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.


DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Beta Club members decorating a home for the holidays (l to r) Trevor Falco, Sophie Rossitto, Suzonne Harber, Kylie Bell Harber (Beta Club helper), Bailey York, Autumn Freeman, Kendra Rich, Kaylea Walling and Erin Cameron.
The Salem High School Beta Club is at it again. The members of the club stay busy throughout the year, especially in the area of community service.
Throughout the summer, the members of the Beta Club helped the community in several ways. The summer began with members washing school buses so they would be sparkling clean for the upcoming school year. They assisted Holly Pate with the Salem Chamber of Commerce 4th of July event at the park. In August, members parked vehicles during fair week for the Fulton County Fair Association. Several members also helped teachers decorate their classrooms. Some members decorated houses and other buildings for the holidays, and all members helped in providing items for the holidays for several families in Fulton County. You may have noticed some of the members serving hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies at the Salem Christmas Parade. Several members helped the Salem Elementary second grade teachers with their annual second grade literacy night.
At this time, Salem Beta Club is organizing its 8th Annual Bass Tournament. The event is slated for March 11, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lake Norfork. It takes money and prizes to make this happen, so it is an event that takes all year to organize. Any anglers who would like information may email Kim Harber: kim.harber@salemschools.net or call 870-895-5921. Also, the club will take donations for the event. The club is also involved in upcoming community service. In January, members will help with the benefit auction and fish supper for Nathan and Jean Ann Jackson, that will be at the Izard County Fairgrounds beginning at 4 p.m. on January 14. Each year, the club members visit the nursing home around Valentine’s Day with homemade cards for the residents.
In addition to all of that, several members are traveling to Hot Springs at the end of January to attend the State Beta Club Convention. They will compete in academic and talent competitions and have the opportunity to meet others from all around Arkansas.


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.