On Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. the First Baptist Church of Horseshoe Bend Choir will present, Night of the Father’s Love by Pepper Choplin.
Everyone is invited to come and share this worshipful and beautiful re-telling of the Christmas story with narration and music.


On Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m. the First Baptist Church of Horseshoe Bend Choir will present, Night of the Father’s Love by Pepper Choplin.
Everyone is invited to come and share this worshipful and beautiful re-telling of the Christmas story with narration and music.


The City Horseshoe Bend is pleased to announce a new service, Electronic Billing and Payments. Water/Sewer Utility customers are able to view their bills online, saving the City the cost of printing and mailing bills. Customers participating in online billing receive emails when their bills are ready for viewing. They simply click through and the bill appears with all the information they would have received on a paper bill.
“This is a win for everyone involved,” said Mayor Bob Barnes. “We spend 34 cents in just postage to mail an average bill to a customer. Add to that paper, ink, upkeep on printing equipment expenses, it is costly. The cost to post a bill for online viewing is about a penny. It is just one way we are holding down costs for our customers.”
“We would like our customers to opt out of receiving paper bills to help us reduce costs,” said Public Works Director Donny Dawson, “However, if they prefer to have paper bills sent, they can still pay electronically. When they pay online, by smart phone, or by calling, the payments post to our software, saving time and eliminating manual input errors.” Another benefit is that up-to-date amounts due are posted daily, so customers can know how much they owe by simply going online or viewing it on our mobile app.
Customers can pay from the comfort of their homes, seven days a week, 24 hours a day; log onto www.CityofHorseshoeBend.org, download “PSN Payments” from the App Store® or Google Play™ or call a toll-free automated phone service (877-885-7968) to pay. “Our customers can now pay by credit or debit card as well as making an electronic payment from checking or savings,” noted Water Clerk Barb Kurtzweil. Residents can pay immediately, schedule a payment or set up Auto-Pay and not have to worry about making payments for each bill. Auto-payments can be for the amount of the bill or a set budgeted amount.
Of course, online billing and payments are a green initiative as well. “It is great to do something that benefits our residents while at the same time being kinder to the environment,” commented Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Electronic payments and bills are easy to use. Once registered, the payment process is just three quick steps. “Registration is simple, customers can just enter their name and account number, and the system will locate their accounts,” noted Kurtzweil. Customers can also print receipts and bills, view current balances and view their electronic payment histories whether the payments were made online, on the mobile app or by phone. A handy tool is available to “group” accounts so that customers can pay multiple billing accounts in one visit.
If customers have questions about using the online, mobile and phone system, they can call the PSN Call Center, which operates during extended business hours, 365 days a year. Call Center can also make payments on behalf of customers should the need arise. Call Center support and the automated phone system are available in English and Spanish.
The City’s payment processor charges a convenience fee of $1 for check/savings payments and 2.75% (plus 50 cents if under $100) for credit/debit card payments. Viewing bills and balances due are free services.
Security of online information is always a concern, so when the City looked for a company to provide online bills and payments, that was a top consideration. They chose Payment Service Network, PSN, which has attained Level One Certification by the Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard, PCI-DSS, the highest degree of security awarded by the industry. PSN specializes in providing billing, payment and communication services to utility companies and municipalities. The company was a pioneer in the online payment industry and is based in Madison, WI. If residents have any questions, they can call PSN’s HELP line, toll free at 1-866-917-7368.


by Bill Stephens
The VFW Post 4687 in Melbourne will conduct their monthly meeting on December 12 at 6 p.m. The Post is located at 584 West Road in Melbourne and all current members and those wishing to join the VFW are welcomed.
Community interest projects that will be discussed include having the local Cub Scout Troop 316 help in planting Veteran Grave Markers in several local cemeteries and participating in a Worn Flag Burning Ceremony to destroy the numerous US Flags accumulated by Izard County Flag Disposal box located in the Courthouse.
Other items will be the pinning of several new officers, discussion for the Christmas Dance with Santa Claus for the children and supporting the Melbourne High School graduating class.
Any Veteran that served during a combat related tour overseas is encouraged to come out and join the VFW in recognition of your duty in a foreign land.
Reminder that the Melbourne VFW Post 4687 conducts a dance every Friday evening and hosts the Vietnam Veterans Coffee Meeting every first and third Thursday of the Month. The VFW Post also rents its facility to anyone desiring a large meeting hall for weddings, family reunions or other celebrations where a large in-door facility is required.


Ozarka College will host their Seventh Annual Holiday event on December 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event is free to the public and will take place in the John E. Miller Education complex, at Ozarka College in Melbourne.
This year’s theme is, Holidays in Who-ville and families are invited to join Ozarka College for a Dr. Seuss themed night. There will be festive stations for the kids to do coloring activities and play games, treats prepared by the Ozarka College Culinary Arts Department, and of course, pictures with Santa.
In the words of Dr. Seuss, “My town is called Who-ville, for I am a Who and we Whos are all thankful and grateful to you.” That idea can be echoed by Ozarka College, as we are grateful to be able to provide life-changing experiences through education. Ozarka College looks forward to giving back to the community with this fun filled, family friendly event. In the case of inclement weather, this event will not be rescheduled. For more information about Holidays in Who-ville, please contact Suellen Davidson at 870-368-2059 or sdavidson@ozarka.edu.


DISTRICT AND STATE CHAMPIONS: Izard County Consolidated FFA Shooting Sports Team brought home four individual trophies from the Second Annual FFA Shooting Sports Contest on Friday, November 17 at the AGFC Shooting Complex in Jacksonville. Hayden Ekenes and James Morris both shot a perfect score of 50/50, out of the 22 schools participating. After a shootoff, Ekenes came out as Champion of the contest. In the awards ceremony, Ekenes received two trophies, the Eastern District 1st Place Individual Male, and the Arkansas State FFA 1st Place Individual Male Champion. Morris received a trophy for the Arkansas State 2nd Place Individual Male, and Kassey Martin received a trophy for the Eastern District 1st Place Individual Female. ICC FFA Advisor and Shooting Sports coach Wayne Neal said, “I am very proud of the team and it was an honor to be recognized for having the top male and female individual shooters in the Eastern District, and to have the top two male individual shooters in the State.”


by Karen Sherrell
On November 21, Matt Orf, age 39 of Oxford, entered a negotiated plea of guilty to a felony charge filed November 1 in Izard County.
Orf appeared before Judge Tim Weaver in Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville, where he pled guilty to criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, a class c felony, according to his sentencing order.
Orf was sentenced to three years suspended imposition of sentence and ordered to pay $9,250 restitution to Izard County, jointly with his father-in-law David Sherrell, former Izard County Judge.
Sherrell pled guilty on November 6 to criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, forgery (two counts), and theft, and was sentenced to six years in the Regional Correctional Facility in Osceola. Sherrell was ordered to pay $35,000 restitution, and is currently serving his sentence.
According to Dr. Charles Allen, Chief Administrator of the Arkansas Correctional School District, Orf has been employed by the school district for approximately two years as a teacher, stationed at the North Central Unit at Calico Rock. Allen stated, “Orf was suspended with pay pending the outcome of court case, until resolved.”
Sherrell, Orf and Paul Shuttleworth were arrested following an investigation by Dennis Simons, with the Arkansas State Police, when Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened the case in February of 2017. Charges filed were in connection with the purchase and sale of a 20 ton trailer, purchase of a John Deere road grader and a Case bulldozer, and theft of tools and equipment, all belonging to Izard County. Simons found discrepancies of equipment purchases and sales during his investigation, dating from March 2015 through December 2016.
Orf was charged in connection with the sale of the trailer. He was also ordered to pay $2,920 in fines and court costs when he appeared in court. Orf was represented by Attorney L. Gray Dellinger of Melbourne.
Shuttleworth was charged with forgery in the second degree, in connection with the purchase of the road graders, and waived arraignment in Izard County Circuit Court on Wednesday, November 22. He is represented by Attorney Ralph Blagg of Clinton, and is to appear in Izard County on January 16.


Saturday, December 2 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2017 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas in the Bend.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. and everyone is welcome to enter the parade. New this year, the parade will have a rain delay/cancellation policy. If it is raining too hard at 9:30 a.m., the parade will have a one hour delay and a hopeful start time of 11 a.m. If it is still raining at 11 a.m., the parade will be canceled and Santa will make his appearance at the chamber office directly following the announcement of parade cancelation.
Also new this year, parade floats will need to enter the parade line up from Highway 289/S. Bend Drive. From there, early arrival floats will turn left on First Street, right on Profession Drive and right on Third Street. The first float (after dignitaries) will begin the parade line at the corner of Third and Church Street until directed to move forward. Floats will be lined up in order of arrival, not by category and will receive entry forms once in line. Prizes will be awarded for first through third place with points being earned for theme, originality and overall appearance of the float.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, brats and other concessions.
The 20th Annual Festival of Trees will be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend at 900 Fourth Street.
Everyone is invited to come and see the variety of decorations and creativity on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Glade Resort.
Area clubs, churches, businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to place a decorated tree in the resort lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Every year we have some truly spectacular Christmas trees in the festival,” said chairman Karen Sherrell. “Some of the holiday trees reflect a theme, and are really clever.”
Theme forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 707 S. Third Street. Forms include name of club, organization or business, theme of tree, and a short narrative of the Christmas tree to be included in the Festival of Trees program. Forms need to be returned to the Chamber office by Thursday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 23, and must be in place no later than Friday, December 1. Trees will remain for public viewing thorough the end of the year. Past themes include, Where do the unsold Christmas trees go, Let it snow, Gone fishin’, Volunteer angels ringing bells throughout the ages, Merry Beaded Christmas, and of course you may just enter a tree themed Merry Christmas to All.
Get your ideas in place and get to decorating for the Annual Festival of Trees to be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend.
So everyone come on out and get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 2 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 24th Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway.
Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences. Deadline to enter is Friday, December 15 at noon.


On Thursday, November 23, the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will host a Thanksgiving Dinner for the community at 1 p.m.
The church will provide turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and beverages. The rest of the meal will be potluck dishes brought by those attending, a side dish is not required to attend. There will be no carry-outs. There is no charge for this meal, so come and enjoy!
The Church is located at 600 West Church Street. For reservations call 870-670-5392.


by Cassie Stafford
The Izard County Republican Committee held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 15 at 6 p.m. at the Melbourne Community Church.
Dorothy Grochowski read the October minutes. The Treasurer’s Report was given. The committee had $759.49 in their account and received $50 towards dues for two new members that joined the night of the meeting.
The committee decided to make a decision about filing fees at their December 12 meeting. The filing fees are used to support candidates for their election. Also in December, the committee will collect dues. The cost is $25 per person for two years.
Trevor Drown, candidate for Treasurer of State, will be the guest speaker at the January 9 meeting. Tommy Land, candidate for Commissioner of Land, will speak at the February 13 meeting. The committee is working on getting a speaker about the Federal Reserves for the December meeting.
Mark Herrington spoke to the committee and guests about the benefits of having a medical marijuana dispensary in Izard County and the use of medical marijuana. “Honestly and truly, it’s a drug just like any other drug, it’s just not thought of in the same light. It has benefits and it has drawbacks. From what I’ve seen, there are a lot of people who, particularly, when they get to the end stages of their life, things don’t work the way they should. Medicine doesn’t help with the pain, it doesn’t help with appetite, it doesn’t make their quality of life that they have left, much of anything,” said Herrington.
Herrington has been involved in the application process for an extended period. “I can tell you there are a lot of questions that nobody knows the answers to.” The application process was very involved and invasive. Application page count has ranged from several dozen to over 2,000.
He said that at this time people are not even sure where their supply will be coming from due to the fact that people applying for cultivation had to apply at the same time as people applying for a dispensary.
According to the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association, there were 95 cultivation applications received and 227 dispensary applications. In Zone 2, which covers Izard and Fulton County, there were four applications received for cultivation and 17 for dispensaries; including one application for cultivation and two for dispensaries in Izard County. Sharp County is included in Zone 3 and had two application for cultivation and three for dispensaries submitted.
Herrington explained that his personal opinion on legalizing marijuana for medical use is a very positive thing because it eliminates underhanded use. He said he thinks that it will be highly monitored and supervised for the entire state by, the way he understands it, the Federal Government and not the State Government. “Which is another thing that brings up a lot of problems, I think that is where a lot of the drawbacks to this are coming from, the Federal Level,” said Herrington.
A person will not be able to go to a pharmacy to pick up marijuana, there will be separate facilities. “My facility that I am proposing is going to be set up exactly like a pharmacy and I’m going to have a semi-retired pharmacist run it,” Herrington stated. The dispensary will be regulated by the Federal Government unlike a pharmacy that is State regulated.
Herrington said, “As far as positive benefits, I think it has a lot of them. I think it is safer than a lot of drugs.” Alcohol and pain pills are much harder on your body than marijuana. “You hardly ever hear of anyone that gets used to marijuana, so I think it is a good thing and a lot less toxic to your body, long term and short term, than the majority of the medications that we have to offer you.”
Herrington has been at his pharmacy in Melbourne for 22 years and the number of people addicted to medications in all age groups has astounded him. “It’s pretty sad, but addiction doesn’t have an age boundary, from old enough to buy it themselves to so old that they can’t go and get it themselves. I’m hoping from my standpoint and from a medical standpoint, that given this option about marijuana, it will help some of that.”
He explained that he thinks medical marijuana will be cheaper than the current system to the taxpayers due to spending less time and money on treatments of people and hospital stays. The medicine that is used now is almost as bad as the diseases themselves due to the side effects and many people end up in the hospital because of them. “Don’t get me wrong, you’re not going to prolong someone’s life a lot longer, but you’ll make whatever they have a lot more comfortable.” He does not think that insurance or government agencies will cover the cannabis, that it will be purchased by cash only.
“Instead of running away from it and saying it’s a bad thing, I think we need to look at it and say, ‘Hey, if you keep hiding it, all it’s ever going to be is negative’. You can get some positive out of it if you choose to and I think it is a good thing. I think even if it was made recreational, it would be healthier than people drinking or popping pills. A lot of people disagree with that, but as far as physically, I’m going to tell you it would be. Marijuana is good,” Herrington concluded.


