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

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


A Flippin man, 38 year old Kelly Joe Hancock, was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday, February 7 during a traffic stop in Mountain Home.
Baxter County Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell stopped the vehicle Hancock was a passenger in for an equipment violation. The deputy observed the violation on U. S. Highway 62B in Mountain Home and conducted the stop. The driver pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The passenger was Hancock. A firearm was observed in open view inside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was on active supervised probation. Deputies decided to conduct a search.
A subsequent search of Hancock by Sgt. Dwight Duch uncovered a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine from Hancock’s right front pocket. This was later weighed out at approximately 3.2 grams. Hancock was also found to be in possession of metal knuckles, which are prohibited by law to possess.
Hancock was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of: possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) – felony; criminal use of prohibited weapon – misdemeanor.
Hancock was released on $15,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer these charges on February 23.


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.”

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.

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.

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.


by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 19.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski and City Attorney Jim Short.
All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and Mayor Bob Barnes led in prayer.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve the November minutes, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the November Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion carried unanimously. Committee Reports were given from the Public Works Department, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Code Enforcement, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Recycling Center and the Library.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
The first item on the agenda under unfinished business was Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl). Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 on its third and final reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes then entertained a motion to pass Ordinance 2016-02. Yow so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes entertained a motion to accept the bid from Bethune Painting Inc. of Jonesboro to paint City Hall. Moser so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion carried unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to place stop signs and warning signs on Ivory Lane by Crown Point Resort. The estimated cost is $400. McKnight so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow who voted no. Motion passed.
Under new business, Barnes entertained a motion to approve the 2017 City Finance and City Council meeting schedule. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to approve Resolution 2016-08 (To Pass and Approve the Budget for the City of Horseshoe Bend beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017). Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Luther Yancey and David Seibert appeared before the council to be considered for the position of Alderman in Ward 1 left vacant by Chris Miller. Both candidates had previously served on the City Council. The Aldermen voted one for Seibert and six for Yancey.
Barnes appointed Yancey to serve on the City Council effective January 1. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Moser so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously. Barnes thanked Seibert for applying to the position.
Barnes announced that Oath of Office would take place on Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. He then went on to thank the City Council, Short, and Grabowski for their service to the city this term and gave his appreciation for the work they have accomplished.
“It truly has been an honor to serve with y’all this last term, I’m looking forward to the next two years. Y’all have done a great job, together we have accomplished a lot. I’m proud of what we have done,” said Barnes.
Yow added, “I just want to say it has been a pleasure working with you Mr. Mayor. I think we have done a lot of good and I look forward to a good two years ahead and being able to accomplish more for the City of Horseshoe Bend, all of us working together.”
With no further business to come before the council, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

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by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council met in regular session at the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent were Aldermen Chris Miller, Tom Richardson and City Attorney Jim Short.
Barnes lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve September minutes as corrected, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously. The correction made to the September minutes is as follows: Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) on its second reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Grochowski and McKnight voting no. Motion failed.
Yow moved to accept the September Treasurer’s Report seconded by Moser. All voted in favor.
Committee Reports were read from Public Works Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Code Enforcement and the Recycling Center.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
Under unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) by title only. Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and put it on the second reading by title only, Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of McKnight voting no. Motion passed.
Due to the passing of Alan Fahrenberg, Barnes appointed Carol Fahrenberg as Crown Street Improvement District Commissioner to complete the term. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment, Grochowski so moved, seconded by Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Pat Behrndt, owner of Crown Point Resort, addressed the City Council requesting the city consider placing either speed bumps or stop signs and flashing lights on Ivory Lane to slow down speeding traffic in front of the resort. “We’ve been having a real problem with traffic,” said Behrndt. He explained that his first choice would be to place speed bumps on the road but Grabowski said that it would hinder snow removal. “It’s definitely going to limit you on snow removal, for sure,” said Donny Dawson, Pubic Works Director for Horseshoe Bend.
Behrndt then requested the city make a four way stop at the entrance of the resort. “I just don’t know any other answer,” said Behrndt.
“If people know they have to stop there, it will detour a lot of traffic,” he said. McKnight moved to defer Behrndt’s request to the Finance Committee for further discussion and consideration, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Behrndt then addressed the council about his desire to install park models along the lake front of Crown Point. He was advised by Barnes that his request must be taken before the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl) on its first reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Next on the agenda was to allocate funds to paint the outside metal trim of the City Hall building.
Dawson said that the people coming to give a bid are supposed to come one day this week. McKnight moved to approve the beautification of City Hall by painting the trim and directing Dawson to obtain bids for the project, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow voting no. Motion passed.
Barnes entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2016-07 (Certifying 2016 Millage Rates), Yow so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Barnes stated that the Millage Rates would stay the same.
Barnes proclaimed October 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Proclamation. Grabowski read the Proclamation to all in attendance.
The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on November 9.
With no other business to come before the Council, Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. All were in favor. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

OPEN: Hwy 289, located between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe, is now open, following repairs to a bridge which began October 10. Photo/C. Johnson road

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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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by Karen Sherrell
The filing deadline for municipal office was Friday, August 19 at noon, and the following candidates and eleven municipal races have been announced in the tri county area.
IZARD COUNTY — In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson both seek the position. Teresa Orrick has filed for Ward 1, Position 2; Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Marty McKnight, Ward 3, Position 1; O.G. “Sonny” Minze, Ward 3, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles will vie for the seat. Jackie Coggans has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; and Stacy Stanford, for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Bill Wright, Ward 1, Position 1; Warren Smith Ward 1, Position 2; Laura Sipe, Ward 2, Position 2; Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Ernest F. Lamb III, Ward 4, Position 1; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; and Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Franklin for Alderman: Dennis Taylor, William N. Long, Sue Smith, and Randy Morris. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stevie Smith.
In Guion for Alderman: Leslie Piel, James Roberts, Dale W. Piel, and Randy Engles. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stacie Engles.
In Oxford for Alderman: Lagena Louise McBride, Billy McBride, Renee Everett, Lawrence T. Savell Jr., Amy Stevenson, Randy Sherrell, and Mike McCandlis. For Recorder/Treasurer, Bonnie J. Moss.
SHARP COUNTY — In Ash Flat, a race has emerged for Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2 between Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby; and in Ward 2, Position 2, between Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw. Fred Goodwin has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Sean Himschoot, Ward 2, Position 1; Annette Wolverton, Ward 3, Position 2; and Charlotte Goodwin, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Cave City, both Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier seek the Alderman seat in Ward 1, Position 2. Hana Smith has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Jonas Anderson, Ward 2, Position 1; Eddie Johnson, Ward 2, Position 2; Richard Hawkins, Ward 3, Position 1; Tammy Smith, Ward 3, Position 2; John Ables, Ward 4, Position 1; and Anthony D. King, Ward 4, Position 2.
In Cherokee Village for Alderman, Pamela Rowland, Ward 1, Position 1; Bill Circle, Ward 2, Position 1; Leslie J. Covington, Ward 3, Position 1; Rob Smith, Ward 4, Position 1; and Stephanie Johnson for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Evening Shade for Alderman, John H. Wolfe, Ward 1, Position 2; Billy D. Qualls, Ward 2, Position 1; Angela Haley, Ward 2, Position 2; Eva J. Haley, Ward 3, Position 1; and Dwight Sharp, Ward 3, Position 2.
In Hardy for Alderman, a race has emerged between Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice for Ward 1, Position1. A three-way race for Ward 1, Position 2 includes Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland. For Ward 2, Position 2, two candidates have filed, Corey Gilliland and David Bathrick. Bruce Thurow has filed for Ward 2, Position 1; Raymond Hicks, Ward 3, Position 1; Sue Taylor, Ward 3, Position 2; and Myranda Hobbs, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Highland for Alderman, Both Melody Brink and David Harris seek the Ward 3, Position 1 seat. Mary Jo Clark filed for Ward 1, Position1; Randy Hutchinson, Ward 1, Position 2; Dennis Burton, Ward 2, Position 1; Ty Casey, Ward 2, Position 2; Joe Black, Ward 3, Position 2; Kenneth Massey, Ward 4, position 1; Jack Kimbrell, Ward 4, Position 2; and Mary Ruth Wiles, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Williford for Alderman, Ambie Lester, Position 4; and Suzanne Fowler, Position 5.
FULTON COUNTY — In Mammoth Spring for Alderman, two races have emerged. Joan Baker and Adam Davis have filed for Ward 2, Position 1. A three-way race for Ward 2, Position 2 includes Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Charles Vaughn has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; and Wilma Rogers, Ward 1, Position 2.
In Viola for Alderman, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen both seek the Position 4 seat. Dennis Harber filed for Position 1, Robert L. Wray, Position 2; Duane Barber, Position 3; and Vearl Downum, Position 5.

