Jr. High Football
Thursday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 31, Mtn. View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 7, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 14, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 21, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 28, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 5, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 12, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 19, TBA
Thursday, October 26, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
*Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sr. High Football
Tuesday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 1, Salem at Mountain View – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 8, Yellville-Summit at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 15, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 22, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, September 29, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 6, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 13, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 20, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 27, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 2, TBA
* Conference Games


by Karen Sherrell
Salem Schools have started a volleyball program and the team has been diligently practicing throughout the entire summer.
Under the guidance of Coach Lena Smith, the new teams have come a long way. “We’ve been practicing skills and fundamentals, and they have done well. The girls will gain more confidence as they play more games,” said Smith.
No stranger to coaching, Smith, a Salem alumni, coached volleyball at Mountain Home for six years, and Junior Olympic volleyball for two years. In addition to her coaching position, Smith teaches 8th and 9th grade Social Studies, 8th grade Arkansas and World History, Civics and Economics, and is the Assistant Softball coach at Salem.
This being their pilot year, the Salem Volleyball team is classified as a JV team. Next year they will have Senior and Junior Varsity in the 1A-4A District.
“We got lucky to fill in games this year, because the schedules were all done,” said Smith.
The senior high and junior high teams travel to Walnut Ridge for their first game on Monday, August 21, with a busy schedule each week through mid-October. “The more we see, the more they’ll improve,” said Smith.


by Karen Sherrell
Charges have been upgraded on Jennifer Lea Collins for the second time in three months, following an autopsy of her victim.
According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Garner, charges have been upgraded from battery first degree to murder second degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, Collins, and subsequently dying.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
Collins has additionally been charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Charges were filed on August 16.
Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder.
Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Proseucting Attorney Henry Boyce stated, “After carefully reviewing the evidence in this case including a review of the autopsy and consultation with the Crime Lab Medical Examiner, I decided that the upgrade in charges was warranted.”


On August 3, the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Salem Police and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant on the residence of 28 year old Elizabeth “Beth” Howell in Salem. As a result of the warrant, Howell has been charged with maintaining a drug premises, a class b felony; possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver – methamphetamine, a class a felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; use or possession to use drug paraphernalia, a class d felony; and use or possession to use drug paraphernalia with the purpose to analyze methamphetamine, a class b felony. Howell was released on Friday, August 4, after the posting of a $100,000 bond. She will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 2, Ricky D. Pitchford, age 60 of Salem, was charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a class d felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a class d felony; possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, a class a misdemeanor. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 3, Joseph Reilly, age 47 of Cherokee Village, was arrested for possession of a prescribed narcotic drug outside the container which it was dispensed, a class d felony. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.


On August 4, charges were filed in Fulton County Circuit Court on a mother and son in connection with an incident that happened in Bexar and Mitchell on June 6. Debra Goodson, age 57, and Louis J. Goodson, age 32, have been charged with aggravated residential burglary, a class y felony; aggravated cruelty to a dog, a class d felony; aggravated assault, a class d felony; false imprisonment, a class a felony; battery in the first degree, a class b felony; criminal mischief in the first degree, a class d felony; and in addition to these charges D. Goodson has also been charged with possession of a defaced firearm, a class d felony. D. Goodson has bonded on a $100,000 bond. L. Goodson is being held on a $1,000,000 bond. Both will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 4, Blake Duvall, age 38 of Russellville, was charged with aggravated assault on a family or household member, a class d felony; and aggravated residential burglary, a class y felony. Judge Johnnie Copeland placed a $50,000 bond on Duvall. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 3, Jonah Thomas Bivins, age 27 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested for domestic battery in the second degree, a class d felony; and false imprisonment, a class c felony. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.


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


The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 25. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up. Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage.
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Cindy’s Dinner Bell; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market Streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; Barb’s Sassy Garden Glass and More, Diamond B Mall, $25 gift certificate; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., 2014 silver eagle coin, one entry per visit, Papa Dick’s, Crown Point Resort, Ivory Lane, one medium pizza, value up to $20; Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 gift certificate to The Calabama Restaurant; Our Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, 707 Third Street, a gift basket; Snappy Mart, 400 Market Street, $15 gift certificate; All Star Grooming, Diamond B Mall, $20 gift certificate; Taco Jac’s, 305 Third Street, 2 supreme tacos and a drink; City Hall, 704 W. Commerce Street, free chipper service or leaf removal to top two people that pay the most sales tax in Horseshoe Bend, save your receipts all month long and turn in to City Hall prior to August 25; Turkey Mountain Sunlight Cafe, 3 Club Road, meal for two, breakfast or dinner, up to $15; The Loft, atop Turkey Mountain, two entry fees to pool tournaments.
In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 Junction, an air popcorn popper; Franklin General Store, Hwy. 56, reminds everyone that they have pizza, one free pizza with any topping; Weatherford Bros. Feed, Hwy. 56, a one gallon pump sprayer; AJ’s Automotive & Diesel Repair, 105 Hwy. 289, one alignment valued at $59.95.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer ads and be sure and save this Special Section as you sign up throughout the month of August.


by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 24 at 6 p.m.
Present were Aldermen Luther Yancey, Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze and Ron Yow. Absent were Aldermen John Grochowski and Tom Richardson.
Yow moved to approve the June Council minutes, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the June Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Bob Barnes read a thank you letter from Governor Asa Hutchinson for approving his Resolution on Internet Sales Tax. Barnes then read a letter of resignation from Jack Tharp who served as an MRID Commissioner. Tharp is moving outside of Horseshoe Bend city limits.
The Committee Reports were given and there were no comments from the public.
Under New Business was the appointment of Mike Smith to the Airport Commission. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. The motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, August 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.


The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins August 2! Shoppers can visit participating merchants through the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 25.
Participating area businesses invite shoppers to come by and sign up. They appreciate your business, and you will enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and everyone is encouraged to Shop At Home. Last year prizes given away ranged in value from $10 to $100.
Each time a customer visits a retailer, they can register. Checkout Pacesetting Times Classifieds, Aug. 2 edition, for participating retailer ads.


by Dave Thomas
As part of an ongoing effort to enhance, beautify and promote Pioneer Village as a premier retirement community in North Central Arkansas, new signage has been installed along Highway 289 in Horseshoe Bend. Recently, new brochures were made and can be obtained at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and local real estate offices. The website has been newly updated as well www.pioneervillagehsb.org.
Pioneer Village was planned and intended to be a community of housing for persons age 55 and older. Pioneer Village Foundation operates under the guidelines of the U.S. Fair Housing Act. The owners of the 64 individual homes become members and follow the bylaws of the Foundation, which elect a Board of Directors. An affordable homeowner’s association fee provides for the maintenance of the common area parks, clubhouse, swimming pool, as well as mowing, trimming of bushes and leaf removal of individually owned lawns. All amenities are for use by members and guests of the Foundation.
The accessible clubhouse contains a spacious dining room, an updated kitchen, activity and meeting rooms, office, four restrooms, and is used for scheduled membership activities and is available for members’ private parties. Amenities also include an outdoor swimming pool, shuffle board courts, covered pavilion with grills for cookouts and cement sidewalks throughout the parks.
Pioneer Village is a pet friendly neighborhood centrally located in the heart of Horseshoe Bend. Most homes consist of two bedrooms, two baths, and an average of 1,500 sq.ft. All homes have a carport or garage and most have sunrooms, patios, or porches. Park security lights keep the area lit up and it is common to see wildlife in the parks at night. If you would like more information about the Village, please call 870-670-4194, see www.pioneervillagehsb.org, or email pvclubhouse@centurylink.net. At Pioneer Village we enjoy “Celebrating our past, living the present, looking to the future.” You too can be a part of the future, we are just a stone’s throw away. Give a look, you might be surprised at what you see!


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.


Raffle tickets are now on sale for one of two custom belt buckles designed for the 2017 Pink for Peitz Rodeo. Each ticket purchased will increase your chances of winning one of the belt buckles, while the other buckle will be featured as a silent auction item at the event. Each of the two unique buckles will feature the pink breast cancer ribbon and the Pink for Peitz Rodeo title. The raffle tickets are available now for $5 per ticket at the Peitz Cancer Support House in Mountain Home and will also be sold at the Pink for Peitz Rodeo event. The Seventh Annual Pink for Peitz Rodeo, presented by Rand Rodeo Company and Chicks-n-Spurs Drill Team, will take place at the Saddle Club Arena in Mountain Home on August 11 and 12. The rodeo will include many popular events, such as bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, and more. There will also be pony rides provided by The Cowboy Church, tug of war contests, and a silent auction featuring two custom buckles and many more items.
The proceeds from the raffle ticket sales and silent auction will go toward the important work and free comprehensive support services provided to cancer patients and their families by the Peitz Cancer Support House in Mountain Home.
For more information about the annual Pink for Peitz Rodeo event, please contact Melissa Hudson (Cancer Resource Coordinator) at 870-508-1457 or pcsh@baxterregional.org, or Jay Chafin (Belt Buckle Chairman) at 870-425-9868. For more information about the Peitz Cancer Support House and the services offered, call 870-508-CARE. To register to participate in the rodeo, visit RandRodeo.com.