It is time again to renew your annual business license. You may come into Horseshoe Bend City Hall to renew for 2018, or for your convenience you may renew by mail, over the phone or online. If renewing by mail, return a copy of your last year’s licenses after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check. If you would like to receive a copy of your 2018 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with your payment and current changes.
The City of Horseshoe Bend requires an annual license fee to be paid by any person, firm or corporation that maintains a business location within the City of Horseshoe Bend, or engages in any business, profession or occupation of any kind and nature within the city. The business license fees are classified in City Ordinance 87-14 that is available for your inspection at City Hall and states: “It is hereby declared a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation carrying on a business, profession or occupation within the City of Horseshoe Bend who fails and/or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this Ordinance and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount of not less than $100 nor more than $200 for each separate violation.” Also due for 2018 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for un-spayed and un-neutered pets. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.


by Karen Sherrell
On November 6, former Izard County Judge David Sherrell entered a negotiated plea of guilty to charges, formally filed five days earlier, of criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, forgery (two counts) and theft.
Sherrell waved his right to a jury trial, and with his attorneys L. Gray Dellinger of Melbourne and Tom Thompson of Batesville, appeared before Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver, who asked Sherrell if he understood the charges against him, to which Sherrell replied, “Yes.”
Sherrell was sentenced to six years in the Regional Correctional Facility in Osceola, and ordered to pay $35,000 restitution to the victim, the taxpayers of Izard County, plus $1,920 in fines and court costs.
“Basically we have to be good stewards of the taxpayer’s money,” said Izard County Judge Eric Smith. “It makes me sad when someone takes advantage of their power. We are to watch the money, spend it wisely and not steal from the public.”
According to Sherrell’s sentencing order, $25,750 is payable by Sherrell, and $9,250 is payable by Sherrell and his son-in-law Matt Orf. Payments must begin within 30 days of Sherrell’s release from prison, and be not less than $500 a month.
Sherrell, Orf and Paul Shuttleworth were arrested following an investigation into discrepancies of equipment purchases and sales from March 2015 through December 2016.
Sherrell, who served as the county judge from 2011 to 2016, was investigated by Dennis Simons, with the Arkansas State Police, when Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened the investigation in February 2017.
Charges were in connection with the purchase and sale of a 20 ton trailer, purchase of a John Deere road grader and a Case bulldozer, and theft of tools and equipment, all belonging to Izard County.
Orf was charged with criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, in connection with the sale of the trailer, and Shuttleworth was charged with forgery in the second degree, in connection with the purchase of the road graders.
Both Orf and Shuttleworth are scheduled to appear in court on November 22.
Sherrell was reprimanded to the custody of Izard County authorities immediately following his plea agreement November 6. In lieu of the State charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office will not seek Federal charges, according to the agreement. Sherrell could face civil charges for ethics violations, through the Arkansas Ethics Commission.


by Sharlee Webb
The Franklin Extension Homemaker’s Club did not have a meeting in October. This is our travel month to deliver supplies to Little Rock. We go to Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald and the VA Hospital.
The trip was supposed to be on October 16, but things came up and it was postponed until October 30. We met at Brockwell to start our journey. We had ten ladies for the trip. Susan Williams drove the Izard County Senior Center bus. We want to thank both for helping us out.
Our first stop was the VA Hospital with lots of books and magazines. Two patients were outside as we delivered and they thanked us for giving them something to read.
Our next stop was Children’s Hospital. We had hats and supplies for their playroom. A friend of Susan Chapman made teddy bears that we delivered also.
Then we were off to the Ronald McDonald House with our supplies and soda tabs. We got to tour the first floor of their new home. The house was full at this time.
After the Ronald McDonald House we were off to Red Lobster for lunch. Our last stop was Hobby Lobby. We made it home around 6 p.m. It was a full day of fun, fellowship and heart-warming events. This trip was the most supplies we have delivered to these three place.
We had a great Craft Fair on October 28. There were around 30 vendors. We had the food court again this year. We sold out of everything except browning. We are now looking forward to the holidays. Our next meeting will be Monday, November 13 with hostesses Kathy Duncan and Sharlee Webb. We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!


Son-in-law and equipment salesman also charged in case
by Karen Sherrell
A former Izard County judge and two other men have been arrested following a nine month investigation into discrepancies of equipment purchases and other items involving the county judge’s office, and taxpayer’s money.
David Sherrell, Izard County Judge for three terms, from 2011 to 2016, has been charged with criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, two counts of forgery, and theft of property, all four felonies.
Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened an investigation earlier this year, after reviewing alleged discrepancies during Sherrell’s term, specifically from March 2015 through December 2016.
According to court affidavits filed by Meyer on November 1 containing information from Dennis Simons, investigator with the Arkansas State Police, Sherrell’s charges were in connection with the purchase and sale of a 2001 Ameritrail 20 ton trailer, purchases of a John Deere 670B road grader and a Case 1150K bulldozer, and theft of tools and equipment in the amount of $3,500, all belonging to Izard County.
Affidavit and court filings
During Simons’ investigation, he discovered the purchase of two dump trucks for the Izard County Road Department in June of 2015.
Jeremy Purdue, of Coal Creek, LLC Truck and Equipment Sales, was approached by Sherrell for the purchase of the dump trucks along with an equipment trailer. Sherrell told the company that he could not obtain financing on the trailer and asked them to increase the price of the dump trucks to include the price of the trailer. Coal Creek presented two invoices to Sherrell for his signature, one for the two dump trucks totaling $83,000, and a second invoice for the trailer at no cost. The second invoice was not found in the county records, but was provided by Coal Creek.
The trailer was delivered on June 26, 2015 and Sherrell took personal possession of it. Perdue estimated the value of the trailer between $7,000 and $7,500. In July 2015, the Izard County Quorum Court approved financing the dump trucks, and the trailer acquisition was not disclosed to the Quorum Court. In November 2015 Sherrell arranged for the sale of the trailer from his son-in-law, Matt Orf, to the county. Orf presented a document that stated he was the owner of the trailer, and had the authority to sell the trailer, with Sherrell’s signature of approval. Sherrell approved to pay Orf $9,250 for the trailer, and on November 18, 2015, the county delivered a check for $9,250 to Sherrell. The check was endorsed by Orf and Sherrell and bank records show on that date that $3,000 was deposited in the Sherrell Farm Account, $3,000 was deposited in the Sherrell personal account, and $3,250 was cashed. Simons’ summary in the trailer investigation stated, “Izard County buys the trailer a second time, but this second time, the county actually receives the trailer.”
In 2016, auditors discovered the trailer transaction was not approved by the Quorum Court, which is required for transactions with family members. Sherrell approached the court to approve the purchase of the trailer from Orf, which was done on August 2, 2016.
According to the arrest warrant, Matt Orf, age 39 of Oxford, has been charged with criminal use of property or laundering criminal proceeds, a class c felony, in connection with the sale of the trailer.
In June 2015, Sherrell purchased a pair of road graders from Stibling Equipment LLC, for the Izard County Road Department. The cost of the graders was $143,000 for a John Deere 670G, and $20,000 for a John Deere 670B. Neither the customer order or invoices were found in county records, they were given to investigators by Stribling, and were dated June 26, 2016. Found in county records was a fraudulent invoice, not created by Stribling, for the sale of a single road grader, 670G, to the county for $163,000. On July 2, 2015, Stribling salesman Paul Shuttleworth signed the fraudulent bill of sale in Sherrell’s office. The fraudulent bill of sale was located in county payment records. Sherrell presented the purchase of the 670G road grader for $163,000 to the Quorum Court and on July 6, 2015, the court approved financing. Sherrell never disclosed the acquisition of the 670B road grader to the court, or road department. Simons’ summary in the road grader investigation stated, “Izard County unwittingly pays for the 670B road grader and Sherrell takes unauthorized personal possession of the 670B road grader.” Almost a year and a half later, following Sherrell’s defeat in the November 2016 election, the 670B road grader appeared at the county road shop, in December 2016. It was never listed in the Road Department equipment inventory during Sherrell’s term of office. The hours of operation on the 670B road grader were 11,551 at the time of sale in June 2015, and 11,721 in December 2016.
Paul Shuttleworth, age 52 of Mountain View has been charged with forgery in the second degree, a class c felony, in connection with the purchase of the road graders.
In September 2016, Sherrell arranged to purchase a used Case 1150K bulldozer from Scott Equipment Company LLC, and on September 2, 2016, he took possession of the bulldozer, which was receipted as a demo. Sherrell signed a driver receipt which noted Izard County as the customer. He hauled the dozer to his personal farm and unloaded it. On September 12, 2016 Scott created a retail order form indicating Sherrell as the purchaser of the dozer, for the amount of $43,000. Sherrell’s signature appeared on the order. Scott subsequently billed Sherrell for $43,000, sent to his home address, on September 30 and October 17, 2016. Later, Scott invoiced Izard County in the amount of $58,000 for the dozer, indicating a base cost and additional cost of repairs at 15,000. Other information showed Sherrell had the dozer tracks replaced by his mechanic while at his farm. Additionally he paid a county employee out of his own pocket to work on the dozer on his property. Witnessess had seen Sherrell operating the dozer making improvements to his property. County Road Department employee Jesse Morgan picked up the dozer from Sherrell’s farm and returned it to Scott. On November 21, Scott issued an invoice to the county for $60,000, indicating the dozer had a new undercarriage, and noted that the $2,000 increase was due to Sherrell indicating that he wanted the air conditioning fixed. On December 6, 2016, the Quorum Court approved the purchase of the dozer. Another repair order dated December 29, 2016 in the amount of $3,285.34 from Scott, was paid by the county on January 11, 2017. The dozer was then delivered to the road department on January 23 with significant hydraulic issues. The dozer was never taken to the county road shop for use during Sherrell’s term in office.
In March 2015, Sherrell purchased miscellaneous tools and equipment for the Izard County Road Department, from Darren Bates, for the amount of $3,500. County employees accompanied Sherrell to pick up the tools and some of the equipment was dropped off at Sherrell’s farm, including a 100 gallon air compressor and assorted tools. Sherrell requested payment by Izard County to Bates for $3,500, and a check was issued on April 1, 2015. On May 31 of this year, a search warrant was served at the Sherrell residence by investigators with Arkansas State Police. Investigators recovered multiple items identified by Bates as having been purchased by Sherrell, for Izard County.
Sherrell, age 58 of Oxford, surrendered to authorities at the Izard County Jail in Melbourne on November 1, and was released on a $10,000 bond. Orf and Shuttleworth surrendered to authorities the next day and were released on their own recognizance.


According to Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, on October 13, Desiree Rivera, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy Mike Smith for possession of controlled substance schedule I/II, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II, excluding meth and cocaine. Rivera was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and bonded on a $10,000 bond. Rivera was scheduled to appear in Izard County Circuit Court on October 24.
On October 17, Jonathan Foster, age 33, was arrested by Deputy Smith for possession of controlled substance schedule I/II, excluding cocaine and meth; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a controlled substance schedule I/II, excluding meth and cocaine. Foster is incarcerated in lieu of a $2,000 sheriff’s bond. He was scheduled to appear in District Court on October 24.
On October 17, Elaine Maxine Taylor, age 37, was arrested by Deputy Dennis Hutchins for failure to pay fines. Taylor was incarcerated and given an own recognizance bond. She is scheduled to appear in District Court on February 6, 2018.
On October 20, Kevin Tyler Webster, age 31, was arrested by Sgt. Steve Davidson for failure to pay fines. Webster is incarcerated in lieu of an $850 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in District Court on November 2.
On October 18, Deric Dewayne Hicks, age 36 of Cave City, was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for a parole hold. Hicks is incarcerated with no bond at this time.
On October 17, Wesley James Stalnaker, age 20 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Richard Crowe for possession of liquor by minor and careless driving. Stalnaker was incarcerated and bonded on a $490 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear on November 30.


