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CHAMPION MUTTON BUSTER: Elijah Miller of Camp poses with Charolete Williams while showing off his Championship buckle he won in the Mutton Busting during the Riding for Charley benefit rodeo. See additional photos on page 6 of this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Box Hound Marina, will again be sponsoring the Kid’s Fishing Day on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. It is rescheduled for Saturday, June 6. Come haul in the catfish from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Box Hound Marina.
There will be a shuttle provided from the parking lot to the fishing area. There will be free hotdogs, chips, and soda. Lots of prizes to be handed out to kids for biggest fish, first fish, smallest fish, youngest fish, most whiskers, or for just showing up.
Kids should be between five and twelve, one rod per child. There will be a four fish limit per child. Bait will be provided and for those without a rod, one will be furnished. Bring your young anglers out to Box Hound Marina on June 6 for a guaranteed good time. Questions? Contact Walt at 870-670-4264. Remember, it is about the kids. We will see you there.

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Many of us are affected by cancer in some way or another. For one local family, cancer has wreaked havoc for a decade.
Salem resident Charolete Williams’ journey began at the tender age of 14 when she was diagnosed with cancer in her leg. Since then, she has fought and won her battle with cancer four times. Charolete has had to endure having her right lung removed, and most recently her leg was amputated.
During this decade long battle, Charolete and her family have suffered financial hardships due to loss of income and ever-growing medical bills. Friends of Charolete have rallied around to show their support with fundraisers.
Jade Lowrie, a Younique consultant is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from an online makeup party to Charolete. Younique is a family-founded company supporting battered women and children. The beauty products are a high quality, animal-cruelty free, and all natural. If you would like to browse the cosmetics, and help Charolete’s fundraiser you can do so by visiting the direct website at: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/JadeLowrie/party/1854809/view#.VUzgDdOqqkp; the facebook group “Charolete’s Beauty Bash Fundraiser”; or call Jade Lowrie, Younique presenter, at 870-750-0812.
Another fundraiser will be “Riding for Charley” on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton County Fair Grounds. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for kids, and six and under FREE. Mutton Bustin will begin at 7 p.m. and there will be Bareback, Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding. This rodeo fundraiser for Charolete will be produced by Hall Rodeo Company, LLC.

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The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Box Hound Marina, will again be sponsoring the Kid’s Fishing Day on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. Pencil in May 16 on your calendar and come haul in the catfish from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Box Hound Marina.
There will be a shuttle provided from the parking lot to the fishing area. There will be free hotdogs, chips, and soda. Lots of prizes to be handed out to kids for biggest fish, first fish, smallest fish, youngest fish, most whiskers, or for just showing up.
Kids should be between five and twelve, one rod per child. There will be a four fish limit per child. Bait will be provided and for those without a rod, one will be furnished.
Bring your young anglers out to Box Hound Marina on May 16 for a guaranteed good time.
Questions? Contact Walt at 870-670-4264. Remember, it is about the kids. We will see you there.

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District Tournament Champs, Calico Rock Lady Pirates. See full story and additional photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photos/B.Stapleton

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Conference Champions and District Tournament Runner-up, Viola Lady Longhorns

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Mammoth Spring’s Konnor Alexander slides in safely under Calico Rock’s Tyler Stowers as umpire Kevin Wray keeps a close eye on the action. See full story and additional pictures on page 6 of the April 29 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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ON THE RUN: Lady ‘Hound Tina King hauls in a line drive during the Salem V. Midland game last week. See additional photos and the full story in the April 8th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton
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PLAY AT THE PLATE: ICC’s Jen King slides safely into home as Mammoth Spring’s Megan Johnson tries to gather in the throw in last week’s game. See full story and more pictures in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton
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WALL OF DEFENSE: Mammoth Spring’s Makayla Cray comes up firing as Elizabeth Taylor dives out of the way. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: The Izard County sixth grade boys peewee team won the 14th Annual Izard County Invitational Peewee Basketball Tournament held on Saturday, March 21, at Brockwell. The sixth grade boys defeated Salem, 28-14 in the championship game to finish the season 12-0. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Caleb Faulkner, Rifle Comstock, Chase Orf, Coby Everett, Zach Simmons, and Drew Foster. Front row, Noah Johnson, Brady Taylor, Noah Everett, and Justin Stubblefield.fifth
CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP: The Izard County fifth grade boys finished second in the Tournament, losing to Gainesville MO, 22-16 in the championship game. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Keith Melton, Jared Brandon, Gunner Gleghorn, Josh Jensen, Muchael Shelton, and Landon McBride. Front row, Denton Riley, Isaac Lung, and Cody Timbs.

