Early voting continues
The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 6 and the following races will be on ballots in Izard, Sharp and Fulton Counties.
In Izard County, for Judge, Eric Smith (R) incumbent, Warren Skelton (D); Sheriff, Earnie Blackley (R), Rick Kimble (D); Collector, Marilyn Downing (D) incumbent, Paul D. Womack (R); Justice of the Peace: District 2, Thomas W. Rushing (D) incumbent, Walter Hagan (R); District 3, Jared Johnson (D), Randy “Hank” Sherrell (I), John Walker (R); District 4, Willie Moser (D) incumbent, Michelle Graetz (R); District 7, Brian Biard (D), Tony Gill (I), Christopher Blake Johnson (R); Constable: Gid, George F. Whitfield (I), Donnie Tate (I). City of Horseshoe Bend, Mayor: Marty McKnight, Craig M. Huckaby; Alderman: Ward 3, Pos. 1, O.G. Minze, George Williamson. City of Calico Rock, Mayor: Ronald Guthrie, incumbent, Greg Hamby; Alderman: Ward 2, Pos. 1, Steven Lively, Cynthia L. Wildhagen; Ward 2, Pos. 2, Howard Jeffery, Leon Cheatham; Ward 4, Pos. 2, Jim King, Fred Blickle. City of Melbourne, Alderman: Ward 4, Pos. 2, Mike Cone, Sonia Blankenship. City of Oxford, Mayor: Billy R. Harris, Douglas Yancey. City of Pineville, Mayor: Sharon K. Sanders, Joe Stephen.
State office races are U.S. Congress, District 1: Congressman Rick Crawford, Chintan Desai, Elvis Presley; Governor: Mark West, Jared K. Henderson, Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Lt. Governor: Anthony Bland, Lt. Gov. Tim Grffin, Frank Gilbert; Attorney General: Kerry Hicks, Mike Lee, Atty. Gen. Leslie Rutledge; Secretary of State, Christopher Olson, Susan Inman, John Thurston, Comm. of State Lands; State Treasurer: Treasurer Dennis Milligan, Ashley Ewald; Auditor of State: David E. Dinwiddie, Auditor Andrea Lea; Commissioner of State Lands: Larry Williams, Tommy Land, T.J. Campbell; State Senate District 19: Susi Epperson (D), Rep. James Sturch (R); State Supreme Court Associate Justice Pos. 3: State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson, David Sterling.
In Fulton County, for Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) incumbent, Jim Kendrick (R); Justice of the Peace: District 3, Burton Yarnell, (D) incumbent, Gene McBride (R); District 5, Johnny Moody (D) incumbent, Randy L. Wilson (R); District 7, Tesa Bishop Nelson (D) incumbent, Ray Matthew (R); District 9, Jimmy Marler (D) incumbent, Charles R. Kendrick (R). City of Mammoth Spring, Mayor: Charles Vaughn (I), Jean Pace (I) incumbent; Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 2, Wilma Rogers (I), Adam Davis (I); Ward 2, Pos 1, Frankie Joan Baker (I), Carla Parnell (I). Included in the state office races listed above will be State Representative District 61: Rep. Scott Baltz (D), Marsh Davis (R), on some Fulton County ballots.
In Sharp County, Coroner, Renee Clay-Circle (R) incumbent, Seth H. Wortham (D); Justice of the Peace: District 1, Roger C. Stark (D) incumbent, Phillip Sullivan (R); District 2, Briana Dilorio (R) incumbent, Garry Lawrence (D); District 5, Tony Vaughn (R) incumbent, Ruth Rogers (D); District 6, Everett McGuire (R) incumbent, David R. Cook (D), Jackie Pickett (I). City of Cherokee Village, Mayor: Russ Stokes (I), Darryl Matson (I); City Clerk: Deb Weichinger (I), Billie J. Suiters (I). City of Hardy, Mayor: Ernie Rose, Nina S. Thornton, Jason Jackson, Timothy Seeger; Alderman: Ward 1, Pos. 1, Vickie Rice (I), Bob Gilliland (I); Ward 1, Pos. 2, Laura J. Smith (I), Penny Mendes Allen (I); Ward 2, Pos. 1, Bruce Thurow (I), Nimmi Desai (I); Ward 2, Pos. 2, David Bathrick (I), Matthew Coggins, (I); Ward 3, Pos. 1, Mark Gordon (I), Tracie Moore (I), Ward 3, Pos. 2, Sue Taylor (I), Raymond Hicks (I). City of Highland, Mayor: Russell Truitt, Timothy G. Eash; Alderman: Ward 3, Pos. 1, Johnny Ivey, Steven Rose. Included in the state office races listed above will be State Representative District 61: Rep. Scott Baltz (D), Marsh Davis (R), on some Sharp County ballots.
Early voting continues and in Izard County will be held at Ozarka College, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at Horseshoe Bend City Hall, Friday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Early voting in Fulton County will be held at the courthouse in Salem Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Early voting in Sharp County will be held at the courthouse in Ash Flat Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early voting will be held at the Cave City Community Center, Nov. 1 and 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Election Day, polls will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