According to Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, Dorothy Ann Yost reported that a male subject came into Day’s Family Store in Oxford on Wednesday, October 25 wearing a brown jacket and a camouflage scarf over his mouth and nose, and was brandishing a knife and demanding money and her phone. Yost stated that she first thought it was a joke, but quickly realized that it was not. Yost stated she gave him all the money in the register and her phone. The suspect then asked Yost to come from behind the counter and stand halfway to the front door. Yost states that the suspect ran out the door and sped off in a goldish colored Dodge Neon with no license plate. Deputy Toby Smith located the vehicle on Pine Tree Road in Oxford. The subject, a juvenile, was positively identified as being the one that robbed the store. Subject was charged with aggravated robbery and theft of property.


Izard County Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, ASPSF, an Arkansas based non-profit, is pleased to announce the funding of a scholarship for local students through the generous support of Entergy.
Entergy, a long-time supporter of SPSF, would like to recognize Mindi Roberts of Melbourne. Roberts is in her second semester of school at Ozarka College, working on completing her Associate of Art degree in General Education. She is raising her two year old daughter, Annie Parker, in addition to going to school full-time and also working full-time.
She is very grateful to receive the Entergy scholarship.
The mission of ASPSF is to enable single parents to attain self-sufficiency through post-secondary education. Since 1990, ASPSF has awarded more than 41,000 scholarships in every county in Arkansas. ASPSF makes a positive difference in the lives of impoverished families by assisting single parents who are enrolled in college or technical programs and are seeking better-paying careers. They focus support on both financial assistance and personal support. This not only helps improve the parent’s educational level and earning potential, but it also helps the parent improve the standard of living for themselves and their children. When the children see their parent studying and working hard for a degree, they see a value placed on education. They see post-secondary education as something “my family does” instead of thinking “my people don’t go on to school”.
ASPSF’s investment in each family also helps to shape the educational goals and career aspirations of the next generation, breaking the cycle of poverty for that family.
To donate toward scholarships for deserving students in your county or volunteer in this life-changing program, contact Laura Lawrence at 870-368-2010, or go online to www.aspsf.org.


SECOND ALTERNATES AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR PAGEANT: Sydney Elizabeth Brown (r) 18 year old daughter of Terry and Becky Brown of Viola. She is a senior at Calico Rock High School and will attend Harding University at Searcy. Mary Katherine Estes, 19 year old daughter of Jason and Monica Estes of Salem. She is a 2016 graduate of Salem High School and is attending Arkansas State University Mountain Home. See additional photos on page 8 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


by Bobby Stapleton
Melbourne hosted Yellville Summit in a battle of teams sporting identical 2-1 conference marks last Friday night, and got back on track after suffering their first loss the week before. With Yellville Summit coming in on a two-game win streak, the game looked to be a good one. The Bearkatz wasted no time in asserting dominance in the game.
Melbourne took the kickoff and used the first drive of the game to take the lead. Melbourne got back-to-back runs by Silas Motes for 25 yards. QB Gabe Lawrence then hit Alex Bray for 23 yards down the right side. With a first and goal, Motes went right up the middle for the TD less than two minutes into the game. Blake Howard booted the PAT, giving Melbourne an early 7-0 lead.
The Bearkatz were backed up against the goal line, but flexed their muscles and held Yellville on fourth down, getting the ball back at their own 14. On second down, Lawrence hit Andrew Pitts for 30 yards and a fresh set of downs near midfield. After moving down to the Panther 32 yard line, Lawrence launched another bomb, this time a 32 yarder, to Pitts down the right side for the TD with a shade more than two minutes left in the first. After Howard’s PAT, Melbourne had a 14-0 lead.
Holding Yellville to a three and out, Melbourne’s third possession only needed five plays to pay off when Motes went up the middle for a 10 yard TD, putting the Bearkatz up 20-0.
Yellville finally got on the board with four and a half minutes left in the half after covering 59 yards in four plays, pulling to within two touchdowns.
Melbourne didn’t flinch and came right back. With just less than a minute the in the first half, Melbourne crossed the goal line when Motes bulled his way across from 11 yards out, setting the score at 26-6.
The defense kept Yellville from scoring on their first possession of the second half. The Bearkatz picked right up on offense where they left off, only taking four minutes to score their next touchdown that covered 80 yards.
The score came when Bray lined up as QB and sliced the defense, weaving his way from 15 yards out. On the two-point conversion, Lawrence hit Jordan Hawkes, making it a 34-6 Melbourne lead. Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bearkatz picked up their fifth touchdown on the night when Lawrence hit Tyler Dudra with a six yard TD strike. Howard booted the PAT, making it a 41-6 lead for Melbourne, which kicked in the sportsmanship running clock.
Yellville fired right back, only needing three plays for their second TD of the game but Melbourne, with the game in hand, didn’t let up. The Bearkatz ran six plays, with Aaron Pettyjohn getting five of those including the final one that covered 30 yards, and crossed the goal line with 1:45 left in the game. Howard set the final score at 48-14 with the PAT.


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the City of Horseshoe Bend will host a Halloween Trunk or Treat. The event will take place on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot on Halloween from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The gazebo will be decorated and reserved as a free photo booth area, so be sure to bring your phone or camera. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will give away free hot dogs to kids in costume; burgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase. The DJ Doctor will provide music, and there will be two rows set up for trick-or-treaters to collect candy from. One row will be reserved for parked automobiles and the other row will be for tables and lawn chairs. To ensure the safety of all those ghosts and goblins, everyone handing out candy should be parked and/or set by 5 p.m.
The Chamber would also like to see businesses participating in this event by decorating a table or trunk. For more information, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or contact them via Facebook at facebook.com/hsbacc.
The Horseshoe Bend Library will have a Pumpkin Ball program on Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m. Children should come dressed in their Halloween costume. They will be reading several books as a prelude to Halloween. The Library will be decorated and several activities, treats, surprises are planned. Cut off for age is 13 years.
Residents at CrownPoint Health and Rehab in Horseshoe Bend will be passing out candy on Halloween night from 6 to 7 p.m.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 56 in Violet Hill, will have their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Inflatables, hayride, pumpkin seed spitting contest, hot dog eating contest, marshmallow eating contest, chili cook-off and more will be available that afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Oxford
Oxford Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot. Decorated trunks, games, food and prizes will be the entertainment on Halloween at 6 p.m.
Melbourne
Belview Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot with decorated trunks, games, food and prizes on Sunday, October 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department will be handing out candy at the Firehouse by the school starting at 5 p.m. on Halloween.
Salem
Trunk or Treat will be held on the Salem Square on Halloween night.
At the Salem Methodist Church parking lot on Saturday, October 28 from 3 to 6 p.m., there will be food, games and fun. Everyone is invited.
Southfork River Therapy and Living Center will host their annual Fall Festival on October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games for children with prizes and candy.
Salem First Baptist Church will have their Trunk-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m.
A Fall Festival will be held at Salem Elementary cafeteria on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., open to the public. Games, cake walk, ring toss and more. Twenty-five cents per ticket and most games are one to four tickets each.
Faith Country Church, located on Hwy. 9 South in Salem, invites you to attend their Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Viola
The Viola Volunteer Fire Department will present a Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 7 p.m. The Department is located on Hwy. 223 south in Viola. This is a spooktacular family fun event with tricks and treats for all.
Mammoth Spring
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to their Spooctacular event on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. There will be games and activities for the entire family. If you would like to be a vendor, it is free. All you need to do is come up with a creative Halloween-themed game for the kids and come play and hand out candy as a prize. Event tickets will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and with a purchase of $10 in tickets, each kid will receive a free Spooktacular t-shirt compliments of the event sponsors. Sunni Stevens and K Kountry 95 will have a live remote from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as a costume contest with prizes at 6:30 p.m. next to Simmons Bank. There will be several food vendors. New this year is a fun Snapchat filter.
The Mammoth Spring Fire Department will have their annual Haunted Hayride as well as a Car Smash.
Ash Flat
Crossroads Baptist Church will present their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m. There will be funnelcakes, hotdogs, hot chocolate, hayrides, face painting, games and more. The Church is located on Hwy. 62 before the Ash Flat stoplight on the left.
Hallows End is being held in Ash Flat on the backside of Vinco, 90 Hwy. 62W. This haunted house is open on October 21, 28 and on Halloween night from 8 p.m. to midnight. They stop the line at 11:30 p.m. to ensure everyone gets to go through.
They ask that no children under eight years old participate because of the scare factor. Cost is $10 per person. This is not a quick in-and-out experience, it is well worth the money and time.
The Book Lovers Brigade and Ash Flat Library will host a Not Too Scary Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center located at 20 Arnhart Street.
Highland
Highland Band Boosters will hold their Fall Fest and Cake Walk on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AL Hutson Memorial Center. There will be hayrides, face painting, hair streaking, white elephant gifts, concessions and tons of games available.
Hardy
Rock this House of Ash Flat is having a Pumpkin Dash on Saturday, October 28 at Loberg Park in Hardy.
Trick or Treat will be held on Main Street in Hardy on Halloween. There will be a costume contest and more.


The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Radio Auction on Oct. 16, 17 and 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Bidders can go to the Horseshoe Bend City Hall Council Chambers, listen to 98.3 the River and it will be live stream on myhometwonradiostations.com.
The following are items for the Radio Auction:
Horseshoe Bend: Reeves Propane, 20 pound propane grill cylinder and fill up; Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, two rounds 18 hole of golf with cart (3); Sunlight Café, breakfast; Sunlight Café, lunch; All Star Grooming, $20 off any service; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, gift certificate (2); Cliff’s Engine, golf cart or lawn mower service; Pacesetting Times, $25 off any advertising or printing order; Pacesetting Times, one year subscription (2); B&J Automotive, oil change; Cedar Glade Resort, one round of golf; Cedar Glade Resort, two rounds of golf; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, gift certificate (3); Turkey Mountain Pro Shop, 24 precept ladies golf balls (2); Turkey Mountain Pro Shop, 12 srixon men’s golf balls (2); Deaun Wilson, jams and jellies (2); Jeanie Moore, hand knitted afghan; Jeanie Moore, hand knitted hat; Horseshoe Health and Medicine, bath/shower seat; Deaun Wilson, handmade throw rug; Deaun Wilson, handmade quilt; Mirror Image, one woman’s haircut; Taco Jac’s/Bender’s BBQ, one meal; The Quilted Heart, gift certificate; William Shipley Dentist, cleaning and exam; Daily Flea Market/Yard Sale, heart earrings with blue stones; Cathy Duncan, silver earrings with turquoise stones; Cathy Duncan, silver earrings with brown stones; Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, four rounds 18 holes of golf; City Hall – Water Department, plant; Lynn Watts, infinity scarf – handmade; Lynn Watts, handmade jewelry (2); Smoking Butts BBQ Jr. Wallace, one boston butt; Smoking Butts BBQ Jr. Wallace, one rack of ribs; Music in the Mountains, hamburger and drink to the farewell show on Oct. 21; Music in the Mountains, hotdog and drink to the farewell show on Oct. 21; Loft, one membership; The Eagles, one dinner (2); Frank and Susie Herron/Secure Storage, gift certificate 50 pound bag dog food; Andrew Dillon – Computer Guy, one service call; Horseshoe Bend Public Library, book – Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda; Susan Bauknecht/Avon, glass santa; Ann, eight coffee cups (2); Palars Flea Market, set of three dolphin; Ann, u-draw game tablet; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, Thirty-One Go-To-Tote; FNBC, Messenger Bag (2); Ann, seven inch widescreen digital picture frame; BancorpSouth, green and white canvas boat tote and goodies; Palars Flea Market, cookie jar; Ann, box of romance novels; BancorpSouth, cooler and golf accessories; Anonymous, large pitcher and misc.; Scenic Realty Co., wrought iron wine rack; FNBC, basket full of goodies (2); Lance and Son’s, $100 off on powerwashing a house; Kiwanis Club, one $10 card of Bingo (2); Deaun Wilson, fresh baked rhubarb pie; City of Horseshoe Bend, truck load mulch; City of Horseshoe Bend employees, Game Day to go bag; Water Department, Chinese Evergreen Plant; St. Mary’s Ladies Guild, Spa Gift Basket; Laundromat – Ardith Clark, laundry basket with laundry items; FNBIC, 2015 Silver Eagle; Box Hound Marina, Marina dri fit size L; Box Hound Marina, “There’s no place like home” t-shirt size L; Box Hound Marina, tye dye Crown Lake t-shirt size L; Man Cave in the Mall, basket full of household goodies; Gray’s Saddlery, $50 off saddle repair; Crown Point Resort, one year family fitness membership; Papa Dick’s Pizza, $20 gift certificate (2); Malibu Heat Tanning, 10 sessions of tanning; Horseshoe Lanes, 30 days free bowling; Box Hound Marina, $50 gift certificate.
Franklin: The Calabama Restaurant, gift card (4); Franklin General Store, one pizza; AJ’s Automotive & Diesel Repair, alignment (2).
Melbourne: Earnie’s Baits, handmade in the USA bass fishing lures (3); Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Annin 2×3 nylon US flag (2); Mark Martin Chevrolet, oil change.
Glencoe: Stiles Grocery, bag of groceries.
Salem: Hair Hut, two hair cuts and styles; Crystal Knight LMT, half an hour massage; Tower Hill Guns & More, RTIC Koozie; Tower Hill Guns & More, Conceal Carry purse and matching wallet; Balance 30, one month free membership for 60 years and older; Groovy Little Flower Shop, one dozen roses.
Highland: Pest Control Solutions, pest control service; Pest Control Solutions, Termite Inspection.
Branson: Jim Stafford Theater, four general admission tickets to any show (3); Acrobats of China, all show pass for two; Grand Country Music Hall, all show pass for two; IMAX Entertainment Complex, dinner at McFarlann’s and two show tickets of choice; Showboat Branson Belle, two general admission tickets; Clay Coopers Country Express, two general admission tickets.
Tunica: Horseshoe Casino, one night stay and $150 food credit.
Eureka Springs: The Great Passion Play, two general admission tickets.


by Ron Yow
In 2006, Melodie Clemmons started Music in the Mountains in Horseshoe Bend with her singing and a Karaoke machine. Clemmons got T-Tom Richardson, Bob McCarty, Chuck McNeight and Doc Yow to form a band to back her and the Karaoke machine was history. She continued putting on monthly shows at the theatre until she and her husband Roger moved back to Texarkana.
She handed the controls over to McNeight and Yow who were able to get members of the Deadwood Groove Band, Tracy, Mitch and Eric, to commit to helping Music in the Mountains continue on as Clemmons wanted it to. Music in the Mountains continued to grow and had the opportunity of welcoming many guests to its historic stage, from seasoned professionals to young men and women making their first appearance before an audience.
We want to thank everyone who has been involved with Music in the Mountains over the years from performers to volunteers to sponsors to maintenance personnel and especially to those of you who came out each month to support the theatre. The list is very long, but the Hwy. 289 Band wants each of you to know that you have helped with the success of the show. On behalf of the Hwy. 289 Band, we would like to say we have had a wonderful time performing for you all and feel confident that we did our best to make each show one of quality. It has been a wonderful opportunity and we have made countless friendships. The time spent in the theatre will rank high on our list of life’s joys.
With that said, Music in the Mountains will be closing with a final show on October 21. Due to family obligations along with declining attendance and donations, we will no longer be able to produce a show. This decision has been a very difficult one to make and we have not made it lightly. It has been heavy on our hearts for some time now, but even the best things in life must come to an end.
We will have our farewell performance on October 21 so please mark your calenders for this date and help us put Music in the Mountains out with a bang. We would love for all who attended the shows over the years to make it just one more time.
Again, on behalf of the Hwy. 289 Band, we thank you all for the opportunity, the years of support and all the good memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Hope to see you this month.


Crisp mornings have arrived, pumpkin spice lattes are flowing and Fall is in the air. The Chamber of Commerce believes Horseshoe Bend is in need of a little festivity, so they would like to challenge you to the second annual “Autumn in the Bend” Scarecrow Contest!
To enter, set up your one-of-a-kind scarecrow for display at your establishment now through October 31. All scarecrows should be family-friendly, nothing too scary. They can be traditional, or unique! You are in charge of maintaining your scarecrow. The contest is open to all businesses, groups and organizations.
Scarecrows will be judged at the end of October and the winner will be announced. A traveling scarecrow trophy will be awarded to the winner along with a free meal ticket to the January kick-off Chamber Dinner. The winning scarecrow will be published in the Pacesetting Times, on the Chamber’s website, and on social media. The trophy will remain in the hands of the winner until next year’s contest when it will be passed on to the new winner.


FISHERMAN’S PARK: Rich and Joyce Emmens of Horseshoe Bend wanted to do something about the fire pit/grill vandalism at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake. With the help of friends, the rock and brick were hauled away and the area was cleaned up. Rich ordered two new park grills and installed them. He had plaques made and attached them to the grills in memory of his neighbor Anna Shaw who had a passion for the park and sadly passed away in July.


There will be a BBQ Pork Dinner prepared by Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley on Tuesday, September 26 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. Eat on site or order to go, dinner by donation. Funds raised will go towards adding a Pavilion Picnic and Play area at the park. Everyone is invited!


Rabbit season opened on September 1 and will remain open until February 28, 2018. The daily limit per person is eight rabbits. Total possession limit per person is 16.
Rabbits may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.
Rabbits may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.
Up to eight box traps, with interior dimensions up to eight inches wide and ten inches tall, may be used.
Squirrel
Squirrel season has been open since mid-May and remains open until February 28, 2018 as well. Each person can harvest 12 squirrels a day and have 48 in their possession.
Squirrels may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.
Squirrels may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Bobwhite season (quail) will open on November 1 this year and close on February 4, 2018. One’s daily limit is six quail; possession limit total is 12.
While training bird dogs, you may use handguns or shotguns with blank ammunition. Pen-raised quail may be taken with a Shoot-To-Kill Bird Dog Field Training Permit.
This permit is available from your local wildlife officer.
Duck, Coot and Merganser
Duck, Coot and Merganser season dates are November 18 through 26, December 7 through 23, and December 26 through January 28, 2018.
Duck daily bag limit is six, which may include no more than four mallards (two hens), three scaup, three wood ducks, one pintail, two redheads, one canvasback, one black duck and one mottled duck. If not listed, up to six ducks of a species (including teal) may be taken.
Coot daily bag limit is 15.
Merganser daily bag limit is five, which may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Possession limit for ducks, coots and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit.


by Ron Yow
This month’s Music in the Mountains Show will be Saturday, September 16 with the doors opening at 5 p.m. and the show beginning at 6 p.m. This month’s show will be a little different than normal.
The Hwy. 289 Band will be taking the month off, but we have the pleasure of having a newly formed band named HWY performing. This band is led by Cassie Hall and Jessie Worsham. These two musicians are widely known in the area. They played together for many years throughout Arkansas. They have just recently come together and formed another band and will be taking the stage at the Music in the Mountains Show at 6 p.m. They perform an array of country and classic rock that we are sure everyone will enjoy.
There will be concessions available and as always, admission is by donation. So mark your calendars and come on out Saturday night for an evening of good food, good fellowship, and good music. Hope to see you all there. We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC Bank for all their assistance.


Does your fitness program need a little boost now that the summer is winding down?
The Fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas begins September 17 and runs through November 18.
“Over the last decade, thousands of Arkansans have made Walk Across Arkansas their opportunity to start or continue a fitness program,” said Lisa Washburn, associate professor-health, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“While we are not really walking across the state, we do have thousands of people across Arkansas who form teams and commit to eight weeks of exercise,” she said. “Many of our participants have credited Walk Across Arkansas with making fitness a permanent part of their daily routine.”
Registration for Walk Across Arkansas opened on September 5.
Information and registration can be found at http://bit.ly/WAA-Fall-2017.
For more information about Walk Across Arkansas or other extension fitness programs, contact your county extension agent or visit www.uaex.edu.


Izard County Schools is pleased to invite all area third through sixth grade students to participate in the 3rd Annual Tri-County Basketball Academy this fall. Each athlete will receive a basketball and t-shirt to wear to each practice season. The cost for each participant will be $50.
The mission of the Tri-County Basketball Academy is to provide instruction in the fundamentals of basketball, instill a love of the game to area youth, and provide an opportunity for our youth to compete against each other in a fun and organized environment. The basketball skill instructors will be certified coaches from Izard County High School. The coaches will not only instruct the youth in basketball fundamentals, but also provide instruction in sportsmanship, leadership and proper etiquette during competition.
Registration will be held Thursday, August 31 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Izard County High School Gymnasium. At registration the players will be put through a few drills to measure their skills in order to place them on competitive teams. Players should wear basketball shoes and athletic shorts and tops to registration.
The elementary girls camp will be held on Sundays from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. and the boys will be held from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. The Academy will start September 10 and run through October 1.
For more information, contact Billy McBride at 870-258-3142 or 870-291-0553.


CHECK PRESENTATION: Cory Tyler, Bank of Salem Human Resource Director, presented a check to Salem Golf Coach J.W. Blevins for $600 for the 2017 Greyhound Classic which was held on August 5. Bank of Salem has been sponsoring the Greyhound Classic Golf Tournament for 26 years.


Melbourne School District
Melbourne Elementary Open House will be Thursday, August 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Melbourne High School Open House will be Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Seventh grade orientation will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the ninth grade orientation starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Salem School District
Salem School District will be hosting an Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 10. The Open House will be on both the Elementary and High School campuses from 6 to 7 p.m.
Izard County Consolidated School District
ICC School District will host their Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the High School, Middle School and Elementary.
New students may register until August 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m


The Buck Stops Here 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 25. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up. Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage.
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Cindy’s Dinner Bell; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; Barb’s Sassy Garden Glass and More, Diamond B Mall, $25 gift certificate; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., 2014 silver eagle coin, one entry per visit, Papa Dick’s, Crown Point Resort, Ivory Lane, one medium pizza, value up to $20; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 gift certificate to The Calabama Restaurant; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, 707 Third Street, a gift basket; Snappy Mart, 400 Market Street, $15 gift certificate; All Star Grooming, Diamond B Mall, $20 gift certificate; Taco Jac’s, 305 Third Street, 2 supreme tacos and a drink; City Hall, 704 W. Commerce Street, free chipper service or leaf removal to top two people that pay the most sales tax in Horseshoe Bend, save your receipts all month long and turn in to City Hall prior to August 25; Turkey Mountain Sunlight Cafe, 3 Club Road, meal for two, breakfast or dinner, up to $15; The Loft, atop Turkey Mountain, two entry fees to pool tournaments.
In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 Junction, an air popcorn popper; Franklin General Store, Hwy. 56, reminds everyone that they have pizza, one free pizza with any topping; Weatherford Bros. Feed, Hwy. 56, a one gallon pump sprayer; AJ’s Automotive & Diesel Repair, 105 Hwy. 289, one alignment valued at $59.95.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer ads and be sure and save this Special Section as you sign up throughout the month of August.


by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Present were Aldermen Luther Yancey, Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze and Ron Yow. Absent were Aldermen John Grochowski and Tom Richardson.
Yow moved to approve the June Council minutes, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the June Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Bob Barnes read a thank you letter from Governor Asa Hutchinson for approving his Resolution on Internet Sales Tax. Barnes then read a letter of resignation from Jack Tharp who served as an MRID Commissioner. Tharp is moving outside of Horseshoe Bend city limits.
The Committee Reports were given and there were no comments from the public.
Under New Business was the appointment of Mike Smith to the Airport Commission. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins August 2! Shoppers can visit participating merchants through the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 25.
Participating area businesses invite shoppers to come by and sign up. They appreciate your business, and you will enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and everyone is encouraged to Shop At Home. Last year prizes given away ranged in value from $10 to $100.
Each time a customer visits a retailer, they can register. Checkout Pacesetting Times Classifieds, Aug. 2 edition, for participating retailer ads.


by Dave Thomas
As part of an ongoing effort to enhance, beautify and promote Pioneer Village as a premier retirement community in North Central Arkansas, new signage has been installed along Highway 289 in Horseshoe Bend. Recently, new brochures were made and can be obtained at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and local real estate offices. The website has been newly updated as well www.pioneervillagehsb.org.
Pioneer Village was planned and intended to be a community of housing for persons age 55 and older. Pioneer Village Foundation operates under the guidelines of the U.S. Fair Housing Act. The owners of the 64 individual homes become members and follow the bylaws of the Foundation, which elect a Board of Directors. An affordable homeowner’s association fee provides for the maintenance of the common area parks, clubhouse, swimming pool, as well as mowing, trimming of bushes and leaf removal of individually owned lawns. All amenities are for use by members and guests of the Foundation.
The accessible clubhouse contains a spacious dining room, an updated kitchen, activity and meeting rooms, office, four restrooms, and is used for scheduled membership activities and is available for members’ private parties. Amenities also include an outdoor swimming pool, shuffle board courts, covered pavilion with grills for cookouts and cement sidewalks throughout the parks.
Pioneer Village is a pet friendly neighborhood centrally located in the heart of Horseshoe Bend. Most homes consist of two bedrooms, two baths, and an average of 1,500 sq.ft. All homes have a carport or garage and most have sunrooms, patios, or porches. Park security lights keep the area lit up and it is common to see wildlife in the parks at night. If you would like more information about the Village, please call 870-670-4194, see www.pioneervillagehsb.org, or email pvclubhouse@centurylink.net. At Pioneer Village we enjoy “Celebrating our past, living the present, looking to the future.” You too can be a part of the future, we are just a stone’s throw away. Give a look, you might be surprised at what you see!


by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY – Sixteenth Judicial Prosecuting Attorney Holly Meyer opened an investigation earlier this year after reviewing alleged discrepancies in the Izard County Judge’s office, as to the handling of equipment purchases and other items, during the term of David Sherrell.
Dennis Simons, Special Agent with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division, initiated an investigation into allegations of theft of Izard County property committed by Sherrell, according to the Affidavit for Search Warrant filed June 2. Sherrell was the elected judge for three terms, six years, from 2011 to 2016.
According to Simons, during an interview with an Izard County Road Department employee, he learned of the purchase of tools from a Sharp County auction in 2015, some of which were allegedly taken to Sherrell’s farm. The auction was held by Arkansas State Trooper Darren Bates, according to the affidavit, following the death of his father. Bates confirmed the purchase of the tools by Sherrell, and payment by check from the Izard County Treasurer’s office issued to him in the amount of $3,500. Bates told Simons Sherrell did not provide him with any personal money for the tools.
The tools in question included, in part, a Champion Air Compressor, a Chicago 3/4 pneumatic drive with a full set of sockets, a bench grinder, shop press and other assorted miscellaneous tools to be identified by Bates. Simons visited the county shop and was unable to locate the described tools.
On May 31, Simons, along with Izard County Deputy Gabe Sanders and Trooper Bates, executed a search warrant signed by District Court Judge David Miller, on Sherrell’s property located at 1115 Tri Lakes Road in Oxford. Equipment and tools were seized matching the description of the auction items listed on the search warrant, and identified by Bates.
Property seized was a Chicago pneumatic 3/4 impact wrench, a one inch drive socket, three green gas measuring containers, a Craftsman toolbox, Flexible Flyer snow sled, miscellaneous PVC pipe fittings, bailing twine, paint supplies, propane wall heater, two antique Mobile brand gas cans, McCulloch Pro Mac chainsaw, sump pump, Craftsman rotary trimmer-router, navy illumination flare container, antique drill press, two metal saw horses, antique vice, axle with attached wheels, heavy duty tie-down straps, shooting bench rest, pipe threading tools, and miscellaneous plastic containers.
“These items are considered evidence,” according to the search warrant, “and/or fruits of the crime of theft of property.”
When Meyer requested the State Police investigation on Sherrell in February, she also requested an audit of the Judge’s office. Four state auditors conducted the audit for the period of time Sherrell was in office, according to Izard County Judge Eric Smith.
The investigation is still ongoing.


Community Medical Center of Izard County, CMCIC, has completed its sale to Izard County Medical Center, LLC, a subsidiary of Americore Health. The newly-formed limited liability corporation has acquired substantially all of CMCIC’s assets, including the 25-bed critical access hospital located in Calico Rock. The hospital will be renamed the Izard County Medical Center, ICMC.
Americore Health is led by Grant White, a former investment banker and CEO who has significant experience completing transactions in the healthcare sector, with more than $30 billion of transaction experience. This is the first hospital acquired by Americore Health, which has already established a network and team of experts to manage and optimize rural hospitals like ICMC.
The hospital will continue offering the same services and all staff have been retained.
Over the coming months, Americore Health will be implementing its innovative business model to drive significant new revenue and profitability to the hospital while preserving the community-centric focus and high level of care that ICMC has established over the last 65 years.
See full article in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


Ozarka College will offer extended registration hours for the upcoming Fall semester on Tuesday evenings in the month of July.
All campus locations will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on July 18 and 25. Prospective students, new or returning, may stop by to complete an admissions application, apply for scholarships, register for classes, and so much more.
In addition to the extended registration hours, Ozarka will also be hosting program previews at designated locations from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Ash Flat campus showcased aviation, information science technology, and nursing/allied health on July 11. Mountain View will host a similar event on July 18 with aviation and nursing/allied health, and then Melbourne will complete the schedule on July 25.
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet program coordinators/faculty for agriculture, aviation, automotive science technology, culinary, and information science technology.
Ozarka College is currently open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Summer II classes begin July 5 and the Fall semester starts on August 14.
For more information about the upcoming program previews or to register for classes, please 870-368-2024 or email: admissions@ozarka.edu.


PARADE: Despite the rainy weather on July 4th, Horseshoe Bend’s “Dreams Come True Under the Red, White, and Blue” Independence Day Parade was a success. See additional photos on page 3 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Stafford


by Ron Yow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, July 15. The Hwy. 289 Band will be on vacation but no worries, Saved By Grace will be performing the entire show. This gospel trio has not been to the theatre for quite some time now, but has always been a hit!
Mark Martin, Mike Smith and JR Dewey blend voices to an array of gospel favorites that will make you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet and say “Amen”! I am sure you will enjoy this evening of gospel music. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and Saved By Grace will take the stage at 6 p.m. Come early and enjoy some fun, food and fellowship. As always, admission is by donation.
Thank you FNBC Bank for being our corporate sponsor. Thank you all who are faithful to come to the theatre every month and support us. The Music in the Mountains is here because of you. Hope to see you there!

Fresh produce on sale at the local farmers market.


by Pat Gill
Things are beginning to pick up and produce is slowly coming in. Shirley from Highland says she is bringing 150 ears of sweet corn this Wednesday and hopefully, more tomatoes. Kristi says her zucchini bread seems to be a hit and she will continue to bake it.
Sandi Conway from Melbourne has herbs and an item that you bake at home from a jar. Her herbs are reasonably priced and look healthy. There are artisan soaps and a variety of crotchet items from our loyal crotchet ladies. Thanks for stopping by.
The Horseshoe Bend Farmer’s Market is located at the Faith Presbyterian Church.


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 4th of July parade! The theme this year is, Dreams Come True Under the Red, White, and Blue.
Parade line-up begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church, located at 600 West Church Street, the parade will start at 10 a.m.
Be on the lookout for Princess Ariel from the Little Mermaid, as she is scheduled to make an appearance and do a meet and greet for any children who wish to visit her.
Parade entry forms are available for pick up at the Chamber office, or can be emailed upon request.
The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Third and Profession Streets, will hold their July 4th Ice Cream Social to benefit the Community Christmas Basket Project from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The church will be serving pie, ice cream and root beer floats so be sure to join them for your favorite ice cream dessert after the 4th of July Parade.
A flotilla will be held on Crown Lake at 5 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at dusk at Turkey Mountain. Join in the fun!
Salem
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Fireworks in the Park Celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at the Salem City Park.
The chamber invites everyone out to this free event to enjoy the fun, food, music, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. There will be food available from Crazy Cajun, Vanoven’s BBQ, Mountain Home Kettle Corn, and Boy Scouts Concessions. The chamber will be selling $5 armbands for the bounce houses for the kids and will also sell inexpensive patriotic toys, hand fans, and flags.
At 6 p.m. the Salem VFW Post will perform the Colors Flag Ceremony and Kennedy Rainey will sing the National Anthem. At 7 p.m. rising artist Lauren Gray will be performing on the east side of the City Park. In conjunction with the Fireworks in the Park Celebration, Hall Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.
At dark spectators at the City Park, Rodeo Arena, and surrounding areas can enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. Local businesses are encouraged to send your donation P.O. Box 649, Salem, AR 72576 before June 30. Donations will also be collected after the event to help pay for this spectacular fireworks show.
Calico Rock
by Rich Fischer
The Calico Rock Lions club will once again bring the community their Annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday, July 3, at dusk in Earl King Park off State Highway 56 in Calico Rock. The event never fails to entertain all those who attend, young and old alike. The Lions work tirelessly at raising money to help finance the annual show aimed at celebrating American independence. “We are committed to providing our community, area residents, and visitors with wholesome, family fun on the birthday of our nation,” said Lions Club Secretary, Rich Fischer. “All Lions throughout the world strive to live up to the organization’s international motto ‘We Serve’… and our annual fireworks display is just one way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment. This year is particularly special as it marks the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International started in Chicago in 1917,” concluded Fischer. The Lions will be stationed at park exits following the conclusion of the show accepting donations from attendees who wish to show their appreciation and help support local Lions’ charitable projects.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Independence Day Celebration will be on Tuesday, July 4. The list of events include: Patriotic Boat Parade, sign up for free at T-Bird Marina, Trophies for top three decorated winners at 7 p.m.; Helicopter Airshow over the Lake at 8 p.m.; Thunder on Thunderbird Fireworks Show presented by FNBC and Centennial Bank, Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Arkansas at 9 p.m.
Melbourne
Fireworks show on the Fourth of July is free to the public. The gates to the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road will open at 6 p.m. with entertainment by The Deadwood Groove Band starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be two bounce houses for children, one of which will include a water slide. The fireworks are scheduled to start at dark.


IZARD COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR: Doug and Tammy Miller of Sage were awarded Izard County Farm Family of the year. Arkansas Farm Family program sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit MidSouth Associations, and Armor Seed. Program partners are Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas FFA Association, USDA, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. See additional photos and the full story in the July 5th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


by Ron Yow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, June 17 at the Music in the Mountains Theatre located at the lower level of the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.
The Hwy. 289 Band has a nice array of songs that will delight all. Erin Parks-Walters will be joining the Hwy 289 Band for this show. She was with us last month and did a fantastic job.
Our guest for the June show is Vanessa Howard. Howard is a lifelong resident of Melbourne. She is married to Ryan Howard and they have two boys, Ryan and Reed. She began singing as a child, along with many of her family members, in the church she still attends, Belview Baptist Church in Melbourne. We are expecting this to be a really good show.
If you have never been to the Music in the Mountains Show, this would be a good way to begin a monthly entertainment night for the family. The doors will open up at 5 p.m. with Marty McKnight grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. The girls will be inside to help with your food selection along with drinks and popcorn.
The show will begin at 6 p.m. with the Hwy. 289 Band and Parks-Walters taking the stage. So mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17 and come on out and enjoy some good food, good music and good fellowship. As always, admission is by donation.
We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC Bank, for their support throughout the year. We would also like to thank Thayer Gas, Jackson Electric, Van Cleave Plumbing, and all the volunteers that help to produce the Music in the Mountains Show. Without the help of these individuals and of course, those of you who attend and donate to keep the doors open, there would not be a show. A big thank you to all. Hope to see you on Saturday!


William Q. and Ann B. Hamby transferred part of the NE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 11, Township 17N, Range 11W, to Michael G. Richardson, for the amount of $1.
Edward D. Lester transferred part of the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 14, Township 17N, Range 11W, to Milford and Freda May, for the amount of $10,000.
Bristol Industries, LLC, transferred Lot 46, Pioneer Park Addition, Horseshoe Bend, to Connie and Steve Tapie, for the amount of $1,513.
Bobby Brown transferred the NE frl. 1/4 of the SE frl. 1/4 in Section 21, Township 16N, Range 8W, to Tommy and Robin Wommack, and Nicholas S. Wommack, for the amount of $43,000.
Laurence L. and May L. Ellzey transferred Lot 14, Oak Ridge Estates, to Van and Deborah Gordon, for the amount of $26,500.
Charles G. and Sharon R. Williams transferred Lots 906 and 907, Pioneer Park Addition, Horseshoe Bend, to Doris A. Price, for the amount of $40,500.
Aaron B. and Sarah Teague transferred part of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4, Section 14, Township 17N, Range 11W, to Stephen and Linda Williams, for the amount of $128,000.
J. C. Clements transferred Lot 200, Cedar Glade Addition, Horseshoe Bend, to Charles and Jackie Smythe, for the amount of $2,900.
Dorothy Pinkston transferred part of the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 12, Township 17N, Range 11W, to David D and Janie L. Fender, for the amount of $10,000.
James and Gloria Lindsey transferred all that lying north of Tract 2 and all that lying south and east of the railroad track in White River Meadows Addt., to Malcolm Hutchins, for the amount of $1,000.
Mark L. Grasse, managing member of Grasse Enterprises, LLC, transferred part of the S 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 01, Township 17N, Range 11W with exceptions, to the Jennings Family Trust, for the amount of $21,000.
Joseph R. DeCicco transferred Lots 341, 342, and 343 in Executive Addition Horseshoe Bend, to Cecil D. and Ruth M. Gamble, for the amount of $360,000.
Dwight and Carol Ragsdale transferred part of the S 1/2 NE 1/4 of Section 12, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 10 acres, m/l, and part of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 12, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing .11 acres, m/l, with exceptions, to Darron and Tiffany Preston, for the amount of $93,800.
Zachary Shane Wortham transferred Lot 10, Rose Valley Subdivision, part of Section 16 and 17, Township 16N, Range 8W, to Robert M. and Joy L. Stephens, for the amount of $169,500.
Tabra McGill transferred the S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of Section 2 and the E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 11, Township 15N, and Range 8W, to Circle T Properties, LLC, for the amount of $177,800.
Coy Womack, authorized administrator of the Estate of Theda M. Lawhon, transferred part of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 7, Township 16N, Range 8W, to Ben Cooper, for the amount of $95,000.
Lawson Linn transferred 1.29 acres, m/l, part of the NW 1/4 of Section 8, Township 16N, Range 8W to Justin and Lacey Thornton, for the amount of $43,000.


On May 28, Malissa Dawn Penderson, age 37 of Cave City, was arrested by Deputy Rusty Ford for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Penderson bonded on a $2,370 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 28, Joshua Daniel Jones, age 35 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Ford for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones bonded on a $2,370 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 28, Roger Lee Johnson age 47, was arrested by Deputy Teirnan for harassment. Johnson is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000 bond. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 27, Kemper Joe Payne age 32, was arrested by Sgt. Steve Davidson for DWI, refusal to submit to chemical test, fleeing and no drivers license. Payne is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,235 bond. Payne is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on July 29.
On May 24, Franklin Eugen Willey, age 28 of Batesville, was arrested by Deputy Geoffery Watts for theft of property a class A misdemeanor. Willey is incarcerated in Izard County Detention Center. Willey is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 13.
On May 25 Jessie Ray Brock age 35 of Calico Rock was arrested by Deputy Geoffery Watts for Contempt of Court. Brock is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 15.
On May 25, Cody Justin Casey age 29 of Horseshoe Bend was arrested by Deputy Mike Smith and charged with no license plates and no drivers license. Casey bonded on a $340 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On May 26, Ricky Shelton Dowdle age 61 was arrested by Lieutenant Charley Melton for theft of property a class D felony and breaking or entering a class B felony. Dowdle is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
On May 23, Robert J. Harris age 31, plead guilty to breaking or entering, a class d felony; theft of property, a class d felony; and theft of property, a class a misdemeanor. Harris received 36 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and was ordered to pay $4,800 restitution. Also on May 23, Jeffery D. McKinney age 33, plead guilty to two counts of breaking or entering; a class d felony; theft of property, a class d felony; and commercial burglary, a class c felony. Mckinney received 24 months in a Community Correction Facility and was ordered to pay $4,800 restitution. These pleas stem from the Newburg Tractor and Equipment burglaries and thefts.
On May 21, Richard Magourk, age 30 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Richard Williams for public intoxication. Magourk was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center. Magourk was given an own recognizance bond by Judge David Miller. Magourk is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 20, Marlon Ray Walls was arrested by Deputy D.J Teirnan for theft by receiving, no drivers license, improper display of light for vehicle, no license plates and no liability insurance. Walls is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 20, Eric Henry Bargery age 44, was arrested by Deputy Tiernan for theft by receiving. Bargery is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in leiu of a $620 bond. Bargery is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 21, George Jarl Clark Jr. age 50, was arrested by Deputy Jaden Whitfield for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; and operation of a vehicle without license plates. Clark is incarcerated in the Detention Center in lieu of a $300 cash bond. Clark is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 29.

Law scales on wooden desk concept for justice and equality


William Q. and Ann B. Hamby transferred part of the NE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 11, Township 17N, Range 11W, to Michael G. Richardson, for the amount of $1.
Edward D. Lester transferred part of the SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4 of Section 14, Township 17N, Range 11W, to Milford and Freda May, for the amount of $10,000.
Bristol Industries, LLC, transferred Lot 46, Pioneer Park Addition, Horseshoe Bend, to Connie and Steve Tapie, for the amount of $1,513.
Bobby Brown transferred the NE frl. 1/4 of the SE frl. 1/4 in Section 21, Township 16N, Range 8W, to Tommy and Robin Wommack, and Nicholas S. Wommack, for the amount of $43,000.
Laurence L. and May L. Ellzey transferred Lot 14, Oak Ridge Estates, to Van and Deborah Gordon, for the amount of $26,500.
Charles G. and Sharon R. Williams transferred Lots 906 and 907, Pioneer Park Addiiton, Horseshoe Bend, to Doris A. Price, for the amount of $40,500.
Aaron B. and Sarah Teague transferred part of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4, Section 14, Township 17N, Range 11W, to Stephen and Linda Williams, for the amount of $128,000.
J. C. Clements transferred Lot 200, Cedar Glade Addition, Horseshoe Bend, to Charles and Jackie Smythe, for the amount of $2,900.
Dorothy Pinkston transferred part of the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 12, Township 17N, Range 11W, to David D and Janie L. Fender, for the amount of $10,000.
James and Gloria Lindsey transferred all that lying north of Tract 2 and all that lying south and east of the railroad track in White River Meadows Addt., to Malcolm Hutchins, for the amount of $1,000.
Mark L. Grasse, managing member of Grasse Enterprises, LLC, transferred part of the S 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 01, Township 17N, Range 11W with exceptions, to the Jennings Family Trust, for the amount of $21,000.
Joseph R. DeCicco transferred Lots 341, 342, and 343 in Executive Addition Horseshoe Bend, to Cecil D. and Ruth M. Gamble, for the amount of $360,000.
Dwight and Carol Ragsdale transferred part of the S 1/2 NE 1/4 of Section 12, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 10 acres, m/l, and part of the SE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Section 12, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing .11 acres, m/l, with exceptions, to Darron and Tiffany Preston, for the amount of $93,800.
Zachary Shane Wortham transferred Lot 10, Rose Valley Subdivision, part of Section 16 and 17, Township 16N, Range 8W, to Robert M. and Joy L. Stephens, for the amount of $169,500.
Tabra McGill transferred the S 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of Section 2 and the E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 11, Township 15N, and Range 8W, to Circle T Properties, LLC, for the amount of $177,800.
Coy Womack, authorized administrator of the Estate of Theda M. Lawhon, transferred part of the NW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 7, Township 16N, Range 8W, to Ben Cooper, for the amount of $95,000.
Lawson Linn transferred 1.29 acres, m/l, part of the NW 1/4 of Section 8, Township 16N, Range 8W to Justin and Lacey Thornton, for the amount of $43,000.


The ladies from Beta Sigma Phi are selling T-shirts to raise scholarship money for a fallen Police Officer’s child. They will be selling T-shirts beginning July 4 and will sell them through Christmas. If you would like to get a T-shirt to show your support you can contact one of the ladies from Beta Sigma Phi. You can also call Mickey Spangler at 870-670-4447.The shirts sell for $15 up to XL; shirts size 2X and up are $20. The deputies stopped by the sorority’s booth at Dogwood Days to show their support. The Beta Sigma Phi ladies thank them and Izard County Judge Eric Smith for their support of this project. Pictured (l to r) Murlene Haggerty, Mickey Spangler, Betty Curtis, Eric Smith, Chief Deputy Ernie Blackwell, Deputy Mike Smith, and Marlene McMullen.


The Spring floods and storms have caused severe damage in Cleburne, Stone, Izard, Sharp and Fulton County. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program, ECP, administered by the Farm Service Agency, FSA.
If damage will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use. If damage is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area affect the productive capacity of the farmland. If damage will impair or endanger the land. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.
The following types of measures may be eligible:
Removing debris from farmland; restoring permanent fences. Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact their local FSA County Office and request assistance. Sign-up for wind damage began May 1 and runs through June 30. Sign-up for flood damage began on May 12 and runs through July 12. Please call for appointments.
To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:
An application for cost-share assistance has been filed. The local FSA County Committee or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area and pictures of damage have been taken. The Agency responsible for technical assistance has made needs determination.
For more information contact the Stone/Izard County Office at 870-269-3726, or the Sharp/Fulton County Office at 870-994-2006.


A one vehicle accident resulted in the driver being transported by Survival Flight, according to Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork. Janice F. Mitchell of Horseshoe Bend lost control of her gray Toyota Camry on Monday, May 22 at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Hwy. 289 in Glencoe. Mitchell had two small dogs with her at the time and they were uninjured. Horseshoe Bend AC Officer Kelly Smith transported the animals. Photo/C.Stafford


The Izard County Senior Center in Brockwell will have a group picture made of all participants on Tuesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and leave their mark on the wall with a professional portrait. The sitting fee is $10, which helps the Senior Center cover the cost of the final product. Additional photographs will be available for purchase.
There will be a raffle after lunch for a black/white diamond heart necklaces set in sterling silver. Be sure and come out in time to get your tickets. Cost is $1 each or six tickets for $5.
Tuesday mornings are their dance days and the Fountain Brothers will be performing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Follow them on Facebook at Izard County Senior Center or call 870-368-6011.


On April 30, William Vachel Key, age 52, was arrested by Deputy Richard Crowe for domestic battery – third degree and terroristic threatening – second degree. Key was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $1,740 bond. Key bonded out and is scheduled to be in District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On April 8, Tim Samuel Greenway, age 31 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Steve Davidson for Domestic battery – third degree. Greenway is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $1,120 bond. Greenway is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 15.
On May 9, Markium Lee Bounds, age 55 of Wiseman, was arrested by Deputy Toby Smith for driving while license suspended or revoked. Bounds was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and bonded on a $325 bond. Bounds is scheduled to appear in District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On May 11, Gigi Dawn Murray, age 31 of Batesville, was arrested by Deputy Mike Foster for two counts of possession of a controlled substance without prescription. Murray is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $1,250 bond. Murray is scheduled to appear in District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On May 11, Mathew Paul Stradnquist, age 36 of Russellville, was arrested by Crowe for failure to appear. Stradnquist is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with a $465 cash bond. Stradnquist is scheduled to appear in District Court in Melbourne on June 15.
On May 9, Jeremy Michael Eppes, age 40 of Walnut Ridge, was arrested by Deputy DJ Teirnan for failure to appear in Izard County Circuit Court. Eppes is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center with no bond. Eppes is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on May 23.
On May 11, Lucus Shane Johnson was arrested by Deputy Mark Simino for possession of marijuana. Johnson is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,120. bond. Johnson is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 15.
On May 14, Reggie Lelon Taylor, age 40, was arrested by Deputy Jaden Whitfield for fleeing and driving while license suspended. Taylor is incarcerated in jail in lieu of $1,485 bond. Taylor is scheduled to appear on June 15.


A Proclamation, issued by Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes on May 1 resolves that the week of May 7 through May 13, 2017 was designated as Municipal Clerks Week. There are many responsibilities of the Municipal and Deputy Clerk that the public takes for granted. The functions of the Clerk necessitate a thorough knowledge of law procedure, administration and interpersonal relations. The Municipal Clerks of Horseshoe Bend are greatly appreciated. Pictured (l to r) Shelia Butler, Deputy Court Clerk, Victoria Bigness, Administrative Clerk, Barb Kurtzweil, Water Department Clerk, and Michelle Grabowski, City Clerk. Read the entire Proclamation on page 2 of this week’s Pacesetting Times.


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.


by Fran McGrew
Build A Better World is the theme for our Summer Reading Program for 2017. The Horseshoe Bend Public Library will present our summer program on Thursdays, starting at 11:30 a.m., June 1 through 29. Our programs are designed for pre-school through 12 years old. As always, we welcome our parents and grandparents to attend. We appreciate the help and interest you have given us over the years.
We will be reading a story from new books that we have just purchased. For those that want to participate, we will also have a family-reading-together contest, which we will give a prize for the most books read. This summer we will have new games and activities that we have never done before. We will have treats, incentives, prizes, guests and lunch at the end of the program.
Please register at the Horseshoe Bend Library, located at 9 Club Road in Horseshoe Bend. You may also call to register at 870-670-4318. We feel that you will have a great time at the library and we look forward to seeing you.


RAFFLE: The Franklin Extension Homemaker’s Club will be selling raffle tickets for this beautiful cross-stitch done by Sharlee Webb at their booth at Dogwood Days on Saturday, May 13 in Horseshoe Bend. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.


Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.
Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne. Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 degree programs.
Mammoth Spring High School Graduation will be on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Izard County Consolidated High School will hold graduation ceremonies at the Brockwell campus, on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m., in the gymnasium.
Salem High School Graduation will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Melbourne High School will hold commencement exercises on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Michelle Gray, Representative District 62, Arkansas House, will be the featured speaker.
Highland High School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center.
Viola High School Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Calico Rock High School commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 19 at the elementary auditorium. Video begins at 6:30 p.m. and graduation begins at 7 p.m.


On April 23, there was a structure fire on Vest Cemetery Road at Boswell. The house belonged to Elizabeth Daigle and Linda Cooper.
The owners advised that the house was valued at $10,000 to $15,000, it was a total loss.
On April 25, James Adam Horness, age 19 of Calico Rock, and Shelby Jay Autry, age 19 of Big Flat, were both formally charged with criminal trespass, a class b misdemeanor, and arson, a class b felony. Both are incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Horness and Autry are scheduled to appear in Izard County Circuit Court on May 23.
On April 28, Joshua Dean Thomas, age 39 of Higden was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones and charged with failure to pay fines. Thomas is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $440 cash bond. Thomas is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on May 4.
On April 27, Ronald Junior Hill, age 22 of Salem, was arrested by Deputy Evan Jones for endangering the welfare of a minor third degree and domestic battery third degree. Hill is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on May 8.
On April 25, Dalton Lee Chris Morgan, age 26 of Violet Hill, was arrested by Deputy Richard Crowe for domestic battery third degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested in the same incident was Corey Joe Bushman, age 26 of Violet Hill. Bushman was also charged with domestic battery third degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both Morgan and Bushman are scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 15.
On April 30 William Vachel Key, age 52 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested by Deputy Toby Smith for domestic battery third degree and terroristic threatening second degree. Key is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,740 bond. Key was scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Horseshoe Bend on May 2.


The 66th Annual Izard County Pioneer Day will kick off on Friday, May 5 with a Golf Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course. A Homecoming Gospel Program will be held on May 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Ozarka College John E. Miller Auditorium, located at 218 College Drive. Admission is free for the event. At 8 p.m., the ACA/IPRA Champion Rodeo will take place at the Izard County Fairgrounds. The Rodeo will include bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc, team roping, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, junior barrel racing, goat tying. Admission for the Rodeo is $6 for adults, $3 for ages six to 12, and under six is free. The schedule of events for Saturday, May 6 is: Golf Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk; 5K registration (cost $20) at Progressive Eye Center on the Court Square at 7 a.m.; Dutch Oven Cook-Off at BancorpSouth west parking lot at 8 a.m.; 5K Race begins on the Court Square at 8 a.m.; Diamond Age Registration on the Court Square at 9 a.m.; Music by Sterling Buchanan Band at the Bandstand on Court Square at 9 a.m.; Kiddie Parade Line Up at Miller’s Supermarket at 9:30 a.m.; Main Parade Line Up at Truck Country at 10 a.m. Kiddie Parade at the Court Square at 10:15 a.m.; Main Parade at Truck Country at 11 a.m.; Music by Miss Arkansas at the Bandstand on Court Square at 12 p.m.; Music by assorted local talent at 12 p.m.; Awards Presentation at the Bandstand on Court Square at 1 p.m.; Tommy Willhite Memorial Car Show at the Health Department parking lot at 1 p.m.; Kids Games in the Arkansas Revenue Department lawn from 1 to 3 p.m.; Music by CR 114 on the east side of the Court Square at 2 p.m.; Burn Out Contest next to Melbourne Auto Parts at 4 p.m.; Rodeo at the Izard County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.; and a Street Dance with the Billy Joe French Band on the Court Square at 8:30 p.m.


Everyone is invited to meet your state candidate for Arkansas State Land Commissioner, Tommy Land, on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Bend City Hall, located at 704 Commerce Street.
Free coffee and donuts will be available.
Land has lived in Cleburne County his entire adult life. He and his wife Judy reside in heber Springs. He retired in 2004 after a 30 year career with Southwestern Bell. Due to increasing requests for help with business telephone equipment, he started Heber Springs Communications in 2006 and continues to provide quality service to his clients in North Central Arkansas.
Land has served the Republican Party of Arkansas in many different positions including chairman of various committees and during this last election he served Arkansas as a Presidential Elector to the Electoral College. He has gaines a great deal of practical business experience through owning and operating several small business operations such as: family cattle farm, lawn care company, and Heber Springs Communications. He also holds a real estate license through the Arkansas Real Estate Commission.
Land’s varied experience and love for Arkansas’ natural resources make him uniquely suited for the office of Commissioner of State Lands.


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.”


Melbourne
The City of Melbourne will hold their Annual Spring Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 1 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. All sales held rain or shine.
The City of Melbourne will be preparing a list that will be available for pick up at City Hall on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31. Please call City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.
You may set up your sale at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s, Western Auto, Mark’s Pharmacy and Hometown Market. For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.
Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Spring City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
To be put on the list call the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce office at 870-670-5433. The deadline tp sign up is Thursday, April 6. The list will be given out the morning of the sale.
Salem
The 14th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market and Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-Wide Yard Sale will be April 8 in Salem. Vendor space is still available for the flea market.
Salem is the place to be to find bargains at the flea market and community-wide yard sales on April 8. There will be something for everyone. Both events are advertised heavily throughout North Central Arkansas and Southern Missouri and will draw a large number of people to the Salem area on these dates.
Admission and parking is free at the Flea Market located at the Fulton County Fairgrounds at 124 Arena Lane in Salem. Maps for the yard sales will be available at area businesses and at the Fairgrounds Flea Market.
For more information or to reserve outside booth space, call 870-895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair1@gmail.com. Vendor applications are available online and the rental fee can be paid online at www.fultoncountyfair.org.
Highland
A community wide swap meet (big flea market) is planned for Saturday, April 22 at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland. Vendor applications for inside or outside spaces are now being accepted. Selling out of your car, truck or trailer is okay.
New and used items, furniture, cars, farm equipment, antiques, businesses, crafts, fruits, vegetables, plants, kids toys and clothing, okay. If you have got it come sell it at the Community Wide Swap Meet.
Call Curves at 870-856-6010 for more information or email patclary6776@gmail.com. Vendor applications are available at Curves or Highland City Hall.


by Carrie Johnson
If you have driven through Horseshoe Bend within the last week, you might have noticed crews working on the airport runway. The Horseshoe Bend Municipal Airport Schatzman Field is currently closed for repairs. The work started on Wednesday, March 22 and the projected completion date is early April, weather permitting. The Airport will re-open upon completion. Airport Commission Chairman Mike Slavin stated, “This project is a part of the continuing effort of the Airport Commission to increase the value of the Airport to the City.”
At the end of the summer last year, the Airport Commission received notice that they would receive the Runway, Taxiway and Ramp Rehabilitation Project grant. The Rehabilitation Project consists of filling and sealing cracks, a seal coat of asphalt, and then repainting the runway lines. The Commission looked forward to beginning the work last Fall, but could not due to adverse weather conditions.
Garver USA, of North Little Rock, is the engineer on the project and Vance Brothers, of Kansas City, KS, is the prime contractor. They have been working long hours around the weather to ensure the finalization of the project is early April.
Where is this funding coming from?
The Airport applies for an Airport Improvement Program, AIP, grant. They have to make sure it meets the standards and criteria of the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA. Typically, if awarded the grant, the FAA will pay 90% of the cost of the project. The sponsor, Airport, is responsible for paying the remaining 10%.
The Runway, Taxiway and Ramp Rehabilitation Project costs approximately $243,000. The FAA covers 90%, $218,500, of the grant and instead of Horseshoe Bend Municipal Airport being liable for the other 10%, approximately $24,500, the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics has decided to foot the bill. Federal and State funding is generated through aviation fees and taxes.
Which means, there is little or no cost to the Airport or the City of 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


DONATION: The Tri-County Board of Realtors donated $500 to the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren Fund at their February meeting. Pictured (l to r): Renea Orr, Principal Broker of Coldwell Banker Ozark Real Estate Co.; Jill Boyer, Principal Broker of Scenic Realty; Cathy Johnson, Principal Broker of United Country Cotham and Co.; Eddie Ishmael, President Tri-County Board of Realtors; David Woods, head of the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren project; Russell Stokes, Cherokee Village Mayor; Boyd McMasters of Southern Pines; Jessie Ebey of Ozark Gateway Realty; and Susan Reed of Century 21 Pace Wright Real Estate.


by Karen Sherrell
MORRISTON – A suspect wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle from Mammoth Spring was apprehended without incident on February 23.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Kyle J. Salamone, age 36 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested at a residence on Country Springs Road near Morriston.
Fulton County Chief Deputy John Cawvey received an anonymous call that Salamone was at the residence of Paul Dodson, according to the affidavit of arrest. Upon his arrival, Cawvey observed Salamone exiting the residence, and when ordered to get down on the ground, Salamone complied. Salamone had a blue cylinder containing several small baggies, with one field-testing positive for methamphetamine, several knives, and two cellphones on his person. He admitted that all the items were his, according to the affidavit.
Salamone was charged with possession of meth, a class D felony; possession with the purpose to deliver meth, a class c felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class d felony.
Roork reported that on Saturday, February 18, around 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Spring Police Officer Jamie Turnbough, attempted to stop a Ford truck that had been stolen earlier in the week from a residence on Union Hill Road south of Mammoth Spring.
The driver would not stop and fled south on US 63. The driver turned on Union Hill Road and wrecked the truck a little over a mile down the road. The driver fled into the woods on foot. Several members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Roork called the dog tracking team from the North Central Unit in Calico Rock. A manhunt was conducted until 5:30 a.m. but was unsuccessful. On Friday afternoon, the same truck had rammed a West Plains police car that had attempted to stop it.
Salamone admitted to have been in the 2000 Ford flatbed truck that had been taken from Mammoth Spring, but would not disclose who was with him.
Cawvey said that Salamone had several warrants for his arrest, according to ACIC, with several prior convictions of drugs and theft. Salamone was additionally charged with theft by receiving, a class c felony, and habitual offender.
Formal charges were filed March 2 by 16th Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carla Powell.


by Michelle Grabowski
It is time again to renew your annual business license. You may come into Horseshoe Bend City Hall to renew for 2017, or for your convenience, you may renew by mail.
If renewing by mail, return a copy that was given to you last year after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check. If you would like to also receive a copy of your 2016 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with your payment and current changes. We can also send you a copy through email if you provide your email to us.
The City of Horseshoe Bend requires an annual license fee to be paid by any person, firm or corporation that maintains a business location within the City of Horseshoe Bend, or engages in any business, profession or occupation of any kind and nature within the city. The business license fees are classified in City Ordinance #87-14 that is available for your inspection at City Hall.
Section II of Ordinance #87-14 states: “It is hereby declared a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation carrying on a business, profession or occupation within the City of Horseshoe Bend who fails and/or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this ordinance and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount of not less than one hundred ($100) dollars nor more than two hundred ($200) dollars for each separate violation.”
Licenses must be renewed by March 31 or penalties will be applied.
Also due for 2017 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for un-spayed and un-neutered pets. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.
If you have any questions contact City Hall at 870-670-5113 Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
Commissioners Present: Mac James, Jonathon Phillips, Jack Tharp and Michael Stracener.
Managers Present: Josh Jackson.
Jackson reported all spring pre-emergent and post-emergent has been applied to all areas of the golf course. The greens will undergo deep tine aerification during the middle of April. The drainage ditch on Hole 13 has been completed.
James reported for Chuck McNeight and recommended all memberships stay the same for the 2017 season. He recommended that the driving range memberships increase to $125 per person. Motion passed unanimously.
After asking the Commissioners if they had any changes to the November 11 MRID meeting minutes, there were none, James stated that those minutes are approved as written.
Tharp suggested changing vacation time in the employee handbook to read: one year one week vacation, three years two weeks vacation and seven years three weeks vacation. After much discussion the issue has been tabled until the next meeting.
James made a motion to approve a Boat Launch at Fishermen’s Park, if funds were available. After much discussion the motion has been tabled until the next meeting.
Phillips brought to the attention of the board that moving the forward tees up on some of the holes would be beneficial to many players. After some discussion no decision was made, but will be discussed further.
The Boating and Fishing Club gave their report and would like to be placed on the agenda at every MRID regular scheduled meeting.
Tharp moved to adjourn the meeting and Phillips seconded. All were in favor and the meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Josh Jackson
MRID Superintendent


by Carrie Johnson
There will be a Benefit Auction and Fish Supper at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne on Saturday, January 14 for Nathan Jackson.
Jackson suffered a major heart attack on September 16 and has been hospitalized since then. The Fish Supper will begin at 4 p.m. and the Benefit Auction will begin between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Nathan and his wife, Jean Ann, and two sons, Chance and Spencer, are local residents. Chance and Spencer attend Salem Public Schools.
Nathan has faced and is facing a tremendous amount of rehabilitation due to a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen. He stayed at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for 111 days. Sixty-six days were spent in ICU and then 35 at the Rehabilitation Institute. On January 5, he was accepted into Timber Ridge Neuro Restorative Ranch in Benton.
The following is a partial list of items to be auctioned at the benefit: Vic Kalchik’s famous carrot cake, two night stay in a two bedroom cabin at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend, guitars, gun, jewelry, processed hog (halves) from Everett Bros. Farms in Oxford, luggage set, chainsaws, toolbox, hair cut and style and accessories from Mirror Image, $100 gift certificate and two whole ribeyes from Our Neighborhood Fresh Market in Horseshoe Bend, quilts, three loads of gravel/limestone any size and ten loads of hill dirt (free delivery within 30 miles) from RLH Construction in Salem, Xbox with controllers and over 20 games, gift certificates to area businesses, two rounds of 18 golf with cart (six available) from the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, one year subscriptions (two available) from Pacesetting Times, 30 games of bowling from Horseshoe Lanes, Avon products, pork butts, tire rotation from Ash Flat Tire and Lube, pictures, frames, baked goods, free rotate and balance from Dennis Lube and Tire in Melbourne, one ton of quality liquid feed and 1-4 wheel lick tank from Harber Livestock and Poultry of Wiseman, Scentsy, Tupperware, air ratchet from O’Reilly’s in Ash Flat, and much more!
Modern Woodmen of America, in Melbourne has donated a $1,000 matching grant.
Anyone having items to donate for this auction may drop them off at the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 300 Circle Drive in Melbourne, or call Earnie Blackley at 870-373-2999.
Visit on Facebook, Nathan and Jean Ann Gaskins Jackson Benefit, to see items for auction.


by Carrie Johnson
On Thursday, January 5 at approximately 7 a.m., an SUV attempted to pass a stopped bus and struck a child causing minor injuries.
Tyler Little, age 28 of Mount Pleasant, was headed south on State Highway 69 in Mount Pleasant, South Main Street near the intersection of West Road and Pearl Drive, in a 2015 black Jeep Grand Cherokee. Little struck a pedestrian, a seven year old child, that was crossing the highway to board a Melbourne Public School bus driven by Angela Fleming.
Izard County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputy Rusty Ford, Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley and Lt. Charles Melton responded to the scene.
According to Melton’s narrative, “He [Little] stated he was heading south on Highway 69 and the bus was heading north with its yellow lights on, but that it did not have its stop sign or yellow arm out. He said he looked up from the bus and the little boy ran right in front of him.”
When Deputies left the scene of the accident, Melton went to Melbourne Public School to speak with Fleming. “She stated she was stopped with her red lights and stop sign flashing…”
Izard County Deputy Matt Churchwell interviewed several older children that were passengers on the school bus when the accident occurred. According to the report given by Melton, three minor witnesses gave reports which stated that Fleming did in fact have the stop sign flashing, and the black vehicle did not stop.
Little was charged with passing a stopped school bus and first degree assault. He has a February 2 court date.
The minor child struck by Little’s vehicle was transported by Vital Link and Survival Flight to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and was treated for minor injuries. Neither Little nor his minor child passenger sustained injuries.


The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fifth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Tuesday, February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 8 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR, 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.


Northcentral Arkansas Development Council, Inc., NADC, is beginning their Winter Regulation Program January 9 and will continue through March 31 or until funds are depleted.
For applicants to be considered in a crisis situation, they are required to have received a shut-off notice date to be with seven days from the date of application.
The following are requirements needed before applications can be taken and processed: proof of income for all household members for the previous month, including verification of any contributions from family and friends; the date and place of current or last employment for all household members; photo ID; proof of child support; proof of utility assistance if applicant receives subsidized housing; copy of an energy bill or receipt from energy supplier, including a receipt stating cost of wood if the applicant’s main heating source is wood, to help NADC make the payment to the correct vendor.
NADC is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.
Contacts in the tri-county area are, Izard County 870-368-4329, Fulton County 870-895-3628, and Sharp County 870-994-7353. NADC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EOE.


PROUD FAMILY: (l to r) Howard and Janice Blankenship, Eli Blankenship – American FFA Degree recipient, and Sheila and Danny Blankenship.

by Karen Sherrell
The American FFA Degree is awarded to less than one percent of FFA members, and is one of the organization’s highest honors.
In 2016, the degree was awarded to Izard County Consolidated graduate, Eli Blankenship of Bandmill.
The 2016 American FFA Degree Ceremony was held in Indianapolis, IN on October 22, during the Eighth General Session of the 89th National FFA Convention Expo. Blankenship joined 34 other degree recipients from Arkansas, and 3,790 from throughout the United States, chosen from a national roll of 629,367 FFA members.
The degree is earned by members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and have made significant accomplishments in their agricultural experiences. All of which describe Eli, through years of hard work and commitment.
This degree has also earned him the title of being the first FFA member at Izard County Consolidated Schools to receive the American FFA Degree since Wayne Neal has been the Agri Teacher and FFA Advisor for the past 14 years. “I have had three other FFA members receive national recognition by earning a National FFA Scholarship,” said Neal, adding, “Eli has not only earned this National Degree, but also the pride, respect and honor of his peers, friends and family, as well as the leaders and mentors before him that inspired him to earn this degree.”
And proud his family is. Accompanying Eli to the ceremony in October were his parents, Danny and Sheila Blankenship, and grandparents, Howard and Janice Blankenship.
Highschool graduates may apply for the American FFA Degree one year after their graduation. Eli graduated in 2014, and is currently in his second year at Arkansas Tech in Russellville.
During his first year in highschool, Eli earned his FFA Greenhand Degree, followed by the Chapter degree the next year, and then his State degree. “Eli raised cattle, chickens, and goats and rabbits,” said his mother Sheila. “He also had a community project he had to do.” Eli’s primary agricultural project was cattle, he was on the ICC Show Team, and he served as an FFA Chapter officer.
FFA members utilize the Agricultural Experience Tracker, AET, which is an online record keeping system for agriculture students to record their time worked or money earned with their projects or Supervised Agricultural Experiences, SAE’s. “They also keep records of their FFA activities, officer work, and time in community service, along with other accomplishments and awards,” said Neal. “Utilizing this system is vital for FFA members to earn the degrees, scholarships and awards that they deserve.”
FFA members must apply for the American FFA Degree one year after they graduate, and Eli’s older brother Isaac, a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech in Russellville, encouraged him to apply. “He had all the steps to do it,” said Sheila, “And he worked hard to earn state recognition.”
To earn the American FFA Degree, members must have received the State FFA Degree, and have been an active member for the past three years, with a record of satisfactory participation in activities on the Chapter and State levels. They must have completed the equivalent of at least three years of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, and have one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program. They must have maintained an operation and records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which they have exhibited comprehensive planning, managerial and financial expertise. They must have earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500, or earned and invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. In addition to having a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement, they must have achieved a scholastic record of a C or better, and participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different activities.
No easy feat, and that’s why only one percent of the National FFA membership receive the American FFA Degree. Recipients are also awarded the gold American FFA Degree Key, a symbol of the highest achievement of the National FFA organization, and earned by one hard-working young man, Eli Blankenship.


by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 19.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski and City Attorney Jim Short.
All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and Mayor Bob Barnes led in prayer.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve the November minutes, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the November Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion carried unanimously. Committee Reports were given from the Public Works Department, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Code Enforcement, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Recycling Center and the Library.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
The first item on the agenda under unfinished business was Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl). Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 on its third and final reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes then entertained a motion to pass Ordinance 2016-02. Yow so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes entertained a motion to accept the bid from Bethune Painting Inc. of Jonesboro to paint City Hall. Moser so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion carried unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to place stop signs and warning signs on Ivory Lane by Crown Point Resort. The estimated cost is $400. McKnight so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow who voted no. Motion passed.
Under new business, Barnes entertained a motion to approve the 2017 City Finance and City Council meeting schedule. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to approve Resolution 2016-08 (To Pass and Approve the Budget for the City of Horseshoe Bend beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017). Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Luther Yancey and David Seibert appeared before the council to be considered for the position of Alderman in Ward 1 left vacant by Chris Miller. Both candidates had previously served on the City Council. The Aldermen voted one for Seibert and six for Yancey.
Barnes appointed Yancey to serve on the City Council effective January 1. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Moser so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously. Barnes thanked Seibert for applying to the position.
Barnes announced that Oath of Office would take place on Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. He then went on to thank the City Council, Short, and Grabowski for their service to the city this term and gave his appreciation for the work they have accomplished.
“It truly has been an honor to serve with y’all this last term, I’m looking forward to the next two years. Y’all have done a great job, together we have accomplished a lot. I’m proud of what we have done,” said Barnes.
Yow added, “I just want to say it has been a pleasure working with you Mr. Mayor. I think we have done a lot of good and I look forward to a good two years ahead and being able to accomplish more for the City of Horseshoe Bend, all of us working together.”
With no further business to come before the council, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

by Karen Sherrell
The 23rd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest had several entries this year, with outstanding lighting displays throughout Horseshoe Bend.
In the Residential Category, first and second place were a close race with only one point difference in the scoring. Holiday lights were judged on creativity, use of color and degree of difficulty.
First place was awarded to Vic and Shirley Kalchik, 1102 Fairwater, and second place was awarded to Ed, Laureen, Scotty and Erica Sac, at 1103 Fairwater. Placing third was Carolyn Smith at 1207 Clark Lane, and honorable mention went to Austin Coil at 501 North Little Rock. Other beautiful entries were located at 1211 Scenic Acres Circle, 307 Victoria, 508 Victoria, 105 Sapphire, 1001 Pearl Drive, 204 W. Lansing, 1200 Moonstone, 103 E. Church, and 311 E. Church. Many other dazzling displays may be seen throughout the city as well.
In the Business Category, three entered this year and first place was awarded to Reeves Propane, second was awarded to Box Hound Marina, and third went to Cedar Glade Resort.
Sponsors for this year’s event were: in the Residential Category, Horseshoe Health and Medicine $100, FNBC $50, and Neighborhood Fresh Market $50 gift certificate; and in the Business Category, Pacesetting Times $100, Horseshoe Bend Insurance $50, and B&B Supply of Franklin, $50 gift certificate.
Thanks to everyone who displayed holiday lights this year in Horseshoe Bend, thanks to the judges for their difficult task, and a big thank you to the sponsors for making this annual event possible.
Way to “Light Up” Horseshoe Bend!
See additional photos on page 5.

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by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY — A traffic stop on a vehicle in Izard County on Thursday, December 1, led to a vehicle chase in two counties, with the suspect still at-large as of Sunday, December 1. Sgt. Mark Simino issued a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Tahoe, with fictitious plates, driven by Matthew L. Jones.
According to Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, Jones is on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and it was determined that he was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Parole Officer Josh Morehead advised the Izard County Sheriff’s Office to take Jones into custody.
At that time, Jones fled the scene and a vehicle pursuit covering two counties and jurisdictions began. Jones drove into Fulton County, and subsequently abandoned the vehicle at Union, located between Salem and Oxford.
Jones, who remains at large, is described as a caucasian male with brown eyes, black hair, with a beard and mustache. He is 33 years old, 5’7”, and weighs 150 pounds.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact the Izard County Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203.

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BROCKWELL – Lorra Shaw of Pineville and Candace Killian of Oxford, local health and wellness experts, are hosting “Stay Healthy and Stress Free for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center in Brockwell. The holiday season is when many people experience high levels of stress and consistent, unhealthy choices. At this event, attendees will learn specific strategies to make this year different.
“Far too many people experience extreme emotional pulls during the holidays,” says Shaw. She continues, “On one hand, there is excitement for the festivities and on the other is extreme stress due to the surplus of unhealthy foods, time with family, travel, financial drain, and the sheer exhaustion that the holidays tend to create in our lives. But this year will be different – this year will be our time to THRIVE!”
Killian adds, “We are excited to have a special guest educator, Jeannie Harrison, RN, coming in from Tennessee to share strategies for natural solutions, such as essential oils and essential oil infused wellness products, to support our wellness goals!”
If you are interested in learning more about this event, please email lorrashaw@yahoo.com or call 870-321-4796.

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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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Around 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, Izard County dispatch received a call from Calico Rock Elementary School stating there was a naked man in the school.
Shortly before 7 a.m. a staff member arrived at the school and heard loud moaning coming from a hallway. A classroom door was partially open and the lights were on. The staff member knew no one should be in the building, and discovered a naked man sitting in a teacher’s chair holding a pair of scissors.
The man, identified as Adam Rush, age 36 of the area, dropped the scissors when commanded to do so by the responding deputies but refused to comply past that point. He refused to submit to arrest or follow orders and was tased multiple times, many without any effect, and was finally subdued by four officers.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said, “The school reacted in a most appropriate manner by directing incoming elementary students to the gymnasium keeping them away from possible danger and avoiding them seeing the mass destruction to their school.” Following the incident, students were returned home and teachers and staff began cleaning up the debris.
Superintendent Jerry Skidmore estimated that damages to the school were at least $15,000.
Rush was charged with commercial burglary, a class ‘c’ felony; criminal mischief first degree, a felony; resisting arrest, a class ‘a’ misdemeanor. After being placed in the Izard County Detention Facility, Rush was further charged with disorderly conduct from destroying a security camera. Adams remains in jail on a $30,000 cash bond, and has a December 12 circuit court date.