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THAT’S AND OUT: Salem Lady Greyhound Brooke York takes care of a fly ball against the Calico Rock Lady Pirates last week. See additional pictures in the March 25th issue of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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GOING FOR THE BUNT: Lady Cougar Kristen Caraway prepares to bunt during last Monday’s action against the Lady Bobcats of Flippin. See story and additional photos in this week’s paper! vPhoto/K.Sherrell

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STAYING WITH IT: Calico Rock’s Kelsey Fry keeps her concentration as she takes care of a line drive off the bat of a Lady Greyhound. Photo/B.Stapleton

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NOT SO FAST: Erica Sac (#11) gets up to tip the pass away and create the turnover against Wonderview in the State Tournament on March 8. The Lady Cougars finish the season with a 34-8 record. See full story and additional photos in the March 11 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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The Turkey – Youth Hunt will be held Saturday, April 11 to Sunday, April 12 this year. Hunters, ages six to fifteen, can hunt from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
The statewide bag limit is two adult gobblers or bearded hens.
For zones: 1; 2; 3; 4; 4A; 4B; 5; 5A; 5B; 6; 7; 7A; 8; 9; 9A; 10; 17.
Hunters must follow the zone bag limits of the zones in which they hunt.
Hunters who are six to fifteen years old may harvest one jake as part of their two-bird limit during the season.
Including the youth hunt.
No more than one turkey may be taken per day.
Only hunters six to fifteen years old may hunt turkeys during the special youth turkey hunt.
Youths who have completed hunter education must be accompanied by an adult mentor who is 18 or older.
Youths who have not completed hunter education must be under the direct supervision of an adult mentor who is 21 or older.
Prepare for your hunt
– Educate yourself about the game you will be hunting and its environment.
– Obtain the most current state regulations.
– Buy appropriate clothing and gear for the environment.
– Secure lease arrangements and permits (dogs and horses may require a veterinarian’s certificate or a current vaccination record).
– Visit the site in the off-season to prepare blinds and cabin facilities.
– Sight-in rifles, handguns, and bows; pattern shotguns.
– Sharpen your skills at the shooting range.
– Pack extra firearms, scopes, bow strings, etc.

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The Izard County Cougars and Lady Cougars were both named Conference and District Champions. In the Championship game, the Cougars held on for the 50-48 win over the Norfork Panthers. For ICC: Walker (20), Gleghorn (10), Mosley (7), Markovic (6), Reynolds (3), Everett (2), and Jones (2). The Lady Cougars went on for the 48-32 win over the Norfork Lady Panthers. For ICC: Cooper (21), Jones (9), S. King (8), J. King (7), Sac (2), and Caraway (1). Photos/B.Stapleton

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Conference Runner-Up and Jr. District Tournament Runner-Up, Izard County Jr. Lady Cougars. Photos/B.Stapleton

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Calico Rock Jr. Pirates, District Runner Up and Conference Co-Runner Up

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CONFERENCE AND DISTRICT CHAMPIONS: The Salem Jr. Lady Greyhounds beat Pangburn 54-18.The Lady ‘Hounds jumped in front 13-0 and never looked back. Salem led 21-1 after one; 34-10 at the half; 48-15 after three. Sonni Martin led the Jr. Lady ‘Hounds with 25 points.

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IT’S MINE: Salem’s Brooklyn Abney controls the ball against Mammoth Spring’s Burgin Shelby. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s issue of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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The 2015 Kiwanis Pee Wee Basketball Tournament was held at the ICC High School in Brockwell on January. The annual all day tournament is divided into girl’s and boy’s brackets. The winners of the girl’s bracket were the Salem Lady Greyhounds and the second place winners were the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. The winners of the boy’s bracket were the Cave City Cavemen and the second place winners were the Izard County Cougars. The Kiwanis Club of Horseshoe Bend congratulates the winners of this tournament and thanks all the participants and parents for their support. All proceeds from this tournament help support student scholarships.

