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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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
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.

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SIDELINE TIGHTROPE: Melbourne’s Trestin Lawrence works the sideline for 11 yards on the pass play against Green Forest in last Friday night’s game. With the win, Melbourne qualifies for the playoffs. See full story and additional photos on page 6 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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The deadline for paying real estate and personal property taxes is Monday, October 17. The actual deadline of October 15 falls on a Saturday, so the deadline is extended to the following Monday. The Izard County Collector’s office will be open as usual on Columbus Day, Oct. 10.
The Collector’s office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, or Discover, but you will be charged a 3.75% convenience fee. Their hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or payments may be made to Izard County Collector, P. O. Box 490, Melbourne, AR 72556. Make sure it is postmarked by October 17 or it will be returned with a 10% penalty. Anyone having questions may call 368-7247.

counterfeit
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence reported that counterfeit bills have shown up at various businesses in Izard County. Three fake $100 bills have surfaced in Horseshoe Bend and one has surfaced in Calico Rock. All the 100s have the same serial number of AB13990778M. A fake $10 and a fake $20 bill has also surfaced in Horseshoe Bend.
Lawrence said the back and front of the bills have separated to some degree. It appears the front and back of the bills were glued together and the glue is not holding.

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TAKING DOWN A CAVEMAN: Melbourne’s Trestin Lawrence tackles a Caveman during last week’s game. See full story and additional photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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Junior High
Aug. 23 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 1 Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Southside Batesville 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Mtn. Home 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Salem 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 Mtn. View 7 p.m.
* Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m

Senior High
Aug. 22 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 2 at Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Salem 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 at Elkins * 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 Green Forest * 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 Greenland * 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 Playoffs – Round 1 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 Playoffs – Round 2 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Playoffs – Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 Playoffs – Semifinals 7 p.m.
Dec. ? Playoffs – Finals TBA
*Conference Games

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by Karen Sherrell
The filing deadline for municipal office was Friday, August 19 at noon, and the following candidates and eleven municipal races have been announced in the tri county area.
IZARD COUNTY — In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson both seek the position. Teresa Orrick has filed for Ward 1, Position 2; Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Marty McKnight, Ward 3, Position 1; O.G. “Sonny” Minze, Ward 3, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles will vie for the seat. Jackie Coggans has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; and Stacy Stanford, for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Bill Wright, Ward 1, Position 1; Warren Smith Ward 1, Position 2; Laura Sipe, Ward 2, Position 2; Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Ernest F. Lamb III, Ward 4, Position 1; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; and Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Franklin for Alderman: Dennis Taylor, William N. Long, Sue Smith, and Randy Morris. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stevie Smith.
In Guion for Alderman: Leslie Piel, James Roberts, Dale W. Piel, and Randy Engles. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stacie Engles.
In Oxford for Alderman: Lagena Louise McBride, Billy McBride, Renee Everett, Lawrence T. Savell Jr., Amy Stevenson, Randy Sherrell, and Mike McCandlis. For Recorder/Treasurer, Bonnie J. Moss.
SHARP COUNTY — In Ash Flat, a race has emerged for Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2 between Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby; and in Ward 2, Position 2, between Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw. Fred Goodwin has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Sean Himschoot, Ward 2, Position 1; Annette Wolverton, Ward 3, Position 2; and Charlotte Goodwin, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Cave City, both Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier seek the Alderman seat in Ward 1, Position 2. Hana Smith has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Jonas Anderson, Ward 2, Position 1; Eddie Johnson, Ward 2, Position 2; Richard Hawkins, Ward 3, Position 1; Tammy Smith, Ward 3, Position 2; John Ables, Ward 4, Position 1; and Anthony D. King, Ward 4, Position 2.
In Cherokee Village for Alderman, Pamela Rowland, Ward 1, Position 1; Bill Circle, Ward 2, Position 1; Leslie J. Covington, Ward 3, Position 1; Rob Smith, Ward 4, Position 1; and Stephanie Johnson for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Evening Shade for Alderman, John H. Wolfe, Ward 1, Position 2; Billy D. Qualls, Ward 2, Position 1; Angela Haley, Ward 2, Position 2; Eva J. Haley, Ward 3, Position 1; and Dwight Sharp, Ward 3, Position 2.
In Hardy for Alderman, a race has emerged between Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice for Ward 1, Position1. A three-way race for Ward 1, Position 2 includes Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland. For Ward 2, Position 2, two candidates have filed, Corey Gilliland and David Bathrick. Bruce Thurow has filed for Ward 2, Position 1; Raymond Hicks, Ward 3, Position 1; Sue Taylor, Ward 3, Position 2; and Myranda Hobbs, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Highland for Alderman, Both Melody Brink and David Harris seek the Ward 3, Position 1 seat. Mary Jo Clark filed for Ward 1, Position1; Randy Hutchinson, Ward 1, Position 2; Dennis Burton, Ward 2, Position 1; Ty Casey, Ward 2, Position 2; Joe Black, Ward 3, Position 2; Kenneth Massey, Ward 4, position 1; Jack Kimbrell, Ward 4, Position 2; and Mary Ruth Wiles, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Williford for Alderman, Ambie Lester, Position 4; and Suzanne Fowler, Position 5.
FULTON COUNTY — In Mammoth Spring for Alderman, two races have emerged. Joan Baker and Adam Davis have filed for Ward 2, Position 1. A three-way race for Ward 2, Position 2 includes Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Charles Vaughn has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; and Wilma Rogers, Ward 1, Position 2.
In Viola for Alderman, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen both seek the Position 4 seat. Dennis Harber filed for Position 1, Robert L. Wray, Position 2; Duane Barber, Position 3; and Vearl Downum, Position 5.

