The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, quarterly meetings for 2017 are, February 9, May 11, August 10, and November 9.
All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building atop Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.

by Sharon VanZandt
Members and guests, join us for another busy month at the Loft! Every Tuesday Pool Tournaments begin at 6:30 p.m. Want to learn to line dance with a fun group? Join us every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 will be a real treat for our club! Entertainers Penny Wolfe, Erin Walters, Shannon Rounds and Eric Mallot will be singing and playing some great music for your listening or dancing pleasure. There is a $5 cover charge, you don’t want to miss this great night. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 17 will be our Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off! DJ Doctor Steve Clark will also be playing his great dancing music after the cook-off. See our ad in the Pacesetting Times classifieds for details. There will be no Potluck this month. Friday, February 24 will be our Birthday and Anniversary night. This month we will be celebrating both January and February. Sing along to Karaoke with the Slavins at 7 p.m. For more information contact the Loft at 870-670-4411. The Loft is located atop the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain.

by Sue Clay
Join the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals for a “Fun-Raiser” Bowl for the Animals on Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes. Teams need to be made up of four bowlers.
Fees are $20 per bowler with kids under 12 bowling for $10, and each team will receive a free pizza while bowling, provided by Scenic Realty.
There will be lots of prizes, drawings, and special awards.
The “Fun-Raiser” is a great way to spend time with good friends, and help the animals. Pick a theme for your team; choose a name, wear matching clothes, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a good time!
Area businesses and churches, please think about sponsoring a team. If you are not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but do not have a team, we can put one together for you.
The Friends Bake Sale, always the best goodies in town with lots of delicious choices, will also be going on at Horseshoe Lanes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Stop in to buy your special Valentine treats for yourself and others. Come early for the best selection of goodies as the Friends Bake Sales are always a sellout.
If you have any questions, please phone Friends of HBA at 870-373-2649. If you would like to donate some baked goods, please have them at Horseshoe Lanes by 10:30 a.m. on that Saturday.
You can register your team at Horseshoe Lanes by phoning 870-670-5606. Please join the Friends of HBA and help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend.

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.

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.

The Awakening Revival
On Saturday, March 26, The Awakening Revival will be held on the Holy Mountain, the highest peak in Horseshoe Bend, Turkey Mountain. Prayer begins at 5 p.m. and the revival will begin at 7 p.m.

Easter Cantata
Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church choir will present the Easter Cantata, Behold the Lamb by Lloyd Larson on Easter Sunday afternoon, March 27 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to end this special day with a musical and narrative journey celebrating God’s priceless gift. A finger food fellowship will follow the performance. First Baptist Church is located at 511 West Church Street.

Easter Sunrise Service
Continuing with the tradition, Reverend David Schaller of Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend will present a Sunrise Service on Easter morning at 6:45 a.m. at Turkey Mountain tennis courts. Everyone is invited to celebrate and share in this Spiritual event. Please bring your chair. Afterwards, coffee and donuts are provided at Faith Presbyterian Church. In the event of rain, the service will be held at the church.

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Horseshoe Bend
March 27 – The Resurrection of our Lord, Free Easter Breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. Festive Divine Service with Holy Communion 9 a.m. “Come to the Feast” – Amos 9:11-15.

Come to the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend this weekend!
The Garden Club will be having a Christmas Bazaar on Friday, November 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Christmas Village will be featured, as well as decorated Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, plants, and baked items. Stop in early for best buys!

There will be a recount on the Horseshoe Bend Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman race, Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at the Izard County Courthouse courtroom, in Melbourne.

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.

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Horseshoe Bend Mayor Barnes presented service awards to Donny Gleghorn for five years of dedicated service and to Marty Roberts for 35 years of service at the Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting held on July 28. Barnes also gave a short brief on the semi-annual Mayor Main Street Forum he held on July 22. A video was created to promote tourism to our area and was premiered at the forum. The video may be viewed on either the City or Chamber website, YouTube, or the City’s Facebook page. Pictured is Roberts (l) and Barnes. For the full Council minutes, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

