Following a public meeting held on Wednesday, April 15 in Little Rock, Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners concluded the proposed boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend is a no go.
“The AGFC Property Management Committee supported the staff recommendation to defer the proposed Crown Lake – Fisherman’s Park boat ramp project and deauthorize the funds previously obligated to the Crown Lake – Box Hound Marina boat ramp project,” said Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor in Mountain Home.
“On Thursday, April 16, the Commission passed a minute order that formally deauthorized the money previously obligated toward the Box Hound Marina boat ramp project in the amount of $112,600. This action officially defers the Fisherman’s Park project,” he said.
This was the second public meeting held by the AGFC on the proposed public boat launch in Horseshoe Bend. On March 24, about 200 people attended a meeting held by the commission at the Horseshoe Bend Theater in hopes to give residents and non-residents a voice in the issue. According to AGFC, approximately 70% of the input they have received has been negative on placing a boat launch at Fisherman’s Park.
“Should access become an issue at Crown Lake in the future and there is community support, we can certainly revisit that need,” said Risley.
Property owners may still utilize the boat launch on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina at no charge.
Non-property owners pay $5 to utilize the launch.

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As promised during the AGFC public meeting held on Tuesday, March 24, in Horseshoe Bend here is the information about the monthly AGFC Commission meeting where the proposed Fisherman’s Park Access at Crown Lake will be discussed.
Issues like the Fisherman’s Park Access are discussed by the AGFC Commissioners in the Property Management Committee.
The Commission has decided to deviate from the normal meeting schedule in order to have the Property Management Committee meeting at the beginning of the Commission meeting. This will allow citizens to attend the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion and not have to stay all day.
The Property Management Committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the Commission Briefing Room at the AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock. The address is 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock AR 72205.
For those planning to attend, the AGFC receptionist at the front entrance will direct you to the AGFC Commission Briefing Room.
They want to make everyone aware that the meeting room is not very big so it could be standing room only. The AGFC does not want this to discourage people from attending.
AGFC wants to relay this important information about the Fisherman’s Park Commission discussion. Their understanding is that each side of the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion (opposed and support) will be given the opportunity to have two people speak before the Commission on the behalf of each side.
Each speaker will be given a maximum of seven minutes. This is the typical allotted time for any speaker whether it is AGFC personnel or member of the public.
The Commission has asked Laureen Sac to be the contact for the opposition side and Tom Doty to be the contact for the support side. These two will decide the speakers for each side.
Sac and Doty have given their permission to attach their contact info.
Laureen Sac, 870-670-4496, saclaur@gmail.com
Tom Doty, 870-926-9934, twdoty02@yahoo.com
Please contact these two with information that you feel will help benefit the side that you are in favor of. Information submitted by Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor.

by Karen Sherrell
The Horseshoe Bend Theater located at the lower mall will be the site for a public meeting held by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
“AGFC has scheduled a public meeting concerning the proposed Crown Lake boat ramp at Fisherman’s Park for Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Theater,” wrote Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor, in an email dated Thursday, February 19.
Municipal Recreational Improvement District Commissioners voted 4-1 at their January 15 meeting, to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The total project cost to AGFC is $112,000.
According to Risley, AGFC received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January meeting. They received ten emails in favor of the project. Over 150 people attended that meeting.
“We will be holding a public meeting to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also,” he added. The AGFC planned the meeting at a time that both state officials can attend, according to Risley.
Currently, Box Hound Marina offers the only launch ramp on Crown Lake, which is free to property owners. The AGFC and Box Hound Marina discussed a proposal to repair the marina launch and other specifics, but after months of discussion, could not come to an agreement.
At the January MRID meeting, former commissioner J. R. Wilson told audience members that AGFC had talked to the MRID while he was on the commission, and stated that if the marina and AGFC changed their minds on their agreement, the money goes away. “It’s between the state and Box Hound,” said Wilson. “MRID shouldn’t have anything to do with it. It (Fisherman’s Park) is an amenity. You’d be getting rid of an amenity, a park to a parking lot.”
Chairman of the MRID, Tom Doty, stated that AGFC had contacted MRID to see if they would like to place a public launch at Fisherman’s Park.
According to Doty, the proposed launch placement falls into the guidelines in place for encroachment on adjacent property owners. “There is a pie-shaped part at the park corner at the bottom of the curve that is MRID’s, part of Fisherman’s Park,” he said.
Property owner John Mosser is in favor of the free public launch. “This means more people in town, more money spent here,” said Mosser at the January meeting. “You cannot prevent change. You plan, accept and benefit from it.”
Those against the project cite the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, insufficient policing of the lake, possible increase in theft and noise, and a decline in lakefront property values. Those for the project look forward to an increase in commerce in the city with the availability of a free public boat launch.
Anyone wishing to voice their opinion on the proposed boat launch is invited to attend the March 24 public meeting at the Horseshoe Bend Theater, hosted by AGFC.