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IZARD COUNTY — Municipal candidate filings as of Friday, August 12 are listed.
In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Jackie Coggans, Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Fredrick Blickle, Ward 4, Position 1, Ricky Knowles, Ward 4, Position 1; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; Stacy Stanford, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Candidates need to file petitions of nomination, an affidavit of eligibility, and a political practices pledge with the county clerk of their residency.
Friday, August 19 at noon is the deadline to file for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.

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IZARD COUNTY — Municipal candidate filings as of Friday, August 12 are listed.
In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Jackie Coggans, Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Fredrick Blickle, Ward 4, Position 1, Ricky Knowles, Ward 4, Position 1; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; Stacy Stanford, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Candidates need to file petitions of nomination, an affidavit of eligibility, and a political practices pledge with the county clerk of their residency.
Friday, August 19 at noon is the deadline to file for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.

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TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT: A two-vehicle accident occurred on Monday, August 8 at the intersection of Main and South Spring Streets in Melbourne. A 1995 Ford pickup, driven by Greg Sherrell of Oxford, rear-ended a 2011 Chrysler Pioneer Therapy and Living transport van driven by Tina Strong of Salem. Personnel with the Melbourne Fire Department utilized the Jaws of Life on the van to reach passengers. The driver and one passenger were transported by Vital Link Ambulance Service to White River Medical Center in Batesville. The accident happened at 7:45 a.m. and was investigated by Izard County Deputy Cody Cruse. Photo/B.Stapleton

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GRAND OPENING: U.S. Tactical Systems Firearms and Training of Melbourne, held a Grand Opening on Saturday, July 30. There were the over 200 in attendance. U.S. Tactical offers concealed carry classes, a home protection course, self-defense and skeet shooting, with hopes of much more. Read about this new business and see additional photos on page 1 and 10 in the August 3 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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Melbourne School District
Melbourne Elementary Open House will be Thursday, August 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. Melbourne High School Open House will be Thursday, August 11 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Seventh grade and new student 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 11. The Open House will be on both the Elementary and High School campuses from 6 to 7 p.m.
Izard County Consolidated School District
Izard County Consolidated School District will host their Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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The first day for independent candidates to file that are seeking municipal offices with a mayor-council form of government, is Friday, July 29.
Candidates need to file petitions of nomination, an affidavit of eligibility, and a political practices pledge with the county clerk of their residency. Friday, August 19 at noon is the deadline to file.
Filings for municipal office will include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Anyone wishing to vote in the General Election in November needs to register by the October 10 deadline. This year marks the Presidential election.
To register to vote, contact your county clerk, or the Arkansas Secretary of State, Elections Division at 800-482-1127. You may request an application through the mail. Forms are available at Pacesetting Times news office as well.
Online users may download the Arkansas Voter Registration Form at the Arkansas Secretary of State website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections.
To register to vote in Arkansas, you must: be a U.S. citizen, be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you will vote), be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election, not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned, and not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Fill out an application to register to vote at your local: County clerk’s office in your home county; State Revenue Office, Driver Services (pick up a paper form or ask for your information to be transmitted electronically); Public library or Arkansas State Library; Public assistance agency; Disability agency; Military recruitment office; Arkansas National Guard; or Voter registration drive.
You must provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration application, or check the box in #9 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number.
If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting: Current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address, or another government document that shows your name and address.
If you have not received voter verification from your county clerk, be sure to confirm your registration before Election Day.

