BROCKWELL – Lorra Shaw of Pineville and Candace Killian of Oxford, local health and wellness experts, are hosting “Stay Healthy and Stress Free for the Holidays” on Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. at the Izard County Senior Center in Brockwell. The holiday season is when many people experience high levels of stress and consistent, unhealthy choices. At this event, attendees will learn specific strategies to make this year different.
“Far too many people experience extreme emotional pulls during the holidays,” says Shaw. She continues, “On one hand, there is excitement for the festivities and on the other is extreme stress due to the surplus of unhealthy foods, time with family, travel, financial drain, and the sheer exhaustion that the holidays tend to create in our lives. But this year will be different – this year will be our time to THRIVE!”
Killian adds, “We are excited to have a special guest educator, Jeannie Harrison, RN, coming in from Tennessee to share strategies for natural solutions, such as essential oils and essential oil infused wellness products, to support our wellness goals!”
If you are interested in learning more about this event, please email or call 870-321-4796.

by Karen Sherrell
HORSESHOE BEND – A 19 year old man drowned in Crown Lake on Tuesday, November 22, when he fell from a boat he was testing.
According to officials on the scene, Colt Farley of Zion, formerly of Melbourne, brought his boat to the Box Hound Marina boat launch at approximately 5:30 p.m. Farley had plans to go duck hunting the following morning, and wanted to test his boat first. He was to meet friends at a ballgame Tuesday evening and never arrived. His friends tried to contact Farley, and they decided to travel to the marina to see if he was still there.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Izard County dispatch received a call from the marina, when Farley’s truck and boat trailer were discovered on the launch, with the truck door open and engine running.
Izard County deputies, first responders and Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue personnel responded to the scene. According to Deputy Earnie Blackley, Farley’s boat was discovered across the lake. Volunteers also combed the banks surrounding the lake.
Personnel returned to the scene Wednesday at dawn, with rescue boats with sonar to search for and recover the body. Arkansas Game and Fish Dive Team of Camden arrived on the scene at 11 a.m. and continued the search for Farley. His body was recovered at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Around 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, Izard County dispatch received a call from Calico Rock Elementary School stating there was a naked man in the school.
Shortly before 7 a.m. a staff member arrived at the school and heard loud moaning coming from a hallway. A classroom door was partially open and the lights were on. The staff member knew no one should be in the building, and discovered a naked man sitting in a teacher’s chair holding a pair of scissors.
The man, identified as Adam Rush, age 36 of the area, dropped the scissors when commanded to do so by the responding deputies but refused to comply past that point. He refused to submit to arrest or follow orders and was tased multiple times, many without any effect, and was finally subdued by four officers.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said, “The school reacted in a most appropriate manner by directing incoming elementary students to the gymnasium keeping them away from possible danger and avoiding them seeing the mass destruction to their school.” Following the incident, students were returned home and teachers and staff began cleaning up the debris.
Superintendent Jerry Skidmore estimated that damages to the school were at least $15,000.
Rush was charged with commercial burglary, a class ‘c’ felony; criminal mischief first degree, a felony; resisting arrest, a class ‘a’ misdemeanor. After being placed in the Izard County Detention Facility, Rush was further charged with disorderly conduct from destroying a security camera. Adams remains in jail on a $30,000 cash bond, and has a December 12 circuit court date.

PUMPING IN THE POINTS: ICC’s Taylor Reynolds knocks down a jumper against the Pirates on November 15. Reynolds put up 12 points for Izard County. The Cougars took a 69-29 victory over Calico Rock. See full story and additional photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

POUNDING THE FLOOR: Izard County Lady Cougar Jen King goes right at the Calico Rock defense on November 15. King scored 24 points and the Lady Cougars took the 69-38 win. See full story and additional photos on page 7 of the November 23 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

