Royalty at the Izard County Consolidated Homecoming on Friday, January 13 at Brockwell. Photo/B.Stapleton

Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne, has been crowned as the 2016 Miss Arkansas National Teenager.
She was chosen based on academic scores, community service and leadership abilities. Now she will be competing for America’s National Teenager title.
The American National Teenage Scholarship Organization draws on a positive side of pageantry that focuses on a real girl not just her appearance. “It is an honor to be able to represent the beautiful State of Arkansas and the many wonderful people that live here. I would like to thank the many friends and family who have helped me grow up and shaped me into the person I have become today. Please join me on my journey,” said Kaylee Jo.
Kaylee Jo has been a member of 4-H, and for the past seven years she has been keeping a journal of the time, sweat, blood, and energy that has been spent doing 4-H related activities.
“I have kept track of hours used for various projects, money lost and gained with raising/showing animals, and time spent helping shape others around me. This was the first year I was able to compete in the 4-H State Record Book competition and I conquered my challenge,” she said. This year Kaylee Jo won in the Utilizing Science and Technology field with her Veterinarian Science project. “I encourage all youth to set and work toward a goal and give it everything you’ve got because eventually it will pay off,” said Kaylee Jo.
For Kaylee Jo it paid off big. “I will be receiving a $1,500 scholarship to the college of my choice, plus a trip to National Congress in Atlanta, GA in November,” she said.
Community-minded young lady

Kaylee Jo Guthrie

Kaylee Jo Guthrie


Kaylee Jo was able to represent three different organizations with one trip to Blanchard Springs Caverns in March. She was able to make a public appearance and spread the word about America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization. As a member of the Izard County Drug and Tobacco Coalition, she picked up cigarette butts around the park and educated others on the dangers of tobacco. As a 4-H’er she used her leadership abilities in team building activities. Above all else, she set a positive example for others to follow and wore her beautiful smile all day long.
“I had an amazing day at Blanchard Springs Caverns with close to 100 4-H’ers from several different counties. We went on the Dripstone Cave tour, picked up cigarette butts at the park, went on a hike, learned about water pollution, and made ice cream in a bag. I was glad I was given the opportunity to represent three major organizations in my life, 4-H, ANTSO, and the Izard County Drug Coalition team. I really enjoyed leading some of the group activities and setting a good example for those around me,” said Kaylee Jo.
ANTSO stands for American’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization and is the organization in which Kaylee Jo represents the State of Arkansas. This is the 46th year for ANTSO and is currently directed by Jenny Telar. ANTSO represents all 50 states and offers young ladies a pageantry that weighs heavily on academics, community service, and leadership abilities.
The 2016 America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization pageant will be held July 26 through August 1.
Kayle Jo stated, “As many of you know I will be competing for America’s National Teenager. One of the awards given is People’s Choice, the girl with the most likes and views on her video wins. I would really appreciate if you would open this link, watch my video, like it and then share it with your friends. Thank you all so much for all the support and encouragement I have received from all of you along the way.” Kaylee Jo’s video may be viewed at https://youtu.be/yBLpPgGW_rI. The more likes Kaylee Jo receives on her video, the more likely she is to win People’s Choice.
America’s National Teenager is the longest running premier pageant for teens in the United States. Founded in 1970, America’s National Teenager has graced the cover of magazines, television and national media as a role model of leadership, scholastic aptitude and service. Combining the elements of glamour, scholarship, style and service, ANTSO State and National Programs draw on a positive approach to pageantry that implements a scoring system focusing on a “real girl”. With no swimsuit or mandatory talent competition, ANTSO focuses on a typical teen in daily life. Contestants are judged in five categories: 30% Interview, 15% Evening Gown, 15% Personal Expression (contestants decorate a pair of blue jeans and model them, a trademarked category of ANTSO), 15% School (academics and school awards/excellence), 15% Activities (leadership, extra-curricular activities and community service), 10% Onstage Question.
ANTSO has awarded more than $102 million scholarships since its creation. America’s National Teenager continues to set high standards for excellence by awarding nearly $100,000 in scholarships at every state competition each year.
All National and State winners are awarded in-kind scholarships from sponsoring universities and the opportunity to serve as positive role models to teens across America. ANTSO holds to the highest standards of quality and integrity and conducts all competitions in a fair and unbiased manner.

