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

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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CROWN LAKE SPILLWAY: Several inches of rain fell over Mother’s Day weekend, with an estimated six inches during the night on May 10. Pictured is the Crown Lake spillway at the dam on Tri Lakes in Horseshoe Bend the following morning. Photos/K.Sherrell

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UP TO THE BRIDGE: The Strawberry River was roaring on Monday, May 11 following several inches of rain over the weekend. The flooded river came close to covering the Strawberry River bridge between Horseshoe Bend and Wiseman on Highway 354.

by Bobby Stapleton, sports
The regular season of football has wrapped up and the road to the Championship starts this Friday, November 14, with a couple of the area teams involved.
In the 3A, Melbourne takes on Elkins this Friday night with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Osceola/Camden Harmony Grove winner on November 21.
In the 4A, Highland takes on Clinton in the first round with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Dollarway/Gentry game on November 21.

Taking it right at them: Pirate Darby Ketron slices through the defense on his way to the rim against Greers Ferry last week. Full story in the November 12 edition of Pacesetting Times. ketronPhoto/B.Stapleton

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by Sonia Blakenship
We are still encouraging everyone to sign up for the CodeRed Weather Warning.
We have changed the site where you go to and sign up for the warnings. Go to www.izardcountyar.org and then click on OEM.
When that page opens up there is a link that you click on and the site opens up for you to enter your information.
As always, if you want to sign up for CodeRed and do not want to use the website, you can call 870-368-4113 and you can be signed up that way. Everyone is encouraged to utilize this service.

The Salem Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds travelled to Pangburn last week for regional action.
The Greyhounds lost in first round action against EPC 46-60 ending their season. The Lady Greyhounds beat Rector 63-62 and fell to Marmaduke 64-35 putting them in the consolation bracket and earning them a trip to state.
The Lady Greyhounds will take on Spring Hill at 1 p.m. at Hampton High School on Friday, March 7.

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.

A tornadic system hit Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas on Wednesday, April 10 during the evening hours. One injury was reported in the storm which damaged 37 properties, destroyed three homes and caused major damage at six additional homes.

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Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

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.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce February General Membership meeting for Thursday, February 21, has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather in north central Arkansas arriving February 20.

Plans are well under way by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative for what appears to be a major ice event beginning the evening of February 20 and into February 21. The cooperative is on full alert, and planning is underway to respond to whatever happens over the next two days. “Should the worst case scenario (immediate worst case by the NWS) play out, we will have extended outages that will exceed a few days,” stated Mel Coleman, CEO. “It appears we are not talking about the same severity of the 2009 storm, but I will say some of the weather models are close to that.” Predictions now are for .25 to .75 inches of ice over NAEC’s entire service territory.

Severe thunderstorms that struck the area on Wednesday, August 1, exacted their toll on a number of Salem’s trees and buildings. Salem Fire Chief Nick Blanton reported that winds in excess of 70 mph stripped the roofs off of two barns and a building on the town square. Blanton added that some roads were blocked when tree limbs that were killed by the 2009 ice storm were blown to the ground.

Severe thunderstorms downed a tree next to the Salem First National Banking Company parking lot. Paige Cooper, the Salem FNBC branch manager, said that the tree was scheduled to be removed on Saturday, August 4.