The Buck Stops Here retail promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 29.
Need not be present to win. Don’t let the high cost of fuel get you down, shop Horseshoe Bend and Franklin and save! Area merchants appreciate your business! The Buck Stops Here is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses.
For a full list of participating businesses and their additional specials for the month of August, check out the August 6th edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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The Wiseman Post Office held a meeting with postal service officials on July 29 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the Post Office being open two hours a day.
After surveying the local community and posting information at the Wiseman Post Office, 89 percent of people who returned a survey voted on a realignment of hours, and 11 percent made no selection. Wiseman Post Office mailed out 65 surveys and received 19 surveys back.
After reviewing the surveys that were returned, and taking into account Postal Service operational needs, retail hours for Wiseman will most likely be Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
“The hours, 9 to 11 a.m. are not set for sure,” said Jason Fountain, Wiseman postmaster. “But that’s probably what it is going to be.”
Total Saturday window service hours will not be reduced and access to delivery receptacles will not change as a result of the POST Plan realignment of weekday window service hours. Postal Officials will take into account all information received at the meeting before making a final decision. Access to delivery receptacles will not be reduced from current hours.
Currently the Wiseman Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Nearby Post Offices/Alternative options:
Violet Hill 6.6 miles away; Oxford 6.8 miles away; Glencoe 7.7 miles away; and Franklin 6 miles away.

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Judith (Judy) A. Butterbrodt departed from us July 11, 2014 at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem, AR. Judy was born in Ladysmith, WI on October 26, 1943 to Karl W. Schmidt and Dorothy E. (Wilson).
Judy was a long-time resident of Marshfield, WI. Upon graduation from Marshfield Senior High School, June 1961, she began her employment with the School District of Marshfield, where she worked in the main office until her retirement in 2002. She also worked part-time in a design and floral shop, and became very proficient in her decoration hobbies at home.
On June 29, 1963 she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Evan G. Butterbrodt at Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshfield. She was active in the church and community. She was a member of the church choir for over thirty-five years. She worked with Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts in various capacities. Her and her husband worked as a team in the churches that he pastored during his second career.
Judy was the proud mother of two children, Michelle Renee, and Michael Scott.
Judy and Evan moved to Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, July 12, 2004, and became quite active in the community. She had been very active in the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church. She was also a Master Gardener, an active AARP member, a member of the Honorary Police, a past member of the Wisconsin Club, as well as being involved in other volunteer work.
In 2009, Judy and her husband decided to find a winter home in Donna, TX in the Rio Grande Valley. While living in Donna, she became a member of The Amigos de Los Niños de Mexico, the Casa Del Sol choir, volunteered in several other areas in the Casa Del Sol community. She regularly attended Weslaco First United Methodist Church.
Judy and her husband enjoyed travelling together, both here and abroad.
Judy was predeceased by her mother and father. She leaves to mourn her husband, Evan; her son, Michael and his wife Ruth (Baures) of Stoughton, WI; daughter, Michelle Walton and husband Calvin of Stone Mountain, GA, and three grandsons—Stefan, Ryan, and Caleb. She also leaves behind a brother, Gary Schmidt and wife Janet of Green Bay, WI, and two sisters—Karla Pfeiffer and husband Al of Austin, TX, and Deanna Christiansen and husband Michael of St. Louis Park, MN, and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
As she gave of herself in life, she continues to give in death, as she had donated her body to science through Genesis (M.E.R.I.) in Memphis, TN.
Memorial arrangements are pending.

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The Izard County Sheriff’s Department released this information pursuant to Act 989 of 1997 and amendments of 2006 regarding sex offenders. Logan Edwards has moved to 363 Shadow Gate Road in Violet Hill. Edwards was convicted in November 2013. Edwards, then 19 years of age, had sexual intercourse with a 13 year old female.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Edwards is classified as a Level 3 Offender which indicates these individuals usually have histories of repeat sexual offending and/or strong anti-social, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. The offense patterns of Level 3 Offenders reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur. Edwards is described as a 24 year old white male, six foot tall, 165 pounds having brown hair and blue eyes.
Lawrence said that a sex offender notification has been hand delivered to residences within a half mile radius of Edward’s residence. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather it is the sheriff’s belief that an informed public is a safer public. The Izard County Sheriff’s Department has no legal authority to direct where a convicted offender lives. Unless a court ordered restriction exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live where he/she chooses. This information cannot be used to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders; otherwise law enforcement’s ability to do community notifications could potentially end.

