by Ron Yow
The January Music in the Mountains Show will be held on Saturday, January 28.
Normally the show is on the third Saturday but we have had to change the date. Be sure and mark your calendar of this change! Our guests for the January show are a couple of locals.
A few months ago, The Loft held a singing contest with some very talented singers.
We were able to get the first and second place winners to come and perform with us, Randy Campbell and Kelly Smith.
Campbell is a local who grew up up Franklin. He has been singing since he was able to speak and loves country music.
Smith lives right here in Horseshoe Bend and is best known around town as the Animal Control Officer. Smith is a very talented singer and enjoys singing a wide array of music.
This is a show you will not want to miss. So remember the date, January 28. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with Marty McKnight cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. The girls will be inside to help with your hunger needs.
The show will begin at 6 p.m. Come on out for an evening of good food, good fellowship and lots of good music. Admission is by donation.
We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC, for their continued support. Hope to see you all Saturday, January 28.

Attention all men! Are you a hunk in heels?
The Salem Fifth Grade Class is hosting a Woman-less Beauty Pageant to raise money for the Nathan Jackson family. The pageant will be held at the Salem High School on January 28 at 6 p.m.
The pageant entry fee is $10. Winners will be crowned by donations. This will be a fun event for a great cause. If you would like to enter the pageant or help with the show, please contact Heather Busch at 870-291-1087 or Tiffany Cooper at 870-371-4054.
There will also be a dessert auction (pie, cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc). If you would like to bake a sweet treat, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Arkansans statewide are encouraged to spruce up their communities by volunteering in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. This year’s spring cleanup campaign, coordinated and promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, KAB, begins March 1 and continues through May 31.
Everyone in Horseshoe Bend is encouraged to participate in this year’s Keep Horseshoe Bend Beautiful Great American Cleanup. Civic groups, clubs, organizations, scouts, churches, individuals, businesses, and neighborhoods can put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7 and help cleanup. There will be a Hot Dog Picnic to follow. All Horseshoe Benders are encouraged to take part in the annual community cleanup initiative.
Those interested in organizing a cleanup event or volunteering, please call Event Coordinators Michelle Grabowski, City Hall, at 870-670-5113; or Carrie Johnson, Pacesetting Times, at 870-670-6397.
“The Great American Cleanup is an excellent opportunity for Arkansans to make a positive impact on the environment, the state and their local communities,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We encourage everyone to participate in a local event or sign up to coordinate an event.”
Horseshoe Bend is an attractive community, and all residents have a responsibility to keep it clean and attractive. If Horseshoe Bend is littered and ill kept, its potential to attract industry and tourism can be greatly impacted.
A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, roadsides and waterways free of litter can make a big difference in Horseshoe Bend’s future.
Below are some of the things you can do as a church, business, or civic group to be a sponsor.
– Freshen up your parking lot, roadsides, and ditches;
– Plant a flower bed;
– Add potted flowers or plants to your entrance;
– Recycle Items produced by your church, business, or civic group that are accepted by Horseshoe Bend Recycling Center;
– Prune trees and bushes;
– Add a fresh coat of paint if needed;
– Put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7.
Updated information on where volunteers will meet to sign up and what supplies volunteers will need to bring will be published in the Pacesetting Times as we get closer to the clean-up date.
KAB works with cleanup coordinators to plan and publicize their local events, and provide volunteers with Glad® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other cleanup supplies.

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

Handbags for Homeless Women is a non-profit organization that Crystal Pinson, of Salem, started less than two weeks ago. While still in the beginning stages of the mission, the response from the surrounding communities has been tremendous.
Pinson lives in Salem with her husband the three sons. “I was inspired to do this mission when I heard about an organization providing shoes for the homeless,” said Pinson. “I realized some of the struggles that came from being a woman on the streets,” she added. The mission fills handbags with fruit snacks, feminine hygiene products, personal care trial size items, etc. for homeless women. Since Handbags for Homeless Women is such a new mission, purses and personal care items are still needed. After the purses are filled, they will be distributed to Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters throughout the Ozarks. Drop-off sites are at Expressions Salon, located at 306 Hwy. 62 West in Salem, and All About You Salon, located at 7 Highland Cove Drive in Highland.
Receipts are available upon donation. The mission appreciates any and all help. If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Pinson at handbagsforhomelesswomen@yahoo.com or follow Handbags for Homeless Women on Facebook.

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

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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

oldmainThe Old Main schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper, pie auction, talent show, and candidate meet and greet on Saturday, October 4, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Fulton County Heritage Foundation.
The general public is invited to participate in the events and to visit with candidates for local and state office. There is no charge for the chili supper; however, donations will be accepted to benefit the Old Main restoration project. Old Main is located at the intersection of Oak and North Streets in downtown Salem.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main.
The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening.
Singers, musicians, dancers and variety act participants are invited to participate in the talent show, which will follow the pie auction.
Volunteers with the Fulton County Heritage Foundation have worked during the past year to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities such as Terrific Tuesdays, a summer meals program for children in Salem and the surrounding area. Other community activities are planned in the coming months.
For more information about the upcoming event or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the foundation, at 870-710-0720.