Saturday, July 22 – Junior Fair Queen & Fair Queen Pageants at 7 p.m.
Youth Talent Contest at 7 p.m., contestants arrive by 6:45 p.m.
Salem Civic Center is location for both
Monday, July 24 – All Creative Arts Exhibits check-in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building
Tuesday, July 26 – Shaver Plumbing and Hardware Day at the Fair
Creative Arts Judging at 10 a.m. (Exhibit Bldg. Closed to Public until 3 p.m.)
Commercial Exhibits Check-In from 2 to 5 p.m. Civic Center (open until 8 p.m.)
Shaver Plumbing and Hardware Fair Horse Show and Horse Show Queen
Contest at 6 p.m. in Clayton-Plumlee-Walling Arena
Baby Girl, Baby Boy, Tiny Tot Girl, Tiny Tot Boy & Little Miss Pageants at 7 p.m. in
the Salem Civic Center
Wednesday, July 26 – FNBC Community Bankers Day at the Fair
FNBC Veterans Day – All Veterans will be honored starting at 10:30 a.m. in
the Civic Center. Lunch for Veterans provided by FNBC
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 12 to 7 p.m.
Beta Sigma Phi Apple Pie Baking Contest at 3 p.m.
Poultry Check-In for those whose last name starts with A-M from 3 to 5 p.m.
Poultry Check-In for those whose last name starts with N-Z from 5 to 7 p.m.
Livestock and Rabbits Check-In from 5 to 7 p.m.
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m.
Hall Rodeo LLC (ACA Sanctioned) – 8 p.m. Arena
Thursday, July 27 – Bank of Salem Day at the Fair
Swine Judging at 8 a.m.
Rabbit Showmanship & Judging at 10 a.m.
Sheep & Goat Judging at 11 a.m.
Poultry Showmanship & Judging at 1 p.m.
Bank of Salem/WRAAA Senior Day starting at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 12 to 7 p.m.
Petite Miss, Junior Miss & Young Miss Pageants at 7 p.m. in Civic Center
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Hall Rodeo LLC (ACA and IPRA Sanctioned) – 8 p.m. Arena
Friday, July 28 – North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Day at the Fair
Dairy & Beef Cattle Judging at 9 a.m. at the Everett Show Arena
Kid’s Day starting at 10 a.m. at Civic Center – Kid’s lunch provided
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 1 to 7 p.m.
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Annual Fair Truck Pull at 7 p.m. – Arena
Saturday, July 29 – Hill’s Auto Sales Day at the Fair
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 1 to 7 p.m.
Grand Champion Photos – 1 p.m. (Creative Arts will be first
followed by Poultry and Rabbits.)
Scholarship Presentation at 4 p.m. at Arena
Junior Livestock Premium & Cookie Jar Auction at 4 p.m. at Everett Show Arena
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Hill’s Auto Sales ATV Rodeo at 6 p.m. – Arena
Gate Admission Covers All Events Except the Carnival
Admission is $6 for Teens & Adults
Admission is $4 for ages 6 to 12
Admission is Free for ages 6 and under
Parking is Free


Community Medical Center of Izard County, CMCIC, has completed its sale to Izard County Medical Center, LLC, a subsidiary of Americore Health. The newly-formed limited liability corporation has acquired substantially all of CMCIC’s assets, including the 25-bed critical access hospital located in Calico Rock. The hospital will be renamed the Izard County Medical Center, ICMC.
Americore Health is led by Grant White, a former investment banker and CEO who has significant experience completing transactions in the healthcare sector, with more than $30 billion of transaction experience. This is the first hospital acquired by Americore Health, which has already established a network and team of experts to manage and optimize rural hospitals like ICMC.
The hospital will continue offering the same services and all staff have been retained.
Over the coming months, Americore Health will be implementing its innovative business model to drive significant new revenue and profitability to the hospital while preserving the community-centric focus and high level of care that ICMC has established over the last 65 years.
See full article in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


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.


PARADE: Despite the rainy weather on July 4th, Horseshoe Bend’s “Dreams Come True Under the Red, White, and Blue” Independence Day Parade was a success. See additional photos on page 3 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Stafford


by Ron Yow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, July 15. The Hwy. 289 Band will be on vacation but no worries, Saved By Grace will be performing the entire show. This gospel trio has not been to the theatre for quite some time now, but has always been a hit!
Mark Martin, Mike Smith and JR Dewey blend voices to an array of gospel favorites that will make you want to clap your hands, stomp your feet and say “Amen”! I am sure you will enjoy this evening of gospel music. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and Saved By Grace will take the stage at 6 p.m. Come early and enjoy some fun, food and fellowship. As always, admission is by donation.
Thank you FNBC Bank for being our corporate sponsor. Thank you all who are faithful to come to the theatre every month and support us. The Music in the Mountains is here because of you. Hope to see you there!

Fresh produce on sale at the local farmers market.


by Pat Gill
Things are beginning to pick up and produce is slowly coming in. Shirley from Highland says she is bringing 150 ears of sweet corn this Wednesday and hopefully, more tomatoes. Kristi says her zucchini bread seems to be a hit and she will continue to bake it.
Sandi Conway from Melbourne has herbs and an item that you bake at home from a jar. Her herbs are reasonably priced and look healthy. There are artisan soaps and a variety of crotchet items from our loyal crotchet ladies. Thanks for stopping by.
The Horseshoe Bend Farmer’s Market is located at the Faith Presbyterian Church.


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.


IZARD COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR: Doug and Tammy Miller of Sage were awarded Izard County Farm Family of the year. Arkansas Farm Family program sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit MidSouth Associations, and Armor Seed. Program partners are Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas FFA Association, USDA, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. See additional photos and the full story in the July 5th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR: The Davis Family of Mammoth Spring was awarded Farm Family 2017 in Fulton County. Media day was held Thursday, June 8. Arkansas Farm Family program sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit MidSouth Associations, and Armor Seed. Program partners are Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas FFA Association, USDA, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. See additional photos and the full story on pages 3 through 5 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


Fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility exams ordered
Charges have been upgraded from aggravated assault to battery first degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, and subsequently dying.
Jennifer Lea Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, had her charges upgraded on June 19 by Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce. She has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. She was also charged with adult abuse. Both charges are class b felonies.
The charge of battery is defined on the order as “causing serious physical injury to another person under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
The court has ordered a fitness to proceed examination on Collins, as well as a criminal responsibility examination. Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten.
Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rickey E. Crook obtained a verbal search warrant to draw a sample of Collins’ blood, and it was sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock for analysis.
Sandefur died the next day following the attack.
According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins could face up to a 20 year sentence on each charge.


Fulton County Fair officials reminds exhibitors that entries should be pre-registered by July 15 to expedite check-in and give fair officials time to prepare entry tags, judging sheets, and exhibit space. All Creative Arts exhibits will check in on Monday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Follow the link for online entries on the fair website at www.fultoncountyfair.org.. The computer program does not save passwords so exhibitors will need to select a new password each year. The online entries will shut down at midnight on July 15.
Creative Arts and Livestock Tabloids, including rules and entry information, are available on the fair website. Exhibitors are encouraged to visit the fair website and get a complete entry list for exhibits. There are several new exhibits and four special contests with additional prize money. For help on fair entries contact 870-895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair1@gmail.com.


The Bank of Salem has been notified that there is a spoofing scam in the area in which the phone number comes across as the Bank of Salem with the bank’s phone number on the caller ID.
The call is from an automatic voice messaging system claiming to be the Bank of Salem. The automatic system states that there is nothing wrong with the person’s card, but they are just informing them about an opportunity to lower their cards interest rate, then it says to press 9 for more information. These calls are scams. The Bank of Salem (or any other financial institution) will never call and ask for personal information. If you are suspicious always contact your financial institution directly. If you do receive spoofing calls, you can file a complaint on the Federal Communications Commission website.
According to the Federal Communications Commission “spoofing” occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally. U.S. law and FCC rules prohibit most types of spoofing.
How does spoofing work?
Caller ID lets consumers avoid unwanted phone calls by displaying caller names and phone numbers, but the caller ID feature is sometimes manipulated by spoofers who masquerade as representatives of banks, creditors, insurance companies, or even the government.
What you can do if you think you are being spoofed
You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company’s or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request.
Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
If you have a voicemail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voicemail if you do not set a password.


by Ron Yow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, June 17 at the Music in the Mountains Theatre located at the lower level of the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.
The Hwy. 289 Band has a nice array of songs that will delight all. Erin Parks-Walters will be joining the Hwy 289 Band for this show. She was with us last month and did a fantastic job.
Our guest for the June show is Vanessa Howard. Howard is a lifelong resident of Melbourne. She is married to Ryan Howard and they have two boys, Ryan and Reed. She began singing as a child, along with many of her family members, in the church she still attends, Belview Baptist Church in Melbourne. We are expecting this to be a really good show.
If you have never been to the Music in the Mountains Show, this would be a good way to begin a monthly entertainment night for the family. The doors will open up at 5 p.m. with Marty McKnight grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. The girls will be inside to help with your food selection along with drinks and popcorn.
The show will begin at 6 p.m. with the Hwy. 289 Band and Parks-Walters taking the stage. So mark your calendar for Saturday, June 17 and come on out and enjoy some good food, good music and good fellowship. As always, admission is by donation.
We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC Bank, for their support throughout the year. We would also like to thank Thayer Gas, Jackson Electric, Van Cleave Plumbing, and all the volunteers that help to produce the Music in the Mountains Show. Without the help of these individuals and of course, those of you who attend and donate to keep the doors open, there would not be a show. A big thank you to all. Hope to see you on Saturday!