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Seven to Arkansas Department of Correction
Two female inmates who were awaiting bed space in the Arkansas Department of Correction were transported to prison on June 6. Laci Dawn Jones, age 24 of Batesville, and Lindsey Michelle Carter, age 22 address not given, had been in the Izard County Detention Facility since early and late May.
Five males awaiting bed space were transported to the Arkansas Department of Correction on June 8. Nathaniel Allen Speak, age 33 of Calico Rock, had been incarcerated since mid-April; Phillip Thomas Costanzo, age 51, had been incarcerated since mid-April; B.J. Hinds, age 33 of Oxford, had been in the Izard County Jail since mid-May; Charles Anthony Clements, age 32 of Horseshoe Bend, and Jeffrey Chase Moser, age 27 of Melbourne, had both been in jail since late May.
A Hardy man has been arrested twice in the last few days for violation of a no contact order. After his first arrest, Casey Daniel Clouse, age 34, was released from the Izard County Detention Facility. He was arrested again on June 7 for violating the same order. Clouse remains in jail without bond according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence who said that Lieutenant Charles Melton was the arresting officer.
Hugh Stiles, age 42 of Mt. Pleasant, was arrested June 7 following a search of his property and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stiles posted bond the day of his arrest in the amount of $2,100 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date of June 16. Lieutenant Charles Melton and Sgt. Gabe Sanders were the arresting officers.
A Calico Rock man, 27 year old Antonio Sanchez IV, was arrested June 5 on charges to include driving while intoxicated-third offense drugs, driving on a suspended license, having no insurance, driving without a current registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Sanchez remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $5,000 bond with a court date of June 16. Trooper Rodney Villiger was the arresting officer.
Justin Allen Janson, age 31 of Calico Rock, was arrested on a petition of revoke probation/parole on June 8 while Richard Smith, age 40 of Melbourne, was also arrested on a revocation petition. Both are being held in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond.
A Horseshoe Bend couple were arrested June 9 on drug/alcohol charges. Richard Kyle Cohn, age 28, was charged with drinking in public and Ericka Lynn Stephens, age 25, was charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs and disorderly conduct. Cohn was released without bond while Stephens was released on a $1,040 bond. Both have Horseshoe Bend court dates of July 5. Deputy R.C. Lenex was the arresting officer.
Clayton Deness Carter of Melbourne, was arrested June 8 for driving while intoxicated-drugs second offense, careless and prohibited driving, having no insurance, driving a vehicle without registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Carter remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $2,200 bond with a Melbourne court date of July 7. Cpl. Richard Williams was the arresting officer.
David Aaron Koonce, age 32 of Melbourne, was arrested June 7 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Koonce remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Lt. Melton was the arresting officer.
James Lawrence Frey, age 24 of Brockwell, was committed to jail by the Izard County Drug Court and is being held without bond.
Will Garrett Hobbs, age 30 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested June 12 for driving on a suspended license and is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a $365 bond with a Horseshoe Bend court date of August 2. Deputy Toby Smith was the arresting officer.
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Friday, June 10, when Cpl. Richard Williams stopped to assist a motorist having car problems, he recognized the driver as being Joshua David Sanders who had outstanding domestic battery warrants. When informed of the arrest warrants, Sanders, 38 of Oxford, quickly threw something into the back of vehicle and then threw a small item in the grass. Two hypodermic needles were located in his car and the pipe smelling of recently smoked marijuana was located in the grass. In addition to charges relating to the drug paraphernalia found, Sanders is facing two counts of terroristic threatening-second degree and one count of domestic battering third degree. Sanders remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $3,620 bond and has a court date of June 23.
Following a one vehicle accident on Highway 56 E. near Violet Hill on June 12, James Luke Haney, age 28 of Violet Hill, was found stumbling down the road from the accident scene and was charged with driving while intoxicated, drinking in public along with careless and prohibited driving. Haney remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,235 bond with a July 7 court date. Deputy Steve Davidson and Trooper Clements were the arresting officers.
A Horseshoe Bend woman, 23 year old Megan Brea Stanton, was arrested June 12 on an Independence warrant and is being held in jail for Batesville authorities. Deputy Mike Smith was the arresting officer.
Steven Laverne Paul, age 42 of Glencoe, was arrested June 15 on a probation/parole hold and remains in jail without bond. Probation Officer Josh Morehead was the arresting officer.
Dusty Michelle Powers, age 39 of Batesville, was arrested June 15 on a contempt of court warrant relating to failure to pay Circuit Court fines. Powers was released the following day and was issued a Circuit Court date of June 28. Deputy Evan Jones was the arresting officer.
Theft charges against two local men
An arrest warrant has been issued against two area men, one of which has been arrested, in connection with the breaking and entering of a mobile home where several items were stolen. Phillip Garner of Sage reported that someone had forced open the door to his mobile home he was in the process of moving into. Items stolen included a four wheeler, which was later located in a gravel pit in Melbourne, while a riding lawn mower was located in a wooded area along with post hole diggers, tires, rims, and several other items.
Arrested June 6 was Joshua Alan Clark, age 27 of Violet Hill, who was charged with breaking and entering and theft of property, both felonies. Clark is in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Christopher Lane Eiler, age 34 of Cave City, was arrested and charged June 13 and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Both Eiler and Clark have a scheduled Circuit Court date of June 28.
William Joseph Carter, age 23 of Melbourne, was arrested June 10 on a Circuit Court bench warrant and remains in jail without bond.
Carol Ann Baum, age 47 of Batesville, was arrested June 14 on a failure to pay fines warrant and was released to Sharp County authorities. Deputy D.J. Tiernan was the arresting officer.

