.
When the male juvenile was placed in the patrol car, he shattered the passenger side rear window and continued to yell out threats and insults toward the deputies.
The juveniles were each charged with disorderly conduct and the male juvenile was additionally charged with criminal mischief. Both were transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville. Hennigan was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
She was transported to the Izard County Detention Facility where she remains in lieu of $3,800 bond,and has a court date of February 19.

(January 25, 2017)

JoAnn Lowrie
Photo/C.Stafford


by Cassie Stafford
JoAnn Lowrie is retiring after 22 years working with the Head Start and NADC programs in Salem.
Lowrie began working at Head Start in 1992 and worked until 1998. She then took a few year’s break and had her own in-home daycare, and then she returned to “the front side of the building” as she called it. In 2000, she began in the Management position at NADC in Fulton County.
Lowrie was born in Salem in 1962 and graduated from Highschool in 1980. She then moved to Little Rock and started college. While in Little Rock, she attended a Jr. College and also UALR. She met her husband and married him in 1981, had two boys, Robert and James, and moved back to Salem in 1990 when Robert started kindergarten. She received her Child Development Associate license at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
In 1991 the Head Start Program was a home based program, and in 1992, the program was going to center based. “It was a threat that Salem wouldn’t have a Head Start program because they couldn’t find a building,” said Lowrie. With her son, James, being in the program and being a Head Start parent at the time, Lowrie thought, “We can’t just let these kids be dropped.” Lowrie began to help look around for a building and talked to Cord Mosley who owned the property that the Head Start program is in. Head Start opened the center in December of 1992 and Lowrie served as the Assistant Teacher.
Looking back on what she enjoyed most in the 22 years, Lowrie said, “Head Start will always be in my heart, because just watching the kids when they would master tying their shoes, or being able to count to ten. Those little milestones and that little lightbulb would go off, and their face and their little eyes lit up. It would just be awesome.” She also enjoyed working with the parents because they would also set goals for the parents to obtain. “Just being involved in that family was a big plus.”
Lowrie also really enjoyed the Energy Assistance Program. “Our elderly and handicapped live on such a small income, sometimes it makes a difference in eating or medicine.” Lowrie explained that over the years, she has seen some people that are “too proud” to ask for help, but that she encourages people who need the help to take advantage of it, that way they can afford their medicine and food.
She explained that another aspect that she loved about the job was being able to refer people. Sometimes people call and just don’t know where to turn, so Lowrie tries to find the help that they need. Even if NADC is out of funds, she tries to lead people in the right direction they need to be in, and give them that little bit of hope. At times, when funds have been tight, she had to cover two counties. In 2016, Lowrie covered Fulton and Izard County and had to split four days between the two counties.
“I think God put me here, in this job, I really do,” said Lowrie. “Growing up, we didn’t always have the money, so I understand. It’s not an embarrassment to need the help, but if you don’t ask you can’t get it.”
Lowrie said something that has impressed her the past few years is that Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer has been the only Judge that she knows of that has helped unload the commodity truck. “It amazes me that he always stands in there and is in the assembly line unloading the boxes.”
After retirement, Lowrie said her main goal right now is to get her husband well, who has been dealing with some health issues since December 2016. “The main thing is just to be there for him. I also have four beautiful grandchildren; Peyton, Alex, Brooklyn and Jace.” Lowrie is looking forward to just being able to spend some time with her grandchildren outdoors. “They all love to be outdoors,” she said.
Lowrie loves scrapbooking and sewing. She has put her scrapbooking on hold lately, but said she’s ready to get back to it. “To me that’s sort of preserving the history of our family, plus the kids love it,” she said.
She commended Linda Cooper, who has been with NADC for over 40 years, for the good job that she does. “With her vision, this program has really grown. I thank her for giving me the opportunity to start. I appreciate the clients letting me be here in their time of need.”
Libby Hale, who began working at Head Start as a Health and Safety Aide in Fall 2016, was hired on Monday, January 17 to fill Lowrie’s vacant position. The Fulton County office will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all men! Are you a hunk in heels?
The Salem Fifth Grade Class is hosting a Woman-less Beauty Pageant to raise money for the Nathan Jackson family. The pageant will be held at the Salem High School on January 28 at 6 p.m.
The pageant entry fee is $10. Winners will be crowned by donations. This will be a fun event for a great cause. If you would like to enter the pageant or help with the show, please contact Heather Busch at 870-291-1087 or Tiffany Cooper at 870-371-4054.
There will also be a dessert auction (pie, cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc). If you would like to bake a sweet treat, it would be greatly appreciated.

(January 25, 2017)

North Central Unit, Arkansas Department of Corrections, Calico Rock. Photo/B.Stapleton


by Karen Sherrell
A public meeting was held last November by the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit, NCU, at Calico Rock.
Prison officials spoke to the residents attending about the various programs at the local facility, such as education, regional maintenance, horse operation, Substance Abuse Education, Canine Unit, garden and forage production, PAL Program, Pre-Release Program, and Paws in Prison Program.
It was reported at the meeting that a potential expansion at the NCU is under consideration, with a plan to house an additional 500 inmates.
The NCU was established in 1990 and employs 179. Described as a medium to minimum security facility, NCU houses, on the average, 840 inmates, or full capacity.
According to Solomon Graves, Public Information Officer and Legislative Liaison with the ADC, in August of 2016, ADC Director Wendy Kelley asked the Board of Corrections for their approval of her to request for funding to expand the North Central Unit at Calico Rock. The Arkansas Board of Corrections is comprised of seven members appointed by the Governor.
The request provided for 576 additional beds at the NCU with an additional 30 Administrative Segregation beds, along with additional Administration and Support Staff offices and programming spaces. The projected size of the expansion is 88,442 sq. ft. and projected cost is $39,283,655.
According to the 2018/19 Capital Projects Request report, eight prison projects throughout the state, including the NCU request, have been submitted to the Board of Corrections, totalling $52,064,199.
In August of 2016, reports stated that the ADC is looking to ease the overcrowding issue in the state’s prison system, with the Board of Corrections asking the governor to approve the expansion of 576 beds at the NCU in Calico Rock.
No projected date of the approval of expansion has been announced.
A report on prison and jail population increases, and specialty courts to ease overcrowding, will be published in next week’s edition.

(January 18, 2017)

Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork


by Karen Sherrell
Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork is no stranger to law enforcement, and after 38 years in the field, he is manning the helm in Fulton County.
Beginning official duties this month, Roork stated he is a realist and humbled to be the new sheriff in town. Not having an opponent at election time, and with the retirement of Sheriff Buck Foley, it is a natural transition of duty for Roork.
“I’m humbled to be sheriff and protect the community,” said Roork. “I’m everybody’s sheriff, and treat everyone equally. I will enforce the law equally and with common sense.”
Roork has seen many changes over the past four decades in law enforcement. “The law is more and more complex now,” he said. “It costs a fortune to operate all the courts we have.” The 16th Judicial District covers five counties, including Fulton County, and Roork has a deep respect for the judges and their jobs. “I have respect for the judges and how hard they try. It’s not easy on their part.” Law enforcement must deal with a ton of paperwork now more than in the past according to Roork. “We respond to calls, but it’s hard to have pro-active law enforcement,” he said. “There’s just not enough staff.” Roork has four deputies and one chief deputy. “I have a great crew. They, like police officers in America, put on a badge and gun everyday. They have a very difficult job, and they’re honest, dedicated people.”
The sheriff appreciates help from the community and stated Fulton County is the best place in the world to live. “There are lots of hard working people here, and I depend on them to trust me, and know that what they tell me is in confidence.”
The hands-on sheriff stated he is a working sheriff, in the field with his officers. “People will see me around,” said Roork. “I love what I do and love helping people.”
Fulton County has from 1,600 to 2,000 county road miles that the sheriff’s office is responsible for. “It’s forty miles across the county,” said Roork. “We are on call 24/7 and ready to go whenever. We work hard for the people and enforce the law.”
“People have no idea of the amount of crime in their community,” said Roork. The hub of all problems he said, is an increase in drug use in the county, of methamphetamine and prescription drugs. “It leads to assault on families, thefts, and loss of productivity.” Roork hopes to slow the escalation of crime. “Burglaries occur every day somewhere in the county.”
The sheriff’s department focuses on each crime, aware of the fact that people are more difficult to deal with these days. “One of the biggest problems today is mental illness and the way it’s dealt with,” said Roork. “It’s time consuming to have a person committed, seeking help. We can help those people that can’t help themselves, and it’s a great feeling to do that,” he added.
The sheriff would like to see a dedicated investigator in the department. “We’re the only county that doesn’t have one,” he said. “Our Chief Deputy was our Investigator, as well as performing his normal duties. It’s just too time consuming.” But the new sheriff will continue to do his job as a working sheriff in the field, alongside his officers, for a community that he loves. “I have no visions of grandeur, we will do our job,” he said.


DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Beta Club members decorating a home for the holidays (l to r) Trevor Falco, Sophie Rossitto, Suzonne Harber, Kylie Bell Harber (Beta Club helper), Bailey York, Autumn Freeman, Kendra Rich, Kaylea Walling and Erin Cameron.
The Salem High School Beta Club is at it again. The members of the club stay busy throughout the year, especially in the area of community service.
Throughout the summer, the members of the Beta Club helped the community in several ways. The summer began with members washing school buses so they would be sparkling clean for the upcoming school year. They assisted Holly Pate with the Salem Chamber of Commerce 4th of July event at the park. In August, members parked vehicles during fair week for the Fulton County Fair Association. Several members also helped teachers decorate their classrooms. Some members decorated houses and other buildings for the holidays, and all members helped in providing items for the holidays for several families in Fulton County. You may have noticed some of the members serving hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies at the Salem Christmas Parade. Several members helped the Salem Elementary second grade teachers with their annual second grade literacy night.
At this time, Salem Beta Club is organizing its 8th Annual Bass Tournament. The event is slated for March 11, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lake Norfork. It takes money and prizes to make this happen, so it is an event that takes all year to organize. Any anglers who would like information may email Kim Harber: kim.harber@salemschools.net or call 870-895-5921. Also, the club will take donations for the event. The club is also involved in upcoming community service. In January, members will help with the benefit auction and fish supper for Nathan and Jean Ann Jackson, that will be at the Izard County Fairgrounds beginning at 4 p.m. on January 14. Each year, the club members visit the nursing home around Valentine’s Day with homemade cards for the residents.
In addition to all of that, several members are traveling to Hot Springs at the end of January to attend the State Beta Club Convention. They will compete in academic and talent competitions and have the opportunity to meet others from all around Arkansas.


by Carrie Johnson
There will be a Benefit Auction and Fish Supper at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne on Saturday, January 14 for Nathan Jackson.
Jackson suffered a major heart attack on September 16 and has been hospitalized since then. The Fish Supper will begin at 4 p.m. and the Benefit Auction will begin between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Nathan and his wife, Jean Ann, and two sons, Chance and Spencer, are local residents. Chance and Spencer attend Salem Public Schools.
Nathan has faced and is facing a tremendous amount of rehabilitation due to a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen. He stayed at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for 111 days. Sixty-six days were spent in ICU and then 35 at the Rehabilitation Institute. On January 5, he was accepted into Timber Ridge Neuro Restorative Ranch in Benton.
The following is a partial list of items to be auctioned at the benefit: Vic Kalchik’s famous carrot cake, two night stay in a two bedroom cabin at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend, guitars, gun, jewelry, processed hog (halves) from Everett Bros. Farms in Oxford, luggage set, chainsaws, toolbox, hair cut and style and accessories from Mirror Image, $100 gift certificate and two whole ribeyes from Our Neighborhood Fresh Market in Horseshoe Bend, quilts, three loads of gravel/limestone any size and ten loads of hill dirt (free delivery within 30 miles) from RLH Construction in Salem, Xbox with controllers and over 20 games, gift certificates to area businesses, two rounds of 18 golf with cart (six available) from the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, one year subscriptions (two available) from Pacesetting Times, 30 games of bowling from Horseshoe Lanes, Avon products, pork butts, tire rotation from Ash Flat Tire and Lube, pictures, frames, baked goods, free rotate and balance from Dennis Lube and Tire in Melbourne, one ton of quality liquid feed and 1-4 wheel lick tank from Harber Livestock and Poultry of Wiseman, Scentsy, Tupperware, air ratchet from O’Reilly’s in Ash Flat, and much more!
Modern Woodmen of America, in Melbourne has donated a $1,000 matching grant.
Anyone having items to donate for this auction may drop them off at the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 300 Circle Drive in Melbourne, or call Earnie Blackley at 870-373-2999.
Visit on Facebook, Nathan and Jean Ann Gaskins Jackson Benefit, to see items for auction.


The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fifth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Tuesday, 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 8 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.


Northcentral Arkansas Development Council, Inc., NADC, is beginning their Winter Regulation Program January 9 and will continue through March 31 or until funds are depleted.
For applicants to be considered in a crisis situation, they are required to have received a shut-off notice date to be with seven days from the date of application.
The following are requirements needed before applications can be taken and processed: proof of income for all household members for the previous month, including verification of any contributions from family and friends; the date and place of current or last employment for all household members; photo ID; proof of child support; proof of utility assistance if applicant receives subsidized housing; copy of an energy bill or receipt from energy supplier, including a receipt stating cost of wood if the applicant’s main heating source is wood, to help NADC make the payment to the correct vendor.
NADC is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.
Contacts in the tri-county area are, Izard County 870-368-4329, Fulton County 870-895-3628, and Sharp County 870-994-7353. NADC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EOE.

by Karen Sherrell
The 23rd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest had several entries this year, with outstanding lighting displays throughout Horseshoe Bend.
In the Residential Category, first and second place were a close race with only one point difference in the scoring. Holiday lights were judged on creativity, use of color and degree of difficulty.
First place was awarded to Vic and Shirley Kalchik, 1102 Fairwater, and second place was awarded to Ed, Laureen, Scotty and Erica Sac, at 1103 Fairwater. Placing third was Carolyn Smith at 1207 Clark Lane, and honorable mention went to Austin Coil at 501 North Little Rock. Other beautiful entries were located at 1211 Scenic Acres Circle, 307 Victoria, 508 Victoria, 105 Sapphire, 1001 Pearl Drive, 204 W. Lansing, 1200 Moonstone, 103 E. Church, and 311 E. Church. Many other dazzling displays may be seen throughout the city as well.
In the Business Category, three entered this year and first place was awarded to Reeves Propane, second was awarded to Box Hound Marina, and third went to Cedar Glade Resort.
Sponsors for this year’s event were: in the Residential Category, Horseshoe Health and Medicine $100, FNBC $50, and Neighborhood Fresh Market $50 gift certificate; and in the Business Category, Pacesetting Times $100, Horseshoe Bend Insurance $50, and B&B Supply of Franklin, $50 gift certificate.
Thanks to everyone who displayed holiday lights this year in Horseshoe Bend, thanks to the judges for their difficult task, and a big thank you to the sponsors for making this annual event possible.
Way to “Light Up” Horseshoe Bend!
See additional photos on page 5.

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BROCKWELL – Lorra Shaw of Pineville and Candace Killian of Oxford, local health and wellness experts, are hosting “Stay Healthy and Stress Free for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center in Brockwell. The holiday season is when many people experience high levels of stress and consistent, unhealthy choices. At this event, attendees will learn specific strategies to make this year different.
“Far too many people experience extreme emotional pulls during the holidays,” says Shaw. She continues, “On one hand, there is excitement for the festivities and on the other is extreme stress due to the surplus of unhealthy foods, time with family, travel, financial drain, and the sheer exhaustion that the holidays tend to create in our lives. But this year will be different – this year will be our time to THRIVE!”
Killian adds, “We are excited to have a special guest educator, Jeannie Harrison, RN, coming in from Tennessee to share strategies for natural solutions, such as essential oils and essential oil infused wellness products, to support our wellness goals!”
If you are interested in learning more about this event, please email lorrashaw@yahoo.com or call 870-321-4796.

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by Karen Sherrell
Saturday, December 3 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2016 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas on Main Street.
Everyone is welcome to enter the parade, entry forms are available at the chamber office and with Victoria at City Hall. Line-up is at 9:15 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, where you will receive your line-up number from the parade coordinator. Undecided? Just show up with your float on the day of the parade and arrangements will be made. The parade begins at 10 a.m. The lower Diamond B Mall parking lot will be closed during the parade, then opened for float displays.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the new chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, hamburgers and other concessions.
The 19th 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 3 and Sunday, December 4, 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 Wednesday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 25, and must be in place no later than Thursday, 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 3 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 23rd 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 16 at noon.