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.


On May 28, Malissa Dawn Penderson, age 37 of Cave City, was arrested by Deputy Rusty Ford for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Penderson bonded on a $2,370 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 28, Joshua Daniel Jones, age 35 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Ford for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jones bonded on a $2,370 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 28, Roger Lee Johnson age 47, was arrested by Deputy Teirnan for harassment. Johnson is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,000 bond. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 27, Kemper Joe Payne age 32, was arrested by Sgt. Steve Davidson for DWI, refusal to submit to chemical test, fleeing and no drivers license. Payne is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $1,235 bond. Payne is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on July 29.
On May 24, Franklin Eugen Willey, age 28 of Batesville, was arrested by Deputy Geoffery Watts for theft of property a class A misdemeanor. Willey is incarcerated in Izard County Detention Center. Willey is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 13.
On May 25 Jessie Ray Brock age 35 of Calico Rock was arrested by Deputy Geoffery Watts for Contempt of Court. Brock is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 15.
On May 25, Cody Justin Casey age 29 of Horseshoe Bend was arrested by Deputy Mike Smith and charged with no license plates and no drivers license. Casey bonded on a $340 bond and is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Horseshoe Bend on June 13.
On May 26, Ricky Shelton Dowdle age 61 was arrested by Lieutenant Charley Melton for theft of property a class D felony and breaking or entering a class B felony. Dowdle is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
On May 23, Robert J. Harris age 31, plead guilty to breaking or entering, a class d felony; theft of property, a class d felony; and theft of property, a class a misdemeanor. Harris received 36 months in the Arkansas Department of Corrections and was ordered to pay $4,800 restitution. Also on May 23, Jeffery D. McKinney age 33, plead guilty to two counts of breaking or entering; a class d felony; theft of property, a class d felony; and commercial burglary, a class c felony. Mckinney received 24 months in a Community Correction Facility and was ordered to pay $4,800 restitution. These pleas stem from the Newburg Tractor and Equipment burglaries and thefts.
On May 21, Richard Magourk, age 30 of Melbourne, was arrested by Deputy Richard Williams for public intoxication. Magourk was incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center. Magourk was given an own recognizance bond by Judge David Miller. Magourk is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 20, Marlon Ray Walls was arrested by Deputy D.J Teirnan for theft by receiving, no drivers license, improper display of light for vehicle, no license plates and no liability insurance. Walls is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court in Melbourne on June 29.
On May 20, Eric Henry Bargery age 44, was arrested by Deputy Tiernan for theft by receiving. Bargery is incarcerated in the Izard County Detention Center in leiu of a $620 bond. Bargery is scheduled to appear in Izard County District Court on June 29.
On May 21, George Jarl Clark Jr. age 50, was arrested by Deputy Jaden Whitfield for possession of a controlled substance, a class a misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; and operation of a vehicle without license plates. Clark is incarcerated in the Detention Center in lieu of a $300 cash bond. Clark is scheduled to appear in District Court on June 29.


Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church will hold their Vacation Bible School, Galactic Starveyors, Sunday, June 18 through Friday, June 23, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
There will be classes for preschool, grades first through 12th and adults available. Ages three to 100 are welcome!
Transportation will be available (with limited seats) by calling 870-670-5707 or 870-847-0665.
The First Baptist Church is located at 511 West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend.

Law scales on wooden desk concept for justice and equality


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.


The ladies from Beta Sigma Phi are selling T-shirts to raise scholarship money for a fallen Police Officer’s child. They will be selling T-shirts beginning July 4 and will sell them through Christmas. If you would like to get a T-shirt to show your support you can contact one of the ladies from Beta Sigma Phi. You can also call Mickey Spangler at 870-670-4447.The shirts sell for $15 up to XL; shirts size 2X and up are $20. The deputies stopped by the sorority’s booth at Dogwood Days to show their support. The Beta Sigma Phi ladies thank them and Izard County Judge Eric Smith for their support of this project. Pictured (l to r) Murlene Haggerty, Mickey Spangler, Betty Curtis, Eric Smith, Chief Deputy Ernie Blackwell, Deputy Mike Smith, and Marlene McMullen.


The Spring floods and storms have caused severe damage in Cleburne, Stone, Izard, Sharp and Fulton County. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program, ECP, administered by the Farm Service Agency, FSA.
If damage will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use. If damage is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area affect the productive capacity of the farmland. If damage will impair or endanger the land. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.
The following types of measures may be eligible:
Removing debris from farmland; restoring permanent fences. Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact their local FSA County Office and request assistance. Sign-up for wind damage began May 1 and runs through June 30. Sign-up for flood damage began on May 12 and runs through July 12. Please call for appointments.
To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:
An application for cost-share assistance has been filed. The local FSA County Committee or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area and pictures of damage have been taken. The Agency responsible for technical assistance has made needs determination.
For more information contact the Stone/Izard County Office at 870-269-3726, or the Sharp/Fulton County Office at 870-994-2006.


A one vehicle accident resulted in the driver being transported by Survival Flight, according to Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork. Janice F. Mitchell of Horseshoe Bend lost control of her gray Toyota Camry on Monday, May 22 at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Hwy. 289 in Glencoe. Mitchell had two small dogs with her at the time and they were uninjured. Horseshoe Bend AC Officer Kelly Smith transported the animals. Photo/C.Stafford


The Izard County Senior Center in Brockwell will have a group picture made of all participants on Tuesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and leave their mark on the wall with a professional portrait. The sitting fee is $10, which helps the Senior Center cover the cost of the final product. Additional photographs will be available for purchase.
There will be a raffle after lunch for a black/white diamond heart necklaces set in sterling silver. Be sure and come out in time to get your tickets. Cost is $1 each or six tickets for $5.
Tuesday mornings are their dance days and the Fountain Brothers will be performing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Follow them on Facebook at Izard County Senior Center or call 870-368-6011.


In a press release from Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, on Saturday, May 6, 59 year old William Chilcutt of Salem was arrested for kidnapping, a class y felony, two counts of residential burglary, both class b felonies, driving while intoxicated, careless or prohibited driving, and aggravated assault, a class d felony. The incident happened on Country Springs Road in the Morriston area. Chilcutt is alleged to have kicked the front door of a residence and entered the home grabbing a woman and dragging her by the hair of the head to his car and threatening her life with a large knife. Chilcutt is being held on a no bond White County warrant for violation of his parole.
On Friday, May 12 at 5:02 p.m., the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from 51 year old Michael Hartson Sr., at Wildcat Hollow on the north side of Cherokee Village. He stated that he had accidentally shot his son and had started CPR and needed an ambulance. When emergency responders and law enforcement arrived, they found the body of 32 year old Michael Hartson Jr. on the back porch of the hunting cabin. Michael Jr. had a single gunshot wound to his upper right chest. Michael Sr. said he had been target practicing with his 300 Win Mag rifle from the back porch of the cabin. The family dog came out of the house and Michael Jr. came out to retrieve the dog. Both men bent down at the same time to pick up the dog and the gun discharged striking Michael Jr. Both men live in Springdale and were at their hunting cabin for a father/son outing. The body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for autopsy. The incident is being investigated by Special Agents with the Arkansas State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.


NELSON NAMED DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR: Tesa Nelson, Salem High School Softball Head Coach was named the 2A-2 District Softball Coach of the Year last week. Nelson is a Salem alumna and was a Lady Greyhound herself. Tesa, husband Robert, and daughter Reece, live in Camp. Her leadership is inspirational. Nelson, Assistant Coach Lena Smith and the softball team made it to the State Tournament #together. The Lady ‘Hounds ended the 2017 season with an overall record of 23-5; a 19 game winning streak. They were Co-Conference Champions, District Tournament Champions and undefeated at home. Nelson will continue to teach her skills and love of the game at Salem.


CHEROKEE VILLAGE – An elderly woman was hospitalized following an attack by her caregiver, on Thursday, May 11.
The victim, Jane Sandefur, reportedly was attacked by her caregiver, Jennifer Lea Collins, age 55. Sandefur’s son, Scott Sandefur, arrived at the home of his mother, and found her on the floor in a pool of blood, according to the police affidavit of arrest. Officers with the Cherokee Village Police Department received a call to assist the ambulance personnel on the scene.
The affidavit read, “The son told Officer Dunlap that he had hired Collins to take care of his mom. The victim appeared to have part of her chin bitten off, she had also been bitten on the face, hand, arm, leg, and the nipple of the victim’s left breast had been bitten off.” Officers on the scene noted blood on the Collins’ mouth. Both Sandefur and Collins were transported to White River Emergency in Cherokee Village.
Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rickey E. Crook obtained a verbal search warrant to draw a sample of Collins’ blood, and it will be sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock for analysis.
At this time, Collins is incarcerated at Sharp County Jail, pending charges of aggravated assault and abuse of an endangered or impaired person.