Authorities have arrested two suspects that were involved in a theft of a church van in Horseshoe Bend plus additional thefts in Horseshoe Bend, Elizabeth, and Cave City.
Early Sunday morning, July 10, staff of the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend reported to authorities that the church building had been broken into and that items including a guitar and the church van were stolen.
While Lt. Charles Melton, Sgt. Gabe Sanders and Horseshoe Bend assigned deputies were investigating, they developed at least two people of interest, located the guitar, and continued the investigation. During this investigation, it was reported that Doty Family Funeral Home of Horseshoe Bend had a van damaged. Someone had attempted to hotwire the vehicle that same night.
On July 11, Lt. Melton learned that his prime suspect had been arrested in Cave City. The suspect had fled from Cave City Police and had shot at them before wrecking the vehicle he was driving. Mac Ryan Chitwood, age 26 of Horseshoe Bend, currently in the Sharp County Jail, has been charged in Izard County in connection with the church and funeral home events. An Elizabeth man, 18 year old Dalton Michael Pflaumer, has also been arrested and incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on felony charges related to the burglary of a private residence, vehicle thefts, and other thefts.
The events leading up to the arrest of Pflaumer came about in the early hours of July 11, when the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified that officers in Sharp County had been involved in a vehicle pursuit with a 2001 Volvo V10 driven by Chitwood. It was determined that the registered owners of the vehicle involved in that pursuit reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area but have a vacation home in Baxter County on Diamond Bay Road. The owners were contacted and stated that their vehicle should still be parked at their residence on Diamond Bay Road, and indicated they had not been at that residence since July 5. Later that same morning, Corp. Kristofer Savino went to the residence on Diamond Bay Road and found that it had been burglarized. Items missing from the residence, in addition to their 2001 Volvo V10, were a handgun and a shotgun. It appeared that people had been squatting in the residence for a period of time. Entry had been made through the back door of the house.
Chitwood, who had been apprehended in Sharp County, told authorities there that he and another person had stolen a white van belonging to the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend. He indicated the pair had travelled in the stolen church van to the Hand Cove area in Baxter County. They had concealed the stolen van in a heavily wooded area approximately one mile away from the residence they chose to burglarize.
Chitwood and Pflaumer parted company in the Brockwell area of Izard County after leaving the residence in the stolen Volvo. The vehicle pursuit involving Chitwood driving the stolen Volvo in Sharp County occurred afterwards.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office utilized its helicopter on the evening of July 11 to fly over the Hand Cove/Diamond Bay area in an attempt to locate the stolen and abandoned church van. After flying over the area for several minutes, the van was spotted from the air through dense foliage. The van was subsequently towed and removed for evidentiary processing.
In addition to the burglary investigation, the Sheriff’s Office had taken reports the previous day, July 10, that a private boat dock near Baxter CR 863, in the same area, had been entered and several items were stolen from the dock and from boats in the dock. These included speakers, binoculars, and fishing equipment. A cellphone was found on one of the boats. This cellphone was found to belong to Pflaumer. According to reports,

Pflaumer

Pflaumer

Chitwood

Chitwood

Pflaumer was located on July 12, admitted to committing the crimes with the other suspect, and helped investigators locate and recover some of the stolen items.
As to the funeral home, both Chitwood and Pflaumer have been charged with breaking and entering, a class D felony; and criminal mischief, a class D felony. Relating to the church, both have been charged with commercial burglary and theft of property, both class D felonies. The pair have an Izard County Circuit Court date of August 10. Pflaumer remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

A Guion woman was killed Wednesday, November 25 in a single-vehicle crash east of Mountain View.
The Arkansas State Police reported 68-year-old Jennetta McNealy died when her vehicle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway, collided with a ditch and overturned on State Highway 14.
The accident was investigated by Corp. Brandon J. Cook.

