Vice Chairman Teresa Orrick called the regular meeting of the Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on March 14.
Present: Aldermen Luther Yancey, Orrick, Tom Richardson, Sonny Minze, John Grochowski, Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Absent: Alderman Marty McKnight.
Approval of Minutes: Yow moved to accept the February Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously.
Barnes reported the city received $23,571.89 in sales tax for the month of February 2018.
Yow moved to defer the Treasurer’s Report to the City Council, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously.
Under unfinished business: None.
Under new business: Barnes updated the committee on the status of last year’s water increase. In accordance with Ordinance 2017-01 the council would review the increase to determine if operating funds, maintenance funds and reserves were adequate before implementing the annual increase. The Water Department had to replace a well pump at a cost of $22,219 and delaying the cleaning and painting of the water tower is no longer an option. The water tower costs will be in excess of $95,000. The annual rate increase will go into effect in the next billing cycle with no further action by the council.
Yow moved to table Ordinance 2018-01 amending the zoning code to add Crown Point Resort’s un-platted acreage West of Ivory Lane, and North of Tri Lakes Drive to Pasture/Stable districts, until a representative from Crown Point Resort appears before the City Council with an operational plan, seconded by Grochowski. Motion passed unanimously.
With no further business to come before the committee, Yow moved to adjourn, seconded by Richardson. Motion passed unanimously. The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for April 11 at 6 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer

by Karen Sherrell
Firefighters stayed busy last week when an arsonist set several fires in Horseshoe Bend.
On Wednesday, January 31, Izard County dispatch began receiving calls from the Horseshoe Bend area, concerning several fires throughout the city. The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department responded with personnel, brush trucks and fire engines, and mutual aid was provided by Zion, Franklin, Morriston, Agnos-Glencoe-Heart Fire Departments, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission.
The intentionally set fires were located in the areas of Kennedy and Executive Drives to the quarry on Hwy. 56, Pine Ridge Road at Moonstone, South Shore Drive at Tri Lakes Drive, Primrose and Memory Lanes, Springfield Avenue at Moonstone, several on North and South Little Rock Roads, Shady Lane at Pony Lane, and Clark Lane at Enterprise Lane.
Strong winds and gusts enabled the fires to move quickly, and firefighters were dispatched throughout the entire city for several hours. Smaller crews, sometimes one or two firefighters, remained at each scene to keep the fires from spreading through the underbrush. Firefighters responded through the night.
A home on Pony Lane was in the path of a quickly moving brush fire, and volunteers on the scene beat the flames down before the pumper trucks arrived from another hot spot.
No injuries were reported and no structures were lost in the fire outbreak.
This area is in moderate danger of wildfires spreading according to the Forestry Commission, and that, with the wind gusts, could have resulted in severe damage if not for the response time of firefighters and volunteers.
Additional fires occurred that same day on Military Road in Franklin and Lacrosse Road in Melbourne.
The fires are under investigation, according to Izard County Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, and the department is actively searching for the suspect(s).

According to the Arkansas Forestry Commission, as of Friday, October 13, Arkansas has 30 counties under County Judge issued burn bans. Local counties included in the burn bans are Fulton and Sharp. You can report wildfires to the Arkansas Forestry Commission by calling 800-468-8834.
For those counties that are not currently under a burn ban, consider these safe burning tips:
* Always check the weather. Avoid outdoor burning when humidity is below 35%, if wind is blowing more than five miles per hour, and when vegetation is very dry.
* Never leave a fire unattended; always plan to stay with your burn throughout the duration of live flames. Never leave until all flames have been suppressed inside stumps and snags.
* Have a water source located nearby.
*Burn in an area located away from homes, vehicles, decks, nearby trees and overhanging branches, leaf litter, trash and other flammable vegetation or materials that you do not intend to burn.
* Keep your flames short and low to the ground. Check for shifts in wind direction and intensity.
* Avoid burning when large groups may be outside, including weekends and during outdoor events.