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.


A Proclamation, issued by Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes on May 1 resolves that the week of May 7 through May 13, 2017 was designated as Municipal Clerks Week. There are many responsibilities of the Municipal and Deputy Clerk that the public takes for granted. The functions of the Clerk necessitate a thorough knowledge of law procedure, administration and interpersonal relations. The Municipal Clerks of Horseshoe Bend are greatly appreciated. Pictured (l to r) Shelia Butler, Deputy Court Clerk, Victoria Bigness, Administrative Clerk, Barb Kurtzweil, Water Department Clerk, and Michelle Grabowski, City Clerk. Read the entire Proclamation on page 2 of this week’s Pacesetting Times.


by Laureen Sac
The 11th Annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held May 20 at Box Hound Marina, Resort and RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. The event is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Registration for the event begins at 10 a.m. and fishing will go on until 1 p.m. Each child must hook and land their own fish. All participants will be limited to four fish each. If any child does not have a rod and reel, one will be provided for them. Prizes will be awarded. The derby is open to children between the ages of five and 12. All children participating must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The food will be provided by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club. They will be serving hotdogs, chips and drinks. The Brandy Chevallier – State Farm Insurance Agency will be manning the grill.
Remember to mark the calendar for Saturday, May 20 for a fun filled day of fishing and sun on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend.


The application period for Arkansas’ special urban bowhunts for the 2017-18 hunting season is now open and will run until 6:30 p.m., August 18. Hunters interested in participating in the Cherokee Village, Russellville, Fairfield Bay, Horseshoe Bend, Heber Springs and Hot Springs Village hunts should visit http://www.arkansasbowhunters.org/ to register online or contact J.D. Crawford at jd@arkansasbowhunters.org.
Hunters wishing to participate in the Bull Shoals or Lakeview hunts should contact the Bull Shoals Urban Bowhunters Association’s President Bill Craker at bsurbanbowhunt@yahoo.com.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission works with these two bowhunting groups in order to help administer needed hunts in urban areas.
“We’re fortunate to have these two partners step up and help administer these hunts, ensure the hunters are proficient and discreet and coordinate with the cities to prevent any conflicts,” said Ralph Meeker “Hunting is the most efficient means we have to control deer populations, and these hunts allow hunters to enjoy their sport while contributing to needy Arkansans throughout the state.”
As a stipulation of the hunt, all hunters must donate their first adult deer harvested to Arkansas Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Additionally, hunters who participate in the hunts must attend an orientation where they must pass a proficiency test with their archery equipment. A $50 orientation fee is collected by the bowhunting organizations, which helps offset some of the processing cost of the deer donated to AHFH through the program.
All urban hunts follow stringent guidelines to ensure that the safety of hunters and local landowners is maintained. In addition to the orientations and shooting proficiency tests, all hunters must have passed the International Bowhunters Education Program course to participate.
“Hunting is a very safe sport,” Meeker said. “But we make sure there is an extra level of safety involved in these hunts because of them being conducted in areas not normally associated with hunting.”
The exact regulations for each hunt may vary slightly, depending on the wishes of that community, but many rules, including mandatory shooting proficiency tests and maintaining a safe distance from homes and trails on common areas and obtaining landowner permission on private property, remain constant.
All deer harvested during urban hunts are considered bonus deer, and do not count toward a hunter’s seasonal limit. There are no limits to the number of deer that can be harvested in urban hunts and all antler restrictions are lifted. All deer harvested must still be checked to the appropriate urban deer zone online at www.agfc.com, by telephone at 844-5AR-HUNT, or by using the AGFC smartphone app.


Batesville Motor Speedway
2017 Schedule
May 12: points racing, 1-2-3-4
May 19: Race #1 of Bad Boy Street Stock Series, qualifying plus 1-2-4
May 20: Street Stock feature event $3,000 to win plus Hobby Stock
May 26: closed for Memorial Day
Classes Racing – 2017 Season
1 – ICMA Mods
2 – Street Stock
3 – Hobby Stock
4 – Front Wheel Drive
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; hot laps start at 7:30 p.m.; races start at 8 p.m. Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. each day; admission is $10 each day, kids 14 and under are free.
In case of inclement weather, call 870-613-1337 or 870-251-0011. Visit their website at www.batesvillemotorspeedway.net or contact them at info@bms-ar.com.
The Batesville Motor Speedway track is located at Locust Grove, seven miles west of Batesville at Hwy. 14/25 Junction.; 5090 Heber Springs Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550. Schedule is subject to change.
Legit Speedway Park
2017 Schedule
May 13: Mtn. View, Birch Tree, Summersville and Winona Community Night, all classes racing
May 20: points racing, all classes
May 26, 27: Scrapin 50s Super Stock $1,000 to win, IMCA Modified $1,000 to win, and Late Models $1,000 to win, plus Bone Stock, Hobby Stock and USRA B-Mod (ump points, no track points)
Gates open at 5 p.m.; earlier for special events; hot laps start at 6:30 p.m.; races start at 7 p.m. Weekly pricing for adults (13years and up) is $12; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission. Special event pricing for adults (13 years and up) is $15 to $20; senior and military $10; kids six to 12 years old $5; kids five and under are free with an adult; tailgate $12 for each vehicle plus admission.
The Legit Speedway Park is located at 10603 US Hwy. 63, West Plains, MO 65775. For more information, call 417-257-2112 or email legitspeedway@gmail.com. Schedule is subject to change.


by Fran McGrew
Build A Better World is the theme for our Summer Reading Program for 2017. The Horseshoe Bend Public Library will present our summer program on Thursdays, starting at 11:30 a.m., June 1 through 29. Our programs are designed for pre-school through 12 years old. As always, we welcome our parents and grandparents to attend. We appreciate the help and interest you have given us over the years.
We will be reading a story from new books that we have just purchased. For those that want to participate, we will also have a family-reading-together contest, which we will give a prize for the most books read. This summer we will have new games and activities that we have never done before. We will have treats, incentives, prizes, guests and lunch at the end of the program.
Please register at the Horseshoe Bend Library, located at 9 Club Road in Horseshoe Bend. You may also call to register at 870-670-4318. We feel that you will have a great time at the library and we look forward to seeing you.


RAFFLE: The Franklin Extension Homemaker’s Club will be selling raffle tickets for this beautiful cross-stitch done by Sharlee Webb at their booth at Dogwood Days on Saturday, May 13 in Horseshoe Bend. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.


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.


Everyone is invited to meet your state candidate for Arkansas State Land Commissioner, Tommy Land, on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Bend City Hall, located at 704 Commerce Street.
Free coffee and donuts will be available.
Land has lived in Cleburne County his entire adult life. He and his wife Judy reside in heber Springs. He retired in 2004 after a 30 year career with Southwestern Bell. Due to increasing requests for help with business telephone equipment, he started Heber Springs Communications in 2006 and continues to provide quality service to his clients in North Central Arkansas.
Land has served the Republican Party of Arkansas in many different positions including chairman of various committees and during this last election he served Arkansas as a Presidential Elector to the Electoral College. He has gaines a great deal of practical business experience through owning and operating several small business operations such as: family cattle farm, lawn care company, and Heber Springs Communications. He also holds a real estate license through the Arkansas Real Estate Commission.
Land’s varied experience and love for Arkansas’ natural resources make him uniquely suited for the office of Commissioner of State Lands.


On April 12, Lt. Charles Melton with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office, received a call from the Izard County Consolidated School Principal and Brett Stevenson, the School Resource Officer, after witnesses had come forward that had seen students at school with a gun, a week or two prior to April 12, at the Brockwell campus. Officers with the ICSO responded to Izard County Consolidated School and conducted an investigation the next morning, April 13. The investigation revealed that three juveniles had brought a gun to school a week or two prior to April 12. The gun was not found, but suspects admitted to having the gun on school property. All three of the juveniles were charged with possession of a firearm by a minor on school property.
In a statement released by ICC Superintendent Fred Walker on Monday afternoon, April 24, it read, “The safety of our students and staff is the highest priority for our school district. That is why we have employed a full time school resource officer for the past seven years who also attends all school events. This incident was investigated by school administrators, our school resource officer, and the Izard County Sheriff’s Office. The three students who have been charged have been suspended indefinitely and will not return this school year as the safety of our students and staff is paramount in an incident of this nature. This is an isolated incident and we have not had an incident of this nature in many, many years and I credit our school personnel and the cooperation of the Izard County Sheriff’s Office with making the safety of our students and staff the highest priority in our district.”