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VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Horseshoe Bend held its Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The weather turned out beautiful and approximately 65 people were in attendance at Veterans Park. Veterans representing all branches of service were recognized. Speakers told funny and unique stories of their time in service. Photo/C.Johnson

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OPENING SOON: Glencoe Junction will be opening soon under new management. The convenience store/gas station has been remodeled, repaired, reinspected and is in compliance and ready to open. the store offers gas, convenience store items, food, fountain drinks, cigarettes, tobacco, games and pool tables. Fuel Unlimited of Arkansas is their corporate office which stated the store will be a full-fledged truckstop. Glencoe Junction is located on Hwy. 62/412 in Glencoe. Photo/K.Sherrell

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It’s just the beginning.
Graetz Auction Service held its inaugural sale on October 22, and owner Michelle Graetz looks forward serving the area.
Graetz Auction is a mobile, on-site, full service auction company capable of selling various types of merchandise, from farm equipment and machinery to antiques, estate and household. With professional, diligent and attentive auction services, Graetz works hard to get her customers the most money for their assets, and she is ready to book auctions now throughout Arkansas and Missouri.
“We can turn your physical assets and long term investments into working capital,” said Graetz. “Let me try my best to get you the most. I will aggressively advertise your auction, and be diligent, energetic and organized.”
The self taught auctioneer is no stranger to hard work and organization. She and her husband Eric, own and operate Horseshoe Bend Gun Shop, and have lived in the city for eight years. They have two daughters, ages seven and five. The couple had a firearms manufacturing business for 20 years, and Graetz gained her knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting during that tenure. Her husband was the designer, engineer and manufacturer of the firearms, and the couple utilized their 12,000 square foot building in the Industrial District in Horseshoe Bend for that purpose.
Graetz is an American citizen, hailing from the Dominican Republic. She was raised in Santo Domingo, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Hotel Administration, and she is bilingual. “It is an honor for me to do this in a country where the freedom of buying or selling a firearm is allowed,” said Graetz. “This is the only country where you can do that.”
Graetz can also conduct firearms and specialty auctions, and industrial equipment auctions. “During this bad economy we understand how critical it is to have cash readily available for the daily cost of living,” said Graetz. “Sometimes we have to take our investments and quickly turn them into cash for that purpose.” Graetz will also buy estates and personal property.
Selling at auction is a plus creating a speedy process, with quick turnaround. Customers know when their goods will be sold; they can set the time and place of their sale. Competitive bidding in an exciting atmosphere, by motivated buyers, will help customers get the most from their items. “Not only will I run my auction on the principles of honesty and integrity, but I will make it my goal to turn every auction into a great success,” said Graetz.
Graetz Auction’s full service on-site auctions are held rain or shine, with up to 20×80 tents, a double porta potty, a hand wash station, credit card terminals for payments, and concessions.
Future plans include re-opening the building on Industrial Street, Tri-County Expo Auction Gallery, for consignment auctions, wholesale and retail auctions, auto consignment auctions, and estate auctions. The public and dealers will be welcomed in the climate controlled, 12,000 sq. ft. event center housing a commercial kitchen, restrooms, and plenty of seating.
And Graetz is planning on obtaining her real estate license.
“I desired to do something on my own now that the children are in school,” said Graetz. “Something to pass on to our children, a pathway to them, for their future.”
Graetz Auction Service can be found online at www.graetzauction.com, and on Facebook. The business contact numbers are 870-751-0820 or 670-4867.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Southfork River Therapy and Living of Salem, a skilled nursing facility which offers option for long-term care, short-term rehab, and out-patient rehab, has earned five out of five stars in an annual assessment of all Skilled Nursing Facilities in the United States. Achieving five stars is challenging and is the highest overall rating for quality and service, only the best ten percent in each state receives a five-star rating.
“Earning the highest rating from CMS demonstrates the commitment of each Southfork River Therapy and Living team member. We continuously strive to provide the highest level of customer service, health care and support to both our residents and their loved ones,” said Joshua Roberts, Marketing Director. “Southfork River Therapy and Living gets to work with the elderly, injured, and ill of our lovely community, we are honored to get the opportunity to care for such wonderful individuals and get to know them while providing high quality healthcare and services to our area.”
Each year, Medicare uses information compiled from health inspections, fire and safety inspections, quality measures, (which indicates how well a home cares for its clients needs), and lastly reported staffing hour ratios, which compare the number of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Aids (CNAs and NAs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) to the number of residents to whom they are providing care. These ratings help individuals choose a nursing home based on quality and performance. A facility can earn from one to five stars. A five-star rating is considered excellent or “Much Above Average” compared to other skilled nursing facilities through out our nation.
“We are very excited to be designated as a five-star Skilled Nursing Facility. Southfork River Therapy and Living and our doctors work hard to provide a high-quality healthcare experience for our patients,” said Brent Tyson, Administrator. “We do this through healthcare innovations, concierge style customer service and access to outstanding physicians, therapists, nurses, aids, pharmacists, and cutting edge technology.”
Southfork River Therapy and Living has been providing care to the local area for over 60 years. Services include Physical, Occupation and Speech Therapies, as well as skilled nursing and long term care. They also have a unit specializing in care for Alzheimer and Dementia patients, and offer in house Certified Wound Care to those who need such services. Medicare star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. To learn more about Southfork River Therapy and Living, or about the Five Star Ratings, visit online www.southforktlc.com/ or www.medicare.gov. For the most recent news and events follow their face book page at www.facebook.com/SouthforkRiverTL/.

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HIGHWAY 289 ROADWORK UPDATE: According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department as of today (Oct. 18), the roadwork being done to State Highway 289 is well on its way to being complete. Tuesday’s work consists of finishing setting boxes; Wednesday’s work involves backfilling: setting stones around the boxes, taking the dirt away that has been used for turn-arounds, and bringing the road back up to grade. Weather permitting, crews may be done with roadwork by Friday, but could be as late as Monday, Oct. 24. This section of 289 will remain gravel until it settles, then the road will be paved. Photo/Karen Sherrell

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Make plans for your ghouls and goblins to attend the annual Horseshoe Bend Trunk or Treat.
This year’s Trunk or Treat will again be held at Cedar Glade Resort, with plenty of room to park those decorated trunks, have children’s games, and a Costume Contest.
Cedar Glade Resort located at 900 Fourth Street, will host the fun on Monday, October 31 beginning at 5 p.m. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions, and the Best Trunk and Costume Contest Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m.
The Costume Contest will have five age groups: newborn to four years, five to eight years, nine to twelve years, thirteen to eighteen years, and over eighteen years is considered the adult group. There will be one boy and one girl winner selected out of each group. Each winner will receive an engraved medallion.
Other fun activities are planned, so mark your calendar for this year’s Trunk or Treat at Cedar Glade Resort’s front parking lot.
This year, for convenience to families, the Horseshoe Bend Annual Haunted House will be also be held nightly at Cedar Glade Resort, from October 27 through 31. Admission is $3 per person, children age five and under are free.
Chairpersons Carlos and Paula Rivera are setting up the Haunted House now and volunteer help is needed with the set up. Please call 870-670-4536 if you can help the Riveras. Leave a message with your contact information. Each year residents enjoy a great Haunted House thanks to the Riveras and their volunteers.
So come and enjoy the Halloween fun in Horseshoe Bend. It will be a frightfully good time!

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Next Wednesday, October 12, will be the last week for Farmer’s Market at Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend until next spring. There is a last chance to buy fresh produce and baked goods next week. The Amish Pancake Breakfast will be served on Saturday, October 22 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Amish Community on Hwy. 395 in Salem. Donations are appreciated. There is also an equipment auction.

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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 first 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 throughout the month. 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.

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The deadline for paying real estate and personal property taxes is Monday, October 17. The actual deadline of October 15 falls on a Saturday, so the deadline is extended to the following Monday. The Izard County Collector’s office will be open as usual on Columbus Day, Oct. 10.
The Collector’s office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, but you will be charged a 3.75% convenience fee. Their hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or payments may be made to Izard County Collector, P. O. Box 490, Melbourne, AR 72556. Make sure it is postmarked by October 17 or it will be returned with a 10% penalty. Anyone having questions may call 368-7247.

