Light in the Wilderness Church is partnering with New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center of Ash Flat in a fundraising event and all proceeds will benefit New Beginnings. There will be a Daddy Daughter Ball at the Hardy Civic Center, located at 301 West Main Street, on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Girls may bring their dad, grandfather, uncle, or any other father figure. Tickets are $25 for two and $12.50 for each additional daughter. You can purchase your tickets at The Second Chance Store, which is located in Ash Flat at #9 Main Street. The store is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check or cash only.
Several princesses will be there to meet and greet each participant and a magical carriage ride for all. More details to come.
If you have questions please call New Beginnings Pregnancy Help Center at 870-994-5433 or The Second Chance Store at 870-994-2002.

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.


This year, one student from Salem High School was selected to attend the 2018 Arkansas Governor’s School (AGS) hosted at Hendrix College. Megan West, daughter of Wayne and Cora West, studied in the area of mathematics. As Megan says, “AGS was the best six weeks of my life. Not to sound like a cliché, but it was life-changing for me.”
Selection for Governor’s School is based on a combination of ability and interest and is highly competitive. The six-week intensive program is in its thirty-ninth year.
AGS is a six-week summer residential program for gifted and talented students who are upcoming high school seniors and residents of the state of Arkansas. The program is funded by the Arkansas State Legislature as a portion of the biennial appropriation for Gifted and Talented Programs through the State Department of Education. State funds provide tuition, room, board, and instructional materials for each student who attends the program. AGS is a non-credit program that seeks to create a unique experience for a select group of Arkansas’ best students in which the students are exposed to an intellectual atmosphere both inside and outside the classrooms. AGS was founded in 1980 and has been held on the campus of Hendrix College since its creation.
For additional information about the program, including past curriculum, speakers, and activities, visit online at

by Fred Walker, superintendent
The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on August 20 in the board room at the high school.
Superintendent Fred Walker told the board that preliminary enrollment information shows that the district’s enrollment is presently up over 50 students from last year.
The board discussed the bids for banking services from four area banks and the board accepted the bid from FNBC.
Walker commented that the district appreciated the good service provided by BancorpSouth over the past several years and looks forward to working with FNBC in the future. The board approved the resignations of Paraprofessional April Glass and High School Teacher Louise McBride. The board also approved the employment of Kailey Simmons as a Paraprofessional for the 2018-19 school year.
Principal Billy McBride told the board that school had started well and he was proud of the school livestock team and the many awards the students won at the Fulton, Sharp, and Izard County Fairs recently.
McBride said Agri teachers Isaac Blankenship and Jared Johnson were to be commended for their help with the many ICC students competing in the livestock shows.

Kenneth D. Lettau Trust transferred Lots 61, 62, 63, Pleasant Valley Addt., Horseshoe Bend Estates, to John C. and Maria R. Hoit for the amount of $79,900.
Kenneth and Sharon Engle transferred part of the W1/2 of NE 1/4, Section 2, Township 16N, Range 7W, with easements, to Ervy L. and Aleeta M. Stewart for the amount of $16,500.
Samuel P. Still, POA for William Still, transferred part of Section 28 and part of the S1/2, Section 21, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 2.27 acres m/l, part of the S1/2 of Section 21, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 1.35 acres m/l, and part of the S1/2 of Section 21, Township 17N, Range 11W, with easements, to Laverne Hiner for the amount of $132,500.
Carlton and Joy Sweatman transferred part of the S1/2 of SW1/4, Section 30, Township 18N, Range 10W, containing 13.8 acres m/l, to Austin Hicks for the amount of $14,000.
Christi and Terrence Massey transferred Lot 44, Millcrest Acres Addt., to Hayley Brokaw and Jonathan Madena for the amount of $97,500.
Milam R. and Cheryl Kepford and Robert D. and Carey Kepford transferred the SE1/4 of SE1/4, Section 25, Township 18N, Range 7W, to Joseph and Lisa Spray for the amount of $38,000.
Tom and Paula Cone transferred the E1/2 of E1/2 of the SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 26, Township 18N, Range 9W, to Sean and Christy Tomlinson for the amount of $70,000.
Hayden N. Wyatt, LLC transferred the W1/2 of Lot 2 of the NW1/4, Section 1, Township 17N, Range 11W, containing 40 acres m/l, with exceptions, to Todd and Lindsey Weaver for the amount of $45,000.
Louis V. Sr. and Marion McIntire transferred the NE1/4 of SE1/4 and the S1/2 of SE1/4, the SE1/4 of SW1/4, Section 14, Township 15N, Range 9W, and the E1/2 of NE1/4, Section 23, Township 15N, Range 9W, to Covia Holdings Corporation for the amount of $324,000.
Blane and Suzette Johnson transferred the SW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 17, Township 17N, Range 9W, containing 33 acres m/l, with exceptions, to Dewayne E. and Valerie D. Smith for the amount of $57,500.
Darrell Jr. and Traci Overbey, Brett Overbey and Andrea Neevel transferred Lot 20, Millcrest Acres Addt., to Triple M. Enterprises, LLC for the amount of $17,000.
Shane and Billie Linn transferred the NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 23, the S1/2 of SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 14, the S1/2 of S1/2 of SE1/4, Section 15, the N1/2 of NE1/4, the SW1/4 of NE1/4 and the E1/2 of NW1/4, Section 22, all in Township 16N, Range 9W, part of the W1/2 of SE1/4, Section 15, Township 16N, Range 9W, part of the SE1/4 of SW1/4, Section 15, Township 16N, Range 9W, containing 1.5 acres m/l, with exceptions, to Scott and Shelly Bailey and McKee and Luke Miller for the amount of $415,000.
Dillon W. and Rachel R. Anglum transferred part of the E1/2 of SW1/4, Section 34, Township 17N, Range 7W, part of the NE1/4 of NW1/4, Section 3, Township 16N, Range 7W, with exceptions, to David and Christina Harrison for the amount of $79,900.
Kim and Rodney Hutchins transferred part of the E1/2 of NW1/4 of SE1/4, the E1/2 of SW1/4 of SE1/4, the W1/2 of SE1/4 of SE1/4, and part of the NE1/4 of SE1/4, the W1/2 of SW1/4, SE1/4 of SW1/4, the E1/2 of SW1/4 of SW1/4, Section 23, Township 16N, Range 8W, the NW1/4 of NE1/4, the NE1/4 of NW1/4, the E1/2 of NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 26, Township 16N, Range 8W, with exceptions, to Bearkatz Sand of Arkansas LLC for the amount of $382,500.
Russell W. and Wendy Blevins transferred the SE1/4 of SW1/4, Section 31, Township 18N, Range 8W, to Winford and Attie Rush for the amount of $24,000.
Dennis W. and Marion R. Coon transferred Lots 312 and 313, North Shore Addt., Horseshoe Bend Estates, to Malvin W. and Anneta B. Russell for the amount of $86,000.
Millcreek Realty, Inc. transferred Lots 14 and 15, Hill Top Acres Subdivision, Section 24, Township 18N, Range 9W, to Heather Haling for the amount of $12,000.
Jackie W. O’Neal and Kris Black, and Randie and Tammy O’Neal transferred part of the SE1/4 of NE1/4, Section 4, Township 17N, Range 8W, containing .3 acres m/l, to Larry G. and Hieu T. Smith for the amount of $2,000.
Eric Bray Enterprises, LLC transferred Lots 3 and 4, Piney Creek Manor, to What Dreams May Come, LLC, for the amount of $18,724.
What Dreams May Come, LLC transferred Lots 3 and 4, Piney Creek Manor, to Fred Bower, Jr. for the amount of $21,500.
Joey E. and Pamela C. Clairday transferred the S1/2 of SW1/4, Section 12, Township 17N, Range 8W, with exceptions, to Billy R. and Mary J. Harris for the amount of $125,000.
Laneta Radtka transferred part of the SE1/4 of SE1/4, Section 7, Township 17N, Range 9W, to David D. Sharp for the amount of $8,000.
Lynn W. and Mary J. Williams transferred part of the W1/2 of SE1/4, Section 8, Township 17N, Range 11W, to James R. Jr. and Elizabeth Cox for the amount of $12,000.
Rick and Vicki Hurst transferred part of the NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 10, Township 17N, Range 11W, and part of the NW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 10, Township 17N, Range 11W, with exceptions, to Charles W. and Valerie R. Sneathern for the amount of $264,500.
Lenora D. Campbell transferred Lot 38, Pioneer Village Manor Addt., Horseshoe Bend Estates, to Andrea M. Evans for the amount of $48,500.