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
If you have driven through Horseshoe Bend within the last week, you might have noticed crews working on the airport runway. The Horseshoe Bend Municipal Airport Schatzman Field is currently closed for repairs. The work started on Wednesday, March 22 and the projected completion date is early April, weather permitting. The Airport will re-open upon completion. Airport Commission Chairman Mike Slavin stated, “This project is a part of the continuing effort of the Airport Commission to increase the value of the Airport to the City.”
At the end of the summer last year, the Airport Commission received notice that they would receive the Runway, Taxiway and Ramp Rehabilitation Project grant. The Rehabilitation Project consists of filling and sealing cracks, a seal coat of asphalt, and then repainting the runway lines. The Commission looked forward to beginning the work last Fall, but could not due to adverse weather conditions.
Garver USA, of North Little Rock, is the engineer on the project and Vance Brothers, of Kansas City, KS, is the prime contractor. They have been working long hours around the weather to ensure the finalization of the project is early April.
Where is this funding coming from?
The Airport applies for an Airport Improvement Program, AIP, grant. They have to make sure it meets the standards and criteria of the Federal Aviation Administration, FAA. Typically, if awarded the grant, the FAA will pay 90% of the cost of the project. The sponsor, Airport, is responsible for paying the remaining 10%.
The Runway, Taxiway and Ramp Rehabilitation Project costs approximately $243,000. The FAA covers 90%, $218,500, of the grant and instead of Horseshoe Bend Municipal Airport being liable for the other 10%, approximately $24,500, the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics has decided to foot the bill. Federal and State funding is generated through aviation fees and taxes.
Which means, there is little or no cost to the Airport or the City of Horseshoe Bend.


by Karen Sherrell
HORSESHOE BEND – The sun was shining, it was 65 degrees, and 43 plungers were ready to make their splash in Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina.
Holding the Third Annual Polar Plunge in March rather than January proved to be warmer, if you stayed dry. The windy day added to the grimaces and shouts of plungers entering and exiting the water, as onlookers roared with laughter.
Individuals and teams took on the challenge and raised $3,567 for Special Olympics on Saturday, March 4. Jackie Kizer of Horseshoe Bend is an annual plunger, and she raised $254, the most for an individual, and she also received the Golden Plunger Award for the third time. Salem Wet Dawgs raised $2,000 for this year’s event, the most raised by a team, represented by 25 plungers. Team Calico Rock received the Best Costume Award, and raised $465 from the Elementary School and $100 from FCCLA.
The Care Center team from Mountain Home raised $250, and Southfork River Therapy and Living Center Team of Salem raised $465.
Box Hound Marina is the annual sponsor of the event held at the pavilion and beach. Officials with Special Olympics presented owner Laureen Sac with a 2017 Golden Plunger plaque in appreciation of Box Hound’s generosity.
With some smaller plungers wanting to the enter the water early, and other plungers literally walking on water for a few seconds, this year’s event proved to be as entertaining as ever.
But the best part will be the smiles on the faces of the participants in Special Olympic events made possible by all the plungers and their sponsors.
See additional photos in the March 15th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


DONATION: The Tri-County Board of Realtors donated $500 to the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren Fund at their February meeting. Pictured (l to r): Renea Orr, Principal Broker of Coldwell Banker Ozark Real Estate Co.; Jill Boyer, Principal Broker of Scenic Realty; Cathy Johnson, Principal Broker of United Country Cotham and Co.; Eddie Ishmael, President Tri-County Board of Realtors; David Woods, head of the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren project; Russell Stokes, Cherokee Village Mayor; Boyd McMasters of Southern Pines; Jessie Ebey of Ozark Gateway Realty; and Susan Reed of Century 21 Pace Wright Real Estate.


by Karen Sherrell
MORRISTON – A suspect wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle from Mammoth Spring was apprehended without incident on February 23.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Kyle J. Salamone, age 36 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested at a residence on Country Springs Road near Morriston.
Fulton County Chief Deputy John Cawvey received an anonymous call that Salamone was at the residence of Paul Dodson, according to the affidavit of arrest. Upon his arrival, Cawvey observed Salamone exiting the residence, and when ordered to get down on the ground, Salamone complied. Salamone had a blue cylinder containing several small baggies, with one field-testing positive for methamphetamine, several knives, and two cellphones on his person. He admitted that all the items were his, according to the affidavit.
Salamone was charged with possession of meth, a class D felony; possession with the purpose to deliver meth, a class c felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class d felony.
Roork reported that on Saturday, February 18, around 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Spring Police Officer Jamie Turnbough, attempted to stop a Ford truck that had been stolen earlier in the week from a residence on Union Hill Road south of Mammoth Spring.
The driver would not stop and fled south on US 63. The driver turned on Union Hill Road and wrecked the truck a little over a mile down the road. The driver fled into the woods on foot. Several members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Roork called the dog tracking team from the North Central Unit in Calico Rock. A manhunt was conducted until 5:30 a.m. but was unsuccessful. On Friday afternoon, the same truck had rammed a West Plains police car that had attempted to stop it.
Salamone admitted to have been in the 2000 Ford flatbed truck that had been taken from Mammoth Spring, but would not disclose who was with him.
Cawvey said that Salamone had several warrants for his arrest, according to ACIC, with several prior convictions of drugs and theft. Salamone was additionally charged with theft by receiving, a class c felony, and habitual offender.
Formal charges were filed March 2 by 16th Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carla Powell.


by Michelle Grabowski
It is time again to renew your annual business license. You may come into Horseshoe Bend City Hall to renew for 2017, or for your convenience, you may renew by mail.
If renewing by mail, return a copy that was given to you last year after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check. If you would like to also receive a copy of your 2016 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with your payment and current changes. We can also send you a copy through email if you provide your email to us.
The City of Horseshoe Bend requires an annual license fee to be paid by any person, firm or corporation that maintains a business location within the City of Horseshoe Bend, or engages in any business, profession or occupation of any kind and nature within the city. The business license fees are classified in City Ordinance #87-14 that is available for your inspection at City Hall.
Section II of Ordinance #87-14 states: “It is hereby declared a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation carrying on a business, profession or occupation within the City of Horseshoe Bend who fails and/or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this ordinance and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount of not less than one hundred ($100) dollars nor more than two hundred ($200) dollars for each separate violation.”
Licenses must be renewed by March 31 or penalties will be applied.
Also due for 2017 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for un-spayed and un-neutered pets. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.
If you have any questions contact City Hall at 870-670-5113 Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.


ADVANCING THE RUNNER: Lady Greyhound #5 Emily Pate lays down a bunt to advance the Salem runner on first base during their season opener on Friday, March 3 at home against the Highland Lady Rebels. The Lady ‘Hounds won, 15-4. See additional photos in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Johnson


A Flippin man, 38 year old Kelly Joe Hancock, was arrested on drug charges on Tuesday, February 7 during a traffic stop in Mountain Home.
Baxter County Sheriff’s Corporal Rockie Morrell stopped the vehicle Hancock was a passenger in for an equipment violation. The deputy observed the violation on U. S. Highway 62B in Mountain Home and conducted the stop. The driver pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. There were two occupants in the vehicle. The passenger was Hancock. A firearm was observed in open view inside the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was on active supervised probation. Deputies decided to conduct a search.
A subsequent search of Hancock by Sgt. Dwight Duch uncovered a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine from Hancock’s right front pocket. This was later weighed out at approximately 3.2 grams. Hancock was also found to be in possession of metal knuckles, which are prohibited by law to possess.
Hancock was arrested and transported to the Detention Center where he was booked on charges of: possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine) – felony; criminal use of prohibited weapon – misdemeanor.
Hancock was released on $15,000 bond and will appear in the Circuit Court to answer these charges on February 23.


LETTERS OF INTENT: Highland High School senior Jacey Ann Oakes signed two letters of intent on Tuesday, February 7 to play softball and volleyball for Crowley’s Ridge College, CRC, located in Paragould. Currently, Jessica Sellers is her softball coach and Kolby King coached her in volleyball at Highland. Jacey is the very first athlete from Highland to sign a letter of intent to play volleyball, and the very first female athlete to play two sports in college. Jacey is the daughter of Richie and Dana Hepler of Cherokee Village, and Jason Oakes of Hardy. Pictured (l to r) Richie and Dana Hepler, Jacey, CRC’s head softball coach Jordan Malone, CRC’s assistant softball coach Kourtney Brown, and CRC’s head volleyball coach Barry Wheeler. Photo/C.Johnson


The Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.
Commissioners Present: Mac James, Jonathon Phillips, Jack Tharp and Michael Stracener.
Managers Present: Josh Jackson.
Jackson reported all spring pre-emergent and post-emergent has been applied to all areas of the golf course. The greens will undergo deep tine aerification during the middle of April. The drainage ditch on Hole 13 has been completed.
James reported for Chuck McNeight and recommended all memberships stay the same for the 2017 season. He recommended that the driving range memberships increase to $125 per person. Motion passed unanimously.
After asking the Commissioners if they had any changes to the November 11 MRID meeting minutes, there were none, James stated that those minutes are approved as written.
Tharp suggested changing vacation time in the employee handbook to read: one year one week vacation, three years two weeks vacation and seven years three weeks vacation. After much discussion the issue has been tabled until the next meeting.
James made a motion to approve a Boat Launch at Fishermen’s Park, if funds were available. After much discussion the motion has been tabled until the next meeting.
Phillips brought to the attention of the board that moving the forward tees up on some of the holes would be beneficial to many players. After some discussion no decision was made, but will be discussed further.
The Boating and Fishing Club gave their report and would like to be placed on the agenda at every MRID regular scheduled meeting.
Tharp moved to adjourn the meeting and Phillips seconded. All were in favor and the meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Josh Jackson
MRID Superintendent

“North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s phone system will be down Saturday, Feb. 11, while employees finish a system upgrade. Members still may make automated credit card payments by calling 844-335-4451 and may report an outage by calling 844-335-4461. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

by Sharon VanZandt
Members and guests, join us for another busy month at the Loft! Every Tuesday Pool Tournaments begin at 6:30 p.m. Want to learn to line dance with a fun group? Join us every Thursday at 6 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 will be a real treat for our club! Entertainers Penny Wolfe, Erin Walters, Shannon Rounds and Eric Mallot will be singing and playing some great music for your listening or dancing pleasure. There is a $5 cover charge, you don’t want to miss this great night. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with entertainment at 7 p.m.
Friday, February 17 will be our Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off! DJ Doctor Steve Clark will also be playing his great dancing music after the cook-off. See our ad in the Pacesetting Times classifieds for details. There will be no Potluck this month. Friday, February 24 will be our Birthday and Anniversary night. This month we will be celebrating both January and February. Sing along to Karaoke with the Slavins at 7 p.m. For more information contact the Loft at 870-670-4411. The Loft is located atop the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain.

Gary Owens

When you’ve been in the shoe business for 61 years, you know what you’re doing. And let’s just say, Gary Owens of Union, knows his shoes.
Raised in Union, Gary began working for Noah Caruthers at the Salem Shoe Shop, when he was 11. He remembers running the shop alone for a week, at age 14, when Noah went on vacation. This job led Gary to Little Rock in 1966, where he worked for Snell Prosthetic Orthotics Lab until 2015. He remained there for 46 years. “There were five people employed there in the beginning, then 60 when I left, with ten labs. I was supervisor for all the labs,” he said. Gary built shoes, braces and orthopedic appliances until his retirement in February of 2015.
Gary and his wife Brenda opened Owens Corner Store in Union, a little over a year later, in June of 2016, and he has a workshop at the store, repairing shoes, saddles, purses and billfolds. He sells Cowtown boots at his shop as well. His slogan that can be seen on the storefront window is “Saving your sole so your boot can heel.”
Owens Corner Store is located on Hwy. 9, and they offer groceries, deli items, sandwiches, Hunt’s Brothers Pizza, wings and wingbites, ice, propane, and more. Gary and Brenda invite everyone to come by and have a free cup of coffee. The store is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is closed on Sunday.

Lady Cougars Champions at the Izard County Invitational Tournament
Photo/B.Stapleton

See full story and photos from the tournament in the February 8 edition of Pacesetting Times!

Travis Wilson


Following the arrest of a parole absconder by Fulton County deputies, the fugitive became belligerent.
Travis Wilson, age 38 of Viola, was arrested on a warrant from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday, January 31. According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Wilson was discovered at his residence hiding in a closet. Roork and Chief Deputy John Cawvey arrested Wilson without incident. He was placed in Deputy William Fawcett’s patrol car. Roork said, “Wilson was able to slip the cuffs from behind him and began destroying the interior of the patrol car.”
When Cawvey opened the rear door of the patrol car and removed Wilson, he hit Cawvey in the face. “Fawcett and Cawvey had an altercation with Wilson in an attempt to handcuff him a second time,” stated Roork. Both deputies and Wilson were taken to the Fulton County Hospital for treatment. Roork himself was kicked several times, but was not injured.
Wilson has been charged with parole absconder; two counts of second degree battery on a police officer, class a felonies; resisting arrest; criminal mischief, a class d felony; attempted escape, a class a felony; and criminal possession of body armor, a class d felony. He is incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail on a no-bond hold.
Wilson is scheduled to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on Feb. 21, 2017.

North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s phone system will be down for maintenance on Saturday, Feb. 4.
While the system is being upgraded, members still may make automated credit card payments by calling 844-335-4451, and may report an outage by calling 844-335-4461. NAEC apologizes for any inconvenience.

CLEANING UP: Prisoners from the Arkansas Department of Corrections North Central Unit in Calico Rock, were cleaning up the ditch lines along Lacrosse Road on Friday, January 20. Izard County Judge Eric Smith said he planned on having the prisoners clean up the roadway as long as he could. Photo/C.Stafford

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! OPEN STUDIO
Arts Center of North Arkansas (ACNA)
TUESDAY NIGHTS – FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 – JAN 31.
In the Cherokee Village Mall. Come join the fun –
Bring any project you’re interested in DRAWING – PAINTING – CRAFTING – QUILTING – SCRAPBOOKING – EMBROIDERY…..
Learn, laugh, experiment, visit, share, see what others are doing, enjoy. Bring your own supplies, drinks, snacks – hot chocolate sounds good. Contact – Marty Williams – 870-257-5661 – for more information.
The Arts Center will be closed during inclement weather.

by Ron Yow
The January Music in the Mountains Show will be held on Saturday, January 28.
Normally the show is on the third Saturday but we have had to change the date. Be sure and mark your calendar of this change! Our guests for the January show are a couple of locals.
A few months ago, The Loft held a singing contest with some very talented singers.
We were able to get the first and second place winners to come and perform with us, Randy Campbell and Kelly Smith.
Campbell is a local who grew up up Franklin. He has been singing since he was able to speak and loves country music.
Smith lives right here in Horseshoe Bend and is best known around town as the Animal Control Officer. Smith is a very talented singer and enjoys singing a wide array of music.
This is a show you will not want to miss. So remember the date, January 28. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with Marty McKnight cooking hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. The girls will be inside to help with your hunger needs.
The show will begin at 6 p.m. Come on out for an evening of good food, good fellowship and lots of good music. Admission is by donation.
We want to thank our corporate sponsor, FNBC, for their continued support. Hope to see you all Saturday, January 28.

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

A Violet Hill woman and her two children were arrested January 13 during ICC’s Homecoming Basketball game at the Brockwell campus.
Izard County Sgt. Mark Simino was approached by Kristen Lynn Hennigan, age 32, who stated that her daughter had been victimized previously at the school. Simino reported that school officials had addressed the situation but Hennigan was not satisfied with the action taken. At that time, he directed Hennigan to School Resource Officer Bret Stephenson.
A short time later, Simino observed Stephenson conversing with the mother and two juveniles. Hennigan and her children were directed to the south side of the lobby near the entrance by school staff.
She was exhibiting extreme agitation and was thrusting her hands and arms about in a protesting manner, according to the incident report.
Simino was summoned by school officials to again assist with the family, who had been directed to leave the building because of their public display of inappropriate outbursts, and their threatening actions toward another student. They refused to comply with the direction to leave the building.
The male juvenile, age 13, attempted to prevent Simino from physically directing Hennigan out of the building, and the female juvenile, age 12, was yelling at officers. Hennigan continued to obstruct the actions of the officer, and was yelling and escalating the situation.
A physical confrontation by Hennigan and her children led to the arrest of all three. A physical struggle with the mother and the juveniles continued as the three were removed from the building by Simino, Stephenson and Probation and Parole Officer Ryan Walker.
When the male juvenile was placed in the patrol car, he shattered the passenger side rear window and continued to yell out threats and insults toward the deputies.
The juveniles were each charged with disorderly conduct and the male juvenile was additionally charged with criminal mischief. Both were transported to the Juvenile Detention Facility in Batesville. Hennigan was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
She was transported to the Izard County Detention Facility where she remains in lieu of $3,800 bond,and has a court date of February 19.