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IZARD COUNTY — Municipal candidate filings as of Friday, August 12 are listed.
In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Jackie Coggans, Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Fredrick Blickle, Ward 4, Position 1, Ricky Knowles, Ward 4, Position 1; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; Stacy Stanford, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
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.

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IZARD COUNTY — Municipal candidate filings as of Friday, August 12 are listed.
In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Jackie Coggans, Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Fredrick Blickle, Ward 4, Position 1, Ricky Knowles, Ward 4, Position 1; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; Stacy Stanford, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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The first day for independent candidates to file that are seeking municipal offices with a mayor-council form of government, is Friday, July 29.
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.
Filings for municipal office will include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Anyone wishing to vote in the General Election in November needs to register by the October 10 deadline. This year marks the Presidential election.
To register to vote, contact your county clerk, or the Arkansas Secretary of State, Elections Division at 800-482-1127. You may request an application through the mail. Forms are available at Pacesetting Times news office as well.
Online users may download the Arkansas Voter Registration Form at the Arkansas Secretary of State website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections.
To register to vote in Arkansas, you must: be a U.S. citizen, be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you will vote), be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election, not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned, and not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Fill out an application to register to vote at your local: County clerk’s office in your home county; State Revenue Office, Driver Services (pick up a paper form or ask for your information to be transmitted electronically); Public library or Arkansas State Library; Public assistance agency; Disability agency; Military recruitment office; Arkansas National Guard; or Voter registration drive.
You must provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration application, or check the box in #9 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number.
If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting: Current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address, or another government document that shows your name and address.
If you have not received voter verification from your county clerk, be sure to confirm your registration before Election Day.

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%

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by Karen Sherrell
Early voting began for the Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Elections on February 16, and will continue through February 29. Election Day is March 1.
Voters in all counties will choose Democratic or Republican ballots to pick their candidates.
In ballot order, Democratic candidates for U.S. President are Hillary Clinton, John Wolfe, Bernie Sanders, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, James Valentine, and Martin J. O’Malley.
On the Republican ballot for U.S. President, candidates are Donald J. Trump, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, John R. Kasich, and Mike Huckabee. As of February 11, several Republican candidates have announced they are no longer seeking the presidency, including Christie, Santorum, Huckabee, Fiorina, Paul, and Graham. For U.S. Senate, candidates are Curtis Coleman and Senator John Boozman.
In the tri-county area, in addition to the U.S. and state races, a few local races have emerged, and early voting locations and precincts have been announced.
IZARD COUNTY – Early voting is underway at Ozarka College in Melbourne, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
In addition to the Ozarka College site, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Horseshoe  Bend will have early voting, two days only, Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, March 1, with polls open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The following are the voting precincts and sites in Izard County: Absentee voting, Izard County Courthouse; Big Spring, Lafferty, and Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant Community Building; Boswell, Sylamore and Twin Creek, Ruthie Mountain Fire Dept.; Brockwell and Newburg, Senior Center; Calico Rock and Claiborne, Calico Rock City Hall; Dolph and Pineville, Pineville Fire Station; Franklin, Myron, and Wiseman, Old Franklin City Hall; Gid and Guion, Reeve’s Cemetery Building; Horseshoe Bend, St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Knob Creek, Lacrosse, Larkin, Melbourne and Sage, Ozarka College; Oxford and Wideman, Oxford City Hall; Strawberry and Zion, Zion Community Building; and Violet Hill, Violet Hill Gym.
FULTON COUNTY – Contests in Fulton County for the March 1 primary include two local Democratic races. For Coroner, candidates are Steven Barker, Incumbent, and Melissa James; and for Treasurer, candidates are Boyd Dailey and Seth Jones, Incumbent.
Early voting hours at the Fulton County Clerk’s office will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, from Feb. 16 to 27. On Monday, Feb. 29, hours are 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
In addition to the courthouse site, early voting will be held at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring on Friday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Polling places on Election Day in Fulton County are: for Alton, and Mammoth Spring, Mammoth Spring Fire Station; Benton and Union, Salem City Hall; Cherokee Village, Omaha Center; Cleveland, Byron Community Building; Fulton and Mt. Calm, Viola City Hall; Myatt, Saddle Community Building; Pleasant Ridge, Agnos Community Building; Southfork and Wilson, Camp Fire Station; Strawberry, Morriston Fire Station #2; Vidette and Big Creek, Gepp Fire Station; and Washington, Sturkie Fire Station.
SHARP COUNTY – Races in Sharp County during the Primary Election on the Republican ballot are for County Judge, Dustin Rogers and Phillip D. Hood.
On the Democratic ballot, for Constable District 1, Israel Hester and Kevin Deinst in only these precincts, Upper North, Lower North, Hardy and North Union.­
Polling places on Election Day in Sharp County are: Big Creek and Scott, Grange Fire Station; Cave, Community Center Cave City; Cherokee, City Hall Cherokee Village; Davidson, Liberty Hill Church; East Sullivan, Church Building Maxville Community; Hardy, Hardy Fire Station; Highland, City Hall Highland; Jackson, North Lebanon, South Union, Williford Fire Station; Lave Creek, Camp Ground Community Building; Lower North and Upper North, Fire Station at Wirth; Morgan, Center Fire Department; North Big Rock, South Big Rock, and Strawberry, Poughkeepsie Fire Department; North Unioin, Hilltop Community Building; Ozark, Ozark Acres Clubhouse; Piney Fork, Faith Assembly of god Church; Richwood, Sharp County Courthouse Courtroom; south Lebanon, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church; Washington, Faith Assembly of God Church, Evening Shade; Maxville, Church Building, Cave City; West Sullivan, Sidney Community Center.
In the Non-Partisan Judicial Election which will be found on both party ballots March 1, for State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Position 1, candidates are State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and Judge Dan Kemp; for State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 5, Judge Shawn A. Womack and Clark W. Wilson; for Court of Appeals Associate Judge District 02, Judge Mike Murphy and Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland.
Unofficial results will be posted at the county courthouses following the receipt of all votes from county precincts.
Primary Election winners will move on to the General Election in November to face Independent candidates. At that time, voters are allowed to choose which party they wish to vote for, no matter their ballot choice during the March 1 Primary.
Election results will be listed online at www.pacesettingtimesonline.com following the unofficial tally.

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It is time again to renew Annual Business Licenses. Come into City Hall to renew for 2016, 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 payment and current changes.
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 ($100.00) dollars nor more than Two Hundred ($200.00) dollars for each separate violation.”
Also due for 2016 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for pets that are not spayed or neutered. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.

The Oxford City Council met November 2 and approved the purchase of a rescue vehicle by the Oxford Fire Department.
The meeting began at 7 p.m. with all council members present, along with Mayor Greg Stuart and Recorder/Treasurer Bonnie Moss.
Stuart reported on a possible purchase of a 2006 4×4 Chevy one ton. Fire Chief Alan Estes was unable to attend the meeting.
“The vehicle has work boxes on the sides and can haul a 350 gallon polytank,” said Stuart. The vehicle cost is $16,000 and is for sale at Campbell’s Auto Sales in Melbourne. “The fire department has $10,000 that can be used for the purchase, and still leave money in their account. They can borrow the remainder and make payments,” said Stuart. Councilman Billy McBride made a motion to approve the purchase of the vehicle by the fire department, seconded by Councilwoman Amy Stevenson. All council members unanimously approved the purchase.
Stuart told the council that a Rural Services Block Grant was available for up to $75,000, with a 10% match, that could be used for renovating the fire station, vehicles, equipment, protective clothing and other items. This grant would have to be submitted by an official grant writer. Council asked Stuart to find out costs associated with the grant, before pursuing the grant as an option to defray the cost of the vehicle.
Street and Water Reports were given by Superintendent Micah Walker. City workers have fixed two leaks, finished the Aquiar project, painted the pavilion at the city park, and cleaned and painted the concession stand. Minor repairs were done on nine sewer calls, and the sewer program is continuing. Walker reported he is waiting for the ground to settle at the culvert project on Campground Road, with more repair to the area. The new replacement fire hydrant has been received to be installed between Whispering Pines and Green Acres.