The city pool in Horseshoe Bend remains closed until repairs can be made.
In addition to leaking skimmers, additional repairs are necessary according to Josh Jackson, manager with the Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID.
Jackson has comprised a list of the following items needing repair: five out of eight skimmers and the main drain leaks; the main pump needs to be rebuilt, four leaks have been detected in the interior plumbing; cracks on the deck over 1/4 inch need to be filled, this is a recurring problem caused by the way the deck was laid in the 1970s; and the pool’s flow rate/turnover rate pumping is 120 gallons per minute and the requirement is 220 gallons per minute. There may be additional problems that are not visible or detectable.
The city pool was professionally winterized last year, and in 2012 the liner was replaced, costing approximately $40,000.
Jackson has contacted pool repair companies to provide a cost assessment to get the pool back in use. The 40-year-old structure is in need of extensive upgrades and fixes, and the MRID would like to get all repairs done for a long-term fix.
The commissioners may be able to apply for a grant to assist with the cost of the repairs.
As Jackson stated earlier this summer, “We’re at a standstill right now.”

by Randy Zellers, Assistant Chief of Communications
Anyone can help the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission keep tabs on the state’s bear population, thanks to the social media site iNaturalist. AGFC biologists have set up a special online survey dedicated to learning more about where bears are expanding in the Natural State under the title “Arkansas Bear Survey.”
Myron Means, AGFC large carnivore program coordinator, says game cameras and mobile technology have really made it possible for the public to take an active role in helping manage certain wildlife species.
“We receive images and reports of bears in feeders all the time, and we know the bears are expanding into new areas,” Means said. “This survey will help us gather location information as well as basic biological information such as sex, recruitment and relative age class to supplement our other methods of tracking the population.”
Participating in the survey requires a free account with, which takes less than five minutes to set up. Once you have established an account, you may enter sightings as you come across bears in The Natural State.
“Ideally, the best information will be photos that are accurately date stamped and in electronic format where they can be uploaded to the website for further review,” said Mark Hooks, regional biologist supervisor for the AGFC at the Monticello Regional Office. “Actual observation information without a picture is also useful, particularly if you can provide the approximate location and date of that observation.”
For more information on how to participate in this survey, contact Hooks at 877-367-3559.

Diamond Cove Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Horseshoe Bend is proud to announce Linda Hall as new administrator of the facility.
Hall has over 30 years experience in long-term care and assisted living and looks forward to working with the staff and residents at Diamond Cove. “We have a good staff,” said Hall. “My goal is to make the diamond in the rough, shine.” Hall welcomes anyone interested in finding out more about Diamond Cove to call or stop by. “We can visit about your long-term care needs,” said Hall. Tours of the facility are also available.
Diamond Cove is a 78 bed skilled nursing facility that provides 24-hour skilled nursing, occupational, physical and speech therapies, post-acute care following surgery or hospitalization, hospice and palliative care, respite care for at-home caregivers, and outpatient therapy. The center has private rooms available, and a registered dietician on staff. They accept Medicare, Medicaid and select private pay.
Diamond Cove Healthcare and Rehabilitation is located at 1203 S. Bend in Horseshoe Bend and may be reached by calling 870-670-5134.

On June 21 the Arkansas Supreme Court overturned the circuit court’s decision to halt the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission’s (MMC) award of marijuana cultivation licenses. At issue was the MMC process that resulted in awarding five top scoring applicants, out of 82, medical marijuana cultivation facility licenses. Each applicant paid a $100,000 licensing fee and posted a $500,000 performance bond.
Naturalis Health, one of the applicants, and ranking 38th, brought a complaint forward stating that “the MMC carried out the application process in a flawed, biased, and arbitrary and capricious manner, and that commissioners failed to uniformly apply their rules when scoring the applications,” according to the case filed in the Supreme Court, CV-18-356.
The circuit court agreed and declared the MMC’s licensing decisions null and void and enjoined the MMC from issuing the cultivation-facility licenses.
MMC appealed the decision and last month the Supreme Court held that the circuit court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction under the Administrative Procedure Act. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp wrote, “I agree with the majority’s conclusion that we must reverse and dismiss this case for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. I write separately to note the respective roles of the court and MMC.”
As of June 25, a total of 5,463 medical marijuana identification cards have been approved in Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. This represents .2 percent of the state’s population order their cards online. Cards will not be available for printing until one month prior to medical marijuana availability in Arkansas dispensaries.

IZARD COUNTY — Hwy. 354 from Horseshoe Bend to Oxford will soon receive chip and seal, approximately 9.5 miles, to provide a new wearing surface for the highway.
According to Tim Dunlap, District 5 Maintenance Engineer with the Arkansas Department of Transportation, the work consists of spraying a layer of oil over the surface and then spreading small aggregates, or chips, on to the roadway. This will seal cracks in the asphalt. There are five other locations in other counties that will also be sealed.
“Work should begin in mid-July and continue until all projects are complete, some time in August,” said Dunlap. The work will be performed by the District 5 sealing crew, after the Izard County maintenance crew prepares the roadway by repairing pot holes. District 5 consists of Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone and White Counties.
Additional roadwork has been approved by the Arkansas State Highway Commission for improvements to roadways in Franklin, Melbourne and Mount Pleasant.
Road projects include resurfacing 2.6 miles of selected sections of city streets in Franklin, S. Main, Military Road and N. Main. In Melbourne, 2.1 miles will be resurfaced including Knob Creek Road and Jumbo Road, and in Mount Pleasant 1.3 miles, Ash Trail, Pearl Drive/School Street, Barren Fork Road, Reeves Street/Circle Drive and McSpadden Drive.
Atlas Asphalt, Inc. of Batesville was awarded the contract at $643,867.76.
Construction is to begin in two to four weeks. Drivers are reminded to be attentive when traveling.

by Karen Sherrell
Cedar Glade Resort in Horseshoe Bend has undergone a transformation over the last few years, with renovations to their accommodations, and the addition of a boutique and wellness center.
The Wellness Center offers a variety of alternative methods of relaxation and healing, and therapies for those interested in taking responsibility for their own health. Modalities offered at Healthy Habits Haven and Spa include massage, ultrasound therapy, LED light therapy, natural kratom, hyperbaric chambers, and color and sound therapy.
Anyone may join the Wellness Center and at this time membership is only $25 annually or $100 for a lifetime. Registered Nurse Jim Frey is on-site to help you with a wellness consult. Frey has 28 years as an RN in clinical research and applications, and has conducted over 1,000 clinical trials in addition to his career. “When a person comes for a wellness consult, together we develop what is best for them,” said Frey.
One of the most interesting services offered is the addition of a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber at the center. Historically these type of chambers were used to help patients with the bends, a painful condition that occurs in scuba divers who ascend too quickly. Present day applications encompass a variety of needs.
In a hyperbaric chamber, the air pressure is increased to higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure. Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body.
“Mild hyperbaric chambers have been produced the past ten years,” said Frey. “This one utilizes a therapeutic 1.2 atmospheric pressure, with an oxygen concentrator.” An individual breathes near 100% oxygen intermittently while inside a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized to greater than sea level pressure. This therapy assists with increasing immune capabilities, helping patients with problems ranging from chronic wounds to complex disabilities and neurological impairment.
The softsided chamber at the Wellness Center takes in ambient air, filters the oxygen from it and pushes it into a user’s cells. “The more oxygen in your cells creates hemoglobin, red cells, and knocks out toxins,” said Frey. It can speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function.
“This therapy is also used on patients with traumatic brain injuries to re-oyxgenate brain cells,” said Frey. “It helps with tremors associated with Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, paralysis and autism.”
During a session in the hyperbaric chamber, Frey remains in the room with the patient. There is a window in the chamber enabling him to communicate with the patient as well. “There is room to move inside the chamber, it is peaceful, you can hear air flowing,” said Frey. A patient may use their phone during treatment, to play soft music.
Hyperbaric therapy in a clinic typically costs $500 per session, according to Frey, and pricing on a session in the Center’s soft, portable chamber is much less, at $150. Sessions are available by appointment, from 30 to 60 minutes.
“Some medications contradict with the hyperbaric chamber, that’s why we do an initial wellness consultation,” said Frey. “If a patient is known to have seizures, they cannot use this therapy.”
Other alternatives offered for relaxation and meditation include thermal massage beds, vibration beds and a portable sauna. “These alternative therapies are used to help ease pain and hopefully improve your body,” said Frey.
The spa is now open, with 24/7 keycode access, offering a hot tub, three private jacuzzi tubs, sauna steam and eucalyptus, and universal gym. Discounts are offered for spa and wellness packages, and for couples.
The Wellness Center may be contacted at 870-670-5051.
Cedar Glade Resort’s amenities include remodeled lodge rooms with Wi-Fi and Continental breakfast, an 18 hole par 3 golf course, a tennis court, shuffleboard, horseshoes, volleyball, a stocked fishing lake and RV hookups. Foxy Lady Boutique features dresses, tops, slacks, scarves, jewelry, shoes and more. Healthy Habits offers vitamins, multi and liquid cell food, energy bars, bulk nuts and seeds, tinctures, Garden of Life products, Braggs ACV and aminos, and herbal and medicinal teas.
Frey, RN, is pictured with the new hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber located at the Wellness Center at Cedar Glades Resort in Horseshoe Bend. Photo/K.Sherrell