The Izard County Consolidated Elementary School in Violet Hill will have their annual Fall Festival on Monday, Nov. 5.
A chili supper will start at 4:30 p.m., and the festival will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Like previous years, there will be games, concessions and a silent auction, with lots of great items to bid on.


The Municipal Recreational Improvement District, MRID, of Horseshoe Bend, held a special 20 minute meeting on Oct. 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Commissioners present: Johnathan Phillips, Mac James. Managers present: Josh Jackson.
Phillips made a motion to table the revised Boat Dock Regulations to allow property owners to review. Copies are available at the Pro Shop and City Hall. Motion was seconded by James.
The revised boat dock regulations include information on the permit necessary for new dock installation and repairs/modifications to existing docks, applicable fees and construction regulations.
Horseshoe Bend City Councilman John Grochowski asked the Commissioners to consider stocking walleye in Crown Lake. Further research will be done.
The next MRID meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.


The Morriston Fire Department will be having a Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the firehouse, located on Hwy. 289 South in Glencoe. Supper includes chili, a dessert and drink; donations accepted. The Department invites everyone to come and meet your local firemen and see the equipment. Politicians are welcome. Interested in becoming a firefighter? Applications are available. For more information, please call Rob at 870-293-4460 or Carol at 870-895-2663.
The Glencoe Fire Department will host a chili dinner and auction on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Fire Department located at 101 Quilt Palace Road. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the auction begins at 5 p.m.


Sharp County voters will have two additional ballot items to decide on during the General Election.
Voters will have the opportunity to vote on a one-half of one percent (.50%) sales and use tax for the purpose of financing the cost of a new jail and law enforcement facilities, through a bond issue on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.
This tax will be for the purpose of paying off the bonds which will finance all or a portion of the cost of a new jail, arraignment room, administrative offices relating to law enforcement and any necessary utility, road and parking improvements related to the jail. This tax, if approved, will expire after the bonds have been paid.
Voters will also decide on a one-quarter of one percent (.25%) sales and use tax to be used to furnish, operate and maintain a new or existing jail and facilities, and to pay and secure the repayment of jail and law enforcement bonds.
According to a fact sheet produced by the University of Arkansas Public Policy Center, Sharp County is proposing to build and equip a new jail and sheriff’s administration office on county-owned property behind the current county jail in Ash Flat.
Voters are being asked to vote on two sales tax proposals and whether to allow the county to issue up to $10,995,000 in bonds to pay for the construction and furnishing of the new jail and law enforcement building. The bond money would also pay for any utility, road or parking improvements. The bond debt would be paid off over 12 to 13 years with money collected from a temporary 1/2 percent sales and use tax that would expire when the debt is paid.
A proposed 1/4 percent sales and use tax would be permanent. The revenue from the tax would be used to pay for operating and maintaining the new jail and sheriff’s office building. The funds could also be used for construction and furnishing the building and to repay any bonds approved by the voters for the facility. The tax proceeds could be used for repairs or improvements at the current jail building as well.