by Karen Sherrell
Saturday, December 3 will be a fun-filled day in Horseshoe Bend beginning with the 2016 Winterfest Christmas Parade. This year’s theme is Christmas on Main Street.
Everyone is welcome to enter the parade, entry forms are available at the chamber office and with Victoria at City Hall. Line-up is at 9:15 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, where you will receive your line-up number from the parade coordinator. Undecided? Just show up with your float on the day of the parade and arrangements will be made. The parade begins at 10 a.m. The lower Diamond B Mall parking lot will be closed during the parade, then opened for float displays.
Following the parade, Santa will be at the new chamber office, and all children are welcome to come visit with Santa. The Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire Department will be offering hot dogs, hamburgers and other concessions.
The 19th Annual Festival of Trees will be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend at 900 Fourth Street.
Everyone is invited to come and see the variety of decorations and creativity on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Cedar Glade Resort.
Area clubs, churches, businesses and civic organizations are encouraged to place a decorated tree in the resort lobby, which is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“Every year we have some truly spectacular Christmas trees in the festival,” said chairman Karen Sherrell. “Some of the holiday trees reflect a theme, and are really clever.”
Theme forms are available at the Chamber of Commerce office located at 707 S. Third Street. Forms include name of club, organization or business, theme of tree, and a short narrative of the Christmas tree to be included in the Festival of Trees program. Forms need to be returned to the Chamber office by Wednesday, November 30.
Christmas trees may be put in place beginning the day after Thanksgiving Day, November 25, and must be in place no later than Thursday, December 1. Trees will remain for public viewing thorough the end of the year.
Past themes include, Where do the unsold Christmas trees go, Let it snow, Gone fishin’, Volunteer angels ringing bells throughout the ages, Merry Beaded Christmas, and of course you may just enter a tree themed Merry Christmas to All.
Get your ideas in place and get to decorating for the Annual Festival of Trees to be held at Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend.
So everyone come on out and get in the holiday spirit on Saturday, December 3 in Horseshoe Bend!
The 23rd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway. Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences. Deadline to enter is Friday, December 16 at noon.

by Bobby Stapleton
ICC’s multi-talented player, Kennedy Cooper, signed to further her college education and basketball career last week, heading just down the road to Searcy, home of Harding University.
Cooper, a nightmare of opposing coaches, will take her career to the next level. With more than 20 offers of places to land, from smaller colleges all the way up to the D1 level, Cooper chose Harding after considering many other places.
She averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds per game last year, including a school setting record of 50 points in one game.
Harding, which was the first school to offer up a scholarship, will enjoy Cooper’s intensity with their up tempo style of play.
Cooper’s Coach at ICC, Tim Massey says, “She has been very enjoyable to coach and I will miss her very much. She is very team oriented and cares about her teammates.” Congratulations Kennedy.

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Horseshoe Bend held its Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The weather turned out beautiful and approximately 65 people were in attendance at Veterans Park. Veterans representing all branches of service were recognized. Speakers told funny and unique stories of their time in service. Photo/C.Johnson

OPENING SOON: Glencoe Junction will be opening soon under new management. The convenience store/gas station has been remodeled, repaired, reinspected and is in compliance and ready to open. the store offers gas, convenience store items, food, fountain drinks, cigarettes, tobacco, games and pool tables. Fuel Unlimited of Arkansas is their corporate office which stated the store will be a full-fledged truckstop. Glencoe Junction is located on Hwy. 62/412 in Glencoe. Photo/K.Sherrell