The Emergency Medical Services Board of Izard County will have their quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 22, in the courtroom at the Izard County Courthouse in Melbourne. The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
For questions, please contact Michelle Gray at 870-291-2515.

by Karen Sherrell
The midterm election yielded a few surprises and upsets for some candidates, some winning by only a few votes, and voters sent a resounding message to Congress. Democrats have relinquished their control over the Senate, and Republicans retained control of the House as well.
In Arkansas, Republican candidates faired well in state races with Asa Hutchinson winning the Governor’s seat; Tim Griffin, Lieutenant Governor; Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General; Mark Martin, Secretary of State; Dennis Milligan, State Treasurer; Andrea Lea, Auditor of State; and John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands.
Linda Collins-Smith won her bid for State Senate District 19 winning each of the five counties she represents: Fulton, Izard, Independence, Sharp and Randolph. Collins-Smith garnered 2,575 in Izard County over Democratic opponent James McLean’s 1,735.
Republican candidate Michelle Gray upset incumbent Tommy Wren (D), winning the State Representative District 62 seat, covering Izard, Sharp, Stone and Independence counties. Wren won in Izard County 2,238 to Gray’s 2,127, but lost to Gray in the other three counties.
Izard County showed a 57% voter turnout, a high number for a midterm election.
In Horseshoe Bend the number was even higher. Sixty-seven percent of the registered voters in Horseshoe Bend turned out to vote, and re-elected Bob Barnes their mayor. Barnes had a narrow victory of 31 votes; 414 votes to opponent Chuck Spangler’s 383. Barnes won in Wards 1, 2 and 3, with the following votes; Ward 1, 48-46; Ward 2, 133-111; Ward 3, 86-75. Spangler took Ward 4 with four votes, 151-147.
Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman in Horseshoe Bend was a close race, with incumbent John Grochowski taking the victory by only two votes. Grochowski garnered 143 votes to opponent Butch Van Zandt’s 141.
Rhonda Halbrook won the mayor’s seat in Melbourne over Mike Cone, 387-285. Halbrook is the first woman to serve as mayor of Melbourne for over 40 years. Halbrook told Pacesetting Times she’s not the first woman to hold that office in Melbourne, with Jan Lawrence serving in the 1970’s, and a woman filling in the duties of mayor during WWII.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence retained his office with 2,813 votes over Republican Walter Hagan’s 1,549. Bryant K. Lamb won Gid Constable over Kelly Anderson, 50-35. Kathy Roberts is the Mayor of Guion, defeating Larry Pittman 19-15.
Greg Stuart won the mayor’s seat in Oxford over incumbent Steve Stevenson in a close race, 107-100. Thomas Norvold defeated incumbent Jetta Peters in a close race for Oxford Ward 4, Position 1 council seat, 102-99.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return on October 13, 14, and 15, and will be broadcast on The River, 98.3.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned, so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop off at the Chamber office during normal hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned. Anyone running for political office may opt to donate for free advertising.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far.
The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation.
So mark your calendars for the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years!

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Bearkatz on the line during practice on Monday, August 11.

This year represents a mid-term election nationally, and local county and municipal office seats are up for grabs.
County positions of Sheriff, Judge, Justices of the Peace, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer, Coroner, and Constable will be voted on this year.
Candidates with a party affiliation begin filing on Monday, February 24 at noon for a one-week period ending at noon on March 3. Party pledges, if any, and affidavits of eligibility shall be filed, and any filing fees of a political party shall be paid at the county courthouse in Melbourne.
Party filing fee amounts are: Judge, $950; Sheriff, $930; Clerk, $870; Treasurer, $840; Assessor, $840; Collector, $840; Justice of the Peace, $78; Coroner, $92; Democratic Committee, $5; Constable, $10; Calico Rock Mayor, $340.
The Preferential Primary Election will be held Tuesday, May 20. Following the primary election, winning candidates will run against independent candidates in the General Election on November 4. Deadline to register to vote in the Preferential Primary Election is Monday, April 21.