(January 25, 2017)

JoAnn Lowrie
Photo/C.Stafford


by Cassie Stafford
JoAnn Lowrie is retiring after 22 years working with the Head Start and NADC programs in Salem.
Lowrie began working at Head Start in 1992 and worked until 1998. She then took a few year’s break and had her own in-home daycare, and then she returned to “the front side of the building” as she called it. In 2000, she began in the Management position at NADC in Fulton County.
Lowrie was born in Salem in 1962 and graduated from Highschool in 1980. She then moved to Little Rock and started college. While in Little Rock, she attended a Jr. College and also UALR. She met her husband and married him in 1981, had two boys, Robert and James, and moved back to Salem in 1990 when Robert started kindergarten. She received her Child Development Associate license at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
In 1991 the Head Start Program was a home based program, and in 1992, the program was going to center based. “It was a threat that Salem wouldn’t have a Head Start program because they couldn’t find a building,” said Lowrie. With her son, James, being in the program and being a Head Start parent at the time, Lowrie thought, “We can’t just let these kids be dropped.” Lowrie began to help look around for a building and talked to Cord Mosley who owned the property that the Head Start program is in. Head Start opened the center in December of 1992 and Lowrie served as the Assistant Teacher.
Looking back on what she enjoyed most in the 22 years, Lowrie said, “Head Start will always be in my heart, because just watching the kids when they would master tying their shoes, or being able to count to ten. Those little milestones and that little lightbulb would go off, and their face and their little eyes lit up. It would just be awesome.” She also enjoyed working with the parents because they would also set goals for the parents to obtain. “Just being involved in that family was a big plus.”
Lowrie also really enjoyed the Energy Assistance Program. “Our elderly and handicapped live on such a small income, sometimes it makes a difference in eating or medicine.” Lowrie explained that over the years, she has seen some people that are “too proud” to ask for help, but that she encourages people who need the help to take advantage of it, that way they can afford their medicine and food.
She explained that another aspect that she loved about the job was being able to refer people. Sometimes people call and just don’t know where to turn, so Lowrie tries to find the help that they need. Even if NADC is out of funds, she tries to lead people in the right direction they need to be in, and give them that little bit of hope. At times, when funds have been tight, she had to cover two counties. In 2016, Lowrie covered Fulton and Izard County and had to split four days between the two counties.
“I think God put me here, in this job, I really do,” said Lowrie. “Growing up, we didn’t always have the money, so I understand. It’s not an embarrassment to need the help, but if you don’t ask you can’t get it.”
Lowrie said something that has impressed her the past few years is that Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer has been the only Judge that she knows of that has helped unload the commodity truck. “It amazes me that he always stands in there and is in the assembly line unloading the boxes.”
After retirement, Lowrie said her main goal right now is to get her husband well, who has been dealing with some health issues since December 2016. “The main thing is just to be there for him. I also have four beautiful grandchildren; Peyton, Alex, Brooklyn and Jace.” Lowrie is looking forward to just being able to spend some time with her grandchildren outdoors. “They all love to be outdoors,” she said.
Lowrie loves scrapbooking and sewing. She has put her scrapbooking on hold lately, but said she’s ready to get back to it. “To me that’s sort of preserving the history of our family, plus the kids love it,” she said.
She commended Linda Cooper, who has been with NADC for over 40 years, for the good job that she does. “With her vision, this program has really grown. I thank her for giving me the opportunity to start. I appreciate the clients letting me be here in their time of need.”
Libby Hale, who began working at Head Start as a Health and Safety Aide in Fall 2016, was hired on Monday, January 17 to fill Lowrie’s vacant position. The Fulton County office will be open Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(January 18, 2017)

Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork


by Karen Sherrell
Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork is no stranger to law enforcement, and after 38 years in the field, he is manning the helm in Fulton County.
Beginning official duties this month, Roork stated he is a realist and humbled to be the new sheriff in town. Not having an opponent at election time, and with the retirement of Sheriff Buck Foley, it is a natural transition of duty for Roork.
“I’m humbled to be sheriff and protect the community,” said Roork. “I’m everybody’s sheriff, and treat everyone equally. I will enforce the law equally and with common sense.”
Roork has seen many changes over the past four decades in law enforcement. “The law is more and more complex now,” he said. “It costs a fortune to operate all the courts we have.” The 16th Judicial District covers five counties, including Fulton County, and Roork has a deep respect for the judges and their jobs. “I have respect for the judges and how hard they try. It’s not easy on their part.” Law enforcement must deal with a ton of paperwork now more than in the past according to Roork. “We respond to calls, but it’s hard to have pro-active law enforcement,” he said. “There’s just not enough staff.” Roork has four deputies and one chief deputy. “I have a great crew. They, like police officers in America, put on a badge and gun everyday. They have a very difficult job, and they’re honest, dedicated people.”
The sheriff appreciates help from the community and stated Fulton County is the best place in the world to live. “There are lots of hard working people here, and I depend on them to trust me, and know that what they tell me is in confidence.”
The hands-on sheriff stated he is a working sheriff, in the field with his officers. “People will see me around,” said Roork. “I love what I do and love helping people.”
Fulton County has from 1,600 to 2,000 county road miles that the sheriff’s office is responsible for. “It’s forty miles across the county,” said Roork. “We are on call 24/7 and ready to go whenever. We work hard for the people and enforce the law.”
“People have no idea of the amount of crime in their community,” said Roork. The hub of all problems he said, is an increase in drug use in the county, of methamphetamine and prescription drugs. “It leads to assault on families, thefts, and loss of productivity.” Roork hopes to slow the escalation of crime. “Burglaries occur every day somewhere in the county.”
The sheriff’s department focuses on each crime, aware of the fact that people are more difficult to deal with these days. “One of the biggest problems today is mental illness and the way it’s dealt with,” said Roork. “It’s time consuming to have a person committed, seeking help. We can help those people that can’t help themselves, and it’s a great feeling to do that,” he added.
The sheriff would like to see a dedicated investigator in the department. “We’re the only county that doesn’t have one,” he said. “Our Chief Deputy was our Investigator, as well as performing his normal duties. It’s just too time consuming.” But the new sheriff will continue to do his job as a working sheriff in the field, alongside his officers, for a community that he loves. “I have no visions of grandeur, we will do our job,” he said.


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


by Carrie Johnson
There will be a Benefit Auction and Fish Supper at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne on Saturday, January 14 for Nathan Jackson.
Jackson suffered a major heart attack on September 16 and has been hospitalized since then. The Fish Supper will begin at 4 p.m. and the Benefit Auction will begin between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Nathan and his wife, Jean Ann, and two sons, Chance and Spencer, are local residents. Chance and Spencer attend Salem Public Schools.
Nathan has faced and is facing a tremendous amount of rehabilitation due to a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen. He stayed at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for 111 days. Sixty-six days were spent in ICU and then 35 at the Rehabilitation Institute. On January 5, he was accepted into Timber Ridge Neuro Restorative Ranch in Benton.
The following is a partial list of items to be auctioned at the benefit: Vic Kalchik’s famous carrot cake, two night stay in a two bedroom cabin at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend, guitars, gun, jewelry, processed hog (halves) from Everett Bros. Farms in Oxford, luggage set, chainsaws, toolbox, hair cut and style and accessories from Mirror Image, $100 gift certificate and two whole ribeyes from Our Neighborhood Fresh Market in Horseshoe Bend, quilts, three loads of gravel/limestone any size and ten loads of hill dirt (free delivery within 30 miles) from RLH Construction in Salem, Xbox with controllers and over 20 games, gift certificates to area businesses, two rounds of 18 golf with cart (six available) from the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, one year subscriptions (two available) from Pacesetting Times, 30 games of bowling from Horseshoe Lanes, Avon products, pork butts, tire rotation from Ash Flat Tire and Lube, pictures, frames, baked goods, free rotate and balance from Dennis Lube and Tire in Melbourne, one ton of quality liquid feed and 1-4 wheel lick tank from Harber Livestock and Poultry of Wiseman, Scentsy, Tupperware, air ratchet from O’Reilly’s in Ash Flat, and much more!
Modern Woodmen of America, in Melbourne has donated a $1,000 matching grant.
Anyone having items to donate for this auction may drop them off at the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 300 Circle Drive in Melbourne, or call Earnie Blackley at 870-373-2999.
Visit on Facebook, Nathan and Jean Ann Gaskins Jackson Benefit, to see items for auction.


by Carrie Johnson
On Thursday, January 5 at approximately 7 a.m., an SUV attempted to pass a stopped bus and struck a child causing minor injuries.
Tyler Little, age 28 of Mount Pleasant, was headed south on State Highway 69 in Mount Pleasant, South Main Street near the intersection of West Road and Pearl Drive, in a 2015 black Jeep Grand Cherokee. Little struck a pedestrian, a seven year old child, that was crossing the highway to board a Melbourne Public School bus driven by Angela Fleming.
Izard County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputy Rusty Ford, Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley and Lt. Charles Melton responded to the scene.
According to Melton’s narrative, “He [Little] stated he was heading south on Highway 69 and the bus was heading north with its yellow lights on, but that it did not have its stop sign or yellow arm out. He said he looked up from the bus and the little boy ran right in front of him.”
When Deputies left the scene of the accident, Melton went to Melbourne Public School to speak with Fleming. “She stated she was stopped with her red lights and stop sign flashing…”
Izard County Deputy Matt Churchwell interviewed several older children that were passengers on the school bus when the accident occurred. According to the report given by Melton, three minor witnesses gave reports which stated that Fleming did in fact have the stop sign flashing, and the black vehicle did not stop.
Little was charged with passing a stopped school bus and first degree assault. He has a February 2 court date.
The minor child struck by Little’s vehicle was transported by Vital Link and Survival Flight to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock and was treated for minor injuries. Neither Little nor his minor child passenger sustained injuries.


The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fifth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Tuesday, February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 8 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR, 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.