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by Carrie Johnson
Repairs to a drainage system will require the closure of a section of State Highway 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, AHTD, officials. The closure will begin on Monday, October 10 at 8 a.m.
The work will require closure of 289 between State Highway 354 and U.S. Highway 62. Motorists traveling on 289 will follow a detour. This is the most direct route to 62 from Horseshoe Bend, so allow yourself plenty of extra time for traveling.
Routes around the roadwork that include only highway are Highway 354 to Oxford, then right on Highway 9 to Salem or left on 9 to Melbourne; or 289 to Peace Valley Road, then left on Highway 167 to Ash Flat or right on 167 to Batesville. Local traffic should consider alternate routes between 354 and 62, also known as dirtroads.
There will be warning signs at the Glencoe turn off 62 and at the four-way in Horseshoe Bend alerting drivers of the roadwork ahead. A barricade will be in place at Morriston Fire Department.
All students that ride the bus that live beyond the closure will be picked up at Hillbilly U-Pump in Glencoe at 7:30 a.m. and dropped off at approximately 3:20 p.m. For those that are still unaware of where the line is drawn, if your child is usually picked up at The Quilted Heart and beyond (towards Horseshoe Bend), expect to have to find a different route. Your child’s bus and bus driver will remain the same; all parents of affected students should have received a letter from the Salem School District Superintendent Wayne Guiltner notifying route changes.
The closure will conclude on Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks super pave when the repair is complete. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com.

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by Karen Sherrell
With the General Election just a little over a month away, some upcoming deadlines and dates need to be noted.
If you are not registered to vote, you need to do so by Monday, October 10. Local county clerk offices will be open on Columbus Day.
Races in Izard County, on the November 8 ballot include: for Judge, David Sherrell (D) incumbent, and Eric Smith (R); for Treasurer Nancy Pratt (D) incumbent, and Warren Sanders (R); Justice of the Peace District 9, James Elbert (I) incumbent, and Richard (Rich) Emmens (R). Municipal races are: Horseshoe Bend Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson; and Calico Rock Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles vie for the seat.
General Election races in Fulton County are for Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) incumbent, and Jim Kendrick (I); Justice of the Peace District 2, Lynn Guffey, (I) incumbent, Lori Benedict (R), and Nathan A. Bales (I); District 7, Tesa Bishop (D) incumbent, Ray Matthew (R), Wilber L. Rowe (I), and Billie J. Gibson (I). Municipal races are, Mammoth Spring Alderman Ward 2, Position 1, Joan Baker and Adam Davis;, Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Viola Alderman Position 4, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen.
Races in Sharp County in November include, for Judge, Dustin Rogers (R), Jackie Pickett (D), Gene Moore (I), and Jon Patterson (I); Justice of the Peace District 2, Darrell Kehrli (I), and Briana M. Dilorio (R); District 5, Tony Vaughn (R) and Ruth Rogers (D); District 6, Rick Huckabee (I), Everett McGuire (R), and Danny Denton (D); and District 8, Matthew T. Hipp (R) and Jeral Hastings (D). Municipal races are: Ash Flat, Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2, Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby, and Ward 2, Position 2, Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw; Cave City Alderman Ward 1, Position 2, Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier; Hardy Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice, Ward 1, Position 2, Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland.
Early voting begins October 24 and ends November 7. Absentee ballots must be returned by November 8.
In Izard County, early voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, and in Horseshoe Bend at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on November 3 and 4.
In Fulton County, early voting will be held at the courthouse in Salem from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, and at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring on Oct. 28 and 29.
In Sharp County, the county courthouse in Ash Flat is the site to early vote from Oct. 24 through Nov. 7, as well as the Community Center in Cave City.
An ordinance is in place in Horseshoe Bend with restrictions on candidate and election signs. Signs may be placed no more than 30 days prior to an election and removed within two days following the election. There are no county restrictions, with the exception that signs may not be placed in the highway right-of-way or easement, or on utility poles.

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The Horseshoe Bend Fall City Wide Clean-up will be held the week of October 10 on your normal trash pick up day.
Items that will not be picked up include: tires, liquid paint, electronics, oil, construction materials or chemicals.
Call the Horseshoe Bend Water Department at 870-670-5885 or the trash company at 800-833-3423 for a more detailed list of what will not be allowed for pick-up during the Fall City Wide Clean-up.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return October 11, 12 and 13 and will be broadcast on The River 98.3 and live at the City Hall Council Chambers.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop them off at the chamber office, at 707 S. Third St., during normal hours of operation, and please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned.
Items to be auctioned include several casino stays and buffets, a variety of Branson show tickets, dinners, durable medical equipment, golf outings, propane, health club memberships, marina and resort stays, massages, roses, sport gift items and much more.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far. The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation. So mark your calendars for the Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years.

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by Carrie Johnson
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department roadwork is scheduled to begin on State Highway 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe early to mid-October, weather permitting. Repairs to a drainage system will require road closures. The District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks super pave when the repair is complete.
Motorists should expect this upcoming road closure, and start mapping out their alternate routes now. This is the most direct route to U.S. Highway 62. Allow plenty of extra time for your travels.
There will be warning signs at the Glencoe turn off 62 and at the four-way in Horseshoe Bend alerting drivers of the roadwork ahead. Tentatively, the projected detour will be Morriston Road to Wiseman for locals, with a barricade at Morriston Fire Department. Other routes that include only highway are Highway 354 to Oxford, then right on Highway 9 to Salem or left on 9 to Melbourne; or 289 to Peace Valley Road, then left on Highway 167 to Ash Flat or right on 167 to Batesville. Definite alternate routes will be published in next week’s edition.
Salem School District Superintendent Wayne Guiltner is prepared for the roadwork. All students that ride the bus that live beyond the closure will be picked up at Hillbilly U-Pump in Glencoe at 7:30 a.m. and dropped off at approximately 3:20 p.m. For those that are still unaware of where the line is drawn, if your child is usually picked up at The Quilted Heart and beyond (towards Horseshoe Bend), expect to have to find a different route. Your child’s bus and bus driver will remain the same; a letter will be sent home within the week to all parents of affected students; and bus driver Wendall Smith will be letting parents know at the bus stops.
Watch the Pacesetting Times for further updates such as alternate routes and projected closure and completion dates.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com.

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First Community Bank is proud to sponsor a community reception welcoming Mr. Don Sharp as the interim Superintendent of the Highland School District. The reception will be located at First Community Bank in Highland on Monday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by and meet Sharp and welcome him to the great community.

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by Suzonne Harber
The Salem Greyhound Student Council members are preparing for Homecoming. The Greyhounds take on the Rector Cougars on Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m.
The Homecoming Court includes the following: 12th grade Queen representatives Carmon Doty, Ashley Hall, Emily Pate, Lindsey Smith, and Bailey York; 11th grade representatives Autumn Freeman and Kendra Rich; tenth grade representatives Lillian McCullough and Allyson Walsh; ninth grade Princess representatives Madison Sellars, Megan Ullrich and Rory Walling; eighth grade representatives Mackenzie Hill and Brittney Worsham; seventh grade representatives Jaycie Strong and Cassidy Walling.
At this time, the Student Council members are selling Homecoming shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, please contact Kim at 870-895-5921 or stop by the high school office for an order form. Short-sleeved shirts are $15, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hooded sweatshirts are $25.
Homecoming spirit days have also been decided. Spirit week is September 26 through September 30, and we invite students and community members to dress up and show their spirit.
On Monday, sport your red, white, and blue for America Day. Tuesday is Twinkie Day; find someone and dress as twins. Wednesday is Sports Day, and Thursday is Throwback Thursday.
On Friday, deck out in the black and gold and show your support for the Greyhounds.
Be sure to come out to the Homecoming ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium.

