Three flags were stolen in Franklin on Veterans Day.
And this is not the first time the city has had flags taken.
Sometime during the night of November 11, a person or persons took three flags the city had on display commemorating Veterans Day, according to Mayor Barbara Dusto.
The City of Franklin displays flags each National holiday, such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day.
The last four holidays that the city has displayed flags, some have been stolen, for a total of seven flags gone.
“I’d like to tell whoever this is that if they are that desperate for a flag, we’ll be glad to get them one,” said Dusto. City officials are disgusted, and rightfully so. “It’s not the cost of the flag, these people just have no respect for veterans,” said Dusto.
The flag of the United States is one of the nation’s most widely recognized symbols. Within the United States, flags are frequently displayed not only on public buildings but on private residences. Throughout the world the flag has been used in public discourse to refer to the United States.
The flag has become a powerful symbol of Americanism, and is proudly flown on many occasions. The American flag is considered sacred and desecration of a it creates a public outrage.
And outraged are the city officials and residents of Franklin.
Anyone having information concerning the theft of these flags is encouraged to contact Mayor Dusto or the Izard County Sheriff’s Office at 368-4203.

A recent reappraisal on properties in Izard County uncovered the fact that an elected official did not meet residential requirements to hold municipal office.
According to the Izard County Assessor’s office, during a reappraisal conducted in August of this year, a discrepancy was found on property owned by Mike Warden, mayor of Oxford. Warden’s residence, built in 2001, was added to the tax rolls in 2001, and was listed as sitting on property in the City of Oxford.
Only it wasn’t.
According to the city limit layer map, Warden’s home is located on a parcel outside of the city limits, not on city property.
“The city limit layer map shows he is rural,” stated County Assessor Tammy Sanders. “He was contacted sometime between August 28 and September 17 and told about the change.”
Once the discovery was made, Sanders checked with the county to see if the property had been annexed to the City of Oxford and if they had somehow missed it. It was then discovered that Warden had filed a petition for annexation of the property where his home actually sits, with County Clerk Rhonda Halbrook in March of 2002; however, he never followed through with the paperwork, filed as CO-2002-1.
“It was filed,” said Halbrook. “But nothing done afterwards.”
Warden filed for office that same year and was elected in November of 2002, and has served in the capacity of mayor for the city just shy of 11 years. Prior to the election, Warden served as Director of the Office of Emergency Services for Izard County in Melbourne, from December of 1998 through March of 2000.
The City Council of Oxford met for their monthly meeting on October 15, and discussed the residency issue with Warden in executive session after regular business was conducted.
Following the executive session, the meeting was adjourned with Alderman Mike Hall and Warden leaving the building immediately, before the audience could re-enter the council chambers. Council members told the 25+ audience members that Warden volunteered to resign.
“Well, does he live in the City of Oxford,” asked resident Phyllis McCurley, to which Alderman Randy Sherrell replied, “Warden says he does, but the county says he doesn’t.”
Warden resigned effective October 17.
Mike Hall resigned October 16.

The Fulton County Heritage Foundation will have grounds cleanup days at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Old Main campus on North Street in Salem.
The foundation is seeking volunteers and equipment to help with clearing brush and trees, mowing, edging, weeding, raking and other campus beautification efforts. Any and all volunteer assistance will be appreciated.
Interested individuals are encouraged to join the foundation’s Facebook page at
In addition to the campus cleanup days, the next meeting of the foundation is set for Monday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Main campus. The meeting is open to the public.
For more information and to volunteer for the cleanup days, contact Carol Langston, vice president of the board of directors, at or (501) 607-3767.