The Salem Band Boosters present the annual Fall Festival at the Salem Elementary lunchroom on Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest, so come dressed in your best. Top winner gets a $10 Sonic gift card. There will be tons of games, candy and fun such as a cake walk, ring ross, monster boogies, a duck pond, gold digging, face painting and much more. A photo booth will be available with lots of props to choose from. Have your picture made with Gary the Greyhound! Concessions include hot dogs, chili, nachos, cotton candy, frito pie, beans and cornbread and soft drinks.
Hallows End Haunted Scare Factory will be held Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. until midnight at 90 Hwy. 62 West in Ash Flat, use service road to go to the back entrance of the factory. Cost is $10 per person and no one under the age of 13 is permitted.
Join the City of Cherokee Village for Oktoberfest on Oct. 25 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Village Town Center. There will be German and American crafted brews, brats, lawn games and live music. Proceeds support the Spring River Innovation Hub and Town Center programming.
Crossroads Baptist Church presents their Harvest Festival on Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Church is located on Hwy. 62 in Ash Flat, across from the old Alps. There will be hot dogs and hot chocolate, face painting, a hayride, candy, a cake walk, and lots of fun and games.
The Hardy Halloween Bash will be at the Hardy Civic Center from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. There will be trick or treating along Main Street as well as a costume contest, spook house, games and food.
Join in on the fun at Mammoth Spring Spooktacular. This event offers fun for the whole family. Make plans to attend on Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Main Street. There will be glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, a haunted bus, food vendors, a car smash, a haunted hayride, a Snapchat filter, a costume contest, bounce houses, a giant ghoul, lots of games, candy, and treats.
Trunk or Treat in Horseshoe Bend will be held on Oct. 31 at Cedar Glade Resort. Instead of trick or treating door to door, your kids can go trunk to trunk. Decorate your trunk and enter the contest!
Oxford Fire Department is hosting a Fall Festival Oct. 27 at the Oxford Park at 1 p.m.. This includes pie auction, games, door prizes, fire department equipment demonstration, and a pork dinner for $7 a plate. A Baggo tournament will be held and entry is $20 per team. Contact Jeremy Tanner at 870-373-5141. For more info about the festival contact Chief Alan Estes at 870-373-3374.
Salem’s seventh annual Trunk-or-Treat will be held on the square for a fun and safe event for the kids on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until ? This will be the last year for this event unless someone is able to take it over. Contact Lori Oelschlaeger on Facebook for more info.
The Salem Fire Department and Viola Baseball League will have their fourth annual Haunted House and Maze with a hayride from 7 to 11 p.m. on Halloween. Cost is $10 per person or $5 per person for the Haunted House only. Location is Young Road.
Ash Flat Library’s “Not Too Scary” Haunted House will be held Halloween night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center. There will be trick-or-treat goodies, friendly ghosts and goblins.


The Izard County Board of Election Commissioners have announced the following polling sites for Early Voting and the Nov. 6 General Election.
Early Vote
Ozarka College beginning Oct. 22, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Horseshoe Bend City Hall, Friday, Nov. 2, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 6 General Election 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Calico Rock City Hall: Calico Rock – City and Rural – Claiborne
Horseshoe Bend City Hall: Horseshoe Bend – City and Rural
Mt. Pleasant Community Building: Mt. Pleasant City and Rural – Big Spring – Lafferty
Old Franklin City Hall: Franklin City and Rural – Myron – Wiseman
Oxford City Hall: Oxford City and Rural – Wideman
Ozarka College: Knob Creek – Lacrosse – Larkin – Melbourne City and Rural – Sage – Sage (Melbourne Ward 4)
Pineville Fire Station: Dolph – Pineville City and Rural
Reeves Cemetery: Gid – Guion City and Rural
Ruthie Mountain Fire Station # 1: Boswell – Sylamore – Twin Creek
Brockwell Music School: Brockwell – Newburg – Oxford City in Brockwell – Violet Hill
Zion Community Building: Strawberry – Zion


Convenient online payment options are available in over 50 Arkansas counties including Izard County, when paying property taxes.
The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is Monday, Oct. 15.
Citizens can avoid late fees and in-person payment lines by paying their property taxes online before the deadline. Visit www.izardcountyar.org and follow the link, or visit https://propertytax.ark.org/izard.
To make a secure payment on a computer or mobile device, taxpayers just need to enter the parcel or tax-ID numbers provided on their tax statements, or search by their name or address. The online service provides payment confirmation and printable receipt. Payments can be made online until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 15. Note that fees apply to online payments and payments by phone.
While paying property taxes online, residents in many counties can also sign up to receive an email notification in March when their annual tax statement is available. Taxpayers who sign up for this new paperless convenience will no longer receive annual tax statements in the mail but will still get paper statements if their taxes are adjusted throughout the year.
Taxes may be mailed and postmarked by Oct. 15, or visit the Izard County Tax Collector’s office, 15 South Street, Annex Building in Melbourne, during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Checks need to be made payable to Izard County Collector. The mailing address is Marilyn Downing, Izard County Collector, P.O. Box 490, Melbourne, AR 72556.
A new online record search is now provided by the collector’s office by visiting the website www.actdatascout.com/taxcollector/arkansas/izard. Find a link to pay taxes online, detailed tax record cards, proof of payment and tax history at this website.