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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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Ron Helm, Ozarka College Vice President of Student Services, has announced his upcoming retirement. Helm has dedicated forty-two years of his life to education; twenty-three of those at Ozarka College. Anyone in this region and beyond would be hard pressed to find a student or colleague who he did not leave a positive and lasting impression on. Helm has impacted generations of students and will be greatly missed.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Science Education degree in History at Arkansas State University, ASU, in Jonesboro, Helm was hired to teach grades five and six at Oxford Elementary school for the 1972-1973 school year. The next year he returned to ASU to earn his Masters degree in Counseling.
In 1975, Helm was hired to be the Counselor, Psychological Examiner, Social Science Teacher, and Basketball Coach at Naylor Junior and Senior High School in Naylor, Missouri. In 1986, he completed his Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Helm returned home to Arkansas to serve as the High School Principal at Izard County Consolidated in Brockwell beginning in 1987. After four years, he became the Superintendent and served in that role for two additional years.
In 1993, Helm was hired as the first Registrar for Ozarka College. Over the years, this role developed into the Registrar/Director of Student Services, and ultimately the Vice President of Student Services.
“Ron Helm has been a senior academic leader who people admire and appreciate,” said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President.
“He is completely committed to the success of our students and will be deeply missed. I’ve rarely met someone who is so widely respected and known for their service to student success.”
Some of Helm’s greatest accomplishments at Ozarka College include being instrumental in creating articulation agreements for transfer to other Colleges and Universities in Arkansas, offering evening courses for both High School students and members of the community, scheduling concurrent enrollment courses in High Schools, assisting with the start up of additional Ozarka campus locations, and partnering with the North Central Unit to offer education in the prison system.
When asked about some of his fondest Ozarka College memories, Helm stated, “Working at an institution that builds confidence in students, and seeing students who didn’t think they could make it, succeed.”
Helm’s retirement plans include spending time with his family, traveling, taking care of the farm, and writing, publishing and producing music.