State Senator Linda Collins-Smith will be the featured speaker at the Spring River Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, November 17 at noon at the HaHoo Mongolian Grill in Hardy. Guests are welcome to attend this meeting. For more information call the Chamber office 870-856-3210 or email sracc@centurytel.net.

Filing dates for candidates with party affiliation begin in November, for inclusion in the state’s Preferential Primary election March 1, 2016.
Party filing period will begin November 2 at noon and will end November 9 noon.
November 2 is also the start of the period when a person desiring to have their name placed on the ballot as an independent candidate to file petitions, and all necessary affidavits and pledges.
These filing dates do not apply to municipal filings which begin in July 2016. County offices such as sheriff, judge, clerk, assessor, collector, coroner and justice of the peace party affiliates need to file.
The deadline for the ballot draw will be December 3. The order by which names of the candidates shall appear on the ballot shall be determined at a public meeting of the county board.
January 4, 2016 is the deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the primary election.
Deadline to register to vote in the March 1 preferential primary and non-partisan elections is February 1, 2016.
The Arkansas legislature voted to move the state’s primary election from its traditional May date to March 1.
Fulton County Election Filing Period
Candidates for County, Municipal and Township offices should file during regular office hours with Fulton County Clerk Vickie Bishop at the Courthouse in Salem. Each candidate must file a DPA Political Practices Pledge.
Filing for membership in the Fulton County Central Committee is also open during the filing period. The membership fee for the county committee is $20 for a two-year period (2016-2017). The committee membership is open to all Fulton County Democrats.
For additional information contact County Clerk Vickie Bishop at 870-895-3310 or County Secretary Carolyn Lewis at 870-895-2491.
Izard County Election Filing Period
Izard County candidates should file with Izard County Clerk Shelly Downing at the Courthouse in Melbourne.
For additional information, contact Downing at 870-368-4316.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors.
Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson of Mount Sterling, Illinois, will be buried Aug. 29, in Mountain View, Ark.
Richardson was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, and was the passenger aboard an UH-1H Iroquois (Huey) helicopter that was en route to Fire Support Base Katum, South Vietnam, when it was diverted due to bad weather. After flying into Cambodian airspace, the aircraft came under heavy enemy ground fire, causing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. The Huey’s four crewmen and its four passengers survived the landing. Richardson died at the site of the crash during a fire fight with enemy forces. His remains were not recovered.
For 16 years, joint U.S./Cambodian teams investigated the site without success. On Feb. 18, 2009, a joint team interviewed witnesses in the Memot District of Cambodia who claimed to have information on the loss. The witnesses identified a possible burial site for the unaccounted for servicemen. The team excavated the burial site but was unsuccessful locating the remains.
From Jan. 16, 2010 to March 11, 2011, joint U.S./Cambodian teams excavated the area, but were unsuccessful recovering the crewman’s remains.
In February 2012, another joint U.S./Cambodian team re-interviewed two of the witnesses. The witnesses identified a secondary burial site near the previously excavated site. The team excavated the secondary burial site and recovered human remains and military gear from a single grave.
In the identification of Richardson, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) analyzed circumstantial evidence and used forensic identification tools, to include mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister.
MAJ Richardson’s remains are scheduled to arrive at Little Rock, on Thursday, August 27, and be escorted to Mountain View. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 29, at 2 p.m. at Flatwoods Missionary Baptist Church in Mountain View. Borne by U.S. Army pallbearers, Dale will be accorded full military honors and interred near his parents in Flatwoods Cemetery.richardson
Today there are 1,627 American service members that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

The Emergency Medical Services Board of Izard County will have their quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22, in the courtroom at the Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
For questions, please contact Michelle Gray at 870-291-2515.

Every ten years Cherokee Village celebrates the diverse culture and history of their community.
This year marks the 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary and Cherokee Village is planning the biggest celebration ever!
The celebration/reunion will span three days, June 12 through 14, and will include a parade, live music, boat tours, kids activities – bounce houses, carnival games, face painting; arts and crafts, teen mixers, golf tournaments and a street dance just to name a few. Someone will win the Diamond in the Ozarks Treasure Hunt™ grand prize, a diamond valued up to $5,000! A very special moment will happen Saturday morning, June 13 with a parade and procession of flags from every state in the nation and some 20 countries representing the property owners of Cherokee Village.
A Diamond in the Ozarks Treasure Hunt™ is sponsored by St. Bernards Healthcare and Sissy’s Log Cabin will be held from noon to 6 p.m. following the parade.
Sapphire sponsors are FNBC Bank and WRMC Medical Complex.
Treasure Hunt General Rules
There is only one entry per person, per treasure hunt. All completed, signed and dated ‘Treasure Hunt Entry Forms’ must be turned in at Registration Booth by 7 p.m., Saturday, June 13. Minors under 18 must have their entry forms signed by their parent or guardian prior to submission for the drawing.
Contestants have six hours in which to explore and discover Cherokee Village in this unique Treasure Hunt designed to provide you with activity, entertainment, adventure and one chance at winning a diamond valued at $5,000. You must be present to win. The winning entry will be drawn at approximately 8 p.m. during the ‘Rewind the 50s’ Sock Hop Dance.
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Available now or at the celebration: A Diamond in the Ozarks Treasure Hunt™ Map and Official Treasure Hunt Entry Form at the Registration booth located in Celebration Central, which is located across from City Hall in Cherokee Village. Decide which of the five treasure hunts fits your lifestyle and plan to make it a day enjoying the amenities and hearing about our Village.
At each stop on your hunt, YOU MUST get your Treasure Hunt Entry Form stamped by the staff on hand AFTER you take time to enjoy, see and hear about the site. Official rules and regulations are located on the Treasure Hunt Entry Form. Maps can be picked up at Carol’s Lakeview Restaurant, City Hall, First Community Bank, FNBC Bank, King-Rhodes, the Senior Lodge, S.I.D., Triple D Package Store and the Welcome Center at Cherokee Village. Other locations include Curves at Highland, the Red Mule, Best Western, Horton’s Music, The Ozark Mall and Clary Fitness at Ash Flat.
A free movie on the history of Cherokee Village will be held at the Omaha Center on Thursday, June 11 at 10 a.m. and then again at 2 p.m.
On Friday, June 12 events will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. beginning with a Dedication Ceremony. A Campfire Sing-Along will begin at 7 p.m. featuring Doug Driesel on the grounds at Old Kia Kima, Teen Mingle, Kidsz Zone, Wine and Beer Garden sponsored by Triple D Package Store, and The Mystix in concert at 7 p.m. featuring Dennis Horton & Guys.
Lake Thunderbird Queen Tours will be conducted June 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a nearly 45 minute ride around the lake. Those interested can enjoy a Drop in Golf Tournament both days as well, and compete for prizes, all sponsored by Cherokee Village S.I.D. Horseshoe Pitching will be held both days: 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday.
A Mobile Vet Center for veterans will be open at 9 a.m. at Celebration Central.
A Time to Shine Parade sponsored by First Community Bank, begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 with the Treasure Hunt to follow. The parade will begin at Carol’s Lakeview Restaurant, travel down Iroquois to Town Center, turn left at the Village Repair Station and continue through the Cherokee Village Town Homes, ending at King Rhodes parking lot. At 1:30 p.m. enjoy music by Judah’s Groove Temple, then at 3 p.m. enjoy music by Bonafide String Band. At 5:30 p.m. Maybe April will perform. Rewind at the 50’s Sock Hop Dance, sponsored by Clary Fitness, will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with prizes awarded for Best Costumes and dances.
On Sunday, June 14 from noon to 3:30 p.m. a barbeque luncheon and recognition ceremony will be held at Celebration Central. The Tri County Board of REALTORS will hold Open Houses throughout Cherokee Village from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Most importantly this Diamond Jubilee Celebration is the opportunity for the national and international community that is Cherokee Village to reunite with friends and old acquaintances. Please make your plans now to be a part of the celebration.
Come early, bring your lawn chair and relax and enjoy!