Northcentral Arkansas Development Council, Inc., NADC, is beginning their Winter Regulation Program January 9 and will continue through March 31 or until funds are depleted.
For applicants to be considered in a crisis situation, they are required to have received a shut-off notice date to be with seven days from the date of application.
The following are requirements needed before applications can be taken and processed: proof of income for all household members for the previous month, including verification of any contributions from family and friends; the date and place of current or last employment for all household members; photo ID; proof of child support; proof of utility assistance if applicant receives subsidized housing; copy of an energy bill or receipt from energy supplier, including a receipt stating cost of wood if the applicant’s main heating source is wood, to help NADC make the payment to the correct vendor.
NADC is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.
Contacts in the tri-county area are, Izard County 870-368-4329, Fulton County 870-895-3628, and Sharp County 870-994-7353. NADC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EOE.


PROUD FAMILY: (l to r) Howard and Janice Blankenship, Eli Blankenship – American FFA Degree recipient, and Sheila and Danny Blankenship.

by Karen Sherrell
The American FFA Degree is awarded to less than one percent of FFA members, and is one of the organization’s highest honors.
In 2016, the degree was awarded to Izard County Consolidated graduate, Eli Blankenship of Bandmill.
The 2016 American FFA Degree Ceremony was held in Indianapolis, IN on October 22, during the Eighth General Session of the 89th National FFA Convention Expo. Blankenship joined 34 other degree recipients from Arkansas, and 3,790 from throughout the United States, chosen from a national roll of 629,367 FFA members.
The degree is earned by members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA and have made significant accomplishments in their agricultural experiences. All of which describe Eli, through years of hard work and commitment.
This degree has also earned him the title of being the first FFA member at Izard County Consolidated Schools to receive the American FFA Degree since Wayne Neal has been the Agri Teacher and FFA Advisor for the past 14 years. “I have had three other FFA members receive national recognition by earning a National FFA Scholarship,” said Neal, adding, “Eli has not only earned this National Degree, but also the pride, respect and honor of his peers, friends and family, as well as the leaders and mentors before him that inspired him to earn this degree.”
And proud his family is. Accompanying Eli to the ceremony in October were his parents, Danny and Sheila Blankenship, and grandparents, Howard and Janice Blankenship.
Highschool graduates may apply for the American FFA Degree one year after their graduation. Eli graduated in 2014, and is currently in his second year at Arkansas Tech in Russellville.
During his first year in highschool, Eli earned his FFA Greenhand Degree, followed by the Chapter degree the next year, and then his State degree. “Eli raised cattle, chickens, and goats and rabbits,” said his mother Sheila. “He also had a community project he had to do.” Eli’s primary agricultural project was cattle, he was on the ICC Show Team, and he served as an FFA Chapter officer.
FFA members utilize the Agricultural Experience Tracker, AET, which is an online record keeping system for agriculture students to record their time worked or money earned with their projects or Supervised Agricultural Experiences, SAE’s. “They also keep records of their FFA activities, officer work, and time in community service, along with other accomplishments and awards,” said Neal. “Utilizing this system is vital for FFA members to earn the degrees, scholarships and awards that they deserve.”
FFA members must apply for the American FFA Degree one year after they graduate, and Eli’s older brother Isaac, a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech in Russellville, encouraged him to apply. “He had all the steps to do it,” said Sheila, “And he worked hard to earn state recognition.”
To earn the American FFA Degree, members must have received the State FFA Degree, and have been an active member for the past three years, with a record of satisfactory participation in activities on the Chapter and State levels. They must have completed the equivalent of at least three years of systematic secondary school instruction in an agricultural education program, and have one full year of enrollment in a postsecondary agricultural program. They must have maintained an operation and records to substantiate an outstanding supervised agricultural experience program, through which they have exhibited comprehensive planning, managerial and financial expertise. They must have earned at least $10,000 and productively invested $7,500, or earned and invested $2,000 and worked 2,250 hours in excess of scheduled class time. In addition to having a record of outstanding leadership abilities and community involvement, they must have achieved a scholastic record of a C or better, and participated in at least 50 hours of community service within at least three different activities.
No easy feat, and that’s why only one percent of the National FFA membership receive the American FFA Degree. Recipients are also awarded the gold American FFA Degree Key, a symbol of the highest achievement of the National FFA organization, and earned by one hard-working young man, Eli Blankenship.


by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 19.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski and City Attorney Jim Short.
All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and Mayor Bob Barnes led in prayer.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve the November minutes, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Yow moved to accept the November Treasurer’s Report, seconded by Moser. Motion carried unanimously. Committee Reports were given from the Public Works Department, Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Code Enforcement, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Recycling Center and the Library.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
The first item on the agenda under unfinished business was Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl). Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 on its third and final reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes then entertained a motion to pass Ordinance 2016-02. Yow so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously by roll call vote.
Barnes entertained a motion to accept the bid from Bethune Painting Inc. of Jonesboro to paint City Hall. Moser so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion carried unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to place stop signs and warning signs on Ivory Lane by Crown Point Resort. The estimated cost is $400. McKnight so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow who voted no. Motion passed.
Under new business, Barnes entertained a motion to approve the 2017 City Finance and City Council meeting schedule. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes entertained a motion to approve Resolution 2016-08 (To Pass and Approve the Budget for the City of Horseshoe Bend beginning January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017). Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
Luther Yancey and David Seibert appeared before the council to be considered for the position of Alderman in Ward 1 left vacant by Chris Miller. Both candidates had previously served on the City Council. The Aldermen voted one for Seibert and six for Yancey.
Barnes appointed Yancey to serve on the City Council effective January 1. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment. Moser so moved, seconded by Richardson. Motion carried unanimously. Barnes thanked Seibert for applying to the position.
Barnes announced that Oath of Office would take place on Wednesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. He then went on to thank the City Council, Short, and Grabowski for their service to the city this term and gave his appreciation for the work they have accomplished.
“It truly has been an honor to serve with y’all this last term, I’m looking forward to the next two years. Y’all have done a great job, together we have accomplished a lot. I’m proud of what we have done,” said Barnes.
Yow added, “I just want to say it has been a pleasure working with you Mr. Mayor. I think we have done a lot of good and I look forward to a good two years ahead and being able to accomplish more for the City of Horseshoe Bend, all of us working together.”
With no further business to come before the council, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

by Karen Sherrell
The 23rd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest had several entries this year, with outstanding lighting displays throughout Horseshoe Bend.
In the Residential Category, first and second place were a close race with only one point difference in the scoring. Holiday lights were judged on creativity, use of color and degree of difficulty.
First place was awarded to Vic and Shirley Kalchik, 1102 Fairwater, and second place was awarded to Ed, Laureen, Scotty and Erica Sac, at 1103 Fairwater. Placing third was Carolyn Smith at 1207 Clark Lane, and honorable mention went to Austin Coil at 501 North Little Rock. Other beautiful entries were located at 1211 Scenic Acres Circle, 307 Victoria, 508 Victoria, 105 Sapphire, 1001 Pearl Drive, 204 W. Lansing, 1200 Moonstone, 103 E. Church, and 311 E. Church. Many other dazzling displays may be seen throughout the city as well.
In the Business Category, three entered this year and first place was awarded to Reeves Propane, second was awarded to Box Hound Marina, and third went to Cedar Glade Resort.
Sponsors for this year’s event were: in the Residential Category, Horseshoe Health and Medicine $100, FNBC $50, and Neighborhood Fresh Market $50 gift certificate; and in the Business Category, Pacesetting Times $100, Horseshoe Bend Insurance $50, and B&B Supply of Franklin, $50 gift certificate.
Thanks to everyone who displayed holiday lights this year in Horseshoe Bend, thanks to the judges for their difficult task, and a big thank you to the sponsors for making this annual event possible.
Way to “Light Up” Horseshoe Bend!
See additional photos on page 5.

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SHARP COUNTY — An Ash Flat pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday, November 27, and the suspect has not been apprehended as of Monday, December 5.
At approximately 5 p.m., a man wearing a camouflage face mask, straw hat, and grey jacket, entered the Ash Flat Pharmacy located on Hwy. 167/62/412 at the traffic light.
According to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, the man was armed with a handgun and asked for prescription medications. The pharmacist gave the man several bottles of prescription medications, at which time he left the pharmacy and fled south on Hwy. 167 in a small white four door car.
A witness may have encountered the suspect prior to the robbery, in an adjacent Citgo parking lot. Gina Moore told Pacesetting Times that she was in that parking lot when a vehicle, matching the description of the suspect’s, pulled up behind her vehicle, and the driver asked her directions to the pharmacy. The driver is described as having blue eyes, short hair, in his late 40s. “I thought it was weird because everyone knows where that pharmacy is,” said Moore. She then thought the person might not be from this area, and had visited the local emergency room. “I gave him directions, and he said ‘thank you’,” said Moore.
“I went to Walmart after that to run an errand, and when I left and drove by the pharmacy, I saw all the cops there,” said Moore. Officers spoke with Moore and showed her a photo for possible identification of the man she had given directions to. Her description of his vehicle was similar to the description given to officers by the witnesses at the pharmacy.
Anyone having any information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Ash Flat Police Department or the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office at 870-994-2211.