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ALL-AMERICAN CHEERLEADER: Brittney Dudra, a freshman at Melbourne High School, participated in the B2 Cheerleading Competition held at the Melbourne High School in the beginning of June 2015. Brittney, the 14 year old daughter of Gary and Ginny Dudra, along with three other girls, was selected as an All-American Cheerleader at the competition. By being selected an All-American Cheerleader, Dudra was asked to perform at the 2016 Liberty Bowl, and was in the New Year’s Day Parade on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Dudra held a raffle for a $200 gift card to help raise money for expenses for her trip. She has been cheering since seventh grade. Photos/Submitted

Filing dates for candidates with party affiliation begin in November, for inclusion in the state’s Preferential Primary election March 1, 2016.
Party filing period will begin November 2 at noon and will end November 9 noon.
November 2 is also the start of the period when a person desiring to have their name placed on the ballot as an independent candidate to file petitions, and all necessary affidavits and pledges.
These filing dates do not apply to municipal filings which begin in July 2016. County offices such as sheriff, judge, clerk, assessor, collector, coroner and justice of the peace party affiliates need to file.
The deadline for the ballot draw will be December 3. The order by which names of the candidates shall appear on the ballot shall be determined at a public meeting of the county board.
January 4, 2016 is the deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the primary election.
Deadline to register to vote in the March 1 preferential primary and non-partisan elections is February 1, 2016.
The Arkansas legislature voted to move the state’s primary election from its traditional May date to March 1.
Fulton County Election Filing Period
Candidates for County, Municipal and Township offices should file during regular office hours with Fulton County Clerk Vickie Bishop at the Courthouse in Salem. Each candidate must file a DPA Political Practices Pledge.
Filing for membership in the Fulton County Central Committee is also open during the filing period. The membership fee for the county committee is $20 for a two-year period (2016-2017). The committee membership is open to all Fulton County Democrats.
For additional information contact County Clerk Vickie Bishop at 870-895-3310 or County Secretary Carolyn Lewis at 870-895-2491.
Izard County Election Filing Period
Izard County candidates should file with Izard County Clerk Shelly Downing at the Courthouse in Melbourne.
For additional information, contact Downing at 870-368-4316.

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Joseph Perry Morfield, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was charged October 12 in Izard County Circuit Court with rape and incest following a August 15 complaint by a female relative.
According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, while the female relative and her children were residing in a home occupied by Morfield and others family members, Morfield is alleged to have awakened the victim in the earlier morning hours on August 17 while he was violating her sexually.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory recently completed DNA testing and the results showed DNA swabs from the victim showed to be consistent with the DNA of Morfield who is the uncle of the victim.
Rape is a class “y” felony while incest is a class “c” felony.
Morfield remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $50,000 bond set by District Judge David E. Miller.
Morfield’s initial court date is Tuesday, November 17.

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CHASE ENDS AT MARK MARTIN DEALERSHIP IN MELBOURNE: A 17 year old male juvenile in a stolen vehicle out of Montana, sped away from the Arkansas State Police on Friday, October 2 at approximately 5:30 p.m., traveling from north of Mt. Pleasant through Melbourne at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Hwys. 9 and 69, flipping at least once. The juvenile exited the vehicle, was pursued on foot and captured within 20 minutes. No one was injured in the crash; however, several vehicles at the dealership sustained damage. New vehicles damaged were a Tahoe, two Silverado trucks, and two Equinox. Total damage was $237,000 according to Gary Hunt at the dealership.

by Randy Williams
None of the children were ever in any physical danger, but students were briefly panicked on Wednesday afternoon, September 9 at Melbourne Elementary.
Teachers and staff took swift action to lock down and secure their classrooms in what turned out to be nothing but an unplanned drill.
An “active shooter” text alert was inadvertently sent to teacher’s cellphones by the newly installed smartphone app, Rave Panic Button. The panic buttons were mandated by state law this year on all Arkansas public school campuses, and somehow a false alarm was set off at Melbourne Elementary School.
It is not known exactly how the false alert was sent, but is being investigated.
Recently, the app was credited for saving a life in the Blytheville school district in a medical emergency situation. It is designed to allow faculty and staff to quickly inform 911, first responders, and school personnel of the type of emergency and the caller’s exact location, and it automatically gives first responders access to the school’s floor plans, the locations of emergency exits, and key evacuation procedures as well.