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AERIAL COMBAT: Calico Rock’s Logan Sherrill goes in for the lay up after the steal as Cougar Michael Gleghorn fights to defend the shot. See full story and additional pictures in the February 4th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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KSAR AWARDED PLAQUES OF APPRECIATION: During the annual Izard County Invitational Tournament last Saturday night, ICC Superintendent Fred Walker presented KSAR’s James Bragg and longtime Coach turned broadcaster Gary “The Old Coach” Cooper plaques of appreciation for their support of the tournament by broadcasting every game every year. Photos/B.Stapleton

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ICC came into the Championship as the top seed and only needed to defeat Mammoth Spring to earn their trip. The Cougars squared off against Melbourne who had defeated Salem and Calico Rock to get to the finals. ICC held a 51-46 lead that stood up as the final score.
In the Senior Girls Championship game, the top seeded Lady Cougars of ICC took on the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. ICC had a first round bye, then defeated Calico Rock to punch their ticket. Melbourne came in as the number three seed and had to defeat Midland and Salem to earn their pass to the championship game. The Lady Cougars riding a 34 point fourth quarter scoring frenzy came back and claim the Championship by the score of 57-47.
Pictured are the champions and runner-ups.
See full stories and additional pictures in the January 28 edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photos/B.Stapleton

by Bobby Stapleton
It’s a good thing gas prices have fallen.
The Arkansas Activities Association has awarded the post season sites for the majority of sports, and it looks like patrons in area coverage school systems will become road warriors.
In basketball, after Calico Rock, I.C.C, and Mammoth Spring get past the Senior Districts, which will be at ICC, it will be time to gas up the vehicle. The Regionals will be at Hillcrest from February 25 to February 28. The State Tournament will be held March 3 through 7 at Nashville, Arkansas.
For Salem, the District will be held at Tuckerman, the Regional Tournament will be held at Buffalo Island Central from February 25 to 28. The State Tournament will be March 3 through 7 at Pangburn.
For Melbourne, after hosting the District Tournament, the Regional Tournament will be February 25 through 28 at Rose Bud. The State Tournament will be held at Cassatot River in Cove, Arkansas, March 3 through 7.

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ALL STAR: During the Homecoming festivities last Friday night, Jan. 9 at Melbourne, Bearkatz alum Kyler McLaughlin was honored for his accomplishments during his time at Melbourne. As an athlete, McLaughlin was a three sport star, competing in track, football, and basketball. Kyler’s jersey was hung on the wall with the other All Star Jerseys. Kyler is pictured with Football Coach Kevin McCarn. See full story in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2015 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on January 17, with registration beginning at noon and the plunge at 1 p.m. Sponsorship/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina, Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Pacesetting Times.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges. Special awards will be given for Best Costume, individual, pair, and team; and First Place for the most money raised to individual, pair, and team.
Incentive for $50 minimum collected per plunger is an official Plunge T-Shirt; $250 collected, plunger will receive a Plunge T-Shirt and Beach Towel; $500 collected will include Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, and a 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket; and $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket, and a 32-can Rolling Cooler.
SOAR was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently more than 14,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for gold, silver or bronze medals. In a sense athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for our athletes and their families.
The vision of SOAR is to transform communities by changing lives through sports.
So plungers, get your sponsorship/contribution form, then get your sponsors, and be ready to take the 2015 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on January 17.

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ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM: (l to r) Lauren Jones, Jen King, and Kennedy Cooper were selected to be on the All Tournament Team at the NEA Invitational Basketball Tournament held last week. See full story and additional pictures on page 7 in this week’s edition!

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PRESSURING ‘D: Melbourne’s Derek Love (L) and Jay Chaney apply the defense to Valley Springs on the break in last week’s action. See full story and additional pictures in the January 7th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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LET’S GET THIS GAME GOING: Salem’s Jeremy Brown knocks down a trey to open the game against Tuckerman last week. See full story and additional pictures of the junior team, senior ladies, and senior boys on page 6 of this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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SWITCHING IT UP: Salem’s Lindsey Smith goes in for the reverse lay up against the Lady Greyhounds win over Flippin in the Marvin Newton Classic last Saturday. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition. Included in the Classic coverage is Viola Longhorns and Salem Greyhounds. Photo/B.Stapleton

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LINING IT UP: ICC’s Jen King lines up a trey against Jasper last week at the Arvest Bank Tournament. King finished with a team high 17 points. See full story and additional pictures on page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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.

