by Laureen Sac
The 11th Annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held May 20 at Box Hound Marina, Resort and RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. The event is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. and fishing will go on until 1 p.m. Each child must hook and land their own fish. All participants will be limited to four fish each. If any child does not have a rod and reel, one will be provided for them. Prizes will be awarded. The derby is open to children between the ages of five and 12. All children participating must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The food will be provided by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club. They will be serving hotdogs, chips and drinks. The Brandy Chevallier – State Farm Insurance Agency will be manning the grill.
Remember to mark the calendar for Saturday, May 20 for a fun filled day of fishing and sun on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend.


The application period for Arkansas’ special urban bowhunts for the 2017-18 hunting season is now open and will run until 6:30 p.m., August 18. Hunters interested in participating in the Cherokee Village, Russellville, Fairfield Bay, Horseshoe Bend, Heber Springs and Hot Springs Village hunts should visit http://www.arkansasbowhunters.org/ to register online or contact J.D. Crawford at jd@arkansasbowhunters.org.
Hunters wishing to participate in the Bull Shoals or Lakeview hunts should contact the Bull Shoals Urban Bowhunters Association’s President Bill Craker at bsurbanbowhunt@yahoo.com.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission works with these two bowhunting groups in order to help administer needed hunts in urban areas.
“We’re fortunate to have these two partners step up and help administer these hunts, ensure the hunters are proficient and discreet and coordinate with the cities to prevent any conflicts,” said Ralph Meeker “Hunting is the most efficient means we have to control deer populations, and these hunts allow hunters to enjoy their sport while contributing to needy Arkansans throughout the state.”
As a stipulation of the hunt, all hunters must donate their first adult deer harvested to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Additionally, hunters who participate in the hunts must attend an orientation where they must pass a proficiency test with their archery equipment. A $50 orientation fee is collected by the bowhunting organizations, which helps offset some of the processing cost of the deer donated to AHFH through the program.
All urban hunts follow stringent guidelines to ensure that the safety of hunters and local landowners is maintained. In addition to the orientations and shooting proficiency tests, all hunters must have passed the International Bowhunters Education Program course to participate.
“Hunting is a very safe sport,” Meeker said. “But we make sure there is an extra level of safety involved in these hunts because of them being conducted in areas not normally associated with hunting.”
The exact regulations for each hunt may vary slightly, depending on the wishes of that community, but many rules, including mandatory shooting proficiency tests and maintaining a safe distance from homes and trails on common areas and obtaining landowner permission on private property, remain constant.
All deer harvested during urban hunts are considered bonus deer, and do not count toward a hunter’s seasonal limit. There are no limits to the number of deer that can be harvested in urban hunts and all antler restrictions are lifted. All deer harvested must still be checked to the appropriate urban deer zone online at www.agfc.com, by telephone at 844-5AR-HUNT, or by using the AGFC smartphone app.

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by Karen Sherrell
HORSESHOE BEND – A 19 year old man drowned in Crown Lake on Tuesday, November 22, when he fell from a boat he was testing.
According to officials on the scene, Colt Farley of Zion, formerly of Melbourne, brought his boat to the Box Hound Marina boat launch at approximately 5:30 p.m. Farley had plans to go duck hunting the following morning, and wanted to test his boat first. He was to meet friends at a ballgame Tuesday evening and never arrived. His friends tried to contact Farley, and they decided to travel to the marina to see if he was still there.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Izard County dispatch received a call from the marina, when Farley’s truck and boat trailer were discovered on the launch, with the truck door open and engine running.
Izard County deputies, first responders and Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene. According to Deputy Earnie Blackley, Farley’s boat was discovered across the lake. Volunteers also combed the banks surrounding the lake.
Personnel returned to the scene Wednesday at dawn, with rescue boats with sonar to search for and recover the body. Arkansas Game and Fish Dive Team of Camden arrived on the scene at 11 a.m. and continued the search for Farley. His body was recovered at approximately 1:45 p.m.