HORSESHOE BEND — Chairman McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on August 14, 2013.
Present: Alderman Harold Faigle, Alderman Nate Wolff, Alderman Nicki West, Alderman Marty McKnight, Alderman Sonny Minze, Alderman John Grochowski, Alderman Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski. Absent: Alderman James Davis.
Approval of Minutes: Alderman Yow moved to accept July 2013 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Barnes reported the city received $24,325.09 in sales tax for the month of July 2013. He also reported that the street department received its first payment from the ½ percent state sales tax increase in the amount of $1,500. The Sheriff department has been working on the sub-station and they also painted the lines in the parking lot, Mayor Barnes will contact Valsper for a credit on the paint.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to the city council Grant Resolution 2013-11 for the pumper truck, seconded by Alderman West. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Alderman Minze moved to defer to the city council to Sambla Loan Resolution 2013-13 for the sewer project, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-12 (Granting the Mayor to transfer certain police vehicles to the Izard County Sheriff Dept), seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Yow moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-14 (Authorizing the Mayor to apply for a grant on behalf of the Horseshoe Bend Community), seconded by Mayor Barnes. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Grochowski moved to have bank statements brought to the finance committee meeting for review each month. Motion failed for a lack of a second.
Alderman Grochowski moved to form an adhoc committee to review the employee handbook, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed 5 to 4. Aldermen Yow, Grochowski, and Michelle Grabowski will serve on the committee to review the employee handbook.
Other topics discussed were Animal Control, Mayor/Recorder Treasurer Salaries, Office Personnel Job Descriptions, Legacy Consulting, Posting City Contracts on the Web site, Follow-up on meeting with Fairfield Bay and Cherokee Village.
Dwight Lufkin appeared before the council to request an amendment to Title 7 of the municipal code authorizing real estate agents to have directional signs leading to the property for sale. Michelle Grabowski will assist Mr. Lufkin with a draft ordinance for council review.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for September 11 at 6 p.m.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence will be the featured speaker at the Friday, Aug. 2 meeting of the Horseshoe Bend AARP Chapter #1420.
The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles located on West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Members will be called, others should call 670-4889 for breakfast reservation.
The meeting and program will start at 9 a.m. Anyone who is a member of AARP is welcome to join the Chapter. Dues are $3 per person for the year.

The Ozarka College Bookstore, located on the Melbourne campus, will be open Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow students to take advantage of the Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday. According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the “sales tax holiday allows shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.” Students who have financial aid in place will be allowed to charge textbooks to their Ozarka College student account. This will be the first day students will be allowed to charge to their accounts, and only textbooks and school supplies will be eligible for charge. Students are encouraged to check their financial aid status in the myOzarka portal or with the Financial Aid Department. For more information, please contact Robin Coggins, bookstore manager, at 870-368-2022.

IZARD COUNTY — Izard County Judge David Sherrell issued a burn ban on July 1.
The ban will be in effect until there is significant rainfall.

Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4.
The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011. The intent was to help families with children in school, and ia popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday. Everyone benefits from the holiday though, whether or not they have children of school age.
Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item will qualify for the exemption.
Keep in mind that if you buy an item that costs more than $100 you must pay the state and local sales taxes on the entire amount.

There will be a Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, working meeting on Monday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the MRID building, #3 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Mayor of Horseshoe Bend, Bob Barnes, is hosting a meeting between the cities of Horseshoe Bend, Fairfield Bay, and Cherokee Village on Thursday, July 25, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in Horseshoe Bend at 1 p.m. The topic of discussion is “Promoting our Cities”.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council will meet Monday, July 22 to discuss the possible acquisition of the city’s police department by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.
A contract was discussed at a prior meeting held Monday, July 8, with over 100 people attending. “It is my responsibility to look out for the welfare of the city of Horseshoe Bend,” said Mayor Bob Barnes at that meeting. The proposal will cost the city $240,000 annually, an estimated savings to the city of $65,000, for 24/7 coverage. If the resolution is passed, the county will take over all assets of the city police department, and be housed in the current police offices.
“I think we are making a big mistake,” stated Alderman James Davis. Three of the city’s aldermen voted against further discussion of the contract.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at city hall council chambers.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Pacesetting Times garnered eight awards in the Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.
The state awards were presented at the press association luncheon held in Eureka Springs on Saturday, June 29, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.
Karen Sherrell, publisher of the Pacesetting Times received First Place of all state weekly newspapers in the category of Investigative Reporting, “Officers called in property dispute.” Judges comments included, “Awesome series of articles. Great reporting and story writing.”
The Pacesetting Times also received the following awards in the Smaller Weekly Division: Second Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Hang on” Karen Sherrell; Second Place, Single Sports Feature Photograph, “Viola Lady Longhorns” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, Headline Writing, “Demo Derby a Dinger” Carrie Johnson; Third Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Knocking them out” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, In-Depth Series Reporting, “Cemetary Vandalism” Karen Sherrell; Honorable Mention, Single News Photograph, “Freightliner Accident” Carrie Johnson; and Honorable Mention, Sports News Story, “Salem routes Mt. View” Eric Lufkin.
The Pacesetting Times is located in north central Arkansas and is beginning their 26th year in publishing.
Richard Irby of The News in Salem, received First Place in the Best Beat Reporter Category, in the Medium Weeklies Division, as well as Second Place in the News Story Category, and Honorable Mention in the Feature Story Category.
The Baxter Bulletin of Mountain Home received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies Division, and the Batesville Daily Guard received Second Place. The Stone County Leader of Mt. View received Third Place in General Excellence, Larger Weeklies Division.
Members of the Texas Press Association selected winners from 1,027 entries from 26 daily newspapers and 1,051 entries from 36 weekly newspapers.