Fitness icon, Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils has declared war on childhood obesity. To help combat this disease, he is bringing the Foundation’s multi-million dollar physical fitness campaign to Arkansas and has engaged Governor Hutchinson to partner in this effort. The campaign encourages elementary and middle school educators to think outside the box by implementing innovative ideas in fitness and nutrition for its students. The nomination process is open at www.natgovfit.org and will run through mid June. Three schools, selected by the National Foundation, will be deemed National Champion Schools and will each be awarded a $100,000 state-of-the-art Live Positively Fitness Centers for their efforts.
“I am honored to partner with Jake Steinfeld to bring the National Champion Schools campaign to Arkansas schools,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Jake and the Foundation have done incredible work around the country in the fight against childhood obesity, and I am excited that he has chosen Arkansas to take part in this campaign. Childhood obesity is a significant problem in this great state. I believe this program is a step in the right direction for getting our kids fit and healthy, and I would encourage every elementary and middle school in the state to take part in the nomination process. Three schools in the state will become the recipient of a brand new fitness center, but every school participating in the process will be setting their students on the path to a healthier tomorrow.”
The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program is set apart from other initiatives because it does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding, making it even more attractive to cash-strapped states. Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies like The Coca-Cola Company and Nike. In addition, TuffStuff Fitness International equips all of the fitness centers. The National Foundation’s goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.
“When you have the right tools and the inspiration, anything is possible. Today, we are changing the way our kids think about fitness and physical activity. We are changing their habits and in the process changing their lives! And now, Arkansas schools have a great opportunity to make a change that will have a lasting impact on kids well into their future. Academics and fitness go hand in hand. We are not only building bodies, but most importantly we are building confidence self esteem in these terrific kids. By placing fitness centers in elementary and middle schools, we are certain to see positive, healthy changes. Our children are our most precious resource and by providing them with a strong foundation in health and fitness, we can feel confident that they will excel beyond their wildest dreams,” said Steinfeld.
Physical activity and exercise are shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases, enhance individual health and quality of life and reduce health care costs.

by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend voted to continue the City’s contract with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) during the December council meeting.
The contract with ICSO will continue for four years, through December 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $243,600 for 2015, or $20,300 a month; $247,254 for 2016; $250,962 for 2017; and $254,726 for 2018. Contract rates reflect a 1.5% annual increase as called for in the contract.
ICSO took over the jurisdiction of Horseshoe Bend in September of 2013 signing a 16 month contract at that time, for $240,000 a year. One of three Horseshoe Bend officers hired by ICSO still remains employed by the county, Michael Smith. City Council voted 6-2 in July 2013 to approve the county contract, following a heated discussion, with over 150 residents attending that meeting.
The new agreement was signed on December 15 and ICSO will continue to provide 24/7 full public safety services for the city of Horseshoe Bend, with the county furnishing and supplying all necessary labor, supervision, equipment, communications and dispatching facilities necessary to maintain the level of service to be rendered.
The city will provide utilities for the sheriff’s substation located downstairs at city hall.
The agreement between the city and ICSO may be terminated by either party upon a 60-day written notice. Future contract agreements will be for a period of five years.

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes has his eye on achieving several goals over his next four years in office, including promoting the development of an assisted living center, and implementing a rental property inspection program.
“The City of Horseshoe Bend wants our citizens to know that city government is responsive to its citizens and their needs, and that our highest priority is to provide them with appropriate service levels through the implementation of this four year plan,” wrote Barnes in the introduction of his plan covering the years 2015 through 2018.
Pick up the January 14 edition of the Pacesetting Times to read the full plan!

by Karen Sherrell
An Izard County Consolidated High School teacher that resigned in April following a suspension, has received a written warning from the State Board of Education, November 13.
Matthew O. Orf accepted the recommendation by the Arkansas Professional Licensure Standards Board of a written warning on September 18.
He will not be re-hired at ICC according to Superintendent Fred Walker.
See the full story in the November 26 edition of Pacesetting Times.

At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, President Barack Obama plans to address the nation on immigration reform, one of the most politically explosive issues of his presidency. It’s a major speech, one in which Obama is expected to announce sweeping immigration reform, including a plan to protect up to 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The White House even promoted the upcoming speech in a Facebook video.
ABC, NBC, and CBS have signaled that they won’t be carrying the president’s speech.
CNN and PBS will carry the 8 p.m. address, and so will all the other cable news channels. And Univision, the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the United States, will be translating it and airing it live.
Administration officials put out feelers this week and determined that the networks would be reluctant to hand over the air time, so the officials decided not to formally request it from ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Those requests, when made by the White House, are essentially always granted.
The White House may have honed in on Thursday night because of Univision’s planned telecast of the Latin Grammys.

A public meeting will be held on December 11 concerning the Strawberry River Watershed, according to the Izard County Extension Office.
The forum is for community members to discuss water pollution issues specific to the Strawberry River Watershed. The watershed includes communities in Fulton, Izard, Lawrence and Sharp Counties.
Forum participants will be asked to discuss local water quality concerns, to identify priorities for reducing pollution from runoff and about who should be involved in those efforts. The forum is an extension of an annual stakeholder meeting that the UA Division of Agriculture’s Public Policy Center holds each year in partnership with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, which is responsible for developing and implementing programs to address nonpoint source water pollution in the state. December’s forum is a local opportunity for people to get engaged in addressing water issues.
The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Ozarka College, Student Center Room AFSC104, 64 College Dr., in Ash Flat.
For more information about the community forum or to RSVP, Call Amanda Philyaw Perez at 501-671-2228 or you can e-mail your RSVP to publicpolicycenter@uaex.edu.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Spring River Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will held November 15 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center in Highland.
At this time 40 businesses are participating. The SRACC invites everyone to come out and check out the Expo and support the Local Business Community, and participate in the food drive.
For additional information, contact SRACC at 870-856-3210, or email sracc@centurytel.net or fax 870-856-3320.

There will be a recount on the Horseshoe Bend Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman race, Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at the Izard County Courthouse courtroom, in Melbourne.

by Karen Sherrell
The midterm election yielded a few surprises and upsets for some candidates, some winning by only a few votes, and voters sent a resounding message to Congress. Democrats have relinquished their control over the Senate, and Republicans retained control of the House as well.
In Arkansas, Republican candidates faired well in state races with Asa Hutchinson winning the Governor’s seat; Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor; Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General; Mark Martin, Secretary of State; Dennis Milligan, State Treasurer; Andrea Lea, Auditor of State; and John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands.
Linda Collins-Smith won her bid for State Senate District 19 winning each of the five counties she represents: Fulton, Izard, Independence, Sharp and Randolph. Collins-Smith garnered 2,575 in Izard County over Democratic opponent James McLean’s 1,735.
Republican candidate Michelle Gray upset incumbent Tommy Wren (D), winning the State Representative District 62 seat, covering Izard, Sharp, Stone and Independence counties. Wren won in Izard County 2,238 to Gray’s 2,127, but lost to Gray in the other three counties.
Izard County showed a 57% voter turnout, a high number for a midterm election.
In Horseshoe Bend the number was even higher. Sixty-seven percent of the registered voters in Horseshoe Bend turned out to vote, and re-elected Bob Barnes their mayor. Barnes had a narrow victory of 31 votes; 414 votes to opponent Chuck Spangler’s 383. Barnes won in Wards 1, 2 and 3, with the following votes; Ward 1, 48-46; Ward 2, 133-111; Ward 3, 86-75. Spangler took Ward 4 with four votes, 151-147.
Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman in Horseshoe Bend was a close race, with incumbent John Grochowski taking the victory by only two votes. Grochowski garnered 143 votes to opponent Butch Van Zandt’s 141.
Rhonda Halbrook won the mayor’s seat in Melbourne over Mike Cone, 387-285. Halbrook is the first woman to serve as mayor of Melbourne for over 40 years. Halbrook told Pacesetting Times she’s not the first woman to hold that office in Melbourne, with Jan Lawrence serving in the 1970’s, and a woman filling in the duties of mayor during WWII.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence retained his office with 2,813 votes over Republican Walter Hagan’s 1,549. Bryant K. Lamb won Gid Constable over Kelly Anderson, 50-35. Kathy Roberts is the Mayor of Guion, defeating Larry Pittman 19-15.
Greg Stuart won the mayor’s seat in Oxford over incumbent Steve Stevenson in a close race, 107-100. Thomas Norvold defeated incumbent Jetta Peters in a close race for Oxford Ward 4, Position 1 council seat, 102-99.