by Cassie Stafford
The Horseshoe Bend City Council met in regular session at the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 24.
Present were Aldermen Teresa Orrick, Joe Moser, Marty McKnight, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski and Ron Yow. Also present was Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent were Aldermen Chris Miller, Tom Richardson and City Attorney Jim Short.
Barnes lead in the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
The reading of the minutes were waived by prior council action, Yow moved to approve September minutes as corrected, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously. The correction made to the September minutes is as follows: Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) on its second reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Grochowski and McKnight voting no. Motion failed.
Yow moved to accept the September Treasurer’s Report seconded by Moser. All voted in favor.
Committee Reports were read from Public Works Department, Fire Department, Airport Commission, MSID, Honorary Police, Building Committee, Finance Committee, Animal Control, Code Enforcement and the Recycling Center.
Barnes opened and closed the Public Comments portion of the meeting without any comments.
Under unfinished business was the second reading of Ordinance 2016-01 (Amending Ordinance 2013-02, Permitting Certain Vehicles to Operate on City Streets) by title only. Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and put it on the second reading by title only, Yow so moved, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of McKnight voting no. Motion passed.
Due to the passing of Alan Fahrenberg, Barnes appointed Carol Fahrenberg as Crown Street Improvement District Commissioner to complete the term. Barnes entertained a motion to confirm the appointment, Grochowski so moved, seconded by Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Pat Behrndt, owner of Crown Point Resort, addressed the City Council requesting the city consider placing either speed bumps or stop signs and flashing lights on Ivory Lane to slow down speeding traffic in front of the resort. “We’ve been having a real problem with traffic,” said Behrndt. He explained that his first choice would be to place speed bumps on the road but Grabowski said that it would hinder snow removal. “It’s definitely going to limit you on snow removal, for sure,” said Donny Dawson, Pubic Works Director for Horseshoe Bend.
Behrndt then requested the city make a four way stop at the entrance of the resort. “I just don’t know any other answer,” said Behrndt.
“If people know they have to stop there, it will detour a lot of traffic,” he said. McKnight moved to defer Behrndt’s request to the Finance Committee for further discussion and consideration, seconded by Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Behrndt then addressed the council about his desire to install park models along the lake front of Crown Point. He was advised by Barnes that his request must be taken before the Planning and Zoning Committee.
Barnes entertained a motion to suspend the rules and place Ordinance 2016-02 (Amending Municipal Code Title 6 Animals and Fowl) on its first reading by title only. Yow so moved, seconded by Moser. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Next on the agenda was to allocate funds to paint the outside metal trim of the City Hall building.
Dawson said that the people coming to give a bid are supposed to come one day this week. McKnight moved to approve the beautification of City Hall by painting the trim and directing Dawson to obtain bids for the project, seconded by Minze. All voted in the affirmative with the exception of Yow voting no. Motion passed.
Barnes entertained a motion to adopt Resolution 2016-07 (Certifying 2016 Millage Rates), Yow so moved, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Barnes stated that the Millage Rates would stay the same.
Barnes proclaimed October 2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month by Proclamation. Grabowski read the Proclamation to all in attendance.
The next Finance Committee meeting will be held on November 9.
With no other business to come before the Council, Yow moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Moser. All were in favor. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.
The next City Council meeting will be held on Monday, November 28 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