HORSESHOE BEND — Golf carts are allowed on city streets in Horseshoe Bend following a 5-3 vote of City Council on Monday, June 24.
The ordinance becomes law in 30 days and golf carts can be operated on city streets, under certain conditions. Golf carts must be driven by a licensed driver, age 16 and over, from dawn to dusk hours only, and carts are not allowed on city streets designated as federal or state highways, or on county roads, except to cross them. Proper safety flags or equipment must be visible on the cart.

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

HORSESHOE BEND —  Please join the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce for April’s General Meeting, April 18, held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend at 6 p.m. The menu on tap is baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, jello salad, dessert, and a drink, all for $10. Speaker will be Logan Stone, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor of Mountain Home The chamber also going to be handing out 100 Dogwood Days posters for distribution around the local area. Everyone is welcome to come! Please RSVP to the chamber at 870-670-5433.

The Moss-Dockins Community Center in Oxford will have an Open House on Saturday, April 13.
The new community center located at Oxford City Park will have refreshments from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come and see the new addition to the community.

On April the 23 through April 25, the Izard County Assessor’s and Collector’s office computers will be down, as they are installing a new file server for their records of the county. This will affect persons that are new to the county and trying to get an assessment for vehicle registrations.
It will also affect updating personal property for the year and all of our real estate files as well as mapping and physical addressing. “We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, but it is essential that we implement this change in our offices,” stated Tammy Sanders, Izard County Assessor.

Swearing in ceremonies will be held in Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday, January 2 at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Bob Barnes will conduct the ceremony, swearing in Alderman John Grochowski, Harold Faigle, James Davis, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, Nate Wolfe, Ronald Yow, Nicki West and recorder Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Izard County swearing-in ceremonies be held shortly after midnight New Years Day, January 1 at the courthouse in Melbourne, with Judge David Sherrell conducting the ceremonies.

by Karen Sherrell

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

A massacre of 20 elementary students, and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday,  December 14, has left the nation and local communities in a state of shock and sadness.
The horrific act of one gunman on these small children, has stunned school officials, parents and students, and sparked an evaluation of safety plans at schools nationwide.
Locally, ICC schools are re-evaluating their crisis plans and doing what they can to help children through this terrible time.
Fred Walker, superintendent of ICC Schools said their administration is reviewing their crisis plan, looking to see if they can do anything different than what is in place, following the shooting in Connecticut. “This is devastating to everyone,” said Walker. “I can’t imagine how those parents are dealing with that.” ICC is the only area school that has a full time resource officer at the Middle School/High School. “I’ve had our resource officer at the elementary school every day this week to make the children feel safer,” said Walker. The officer has split his routine between the elementary and high school. School dismissed for the holiday break on Thursday, December 21 and will resume on January 2.
Parents may be fearful about sending children to school, and children who know about the shootings in Connecticut may also be apprehensive.

See more in this week’s print version of Pacesetting Times.

