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

Kaylee Jo Guthrie

Kaylee Jo Guthrie


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

There will be a recount on the Horseshoe Bend Ward 4, Position 1 Alderman race, Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. at the Izard County Courthouse courtroom, in Melbourne.

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

The deadline to file for municipal office was Friday, August 15 at noon, and the following races have emerged for the November 4 General Election.
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 1, Position 1, James I. Davis, incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Teresa Orrick; Ward 2, Position 1, Joseph (Joe) Moser; Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 1, Bobby Martin “Marty” McKnight, incumbent; Ward 3, Position 2, O.G. “Sonny” Minze, incumbent; Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt; and Ward 4, Position 2, Ronald S. Yow, incumbent.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook; Alderman, Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1, Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2, Position 1, Ronald Treat; Ward 2, Position 2, Laura Sipe; Ward 3, Position 1, Jerry W. Crosby; Ward 3, Position 2, Paul D. Womack; Ward 4, Position 1, Trey Lamb; and Ward 4, Position 2, Sonia Blankenship.
The Annual School Board Election will be September 16. Polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For a full list of candidates running in area elections, check out this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

The Izard County Animal Resue Effort is holding its 11th Annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, at the Izard County Fairground Exhibit Building in Melbourne. This is the largest rummage sale around, and it is all inside!
Concessions will be available with hot dog and hamburger lunches, chili, drinks and baked goods.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will also be a pet vaccinations clinic, with Nanci Solis of Thousand Hills Vet Service, where you can bring your dogs on a leash and/or cats in a carrier, and get your pets vaccinated at a reduced cost. Rabies vaccination will be $10. Nail trimming and other vet related services will also be available.
Come on out, have lunch, buy some treasure, and support a great cause!

Rhonda Halbrook, County and Circuit Clerk for Izard County has announced that she will not run for re-election this year.
Rhonda was elected Clerk in 1994 and took office January 1st, 1995 and at the end of her current term will have served as County and Circuit Clerk for 20 years.
Rhonda also served at Deputy Clerk for 15 years prior to being elected.
She made the following statement:
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve you, the Citizens of Izard County and to work with so many other dedicated public servants over the past 35 years.
“ I will forever be grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve as your County and Circuit Clerk.”

by Anna Floyd
The Izard County Singing Convention will meet Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium at Brockwell, located at 4243, Highway 9 North in Izard County.
Please make an effort to come out and help us keep the Southern Gospel, Shape not emusic, alive and well. Music School Students, we have our new song books, too. This will be great fun and enjoyment. Everyone is welcome.
For more information call 870-368-4146, or 870-368-5012.

by Robin Haney
Facing the Centerpoint Knights in the first round of playoffs, the Melbourne Bearkatz delivered a 43 to 42 victory in overtime.
Bearkatz Stadium was chock-full of fans to watch the historic first appearance of the Melbourne Varsity Football program in Class 3A Playoffs. Centerpoint, 6-3-1, advanced to the playoffs from the 3A-5 conference. With a four game winning streak and 8-2 record entering the game, the Katz jumped to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but turnovers yielded the lead to the Knights at the end of the first half (14-22).
The Bearkatz continued to scratch and claw through the third quarter and trailed by 1 at the start of the fourth (28-29). Entering the final three minutes to play, the Katz took the lead (36-29), but with 41 seconds remaining, the Knights tied the score up (36-36).
Overtime brought Bearkatz the possession, a 4 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kylar McLaughlin to senior receiver Nick Miller and extra point kick from junior Bryce Hutchins (43-36).
Centerpoint’s possession escalated the tension of the game with a touchdown, moving the scoreboard to 43-42. The Knights lined up to go for the two point conversion attempt and the win; sophomore Kyle LeBouef broke up the pass in the endzone to secure the win.
Additional story and photos in the November 20 edition of Pacesetting Times.

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

The City of Melbourne is having their 22nd Annual Fall Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, October 6, 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, October 4 and Friday, October 5.
Please call City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3. You may set you sale up at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s Dollar General, Custom Cuts, The Bread of Life Bible Book Store or Home Town Market.
For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.

The Izard County’s 4-H program is asking friends and supporters to take a test drive at Freedom Ford in Melbourne, for a good cause on Saturday, September 29 to help the 4-H program earn up to $6,000.
For each test drive, Ford donates $20 to a specific charity for that day. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Freedom Ford, 901 E. Main Street, in Melbourne.
In addition, the dealership will be offering burgers at lunch and has hired a Nashville recording artist, The Ben Brand Band, to play, said Jack Yancey, one of Freedom Ford’s owners.

The Monty McCurley State Farm Agency in Melbourne, will be having a Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, September 28, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The event will take place at the State Farm Agency office in Melbourne at the Junction of Highway 9 and 69.
There will be free hot dogs, chips, and soda served and there will be lots of free give-aways including gas cards, groceries, oil changes, and State Farm memorabilia. Everyone is welcome so please come out and join us for a great time with lots of free stuff!
Please call Monty McCurley if you have any questions, 870-368-7870.