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by Carrie Johnson
In addition to the roadwork that State Highway 289 received recently, drivers need to be on the look out for more roadwork in the upcoming weeks. Repairs to two separate drainage systems in the area require closures to sections of state highways.
On Monday, September 12 at 8 a.m., a closure on a section of State Highway 58 north of Poughkeepsie and just outside of Williford in Sharp County began, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, AHTD, officials. The work requires closure of 58 between State Highway 354 and U.S. Highway 63. Motorists traveling on 58 will follow a detour. The northbound detour route is 354 north to U.S. Highway 167 and then U.S. Highway 62 east to 63. The southbound detour route is 63 west to 62 and then 167 south to 354. Weather permitting, roadwork will conclude on Friday, September 30 at 5 p.m.
Directly following the drainage system repair at Williford, the crew will relocate to State Highway 289 between Glencoe in Fulton County and Horseshoe Bend in Izard County. The repair, weather permitting, is expected to begin in early October. Once the drainage system is done, the District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks the super pave.
This work also requires a road closure between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe. This is the most direct route to 62; motorists will have to find an alternate route. A press release with updated information such as detour routes will be published closer to the date of the repair.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow AHTD on Twitter @AHTD.

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The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville will host its annual Community Picnic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6 on the east side of Independence Hall. Danny Dozier will provide entertainment and John 3:16 Ministries will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. A bounce house will be available for children. This is a free event and the public is invited to attend. Outstanding faculty, staff and adjunct faculty will be recognized at the event.

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Game times are as followed: 3rd grade, 10 a.m.; 4th grade, 11:30 a.m.; 5th grade, 1 p.m.; 6th grade, 2:30 p.m.
All games are on Saturday unless noted and are subject to change.
September 3 – West Plains #2 at Salem, 2nd grade at 11 a.m.
September 10 – Salem at West Plains #1
September 17 – Salem at Thayer
September 24 – Cave City at Salem
October 1 – Highland at Salem
October 8 – Bye week
October 15 – Salem at Melbourne
October 22 – Salem at Highland
October 29 – League Tournament
(3rd grade at Salem; 4th grade at Melbourne; 5th grade at Thayer; 6th grade at Cave City)
Jr. High
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 1, Salem at Mtn. View – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 8, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 15, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 22, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 29, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 6, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 13, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, Ocotber 20, TBA
Thursday, October 27, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
*Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sr. High
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge 7 p.m.
Friday, September 2, Mountain View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 9, Salem at Yellville-Summit – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 16, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 23, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Friday, Septemeber 30, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 7, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 14, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 21, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 28, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 3, TBA
* Conference Games

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The Oxford Fire Department is sponsoring a Round Robin Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 27 beginning at 8 a.m. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to ICC Special Olympics.
There will be door prizes given away throughout the day that have been donated by many county businesses and citizens.
An extrication demonstration involving two cars will be performed, a dunk tank will be set up and a scavenger hunt with a cash prize will be held. Burgers, hot dogs, chips, baked items and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
A beautiful homemade children’s quilt is being raffled. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.
Tickets will be available for purchase, but the quilt will be given away at a later date.

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Kidspiration Pediatric Therapy Services invites you to join them for hot dogs, popcorn and prizes on Monday, August 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the fun park at the entrance to the Moblie Home Estates in Horseshoe Bend.

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by Karen Sherrell
In an open letter to the public from Ozark EMS of Calico Rock, owners Leon and Kathy Cheatham announced that they will cease operation in Izard County as of September 1.
Ozark EMS began serving eastern Carroll County as the primary ambulance service on April 1, with two locations, in Berryville and Green Forest.
The letter, dated August 1 stated, “It is with many prayers and thought on both mine and Kathy’s part that we are saddened to announce that as of September 1, 2016, Ozark EMS will no longer be serving/operating in Izard County.
“The judge, David Sherrell, and the EMS Board, Jessica Sanders, Josh Wilson, Michelle Gray, Carl Pitts, Mark Herrington, and Dave Watts, have entered into a five year contract with Vital Link for two ambulances to serve all of Izard County. Oxford, Melbourne, and Horseshoe have exclusive city contracts with Vital Link.
“We are moving all our services to Carroll County. We feel that this is where we need to be at this time.
“We have loved our time here in Izard County, but feel that our endeavor here is a losing battle. We know we will never be the primary provider for our home, Izard County.
“With sincere thanks and gratitude for all your support, Leon and Kathy Cheatham.”
Vital Link EMS provides emergency and non-emergency medical services to Independence, Izard, Stone, and surrounding counties. They have a contract with Izard County to provide two ambulances, with one housed in Horseshoe Bend and a base in Melbourne. A third ambulance is in reserve for use in Izard County.
Vital Link also has a substation at Southside School, in Independence County, and in Mountain View, Stone County.

A meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11 in the community room at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, to discuss long-term care insurance, facilities, and other related topics.
Alex Hicks will give details on long-term care insurance, and Cindy Wildhagen will highlight long-term care facilities. A question and answer session will be held.
Refreshments will be available and the meeting will be 10 a.m. to noon. The chamber office is located at 707 Third Street, Horseshoe Bend. Everyone is invited to come, listen, and ask questions at this informative meeting.

by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY — A few candidates have filed for municipal office since the opening day of July 29.
In Horseshoe Bend, Tom Richardson, appointed incumbent, has filed for Alderman, Ward 2, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, incumbent, has filed for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock, Fredrick Blickle has filed for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1.
In Melbourne, Alecia Bray, incumbent, has filed for Recorder/Treasurer; and Sonia Blankenship has filed for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 2.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Candidates need to file petitions of nomination, an affidavit of eligibility, and a political practices pledge with the county clerk of their residency. Friday, August 19 at noon is the deadline to file for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.

A trash truck ended up on its side in the curve by Morriston Road on Hwy. 289 on Monday, August 1 around 5 p.m. The Franklin Fire Department assisted in directing traffic as Skeeter Beene Towing of Melbourne pulled the truck back upright. No injuries were reported. Arkansas State Police Trooper Villiger worked the wreck. Photo/C.Stafford

Rollover on Hwy. 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe

Rollover on Hwy. 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe

Over 200 new students participated in orientation at Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring and Ash Flat on August 2, and in Mountain View and Melbourne on August 3. A make-up session for the required new student orientation will be held at 6 p.m. on August 11 at the Melbourne campus.

Ozarka College’s fall semester will begin on August 15, but it is not too late to get registered for fall classes. The College is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and staff members are available to assist you with completing an application for admissions, applying for financial aid, getting advised and registered for classes, enrolling in student service programs, and anything else to help you succeed.

Ozarka College, committed to YOUR success. For more information, please call 870.368.2024 or email: admisssions@ozarka.edu. Additional information is also available at www.ozarka.edu.

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GRAND OPENING: U.S. Tactical Systems Firearms and Training of Melbourne, held a Grand Opening on Saturday, July 30. There were the over 200 in attendance. U.S. Tactical offers concealed carry classes, a home protection course, self-defense and skeet shooting, with hopes of much more. Read about this new business and see additional photos on page 1 and 10 in the August 3 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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Melbourne School District
Melbourne Elementary Open House will be Thursday, August 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. Melbourne High School Open House will be Thursday, August 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Seventh grade and new student 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 11. The Open House will be on both the Elementary and High School campuses from 6 to 7 p.m.
Izard County Consolidated School District
Izard County Consolidated School District will host their Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today, August 3!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 26. 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 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; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Clary Fitness, lower level Diamond  B Mall, one month membership plus a Clary Fitness t-shirt; 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., 2015 silver eagle coin, one entry per visit, Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 gift certificate to Calabama Restaurant; Mirror Image, Diamond B Mall, free haircut; Barb’s Sassy Garden Glass and More, Diamond B Mall, gift basket with handcrafted and vintage items valued at $75; Jeb’s Variety, Lower Diamond B Mall, 19” LED HD TV; Calabama Restaurant HSB, 701 South Bend, $10 gift certificate and a $20 gift certificate, to the Horseshoe Bend location; Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce, 707 Third Street, a gift basket; Snappy Mart, 400 Market Street, $15 gift certificate; Taco Jac’s, 305 Third Street, 2 supreme tacos and a drink; The Loft, atop Turkey Mountain, two entry fees to pool tournaments.
In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 Junction, a 50# bag of sunflower seed; Franklin General Store, Hwy. 56, one free pizza with any topping; and Weatherford Bros. Feed, Hwy. 56, a 1 gallon pump sprayer.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer’s ads and be sure and save this Special Section as you sign up throughout the month of August.