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SIXTY YEARS: On Monday, July 14, Knights of Columbus Council, Father Conan Mawhorr, 10493 of Horseshoe Bend, honored Knight Daniel Bye for his 60 years of service with the Knights of Columbus. A proclamation from the Arkansas State Deputy Adrian Dominguez proclaiming Dan’s service to one and service to all. District Deputy Tim Malloy and Grand Knight David made the presentation of a Certificate and Glass paperweight in honor Dan’s 60 years of service.

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WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THE FRIENDS: A group of Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals met up with ACO Kelly Smith to drop off a load of Officer Kelly’s requested favorite supplies and food for the Horseshoe Bend Animal Control. As a result of their successful Bowling for the Animals fundraiser, they were able to bring in some much needed items. The Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals thanks everyone for always being so supportive of their efforts to help the Dogs and Cats of Horseshoe Bend. Ellen Love, Kelly Smith, and Sharon Brasher.

The Horseshoe Bend Public Swimming Pool is announcing that Swim Lessons will begin soon! Depending on how many sign up, they will begin on July 21 and may continue the next week, July 28.
Lessons will be from 8 to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday. Minimum age to participate is three years old. Cost will be $25 per week and lessons range from beginner to intermediate. Enrollment forms are available at the pool, located on Club Road.

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.

The next Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club event will be the boat tie-up at Saddler Flats on Crown Lake, July 19 at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, just bring a breakfast dish to share.
The Boating and Fishing Club is open to anyone interested in the safety of the lake, safety of the children, and those interested in helping with kids’ activities. Membership is $5 annually, and you do not have to be a resident or boat owner to join! Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 6 p.m.
For more information about the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, visit them online at www.sites.google.com/site/boatingandfishingclub; email them at boatingandfishingclub@gmail.com or call Bob Skattum at 870-670-5537.

A Horseshoe Bend couple was arrested on July 8 on multiple theft of property charges. According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, allegations are that while employed at the Eagles Club, the couple wrote checks to the club and then stopped payment on the checks.
Blake L. Lawrence, age 30 is accused of writing three such checks while his 24 year old wife, Heather Lawrence, is accused of writing six checks. They each posted a cash bond the day of their arrest in the amounts of $1,000 and $2,000.
In an alcohol related arrest, Joshua D. Jones, age 32 of Melbourne was arrested July 12 on the charge of driving while intoxicated. Jones posted bond the following day in the amount of $1,000, was released and was given a court date of July 17.
Clayton Doyle Henderson, age 32 of Oxford was arrested July 7 on two felony aggravated assault charges. Henderson posted bond that same day in the amount of $10,000 and was given a court date.
Alcohol resulted in the arrest of Tracey Lynn Alex on July 12. Alex, age 44 of Oxford was charged with public intoxication. The arrest followed a call to the Horton residence at 156 Parker Lane. Apparently an altercation occurred earlier at that residence involving Alex and a juvenile female. The juvenile was issued a citation for battery third degree and given a court date in Izard County Juvenile Court.
The incident at the Horton residence continues to be investigated. Meanwhile, Alex remains in the Izard County Detention Facility on an investigative hold.

CrownPoint Health and Rehab, 1203 South Bend Drive, will be hosting a free Community Health Fair on Friday, March 7 in Horseshoe Bend.
They will open their lobby from 8 to 11:30 a.m. for the community to participate in free health services.
The Ozarka College LPN Class will be offering free cholesterol and blood pressure checks, and CrownPoint Health will have free glucometer and oxygen checks, and balance screenings by a physical therapist. Local and surrounding area health industry businesses will have booths, and there will be snacks and a door prize.