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HEADED TO HIT THE BEER STORE, LITERALLY: On Saturday, April 30 at approximately 6:45 p.m., Ash Flat Police Department was dispatched to the scene of an accident at Sharp County Bootlegger liquor store. Officer Colton Wilson was the first officer to respond and identified the driver as Randall Veazie of Ash Flat. Wilson conducted a search on the vehicle and called for back up to assist with the intoxicated Veazie. Sharp County Officer Kelly Newcom and Highland Officer Jeff Hamilton assisted Wilson. According to officers, Veazie claimed he mistook drive for park and drove his Jeep Grand Cherokee into the entrance of the building. Veazie was charged with Careless and Prohibited Driving, Driving on a Suspended License for DWI, and DWI. Pictured is Officer Wilson. Photo/CarrieJohnson
Shooter found in Spring River
Authorities are no longer searching for a suspect involved in a shooting on May 3 in the Williford area.
Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said the case started around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, when police received a domestic disturbance call from the Dollar General on U.S. 63 in Imboden. A woman there said a man, later identified as Brandon Southerly, dropped her off following an argument.
Around 9:55 p.m., a Williford woman called 911 saying her husband had been shot. Reports state the woman told responding deputies a man driving in a white Chevy pickup truck shot her husband. There is no connection at this time between the victim and Southerly.
Numerous agencies responded and began searching for the truck. Officers with the Ravenden Police Department found the truck at Cookies Gas Station on U.S. 62.
Several officers surrounded the vehicle before Southerly took off driving toward Hardy. Counts said Southerly crashed into a wooded area just before the water wheel near Hardy on U.S. 63 and fled on foot.
The search was called off at 4:30 a.m. the next morning, and resumed after daylight.
On Thursday, May 5 around 7:32 p.m., Southerly’s body was recovered from the Spring River less than 100 yards from where he entered the river. The body was found in four to five feet of water, across from the crash site in Hardy. Sheriff Counts said the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission used its sonar equipment and Hardy Fire Department assisted with the recovery.
Southerly’s body will be sent to the state crime lab.
Woman run over by vehicle
Deputies responded to Arnhart Street in Ash Flat around 4 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Witnesses at the scene stated a man and woman were fighting in the front yard of a house and the man got in a red Pontiac Grand Am and ran over the woman.
An officer spotted the vehicle on Peace Valley Road and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver fled from officers and the car was found abandoned on Peace Valley Road.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections dog tracking team from Calico Rock responded to the scene.
Approximately two hours later, Joshua King, age 22, was discovered, hiding under an abandoned house on Evans Street in Ash Flat. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Sharp County Jail.
King was charged with second-degree battery, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule 6 controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Iowa man arrested in kidnapping of Arkansas woman
An Iowa man was arrested on Wednesday, May 4 and charged with attempted murder and kidnapping charges after authorities said he tied a cinder block to his ex-girlfriend and tossed her into the Spring River in Cherokee Village.
Court documents say Jerry Dean Clark kidnapped Kathryn Lynn Jones, age 44, at a Days Inn Hotel on April 20.
The woman emerged from the river and then Clark tied her to a tree and hit her. She freed herself, got back in the river, and floated two miles downstream before calling for help at a residence.
Clark, age 45 of Glenwood, IA, is being held in the Sharp County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He will face formal charges in Sharp County Circuit Court on May 12.

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SHARP COUNTY — Authorities are no longer searching for a suspect involved in a shooting on May 3 in the Williford area.
Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts said the case started around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, when police received a domestic disturbance call from the Dollar General on U.S. 63 in Imboden. A woman there said a man, later identified as Brandon Southerly, dropped her off following an argument.
Around 9:55 p.m., a Williford woman called 911 saying her husband had been shot. Reports state the woman told responding deputies a man driving in a white Chevy pickup truck shot her husband. There is no connection at this time between the victim and Southerly.
Numerous agencies responded and began searching for the truck. Officers with the Ravenden Police Department found the truck at Cookies Gas Station on U.S. 62.
Several officers surrounded the vehicle before Southerly took off driving toward Hardy. Counts said Southerly crashed into a wooded area just before the water wheel near Hardy on U.S. 63 and fled on foot.
The search was called off at 4:30 a.m. the next morning, and resumed after daylight.
On Thursday, May 5 around 7:32 p.m., Southerly’s body was recovered from the Spring River less than 100 yards from where he entered the river. The body was found in four to five feet of water, across from the crash site in Hardy. Sheriff Counts said the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission used its sonar equipment and Hardy Fire Department assisted with the recovery.
Southerly’s body will be sent to the state crime lab.
Woman run over by vehicle
Deputies responded to Arnhart Street in Ash Flat around 4 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Witnesses at the scene stated a man and woman were fighting in the front yard of a house and the man got in a red Pontiac Grand Am and ran over the woman.
An officer spotted the vehicle on Peace Valley Road and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver fled from officers and the car was found abandoned on Peace Valley Road.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections dog tracking team from Calico Rock responded to the scene.
Approximately two hours later, Joshua King, age 22, was discovered, hiding under an abandoned house on Evans Street in Ash Flat. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Sharp County Jail.
King was charged with second-degree battery, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule 6 controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Iowa man arrested in kidnapping of Arkansas woman
An Iowa man was arrested on Wednesday, May 4 and charged with attempted murder and kidnapping charges after authorities said he tied a cinder block to his ex-girlfriend and tossed her into the Spring River in Cherokee Village.
Court documents say Jerry Dean Clark kidnapped Kathryn Lynn Jones, age 44, at a Days Inn Hotel on April 20.
The woman emerged from the river and then Clark tied her to a tree and hit her. She freed herself, got back in the river, and floated two miles downstream before calling for help at a residence.
Clark, age 45 of Glenwood, IA, is being held in the Sharp County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He will face formal charges in Sharp County Circuit Court on May 12.

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KID’S FISHING DAY: The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hosted the Annual Kid’s Fishing Day at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 6. See additional photos and the story on page 5 of the June 17 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/Randy Sherrell

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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 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located two and a half 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 under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults 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.

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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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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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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.

Over 150 people attended the standing room only meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) on Thursday, January 15, voicing their opinions, loudly at times, on the addition of an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park. Opponents of the project site 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 more commerce for the city. See the entire story and vote in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Pick up your copy of the paper in newsracks in Izard, Fulton and Sharp Counties.

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PROPOSED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH: The Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are discussing a proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. According to AGFC Regional Maintenance Contract Coordinator Mike Cantrell, the preliminary proposal will include vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock and launch ramp. If the proposal is approved, this will become public access to Crown Lake. Some residents have questioned the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property value. According to Cantrell, a previous proposal with Box Hound Marina “is at an end pass, and done.” Box Hound Marina has recently resurfaced their boat launch which is free to use by property owners. MRID has included discussion of the proposed launch in their public meeting agenda for January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building located atop Turkey Mountain.