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

One race has emerged in Izard County after the first week of candidate filings.
In Horseshoe Bend, there will be a race for the mayor’s seat, with both Craig M. Huckaby and Marty McKnight seeking the position.
Candidates for the offices of mayor and city council may file at their local county clerk’s office during the three week filing period. Petitions of nomination, affidavits of eligibility and political practices pledges must be filed by the deadline which is noon on Friday, August 17.
Filings in the tri-county as of Friday, August 3: Horseshoe Bend, Alderman Ward 3, Pos. 2, Joseph W. Moser; Calico Rock, Mayor, Ronald Guthrie; Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1, Jackie Goggans, Ward 2, Pos. 1, Steven Lively, Ward 2, Pos. 2, Howard Jeffery, Ward 3, Pos. 1, Mitchell Arnold, Ward 3, Pos. 2, Kim Parnell, Ward 4, Pos. 1, Rick Knowles; Melbourne, Mayor, Rhonda Halbrook, Alderman Ward 1, Pos. 1, Bill Wright; Guion, Alderman, Charles Williams; Pineville, Mayor, Sharon K. Sanders, Alderman, Janet Davis, Jeff Sanders; Mt. Pleasant, Mayor, Donnie Fulbright, Alderman Pos. 3, Garry Sims.
Ash Flat, Mayor, Larry Fowler, Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1, Fred Goodwin, Ward 1, Pos. 2, Mike Nix, Ward 2, Pos. 2, Danny Traw, Ward 3, Pos. 1, Delbert N. Camden, Ward 3, Pos. 2, Annette Wolverton; Cave City, Mayor, Jonas Anderson, Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1,  Hana Smith, Ward 2, Pos. 2, Eddie Johnson, Ward 4, Pos. 1, Johns Ables, Ward 4, Pos. 2, Dale King; Cherokee Village, City Clerk, Deb Weichinger, Alderman, Ward 3, Pos. 2, Paul R. Huensch, Ward 4, Pos. 2, Gerald Adams; Highland, Mayor, Russell Truitt, Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 1, Mary Jo Morris, Ward 2, Pos. 1, Dennis Burton, Ward 4, Pos. 1, Kenneth Massey; Hardy, Alderman, Ward 2, Pos. 1, Bruce Thurow.
Viola, Alderman, Pos. 4, Robert Lash.
Anyone interested in running for municipal office may call their clerk’s office for more information.
In Izard County call 870-368-4316; Fulton County 870-895-3310 and Sharp County 870-994-7361.

The 39th annual Cave City Watermelon Festival will be held July 26 through 28. The festival will feature craft and food vendors, kids games and entertainment. Also featured will be a WetZone, with armbands sold at $10 each, and attendees may bring a towel and/or a swimsuit. No pets or alcohol are allowed in the park. Bring your lawn chairs.
On Thursday, July 26 entertainment will be provided by the LeFevre Quartet at 8 p.m. on the Melon Stage. The Amazing Watermelon Race will be held at 5 p.m. at Cave City Middle School, followed by the First Freewill Baptist Church Praise Team at 6 p.m. and First Baptist Church Worship Band at 7 p.m., both on the Melon Stage.
On Friday, July 27 Mo Pitney of Nashville, TN, will headline the night’s entertainment at 8 p.m. Friday’s activities start at 9 a.m. with a kid’s fishing derby at the city park. At 5:15 p.m. will be the watermelon speed eating contest on the Melon Stage, followed at 6 p.m. by Luke Stroud & the 50s Beat on the main stage, and 6:45 p.m. the Cave City Cruizers Drive Thru at the city park. Maggie Thorne will perform at 7 p.m. on the main stage.
On Saturday, July 28, Little Texas will perform at 8:30 p.m. Their hits include God Blessed Texas and What Might Have Been.
Saturday activities include a Melon Dash 5K at 7 a.m. at the city park and a Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Cave City First Baptist Church family life education center. Registration for the Cave City Cruizers car show is at 9 a.m. at the city park, followed by the parade at 10 a.m. at the middle school. A watermelon selfie challenge will also follow the parade at the city park.
The Tri-County Antique Tractor Club show will be at 11:30 a.m. and the Cave City Sharpshooters Horseshoe Pitching Tournament will begin at 1 p.m. at the walking track. The Band Trippp will perform at noon followed by Walter, Rounds and Company, both on the Melon Stage. On the Melon Stage, Watermelon Growers Games will be at 3 p.m., a free watermelon feast at 4 p.m., and a prize melon auction at 5 p.m. Randy Morrison and Andy Buschmann will perform at 5:45 p.m. and Kristin Kelly at 6:45 p.m. on the main stage.
For a complete schedule visit www.cavecitywatermelonfestival.com or find them on Facebook.