Chairman Marty McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on February 12.
Present: Aldermen James Davis, Nate Wolff, Nicki West, McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Harold Faigle.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept January 2014 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by West. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $18,624.82 in sales tax for the month of January 2014. Mayor Barnes thanked the public works department for their efforts and putting in extra time clearing the streets.
Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Under unfinished business: None
Under new business:
The committee discussed snow removal.
Barnes handed out a Snow Removal Fact Sheet. A copy may be viewed on the cities website.
West read a prepared statement regarding the recent snow/ice storm. She recommends the city consider outfitting a city pickup truck with a plow blade to assist with snow removal. The committee also discussed the possibility of obtaining a grant to purchase a truck outfitted with a snowplow.
Barnes prepared a spreadsheet to identify all elected officials property taxes paid in 2013 as an example of what the city actually receives. The total taxes paid in this group were $9,292.08 and out of taxes paid the city received $929.20 and the street department received $278.76. His point was to clear up the misunderstanding that all property taxes paid are distributed to the city. He reiterated that the budget for the street department is limited. The cost to salt all the roads in Horseshoe Bend one time would have been approximately $11,000. The Mayor stated the street department did a great job considering their limited resources and the unprecedented conditions. The surrounding cities have been contacted requesting a status update of their clean-up efforts and they stated that it is a work in progress.
Yow suggested the city recognize Bob Johnson, Commander of the American Legion, for all his efforts-specifically obtaining the cannon for Veterans Park.
The committee addressed questions from the audience.
With no further business to come before the committee Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Davis, motion carried unanimously.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for March 12 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted
Michelle Grabowski
Recorder/Treasurer

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.

There will be a Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, working meeting on Monday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the MRID building, #3 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Mayor of Horseshoe Bend, Bob Barnes, is hosting a meeting between the cities of Horseshoe Bend, Fairfield Bay, and Cherokee Village on Thursday, July 25, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in Horseshoe Bend at 1 p.m. The topic of discussion is “Promoting our Cities”.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Pacesetting Times garnered eight awards in the Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.
The state awards were presented at the press association luncheon held in Eureka Springs on Saturday, June 29, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.
Karen Sherrell, publisher of the Pacesetting Times received First Place of all state weekly newspapers in the category of Investigative Reporting, “Officers called in property dispute.” Judges comments included, “Awesome series of articles. Great reporting and story writing.”
The Pacesetting Times also received the following awards in the Smaller Weekly Division: Second Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Hang on” Karen Sherrell; Second Place, Single Sports Feature Photograph, “Viola Lady Longhorns” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, Headline Writing, “Demo Derby a Dinger” Carrie Johnson; Third Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Knocking them out” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, In-Depth Series Reporting, “Cemetary Vandalism” Karen Sherrell; Honorable Mention, Single News Photograph, “Freightliner Accident” Carrie Johnson; and Honorable Mention, Sports News Story, “Salem routes Mt. View” Eric Lufkin.
The Pacesetting Times is located in north central Arkansas and is beginning their 26th year in publishing.
Richard Irby of The News in Salem, received First Place in the Best Beat Reporter Category, in the Medium Weeklies Division, as well as Second Place in the News Story Category, and Honorable Mention in the Feature Story Category.
The Baxter Bulletin of Mountain Home received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies Division, and the Batesville Daily Guard received Second Place. The Stone County Leader of Mt. View received Third Place in General Excellence, Larger Weeklies Division.
Members of the Texas Press Association selected winners from 1,027 entries from 26 daily newspapers and 1,051 entries from 36 weekly newspapers.

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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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.

Join the Horseshoe Bend Public Library for their Summer Reading Program. Programs will be held on Thursdays, June 6 through July 11, starting at 11 a.m. There will not be a meeting on July 4. The Summer Reading program is for children ages 5 to 12, and the library will have some special activities.
The program will explore things underground. Activities will include special guests, read-a-book, puppet shows, plays, fun crafts, prizes, incentives and much more.
If you are a parent and your child or children have never attended our Summer Reading Program, it would be a great opportunity to introduce them to the library and the importance of reading, plus all the fun they will have. Snacks and a light lunch will be served.
Mothers with small children are encouraged to join us. Call 870-670-4318, or drop in the library at 9 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend, to register. The library is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit them online at horseshoebendpubliclibrary.webs.com.

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American Picker’s Danielle Colby gives a hug to a fan during the 26th annual Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. Colby was flown from Midway, Chicago to the Horseshoe Bend Municipal Airport for the event. Photo/K.Sherrell

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.

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

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

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 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.

On April the 23 through April 25, the Izard County Assessor’s and Collector’s office computers will be down, as they are installing a new file server for their records of the county. This will affect persons that are new to the county and trying to get an assessment for vehicle registrations.
It will also affect updating personal property for the year and all of our real estate files as well as mapping and physical addressing. “We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is essential that we implement this change in our offices,” stated Tammy Sanders, Izard County Assessor.