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All exhibits for the North Central Arkansas District Fair in Melbourne must be pre-registered by Thursday, Sept. 10.
Entries must be made online at www.ncadistrictfair.org. If you do not have computer access, call Geraline Love, Fair Manager, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays at 870-368-4140 for more information prior to September 10.
Exhibits that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted on check-in day.
Exhibitors may also enter their items from the county fair, no matter the award placement received. Exhibitors may also enter items not entered at the county fair level. Only exhibits that are listed in the North Central Arkansas District Fair tabloid will be accepted.
All North Central Arkansas District Fair exhibits will check in on Tuesday, September 22, from 2 to 7 p.m. Judging will be on Wednesday, September 23 from 9 to 3 p.m. The exhibit building will be closed to the public for judging.
Exhibits must be made by the person in whose name it is entered. Exhibitors must be non-professional. A professional is a person that receives 51% or more of their income from a craft, skill, etc. that is being entered in the fair.
Entries must have been completed in the last year, since September 22, 2014.
Each exhibit will be judged on its own merit. Exhibits are divided into two divisions: junior (youth age 18 and under) and open (adults). Judges decision is final.
North Central Arkansas District Fair exhibits check out on Sunday, September 27, from 1 p.m to 3 p.m.
All exhibits must be pre-registered by September 10, and no paper entries will be accepted. Enter online at www.ncadistrictfair.org.

by Willetta Everett
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Seth Adam McCurley, a member of the Izard County Consolidated School FFA, to purchase livestock for his FFA project.
Seth, as a member of the ICC Show Team, has been outstanding in showing his livestock since he first obtained a FSA youth loan in 2010. He has registered Brangus and Ultra-Black cattle along with a few Boer goats. He has won awards at every competition he has entered from the local county, district and state. He is a very dedicated young man and takes pride in his livestock. In a recent interview Seth said he has gained many good friends while showing his livestock as well as learned the value of responsibility and helping others.
He also said that caring for livestock is hard work, but rewarding. One thing he said he learned quickly was that a long-sleeved shirt coupled with a show-ring and livestock gets really hot!
In 2012, Seth went to Louisiana and participated in the Jr. National Brangus Show. His Brangus bull won second place in the yearling bull class.
This was a good opportunity for Seth to meet kids from across the U.S. who were also active in showing livestock. His Brangus bull then went on to win Supreme Bull in the 2012 Izard County Fair. 
Also in 2012, his Ultra Black heifer won Grand Champion AOB-American Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair, and was inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club. He has won the following belt buckles: 2008 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2009 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2010 NAYLS(North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows)-Cattle Herdsman, 2011 NAYLS-Goat Herdsman, 2012 Izard County Fair-Supreme Bull, 2013 North Central Arkansas District Fair-Jr. Goat Showmanship, and 2014 Izard County Fair-Goat Herdsman.
Congratulations Seth on your accomplishments!

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Mary Alice (l), Audra and Maggie (r), Izard County Queen’s Contest Winners at the Horse Show. See additional Izard County Fair photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/K.Dement

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IZARD COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE 2015: Cancer survivors walk amidst confetti during the opening ceremony at the Izard County Relay for Life held at the fairgrounds in Melbourne on Friday, June 5. This year’s theme “Wish Upon a Cure” was reflected in nine teams that participated, and $6,000 was raised to help find a cure for cancer. The Survivor’s Banquet was held at 5:30 p.m. and the meal was provided by Artisan Restaurant of Highland, with desserts provided by the teams. Russell’s Barn Burgers were also served throughout the night. Fundraising for Relay for Life began last September, and Friday night’s event represented the last coordinated event of the year. Team participants carried spirit sticks while walking around the center track until midnight, representing the fact that people with cancer never quit. Each team had a themed booth and fundraising activities during the night. Izard County Relay for Life thanks everyone who helped sponsor the different events and donated to the cause this year. Additional photos from Relay for Life can be found on page 7 in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

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The Horseshoe Bend Spring Citywide Yard Sale, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be put on the list call the Chamber office at 870-670-5433. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m. List will be given out the morning of sale.
The City of Melbourne is having their Annual Spring Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 4 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. All sales will be held rain or shine. The City of Melbourne will be preparing a list that we be available for pick up at City Hall on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Please call Melbourne City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. You may set your sale up at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s, Old Dollar General, Mark’s Pharmacy or Home Town Market. For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.
The Salem area Spring Community Wide Yard Sale and Business Sidewalk Sales will be April 10 and 11. Maps will be available. For information call 895-5565 or e-mail SalemAR@centurytel.net.