Several black bear sightings have been reported from mid-May through early-June in Izard, Sharp, Fulton and Independence Counties.
On May 13, a black bear was seen swimming in Crown Lake, in Horseshoe Bend, and also crossing the road on Ranchview Lane.
On May 17, a black bear was seen at Robinson Point on Norfork Lake by a Sturkie family.
On May 30, a Horseshoe Bend family spotted a full grown black bear on Hwy. 63 at the Williford turnoff near Martin Creek bridge.
A brown bear was reportedly seen on June 7 in Southside, on top of Ramsey Mountain in Independence County.
On June 15, a black bear was seen by Quilted Heart on Hwy. 289.
The American black bear, the only species of bear in Arkansas, carries a powerful Natural State attraction for wildlife watchers and photographers, many of whom consider bears to be the most significant symbol of the vanishing American wilderness. Formerly one of North America’s most widely occurring mammals, the American black bear was so common in Arkansas at the time of pioneer settlement that the state’s original nickname was “The Bear State.” Now bears are absent from much of the continent’s interior, while the population of Arkansas bears is recovering from decline.
The current population of Arkansas bears is estimated at more than 3,000. They usually appear taller at the hips than at the shoulders and can reach over six feet tall when standing erect. Male black bears are known to exceed 600 pounds. In Arkansas, adult males typically range from 130 to 300 pounds and adult females from 90 to 150 pounds. Their weights vary considerably within a single year and even between years, depending on food abundance.
Black bears in the wild prefer feeding in early morning and late evening, but are active at night. Insects are a mainstay of their diet, which also includes blackberries, pokeberries and blueberries in the summer and acorns and hickory nuts in autumn.
American black bears occur in a variety of colors ranging from black to almost white. The black color phase is virtually the only one found in the eastern United States. Black bears may occasionally have a white patch or “blaze” on the chest. Brown and cinnamon-colored black bears become increasingly common in the more variable, drier and mountainous habitats in the western United States.
An interesting exception to this rule occurs in Arkansas. Approximately 23 percent of bears in the Ozark Mountains and three percent of bears in the Ouachita Mountains are brown or cinnamon-colored. Cinnamon and brown-colored black bears are fairly common in these areas.
Trey Reid, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said weeks of temperatures in the 90s after cooler weather in early spring might have led to the animals’ most active periods happening over a shorter period of time. This is also the case for snakes, he added.
Reid said the commission does not track bear sightings but that they usually leave their dens in the spring. With social media, more sightings are recorded. It’s not necessarily happening more, Reid said, “we just know about more of it.”
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced mobile office locations for June.
Rutledge created this initiative during her first year in office to make the office accessible to everyone, particularly to those who live outside the capital city. Office hours were held in all 75 counties in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and assisted nearly 1,000 Arkansans last year.
Rutledge believes in face-to-face conversations to truly hear from Arkansans. The Attorney General Mobile Offices assist constituents with consumer-related issues by filing consumer complaints against scam artists as well as answering questions about the office and the other services it offers to constituents.
This year, the Cooperative Extension Service will be on hand at each mobile office to also provide information on the services they provide statewide.
Rutledge continues her partnership with local law enforcement across Arkansas to offer prescription drug take back boxes at each mobile office. Law enforcement will be at all mobile offices to handle a secure box and properly dispose of the prescriptions collected. Rutledge encourages Arkansans to bring their old, unused or expired prescription medications to an upcoming mobile office.
For more information about services provided by the Attorney General’s office, visit or call 501-682-2007. Rutledge can also be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at
Upcoming mobile office:
Fulton County
Tuesday, June 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, located at 225 S. Main in Salem.

Horseshoe Bend
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located at 508 Profession Drive, will hold an Easter Brunch with an Easter Egg Hunt following on Sunday, April 1. If there is inclement weather the hunt will be in the church building.
Diamond Cove Healthcare, located at 1203 South Bend Drive, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be separate age groups.
The Oxford Baptist Church invites you to join them on Saturday, March 31 for some glow-in-the-dark fun! The hunt will begin at 7:30 p.m. with food, games, prizes and devotion. The glow fun will get started as soon as it gets dark. They will have lots of eggs filled with all kinds of surprises. The hunt is for children through sixth grade.
Salem First Baptist Church, located at 552 Hwy. 62, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 10 a.m. for kids ages birth to sixth grade. Everyone leaves with a prize including two grand prizes for each age group.
Scribner Family Practice Clinic, located at 115 Turner Lane, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The hunt is open to the community and there will be prize eggs for each age group.
The Ozark Mountain Music Makers will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at the Music Barn, located on Hwy. 62.
Mammoth Spring
The Spring River Lions Club will sponsor the annual Easter Egg Scramble at Mammoth Spring State Park on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The hunt is for kids 11 years and younger.
Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church, located at 16600 Hwy. 9 N, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 11 a.m. All children 12 years and under are invited to attend. There will be lots of eggs to hunt, prizes and fun! They will be serving a hot dog lunch with all the fixings. For more information call 870-625-3273.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5215 Hwy. 56 E in Violet Hill, will hold an Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, April 1. There will be a huge egg hunt after the 11 a.m. service, for all ages.
The Hardy Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31 at Loberg Park beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt is hosted by the City of Hardy and the Elks. Bring your basket and join them for fun in the park. There will be a bike giveaway.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Fire Department, located at 1 Basehart Road, will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
Evening Shade
The Ministerial Alliance Women’s Auxiliary from Evening Shade VFW will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at the Evening Shade Park on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. The Easter Bunny will be present and there will be lots of eggs filled with candy and golden eggs with special prizes. For more information call 870-283-4238.
Calico Rock
The Calico Rock Lions Club will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at Rand Park. There will be two age groups.

by Cassie Stafford
On January 11, the Department of Finance and Administration released a document listing the applicants for marijuana cultivating facilities and dispensaries in Arkansas.
According to the application report, there were two applications filed in Izard County, two in Fulton County and four in Sharp County.
Below is a list of applicant’s business name, type of facility applied for, location and the registered agent for each county.
In Izard County, Piney Creek Mercantile, LLC, dispensary, Melbourne, Mark Herrington; Plant Family Medical Ventures, LLC, cultivating, Clint Mickle.
In Fulton County, Alternative Care of Arkansas, dispensary, Ash Flat, Cora Louise Rega; Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis Dispensary, Salem, Renee Clay-Circle.
In Sharp County, Arkansas Green Cross Cannabis Dispensary, Highland, Renee Clay-Circle; Grassroots OPCO AR, LLC, cultivating, Williford, Corporation Service Company; Grassroots OPCO AR, LLC, dispensary, Hardy, Corporation Service Company; Village Productions, Inc., cultivating, Cherokee Village, Kelly Beers.
According to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission office, the Commission will conduct a meeting to award five cultivation facility licenses, on Tuesday, February 27.

The ballots have been counted and the results are in for County Committee, COC, Election. Michael Barnett will represent local administrative area (LAA) 2 and Gene McBride will serve as first alternate for the Sharp/Fulton County Committee.
Elected County Committee members serve a three year term and are responsible for making decisions on disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. Their term began on January 1.
County Committee members are a valuable asset because they are comprised of local producers who participate in FSA Programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers in the community. Thank you to everyone for returning ballots and participating in the Sharp/Fulton County Committee Election.