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HAGAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY: Walter R. Hagan announces his candidacy for Izard County Sheriff. “I honestly believe that if the citizens of Izard County could and would work more closely together with the department, we could solve an awful lot of our drug and other crime problems. The department needs to take more serious the anonymous reports from public and minor crimes (if there is such a thing) and follow up on them. I’m an ordinary working man with family and roots in Izard County for over 30 years. I have run a family business for over 40 years. I have been a Christian since November 1979. I’m not running for sheriff for the money or the power, but to protect mine and your families from the illegal drugs as well as other crimes in OUR county. From the bottom of my heart, I want to make the sheriff’s department more honorable and the homes in our county a safe place to live. I would appreciate your vote on November 4th. if you have any questions or comments, please call me at 870-297-8019.” Paid Political Ad

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FORUM ATTENDEES: Municipal Candidates attended the Pacesetting Times’ Candidates Forum on Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. (l to r) Butch Van Zandt, John Grochowski, Chuck Spangler and Bob Barnes. Photo/C.Johnson
by Karen Sherrell
Early voting for the November 4 General Election has begun, with voters taking advantage of shorter wait times.
In Izard County, 470 votes have been cast by Monday, Oct. 27. Early voting continues at Ozarka College in Melbourne through November 3. Off site early voting will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Contested races in Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook.
In Guion for Mayor, Kathy Roberts and Larry Lynn Pittman.
In Oxford for Mayor, Stephen M. Stevenson, appointed incumbent, and Greg Stuart; Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters, incumbent, and Thomas Norvold.
In Fulton County, for County Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) and Terry Dailey (I).
In Salem for Mayor, Charles Owens, and Daniel Busch (D).
In Mammoth Spring, for Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, Charles Vaughn, Rose Pierce, and Wilma Rogers; Ward 2 Position 1, Peggy Smith, Joan Baker; Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Adam Davis.
In Sharp County, for County Judge, Phillip D. Hood (R), and Larry W. Brown (I); Coroner, Doug Wortham, incumbent, and Nathan W. Circle (I); Cherokee Village, District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) and Robert L. “Bob” Russell (D).

Sample Ballots for Horseshoe Bend voters are available at the Pacesetting Times news office at 703 South Bend Drive, as well as fact sheets for Amendments 1-5 on the November 4 Ballot.
Amendments 1, 2 and 3 are presented by the Legislature. Issue 1: Adminstration of Government, requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies’ administrative rules. Issue 2: Direct Democracy, sets threshold of 75 percent of required petition signatures to obtain additional time for signature collection. Issue 3: Term Limits, extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years; limits lobbying and creates independent elected officials salary commission.
Amendments 4 and 5 are presented by the public. Issue 4: Alcohol, legalizes manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol statewide. Issue 5: Minimum Wage, increases the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by 2017.
The Fact Sheets describe the Amendment, and explain what a “For” vote means, and what an “Against” vote means.

Pacesetting Times will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 21 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Hall in Horseshoe Bend. State, county and local candidates are invited to attend.
Horseshoe Bend candidates with races are for Mayor: Robert H. “Bob” Barnes, Inc., and Charles “Chuck” Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, Inc., and Butch Van Zandt. Local candidates will have a question and answer session, with county and state candidates given time to speak.
Horseshoe Bend residents are encouraged to submit questions for the local candidates to pacesettingtimes@yahoo.com, or bring by the news office at 703 South Bend Drive. Names do not need to be submitted with questions.
Also invited to the forum are party affiliates and organizations. Campaign materials supplied by candidates will be available for constituents to take home, as well as Horseshoe Bend sample ballots and absentee voting applications.
Early voting for the November 4 General Election begins Monday, October 20.
Offsite voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Oct. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registered Izard County voters may utilize one of the offsite voting precincts in lieu of the Melbourne courthouse.

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Additional sex related charges have been filed against Robert J. Norton of Sage, who was previously charged in June of this year and is being held at the Fulton County Jail in Salem, on a $240,000 bond. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the latest charges against Norton, filed October 1, 2014, involve conduct with three female students in his fourth grade class, which he taught last school year at Izard County Consolidated Elementary in Violet Hill. Norton’s bond has been increased by $100,000 for a total bond of $340,000. See Pacesetting Times for full story and recap of previous charges.

The Salem Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m. in the North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Orange Room.
The Chamber will honor Whatever as Business of the Year, Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi as Volunteer Organization of the Year, and Rob Long as Educator of the Year.
The Chamber will also present a Lifetime Achievement Award to retiring Salem Mayor Gary Clayton for all of his years of service and dedication to Salem.
A brisket meal will be served prior to the awards ceremony. Cost of the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children six to 13, and five and under eat for free. For more information contact Mary Harris at 895-2591.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council met on September 22. Mayor Bob Barnes presented a Service Awards to Paul Sulser and his wife, Virginia, for their many years of service to the city of Horseshoe Bend. Barnes honored Joe and Les Valenta for their Armed Service during World War II. Joe and Les recently returned from a trip from Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Program. Barnes presented them a copy of the letter he wrote and was handed out during mail call on the return trip. Continuing with the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer of the Year program, Barnes presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for October 27 at 6 p.m. For additional Horseshoe Bend City Council action read this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford
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The Franklin Volunteer Fire Department will be having their Annual Fish Fry and Pie Auction on Saturday, October 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Fire Department. Cost is $7 per person. Fish, fries, hush puppies and a drink will be served. All candidates running for election are welcome to attend this event.

There are nine elected offices in Horseshoe Bend up for election November 4. On Saturday, August 23, there will be a Meet and Greet for all municipal candidates running for election at the Horseshoe Bend MRID building located on Club Road. The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. using a “Town Hall format”. All registered candidates are invited to participate the public is encouraged to attend. Coffee, iced tea and cookies will be provided. Pat Arnold of Horseshoe Bend will be moderator for the Meet and Greet.

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The Horseshoe Bend Honorary Police will host a three person scramble at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain on Saturday, September 20 with a 9 a.m. start. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $105 per team, cash prizes determined by the number of entrants. Players 70 and up may play from the red tees. For more information contact the Turkey Mountain Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Gene Stanton at 870-670-4344.