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ICC came into the Championship as the top seed and only needed to defeat Mammoth Spring to earn their trip. The Cougars squared off against Melbourne who had defeated Salem and Calico Rock to get to the finals. ICC held a 51-46 lead that stood up as the final score.
In the Senior Girls Championship game, the top seeded Lady Cougars of ICC took on the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz. ICC had a first round bye, then defeated Calico Rock to punch their ticket. Melbourne came in as the number three seed and had to defeat Midland and Salem to earn their pass to the championship game. The Lady Cougars riding a 34 point fourth quarter scoring frenzy came back and claim the Championship by the score of 57-47.
Pictured are the champions and runner-ups.
See full stories and additional pictures in the January 28 edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photos/B.Stapleton

by Bobby Stapleton
It’s a good thing gas prices have fallen.
The Arkansas Activities Association has awarded the post season sites for the majority of sports, and it looks like patrons in area coverage school systems will become road warriors.
In basketball, after Calico Rock, I.C.C, and Mammoth Spring get past the Senior Districts, which will be at ICC, it will be time to gas up the vehicle. The Regionals will be at Hillcrest from February 25 to February 28. The State Tournament will be held March 3 through 7 at Nashville, Arkansas.
For Salem, the District will be held at Tuckerman, the Regional Tournament will be held at Buffalo Island Central from February 25 to 28. The State Tournament will be March 3 through 7 at Pangburn.
For Melbourne, after hosting the District Tournament, the Regional Tournament will be February 25 through 28 at Rose Bud. The State Tournament will be held at Cassatot River in Cove, Arkansas, March 3 through 7.

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ALL STAR: During the Homecoming festivities last Friday night, Jan. 9 at Melbourne, Bearkatz alum Kyler McLaughlin was honored for his accomplishments during his time at Melbourne. As an athlete, McLaughlin was a three sport star, competing in track, football, and basketball. Kyler’s jersey was hung on the wall with the other All Star Jerseys. Kyler is pictured with Football Coach Kevin McCarn. See full story in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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PRESSURING ‘D: Melbourne’s Derek Love (L) and Jay Chaney apply the defense to Valley Springs on the break in last week’s action. See full story and additional pictures in the January 7th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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SEALING THE LINE OFF: Melbourne’s Derek Love works on getting the line contained against Elkins last Friday night, November 14, during the opening round of the State Tournament. The Katz held on and let the 15-14 score stand up for the win. The Bearkatz head to Osceola Friday night, November 21, to take on the Seminoles in the second round of the State Tournament. See additional photos and full story in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Melbourne QB Conor Fogle crashes into the endzone for a touchdown against Osceola last Friday night. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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FORUM ATTENDEES: Municipal Candidates attended the Pacesetting Times’ Candidates Forum on Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. (l to r) Butch Van Zandt, John Grochowski, Chuck Spangler and Bob Barnes. Photo/C.Johnson
by Karen Sherrell
Early voting for the November 4 General Election has begun, with voters taking advantage of shorter wait times.
In Izard County, 470 votes have been cast by Monday, Oct. 27. Early voting continues at Ozarka College in Melbourne through November 3. Off site early voting will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Contested races in Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook.
In Guion for Mayor, Kathy Roberts and Larry Lynn Pittman.
In Oxford for Mayor, Stephen M. Stevenson, appointed incumbent, and Greg Stuart; Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters, incumbent, and Thomas Norvold.
In Fulton County, for County Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) and Terry Dailey (I).
In Salem for Mayor, Charles Owens, and Daniel Busch (D).
In Mammoth Spring, for Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, Charles Vaughn, Rose Pierce, and Wilma Rogers; Ward 2 Position 1, Peggy Smith, Joan Baker; Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Adam Davis.
In Sharp County, for County Judge, Phillip D. Hood (R), and Larry W. Brown (I); Coroner, Doug Wortham, incumbent, and Nathan W. Circle (I); Cherokee Village, District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) and Robert L. “Bob” Russell (D).