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by Karen Sherrell
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has received numerous emails concerning the proposed free boat launch at Fisherman’s Park in Horseshoe Bend, and have decided to conduct a public meeting in the city in the near future.
According to Jeremy Risley, with AGFC in Mountain Home, they have received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January 15 meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID).
Over 150 people attended that meeting in which MRID commissioners voted four-to-one to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with, vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The AGFC received ten emails in favor of the project.
“We will be holding a public meeting in the near future to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. The AGFC Director and Commission will make the final decision on the project. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also. We will try to plan the meeting on a date they can both attend,” stated Risley.
The AGFC will be issuing an announcement in the near future with details on the public meeting.
Opponents of the project cite the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property values. Proponents look forward to more people coming to Horseshoe Bend, creating additional commerce for the city.

by Karen Sherrell
Does your vote really make a difference? Ask the candidate that wins by less than a handful of votes and they’ll tell you, “yes it does”.
This year’s midterm elections are more important than in many years. The Republican led House of Representatives (233 seats to 199 Democrats, and three vacant) look to hang on to their control. They also look to gain control in the Senate after this mid-term election on November 4.
Democrats currently control the Senate with 55 seats to the Republican’s 45 seats, but several of those Democratic seats are up for grabs come election day, with neck and neck races in several states, including Arkansas.
Nationally, this senate election could go either way, and voter turnout is going to be essential.
On the average, voter turnout in midterm elections is about 40%, but there has been a higher turnout when Americans were less approving of Congress. With a congressional job approval rating of 13%, voters may just see a good chance this year to shake things up, and there’s a good chance they may. An above-average turnout of voters is expected this election, with the feeling that a change in government is needed now.
The Pacesetting Times hosted a Candidates Forum in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, October 21, featuring speakers in contested races locally: for mayor, Bob Barnes, incumbent, and Chuck Spangler; for Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch VanZandt; and County Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent, and Walter Hagan. Tommy Wren, incumbent (D) and Michelle Gray (R) also attended, both seeking the Arkansas House of Representatives seat in District 62.
These folks will tell you….Yes your vote really can make a difference.

Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill will host a two night revival on Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Each night the Evangelist will be Bro.Tony Hutson Pastor of Middle Tennessee Baptist Church.
Everyone is invited to hear “old time preaching” from this man of God. For more information or a ride call Pastor Randy Bailey at 870-322-7316.

A traffic stop was initiated Monday morning, February 17 on a motorcycle that was traveling at a high rate of speed near the Diamond B shopping mall in Horseshoe Bend.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the driver of the motorcycle failed to stop for Deputy Mike Smith, and a pursuit continued through various areas of the city eventuallyy onto State Highway 289. The cycle with a passenger on board traveled in excess of 80 miles per hour, failed to stop at several stop signs and often crossed the center line. Deputy Smith radioed for assistance and Corporal Mark Simino established a road block west of Wiseman; however, the driver lost control of the motorcycle and wrecked before reaching the road block.
Kenneth R. Stephens II, age 29 with addresses in Batesville and Star Cit,y and his 22 year old female passenger were thrown to the ground when the motorcycle crashed. Stephens then threw his coat and helmet to the ground and continued to flee on foot but was quickly apprehended by Smith.
Vital Link transported the female passenger to a hospital and Corp. Simino transported Stephens to a hospital before taking him to the Izard County Detention Facility. Stephens was charged with 15 traffic offenses and five criminal offenses to include possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia- two counts, and fleeing. The female passenger was not charged.
Stephens remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on these charge as well as seven Sharp County warrants including a parole violation.

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.

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.

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 courthouse of the county in which candidates are filing for office.

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.

The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Third Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 5 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR, 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.