DONATION: The Tri-County Board of Realtors donated $500 to the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren Fund at their February meeting. Pictured (l to r): Renea Orr, Principal Broker of Coldwell Banker Ozark Real Estate Co.; Jill Boyer, Principal Broker of Scenic Realty; Cathy Johnson, Principal Broker of United Country Cotham and Co.; Eddie Ishmael, President Tri-County Board of Realtors; David Woods, head of the Cherokee Village Tornado Siren project; Russell Stokes, Cherokee Village Mayor; Boyd McMasters of Southern Pines; Jessie Ebey of Ozark Gateway Realty; and Susan Reed of Century 21 Pace Wright Real Estate.

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

CROWN LAKE SPILLWAY: Several inches of rain fell over Mother’s Day weekend, with an estimated six inches during the night on May 10. Pictured is the Crown Lake spillway at the dam on Tri Lakes in Horseshoe Bend the following morning. Photos/K.Sherrell

UP TO THE BRIDGE: The Strawberry River was roaring on Monday, May 11 following several inches of rain over the weekend. The flooded river came close to covering the Strawberry River bridge between Horseshoe Bend and Wiseman on Highway 354.

by Bobby Stapleton, sports
The regular season of football has wrapped up and the road to the Championship starts this Friday, November 14, with a couple of the area teams involved.
In the 3A, Melbourne takes on Elkins this Friday night with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Osceola/Camden Harmony Grove winner on November 21.
In the 4A, Highland takes on Clinton in the first round with the winner moving on to take on the winner of the Dollarway/Gentry game on November 21.

Taking it right at them: Pirate Darby Ketron slices through the defense on his way to the rim against Greers Ferry last week. Full story in the November 12 edition of Pacesetting Times. ketronPhoto/B.Stapleton

by Sonia Blakenship
We are still encouraging everyone to sign up for the CodeRed Weather Warning.
We have changed the site where you go to and sign up for the warnings. Go to and then click on OEM.
When that page opens up there is a link that you click on and the site opens up for you to enter your information.
As always, if you want to sign up for CodeRed and do not want to use the website, you can call 870-368-4113 and you can be signed up that way. Everyone is encouraged to utilize this service.

The Salem Greyhounds and Lady Greyhounds travelled to Pangburn last week for regional action.
The Greyhounds lost in first round action against EPC 46-60 ending their season. The Lady Greyhounds beat Rector 63-62 and fell to Marmaduke 64-35 putting them in the consolation bracket and earning them a trip to state.
The Lady Greyhounds will take on Spring Hill at 1 p.m. at Hampton High School on Friday, March 7.

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

A tornadic system hit Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas on Wednesday, April 10 during the evening hours. One injury was reported in the storm which damaged 37 properties, destroyed three homes and caused major damage at six additional homes.

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

The Horseshoe Bend area will be having their Spring City Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In order to request space at the mall or sign up, please contact the Chamber office at 870-670-5433.
The deadline for sign-ups is on Thursday, April 11 by 3 p.m. Maps will be given out the morning of the sale.
This event is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce February General Membership meeting for Thursday, February 21, has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather in north central Arkansas arriving February 20.

Plans are well under way by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative for what appears to be a major ice event beginning the evening of February 20 and into February 21. The cooperative is on full alert, and planning is underway to respond to whatever happens over the next two days. “Should the worst case scenario (immediate worst case by the NWS) play out, we will have extended outages that will exceed a few days,” stated Mel Coleman, CEO. “It appears we are not talking about the same severity of the 2009 storm, but I will say some of the weather models are close to that.” Predictions now are for .25 to .75 inches of ice over NAEC’s entire service territory.

Severe thunderstorms that struck the area on Wednesday, August 1, exacted their toll on a number of Salem’s trees and buildings. Salem Fire Chief Nick Blanton reported that winds in excess of 70 mph stripped the roofs off of two barns and a building on the town square. Blanton added that some roads were blocked when tree limbs that were killed by the 2009 ice storm were blown to the ground.

Severe thunderstorms downed a tree next to the Salem First National Banking Company parking lot. Paige Cooper, the Salem FNBC branch manager, said that the tree was scheduled to be removed on Saturday, August 4.

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