Effective January 12, 2013, the Oxford Post Office will change their hours of operation. The Oxford Post Office will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Beginning January 26, 2013 the Violet Hill Post Office will change hours to four hours a day. The Violet Hill Post Office’s new hours will be 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
Effective February 23, 2013, the Glencoe Post Office will change to four hours of operation daily, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
The Franklin Post Office is remaining open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Wiseman Post Office will remain open from 9 a.m. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
All area post offices will be closed on New Years Day. The Glencoe Post Office will be closing on New Years Eve at noon.
Other closings: the Izard County Courthouse will close at noon on New Years Eve. City Hall at Horseshoe Bend will be closed New Years Eve and New Years Day. Trash pickup for Horseshoe Bend will be one day later than resident’s normal pickup day.

Tuesday’s General Election reflected a 78% voter turnout for Izard County with the following unofficial results:
For U.S. Congress, District 1, Rick Crawford (R) kept his position with 62% of the vote, or 3,197 votes to Democratic opponent Scott Ellington’s 1,727.
In the State Senate, District 19 race, Sen. David Wyatt (D) won overall with 15,346 votes, to Rep. Linda Collins-Smith’s 14,611. Collins-Smith did win Izard County with 2,722 over Wyatt’s 2,471.
For House of Representatives District 62, incumbent Tommy Wren garnered 61% of the votes with 3,168 over his Republican counterpart Roger Delffs who received 2,068 votes.
Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence won the bid for another two years with 58% of the votes, or 3,043. No run off in this match with Terry Williams (R) receiving 1,959 votes, and Kenneth Kent (I) getting 288.
For Izard County Assessor, longtime incumbent Tammy Sanders (D) won with 3,332 votes, or 64% over Kelly Anderson (R) with 1,897 votes.
Incumbent Nancy Pratt (D) will remain Izard County Treasurer, getting 56% of the vote, with 2,889 over opponent Walter Hagan (R) with 2,300.
Justice of the Peace race results are as follows: District 5, John David Miller (D) won with 448 votes over Michelle Gray (R) with 280. District 7, Bill Savell (D) narrowly defeated Randall Lovelace (R) by 19 votes, 301-282. District 8, Wayne Boren (D) garnered 326 votes for another close win over opponent David D. Watts who received 290 votes.
In Franklin, incumbent Recorder/Treasurer Stevie Smith won by 50 votes, with a total of 73-23 over Darlene Folyer.
In Horseshoe Bend, incumbent Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski took 64% of the vote, 616, to defeat opponent Michelle Muncie who had 355 votes.
Several new faces will be seen at city council in Horseshoe Bend with the following results: In Ward 1, position 1, James Davis narrowly took the win with 72 votes over opponent Larry Kirby who received 52. Another close race in Ward 1, for Position 2, resulted in Harold Faigle defeating Joe Moser 73-59. In Ward 2, Position 2, Nicki West defeated incumbent Lee Mears 178-105. Ward 3, Position 1 was won by Marty McKnight with 144 votes to incumbent Cliff Summey’s 83. Ward 4, Position 2 was another close match with Ronald Yow winning with 172 over incumbent Richard Emmens who received 151.
In Oxford, two-term incumbent Randy Sherrell kept his council seat in Ward 3, Position 2 with 77% of the vote. Sherrell received 211 votes, with opponent Christina Oliver receiving 65.
One amendment passed, Issue No. 1, an amendment providing additional funding  for state highways, county roads, city streets, etc. funded by a temporary 1/2 percent sales and use tax. Amendment 2 failed concerning municipalities and counties creating districts within the city or county for development and redevelopment projects. The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act making the medical use of marijuana legal, failed.

The City of Horseshoe Bend will have the Fall Clean-Up the week of October 8, on resident’s regular trash day.
Items not accepted during clean-up are: Hazardous waste of any kind, red bag medical waste, motor oil, auto batteries, paint in liquid form, freon filled components, construction materials (remodels, window replacements, add-ons, etc), and electronic materials such as computers television sets, etc.
Any questions, please call the Horseshoe Bend Water Department at 670-5885.