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

 

Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band of Horseshoe Bend

Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band of Horseshoe Bend

HORSESHOE BEND — The Music in the Mountains Show of Horseshoe Bend will be performing in Texarkana, Texas in March.
Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band will perform at the Oaklawn Opry 2013 on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
“In an effort to help promote our show, Arkansas tourism, and North Central Arkansas, I am taking our show south to Texarkana, Texas. I will have our new Ozark Gateway Magazines in hand, and the hospitality we have to offer in the North Central Arkansas area,” stated show director, Melodie Clemmons.
The Oaklawn Opry is a live music variety show featuring musical entertainment for the entire family. The show is filled with traditional country music with a touch of bluegrass, gospel, old time rock-n-roll and comedy every Saturday night.

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.

A two-vehicle accident was reported in Horseshoe
Bend on Saturday, January 19, with both drivers
involved refusing medical treatment according to the
Horseshoe Bend Police Department.
At approximately 3:55 p.m., a 2000 Olds Alero
traveling north on Nightingale was struck on
the driver’s side while crossing Hummingbird,
by a 2007 GMC pickup traveling east on Hummingbird. Trapped in the Alero was driver Theresa Bayes, age 48 of Salem. The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department was called to the scene for extrication. Bayes refused
medical transport as well as the driver of the pickup,
Christopher Beaver, age 25 of Horseshoe Bend.
No stop sign was located at the intersection of
Hummingbird and Nightingale.
Bayes vehicle was totaled in the accident and
removed from the scene by Beene’s Towing.
According the police report, Beaver’s vehicle
sustained $5,000 in damages and was towed by Counce Towing.

Swearing in ceremonies will be held in Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday, January 2 at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Bob Barnes will conduct the ceremony, swearing in Alderman John Grochowski, Harold Faigle, James Davis, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, Nate Wolfe, Ronald Yow, Nicki West and recorder Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Izard County swearing-in ceremonies be held shortly after midnight New Years Day, January 1 at the courthouse in Melbourne, with Judge David Sherrell conducting the ceremonies.

Tuesday’s General Election reflected a 78% voter turnout for Izard County with the following unofficial results:
For U.S. Congress, District 1, Rick Crawford (R) kept his position with 62% of the vote, or 3,197 votes to Democratic opponent Scott Ellington’s 1,727.
In the State Senate, District 19 race, Sen. David Wyatt (D) won overall with 15,346 votes, to Rep. Linda Collins-Smith’s 14,611. Collins-Smith did win Izard County with 2,722 over Wyatt’s 2,471.
For House of Representatives District 62, incumbent Tommy Wren garnered 61% of the votes with 3,168 over his Republican counterpart Roger Delffs who received 2,068 votes.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence won the bid for another two years with 58% of the votes, or 3,043. No run off in this match with Terry Williams (R) receiving 1,959 votes, and Kenneth Kent (I) getting 288.
For Izard County Assessor, longtime incumbent Tammy Sanders (D) won with 3,332 votes, or 64% over Kelly Anderson (R) with 1,897 votes.
Incumbent Nancy Pratt (D) will remain Izard County Treasurer, getting 56% of the vote, with 2,889 over opponent Walter Hagan (R) with 2,300.
Justice of the Peace race results are as follows: District 5, John David Miller (D) won with 448 votes over Michelle Gray (R) with 280. District 7, Bill Savell (D) narrowly defeated Randall Lovelace (R) by 19 votes, 301-282. District 8, Wayne Boren (D) garnered 326 votes for another close win over opponent David D. Watts who received 290 votes.
In Franklin, incumbent Recorder/Treasurer Stevie Smith won by 50 votes, with a total of 73-23 over Darlene Folyer.
In Horseshoe Bend, incumbent Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski took 64% of the vote, 616, to defeat opponent Michelle Muncie who had 355 votes.
Several new faces will be seen at city council in Horseshoe Bend with the following results: In Ward 1, position 1, James Davis narrowly took the win with 72 votes over opponent Larry Kirby who received 52. Another close race in Ward 1, for Position 2, resulted in Harold Faigle defeating Joe Moser 73-59. In Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West defeated incumbent Lee Mears 178-105. Ward 3, Position 1 was won by Marty McKnight with 144 votes to incumbent Cliff Summey’s 83. Ward 4, Position 2 was another close match with Ronald Yow winning with 172 over incumbent Richard Emmens who received 151.
In Oxford, two-term incumbent Randy Sherrell kept his council seat in Ward 3, Position 2 with 77% of the vote. Sherrell received 211 votes, with opponent Christina Oliver receiving 65.
One amendment passed, Issue No. 1, an amendment providing additional funding  for state highways, county roads, city streets, etc. funded by a temporary 1/2 percent sales and use tax. Amendment 2 failed concerning municipalities and counties creating districts within the city or county for development and redevelopment projects. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act making the medical use of marijuana legal, failed.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction begins tonight at city hall council chambers at 704 W. Commerce St. The auction will be broadcast on FM 98.3 the River from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly, October 15, 16, and 17. Local bidders may call 670-5118, and all others may call toll free 888-221-7149. Listen for some great buys, from show tickets, dinners, to tools and more.