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TROPHY BUCK: Rex Ogle of Melbourne proudly displays his massive buck harvested on Sunday, October 19. Ogle was running late for a morning hunt, with only one load in his 50 caliber muzzle loader. He arrived to his brother’s deer stand after daylight and ten minutes later the buck came by. “He came out, I whistled, he stopped, and I got him,” said Ogle. The large deer weighed almost 200 pounds. The antler spread at the widest points was 18-3/4” with the G2 tines measuring 11-1/2”. Ogle said according to Boone & Crockett, the buck is rough scored at 165, and will be entered in the Big Buck Classic in Little Rock next January, and in the Big Buck Classic in Jonesboro next February. Congratulations Rex!

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LOCAL BEAUTY WINS AT STATE: Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne was Third Runner-Up in the State Junior Fair Queen Pageant held Saturday, October 18 in Little Rock. Photo/R.Guthrie

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Additional sex related charges have been filed against Robert J. Norton of Sage, who was previously charged in June of this year and is being held at the Fulton County Jail in Salem, on a $240,000 bond. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the latest charges against Norton, filed October 1, 2014, involve conduct with three female students in his fourth grade class, which he taught last school year at Izard County Consolidated Elementary in Violet Hill. Norton’s bond has been increased by $100,000 for a total bond of $340,000. See Pacesetting Times for full story and recap of previous charges.

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WRAPPING UP THE FRONT NINE: Izard County Cougar Cody Workman putts on the 9th green midway through the District Golf Tournament. Workman qualified to compete in the 1A State Golf Tournament on October 7 at Drasco, as he was the tournament Medalist runner-up. Photo/B.Stapleton

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SALEM GREYHOUNDS: The undefeated Lady Greyhounds golf team won the District Tournament and the Greyhounds boys team finished second at District on Monday, September 22, qualifying both for berths at the State Championships. Lady ‘Hound team members (l to r) are Haley Ward, Kaci Barnett, Kendra Pendegrass, Bailey York and Kendra Rich. The ‘Hounds (l to r) are Coach JW Blevins, Dylan York, Mason Kinder, River Galbreath, Jeremy Brown, Jesse Kinder and Coach Stu Smart. The boys will travel to the 2A State Tournament at Thunder Bayou near Blytheville on Wednesday, October 8.

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DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Melbourne Bearkatz and Lady Bearkatz both took home District Golf Tournament victories. They are 2-3A district and both teams won District last year as well.

The Dream Riders Biking for Children will be hosting “Dancing with Izard County Stars” on September 6 at the John E. Miller building on the Ozarka campus in Melbourne.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Emcee for the night will be Judge David Sherrell. Couples participating are: Isaac Blankenship and Beverly McCollum, Dean and Lillian Hutchins, Rocky and Mary Smith, Pete and Sheila Blankenship, Dave Snow and Rebecca Guthrie and Jim Ed Cole and Sherry Roberts.
Ticket prices are $5 per adult and kids get in free. After the show, there will be two trophies given, one for audience choice and one for judge’s choice. There will also be a raffle for six free dance lessons. All proceeds raised go directly to the Dream Riders Biking for Children. For more information call 870-373-2624.

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Melbourne Bearkatz Football
Senior High School
Aug. 26 Scrimmage at Mtn. View 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 Yellville 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Cave City 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 Salem 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Manilla * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 Hoxie * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Corning * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Piggott * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Osceola * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Rivercrest * 7:00 p.m.
11/6 at Cedar Ridge * 7:00 p.m.
11/14 Playoffs Round 1 7:00 p.m.
11/21 Playoffs Round 2 7:00 p.m.
11/28 Playoffs Quaterfinals 7 p.m.
12/5 Playoffs Semifinals 7:00 p.m.
12/12 Playoffs Finals 7:00 p.m.
*Conference Games

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Pictured is Tiny Miss Photogenic in the Izard County Fair Beauty Pageants held on Friday and Saturday, August 8 and August 9. See more pictures in this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/S.Williams

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KATZ ACCEPT CHALLENGE: Bearkatz Varsity team members douse their coaches during the annual pep rally kicking off football season on Thursday, August 21 in Melbourne. The latest social media “Ice Bucket Challenge” has sparked a new awareness in ALS, and contributions to the research of a cure for the disease have been tremendous. Read more about ALS and see more photos of local challenges in this week’s Pacesetting Times!! Photo/C.Anderson