According to the Izard County Clerk’s Office, this is latest update in City filings for Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend James Davis: Ward 1, Position 1 Larry Kirby: Ward 1, Position 1 Harold Faigle: Ward 1, Position 2 Joe Moser: Ward 1, Position 2 Nate Wolff: Ward 2, Position 1 *Lee Mears: Ward 2, Position 2 Nicki West: Ward 2, Position 2 Marty McKnight: Ward 3, Position 1 *Cliff Summey: Ward 3, Position 1 *Sonny Minze: Ward 3, Position 2 *John Grachowski: Ward 4, Position 1 *Richard Emmens: Ward 4, Position 2 Ron Yow: Ward 4, Position 2 *Michelle Grabowski: Recorder/Treasurer, Michelle Muncie: Recorder/Treasurer.

* denotes incumbent

Municipal filing deadline was Friday, August 17 and the following is a list of candidate filings in Izard County.
Horseshoe Bend:  For Recorder/Treasurer: Michelle Grabowski, incumbent, and Michelle Muncie. For Alderman:  Ward 1 Position 1, James Davis and Larry Kirby; Ward 1 Position 2, Joe Moser and Harold Faigle; Ward 2 Position 1, Dr. F. Lee Mears, appointed incumbent, and Nate Wolff; Ward 2 Position 2, Nicki West; Ward 3 Position 1, Cliff Summey, incumbent, and Marty McKnight; Ward 3 Position 2, Sonny Minze unopposed incumbent; Ward 4 Position 1, John Grochowski, unopposed incumbent Ward 4 Position 2, Rich Emmens, incumbent, Dr. Ronald Yow, and Steve Boyer.
Melbourne: For Recorder/Treasurer: Alecia Bray; For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Bill Wright; Ward 1 Position 2, Warren G. Smith; Ward 2 Position 2, Ronald Treat; Ward 3 Position 1 Jerry Crosby; Ward 4 Position 1, E.F. “Trey” Lamb.
Oxford: For Recorder/Treasurer: Bonnie Moss. For Alderman: Ward 1 Position 1, Herbert Moss; Ward 1 Position 2, Stephen Stevenson; Ward 2 Position 1, Mandy Everett; Ward 2 Position 2, Lawrence Savell; Ward 3, Position 1, Michael Hall; Ward 3 Position 2, Randy Sherrell, incumbent, and Christina Oliver; Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters; and Ward 4 Position 2, Gerald Thomas.
Pineville: For Clerk/Recorder/Treasurer: Susan Gray;  For Alderman: Charlene Honeycutt and Elizabeth “Beth” Whitfield.
Franklin: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stevie Smith, incumbent, and Darlene Folyer. For Alderman: Position 1, Latricia Weaver; Position 2, Rene Reeves; Position 3, Sue Smith; Position 4, Loribeth Walker; and Position 5, Betty Owens.
Guion: For Recorder/Treasurer: Stacie Engles; For Alderman: Position 1, Elwin Sapp; Position 2, James Roberts, Position 3, Shelby Upton, Position 4, Randy Engles, and Position 5, Charles Williams.
Candidates will be voted on in the General Election to be held on Tuesday,  November 6.
Drawing for ballet position for the candidates will be held on Friday, August 24 at 9 a.m. at the county clerk’s office at the Melbourne courthouse.

The city of Oxford will be holding a pre-bid meeting for the proposed community building project, on Thursday, August 16 at 2 p.m. at city hall on Hwy. 9 in Oxford. Mayor Mike Warden announced the meeting at the August 13 council meeting. Project engineer and WRAA will be at city hall to assist any  contractors wishing to ask questions and interested in bidding on the project.

Bid opening will be August 23 at 2 p.m. at Oxford City Hall.

With help from local volunteers, the Horseshoe Bend Municipal Recreational Improvement District has been busy renovating the amenities atop Turkey Mountain. The shuffleboard and tennis courts have been resurfaced.

MRID commissioners JR Wilson, Paul Sulser and Tom Langston display their shuffleboard skills on the newly resurfaced court.


Recently resurfaced tennis courts in Horseshoe Bend

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