The City of Horseshoe Bend will have the Fall Clean-Up the week of October 8, on resident’s regular trash day.
Items not accepted during clean-up are: Hazardous waste of any kind, red bag medical waste, motor oil, auto batteries, paint in liquid form, freon filled components, construction materials (remodels, window replacements, add-ons, etc), and electronic materials such as computers television sets, etc.
Any questions, please call the Horseshoe Bend Water Department at 670-5885.

The Kiwanis Club of Horseshoe Bend sponsors Bingo every Monday night at 7 p.m. at Crown Point Recreation Center, 1530 S. Ivory Lane, in Horseshoe Bend.

AA meets every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Horseshoe Bend. For more information, call 870-373-0363.

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.

On Sunday, September 2, the Horseshoe Bend Police Department, received a call reporting a possible death on Clarke Lane in Horseshoe Bend.
Sgt. Sonny Gerringer arrived on the scene at 8:14 a.m., and identified the deceased as Nicholas A. Bailey, age 32, of Franklin.
Izard County Coroner Eddie Howard pronounced Bailey dead on arrival. His body has been sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock. There is no reported cause of death as of Monday, Sept. 10 according to Police Chief Fred Mitchell. Reports of Bailey’s involvement in an altercation at a local night club the evening before his death are currently under investigation.

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.

On Thursday, September 20, the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host a dinner meeting at the Horseshoe Bend Fire Department Training Room at 6 p.m. Dinner will be BBQ pork with a bun, beans, coleslaw, dessert, coffee, and tea or water for $10.
Linda Collins-Smith, candidate for Senator of Arkansas, will be the speaker for this program.
All proceeds from this event will be for the benefit of the Horseshoe Bend Fire Department.

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.

According to the Izard County Clerk’s Office, this is latest update in City filings for Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend James Davis: Ward 1, Position 1 Larry Kirby: Ward 1, Position 1 Harold Faigle: Ward 1, Position 2 Joe Moser: Ward 1, Position 2 Nate Wolff: Ward 2, Position 1 *Lee Mears: Ward 2, Position 2 Nicki West: Ward 2, Position 2 Marty McKnight: Ward 3, Position 1 *Cliff Summey: Ward 3, Position 1 *Sonny Minze: Ward 3, Position 2 *John Grachowski: Ward 4, Position 1 *Richard Emmens: Ward 4, Position 2 Ron Yow: Ward 4, Position 2 *Michelle Grabowski: Recorder/Treasurer, Michelle Muncie: Recorder/Treasurer.

* denotes incumbent

Horseshoe Bend’s oldest citizen will celebrate her birthday on Sunday, Sept. 2 at CrownPoint Health and Rehab. Everyone is invited to come by and wish Dorothy Wagner a happy 108th birthday at the center located at 1203 South Bend Drive.
September 2 is also designated “Dorothy Wagner Day” in Horseshoe Bend.

With help from local volunteers, the Horseshoe Bend Municipal Recreational Improvement District has been busy renovating the amenities atop Turkey Mountain. The shuffleboard and tennis courts have been resurfaced.

MRID commissioners JR Wilson, Paul Sulser and Tom Langston display their shuffleboard skills on the newly resurfaced court.

 

Recently resurfaced tennis courts in Horseshoe Bend