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SEALING THE LINE OFF: Melbourne’s Derek Love works on getting the line contained against Elkins last Friday night, November 14, during the opening round of the State Tournament. The Katz held on and let the 15-14 score stand up for the win. The Bearkatz head to Osceola Friday night, November 21, to take on the Seminoles in the second round of the State Tournament. See additional photos and full story in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton

Putting on a show: ICC’s Clay Mosley slams home a dunk against Norfork last Friday night. Mosley finished with 13 points on the night. Cougars held on in overtime 64-61.See full game highlights in the November 12 edition of Pacesetting Times. mosely Photo/B.Stapleton

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GETTING HER REWARD: Emily Pate (l) receives her Goat Tying Championship buckle from ACA Goat Tying director, Heather Wilson, at the conclusion of the ACA Finals last month in Conway. Feature story and additional pictures on page 6 in this week’s Pacesetting Times!

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Melbourne QB Conor Fogle crashes into the endzone for a touchdown against Osceola last Friday night. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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TROPHY BUCK: Rex Ogle of Melbourne proudly displays his massive buck harvested on Sunday, October 19. Ogle was running late for a morning hunt, with only one load in his 50 caliber muzzle loader. He arrived to his brother’s deer stand after daylight and ten minutes later the buck came by. “He came out, I whistled, he stopped, and I got him,” said Ogle. The large deer weighed almost 200 pounds. The antler spread at the widest points was 18-3/4” with the G2 tines measuring 11-1/2”. Ogle said according to Boone & Crockett, the buck is rough scored at 165, and will be entered in the Big Buck Classic in Little Rock next January, and in the Big Buck Classic in Jonesboro next February. Congratulations Rex!

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KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON: ICC’s Andy Norton applies the defensive pressure against Cotter last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
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Going to the rim: ICC’s Clay Mosley goes in for two points last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
See more pictures and the story in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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While the weather is turning cold and nasty outside, the basketball season it starting up. Last Friday night, October 10, ICC held its annual Black and Grey games to showcase this year’s talent to the fans. ICC will be hosting the Bad Boy Mowers Classic next week and will be in action on Monday night, October 20, when the Sr. Girls take on Marmaduke at 6:10 p.m. and the Sr. Boys will follow with a 7:30 p.m. game, also against Marmaduke. Photo/Travis Stapleton

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DOUBLE TEAMING: Brent Haskins and Raymond Hunter make the tackle on a Cougar. See this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times for additional pictures and full recap of the Salem v. Rector game. Photo/B.Stapleton

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WRAPPING UP THE FRONT NINE: Izard County Cougar Cody Workman putts on the 9th green midway through the District Golf Tournament. Workman qualified to compete in the 1A State Golf Tournament on October 7 at Drasco, as he was the tournament Medalist runner-up. Photo/B.Stapleton

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SALEM GREYHOUNDS: The undefeated Lady Greyhounds golf team won the District Tournament and the Greyhounds boys team finished second at District on Monday, September 22, qualifying both for berths at the State Championships. Lady ‘Hound team members (l to r) are Haley Ward, Kaci Barnett, Kendra Pendegrass, Bailey York and Kendra Rich. The ‘Hounds (l to r) are Coach JW Blevins, Dylan York, Mason Kinder, River Galbreath, Jeremy Brown, Jesse Kinder and Coach Stu Smart. The boys will travel to the 2A State Tournament at Thunder Bayou near Blytheville on Wednesday, October 8.

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DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Melbourne Bearkatz and Lady Bearkatz both took home District Golf Tournament victories. They are 2-3A district and both teams won District last year as well.