A new Combat Trauma Healing Course will be conducted over the next 12 weeks, hosted by Gary Barnes and held at the First Baptist Church, located at 1140 AR 56 Highway in Calico Rock. The program started on January 9. There is no cost for the program and dinner and childcare will be provided.
REBOOT Combat Recovery exists to help combat veterans and their families heal from the spiritual and moral injuries of war associated with post-traumatic stress, PTSD, and combat trauma. War wounds the soul. Over the past several years, the medical community has expanded its view of the impact of trauma. Now, many acknowledge that combat trauma directly impacts not only the mind and body but also the soul. This type of injury is called moral injury, says HMHB.
Moral injury can manifest itself in the form of anger, anxiety, depression, social withdrawal, and, most tragically, suicide. At REBOOT, it is believed these symptoms are often linked to deep-rooted soul wounds related to unresolved grief, distrust of God/self/others, unforgiveness, bitterness, and loss of identity. The ripple effects of combat trauma and resultant moral injury often negatively impact the mental health and quality of life of family’s members as well as the veteran.
REBOOT is a 12-week combat trauma healing course that provides a unique blend of clinical insight with faith-based support for combat veterans, their loved ones as well as anyone that might have served in a civilian position in like situations. Those seeking answers to defining questions about life, death, meaning and purpose. Our greatest value is offering education, affirmation, and support in an environment of trust.
REBOOT Combat Recovery is quickly becoming the practical leader in the fight against moral injury and combat trauma. So, join us every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Calico Rock.

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Changes to the stipend paid by the state of Arkansas to National Board certified teachers have been implemented, and the deadline for registering to become a candidate is approaching.
Teachers in high poverty schools located within high poverty districts will get a yearly $10,000 bonus under the new changes. Lesser amounts are given to teachers in schools/districts that are not high poverty. Deadline for registering is January 1.
Eve Hatman, principal at Izard County Elementary, is the facilitator for a support site to help candidates achieve their certification. Meetings are held at the elementary school in Violet Hill. “Eight teachers are currently working in our district toward their certification,” said Hatman.
Anyone interested in more information may contact Hatman at 870-322-7229 from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The City Horseshoe Bend is pleased to announce a new service, Electronic Billing and Payments. Water/Sewer Utility customers are able to view their bills online, saving the City the cost of printing and mailing bills. Customers participating in online billing receive emails when their bills are ready for viewing. They simply click through and the bill appears with all the information they would have received on a paper bill.
“This is a win for everyone involved,” said Mayor Bob Barnes. “We spend 34 cents in just postage to mail an average bill to a customer. Add to that paper, ink, upkeep on printing equipment expenses, it is costly. The cost to post a bill for online viewing is about a penny. It is just one way we are holding down costs for our customers.”
“We would like our customers to opt out of receiving paper bills to help us reduce costs,” said Public Works Director Donny Dawson, “However, if they prefer to have paper bills sent, they can still pay electronically. When they pay online, by smart phone, or by calling, the payments post to our software, saving time and eliminating manual input errors.” Another benefit is that up-to-date amounts due are posted daily, so customers can know how much they owe by simply going online or viewing it on our mobile app.
Customers can pay from the comfort of their homes, seven days a week, 24 hours a day; log onto, download “PSN Payments” from the App Store® or Google Play™ or call a toll-free automated phone service (877-885-7968) to pay. “Our customers can now pay by credit or debit card as well as making an electronic payment from checking or savings,” noted Water Clerk Barb Kurtzweil. Residents can pay immediately, schedule a payment or set up Auto-Pay and not have to worry about making payments for each bill. Auto-payments can be for the amount of the bill or a set budgeted amount.
Of course, online billing and payments are a green initiative as well. “It is great to do something that benefits our residents while at the same time being kinder to the environment,” commented Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Electronic payments and bills are easy to use. Once registered, the payment process is just three quick steps. “Registration is simple, customers can just enter their name and account number, and the system will locate their accounts,” noted Kurtzweil. Customers can also print receipts and bills, view current balances and view their electronic payment histories whether the payments were made online, on the mobile app or by phone. A handy tool is available to “group” accounts so that customers can pay multiple billing accounts in one visit.
If customers have questions about using the online, mobile and phone system, they can call the PSN Call Center, which operates during extended business hours, 365 days a year. Call Center can also make payments on behalf of customers should the need arise. Call Center support and the automated phone system are available in English and Spanish.
The City’s payment processor charges a convenience fee of $1 for check/savings payments and 2.75% (plus 50 cents if under $100) for credit/debit card payments. Viewing bills and balances due are free services.
Security of online information is always a concern, so when the City looked for a company to provide online bills and payments, that was a top consideration. They chose Payment Service Network, PSN, which has attained Level One Certification by the Payment Card Industry – Data Security Standard, PCI-DSS, the highest degree of security awarded by the industry. PSN specializes in providing billing, payment and communication services to utility companies and municipalities. The company was a pioneer in the online payment industry and is based in Madison, WI. If residents have any questions, they can call PSN’s HELP line, toll free at 1-866-917-7368.

It is time again to renew your annual business license. You may come into Horseshoe Bend City Hall to renew for 2018, or for your convenience you may renew by mail, over the phone or online. If renewing by mail, return a copy of your last year’s licenses after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check. If you would like to receive a copy of your 2018 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with your payment and current changes.
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 and 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 $100 nor more than $200 for each separate violation.” Also due for 2018 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.

Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, AEDC Executive Vice President of Operations Amy Fecher and Rural Services Director Alex Johnston presented $246,225 to 21 rural communities selected for funding through the Rural Services Rural Community Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2018. The grant awards were distributed October 10 at an awards ceremony held in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Services Rural Community Grant award on behalf of Glencoe in Fulton County.
The Glencoe Fire Department received $7,781 to purchase eight SCBA bottles, two SCBA backpacks with bottles and mask, two AEDs, and an auto extrication pump, cutter and spreader.
The Division of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to select the grant recipients. Incorporated cities and towns and unincorporated communities in rural areas of less than 3,000 in population are eligible to apply for assistance through the Arkansas grant program.
All Arkansans are invited to attend the 2018 Rural Development Conference in Little Rock May 22 through 24. Attendees will learn about additional programs and funding opportunities available to Arkansas’ rural communities.
Over 75 state legislators will join over 600 mayors, county judges, other state and federal officials, and community leaders to participate in this annual conference. For more information about the Rural Development Conference or Rural Services grant programs, please contact the Arkansas Division of Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.
Pictured (l to r) State Representative Scott Baltz, State Senator Missy Irvin, Glencoe representatives, Assistant Fire Chief Doug Shepherd, Captain Reed Fortner, Chief Michael Harlow, ARDC Commissioner Claude Graves, Governor Asa Hutchinson, AEDC Executive VP of Operations Amy Fecher, AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston, ARDC Commissioner Lynn Hawkins, ARDC Commissioner Jamie Pafford-Gresham, ARDC Commissioner Davis Bell.

FISHERMAN’S PARK: Rich and Joyce Emmens of Horseshoe Bend wanted to do something about the fire pit/grill vandalism at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake. With the help of friends, the rock and brick were hauled away and the area was cleaned up. Rich ordered two new park grills and installed them. He had plaques made and attached them to the grills in memory of his neighbor Anna Shaw who had a passion for the park and sadly passed away in July.

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
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, or email 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!

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

OPEN: Hwy 289, located between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe, is now open, following repairs to a bridge which began October 10. Photo/C. Johnson road

Look for our “Back To School” edition this week in Pacesetting Times! Area schools featured include Izard County Consolidated, Melbourne, Calico Rock and Salem Public Schools. See pages 4 through 9.

A meeting will be held on Thursday, August 11 in the community room at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, to discuss long-term care insurance, facilities, and other related topics.
Alex Hicks will give details on long-term care insurance, and Cindy Wildhagen will highlight long-term care facilities. A question and answer session will be held.
Refreshments will be available and the meeting will be 10 a.m. to noon. The chamber office is located at 707 Third Street, Horseshoe Bend. Everyone is invited to come, listen, and ask questions at this informative meeting.

by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY — A few candidates have filed for municipal office since the opening day of July 29.
In Horseshoe Bend, Tom Richardson, appointed incumbent, has filed for Alderman, Ward 2, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, incumbent, has filed for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock, Fredrick Blickle has filed for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1.
In Melbourne, Alecia Bray, incumbent, has filed for Recorder/Treasurer; and Sonia Blankenship has filed for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 2.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
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 for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.

Over 200 new students participated in orientation at Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring and Ash Flat on August 2, and in Mountain View and Melbourne on August 3. A make-up session for the required new student orientation will be held at 6 p.m. on August 11 at the Melbourne campus.

Ozarka College’s fall semester will begin on August 15, but it is not too late to get registered for fall classes. The College is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and staff members are available to assist you with completing an application for admissions, applying for financial aid, getting advised and registered for classes, enrolling in student service programs, and anything else to help you succeed.