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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

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Salem Senior High Football Team 2014

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

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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.

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

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.

Phyllis Ann Walters was born in Decatur, Illinois on April 2, 1933, daughter of  Joseph  Berton and Evelyn (Harrison) Stuckey. She departed this life on Monday, March 25 at her home in Horseshoe Bend at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 23 days.
She was united in marriage to Byron “Barney” Walters on April 15, 1951, at Pocahontas. She was owner/operator of Phyl’s Barntiques in Horseshoe Bend for 20 years and sang in the original “Horseshoe Blenders” and was a member of the Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Barney; daughter, Cinda Walters Walker of Fairfield Bay; three sons, Mark Walters (Pam) of Abilene, Texas, Terry Walters (Cheryl) of Pana, Illinois, and Craig  Walters (Lori) of Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Todd Walters, Shane Walker, Brandon Walker, Joshua Walters, Whitney Walters, Katie O’Donnell and Quentin Walters; ten great grandchildren, Ashlyn Walters, Garin Walters, Payton Walters, Luke Walker, Ben Walker, Kai Hudson Walker, Jonathan Walters, Max Walters, Simon Walters and Mayah Chanda; two sisters, Elaine  Gilmore of Malvern  and  Joan Etherton, of Mt. Zion, Illinois; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded by one son, Scott, parents, Joseph and Evelyn Stuckey and one brother, James.
Funeral services were held at Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church, Horseshoe Bend at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28. Pallbearers were Todd Walters, Joshua Walters, Shane Walker, Tyler O’Donnell, Brandon Walker and Quentin Walters. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois, on Friday, March 29.
Memorials preferred to Gideon Bible.

The Moss-Dockins Community Center in Oxford will have an Open House on Saturday, April 13.
The new community center located at Oxford City Park will have refreshments from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come and see the new addition to the community.

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.

The 2012 Horseshoe Bend Chamber Radio auction will be broadcast on The River FM 98.3. The chamber is accepting items to be auctioned, so if you have usable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop off at the chamber office during normal hours of operation, located at the lower mall area, Horseshoe Bend, or call 870-670-5433.
The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation. The funding helps the Chamber of Commerce sponsor events such as: Promoting Horseshoe Bend in advertising, Dogwood Days, 4th of July parade, fireworks display, Halloween Trunk or Treat, Santa at the Mall, Festival of Trees, and Christmas Toys for Kids.
The Radio Auction is going to be held October 15 through October 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly; and broadcast on FM 98.3.

The Dream Riders Biking for Children Chapter “E” 5th Annual Fish Fry and Poker Run will be held at the Izard County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 25. Proceeds will go to provide for needs of disabled and under-privileged children in the surrounding area. The event includes bike games, a tractor show, bike show and more starting at 2 p.m. There will also be free train rides for the kids, a bouncy house, face painting and more.
First bike out at 8 a.m.; last bike out at 10 a.m. Last bike back in by 12 p.m.
Poker hands are $10 and extra hands are $5. There will be a prize for best hand and worst hand. There will be a Fish Fry starting at noon. Fish plates are $8 and include a drink.
Everyone is welcome!

Jacob Morley, a National Guardsman, allegedly told two fellow soldiers that he would target Salem High School, killing as many students as possible to see how the soldiers would react.

They were attending a National Guard military drill at the  Mountain Home Armory on the weekend of August 4, when Morley made the threat. The soldiers reacted. Law enforcement agencies are taking the threat seriously.

According to reports, the affidavit submitted by Special Agent Todd Shaw with the Arkansas State Police, includes the following information:
“While at the Armory, Morley engaged in a conversation with two other soldiers in which he stated that, if he decided to commit suicide sometime within the next five years, he would go to the Salem, AR. High School and shoot as many students as possible. Morley commented that he would do so to make the teachers suffer and have to live with what had happened. The soldiers whom Morley made the statement were interviewed and state that the statement was not made jokingly, and that Morley appeared very serious at the time he made the statement. Morley was confronted about the statement by his commanding officers and admitted having made it. Furthermore, Morley has stated that he had found a place on the Internet from which he could order “booby traps”, and has attempted to negotiate the purchase of firearms from other soldiers assigned to his National Guard Unit.”

Jacob S. Morley, 22, was arrested August 14 and is being held at the Izard County Jail on lockdown without bond, after a week-long investigation by Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement.

Morley is being charged with Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat, which is a Class B Felony. It is a crime that occurs under the law, when “the person knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a terrorist act, or otherwise creates the impression or belief that a terrorist act is about to be or has been committed, or in any manner knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a catastrophe…that the person knows to be false.”
Salem High School Principal Wayne Guiltner stated Morley was a 2009 graduate of SHS.

2012 IZARD COUNTY FAIR QUEEN: Savannah Skidmore (center) was crowned Izard County Fair Queen on Saturday, August 11. Savannah is the daughter of Jerry and Kim Skidmore. First runner up was Aston Byram (l), daughter of Leta Gay Byram, and second runner up and photogenic was Sage Parish, daughter of Dale and Anna Parish.