This year represents a mid-term election nationally, and local county and municipal office seats are up for grabs.
County positions of Sheriff, Judge, Justices of the Peace, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer, Coroner, and Constable will be voted on this year.
Candidates with a party affiliation begin filing on Monday, February 24 at noon for a one-week period ending at noon on March 3.
Party pledges, if any, and affidavits of eligibility shall be filed, and any filing fees of a political party shall be paid at the courthouse of the county in which candidates are filing for office.

Incumbent office holders need to file a Statement of Financial Interest for 2013 by Friday, January 31. State and district officials file with the Secretary of State; county, township, school officials and district judges file with the county clerk; municipal officials file with the city clerk or recorder, and members of regional boards or commissions file with the county clerk of the county in which they reside.

The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Third Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is 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 5 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.

Free GED evening classes are currently available at the following locations:
Calico Rock City Hall Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mammoth Spring Ozarka College Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cave City Middle School Mondays and Tuesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mountain View Ozarka College Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Registration is ongoing.
For additional information on these and other classes, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at 1-800-821-4335, ext. 2051 or in Izard County call 870-368-2051.
Ozarka College’s Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant and disability accommodations are available upon request.

Truman “Bud” Earl Eldridge, son of the late Hadley Herbert Eldridge and Twylah Amalee Paxton Eldridge, was born February 18, 1931 in Calhoun, Missouri. He departed this life January 23, 2014 in Benton, Arkansas at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 5 days. In 1953 he was united in marriage to Pearl Schmitz in La Mesa, California. He spent his life as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, provider and friend. He served five years in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a computer programer for IBM; retiring after 35 years of employment. After retiring, he went into business for himself; owing and operating Eldridge Programing. He was a member of the Melbourne Community Church.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Pearl Eldridge of Melbourne; two sons: Steven Eldridge of LaCrosse and Joel Eldridge and wife Patsy of Flippin; two daughters: Colette Crook and husband Jeff of Haskell and Diane Weaver of Weaverville, California; one brother: Herb Eldridge of Murrieta, California; six sisters: Wyonda Handley of Independence, Missouri, Shirley Kephart of Columbia, Missouri, Sondra Hodge of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Sharon Uminn of West Plains, Missouri, Elizabeth Killion of Techumseh, Missouri and Debra Eldridge of Columbia, Missouri; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Russell Eugene Eldridge.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Melbourne Community Church.
Arrangements by Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, Arkansas.

Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store in Melbourne announces a “Bag Sale” every Wednesday through the end of February. Each bag is $1 for items from the women’s and children’s rooms. Limit eight items per bag. Books, hardcover, paperback and children’s, are 10 for $1.
“This is an opportunity for shoppers to visit our store and see what we have to offer,” said Executive Director Lora Umphries-Buck. “The income from our Store supports Safe Passage, Inc. domestic violence programs. These include a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, peer counseling, shelter for victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and other free and confidential services.”
Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store is on Highway 69 East of the traffic light in Melbourne. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you or someone you know is being abused, call our 24-hour hotline 870-368-3222 for free and confidential help.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that following a week and a half trial in Melbourne that ended Wednesday, January 22, Donald Dickey of Calico Rock was convicted of arson and murder in the first degree.
The jury, after deliberating for two hours, announced they had found 77 year old Dickey guilty of the two charges. Again, after convening for about 15 minutes, this same jury announced a sentence of two life terms in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Lawrence said that Dickey was convicted of setting his Gorby home on fire while the victim, wife Mary Dickey, was inside the home.
The fire completely consumed the structure and burned a vehicle sitting nearby. Shortly after the fire was reported on this July 2010 day, Dickey was observed driving away from the residence and was located at Jordan Landing on the Norfork Lake.
It was reported at the time that Dickey had been observed washing some items, suspected to be his own clothing, and clothing was found hanging on his pickup truck drying. The partial remains of Mary Dickey were located in the burned debris by investigators two days later.
The Arkansas Crime Laboratory determined that much, if not all his clothing including shoes and his belt, contained a level of a flammable substance.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver was the presiding judge.

