On April 12, Lt. Charles Melton with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, received a call from the Izard County Consolidated School Principal and Brett Stevenson, the School Resource Officer, after witnesses had come forward that had seen students at school with a gun, a week or two prior to April 12, at the Brockwell campus. Officers with the ICSO responded to Izard County Consolidated School and conducted an investigation the next morning, April 13. The investigation revealed that three juveniles had brought a gun to school a week or two prior to April 12. The gun was not found, but suspects admitted to having the gun on school property. All three of the juveniles were charged with possession of a firearm by a minor on school property.
In a statement released by ICC Superintendent Fred Walker on Monday afternoon, April 24, it read, “The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority for our school district. That is why we have employed a full time school resource officer for the past seven years who also attends all school events. This incident was investigated by school administrators, our school resource officer, and the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. The three students who have been charged have been suspended indefinitely and will not return this school year as the safety of our students and staff is paramount in an incident of this nature. This is an isolated incident and we have not had an incident of this nature in many, many years and I credit our school personnel and the cooperation of the Izard County Sheriff’s Office with making the safety of our students and staff the highest priority in our district.”

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by Bobby Stapleton
ICC’s multi-talented player, Kennedy Cooper, signed to further her college education and basketball career last week, heading just down the road to Searcy, home of Harding University.
Cooper, a nightmare of opposing coaches, will take her career to the next level. With more than 20 offers of places to land, from smaller colleges all the way up to the D1 level, Cooper chose Harding after considering many other places.
She averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game last year, including a school setting record of 50 points in one game.
Harding, which was the first school to offer up a scholarship, will enjoy Cooper’s intensity with their up tempo style of play.
Cooper’s Coach at ICC, Tim Massey says, “She has been very enjoyable to coach and I will miss her very much. She is very team oriented and cares about her teammates.” Congratulations Kennedy.

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NOT SO FAST: Erica Sac (#11) gets up to tip the pass away and create the turnover against Wonderview in the State Tournament on March 8. The Lady Cougars finish the season with a 34-8 record. See full story and additional photos in the March 11 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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The 2015 Kiwanis Pee Wee Basketball Tournament was held at the ICC High School in Brockwell on January. The annual all day tournament is divided into girl’s and boy’s brackets. The winners of the girl’s bracket were the Salem Lady Greyhounds and the second place winners were the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. The winners of the boy’s bracket were the Cave City Cavemen and the second place winners were the Izard County Cougars. The Kiwanis Club of Horseshoe Bend congratulates the winners of this tournament and thanks all the participants and parents for their support. All proceeds from this tournament help support student scholarships.

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KSAR AWARDED PLAQUES OF APPRECIATION: During the annual Izard County Invitational Tournament last Saturday night, ICC Superintendent Fred Walker presented KSAR’s James Bragg and longtime Coach turned broadcaster Gary “The Old Coach” Cooper plaques of appreciation for their support of the tournament by broadcasting every game every year. Photos/B.Stapleton

by Karen Sherrell
An Izard County Consolidated High School teacher that resigned in April following a suspension, has received a written warning from the State Board of Education, November 13.
Matthew O. Orf accepted the recommendation by the Arkansas Professional Licensure Standards Board of a written warning on September 18.
He will not be re-hired at ICC according to Superintendent Fred Walker.
See the full story in the November 26 edition of Pacesetting Times.