Ozarka College, committed to YOUR success. For more information, please call 870.368.2024 or email: Additional information is also available at

PAY AT THE PUMP: Snappy Mart Valero of Horseshoe Bend has upgraded their fuel pumps, and now offer pay-at-the-pump, in addition to their convenience store. The Young Kwoon family has operated the station for seven years, and also reside in Horseshoe Bend. Snappy Mart is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the new pumps may be utilized during those hours. Photo/K.Sherrell

Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne, has been crowned as the 2016 Miss Arkansas National Teenager.
She was chosen based on academic scores, community service and leadership abilities. Now she will be competing for America’s National Teenager title.
The American National Teenage Scholarship Organization draws on a positive side of pageantry that focuses on a real girl not just her appearance. “It is an honor to be able to represent the beautiful State of Arkansas and the many wonderful people that live here. I would like to thank the many friends and family who have helped me grow up and shaped me into the person I have become today. Please join me on my journey,” said Kaylee Jo.
Kaylee Jo has been a member of 4-H, and for the past seven years she has been keeping a journal of the time, sweat, blood, and energy that has been spent doing 4-H related activities.
“I have kept track of hours used for various projects, money lost and gained with raising/showing animals, and time spent helping shape others around me. This was the first year I was able to compete in the 4-H State Record Book competition and I conquered my challenge,” she said. This year Kaylee Jo won in the Utilizing Science and Technology field with her Veterinarian Science project. “I encourage all youth to set and work toward a goal and give it everything you’ve got because eventually it will pay off,” said Kaylee Jo.
For Kaylee Jo it paid off big. “I will be receiving a $1,500 scholarship to the college of my choice, plus a trip to National Congress in Atlanta, GA in November,” she said.
Community-minded young lady

Kaylee Jo Guthrie

Kaylee Jo Guthrie

Kaylee Jo was able to represent three different organizations with one trip to Blanchard Springs Caverns in March. She was able to make a public appearance and spread the word about America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization. As a member of the Izard County Drug and Tobacco Coalition, she picked up cigarette butts around the park and educated others on the dangers of tobacco. As a 4-H’er she used her leadership abilities in team building activities. Above all else, she set a positive example for others to follow and wore her beautiful smile all day long.
“I had an amazing day at Blanchard Springs Caverns with close to 100 4-H’ers from several different counties. We went on the Dripstone Cave tour, picked up cigarette butts at the park, went on a hike, learned about water pollution, and made ice cream in a bag. I was glad I was given the opportunity to represent three major organizations in my life, 4-H, ANTSO, and the Izard County Drug Coalition team. I really enjoyed leading some of the group activities and setting a good example for those around me,” said Kaylee Jo.
ANTSO stands for American’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization and is the organization in which Kaylee Jo represents the State of Arkansas. This is the 46th year for ANTSO and is currently directed by Jenny Telar. ANTSO represents all 50 states and offers young ladies a pageantry that weighs heavily on academics, community service, and leadership abilities.
The 2016 America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization pageant will be held July 26 through August 1.
Kayle Jo stated, “As many of you know I will be competing for America’s National Teenager. One of the awards given is People’s Choice, the girl with the most likes and views on her video wins. I would really appreciate if you would open this link, watch my video, like it and then share it with your friends. Thank you all so much for all the support and encouragement I have received from all of you along the way.” Kaylee Jo’s video may be viewed at The more likes Kaylee Jo receives on her video, the more likely she is to win People’s Choice.
America’s National Teenager is the longest running premier pageant for teens in the United States. Founded in 1970, America’s National Teenager has graced the cover of magazines, television and national media as a role model of leadership, scholastic aptitude and service. Combining the elements of glamour, scholarship, style and service, ANTSO State and National Programs draw on a positive approach to pageantry that implements a scoring system focusing on a “real girl”. With no swimsuit or mandatory talent competition, ANTSO focuses on a typical teen in daily life. Contestants are judged in five categories: 30% Interview, 15% Evening Gown, 15% Personal Expression (contestants decorate a pair of blue jeans and model them, a trademarked category of ANTSO), 15% School (academics and school awards/excellence), 15% Activities (leadership, extra-curricular activities and community service), 10% Onstage Question.
ANTSO has awarded more than $102 million scholarships since its creation. America’s National Teenager continues to set high standards for excellence by awarding nearly $100,000 in scholarships at every state competition each year.
All National and State winners are awarded in-kind scholarships from sponsoring universities and the opportunity to serve as positive role models to teens across America. ANTSO holds to the highest standards of quality and integrity and conducts all competitions in a fair and unbiased manner.

Authorities have arrested two suspects that were involved in a theft of a church van in Horseshoe Bend plus additional thefts in Horseshoe Bend, Elizabeth, and Cave City.
Early Sunday morning, July 10, staff of the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend reported to authorities that the church building had been broken into and that items including a guitar and the church van were stolen.
While Lt. Charles Melton, Sgt. Gabe Sanders and Horseshoe Bend assigned deputies were investigating, they developed at least two people of interest, located the guitar, and continued the investigation. During this investigation, it was reported that Doty Family Funeral Home of Horseshoe Bend had a van damaged. Someone had attempted to hotwire the vehicle that same night.
On July 11, Lt. Melton learned that his prime suspect had been arrested in Cave City. The suspect had fled from Cave City Police and had shot at them before wrecking the vehicle he was driving. Mac Ryan Chitwood, age 26 of Horseshoe Bend, currently in the Sharp County Jail, has been charged in Izard County in connection with the church and funeral home events. An Elizabeth man, 18 year old Dalton Michael Pflaumer, has also been arrested and incarcerated in the Baxter County Detention Center on felony charges related to the burglary of a private residence, vehicle thefts, and other thefts.
The events leading up to the arrest of Pflaumer came about in the early hours of July 11, when the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was notified that officers in Sharp County had been involved in a vehicle pursuit with a 2001 Volvo V10 driven by Chitwood. It was determined that the registered owners of the vehicle involved in that pursuit reside in the St. Louis, Missouri area but have a vacation home in Baxter County on Diamond Bay Road. The owners were contacted and stated that their vehicle should still be parked at their residence on Diamond Bay Road, and indicated they had not been at that residence since July 5. Later that same morning, Corp. Kristofer Savino went to the residence on Diamond Bay Road and found that it had been burglarized. Items missing from the residence, in addition to their 2001 Volvo V10, were a handgun and a shotgun. It appeared that people had been squatting in the residence for a period of time. Entry had been made through the back door of the house.
Chitwood, who had been apprehended in Sharp County, told authorities there that he and another person had stolen a white van belonging to the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend. He indicated the pair had travelled in the stolen church van to the Hand Cove area in Baxter County. They had concealed the stolen van in a heavily wooded area approximately one mile away from the residence they chose to burglarize.
Chitwood and Pflaumer parted company in the Brockwell area of Izard County after leaving the residence in the stolen Volvo. The vehicle pursuit involving Chitwood driving the stolen Volvo in Sharp County occurred afterwards.
The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office utilized its helicopter on the evening of July 11 to fly over the Hand Cove/Diamond Bay area in an attempt to locate the stolen and abandoned church van. After flying over the area for several minutes, the van was spotted from the air through dense foliage. The van was subsequently towed and removed for evidentiary processing.
In addition to the burglary investigation, the Sheriff’s Office had taken reports the previous day, July 10, that a private boat dock near Baxter CR 863, in the same area, had been entered and several items were stolen from the dock and from boats in the dock. These included speakers, binoculars, and fishing equipment. A cellphone was found on one of the boats. This cellphone was found to belong to Pflaumer. According to reports,





Pflaumer was located on July 12, admitted to committing the crimes with the other suspect, and helped investigators locate and recover some of the stolen items.
As to the funeral home, both Chitwood and Pflaumer have been charged with breaking and entering, a class D felony; and criminal mischief, a class D felony. Relating to the church, both have been charged with commercial burglary and theft of property, both class D felonies. The pair have an Izard County Circuit Court date of August 10. Pflaumer remains in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

skidmoreSavannah Skidmore (r), 21-year old daughter of Jerry and Kim Skidmore of Calico Rock and a junior at the University of Arkansas, was selected as first runner-up in the 79th Annual Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs recently. The pageant featured 42 contestants from the state of Arkansas. The girls competed for $121,800 in scholarship funds. Skidmore received a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Charles and Susie Morgan for being chosen as first runner-up in the competition. Skidmore tied with Savvy Shields, Miss Heart of the Ozarks, in Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Pictured (l to r) is Shields; Reigning Miss Arkansas, and Top 15 Miss America Semi-Finalist, Loren McDaniel; Preliminary Artistic Expression in Talent award winner, Miss North Central Arkansas Rebecca Zurcher; and Skidmore.
Photo/Ashley George