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HAULING IT IN: Salem Greyhound Drake Raines hauled in a catch for a 30 yard gain against Yellville-Summit on Friday, September 12. See related story and pictures on page 6 of the September 17th edition of Pacesetting Times. Check newsstands now! Photo/ Travis Stapleton

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Lining them up and knocking them down: Greyhound Spencer Love steamrolls Yellowjackets on his rumble down the left side last Friday night, Sept. 5. See newsstands now for complete game coverage! Photo/B.Stapleton

That’s far enough: Salem’s Alex Martin takes down a Yellowjacket in a great open field tackle against Mountain View last Friday night. See this and the full game highlights in the September 10 edition of Pacesetting Times!martin Photo/B.Stapleton

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Aug. 26 Scrimmage at Mtn. View 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 Yellville 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Cave City 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 Salem 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Manilla * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 Hoxie * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Corning * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Piggott * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Osceola * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Rivercrest * 7:00 p.m.
11/6 at Cedar Ridge * 7:00 p.m.
11/14 Playoffs Round 1 7:00 p.m.
11/21 Playoffs Round 2 7:00 p.m.
11/28 Playoffs Quaterfinals 7 p.m.
12/5 Playoffs Semifinals 7:00 p.m.
12/12 Playoffs Finals 7:00 p.m.
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Salem Greyhound Football Schedule 2014-15
Thursday, August 28, Scrimmage at Cedar Ridge 5:30 JR 7:30 SR
Friday, September 5, Mountain View at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, September 12, Salem at Yellville-Summitt 7 p.m.
Friday, Septemeber 19, Salem at Melbourne 7 p.m.
Friday, October 3, HOMECOMING, Rector at Salem, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 10, Cross Country at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 17, Salem at Earle 7 p.m.
Friday, October 24, Marked Tree at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 31, Salem at Walnut Ridge, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, Midland at Salem, 7 p.m.

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KATZ ACCEPT CHALLENGE: Bearkatz Varsity team members douse their coaches during the annual pep rally kicking off football season on Thursday, August 21 in Melbourne. The latest social media “Ice Bucket Challenge” has sparked a new awareness in ALS, and contributions to the research of a cure for the disease have been tremendous. Read more about ALS and see more photos of local challenges in this week’s Pacesetting Times!! Photo/C.Anderson

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Bearkatz on the line during practice on Monday, August 11.

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Salem Senior High Football Team 2014

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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.

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The Music in the Mountains Theater of Horseshoe Bend is having their annual golf tournament on Saturday, August 23.
The three-person Las Vegas Scramble will be held at the Golf Course at Turkey Mountain, with an 8 a.m. tee-off. Cost per team is $120.
For more information, or to sign up for the event, call the Pro Shop at Turkey Mountain at 870-670-5252.
The Music in the Mountains Theater uses proceeds from their annual golf tournament for maintenance and improvements to the theater and their show. The Music in the Mountains Show is held every third Saturday of the month, and they appreciate the support given by the community during their monthly venue and at their annual golfing event.

Tri County’s 7-year-old All-Star baseball team won the Cal Ripken State Championship title in Siloam Springs 4th of July weekend.
The team consists of players from Izard County, Norfork, Viola, and Melbourne.
In bracket play, Tri County defeated Fayetteville 4-3 in 7 innings, Jonesboro 15-8, and Madison County (Huntsville) 8-4 before out scoring NEA Central Battlecatz 13-5 in the title game. The title now provides them an invitation to play in the 7 year old Cal Ripken Southwest Regional tournament in Madisonville, LA on July 18.
The Tri County 7s also won the Cal Ripken Invitational baseball Tournament title in Jonesboro in June.
In bracket play Tri County downed the Bootheel Ballers 9-2 in the semi final round and defeated the Blytheville 7s 16-12 in the finals.state

The Calico Rock Pirates travel to North Arkansas College in Harrison on Friday, March 7 and take on Stephens in 1A state basketball. Game time is 5:30 p.m. The Norfork Panthers take on Caddo Hills at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6. Viola Lady Longhorns take on Caddo Hillsj on Thursday as well, at 7 p.m.

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Melbourne Lady Bearkatz were tough throughout regional action and won runner up in the championship game against Rivercrest, 53-61 in Mountain View on Saturday, March 1. The Lady Katz punched their ticket to state with their win over Corning 68-37 and Manila in overtime 60-58. They will travel to Charleston High School and play Danville at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7 in first round state hoops. Photo/V.Haas

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The Melbourne Bearkatz took the runner up slot in Regional action and garnered a spot in state with their win over Osceola 76-68 and Valley Springs 37-34. The Katz travel to Charleston High School on Friday, March 7 and take on Cedarville at 8:30 p.m. Photo/V.Haas

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The Izard County Lady Cougars won Regional runner-up and advance to the Class 1A State Tournament at Harrison on Friday at 7 p.m. and will play the Bradley Lady Bears in the first round. The Izard County Cougars take on Emerson at 8:30 p.m. Photo/T.Stephens

Youth exhibitors in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area are reminded that online entries for the Spring Junior Livestock Show opened on March 1 and will close on March 31. The show will be held April 17 and 18 at the fairgrounds at Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone, and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats, and horses in the spring show.
The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available on the district fair website at http://www.ncadistrictfair.org/.
Exhibitors must enter online before March 31 and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Entry fees should be mailed to NCA District Fair, Post Office Box 92, Sturkie, 72578.