Authorities have arrested two suspects that were involved in a theft of a church van in Horseshoe Bend plus additional thefts in Horseshoe Bend, Elizabeth, and Cave City.
Early Sunday morning, July 10, staff of the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend reported to authorities that the church building had been broken into and that items including a guitar and the church van were stolen.
While Lt. Charles Melton, Sgt. Gabe Sanders and Horseshoe Bend assigned deputies were investigating, they developed at least two people of interest, located the guitar, and continued the investigation. During this investigation, it was reported that Doty Family Funeral Home of Horseshoe Bend had a van damaged. Someone had attempted to hotwire the vehicle that same night.
On July 11, Lt. Melton learned that his prime suspect had been arrested in Cave City. The suspect had fled from Cave City Police and had shot at them before wrecking the vehicle he was driving. Mac Ryan Chitwood, age 26 of Horseshoe Bend, currently in the Sharp County Jail, has been charged in Izard County in connection with the church and funeral home events. An Elizabeth man, 18 year old Dalton Michael Pflaumer, has also been arrested and incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on felony charges related to the burglary of a private residence, vehicle thefts, and other thefts.
The events leading up to the arrest of Pflaumer came about in the early hours of July 11, when the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified that officers in Sharp County had been involved in a vehicle pursuit with a 2001 Volvo V10 driven by Chitwood. It was determined that the registered owners of the vehicle involved in that pursuit reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area but have a vacation home in Baxter County on Diamond Bay Road. The owners were contacted and stated that their vehicle should still be parked at their residence on Diamond Bay Road, and indicated they had not been at that residence since July 5. Later that same morning, Corp. Kristofer Savino went to the residence on Diamond Bay Road and found that it had been burglarized. Items missing from the residence, in addition to their 2001 Volvo V10, were a handgun and a shotgun. It appeared that people had been squatting in the residence for a period of time. Entry had been made through the back door of the house.
Chitwood, who had been apprehended in Sharp County, told authorities there that he and another person had stolen a white van belonging to the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend. He indicated the pair had travelled in the stolen church van to the Hand Cove area in Baxter County. They had concealed the stolen van in a heavily wooded area approximately one mile away from the residence they chose to burglarize.
Chitwood and Pflaumer parted company in the Brockwell area of Izard County after leaving the residence in the stolen Volvo. The vehicle pursuit involving Chitwood driving the stolen Volvo in Sharp County occurred afterwards.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office utilized its helicopter on the evening of July 11 to fly over the Hand Cove/Diamond Bay area in an attempt to locate the stolen and abandoned church van. After flying over the area for several minutes, the van was spotted from the air through dense foliage. The van was subsequently towed and removed for evidentiary processing.
In addition to the burglary investigation, the Sheriff’s Office had taken reports the previous day, July 10, that a private boat dock near Baxter CR 863, in the same area, had been entered and several items were stolen from the dock and from boats in the dock. These included speakers, binoculars, and fishing equipment. A cellphone was found on one of the boats. This cellphone was found to belong to Pflaumer. According to reports,

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Pflaumer was located on July 12, admitted to committing the crimes with the other suspect, and helped investigators locate and recover some of the stolen items.
As to the funeral home, both Chitwood and Pflaumer have been charged with breaking and entering, a class D felony; and criminal mischief, a class D felony. Relating to the church, both have been charged with commercial burglary and theft of property, both class D felonies. The pair have an Izard County Circuit Court date of August 10. Pflaumer remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

skidmoreSavannah Skidmore (r), 21-year old daughter of Jerry and Kim Skidmore of Calico Rock and a junior at the University of Arkansas, was selected as first runner-up in the 79th Annual Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs recently. The pageant featured 42 contestants from the state of Arkansas. The girls competed for $121,800 in scholarship funds. Skidmore received a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan for being chosen as first runner-up in the competition. Skidmore tied with Savvy Shields, Miss Heart of the Ozarks, in Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Pictured (l to r) is Shields; Reigning Miss Arkansas, and Top 15 Miss America Semi-Finalist, Loren McDaniel; Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award winner, Miss North Central Arkansas Rebecca Zurcher; and Skidmore.
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franksDanny Franks, age 39 of Blytheville, formerly of Melbourne, remains at large following a July 12 call to Fairview Street in Melbourne, in reference to a domestic violence complaint.
As Cpl. Richard Williams was responding, dispatch advised the officer that the alleged perpetrator had left the residence driving a small tan Toyota truck. Cpl. Williams attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Franks sped away and continued to Lacrosse Road, then west of Highway 56 to Johnsonview Road. He then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Deputies were unable to locate Franks, and his vehicle was towed and impounded.
On July 13, a Johnsonview Road resident reported that his truck was missing. Investigators learned that Franks was residing in Blytheville and a BOLO was issued on the stolen vehicle.
Mississippi County authorities advised local authorities that the stolen truck had been located by a farmer in a cornfield. They further advised that no one was in or near the truck and that the vehicle engine was still running.
Franks remains at large. Anyone having knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203.

On Sunday, June 12, Weston Burk, son of Joey and Cassi Burk of Salem and brother to Natalie, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ALL. He is undergoing treatments at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. The entire community of Salem has pulled together for the Burk Family. Several fundraisers and raffles have been established. The Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament was held last weekend.
Event coordinator Lena Smith of Salem stated, “I believe good things come to good people and you won’t find a better family than the Burks!”
Over $7,000 was raised on July 9 and July 10 during the tournament (t-shirts, raffles, entry fees, concessions and donations).
“Wow what a great showing of support, prayer, and fellowship at Salem yesterday. The Weston Co-ed Tournament was a huge success. Thank you to all 19 teams that stuck it out and worked throughout the day switching fields and keeping things on track and going. Thanks everyone that participated and helped with it all. I’m very glad to be a part of it and help bring it all together. What an incredible community we live in!” stated event coordinator Jake Smith of Salem.
“Today has just been absolutely amazing! Joey and I tried to make it around to everyone that came out to the tournament, but we know we missed some. So we are trying to reach out to everyone to tell you all how THANKFUL we are for everything. To the 19 teams that played, the umps, scorekeepers, concession stand workers, all the sponsors that donated food or money, the community that came out just to watch the games or eat, and to all the ones that had a helping hand in putting it all together, thank you. We know it was not an easy job and took a lot of hard work and time. We are so blessed to call you all our friends and family. Thank you again for everything you have done for our little boy and family, we love you all!” said Cassi Burk.
Sponsors of the Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament were Sonic of Salem, Twin Lakes Packing and Processing, Town and Country of Ash Flat, Modern Woodmen – Trena Spears, Barker’s Funeral Home, Scribner’s Family Practice, Viola Hardware, Barker’s Hilltop Package Store, Janice Hensley and family, Salem Sweet Treats and Bakery, Cliff and Cheryl Pleasant, Gary Wayne and Lenisa Branscum, Terry Burk and North Arkansas Electic Cooperative. The Dirt Bags from Mt. Grove, Missouri, took first place in the tournament.dirtbags-001

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A woman was assaulted outside her home on Wednesday, July 13, located on Hwy. 9 South in Fulton County.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the woman, in her late 60s, was attacked by a white or hispanic male, while she was working in her yard. The victim never heard the man approach, and was assaulted from behind as the attacker attempted to strangle her with a rope around her neck. According to authorities, the woman was able to fight her attacker by kicking him and he fled the scene.
The woman received treatment at a local hospital. Fulton County authorities and the Arkansas State Police are investigating the assault.

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by RonYow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, July 16 at the Music in the Mountains Theatre located on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.
This month, we will be privileged to have Katy Miller and Allie Cone to sing our National Anthem. Both of these young ladies are nine years old and both of them attend Melbourne Elementary School.I know these young ladies are very excited about performing at the Music in the Mountains Show and are looking forward to performing our National Anthem. So come out and support our local youth.
Our guest for this month is Shane Metheny. Metheny is from Little Rock and spent six months in Nashville, TN working with Buddy Hyatt in his recording studio. He likes to sing southern gospel and country music. We know that everyone will enjoy his musical talent. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with burgers and dogs on the grill. The concession will have other goodies to delight your taste buds.
Tracy, Eric, Mitch, Junior and Doc will take the stage at 6 p.m. The Hwy. 289 Band will be doing a medley of country songs in the first half and a medley of classic rock in the second half.
I believe this is a “must come and see” show.
So make plans now to come out to the Music in the Mountains Show Saturday night for good food, good fellowship and good music. We hope to see you all there. And as always, admission is by donation.
Your generosity keeps our doors open. Thank you in advance to all that support the Music in the Mountains Theatre.