The Arkansas Spring Nationals racing event will be held at Batesville Motor Speedway on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26.
ICMA Modifieds and Street Stock will race, ICMA sanctioned National, State and Track Points. There is no entry fee.
Total purse for both days is $23,000. For ICMA Mods, there is $1,000 to win; for Street Stock, there is also $1,000 to win.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m. each day; hot laps start at 7 p.m.; races start at 7:30 p.m.; pit passes $30 each day.
Grandstands open at 5:30 p.m. with an admission of $10 each day; kids 14 and under are free.
Batesville Motor Speedway is located at 5090 Heber Springs Road, Locust Grove, AR 72550; seven miles west of Batesville. Call the track for more information at 870-251-0011; for promotions and tickets, call 870-613-1337. Visit BMS website at or email them at

TIME FOR A CHANGE: The Horseshoe Bend Health Services Board voted on February 26 to turn their remaining account funds over to the city, to be maintained in a separate account for building maintenance. A storage shed will be purchased and roof will be replaced with the proceeds from selling the medical equipment. The building and land will be deeded to the city. “It is with sadness and resignation that the board made this decision,” said Jodie Huckaby, President. “Medical policies have changed, and it is hard for a clinic to succeed.” Two clinics in the last year and one half have closed at the location, after years of the building sitting empty. The city will be leasing the building to the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, housing a Chamber Visitor and Information Center, and a small museum on the history of Horseshoe Bend. See full story in the March 16 edition of the Pacesetting Times.

Arkansans statewide are encouraged to spruce up their communities by volunteering in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. This year’s spring cleanup campaign, coordinated and promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, KAB, begins March 1 and continues through May 31.
Everyone in Horseshoe Bend is encouraged to participate in this year’s Keep Horseshoe Bend Beautiful Great American Cleanup. Civic groups, clubs, organizations, scouts, churches, individuals, businesses, and neighborhoods can put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7 and help cleanup. There will be a Hot Dog Picnic to follow. All Horseshoe Benders are encouraged to take part in the annual community cleanup initiative.
Those interested in organizing a cleanup event or volunteering, please call Event Coordinators Michelle Grabowski, City Hall, at 870-670-5113; or Carrie Johnson, Pacesetting Times, at 870-670-6397.
“The Great American Cleanup is an excellent opportunity for Arkansans to make a positive impact on the environment, the state and their local communities,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We encourage everyone to participate in a local event or sign up to coordinate an event.”
Horseshoe Bend is an attractive community, and all residents have a responsibility to keep it clean and attractive. If Horseshoe Bend is littered and ill kept, its potential to attract industry and tourism can be greatly impacted.
A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, roadsides and waterways free of litter can make a big difference in Horseshoe Bend’s future.
Below are some of the things you can do as a church, business, or civic group to be a sponsor.
– Freshen up your parking lot, roadsides, and ditches;
– Plant a flower bed;
– Add potted flowers or plants to your entrance;
– Recycle Items produced by your church, business, or civic group that are accepted by Horseshoe Bend Recycling Center;
– Prune trees and bushes;
– Add a fresh coat of paint if needed;
– Put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7.
Updated information on where volunteers will meet to sign up and what supplies volunteers will need to bring will be published in the Pacesetting Times as we get closer to the clean-up date.
KAB works with cleanup coordinators to plan and publicize their local events, and provide volunteers with Glad® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other cleanup supplies.

by Tammy Curtis
What better way to welcome warmer weather than barbecue? For the third year, organizers of the Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Parade will share their event with the season’s first barbecue competition during the town’s festivities on Saturday, March 19.
Local barbecue connoisseur Carl Bailey, one of the judges of the world famous Memphis BBQ Network competition, helped get the cook-off going, after being contacted by Sidney native Justin Davis. Bailey recalls how the renowned Memphis competition began with a bunch of backyard barbecue guys and has grown over the years to be part of the mid-south competition circuit. Bailey and Davis expect to see the Sidney event grow, after starting with 11 teams in 2014. This year, they hope to see double the number of competitors. Party Q from Memphis set up last year, as did a local team Slaughterhouse BBQ, and organizers hope to continue to see a range of chefs, pros to backyard cooks. After the competitors finish their variety of mouth watering meats and are judged, samples will be offered to the parade crowd.
The contest entry form is available online at Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third place in each category based on the number of entries. Bailey explained the competition is based on a points system with ribs and butt entries getting the highest point value. He added back yard cookers should not be intimidated by the professional teams, as amateurs beat the pros in some of the categories last year.
Starting this year, the Grand Champion Trophy will be named in honor of Don Taylor, who recently passed away. The owner of Taylor Feed Mill in Franklin was a well known community volunteer who began cooking competitively in 2014 and won a first, second and third place trophy and cash prizes, despite his late start.
His name will live on through the Sidney trophy.
Sidney cook-off participants will check in on Friday, March 18 at the Sidney Ball Park, just off Highway 58, and begin cooking either Friday night or Saturday morning, depending on the length of time required for the meat to cook. Complete rules and judging times are available at The team is working on a website with downloadable rules, regulations and entry forms. The link will be posted for everyone to share. So invite your friends and come out and enjoy the day in beautiful Sidney.
Business, clubs and organizations interested in joining in the fun can put together teams, set up and compete or set up booths at the event. The group is also looking for corporate sponsorships to help with prizes and awards. Businesses contributing will be listed on the team’s shirts which will be available for sale as well as banners at the barbecue cook-off. For more information on these great opportunities, drop an email to: or contact Carl Bailey at 870-283-2272, or Tammy Curtis at 870-283-2132.

The Pacesetting Times Christmas edition is this week, December 23. Grab yourself a copy of the paper and enjoy Letters to Santa, greetings from area businesses, Christmas Parade and Santa photos, and much more!

Handbags for Homeless Women is a non-profit organization that Crystal Pinson, of Salem, started less than two weeks ago. While still in the beginning stages of the mission, the response from the surrounding communities has been tremendous.
Pinson lives in Salem with her husband the three sons. “I was inspired to do this mission when I heard about an organization providing shoes for the homeless,” said Pinson. “I realized some of the struggles that came from being a woman on the streets,” she added. The mission fills handbags with fruit snacks, feminine hygiene products, personal care trial size items, etc. for homeless women. Since Handbags for Homeless Women is such a new mission, purses and personal care items are still needed. After the purses are filled, they will be distributed to Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters throughout the Ozarks. Drop-off sites are at Expressions Salon, located at 306 Hwy. 62 West in Salem, and All About You Salon, located at 7 Highland Cove Drive in Highland.
Receipts are available upon donation. The mission appreciates any and all help. If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Pinson at or follow Handbags for Homeless Women on Facebook.

Texting while driving is a problem. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2012, driver distraction was the cause of 18% of all fatal crashes, with 3,328 people killed, and crashes resulting in an injury, with 421,000 people hurt.
Despite knowing the risks of texting while driving, 43% of teens admit to texting while driving. However, there is an opportunity to change this behavior. Ninety percent of teen drivers say they would stop if a friend in the car asked them and 78% say that they are likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it is wrong.
The Arkansas Newspaper Foundation (ANF), Pacesetting Times, and AT&T are sponsoring and challenging Arkansas students, ages 14 through 19, to write an editorial or opinion column highlighting the dangers of texting while driving and encouraging their peers to take the It Can Wait pledge.
Write an editorial or opinion column about the dangers of texting while driving. Word limit is between 300 and 500, and entry must include student name, daytime phone number, parent/guardian name, school, and English teacher’s name.
The piece will answer the question, “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to never text and drive.” The piece will highlight the dangers of texting while driving. The piece must include the following call to action, “Take the pledge to never text and drive at”
Submit entries to one of the following,, 703 S. Bend Dr., Horseshoe Bend, or P.O. Box 132, Franklin AR 72536.
The contest deadline is October 28. A local winner will be announced by Pacesetting Times after this date, and will receive $75. Then the entry will be sent to the state level.
A statewide winner will be announced November 13. The winning prize on the state level will include $500, a special guided tour of the state capitol and a dinner for the student and their parents with leadership of AT&T, the ANF and the Pacesetting Times.


The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is Thursday, October 15.
County property taxes are used to fund a variety of services in Arkansas including public education, libraries, police and fire, local infrastructure and emergency medical services.
Citizens can avoid penalties and late fees by paying their property taxes over-the-phone before the October 15 deadline.
If you mail your payment make sure it is post marked by October 15 or it will be returned with a 10% penalty.
Izard County Collector Marilyn Downing’s office also accepts Visa and Master Card, but you will be charged a 3.75% convenience fee. The Izard County Collector’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or you may mail your payment to Izard County Collector, P.O. Box 490, Melbourne AR 72556. The collector’s office is located in the Izard County Annex Building, adjacent to the county courthouse. If you have any questions please call 870-368-7247 or email the collector at
The Fulton County Collector’s office phone number is 870-895-2457 and customers can pay via phone, or you can mail in your payment to Fulton County Collector, P.O. Box 126, Salem, AR 72576. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they are open during lunch.
The Sharp County Collector’s office is located at 718 Ash Flat Drive in Ash Flat. Send payment via mail to Sharp County Collector, 718 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR 72513; pay online at the Sharp County Tax Collector ePayment Service Site, accepted payment method is with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit card, or an electronic check, the total amount will be adjusted to allow for the electronic processing of the transaction through the state’s eGovernment service provider,, taxes paid online will be credited to your account within 48 hours; or call 870-994-7334.
If you mail your payment you will need to include a self addressed stamped envelope or an e-mail address for a receipt.

Back to School in this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times includes Izard County Consolidated, Melbourne, Calico Rock and Salem Public Schools. Get your school calendars, meet the upcoming football teams, and watch for sports each week from these schools!

Staff members of the Pacesetting Times won seven state awards in the recent Better Newspaper News-Editorial Contest conducted annually by the Arkansas Press Association.
In the Smaller Weekly Division, Coverage of Education Category, Karen Sherrell, Carrie Johnson and Cassie Stafford won Second Place. Judges comments were, “Dedicated page for education news, what a great thing for your readers; good variety of topics.” Sherrell and Johnson won Third Place for Best Front Page, and Sherrell placed third for her News Story, “One Year Later” about a tornado hitting Horseshoe Bend. Judges comments were, “Good photos to illustrate article.” Johnson received Third Place for a Single Feature Photograph, “Good things come in twos.”
Stafford received an Honorable Mention for her Single Sports Feature Photograph “Salem Teammates” and Bobby Stapleton received Honorable Mentions for Sports News Story, “Greyhounds battle Panthers” and Single Sports Action Photograph “Putting on a show.”
“I’m so proud of our staff and their hard work recognized by the Press Association,” said Sherrell, owner of the newspaper. “It’s wonderful when everybody wins!”
This year 55 Arkansas newspapers submitted 1,874 entries, 20 daily newspapers sent 830 entries, 33 weekly newspapers sent 1,044. Their submissions were then judged by members of the Colorado Press Association.
Locally, the Melbourne Times received Honorable Mention for Picture Page in Medium Weeklies; the Batesville Daily Guard received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies; and the Stone County Leader of Mountain View received Honorable Mention in General Excellence.

Lee and Tresa Lester, along with their son Clint, were named this year’s Fulton County Farm Family of the Year Award. Congratulations Lester Family! See full story and additional photos in the July 1 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Johnson

Dr. Adam and Michelle Gray are proud to announce that Gray Family Practice Clinic, PLLC took over ownership and management of the Horseshoe Clinic as of June 8. They are also excited to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner, Marion Conway, will continue to provide comprehensive, high quality care for the entire family, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Gray will be staffing the clinic on Fridays as well. You will be greeted by the same friendly staff at the same phone number and address. They look forward to serving the healthcare needs of you and your family. New patients will be accepted and they will provide integrated healthcare and charting between both the Melbourne and Horseshoe Bend Clinics. All major insurances are accepted, including VA Choice. Gray Family Practice Clinic of Horseshoe Bend is located at 707 Third Street, and can be reached by calling 870-670-5115.
Pictured (l to r) Dr. Adam Gray, Ginny Evans – Receptionist, Susan Walker – Nurse and Marion Conway, Nurse Practitioner. Photo/C.Stafford


Act 560 of 2015 amended Arkansas laws pertaining to the Public School Choice Act. Act 560 of 2015 went into effect on March 20.
The Act now states that parents must submit school choice applications to the nonresident district by May 1, and the nonresident district shall notify the resident district of the filing of the application.
Under the former school choice law, applications were due by June 1 and parents had the responsibility of providing copies of the application to both the nonresident and resident districts.
The Superintendent of the nonresident district shall notify the parent and resident district in writing as to whether the student’s application has been accepted or rejected on or prior to July 1.
Under the former school choice law, a nonresident school district had to make a determination regarding whether to accept or deny a school choice application by August 1.
You can pick up School Choice Application forms from your schools Superintendent Office, or by printing one offline at

The 66th Annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival will be held May 22 and 23 in Salem. Festival organizers are now accepting vendors for the Festival Street Market. Rental fees are $75 for Friday night and Saturday or $40 for Saturday only. There is a $10 additional charge for electricity. No commission is charged on sales and rental fees will not be refunded in case of rain. Booths are ten feet wide and the depth of a parking space.
All food vendors must meet the Arkansas Department of Health guideline must be inspected by Health Department officials. All vendors must meet the Arkansas sales tax regulations.
Applications are available online at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, or contact Tonya at 870-371-0887.

The 25th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 25, will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend, the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort and R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event. Tournament hours are from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fees will be $50 per boat (two person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in. All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
The annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 24 years ago upon the request of local fishermen and was then known as the Dogwood Days Buddy Bass Tournament. The tournament has consistently grown with six boats showing up that first year to an average of about 35 boats and is run with less formality than most big league tournaments. One of the main differences is that the take off is done by drawing numbers versus the date the entries were received. Many of the years have seen pontoon boats mixed in with the decked out bass boats. Contestants are mainly AR and MO residents. Box Hound Marina, Resort and R.V. Park, 870-670-4496, is a full-service marina, resort, and R.V. Park located on spectacular Crown Lake in North-Central Arkansas. In addition to some of the finest bass fishing in Arkansas, there are endless water sports to enjoy including pontoon boats, swimming, or just relaxing outside the resort’s cabins or R. V. Park. Box Hound is truly a natural jewel nestled in the boot heel of the Arkansas Ozarks. The owners have created a very relaxing and family oriented resort which is unparalleled anywhere. If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful, and non-pressured place in which to relax visit Crown Lake and experience Box Hound. See full story in the April 1 edition of the Pacesetting Times!

Horseshoe Bend’s annual publication, the Horseshoe Review is now in process.
Clubs, groups, organizations, and churches are encouraged to begin compiling your news and photos for the Review, which will be published in April.
Information may be turned in at the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office at the lower Diamond B Mall, or email with Review typed in the subject line.
“This will be the 36th edition of the Horseshoe Review and we look forward to publishing a beautiful glossy magazine again this year,” said Karen Sherrell, Review Chairman. Each Review features a message from the Chamber President and from the mayor, with articles in the past from area organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, American Legion, MRID, Airport Commission, Boating and Fishing Club, SRAA, AARP, Men’s and Ladies Golf Clubs, Recycling Center, Garden Club, Horseshoe Pitching, Animal Control, Telecare, DAR, Little Theater, Pioneer Village-Manor Homes, Music in the Mountains, Izard County Master Gardeners, as well as local church news, Chamber festivals and school information.
Area businesses place advertisements in the Review as well and a sales representative will be calling businesses within the next month.
So let’s get working on your news to publish in the annual Review, and remember to highlight your group’s activities for the year, a little history, and a picture or two. For more information, please call Sherrell at 870-670-6397.


For the 31st year, FNBC Bank will award the Boyd Carpenter Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Sharp, Izard or Fulton County who plans to attend college and seek a four year degree. FNBC Bank partners with the Arkansas Community Foundation to fund this $4,000 scholarship.
Awarded in a two-phase process, the first phase places emphasis on academics, extracurricular activities and employment.
The second phase is based upon the applicant’s interview with the judging committee. The scholarship will be awarded as $1,000 per year for four years for a total of $4,000.
Students interested in applying should visit to complete the online application. All applications are due by April 1.
This scholarship is renewable up to four years. To qualify, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA on a four point scale, or equivalent.
The FNBC Bank Board of Directors established this scholarship in 1984 to honor Boyd Carpenter, then-chairman and president of the bank, who was a devoted advocate for education. Carpenter’s son, Martin, currently serves as chairman and CEO, and his granddaughter, Molly, is director of marketing.