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.

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy in the Izard County Invitational Tournament with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.  Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2.

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.
Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2. Photo/C.Stafford

by Robin Haney
Facing the Centerpoint Knights in the first round of playoffs, the Melbourne Bearkatz delivered a 43 to 42 victory in overtime.
Bearkatz Stadium was chock-full of fans to watch the historic first appearance of the Melbourne Varsity Football program in Class 3A Playoffs. Centerpoint, 6-3-1, advanced to the playoffs from the 3A-5 conference. With a four game winning streak and 8-2 record entering the game, the Katz jumped to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but turnovers yielded the lead to the Knights at the end of the first half (14-22).
The Bearkatz continued to scratch and claw through the third quarter and trailed by 1 at the start of the fourth (28-29). Entering the final three minutes to play, the Katz took the lead (36-29), but with 41 seconds remaining, the Knights tied the score up (36-36).
Overtime brought Bearkatz the possession, a 4 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kylar McLaughlin to senior receiver Nick Miller and extra point kick from junior Bryce Hutchins (43-36).
Centerpoint’s possession escalated the tension of the game with a touchdown, moving the scoreboard to 43-42. The Knights lined up to go for the two point conversion attempt and the win; sophomore Kyle LeBouef broke up the pass in the endzone to secure the win.
Additional story and photos in the November 20 edition of Pacesetting Times.

The Izard County High School 2013 Homecoming ceremony will take place on Friday, November 22, against the Mammoth Springs Bears.
The junior boys will kick off the night starting at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will take place immediately after. The senior girls will follow with the senior boys playing last. Please come out to the Cougar Den on Friday evening to cheer on the Cougars against the Bears.

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s Pacesetting Times.          Photo/M.Yancey

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/M.Yancey

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s edition. Photo/M.Yancey

HORSESHOE BEND — Golf carts are allowed on city streets in Horseshoe Bend following a 5-3 vote of City Council on Monday, June 24.
The ordinance becomes law in 30 days and golf carts can be operated on city streets, under certain conditions. Golf carts must be driven by a licensed driver, age 16 and over, from dawn to dusk hours only, and carts are not allowed on city streets designated as federal or state highways, or on county roads, except to cross them. Proper safety flags or equipment must be visible on the cart.

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The key to operating a successful fourth generation farm is to diversify with the changing times, and that’s just what this year’s Izard County Farm Family is doing.
“This is a family farm; my sons will be the fifth generation on this land if they farm,” said Bryan Phillips.
Bryan, his wife Cindy, and two sons, James, age 16 and Ethan, 14 are continuing the Phillips family legacy, by farming their 925 acres located three miles southeast of Franklin on Military Road.
See their story in the July 10 edition of Pacesetting Times.

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The Horseshoe Review, a full color magazine highlighting all aspects of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas is now available for those interested in visiting or relocating to Horseshoe Bend. The 50th anniversary commemorative edition is published by the Pacesetting Times, local weekly newspaper. The Horseshoe Review also features area activities and “things to do” in the region for travelers. The Horseshoe Review is available at the Horseshoe Bend Chamber office or by calling 870-670-5433.

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Children and their families enjoyed Kid’s Fishing Day, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Saturday, May 18. The Kid’s Fishing Day is held annually at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a “Kids Fishing Derby” for youngsters 12 years old and younger at the commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located 2.5 miles south of Mammoth Spring at the end of State Highway 342. The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle.
Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 12 years old and younger; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults may assist but cannot fish. Adult supervision is required.
Come out for a day of family fun. For more information contact the hatchery toll free at 877-625-7521.

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

The Horseshoe Bend area will be having their Spring City Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In order to request space at the mall or sign up, please contact the Chamber office at 870-670-5433.
The deadline for sign-ups is on Thursday, April 11 by 3 p.m. Maps will be given out the morning of the sale.
This event is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.