It’s just the beginning.
Graetz Auction Service held its inaugural sale on October 22, and owner Michelle Graetz looks forward serving the area.
Graetz Auction is a mobile, on-site, full service auction company capable of selling various types of merchandise, from farm equipment and machinery to antiques, estate and household. With professional, diligent and attentive auction services, Graetz works hard to get her customers the most money for their assets, and she is ready to book auctions now throughout Arkansas and Missouri.
“We can turn your physical assets and long term investments into working capital,” said Graetz. “Let me try my best to get you the most. I will aggressively advertise your auction, and be diligent, energetic and organized.”
The self taught auctioneer is no stranger to hard work and organization. She and her husband Eric, own and operate Horseshoe Bend Gun Shop, and have lived in the city for eight years. They have two daughters, ages seven and five. The couple had a firearms manufacturing business for 20 years, and Graetz gained her knowledge of bookkeeping and accounting during that tenure. Her husband was the designer, engineer and manufacturer of the firearms, and the couple utilized their 12,000 square foot building in the Industrial District in Horseshoe Bend for that purpose.
Graetz is an American citizen, hailing from the Dominican Republic. She was raised in Santo Domingo, has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Hotel Administration, and she is bilingual. “It is an honor for me to do this in a country where the freedom of buying or selling a firearm is allowed,” said Graetz. “This is the only country where you can do that.”
Graetz can also conduct firearms and specialty auctions, and industrial equipment auctions. “During this bad economy we understand how critical it is to have cash readily available for the daily cost of living,” said Graetz. “Sometimes we have to take our investments and quickly turn them into cash for that purpose.” Graetz will also buy estates and personal property.
Selling at auction is a plus creating a speedy process, with quick turnaround. Customers know when their goods will be sold; they can set the time and place of their sale. Competitive bidding in an exciting atmosphere, by motivated buyers, will help customers get the most from their items. “Not only will I run my auction on the principles of honesty and integrity, but I will make it my goal to turn every auction into a great success,” said Graetz.
Graetz Auction’s full service on-site auctions are held rain or shine, with up to 20×80 tents, a double porta potty, a hand wash station, credit card terminals for payments, and concessions.
Future plans include re-opening the building on Industrial Street, Tri-County Expo Auction Gallery, for consignment auctions, wholesale and retail auctions, auto consignment auctions, and estate auctions. The public and dealers will be welcomed in the climate controlled, 12,000 sq. ft. event center housing a commercial kitchen, restrooms, and plenty of seating.
And Graetz is planning on obtaining her real estate license.
“I desired to do something on my own now that the children are in school,” said Graetz. “Something to pass on to our children, a pathway to them, for their future.”
Graetz Auction Service can be found online at, and on Facebook. The business contact numbers are 870-751-0820 or 670-4867.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Southfork River Therapy and Living of Salem, a skilled nursing facility which offers option for long-term care, short-term rehab, and out-patient rehab, has earned five out of five stars in an annual assessment of all Skilled Nursing Facilities in the United States. Achieving five stars is challenging and is the highest overall rating for quality and service, only the best ten percent in each state receives a five-star rating.
“Earning the highest rating from CMS demonstrates the commitment of each Southfork River Therapy and Living team member. We continuously strive to provide the highest level of customer service, health care and support to both our residents and their loved ones,” said Joshua Roberts, Marketing Director. “Southfork River Therapy and Living gets to work with the elderly, injured, and ill of our lovely community, we are honored to get the opportunity to care for such wonderful individuals and get to know them while providing high quality healthcare and services to our area.”
Each year, Medicare uses information compiled from health inspections, fire and safety inspections, quality measures, (which indicates how well a home cares for its clients needs), and lastly reported staffing hour ratios, which compare the number of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Aids (CNAs and NAs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) to the number of residents to whom they are providing care. These ratings help individuals choose a nursing home based on quality and performance. A facility can earn from one to five stars. A five-star rating is considered excellent or “Much Above Average” compared to other skilled nursing facilities through out our nation.
“We are very excited to be designated as a five-star Skilled Nursing Facility. Southfork River Therapy and Living and our doctors work hard to provide a high-quality healthcare experience for our patients,” said Brent Tyson, Administrator. “We do this through healthcare innovations, concierge style customer service and access to outstanding physicians, therapists, nurses, aids, pharmacists, and cutting edge technology.”
Southfork River Therapy and Living has been providing care to the local area for over 60 years. Services include Physical, Occupation and Speech Therapies, as well as skilled nursing and long term care. They also have a unit specializing in care for Alzheimer and Dementia patients, and offer in house Certified Wound Care to those who need such services. Medicare star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. To learn more about Southfork River Therapy and Living, or about the Five Star Ratings, visit online or For the most recent news and events follow their face book page at

CRASHING THE PARTY: ICC’s Coby Everett goes right at the defense during the ICC Jr. Cougar’s game against Hillcrest last weekend during the finals of the Bill McCurley Jr. High Tournament. Everett hit a game high 24 points. See full story and additional photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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

ASH FLAT – According to the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office, three inmates assaulted a jailer and then escaped the county jail early Sunday morning, October 30.
According to reports, the three inmates escaped at 12:12 a.m. and then were taken into custody at 5:30 a.m. at the Water Department in Ash Flat, approximately two miles south of the jail.
All three subjects were taken into custody without incident by the North Central Unit Chase Team and Highland Police Chief Shane Russell.
Deputies say Jeffery “Major” Harris, 26; Dylan Cole Thompson, 20; and Joshua Keith Ray, 25; beat a jailer who went back to do a jail check. There were four inmates in the cell, and those three managed to get out. Harris was in jail on felony drug charges. Thompson was being held on felony drug charges and battery. Ray was being held on felony drug charges and parole bond.
According to Sgt. Aaron Presser, CID, the three stole a phone, clothes, water and food from the sewer treatment facility. Presser stated that nothing was stolen from the jail, no weapons were involved.
The jailer, Jonathan Trivitt, escaped the incident with only minor injuries.
All three men were formally charged on October 31 with escape, aggravated assault on a police officer, commercial burglary, and theft of property.
Assisting in the search were the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department, Ash Flat Police Department, Highland Police Department, Cherokee Village Police Department, Izard County Sheriff’s Department, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Hardy Police Department, Ravenden Police Department, North Central Unit Chase Team and the Grimes Unit Chase Team.

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