Graduating seniors in Fulton County who have participated in county, district, or state fairs have the opportunity to apply for three scholarships, the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship, the North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship, and the Arkansas Fair Manager’s Association Scholarship. Applications are available online at and should be completed and turned into the Fulton County Fair Office at least five days before the deadline listed on the application. This will give fair officials time to get the scholarship applications to the appropriate scholarship committee. The scholarship applications can be completed online and printed for submission. All applications must be typed.
All scholarship applications should be submitted to the Fulton County Fair office. The North Central Arkansas District Fair Billy Ray Nix Memorial Scholarship is due by February 26. The Arkansas Fair Managers Association Scholarship is due by March 10, and the Fulton County Fair Foundation Scholarship is due March 26. If you have questions, please contact Fulton County Fair Manager Carolyn Lewis at or call the fair office at 870-895-5565.

The Knights of Columbus will host a Indoor Rummage Sale at Saint Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Horseshoe Bend will hold their Fall Citywide Yard Sale on Saturday, September 6 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 sign up deadline is Wednesday, September 3, at 3 p.m. The lists will be given out the morning of the sale.

The North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, NAEC, in Salem will hold their Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 14 at the Salem High School.
All registered members will be eligible to win a 50” flat screen HD television, you do not have to be present to win.
All registered members who attend the meeting will be eligible to win a 2006 GMC Sierra 4X4 retired service truck. Registration cards for members were mailed out in the middle of July with NAEC’s 2013 annual report.
To facilitate quick registration be sure to bring the registration card to the Annual Meeting.
Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., BBQ meal will be served from 3:45 to 6 p.m., and the Business Session will begin at 6:30 p.m.


SIXTY YEARS: On Monday, July 14, Knights of Columbus Council, Father Conan Mawhorr, 10493 of Horseshoe Bend, honored Knight Daniel Bye for his 60 years of service with the Knights of Columbus. A proclamation from the Arkansas State Deputy Adrian Dominguez proclaiming Dan’s service to one and service to all. District Deputy Tim Malloy and Grand Knight David made the presentation of a Certificate and Glass paperweight in honor Dan’s 60 years of service.

Celtic Breeze Band and the U.S. Forest Service invite you to attend Celtic in the Caverns, a concert featuring Scottish and Irish music played from one of the worlds most impressive natural stages, the Great Cathedral Room at Blanchard Springs Caverns, just north of Mountain View.
Show times are Saturday, March 15 at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 cash or $21 credit. Price includes admission to the cavern stage, but does not include the full cave tour.
Tickets and information are available at For Mother Earth, located on Main Street in Mountain View or by calling 870-585-2406.
Seating is limited to 100 per show.

The Izard County Animal Resue Effort is holding its 11th Annual Paws and Claws Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, at the Izard County Fairground Exhibit Building in Melbourne. This is the largest rummage sale around, and it is all inside!
Concessions will be available with hot dog and hamburger lunches, chili, drinks and baked goods.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will also be a pet vaccinations clinic, with Nanci Solis of Thousand Hills Vet Service, where you can bring your dogs on a leash and/or cats in a carrier, and get your pets vaccinated at a reduced cost. Rabies vaccination will be $10. Nail trimming and other vet related services will also be available.
Come on out, have lunch, buy some treasure, and support a great cause!

In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering free heart health screenings at its rural health clinics during the last week of February, 24 through 28. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check.
Participants in the cholesterol screening should not eat or drink for eight hours prior in order to receive accurate results on the blood test. The screenings are free but appointments are required and may be made by contacting the clinic. Individuals do not need to be a patient of the clinic to participate.
OMC rural health clinic locations include:
Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228
Salem 1st Care, Salem, Arkansas: 870-895-1911
Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.
“American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease,” said M. Faisal Khan, MD, OMC Interventional Cardiologist “Early detection of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and this screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle.”
In addition to the rural health clinic screenings, a free event will be held at OMC Heart Care Services in West Plains from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and will include a free cholesterol panel and blood pressure screen as well as peripheral arterial disease, PAD, check. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793. The screenings for PAD are limited to persons with high risk. Risk for PAD will be assessed when making a screening appointment.
OMC will also host a Heart Health Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 in the OMC Willard Hunter Classroom at Parkway Center. The breakfast is free but a reservation is required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.

For your rummage sale donating convenience, ICARE will have its trailer parked at the Corner Drug Store parking lot in Melbourne. The door will be open, please just place your items inside. Donated dog and/or cat food would be most appreciated too.
Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.
Do not forget, ICARE Rummage Sale is February 21 and 22 at the fairgrounds.

This year represents a mid-term election nationally, and local county and municipal office seats are up for grabs.
County positions of Sheriff, Judge, Justices of the Peace, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer, Coroner, and Constable will be voted on this year.
Candidates with a party affiliation begin filing on Monday, February 24 at noon for a one-week period ending at noon on March 3.
Party pledges, if any, and affidavits of eligibility shall be filed, and any filing fees of a political party shall be paid at the courthouse of the county in which candidates are filing for office.

Free GED evening classes are currently available at the following locations:
Calico Rock City Hall Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mammoth Spring Ozarka College Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cave City Middle School Mondays and Tuesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mountain View Ozarka College Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Registration is ongoing.
For additional information on these and other classes, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at 1-800-821-4335, ext. 2051 or in Izard County call 870-368-2051.
Ozarka College’s Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant and disability accommodations are available upon request.

Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store in Melbourne announces a “Bag Sale” every Wednesday through the end of February. Each bag is $1 for items from the women’s and children’s rooms. Limit eight items per bag. Books, hardcover, paperback and children’s, are 10 for $1.
“This is an opportunity for shoppers to visit our store and see what we have to offer,” said Executive Director Lora Umphries-Buck. “The income from our Store supports Safe Passage, Inc. domestic violence programs. These include a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, peer counseling, shelter for victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and other free and confidential services.”
Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store is on Highway 69 East of the traffic light in Melbourne. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you or someone you know is being abused, call our 24-hour hotline 870-368-3222 for free and confidential help.

The 18th Annual Food Drive sponsored by the Pacesetting Times is now underway.
“Join us again this Holiday season in helping your neighbors and friends,” said Karen Sherrell, publisher of Pacesetting Times. Donate two or more non-perishable food items and receive a free classified ad that can be used anytime, from now until March 31, 2014.
“We will deliver donated food items through December 13 to the Food Pantry in Horseshoe Bend,” said Sherrell. The Food Pantry is located behind the Assembly of God Church.
Stop by Pacesetting Times at 703 South Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend with your food donations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until December 13. Limit one classified ad per family.

Join the Horseshoe Bend Public Library for their Summer Reading Program. Programs will be held on Thursdays, June 6 through July 11, starting at 11 a.m. There will not be a meeting on July 4. The Summer Reading program is for children ages 5 to 12, and the library will have some special activities.
The program will explore things underground. Activities will include special guests, read-a-book, puppet shows, plays, fun crafts, prizes, incentives and much more.
If you are a parent and your child or children have never attended our Summer Reading Program, it would be a great opportunity to introduce them to the library and the importance of reading, plus all the fun they will have. Snacks and a light lunch will be served.
Mothers with small children are encouraged to join us. Call 870-670-4318, or drop in the library at 9 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend, to register. The library is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit them online at

Spring River Home Health, SRHH, has been in business since April 1, 1981 with administrator, Connie Brays.
SRHH has been serving the tri-county area with caring and dependable home health service for 32 years. They have 24 staff members that are there to provide care and support to residents and their families in the comforts of their homes.
SRHH is a private non-profit Home Health Agency serving patients in Fulton, Izard, and Sharp Counties. They accept insurances of all kinds. The agency also offers skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and home health aide services.
Their staff manages wound vac, entral feedings, wound care, IV therapy, medicine management, diabetic teaching and any other care a physician sees fit. Spring River Home Health is here for its communities.
The business is located at 121 South Pickren Street in Salem and may be contacted at 870-895-2627 or 888-830-6389.

On Sunday, September 2, the Horseshoe Bend Police Department, received a call reporting a possible death on Clarke Lane in Horseshoe Bend.
Sgt. Sonny Gerringer arrived on the scene at 8:14 a.m., and identified the deceased as Nicholas A. Bailey, age 32, of Franklin.
Izard County Coroner Eddie Howard pronounced Bailey dead on arrival. His body has been sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock. There is no reported cause of death as of Monday, Sept. 10 according to Police Chief Fred Mitchell. Reports of Bailey’s involvement in an altercation at a local night club the evening before his death are currently under investigation.

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