The Izard County High School 2013 Homecoming ceremony will take place on Friday, November 22, against the Mammoth Springs Bears.
The junior boys will kick off the night starting at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will take place immediately after. The senior girls will follow with the senior boys playing last. Please come out to the Cougar Den on Friday evening to cheer on the Cougars against the Bears.

A scheduled November 15 court date to hear arguments in the case of Izard County EMS Board and Ozark EMS, has been continued until December 12, according to Mark Herrington, President of the EMS Board.
Ed Daniel IV, Little Rock attorney representing Ozark EMS in the lawsuit, asked for a postponement to December, due to an illness in his family, according to Izard County Judge David Sherrell.
Geoffrey Thompson and Jason Owends of Rainwater, Holt and Sexton in Little Rock are the attorneys representing Izard County and the EMS Board.
Sherrell issued a cease order in February of this year on Ozark EMS, alleging that the ambulance service was responding to emergency calls within the EMS District in violation of the county’s exclusive contract with Vital Link Ambulance Service. A claim Ozark EMS owner Leon Cheatham denies.
Izard County, through its voters, contracted with an exclusive ambulance service. Property owners pay $50 annually to the county which helps subsidize the ambulance service. According to the contract, any other provider of EMS services that responds to an emergency call with the EMS District is in violation of the county’s contract with Vital Link.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver will preside over the proceedings at the Melbourne Courthouse beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Several reports have been received by the Izard County Sheriff’s Office concerning missing dogs.
On Saturday, November 16, a Horseshoe Bend resident reported seeing a man in her yard, taking her two Shelties off their chains, and putting leashes on them. The resident confronted the man, who was wearing a blue sweatshirt lettered “Animal Control” and asked him what he was doing. The man responded he was with the Animal Control, to which the resident said she knew the animal control officer. The resident stated the man then became nervous and left.
The man, estimated in his 50’s, was about 5’6” tall, was wearing a white ball cap and driving a newer model Chevrolet pickup truck with a homemade wire cage in the back, and no license plate.
Anyone knowing any information about this individual or anything about the truck is asked to call Lt. Charlie Melton at 870-368-4203.

IZARD COUNTY — Izard County Judge David Sherrell issued a burn ban on July 1.
The ban will be in effect until there is significant rainfall.

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Quorum Court unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, July 2, stating their belief that property rights are supreme and ownership is an inalienable right guaranteed by the Constitution.
“Izard County Quorum Court is proud to stand up for the rights of property owners of our county and to protect those rights against any individual, agency, department or governmental, seeking to deny those rights without due process and without the opportunity to perform due diligence necessary to make informed and prudent decisions for the betterment of all concerned,” read Resolution 2013-4.

A tornadic system hit Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas on Wednesday, April 10 during the evening hours. One injury was reported in the storm which damaged 37 properties, destroyed three homes and caused major damage at six additional homes.

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

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

Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band of Horseshoe Bend

Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band of Horseshoe Bend

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

Youth exhibitors in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area are reminded that the entry deadline for the Spring Junior Livestock Show is March 15. The show will be held March 28 and 29, 2013 at the fairgrounds at Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone, and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats, and horses in the spring show. The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available on the district fair website at www.ncadistrictfair.org.
Exhibitors must enter online before March 15 and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Exhibitors who wish to pay with a credit card may do so online or a check can be mailed to NCA District Fair, Post Office Box 92, Sturkie, AR 72578.

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

On Thursday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be an Izard County Senior Health Fair, located at the Izard County Senior Citizens Center in Brockwell. The Baxter Regional Medical Center will have their Mobile Mammography Unit available. Please call Debra Osborn at 870-425-0700, or Latricia Weaver at 870-368-3243, to schedule your yearly Mammogram. (1) Bring Proof of Insurance. (2) Please arrive ten minutes prior to your appointment. (3) The Komen Foundation has a grant available to those who do not have insurance, or cannot afford testing. Note: If you are younger than 35, pregnant or breast feeding, ever had breast cancer, a mastectomy or implants, or problems with your breast, they you would not be a candidate for a screening mammogram on the mobile unit.