The deadline to file for municipal office was Friday, August 15 at noon, and the following races have emerged for the November 4 General Election.
In Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 1, Position 1, James I. Davis, incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Teresa Orrick; Ward 2, Position 1, Joseph (Joe) Moser; Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 1, Bobby Martin “Marty” McKnight, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 2, O.G. “Sonny” Minze, incumbent; Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt; and Ward 4, Position 2, Ronald S. Yow, incumbent.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook; Alderman, Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1, Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2, Position 1, Ronald Treat; Ward 2, Position 2, Laura Sipe; Ward 3, Position 1, Jerry W. Crosby; Ward 3, Position 2, Paul D. Womack; Ward 4, Position 1, Trey Lamb; and Ward 4, Position 2, Sonia Blankenship.
The Annual School Board Election will be September 16. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a full list of candidates running in area elections, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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RESOURCE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Salem School’s Resource Officer, Daniel Busch (m), was named the Resource Officer of the Year by the Arkansas Safe Schools Association

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The Izard County Sheriff’s Department released this information pursuant to Act 989 of 1997 and amendments of 2006 regarding sex offenders. Logan Edwards has moved to 363 Shadow Gate Road in Violet Hill. Edwards was convicted in November 2013. Edwards, then 19 years of age, had sexual intercourse with a 13 year old female.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Edwards is classified as a Level 3 Offender which indicates these individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending and/or strong anti-social, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. The offense patterns of Level 3 Offenders reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur. Edwards is described as a 24 year old white male, six foot tall, 165 pounds having brown hair and blue eyes.
Lawrence said that a sex offender notification has been hand delivered to residences within a half mile radius of Edward’s residence. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the sheriff’s belief that an informed public is a safer public. The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a convicted offender lives. Unless a court ordered restriction exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live where he/she chooses. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders; otherwise law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications could potentially end.

The general meeting of the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, July 17, at 6 p.m.at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Horseshoe Bend. They will be serving creamy baked chicken, baked potato, glazed carrots, sweet/sour cabbage slaw, rolls, apple caramel cake and a drink, all for $10.
Speaker for the evening is Jeremy Risley, a biologist from Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Paul Port, Fisheries Management Biologist, will also be attending the meeting.
Everyone is invited, chamber members or non-members. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling the chamber office at 870-670-5433 by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16.

Sharp County voters are headed to the polls.
A special election will be held on Tuesday, March 11 to determine a 1.5 percent sales tax increase county-wide providing for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital.
Sharp County Quorum Court justices voted on ordinances pertaining to the building of the hospital, and issuance of bonds to finance the hospital in November of 2013. The ordinances will take effect if the sales tax is approved by voters.
If voter approved, the 40,000 square foot, 19-bed facility would be county-owned but not county-managed. St. Bernard’s Healthcare has expressed their interest in equipping, staffing and managing the proposed hospital. The hospital would be a two-story facility, with a fully equipped emergency room, open 24/7, have a state of the art imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, administration and food service.
Sharp County will be reimbursed for the cost of the special election, between $20,000 to $25,000, by the Sharp County Hospital Foundation.
Voters will decide on a one percent sales tax to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital with various departments and facilities, including emergency medicine, radiology, physical therapy, acute care and rehab. Voters will also decide on a half percent sales tax to pay on the bond issuance for the construction of the hospital.
Opponents of the proposed new hospital say the new tax rate will be among the highest in the state. Local cities within the county currently have sales taxes ranging from 7.50% to 9%.
Proponents state the county has been without a hospital for ten years, and one is needed in the county, for the citizens and for future generations to come. They feel a good health care system is an integral part of community growth and stability.
Voters will decide on Tuesday, March 11. Early voting began March 4 at the Sharp County Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Izard County District Court in Melbourne scheduled for Thursday, February 6th was cancelled due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions. District Judge David E. Miller said persons scheduled to appear in court that day are rescheduled for Thursday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m.

Chairman Marty McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on February 12.
Present: Aldermen James Davis, Nate Wolff, Nicki West, McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Harold Faigle.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept January 2014 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by West. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $18,624.82 in sales tax for the month of January 2014. Mayor Barnes thanked the public works department for their efforts and putting in extra time clearing the streets.
Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Under unfinished business: None
Under new business:
The committee discussed snow removal.
Barnes handed out a Snow Removal Fact Sheet. A copy may be viewed on the cities website.
West read a prepared statement regarding the recent snow/ice storm. She recommends the city consider outfitting a city pickup truck with a plow blade to assist with snow removal. The committee also discussed the possibility of obtaining a grant to purchase a truck outfitted with a snowplow.
Barnes prepared a spreadsheet to identify all elected officials property taxes paid in 2013 as an example of what the city actually receives. The total taxes paid in this group were $9,292.08 and out of taxes paid the city received $929.20 and the street department received $278.76. His point was to clear up the misunderstanding that all property taxes paid are distributed to the city. He reiterated that the budget for the street department is limited. The cost to salt all the roads in Horseshoe Bend one time would have been approximately $11,000. The Mayor stated the street department did a great job considering their limited resources and the unprecedented conditions. The surrounding cities have been contacted requesting a status update of their clean-up efforts and they stated that it is a work in progress.
Yow suggested the city recognize Bob Johnson, Commander of the American Legion, for all his efforts-specifically obtaining the cannon for Veterans Park.
The committee addressed questions from the audience.
With no further business to come before the committee Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Davis, motion carried unanimously.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for March 12 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Michelle Grabowski
Recorder/Treasurer

Rhonda Halbrook, County and Circuit Clerk for Izard County has announced that she will not run for re-election this year.
Rhonda was elected Clerk in 1994 and took office January 1st, 1995 and at the end of her current term will have served as County and Circuit Clerk for 20 years.
Rhonda also served at Deputy Clerk for 15 years prior to being elected.
She made the following statement:
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve you, the Citizens of Izard County and to work with so many other dedicated public servants over the past 35 years.
“ I will forever be grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve as your County and Circuit Clerk.”

This year represents a mid-term election nationally, and local county and municipal office seats are up for grabs.
County positions of Sheriff, Judge, Justices of the Peace, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer, Coroner, and Constable will be voted on this year.
Candidates with a party affiliation begin filing on Monday, February 24 at noon for a one-week period ending at noon on March 3. Party pledges, if any, and affidavits of eligibility shall be filed, and any filing fees of a political party shall be paid at the county courthouse in Melbourne.
Party filing fee amounts are: Judge, $950; Sheriff, $930; Clerk, $870; Treasurer, $840; Assessor, $840; Collector, $840; Justice of the Peace, $78; Coroner, $92; Democratic Committee, $5; Constable, $10; Calico Rock Mayor, $340.
The Preferential Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 20. Following the primary election, winning candidates will run against independent candidates in the General Election on November 4. Deadline to register to vote in the Preferential Primary Election is Monday, April 21.

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering free heart health screenings at its rural health clinics during the last week of February, 24 through 28. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check.
Participants in the cholesterol screening should not eat or drink for eight hours prior in order to receive accurate results on the blood test. The screenings are free but appointments are required and may be made by contacting the clinic. Individuals do not need to be a patient of the clinic to participate.
OMC rural health clinic locations include:
Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228
Salem 1st Care, Salem, Arkansas: 870-895-1911
Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.
“American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease,” said M. Faisal Khan, MD, OMC Interventional Cardiologist “Early detection of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and this screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle.”
In addition to the rural health clinic screenings, a free event will be held at OMC Heart Care Services in West Plains from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and will include a free cholesterol panel and blood pressure screen as well as peripheral arterial disease, PAD, check. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793. The screenings for PAD are limited to persons with high risk. Risk for PAD will be assessed when making a screening appointment.
OMC will also host a Heart Health Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 in the OMC Willard Hunter Classroom at Parkway Center. The breakfast is free but a reservation is required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.

