Fulton County local results
Treasurer
Seth Jones 815, 57.39%
Boyd Dailey 605, 42.61%

Coroner
Steven C. Barker 818, 58.64% Melissa James 577, 41.36%

Sharp County local results
Judge
Dustin Rogers 583, 63.78%
Phillip D. Hood 330, 36.22%

by Karen Sherrell
Sharp County voters have a lot to think about.
A special election will be held on March 11 to determine a 1.5% sales tax increase countywide to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital.
Sharp County Quorum Court justices voted on ordinances pertaining to the building of the hospital, and issuance of bonds to finance the hospital in November of 2013. The ordinances will take effect if the sales tax is approved by voters.
Members of the Sharp County Hospital Foundation have been actively meeting with area hospitals since their formation approximately five years ago, with the closing of the hospital in Sharp County in 2004. According to Jonathan Rhodes, the foundation has spoken to White River Medical Center, UAMS, Baxter Regional Medical Center, NEA, and St. Bernard’s Healthcare.
If voter approved, the 40,000 square foot, 19-bed facility would be county-owned but not county-managed. St. Bernard’s Healthcare has expressed their interest in equipping, staffing and managing the proposed hospital, and attended the November Quorum Court meeting. The hospital would be a two-story facility, with a fully equipped emergency room, open 24/7, have a state of the art imaging center, laboratory, pharmacy, administration and food service.
White River Medical Center also attended the November meeting and told the court and audience members of their plan for a satellite emergency room at their Urgent Care Clinic on the four-lane at Cherokee Village. “We are converting to a trauma room with a CT scanner and will be open 24-7 with trained emergency room physicians,” stated Sheila Mace, WRHS Public Relations Coordinator. The clinic has received verbal approval by the Arkansas Department of Health and Mace stated the satellite ER project will proceed regardless of the outcome of the special election. The Urgent Care Clinic volume has grown, according to Mace. “We have added services as they could be sustained,” she said.
Sharp County will be reimbursed for the cost of the special election, between $20,000 to $25,000, by the Sharp County Hospital Foundation.
Voters will decide on a one percent sales tax to provide for the operation and maintenance of a new county hospital with various departments and facilities, including emergency medicine, radiology, physical therapy, acute care and rehab. Voters will also decide on a half percent sales tax to pay on the bond issuance for the construction of the hospital.
Opponents of the proposed new hospital say the new tax rate will be among the highest in the state. Local cities within the county currently have sales taxes ranging from 7.50% to 9%.
Proponents state the county has been without a hospital for ten years, and one is needed in the county, for the citizens and for future generations to come. They feel a good health care system is an integral part of community growth and stability.
Voters will decide on Tuesday, March 11.
Residents of Sharp County wishing to vote in the special election, that are not registered to vote, need to do so by February 13. Early voting begins March 4 at the Sharp County Courthouse, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sharp County Citizens for Responsible
Government can be found on Facebook.
Citizens for a County-Owned Hospital can be found at www.sharpcountyhospital.com.

Incumbent office holders need to file a Statement of Financial Interest for 2013 by Friday, January 31. State and district officials file with the Secretary of State; county, township, school officials and district judges file with the county clerk; municipal officials file with the city clerk or recorder, and members of regional boards or commissions file with the county clerk of the county in which they reside.

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

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