LET’S GET WITH IT: Jason “Gnarley” Farley and fellow bull fighters join in with the crowd to do the latest dance craze, “The Harlem Shake,” during the PBR at the West Plains Civic Center on Saturday, March 30. Farley was featured in the Pacesetting Times earlier this year for his profession as a barrelman and clown at various PBR and other venues. Farley, of Evening Shade, likes to entertain the crowd and climbed through the stands meeting fans. Photo/K.Sherrell

 

VISITORS TO CROWN LAKE: These American White Pelicans paid a short visit to Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend last week. One of the largest birds in all of North America, they possess an impressive 9-foot wingspan. In flight, their black wing tips are revealed (folded under while they are swimming). . Photo/K.Sherrell

 

Youth exhibitors in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area are reminded that the entry deadline for the Spring Junior Livestock Show is March 15. The show will be held March 28 and 29, 2013 at the fairgrounds at Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone, and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats, and horses in the spring show. The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available on the district fair website at www.ncadistrictfair.org.
Exhibitors must enter online before March 15 and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Exhibitors who wish to pay with a credit card may do so online or a check can be mailed to NCA District Fair, Post Office Box 92, Sturkie, AR 72578.

In 1A Region 2, Regional basketball games will be held at Hillcrest High School in Lynn. On Wed., Feb. 20 Viola boys will play CRA at 5:30 p.m. and Norfork boys will meet Bay at 8:30 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 21 Mammoth Spring girls will meet Weiner at 4 p.m., Calico Rock boys will take on Weiner at 5:30 p.m., and Viola girls will vie against Armorel at 7 p.m. In 2A Region North, games will be held at Sloan-Hendrix in Imboden. Salem boys will take on EPC on Wed., Feb. 20 at 8:30 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 21 Salem girls will meet BIC at 4 p.m. Also on Feb. 21, in 3A, Region 3, Melbourne boys will take on Manila at 8:30 p.m. at Hoxie.

HOISTING THE HARDWARE: The Melbourne Junior Lady Bearkatz brought home the Championship trophy from the Izard County Invitational Tournament held last week at Melbourne High School. Izard County Junior Lady Cougars and Junior Cougars won runner-up, as did the Lady Bearkatz and Calico Rock Pirates. Game action, championship and runner-up team pictures and congratulations will be published in the February 6 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrelltrophy

by Matt Orf
The Oxford Cats ended the Gainesville, Missouri youth basketball league with a tournament championship. The Cats got behind early, down 14 to 10 in the first half, then their defense kicked in gear as they held the Bulldogs to just four points in the second half. They went on a 28 to 4 run to end game and win 38 to 14. That win made them 11-0 in the league and league tournament.
They beat a team from D

Oxford Cats 11-0

Oxford Cats 11-0

ora, Missouri in the semi final game.
Team members include Chance Jackson, Coby Everett, Noah Everett, Landon McBride, Gunner Gleghorn, Zachary Simmons and Chase Orf. Billy McBride is the coach of the Cats. All players are from Izard County Schools.

Class 2A District Golf Runnerup: The Salem Greyhound boys, Cody Faulkner, Zach Foust, Jeremy Brown and Dillon York. Photo/Eric Lufkin

Photo by Eric Lufkin

Class 2A District Golf Champions: The Salem Greyhound girls, Savannah Henley, McKenzie Jewell, Kendra Pendergrass and Chloe Guiltner. After nine holes the girls’ day was over and Henley, Salem Senior, came out on top beating out all other girls from each school with a 52, earning her tournament Medalist honors with a medallion. Runner-up Medalist was also from the Salem team, McKenzie Jewell, who carded a 54.

The Izard County’s 4-H program is asking friends and supporters to take a test drive at Freedom Ford in Melbourne, for a good cause on Saturday, September 29 to help the 4-H program earn up to $6,000.
For each test drive, Ford donates $20 to a specific charity for that day. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Freedom Ford, 901 E. Main Street, in Melbourne.
In addition, the dealership will be offering burgers at lunch and has hired a Nashville recording artist, The Ben Brand Band, to play, said Jack Yancey, one of Freedom Ford’s owners.

A Youth Bowling League has started in Horseshoe Bend.

