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.


by Karen Sherrell
HORSESHOE BEND – The sun was shining, it was 65 degrees, and 43 plungers were ready to make their splash in Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina.
Holding the Third Annual Polar Plunge in March rather than January proved to be warmer, if you stayed dry. The windy day added to the grimaces and shouts of plungers entering and exiting the water, as onlookers roared with laughter.
Individuals and teams took on the challenge and raised $3,567 for Special Olympics on Saturday, March 4. Jackie Kizer of Horseshoe Bend is an annual plunger, and she raised $254, the most for an individual, and she also received the Golden Plunger Award for the third time. Salem Wet Dawgs raised $2,000 for this year’s event, the most raised by a team, represented by 25 plungers. Team Calico Rock received the Best Costume Award, and raised $465 from the Elementary School and $100 from FCCLA.
The Care Center team from Mountain Home raised $250, and Southfork River Therapy and Living Center Team of Salem raised $465.
Box Hound Marina is the annual sponsor of the event held at the pavilion and beach. Officials with Special Olympics presented owner Laureen Sac with a 2017 Golden Plunger plaque in appreciation of Box Hound’s generosity.
With some smaller plungers wanting to the enter the water early, and other plungers literally walking on water for a few seconds, this year’s event proved to be as entertaining as ever.
But the best part will be the smiles on the faces of the participants in Special Olympic events made possible by all the plungers and their sponsors.
See additional photos in the March 15th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

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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.

The 26th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 16 will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend, the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort, and R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event.
Tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fees will be $60 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in. All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Since 2013, the Buddy Bass tournament has raised $6,000 to help their cause.
Call 870-670-4496 for more information.

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Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2016 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, January 16 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Awards start at noon and the plunge follows directly.
Sponsorships/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges.
Special awards will be given for best costume: individual and team; and first place for the most money raised: individual 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 high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker; $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a plunge t-shirt, beach towel, high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker and a packable waterproof jacket available in seven colors.
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 15,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Athletes in Arkansas train and compete in aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, power-lifting and other sports at local, Regional, State and International levels. While their competition events are often in public view, it is their training program that forms the foundation of all that they do. Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze metals. In a sense, the athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for athletes and their families. Their goal is to bring people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream of society in Arkansas under conditions where they are accepted, respected and given the opportunity to become positive citizens.
So, plungers get your sponsorship/contribution form, get your sponsors and be ready to take the 2016 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina, Resort & RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 16.

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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 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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The 25th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 25, will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend, the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort and R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event. Tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fees will be $50 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in. All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
The annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 24 years ago upon the request of local fishermen and was then known as the Dogwood Days Buddy Bass Tournament. The tournament has consistently grown with six boats showing up that first year to an average of about 35 boats and is run with less formality than most big league tournaments. One of the main differences is that the take off is done by drawing numbers versus the date the entries were received. Many of the years have seen pontoon boats mixed in with the decked out bass boats. Contestants are mainly AR and MO residents. Box Hound Marina, Resort and R.V. Park, 870-670-4496, is a full-service marina, resort, and R.V. Park located on spectacular Crown Lake in North-Central Arkansas. In addition to some of the finest bass fishing in Arkansas, there are endless water sports to enjoy including pontoon boats, swimming, or just relaxing outside the resort’s cabins or R. V. Park. Box Hound is truly a natural jewel nestled in the boot heel of the Arkansas Ozarks. The owners have created a very relaxing and family oriented resort which is unparalleled anywhere. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful, and non-pressured place in which to relax visit Crown Lake and experience Box Hound. See full story in the April 1 edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: Thirty-three participants from the tri-county area took a cold plunge into Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 17. Plungers raised almost $5,000 for Special Olympics Arkansas. The Polar Plunge was sponsored in part by Box Hound Marina. See additional pictures and full story in January 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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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.

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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.

The ICC Class of 2004 will be holding their 10 year class reunion at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend on July 26 beginning at 11 a.m. A kid friendly day at the lake is planned. Everyone will need to bring their own snacks, food and drinks.
The reunion will continue on later that night at the Hawks Nest in Melbourne at 7:30 p.m. for an adult only night.
A memorabilia table will be set up for a “blast to the past” so bring any photos, yearbooks or anything else to set up.
For more information contact Laura Gaskins at 870-291-1290.

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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.