The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on January 27 in the high school board room.
Superintendent Fred Walker announced to the board that the high school had won a High-Achieving High Schools award from the Office of Educational Policy. The High-Achieving High Schools awards are given to high-achieving schools for their performance on End of Course, EOC, exams in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and the Grade 11 Literacy Exam. Walker also announced that the high school, for the fifth consecutive year, had been named to U.S. News and World Report’s List of the Nation’s Best High Schools.
Walker told the board that the AAA Board of Directors had recently awarded Izard County High School the Class 1A Region 2 basketball, baseball, and softball tournaments for this year and Izard County is also the host of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament to be held at Mountain Home.
The board unanimously agreed to extend Superintendent Fred Walker’s contract by one year through June 30, 2017.
Elementary Principal John Walker announced that Kirsten Dickerson had won the Izard County Spelling Bee recently and it is the fourth straight year that an ICC student has won the Izard County Spelling Bee. Callie Cole was third and Lakesha Crider was seventh. High School Principal David Harmon announced 12 students in our band and choir programs had been selected for All-Region honors recently. He said four students had been selected to the Region V All-Region Band and three students were selected as alternates. Benji Norton, Andy Norton, Callie Cole, and Adryanna Woodward were named to the 2013-2014 Region V All-Region Bands. Andy and Benji Norton were named to the Junior High Second Band, Callie Cole was named to the Junior High First Band, and Adryanna Woodward was named to the Senior High Second Band. Autumn Thick, Kennedy Wallis, and Davis Norton were selected as alternates. Also, Harmon announced five students had been selected All-Region Choir recently. The students selected are Davis Norton, Deshia Fuller, Lucas Smith, April McCoy, and MaKayla Gross. The band director is Jonathan Phillips and the choir director is Chelsea Phillips. Harmon also commended Business Teacher Hugh Chapman for achieving National Board Teacher Certification recently.
Middle School Principal Billy McBride praised the junior girls basketball team for winning the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagle and the Izard County Invitational Tournaments recently and the junior boys for their runner-up finish in the Izard County Invitational Tournament. McBride also commended the school’s bowling teams for having a cumulative record of 5-1 so far this year. Matt Orf is the bowling coach.
McBride noted that the junior and senior high basketball teams have a combined 24-6 conference record and a combined overall record of 63-35 this year currently and the junior girls, senior girls, and senior boys are all 1A 2 North Conference Champions or Co-Champions this year. The senior girls and senior boys have already qualified for the regional tournament. Kyle McCandlis is the boys basketball coach and Tony Booth is the girls basketball coach and they are assisted by Steven Walker.
McBride announced that Coach McCandlis was selected for the Harold Ray Jeffery Sportsmanship Award recently at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and Andrew Walker was selected to the All-NEA Tournament Team.

by Anna Floyd
The Izard County Singing Convention will meet Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium at Brockwell, located at 4243, Highway 9 North in Izard County.
Please make an effort to come out and help us keep the Southern Gospel, Shape not emusic, alive and well. Music School Students, we have our new song books, too. This will be great fun and enjoyment. Everyone is welcome.
For more information call 870-368-4146, or 870-368-5012.

For your rummage sale donating convenience, ICARE will have its trailer parked at the Corner Drug Store parking lot in Melbourne. The door will be open, please just place your items inside. Donated dog and/or cat food would be most appreciated too.
Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.
Do not forget, ICARE Rummage Sale is February 21 and 22 at the fairgrounds.

by Karen Sherrell
Sharp County voters have a lot to think about.
A special election will be held on March 11 to determine a 1.5% sales tax increase countywide to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital.
Sharp County Quorum Court justices voted on ordinances pertaining to the building of the hospital, and issuance of bonds to finance the hospital in November of 2013. The ordinances will take effect if the sales tax is approved by voters.
Members of the Sharp County Hospital Foundation have been actively meeting with area hospitals since their formation approximately five years ago, with the closing of the hospital in Sharp County in 2004. According to Jonathan Rhodes, the foundation has spoken to White River Medical Center, UAMS, Baxter Regional Medical Center, NEA, and St. Bernard’s Healthcare.
If voter approved, the 40,000 square foot, 19-bed facility would be county-owned but not county-managed. St. Bernard’s Healthcare has expressed their interest in equipping, staffing and managing the proposed hospital, and attended the November Quorum Court meeting. The hospital would be a two-story facility, with a fully equipped emergency room, open 24/7, have a state of the art imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, administration and food service.
White River Medical Center also attended the November meeting and told the court and audience members of their plan for a satellite emergency room at their Urgent Care Clinic on the four-lane at Cherokee Village. “We are converting to a trauma room with a CT scanner and will be open 24-7 with trained emergency room physicians,” stated Sheila Mace, WRHS Public Relations Coordinator. The clinic has received verbal approval by the Arkansas Department of Health and Mace stated the satellite ER project will proceed regardless of the outcome of the special election. The Urgent Care Clinic volume has grown, according to Mace. “We have added services as they could be sustained,” she said.
Sharp County will be reimbursed for the cost of the special election, between $20,000 to $25,000, by the Sharp County Hospital Foundation.
Voters will decide on a one percent sales tax to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital with various departments and facilities, including emergency medicine, radiology, physical therapy, acute care and rehab. Voters will also decide on a half percent sales tax to pay on the bond issuance for the construction of the hospital.
Opponents of the proposed new hospital say the new tax rate will be among the highest in the state. Local cities within the county currently have sales taxes ranging from 7.50% to 9%.
Proponents state the county has been without a hospital for ten years, and one is needed in the county, for the citizens and for future generations to come. They feel a good health care system is an integral part of community growth and stability.
Voters will decide on Tuesday, March 11.
Residents of Sharp County wishing to vote in the special election, that are not registered to vote, need to do so by February 13. Early voting begins March 4 at the Sharp County Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sharp County Citizens for Responsible
Government can be found on Facebook.
Citizens for a County-Owned Hospital can be found at www.sharpcountyhospital.com.

Incumbent office holders need to file a Statement of Financial Interest for 2013 by Friday, January 31. State and district officials file with the Secretary of State; county, township, school officials and district judges file with the county clerk; municipal officials file with the city clerk or recorder, and members of regional boards or commissions file with the county clerk of the county in which they reside.

Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store in Melbourne announces a “Bag Sale” every Wednesday through the end of February. Each bag is $1 for items from the women’s and children’s rooms. Limit eight items per bag. Books, hardcover, paperback and children’s, are 10 for $1.
“This is an opportunity for shoppers to visit our store and see what we have to offer,” said Executive Director Lora Umphries-Buck. “The income from our Store supports Safe Passage, Inc. domestic violence programs. These include a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, peer counseling, shelter for victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and other free and confidential services.”
Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store is on Highway 69 East of the traffic light in Melbourne. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you or someone you know is being abused, call our 24-hour hotline 870-368-3222 for free and confidential help.

The 18th Annual Food Drive sponsored by the Pacesetting Times is now underway.
“Join us again this Holiday season in helping your neighbors and friends,” said Karen Sherrell, publisher of Pacesetting Times. Donate two or more non-perishable food items and receive a free classified ad that can be used anytime, from now until March 31, 2014.
“We will deliver donated food items through December 13 to the Food Pantry in Horseshoe Bend,” said Sherrell. The Food Pantry is located behind the Assembly of God Church.
Stop by Pacesetting Times at 703 South Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend with your food donations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until December 13. Limit one classified ad per family.

by Karen Sherrell
The former mayor of Oxford, Mike Warden, petitioned Izard County for reimbursement of taxes he paid, after it was discovered that his residence he claimed was located on city property, was actually located on a parcel outside of the city limits.
A recent reappraisal of properties in Izard County uncovered the fact that Warden’s home was listed on a different parcel than it was located, which meant he also did not meet the residential requirements to hold municipal office.
County Order 2013-37, was approved by Izard County Judge David Sherrell on October 14, to refund real estate taxes paid by Warden on the parcel listed in the city limits, but actually a rural parcel, for the years of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Personal property taxes paid were also refunded for 2010 and 2011, and a credit was issued for 2012. Warden petitioned the court for a refund of taxes which resulted in the difference between the Oxford city and rural millage, a total of 5 mils, or $325.85.
“The law says we can go back three years for a refund, and that’s what I did, follow the law,” stated Sherrell. Warden’s residence, built in 2001, was added to tax rolls that same year. Warden had petitioned the court to annex the property in 2002, but never followed through with the paperwork.
Warden resigned as mayor of Oxford on October 15, after meeting with council members in an executive session. He was elected in 2002 and served 11 years.