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The Burk Family of Salem, Cassi and Joey, Natalie and Weston. Photo/Bitt O’ Hunny Photography
by Carrie Johnson
On Sunday, June 12, life as they knew it changed for the Burk family of Salem. Joey and Cassi Burk have grown up in Salem and are now raising their children, Natalie (7) and Weston (3) in the same loving community. They attend Salem First Baptist Church.
Weston was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ALL, on Sunday. He underwent surgery on Monday, June 13 to place his port for treatments. He also underwent his first round of treatment and had a blood transfusion.
The entire community has pulled together for the Burk family. By Tuesday, June 14, a bank account had been set up for donations, a softball tournament organized, different raffles established and a benefit rodeo was held. All to help offset the cost of medical expenses and travel expenses. Several summer league baseball and softball teams now wear an orange ribbon attached to their uniforms to support Weston. His sister Natalie plays on a Salem summer team.
The Hall Rodeo, LLC Benefit Rodeo was held on Wednesday, June 15 and raised a total of $3,604.95 for Weston and his family.
Several of the above mentioned fundraisers follow:
West Burk Benefit Raffle. Prize will be half a hog to two winners. Drawing will be held on July 20. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available at Burch’s Custom Butchering, Main Street Tire and Lube and Tri County Medical Supply; all of Salem. The hog was donated by Everett Bros. Inc.; processing by Burch’s Custom Butchering. All proceeds go to Weston. For more information contact Tesa Nelson at 870-219-3724, or Lauren Nelson at 870-710-3081.
Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament, Saturday, July 9 at Salem Preacher Roe Field. $150 per team entry fee. Individuals pay $25 to be drafted if you do not have a team, but want to play and support the cause. Concession stand will be open. Proceeds go to Weston. For more information and to sign up, contact: Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Jake Smith, 870-371-0372; or Jeremy Friend, 870-421-0490.
#TEAMWESTON Benefit Raffle. Items to be won include: RTIC 20 quart cooler, RTIC 30 ounce tumbler, RTIC 20 ounce tumbler, RTIC ten ounce tumbler and a RTIC koozie. Tickets are $5 each of five for $20. Five winners will be announced on July 9 at 5 p.m. at the Benefit Tournament. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at Salem Court House Treasurer’s Office – Linda Romine; Tower Hills Guns and More – Calvin and Jamie Maguffee; Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Karen Hall, 870-405-4537; and can be purchased during the tournament.
Change for Weston. Early Horizons Child Development Center in Salem is collecting spare change for Weston. A little bit of “change” can make a big difference.
Whatever. A portion of all sales at Whatever from now until June 25 will be donated to the Burk family for expenses. There is also a donation jar located in the store, which is located on the square in Salem.
Expressions Salon of Salem is selling chances to win a goodie basket which includes: CHI blow dryer, Joico hairspray, Matrix Miracle Creator, Biolage Shampoo and conditioner, American Crew gift set, Redken water wax and a $25 gift certificate. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winner will be drawn July 1. All proceeds go to the Burk family.
Bronze-N-Go Tanning Salon at Skyview in Salem is raffling off a package deal that includes two months tanning, a bottle of lotion and five sessions of red light therapy for Weston. You may pick up tickets at the Salon. They are $3 each or six for $15.
There will be a Car Wash at the Bank of Salem parking lot on July 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is donations with all going to Weston. Contact Heather Friend at 870-421-1802, or Lena Smith at 870-371-0175 if you would like to donate.
Color a Castle for Weston at Palace Drug of Salem. Cost is $1 per sheet with proceeds going to the Burk family.
Razorback Raceway, located at 213 North Walnut Street in Salem, is a one-eighth mile, one-twenty-fourth scale dragstrip for all ages. Razorback Raceway will hold a Race Day on Saturday, July 23 for Weston and his family. There will be a race with all proceeds from food and entry fees going to the Burk family. This race will be for bragging rights, no payout. For more information contact Evert Ellison at 870-291-7603.
There is a benefit account set up at the Bank of Salem. Account name: Weston Gunner Burk Benefit Account. You can mail donations to P.O. Box 338, Salem, AR 72576.
Come together with Salem and show your support for the Burk family while they help Weston fight Leukemia.
To keep up with Weston’s updates and to show your support or say a few encouraging words, there is a Facebook page set up for him under “Prayers for Weston”.

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce has a new place to call home, thanks to the Horseshoe Bend Health Services Board and the City of Horseshoe Bend.
Now located at the entrance to town within eyeshot of Bend Drive, the Chamber offers a large greeting area, a community room, an informational room stocked full of brochures of the area and state, a museum, t-shirts, and souvenirs.
Recent modifications have opened the entranceway with a front desk and a volunteer to greet guests and visitors.
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join them for an Open House on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with special guest, Adam Davis, at the new location. Davis has a lot of experience working with Arkansas tourism, and parks and recreation. He also designed the Chamber’s new logo and website: www.horseshoebend.org.
Refreshments will be served at this free event and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433, or by email at: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com.
The new location for the Chamber of Commerce is 707 Third Street, adjacent to Calabama of Horseshoe Bend, and Taco Jacs, and across the street from Pacesetting Times.
Check this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times to see additional photos, or stop by there on July 8!
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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their next meeting, taking place one week earlier than normal.
This month’s meeting will be on Thursday, June 9 at the MRID Building. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being catered by Smokin’ Butts BBQ, $10 per person. This month’s speaker will be Marcus Turley from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.
Turley is the Membership Development Representative and is responsible for new business development, as well as retention of existing State Chamber/AIA members. He previously worked for the city of Dallas, Texas as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Development Services.

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The 26th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 16 will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort, and R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event.
Tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fees will be $60 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in.
All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Since 2013, the Buddy Bass tournament has raised $6,000 to help their cause.
The Annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 25 years ago upon the request of local fishermen and was then known as the Dogwood Days Buddy Bass Tournament. The tournament has consistently grown with six boats showing up that first year to an average of about 35 boats and is run with less formality than most big league tournaments.
One of the main differences is that the take off is done by drawing numbers versus the date the entries were received. Many of the years have seen pontoon boats mixed in with the decked out bass boats. Contestants are mainly Arkansas and Missouri residents.

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Salem Elementary will have Kindergarten Registration and screening on Friday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. for children turning five on or before August 1, 2016. All parents of incoming students will be required to complete paperwork at Salem Elementary.
Official State Birth Certificate, immunization record, Social Security Card and a complete physical are required for your child to be officially registered.
Please bring the required information on the day of registration.
If you are unable to bring all items on the day of registration, your child can still be screened for kindergarten, but will not be assigned to a kindergarten teacher until all items are brought to school.
If your child does not have a current physical, please ask for a blank physical form at Salem Elementary, to be completed by a physician.
If you have questions, please contact the Salem Elementary office at 870-895-2456.

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by Carrie Johnson
Have you noticed the roadwork between Franklin and Glencoe that has been taking place for the past month or so?
Just wait, there’s more.
The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to State Highway 289, from State Highway 56 (Franklin) to US Highway 62 (Glencoe). Atlas Asphalt, Inc of Batesville has been awarded the contract at $1,258,911.35.
Izard and Fulton County Highway Department personnel have been executing all of the prep work for this project, which is what everyone has been seeing around here lately. As most of you may have noticed, there is now a gravel shoulder-like strip on either side of the highway. As a passerby, they look like new shoulders. In fact, the width you see of the road now will be the new width of the blacktop.
The widened road will make traveling much easier for everyone, including tractor-trailers and vehicles pulling trailers. I’m positive that the boaters heading to Horseshoe Bend lakes and golfers heading to the golf courses will be most appreciative. The improvement will ultimately make travel safer for anyone driving the highway.
Instead of applying the usual chip and seal that Highway 289 has seen for years, the State Highway Department will be overlaying the entire section of the highway, starting at Franklin and working toward Glencoe. Super pave asphalt will be used for the project and has a life-expectancy of at least 20 years.
When the overlay is complete, the Izard and Fulton County Highway Departments will finish up by adding shoulders to the road.
Highway 289 will look like US Highway 62 upon completion. What an improvement!
Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Finalization is expected in mid-2016.
Use precaution when traveling through road construction to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but the workers. Watch for speed limit changes and sudden stops, and keep an eye out for crew members. Leave early for your destination to allow extra time for travel.