by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend passed an ordinance on Sept. 24 for the purpose of regulating residential yard sales within the city limits.
Ordinance 2018-03 states that Yard/Garage Sales include personal property owned by an individual or members of the residence and does not include any merchandise purchased for resale or obtained on consignment.
Anyone wishing to have a yard sale at their residence in Horseshoe Bend must obtain a permit, at a cost of $5, at least three days prior to the sale. The permit must be applied for with the Code Enforcement Department. Each location is permitted up to four permits in a calendar year. Sales are limited to three consecutive days during the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the event of inclement weather, the sale may be conducted within 30 days, after a request is submitted by the permit holder and approved. A permit is not required by a business having a city license to conduct estate sales or auctions, nor is it required during citywide yard sales. Permits are not required for someone conducting a sale due to a court order or for sales conducted by charitable or religious organizations when the proceeds are used solely for charitable or religious purposes.
Two signs for yard sales are permitted, not more than four square feet in size, and two directional signs, not more than two square feet in size, are permitted. Signs must be removed at the close of the sale.
Anyone violating the new ordinance, which becomes effective Oct. 24, may be fined $25 for each offense, up to two offenses. After that, violators could face a penalty of $250.


The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st annual Sod Buster golf tournament, BBQ luncheon, and silent auction on Oct. 13. This event will take place at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The BBQ meals will include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, and a bottle of water for $5. The golf tournament is a 3-person scramble and entry forms are available at the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain. Proceeds from this event will help with the Chamber’s operating expenses associated with the numerous free events they host throughout the year. For more info, contact the Chamber at 870-670-5433 or horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com.
Hallows End Haunted Scare Factory will be held Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 8 p.m. until midnight at 90 Hwy. 62 West in Ash Flat, use service road to go to the back entrance of the factory. Cost is $10 per person and no one under the age of 13 is permitted.
The Hardy Friends of the Library Book Sale will be at the Historic Hardy Gym, located at 203 School Street, on Oct. 12 and 13. For more information call 870-856-3934.
There will be a Holiday Extravaganza at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be inside the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building located at 124 Arena Lane in Salem. This is a holiday gift and decorating market featuring a number of direct marketing and craft vendors. Contact Mary Hall at 870-421-0580 to reserve your spot or for more information.
The Thayer Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Fall Festival to be held on Oct. 13 in downtown Thayer from 4 to 8 p.m. In case of rain, the date will be Oct. 20. Booth rental cost is $20; with electricity cost is $25. For additional details contact Bec Eckman at 417-280-0142 or Kim Harralston at 417-280-1139. Registration forms can be picked up at K-Kountry 95.


A Hallelujah Fest will be held Saturday, October 13 at the Ash Flat Church of God from 3 to 5 p.m. Hot dogs, chili and nachos will be served.
The Believers from Cabot will be making a personal appearance after the Hallelujah Fest at 6 p.m. The Believers are ready to bless you with the Gospel of God through songs.
Ash Flat Church of God is located at 124 Arnhart Street, the street behind the courthouse. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be received. A wonderful evening of praising God awaits you. For more information, call 870-847-2347 or 870-758-0009.


Mountain Home Moose Lodge #1953 will hold its monthly all-u-can-eat fried fish and shrimp dinner on Friday, October 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. You can order fried fish, fried shrimp or a combination plate which also includes hushpuppies, french fries, coleslaw, vegetable, roll, dessert and a beverage. Mike Dirks will once more be providing live music. The event is open to members and signed-in guests alike. Mountain Home Moose Lodge is located at 4754 Hwy 5 South, 2.5 miles south of the bypass in Mountain Home. For more information including cost and guest qualification please call 870-491-5696 after 2 p.m.

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