A scheduled November 15 court date to hear arguments in the case of Izard County EMS Board and Ozark EMS, has been continued until December 12, according to Mark Herrington, President of the EMS Board.
Ed Daniel IV, Little Rock attorney representing Ozark EMS in the lawsuit, asked for a postponement to December, due to an illness in his family, according to Izard County Judge David Sherrell.
Geoffrey Thompson and Jason Owends of Rainwater, Holt and Sexton in Little Rock are the attorneys representing Izard County and the EMS Board.
Sherrell issued a cease order in February of this year on Ozark EMS, alleging that the ambulance service was responding to emergency calls within the EMS District in violation of the county’s exclusive contract with Vital Link Ambulance Service. A claim Ozark EMS owner Leon Cheatham denies.
Izard County, through its voters, contracted with an exclusive ambulance service. Property owners pay $50 annually to the county which helps subsidize the ambulance service. According to the contract, any other provider of EMS services that responds to an emergency call with the EMS District is in violation of the county’s contract with Vital Link.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver will preside over the proceedings at the Melbourne Courthouse beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Several reports have been received by the Izard County Sheriff’s Office concerning missing dogs.
On Saturday, November 16, a Horseshoe Bend resident reported seeing a man in her yard, taking her two Shelties off their chains, and putting leashes on them. The resident confronted the man, who was wearing a blue sweatshirt lettered “Animal Control” and asked him what he was doing. The man responded he was with the Animal Control, to which the resident said she knew the animal control officer. The resident stated the man then became nervous and left.
The man, estimated in his 50’s, was about 5’6” tall, was wearing a white ball cap and driving a newer model Chevrolet pickup truck with a homemade wire cage in the back, and no license plate.
Anyone knowing any information about this individual or anything about the truck is asked to call Lt. Charlie Melton at 870-368-4203.

Three flags were stolen in Franklin on Veterans Day.
And this is not the first time the city has had flags taken.
Sometime during the night of November 11, a person or persons took three flags the city had on display commemorating Veterans Day, according to Mayor Barbara Dusto.
The City of Franklin displays flags each National holiday, such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day.
The last four holidays that the city has displayed flags, some have been stolen, for a total of seven flags gone.
“I’d like to tell whoever this is that if they are that desperate for a flag, we’ll be glad to get them one,” said Dusto. City officials are disgusted, and rightfully so. “It’s not the cost of the flag, these people just have no respect for veterans,” said Dusto.
The flag of the United States is one of the nation’s most widely recognized symbols. Within the United States, flags are frequently displayed not only on public buildings but on private residences. Throughout the world the flag has been used in public discourse to refer to the United States.
The flag has become a powerful symbol of Americanism, and is proudly flown on many occasions. The American flag is considered sacred and desecration of a it creates a public outrage.
And outraged are the city officials and residents of Franklin.
Anyone having information concerning the theft of these flags is encouraged to contact Mayor Dusto or the Izard County Sheriff’s Office at 368-4203.

A recent reappraisal on properties in Izard County uncovered the fact that an elected official did not meet residential requirements to hold municipal office.
According to the Izard County Assessor’s office, during a reappraisal conducted in August of this year, a discrepancy was found on property owned by Mike Warden, mayor of Oxford. Warden’s residence, built in 2001, was added to the tax rolls in 2001, and was listed as sitting on property in the City of Oxford.
Only it wasn’t.
According to the city limit layer map, Warden’s home is located on a parcel outside of the city limits, not on city property.
“The city limit layer map shows he is rural,” stated County Assessor Tammy Sanders. “He was contacted sometime between August 28 and September 17 and told about the change.”
Once the discovery was made, Sanders checked with the county to see if the property had been annexed to the City of Oxford and if they had somehow missed it. It was then discovered that Warden had filed a petition for annexation of the property where his home actually sits, with County Clerk Rhonda Halbrook in March of 2002; however, he never followed through with the paperwork, filed as CO-2002-1.
“It was filed,” said Halbrook. “But nothing done afterwards.”
Warden filed for office that same year and was elected in November of 2002, and has served in the capacity of mayor for the city just shy of 11 years. Prior to the election, Warden served as Director of the Office of Emergency Services for Izard County in Melbourne, from December of 1998 through March of 2000.
The City Council of Oxford met for their monthly meeting on October 15, and discussed the residency issue with Warden in executive session after regular business was conducted.
Following the executive session, the meeting was adjourned with Alderman Mike Hall and Warden leaving the building immediately, before the audience could re-enter the council chambers. Council members told the 25+ audience members that Warden volunteered to resign.
“Well, does he live in the City of Oxford,” asked resident Phyllis McCurley, to which Alderman Randy Sherrell replied, “Warden says he does, but the county says he doesn’t.”
Warden resigned effective October 17.
Mike Hall resigned October 16.

The Fulton County Heritage Foundation will have grounds cleanup days at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Old Main campus on North Street in Salem.
The foundation is seeking volunteers and equipment to help with clearing brush and trees, mowing, edging, weeding, raking and other campus beautification efforts. Any and all volunteer assistance will be appreciated.
Interested individuals are encouraged to join the foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fultoncountyheritagefoundation.
In addition to the campus cleanup days, the next meeting of the foundation is set for Monday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Main campus. The meeting is open to the public.
For more information and to volunteer for the cleanup days, contact Carol Langston, vice president of the board of directors, at carolalangston@aol.com or (501) 607-3767.

HORSESHOE BEND — Chairman McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on August 14, 2013.
Present: Alderman Harold Faigle, Alderman Nate Wolff, Alderman Nicki West, Alderman Marty McKnight, Alderman Sonny Minze, Alderman John Grochowski, Alderman Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski. Absent: Alderman James Davis.
Approval of Minutes: Alderman Yow moved to accept July 2013 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Barnes reported the city received $24,325.09 in sales tax for the month of July 2013. He also reported that the street department received its first payment from the ½ percent state sales tax increase in the amount of $1,500. The Sheriff department has been working on the sub-station and they also painted the lines in the parking lot, Mayor Barnes will contact Valsper for a credit on the paint.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to the city council Grant Resolution 2013-11 for the pumper truck, seconded by Alderman West. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Alderman Minze moved to defer to the city council Loan Resolution 2013-13 for the sewer project, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-12 (Granting the Mayor to transfer certain police vehicles to the Izard County Sheriff Dept), seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Yow moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-14 (Authorizing the Mayor to apply for a grant on behalf of the Horseshoe Bend Community), seconded by Mayor Barnes. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Grochowski moved to have bank statements brought to the finance committee meeting for review each month. Motion failed for a lack of a second.
Alderman Grochowski moved to form an adhoc committee to review the employee handbook, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed 5 to 4. Aldermen Yow, Grochowski, and Michelle Grabowski will serve on the committee to review the employee handbook.
Other topics discussed were Animal Control, Mayor/Recorder Treasurer Salaries, Office Personnel Job Descriptions, Legacy Consulting, Posting City Contracts on the Web site, Follow-up on meeting with Fairfield Bay and Cherokee Village.
Dwight Lufkin appeared before the council to request an amendment to Title 7 of the municipal code authorizing real estate agents to have directional signs leading to the property for sale. Michelle Grabowski will assist Mr. Lufkin with a draft ordinance for council review.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for September 11 at 6 p.m.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence will be the featured speaker at the Friday, Aug. 2 meeting of the Horseshoe Bend AARP Chapter #1420.
The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles located on West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Members will be called, others should call 670-4889 for breakfast reservation.
The meeting and program will start at 9 a.m. Anyone who is a member of AARP is welcome to join the Chapter. Dues are $3 per person for the year.

The Ozarka College Bookstore, located on the Melbourne campus, will be open Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow students to take advantage of the Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday. According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the “sales tax holiday allows shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.” Students who have financial aid in place will be allowed to charge textbooks to their Ozarka College student account. This will be the first day students will be allowed to charge to their accounts, and only textbooks and school supplies will be eligible for charge. Students are encouraged to check their financial aid status in the myOzarka portal or with the Financial Aid Department. For more information, please contact Robin Coggins, bookstore manager, at 870-368-2022.

IZARD COUNTY — Izard County Judge David Sherrell issued a burn ban on July 1.
The ban will be in effect until there is significant rainfall.

Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4.
The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011. The intent was to help families with children in school, and ia popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday. Everyone benefits from the holiday though, whether or not they have children of school age.
Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item will qualify for the exemption.
Keep in mind that if you buy an item that costs more than $100 you must pay the state and local sales taxes on the entire amount.

There will be a Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, working meeting on Monday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the MRID building, #3 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend.