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.


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

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PUMPING IN THE POINTS: ICC’s Taylor Reynolds knocks down a jumper against the Pirates on November 15. Reynolds put up 12 points for Izard County. The Cougars took a 69-29 victory over Calico Rock. See full story and additional photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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POUNDING THE FLOOR: Izard County Lady Cougar Jen King goes right at the Calico Rock defense on November 15. King scored 24 points and the Lady Cougars took the 69-38 win. See full story and additional photos on page 7 of the November 23 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CRASHING THE PARTY: ICC’s Coby Everett goes right at the defense during the ICC Jr. Cougar’s game against Hillcrest last weekend during the finals of the Bill McCurley Jr. High Tournament. Everett hit a game high 24 points. See full story and additional photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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by Fred Walker
The Izard County Consolidated Cougars and Lady Cougars will tip off the 2016-17 basketball season with their annual Black and Gray intrasquad games on October 7 at Brockwell.
The games will start at 5 p.m. with a seventh grade girls game and followed by the seventh grade boys, junior girls, junior boys, senior girls and senior boys.
Admission is free and a Chili Supper is being held in conjunction with the event from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Each meal will cost $6 and all proceeds will go to the Kailey Moss Memorial Scholarship Fund.
For more information or to make a donation, call 870-258-7700.

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SET AND READY: The Izard County Junior Varsity Volleyball team gets ready to receive a serve from opponent Cave City, on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Brockwell campus. The Junior Varsity team includes Roree Warren, Trinity Neal, Stormy Woods, Tess Savell, Haley Stone, Isabella Martinez, Tracy Middleton and Joni Sherrell. See additional photos in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

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GOING FOR THE GREEN: ICC’s Cody Workman goes for the green on hole 7 during last week’s match at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend. See full story, area scores and additional photos on page 5 of the August 24 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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PROTECTING THE PLATE: ICC’s Shelby Morris gets ready to apply the tag to Lady Pirate Megan Hiles in the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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OUT BY A STEP: Calico Rock first baseman Katie Hamby takes the throw from Maykayla Simmons for the out as ICC’s Shelby Morris hustles down the line during the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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GETTING CLOSER: Mammoth Spring’s Logan Skaggs slides safely into third base in last week’s Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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SCORCHING ONE: Melbourne’s Cailey Cossey hits a line shot against Manila in the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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JUGGLING ACT: Lady Cougar Shelby Morris corrals a pop foul for an out against Viola in the opening round of Regionals. Photo/B.Stapleton

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by Karen Sherrell
Making people laugh comes easy for Lucas Smith, as well as singing, playing musical instruments, never meeting a stranger, well you get the idea.
Recently Lucas, age 18 of Franklin, auditioned for American Idol in Little Rock, and came back home with a great attitude. “It was an honor,” said Lucas. “Overall it was a positive experience that I grew from.”
Lucas performed in four preliminary auditions, and made it through to the panel of celebrity judges. He did not receive a golden ticket, but that’s okay. “I had a great experience,” said Lucas. “I met alot of people that thrive on creativity and artistry. People I met were completely authentic.”
Lucas was a little star-struck when he met the panel of celebrity judges, an experience he will not soon forget. He performed Budapest by George Ezra and one of his own songs.
For now, the 2015 ICC graduate, and son of Larry and Kendra Smith, continues his studies at Ozarka College to obtain his associates degree. He then wants to transfer to UCA at Conway seeking a Major in Theater with a Minor in Linguistics.
American Idol’s farewell season premiers Wed., January 6, with two days of audition content. On Wednesday, the show will feature Denver and Atlanta tryouts, and on Thursday, San Francisco and Little Rock auditions.
We’ll have to keep watch and hopefully catch some of the highlights of Lucas’ performance.
“I had a great experience, and a peer into the workings of the show,” said Lucas, who says he will not be auditioning for The Voice. “My eyes are set on stand-up comedy,” said Lucas, which as many know is something that also comes natural for him. His first “gig” will be a one-half to one hour performance on January 18 at the UACCB campus in Batesville.
Even though Lucas did not receive a golden ticket from American Idol, he has from his community. We’re sure we haven’t seen or heard the last from this talented young man.

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CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: The Izard County sixth grade boys peewee team won the 14th Annual Izard County Invitational Peewee Basketball Tournament held on Saturday, March 21, at Brockwell. The sixth grade boys defeated Salem, 28-14 in the championship game to finish the season 12-0. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Caleb Faulkner, Rifle Comstock, Chase Orf, Coby Everett, Zach Simmons, and Drew Foster. Front row, Noah Johnson, Brady Taylor, Noah Everett, and Justin Stubblefield.fifth
CHAMPIONSHIP RUNNER-UP: The Izard County fifth grade boys finished second in the Tournament, losing to Gainesville MO, 22-16 in the championship game. Back row (l to r) Coach Kyle McCandlis, Keith Melton, Jared Brandon, Gunner Gleghorn, Josh Jensen, Muchael Shelton, and Landon McBride. Front row, Denton Riley, Isaac Lung, and Cody Timbs.