Free GED evening classes are currently available at the following locations:
Calico Rock City Hall Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mammoth Spring Ozarka College Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cave City Middle School Mondays and Tuesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mountain View Ozarka College Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Registration is ongoing.
For additional information on these and other classes, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at 1-800-821-4335, ext. 2051 or in Izard County call 870-368-2051.
Ozarka College’s Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant and disability accommodations are available upon request.

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 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 — The Pacesetting Times garnered eight awards in the Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.
The state awards were presented at the press association luncheon held in Eureka Springs on Saturday, June 29, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.
Karen Sherrell, publisher of the Pacesetting Times received First Place of all state weekly newspapers in the category of Investigative Reporting, “Officers called in property dispute.” Judges comments included, “Awesome series of articles. Great reporting and story writing.”
The Pacesetting Times also received the following awards in the Smaller Weekly Division: Second Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Hang on” Karen Sherrell; Second Place, Single Sports Feature Photograph, “Viola Lady Longhorns” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, Headline Writing, “Demo Derby a Dinger” Carrie Johnson; Third Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Knocking them out” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, In-Depth Series Reporting, “Cemetary Vandalism” Karen Sherrell; Honorable Mention, Single News Photograph, “Freightliner Accident” Carrie Johnson; and Honorable Mention, Sports News Story, “Salem routes Mt. View” Eric Lufkin.
The Pacesetting Times is located in north central Arkansas and is beginning their 26th year in publishing.
Richard Irby of The News in Salem, received First Place in the Best Beat Reporter Category, in the Medium Weeklies Division, as well as Second Place in the News Story Category, and Honorable Mention in the Feature Story Category.
The Baxter Bulletin of Mountain Home received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies Division, and the Batesville Daily Guard received Second Place. The Stone County Leader of Mt. View received Third Place in General Excellence, Larger Weeklies Division.
Members of the Texas Press Association selected winners from 1,027 entries from 26 daily newspapers and 1,051 entries from 36 weekly newspapers.

The Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at city council chambers for the purpose of discussing the General Fund, possible changes, including the city police department.
The meeting is open to the public.

Weekly entertainment abounds in Horseshoe Bend with the addition of Beavers Music Hall.
Attention Members and Guests:
Located upstairs at Cedar Glade Resort, at 900 Fourth Street, Beavers Music Hall offers entertainment on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
On Monday, enjoy live music from 4 to 6 p.m., dance and socialize. On Thursday night enjoy the Family Night Variety Show at 7 p.m. great talent, featuring Joe Beavers and “The Ride,” the house band. The Thursday night Family Radio Show is re-broadcast on Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. on FM 92.3. If you’re looking for a great night spot, Beavers Music Hall offers a premier nightclub.
Open Friday night and Saturday night with Joe Beavers, rhythm guitarist and singer; and “The Ride” featuring Brent Foster, multi-talented keyboardist, singer and bassist; Frank Carroll, drummer and singer; and Bob Gilstrap, lead guitarist and singer. “These are three of the finest musicians I have ever had the opportunity to work with,” said Joe Beavers. “With a combined 90 years of experience, this band can get the job done in a most exciting way! Come and enjoy one of the best bands you will find anywhere. Come form your own opinion!”
The smoke-free music hall is a private club and promotes drinking responsibly. Pizza Buffet night begins mid-April on Fridays.
Visit them online at www.ozarksgotsingers.com or contact Beavers at 870-373-3876.beavers

Spring River Home Health, SRHH, has been in business since April 1, 1981 with administrator, Connie Brays.
SRHH has been serving the tri-county area with caring and dependable home health service for 32 years. They have 24 staff members that are there to provide care and support to residents and their families in the comforts of their homes.
SRHH is a private non-profit Home Health Agency serving patients in Fulton, Izard, and Sharp Counties. They accept insurances of all kinds. The agency also offers skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and home health aide services.
Their staff manages wound vac, entral feedings, wound care, IV therapy, medicine management, diabetic teaching and any other care a physician sees fit. Spring River Home Health is here for its communities.
The business is located at 121 South Pickren Street in Salem and may be contacted at 870-895-2627 or 888-830-6389.

Horn’s Backhoe and Dozer Services
Horn’s Backhoe and Dozer Services has been in business since 2007 and is owned by Roger Horn.
Horn’s Backhoe and Dozer Services clears land for home sites, pastures or any other needs you might have. Bushhogging is also part of the service offered at a very reasonable price. Cattle guards for entrances are fabricated and installed. The business location is 601 Hwy 289, Horseshoe Bend and the business phone is 870-670-4526 or you may call 870-373-2962.