ICC’s Seth McCurley is pictured with his winning livestock at the Izard County Fair. Photo courtesy of Margaret Yancey

Izard County Fair livestock winners are published in this week’s edition of Pacetting Times, Sept. 12. More winners will be published in the Sept. 19 edition.

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

* denotes incumbent

The Dream Riders Biking for Children Chapter “E” 5th Annual Fish Fry and Poker Run will be held at the Izard County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 25. Proceeds will go to provide for needs of disabled and under-privileged children in the surrounding area. The event includes bike games, a tractor show, bike show and more starting at 2 p.m. There will also be free train rides for the kids, a bouncy house, face painting and more.
First bike out at 8 a.m.; last bike out at 10 a.m. Last bike back in by 12 p.m.
Poker hands are $10 and extra hands are $5. There will be a prize for best hand and worst hand. There will be a Fish Fry starting at noon. Fish plates are $8 and include a drink.
Everyone is welcome!

Municipal filing deadline was Friday, August 17 and the following is a list of candidate filings in Izard County.
Horseshoe Bend:  For Recorder/Treasurer: Michelle Grabowski, incumbent, and Michelle Muncie. For Alderman:  Ward 1 Position 1, James Davis and Larry Kirby; Ward 1 Position 2, Joe Moser and Harold Faigle; Ward 2 Position 1, Dr. F. Lee Mears, appointed incumbent, and Nate Wolff; Ward 2 Position 2, Nicki West; Ward 3 Position 1, Cliff Summey, incumbent, and Marty McKnight; Ward 3 Position 2, Sonny Minze unopposed incumbent; Ward 4 Position 1, John Grochowski, unopposed incumbent Ward 4 Position 2, Rich Emmens, incumbent, Dr. Ronald Yow, and Steve Boyer.
Melbourne: For Recorder/Treasurer: Alecia Bray; For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1 Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2 Position 2, Ronald Treat; Ward 3 Position 1 Jerry Crosby; Ward 4 Position 1, E.F. “Trey” Lamb.
Oxford: For Recorder/Treasurer: Bonnie Moss. For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Herbert Moss; Ward 1 Position 2, Stephen Stevenson; Ward 2 Position 1, Mandy Everett; Ward 2 Position 2, Lawrence Savell; Ward 3, Position 1, Michael Hall; Ward 3 Position 2, Randy Sherrell, incumbent, and Christina Oliver; Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters; and Ward 4 Position 2, Gerald Thomas.
Pineville: For Clerk/Recorder/Treasurer: Susan Gray;  For Alderman: Charlene Honeycutt and Elizabeth “Beth” Whitfield.
Franklin: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stevie Smith, incumbent, and Darlene Folyer. For Alderman: Position 1, Latricia Weaver; Position 2, Rene Reeves; Position 3, Sue Smith; Position 4, Loribeth Walker; and Position 5, Betty Owens.
Guion: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stacie Engles; For Alderman: Position 1, Elwin Sapp; Position 2, James Roberts, Position 3, Shelby Upton, Position 4, Randy Engles, and Position 5, Charles Williams.
Candidates will be voted on in the General Election to be held on Tuesday,  November 6.
Drawing for ballet position for the candidates will be held on Friday, August 24 at 9 a.m. at the county clerk’s office at the Melbourne courthouse.

COUGAR CLASSIC CHAMPIONS:The Izard County Lady Cougars golf team won the 2012 Cougar Classic High School two-day golf tournament Aug. 8. Team total was 616, one stroke ahead of Batesville Southside and Salem with 617. Southside won the playoff for runnerup. Lady Cougar Jordan Sherrell finished runner up medalist with 188 after a playoff with Highland’s Madi Harris. Teammates Kelsey Fry added a 204 and Falyn Farmer finished with 224. The two day tournament was held Tuesday, August 7 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne, and Wednesday, August 8 at the Golf Course at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend. Pictured are Lady Cougars (l to r) Jordan Sherrell, Falyn Farmer, Kelsey Fry, with Turkey Mountain Golf Pro Chuck McNeight and Golf Coach David Harmon.