The Burk Family of Salem, Cassi and Joey, Natalie and Weston. Photo/Bitt O’ Hunny Photography
by Carrie Johnson
On Sunday, June 12, life as they knew it changed for the Burk family of Salem. Joey and Cassi Burk have grown up in Salem and are now raising their children, Natalie (7) and Weston (3) in the same loving community. They attend Salem First Baptist Church.
Weston was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ALL, on Sunday. He underwent surgery on Monday, June 13 to place his port for treatments. He also underwent his first round of treatment and had a blood transfusion.
The entire community has pulled together for the Burk family. By Tuesday, June 14, a bank account had been set up for donations, a softball tournament organized, different raffles established and a benefit rodeo was held. All to help offset the cost of medical expenses and travel expenses. Several summer league baseball and softball teams now wear an orange ribbon attached to their uniforms to support Weston. His sister Natalie plays on a Salem summer team.
The Hall Rodeo, LLC Benefit Rodeo was held on Wednesday, June 15 and raised a total of $3,604.95 for Weston and his family.
Several of the above mentioned fundraisers follow:
West Burk Benefit Raffle. Prize will be half a hog to two winners. Drawing will be held on July 20. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available at Burch’s Custom Butchering, Main Street Tire and Lube and Tri County Medical Supply; all of Salem. The hog was donated by Everett Bros. Inc.; processing by Burch’s Custom Butchering. All proceeds go to Weston. For more information contact Tesa Nelson at 870-219-3724, or Lauren Nelson at 870-710-3081.
Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament, Saturday, July 9 at Salem Preacher Roe Field. $150 per team entry fee. Individuals pay $25 to be drafted if you do not have a team, but want to play and support the cause. Concession stand will be open. Proceeds go to Weston. For more information and to sign up, contact: Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Jake Smith, 870-371-0372; or Jeremy Friend, 870-421-0490.
#TEAMWESTON Benefit Raffle. Items to be won include: RTIC 20 quart cooler, RTIC 30 ounce tumbler, RTIC 20 ounce tumbler, RTIC ten ounce tumbler and a RTIC koozie. Tickets are $5 each of five for $20. Five winners will be announced on July 9 at 5 p.m. at the Benefit Tournament. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at Salem Court House Treasurer’s Office – Linda Romine; Tower Hills Guns and More – Calvin and Jamie Maguffee; Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Karen Hall, 870-405-4537; and can be purchased during the tournament.
Change for Weston. Early Horizons Child Development Center in Salem is collecting spare change for Weston. A little bit of “change” can make a big difference.
Whatever. A portion of all sales at Whatever from now until June 25 will be donated to the Burk family for expenses. There is also a donation jar located in the store, which is located on the square in Salem.
Expressions Salon of Salem is selling chances to win a goodie basket which includes: CHI blow dryer, Joico hairspray, Matrix Miracle Creator, Biolage Shampoo and conditioner, American Crew gift set, Redken water wax and a $25 gift certificate. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winner will be drawn July 1. All proceeds go to the Burk family.
Bronze-N-Go Tanning Salon at Skyview in Salem is raffling off a package deal that includes two months tanning, a bottle of lotion and five sessions of red light therapy for Weston. You may pick up tickets at the Salon. They are $3 each or six for $15.
There will be a Car Wash at the Bank of Salem parking lot on July 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is donations with all going to Weston. Contact Heather Friend at 870-421-1802, or Lena Smith at 870-371-0175 if you would like to donate.
Color a Castle for Weston at Palace Drug of Salem. Cost is $1 per sheet with proceeds going to the Burk family.
Razorback Raceway, located at 213 North Walnut Street in Salem, is a one-eighth mile, one-twenty-fourth scale dragstrip for all ages. Razorback Raceway will hold a Race Day on Saturday, July 23 for Weston and his family. There will be a race with all proceeds from food and entry fees going to the Burk family. This race will be for bragging rights, no payout. For more information contact Evert Ellison at 870-291-7603.
There is a benefit account set up at the Bank of Salem. Account name: Weston Gunner Burk Benefit Account. You can mail donations to P.O. Box 338, Salem, AR 72576.
Come together with Salem and show your support for the Burk family while they help Weston fight Leukemia.
To keep up with Weston’s updates and to show your support or say a few encouraging words, there is a Facebook page set up for him under “Prayers for Weston”.

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

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

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce has a new place to call home, thanks to the Horseshoe Bend Health Services Board and the City of Horseshoe Bend.
Now located at the entrance to town within eyeshot of Bend Drive, the Chamber offers a large greeting area, a community room, an informational room stocked full of brochures of the area and state, a museum, t-shirts, and souvenirs.
Recent modifications have opened the entranceway with a front desk and a volunteer to greet guests and visitors.
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join them for an Open House on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with special guest, Adam Davis, at the new location. Davis has a lot of experience working with Arkansas tourism, and parks and recreation. He also designed the Chamber’s new logo and website: www.horseshoebend.org.
Refreshments will be served at this free event and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433, or by email at: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com.
The new location for the Chamber of Commerce is 707 Third Street, adjacent to Calabama of Horseshoe Bend, and Taco Jacs, and across the street from Pacesetting Times.
Check this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times to see additional photos, or stop by there on July 8!

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their next meeting, taking place one week earlier than normal.
This month’s meeting will be on Thursday, June 9 at the MRID Building. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being catered by Smokin’ Butts BBQ, $10 per person. This month’s speaker will be Marcus Turley from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.
Turley is the Membership Development Representative and is responsible for new business development, as well as retention of existing State Chamber/AIA members. He previously worked for the city of Dallas, Texas as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Development Services.

The 2nd Annual Howard Reeves Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. The tournament will be a Three Person Scramble with Calcutta, with $1,200 going to the first place team.
Coffee and donuts at 7 a.m.; shotgun at 7:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. on Saturday; shotgun at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Smokin’ Butts BBQ will be available. There will be an Auction Dinner on Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Entry fee is $225 per team, cash or check only, and that does not include cart fees. Cart fee is $25 plus tax per cart per day.
Men 70 years and older may play the red tees.
Contact Michael Stracner at 870-623-0998 for details.

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