The 26th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 16 will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend, the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort, and R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event.
Tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fees will be $60 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in. All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Since 2013, the Buddy Bass tournament has raised $6,000 to help their cause.
Call 870-670-4496 for more information.

The Arkansas Spring Nationals racing event will be held at Batesville Motor Speedway on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26.
ICMA Modifieds and Street Stock will race, ICMA sanctioned National, State and Track Points. There is no entry fee.
Total purse for both days is $23,000. For ICMA Mods, there is $1,000 to win; for Street Stock, there is also $1,000 to win.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. each day; hot laps start at 7 p.m.; races start at 7:30 p.m.; pit passes $30 each day.
Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. with an admission of $10 each day; kids 14 and under are free.
Batesville Motor Speedway is located at 5090 Heber Springs Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550; seven miles west of Batesville. Call the track for more information at 870-251-0011; for promotions and tickets, call 870-613-1337. Visit BMS website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or email them at csstarr2@yahoo.com.

The Awakening Revival
On Saturday, March 26, The Awakening Revival will be held on the Holy Mountain, the highest peak in Horseshoe Bend, Turkey Mountain. Prayer begins at 5 p.m. and the revival will begin at 7 p.m.

Easter Cantata
Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church choir will present the Easter Cantata, Behold the Lamb by Lloyd Larson on Easter Sunday afternoon, March 27 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to end this special day with a musical and narrative journey celebrating God’s priceless gift. A finger food fellowship will follow the performance. First Baptist Church is located at 511 West Church Street.

Easter Sunrise Service
Continuing with the tradition, Reverend David Schaller of Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend will present a Sunrise Service on Easter morning at 6:45 a.m. at Turkey Mountain tennis courts. Everyone is invited to celebrate and share in this Spiritual event. Please bring your chair. Afterwards, coffee and donuts are provided at Faith Presbyterian Church. In the event of rain, the service will be held at the church.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Horseshoe Bend
March 27 – The Resurrection of our Lord, Free Easter Breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. Festive Divine Service with Holy Communion 9 a.m. “Come to the Feast” – Amos 9:11-15.

Pacesetting Times placed second in the coveted Sweepstakes Division in the 2016 Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Advertising Contest.
The state convention awards luncheon was held on Friday, March 11 at the Winrock Rockefeller Institute located at Petit Jean Mountain, with 90 members of the press association in attendance. Publisher Karen Sherrell and husband Randy attended, along with Graphic Designer Carrie Johnson, and Tyler Trivitt.
Pacesetting Times won 12 awards; four first place, three second place, and five third place, to garner the second place Sweepstakes Award.
The newspaper’s first place awards and judge’s comments were:
Best Single Ad, Half Page and Over, Horseshoe Bend Goes Pink, Carrie Johnson, “Creative design;”
Best Single Supplement Ad, Taylor Hearing, Johnson, “The green is effective and ties in with the photo on the page;”
Best Use of Process Color, Southfork River Therapy, Johnson and Karen Sherrell, “Good use of color;”
Most Original Idea, The Buck Stops Here, Sherrell and Johnson, “This is what newspaper advertising is all about, getting people in the store, not a pass by ad, well done.”
Second place awards were:
Best Automotive Classified Ad, Mark Martin Chevrolet-Ash Flat Give Thanks, Johnson and Sherrell; “Great use of color, really great ad layout, clean ad;”
Best Single Ad, Over 10” Under Half Page, Independence County Off Road, Johnson and Sherrell;
Best Festival-Special Event Ad, Dogwood Days Festival; Sherrell and Johnson, “For a festival ad, this really takes the cake. Bold, bright, nice promotional ad, a real eye catcher.”
Third place awards were:
Best Single Ad, Half Page and Over, ARcare, Friendly Faces, Johnson and Sherrell;
Best Single Ad, Over 10” Under Half Page, Sonshine Shoppe, Johnson and Sherrell;
Best Single Supplement Ad, ARcare, Johnson;
Best use of Original Photo, McClung Equipment, Farm Family, Johnson;
Most Original Idea, Tips from a Professional, Sherrell and Johnson.
Members of the Nebraska Press Association selected winners from 12 daily newspapers submitting 448 entries, and 17 weekly newspapers submitting 323 entries.
“We appreciate our customers and subscribers for making this all possible in the first place,” said Karen Sherrell, publisher. “I am so proud of our hard working staff, not only for a job well done and going the extra mile, but for the great customer service they provide.”

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Save the date!
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Dogwood Days Festival on Saturday, May 14.
This year’s event will kick off with a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. There will also be games for the kids, pony rides, food and craft vendors, live music, and much more going on throughout the day, so mark your calendar and make plans to attend.
Local talent scheduled to perform includes The Loft Line Dancers, Austin Pool, and Saved by Grace. Headlining this year will be Grand Ole Opry member, Mike Snider. Snider made his way on the country music scene in the 1980s with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Snider’s show is said to be exciting, funny, moving, easy-going, and above all, honest from his heart.
All festival activities are free of charge, thanks to generous donations from our community. For more information, please contact the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 870-670-5433.

The Ministerial Alliance of Calico Rock announced Holy Week services will be held daily at noon from March 21 through 25. Services will feature music and and the ministry of God’s Word by local pastors. Lunch will be provided following the services, which will be held at the United Methodist Church, 1611 Hwy. 56 in Calico Rock. Easter Sunday, March 27, Sunrise Service will be held at the water tower on the bluffs overlooking the White River at 6:30 a.m. weather permitting. Otherwise, the service will be held at the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1007 Hwy. 56.

Fulton County local results
Treasurer
Seth Jones 815, 57.39%
Boyd Dailey 605, 42.61%

Coroner
Steven C. Barker 818, 58.64% Melissa James 577, 41.36%

Sharp County local results
Judge
Dustin Rogers 583, 63.78%
Phillip D. Hood 330, 36.22%

The 13th annual Yard Sale, sponsored by the Independence County Extension Homemakers Club, will be held Saturday, March 5 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Commercial Building located adjacent to the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville.
Over 60 vendors will offer a variety of baked good, collectibles, to whatever.
Admission is $1 per person, ages 12 and up. Admission if free for ages 11 and under.
Snacks and drinks will be available, and there will be free parking.
For more information, call Barbara May 870-834-9608, or Doris Wood 870-384-0211.

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The Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Pageant will be February 28 at 1 p.m. at the Cave City High School cafeteria and is open to boys 0-3 and girls 0-21. There is not a residency requirement. Contact Elizabeth Thomason for forms and details at 501-920-8924 and on Facebook.
The Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 19. There will be carnival games for the kiddos, vendors, live music and of course the traditional Irish Stew! Vendors will start around 11 a.m. and parade will be at 1 p.m.
There are door prizes and cash prizes given through out the day. Anyone wanting to reserve a booth space, or enter their float, tractor or horse in the parade may contact Dusty Westmoreland at 870-291-0475.

The Photography Club at the Arts Center of North Arkansas will have its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, February 20, at 10 a.m. Topic for the meeting is, “Learning your Camera” and members are asked to bring their cameras. Tom Helfert will lead the discussion for the meeting held at The Arts Center in Town Center, Cherokee Village. Visitors are welcome, and local photographers are invited to join. The Photography Club is a non-profit organization.

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NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Jeremy Brown, a senior at Salem High School, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Crowley Ridge College in Paragould on a Golf Scholarship on Thursday, February 11 at the Salem High School Library. Jeremy is the son of Nick and Sandy Brown of Horseshoe Bend.

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LITTLE MISS AND LITTLE MISTER: The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their Annual Valentine Pageant on Tuesday, February 9 at the Salem High School Gymnasium during the Salem-ICC Basketball game. The winners of the Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant include: Second Runner-Up Ms. Aldridge’s First Grade: Natalie Burk the daughter of Cassi and Joey Burk and Keaton Zeigler the son of Carrie Johnson and Tate Zeigler; First Runner-Up Ms. Barker’s Second Grade: Allison Stone the daughter of Melanie and Jeremy Stone and Kamden Barker the son of Nikki Barker; Winner Ms. Edwards Third Grade: Lilly Summerhill the daughter of Jeff Summerhill and Skyler Payne the son of Bailey and Lincoln Payne. Photo/C.Johnson

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