TAKING DOWN A CAVEMAN: Melbourne’s Trestin Lawrence tackles a Caveman during last week’s game. See full story and additional photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

by Karen Sherrell
The filing deadline for municipal office was Friday, August 19 at noon, and the following candidates and eleven municipal races have been announced in the tri county area.
IZARD COUNTY — In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson both seek the position. Teresa Orrick has filed for Ward 1, Position 2; Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Marty McKnight, Ward 3, Position 1; O.G. “Sonny” Minze, Ward 3, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles will vie for the seat. Jackie Coggans has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Charles S. Wilson, Ward 1, Position 2; Leon Cheatham, Ward 2, Position 2; Paul R. Tidwell, Ward 3, Position 1; Aubrey Watts. Jr., Ward 3, Position 2; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; and Stacy Stanford, for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Bill Wright, Ward 1, Position 1; Warren Smith Ward 1, Position 2; Laura Sipe, Ward 2, Position 2; Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Ernest F. Lamb III, Ward 4, Position 1; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; and Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Franklin for Alderman: Dennis Taylor, William N. Long, Sue Smith, and Randy Morris. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stevie Smith.
In Guion for Alderman: Leslie Piel, James Roberts, Dale W. Piel, and Randy Engles. For Recorder/Treasurer, Stacie Engles.
In Oxford for Alderman: Lagena Louise McBride, Billy McBride, Renee Everett, Lawrence T. Savell Jr., Amy Stevenson, Randy Sherrell, and Mike McCandlis. For Recorder/Treasurer, Bonnie J. Moss.
SHARP COUNTY — In Ash Flat, a race has emerged for Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2 between Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby; and in Ward 2, Position 2, between Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw. Fred Goodwin has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Sean Himschoot, Ward 2, Position 1; Annette Wolverton, Ward 3, Position 2; and Charlotte Goodwin, Recorder/ Treasurer.
In Cave City, both Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier seek the Alderman seat in Ward 1, Position 2. Hana Smith has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; Jonas Anderson, Ward 2, Position 1; Eddie Johnson, Ward 2, Position 2; Richard Hawkins, Ward 3, Position 1; Tammy Smith, Ward 3, Position 2; John Ables, Ward 4, Position 1; and Anthony D. King, Ward 4, Position 2.
In Cherokee Village for Alderman, Pamela Rowland, Ward 1, Position 1; Bill Circle, Ward 2, Position 1; Leslie J. Covington, Ward 3, Position 1; Rob Smith, Ward 4, Position 1; and Stephanie Johnson for Recorder/Treasurer.
In Evening Shade for Alderman, John H. Wolfe, Ward 1, Position 2; Billy D. Qualls, Ward 2, Position 1; Angela Haley, Ward 2, Position 2; Eva J. Haley, Ward 3, Position 1; and Dwight Sharp, Ward 3, Position 2.
In Hardy for Alderman, a race has emerged between Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice for Ward 1, Position1. A three-way race for Ward 1, Position 2 includes Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland. For Ward 2, Position 2, two candidates have filed, Corey Gilliland and David Bathrick. Bruce Thurow has filed for Ward 2, Position 1; Raymond Hicks, Ward 3, Position 1; Sue Taylor, Ward 3, Position 2; and Myranda Hobbs, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Highland for Alderman, Both Melody Brink and David Harris seek the Ward 3, Position 1 seat. Mary Jo Clark filed for Ward 1, Position1; Randy Hutchinson, Ward 1, Position 2; Dennis Burton, Ward 2, Position 1; Ty Casey, Ward 2, Position 2; Joe Black, Ward 3, Position 2; Kenneth Massey, Ward 4, position 1; Jack Kimbrell, Ward 4, Position 2; and Mary Ruth Wiles, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Williford for Alderman, Ambie Lester, Position 4; and Suzanne Fowler, Position 5.
FULTON COUNTY — In Mammoth Spring for Alderman, two races have emerged. Joan Baker and Adam Davis have filed for Ward 2, Position 1. A three-way race for Ward 2, Position 2 includes Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Charles Vaughn has filed for Ward 1, Position 1; and Wilma Rogers, Ward 1, Position 2.
In Viola for Alderman, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen both seek the Position 4 seat. Dennis Harber filed for Position 1, Robert L. Wray, Position 2; Duane Barber, Position 3; and Vearl Downum, Position 5.

The Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Pageant will be February 28 at 1 p.m. at the Cave City High School cafeteria and is open to boys 0-3 and girls 0-21. There is not a residency requirement. Contact Elizabeth Thomason for forms and details at 501-920-8924 and on Facebook.
The Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 19. There will be carnival games for the kiddos, vendors, live music and of course the traditional Irish Stew! Vendors will start around 11 a.m. and parade will be at 1 p.m.
There are door prizes and cash prizes given through out the day. Anyone wanting to reserve a booth space, or enter their float, tractor or horse in the parade may contact Dusty Westmoreland at 870-291-0475.

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