A few more youths are still needed to make this a successful league, so if anyone knows of someone under 18 that would like to participate, please have them contact Horseshoe Lanes at 870-670-5606. This league will be bowling at 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Horseshoe Lanes. This will be a Doubles League, with two bowlers on a team.

There will be a coach to help bowlers increase their skill level and parents are welcome to come and watch.

by Eric Lufkin
Billy Brabon, of Oxford, has been racing the dirt oval track at North Central Arkansas Speedway, located in Yellville, every Friday night for nine weeks straight. “I’m having the time of my life,” stated Brabon, the life-long self-proclaimed racing fanatic.

This is Brabon’s first season racing. He has placed third three times, and recently placed second in the Hornet Division. When Brabon began racing, he tried a couple different dirt tracks. Once he raced at NCAS he has come back every week since. “I really like the track here and the people that run this place are great,” said Brabon.

The racing season at NCAS runs from April through October every Friday night. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and military, and a family pack for $20 that includes two adults and all the kids you can bring. Kids 14 and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 8 p.m.

Brabon would like to thank his sponsors: Oxford Super Stop, S&L Automotive Fabrics of Melbourne, and the Chatterbox Café of Oxford.

by Eric Lufkin
Coach Harmon, ICC Cougar boys golf coach, hosted Melbourne, Salem, Mountain View and Mammoth Springs for match play at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend, on September 7.
Cody Faulkner, Salem junior, teed up at hole 1 and got the match started. Group 1 for the boys were Faulkner, Chris Mosley, ICC senior; and Bradley Lamb, Bearkatz senior. The girl’s first group consisted of ICC’s Jordan Sherrell, Emma Cooper, Bearkatz; and Savannah Henley, Salem Greyhounds.
Lamb has been consistent throughout the season and didn’t disappoint that day. Lamb ended the day with a very respectful 36 and took home Medalist honors once again. Faulkner shot his best game of the season with a 38. Zach Foust carded a 45 for Salem. The Bearkatz boys had to share the spotlight with the Salem Greyhounds in their team efforts, as the two teams tied with 129 total strokes.
The Salem girls team won with a team score of 152. ICC girls were right behind them with a 154. Melbourne girls finished the day with 170. Girl’s individual Medalist honors were shared by McKenzie Jewell, Salem senior; and Allyn Irvin of Mountain View. They both shot a 46. Sherrell of ICC, carded a 48 and Kendra Pendergrass ended the day with 50.
Jewell and Henley are both seniors for the Hounds and they played on the team that went to 2A state tournament last year. Coach Tim Eckman of the Salem Greyhounds is in his first year coaching golf. Larry Brown, the long time Salem coach, has retired, but is still helping out this year.
ICC Cougars will be in the 1A District tournament, to be held at Cooper’s Hawk in Melbourne, on Tuesday, September 18. Salem will be in the 2A District tournament played at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain on September 18.

ICC’s Seth McCurley is pictured with his winning livestock at the Izard County Fair. Photo courtesy of Margaret Yancey

Izard County Fair livestock winners are published in this week’s edition of Pacetting Times, Sept. 12. More winners will be published in the Sept. 19 edition.

All Urban Deer Hunts will begin September 1, and close January 31, 2013. All property inside the Horseshoe Bend city limits is open to hunting except the red cross-hatched areas (300 foot No Hunting Zone around Airport runway). For additional information about land ownership and location of MRID lands, www.ARCountyData.com. Must have written permission from landowner to hunt or cross private property.

Melbourne Bearkatz hosted Izard County Consolidated, Mtn. View, Lead Hill and Cave City in 9-hole match play Thursday, Aug. 23 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne.Melbourne’s Brad Lamb took medalist honors with a 33. Dylan Smith of Melbourne shot 39. Tyler Webb of Melbourne and Chris King, of ICC, each shot a 44. Chris Mosley shot a 54 for the Cougars. On the girls side, Jordan Sherrell, ICC Junior, led the girls and took home medalist honors with a 45. Emma Cooper, Melbourne senior, shot a 53 and Falyn Farmer of ICC ended the day with a 56. The Bearkatz shot the best of all schools with a 116. Izard County Lady Cougars led the way with a 161. Izard County boys came in 5th with a team total of 156, and the Lady Bearkatz placed third with 182.

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