A record number of voters turned out for the Midterms Nov. 6, and the same rang true for the tri-county area.
On the average, voter turnout in Izard, Sharp and Fulton counties was 54 percent of registered voters. Statewide turnout was 49 percent, and Republicans topped the win list in both county and state offices.
In Izard County, 1,974 of the county’s 8,068 registered voters had cast ballots by Nov. 5.
In Izard County, Judge Eric Smith kept his seat with 3,342 votes over opponent Warren Skelton with 1,135; Earnie Blackley became Sheriff with 3,501 votes over Rick Kimble with 966; for Collector, Paul D. Womack upset incumbent Marilyn Downing in a close race 2,350 to 2,132. Walter Hagan won Justice of the Peace (JP) District 2 with 262 votes against Thomas W. Rushing with 162; for JP District 3, a runoff was declared between John Walker with 199 and Randy “Hank” Sherrell with 145, Jared Johnson received 98; JP District 4, Willie Moser incumbent, won with 205 over Michelle Graetz with 163; JP District 7, Blake Johnson won with 383 over Brian Biard with 147; for Constable of Gid, Donnie Tate won with 63 over George F. Whitfield with 28.
City of Horseshoe Bend, Craig M. Huckaby won the Mayor’s seat with 60.4% of the vote, 464 votes, over opponent Marty McKnight’s 304; Alderman Ward 3, Pos. 1, George Williamson won with 116 votes to O.G. Minze’s 48. City of Calico Rock, Greg Hamby is the new Mayor beating incumbent Ronald Guthrie 196-173; Alderman: Ward 2, Pos. 1, Steven Lively beat Cynthia L. Wildhagen 195-173; Ward 2, Pos. 2, Howard Jeffery won with 262 over Leon Cheatham’s 103; Ward 4, Pos. 2, Jim King won the seat with 257 votes against Fred Blickle with 109. City of Melbourne, Alderman: Ward 4, Pos. 2, Mike Cone won with 121 over Sonia Blankenship with 97. City of Oxford, Douglas Yancey won the Mayor’s seat against Billy Ray Harris with a vote of 155-72. City of Pineville, Joe Stephen won the Mayor’s seat against opponent Sharon K. Sanders, 41-28.
In Fulton County, 1,876 of the county’s 7,100 registered voters had cast ballots by Nov. 5.
In Fulton County, the Judge’s seat was won by Jim Kendrick with 2,010 votes over incumbent Darrell Zimmer with 1,821; JP District 3, Burton Yarnell kept his seat with 238 votes to opponent Gene McBride’s 204; JP District 5, Johnny Moody incumbent, won over Randy L. Wilson 281-178; JP District 7, Ray Matthew beat Tesa Bishop Nelson incumbent, 275-214; JP District 9, Charles R. Kendrick won with 194 votes over Jimmy Marler incumbent, 127. City of Mammoth Spring, Charles Vaughn won in a close Mayor’s race, with 178 to Jean Pace’s 173; Alderman, Ward 1, Pos. 2, Adam Davis beat Wilma Rogers, 191-158; Ward 2, Pos 1, Frankie Joan Baker won over Carla Parnell 194-146.
In Sharp County, 2,860 of the county’s 11,050 registered voters had cast ballots by Nov. 5.
In Sharp County, Coroner, Renee Clay-Circle, incumbent won with 3,494 over Seth H. Wortham with 2,107; JP District 1, Roger C. Stark incumbent, beat Phillip Sullivan, 388-360; JP District 2, Briana Dilorio incumbent, beat Garry Lawrence 453-274; JP District 5, Tony Vaughn incumbent, beat Ruth Rogers 397-192; JP District 6, Everett McGuire incumbent, won with 284 votes over opponents David R. Cook with 89, and Jackie Pickett with 168. City of Cherokee Village, Russ Stokes kept the Mayor’s seat with 741 votes to Darryl Matson’s 679; City Clerk: Deb Weichinger won with 738 over Billie J. Suiters with 621; Alderman Ward 3, Pos. 2, Stephen D. Thompson won with 938 votes over Paul R. Huensch’s 437. City of Hardy, Ernie Rose won the Mayor’s race over three opponents, getting 206 votes to Nina S. Thornton with 12, Jason Jackson with 71 and Timothy Seeger with 6; Alderman: Ward 1, Pos. 1, Bob Gilliland won 163-124 over Vickie Rice; Ward 1, Pos. 2, Penny Mendes Allen won 160-128 over Laura J. Smith; Ward 2, Pos. 1, Bruce Thurow beat Nimmi Desai 188-100; Ward 2, Pos. 2, Matthew Coggins won 182-106 over David Bathrick; Ward 3, Pos. 1, Mark Gordon beat Tracie Moore 178-109, Ward 3, Pos. 2, Sue Taylor won 158-131 over Raymond Hicks. City of Highland, Russell Truitt won the Mayor’s race over Timothy G. Eash, 220-158; Alderman: Ward 3, Pos. 1, Steven Rose beat Johnny Ivey 251-122.
Federal and State office results: U.S. Congress, District 1, Congressman Rick Crawford won with 69.83%; Gov. Asa Hutchinson won with 65.49%; Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin won with 64.36%; Atty. Gen. Leslie Rutledge won with 61.97%; Secretary of State, John Thurston won with 60.82%; State Treasurer Dennis Milligan won with 71.02%; Auditor of State Andrea Lea won with 72.47%; Commissioner of State Lands, Tommy Land won with 60.23%; State Senate District 19, James Sturch won with 72.90%; State Representative District 61, Marsh Davis won with 50.63%; State Supreme Court Associate Justice Pos. 3 Courtney Goodson won with 55.60%.
Issue No. 2 requiring photo ID to vote, Issue No. 4 Arkansas casino gaming, and Issue No. 5 increasing the Arkansas minimum wage, all passed.


Horseshoe Bend American Legion Post #344 invites everyone to the Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 at Veterans Park, beginning at 11 a.m. All citizens are invited to join the Legion in honoring the men and women who served their country in uniform. Bring your lawn chairs. On Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. the ICC High School Band and Choir will perform at the Music in the Mountains Theatre, honoring all Veterans. Everyone is invited. On Saturday, Nov. 17, there will be a Veterans Appreciation Night at the Music in the Mountains Theatre beginning at 6 p.m.
Salem VFW Post 9777 and Auxiliary invite all to the Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the memorial located at 105 Veterans Way in Salem. Follow Hwy. 395 toward Moko. Sheriff Al Roork will be the guest speaker, and chili and hot dogs will be served.
Cherokee Village American Legion Post #346 and Auxiliary invites everyone to their Veterans Day Ceremony at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland, on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Speaker will be Roger Delffs, Ret. USAF, and music will be provided by the Highland High School Band under the direction of Greg Bruner, with Denise Gibbons vocalist. On Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. the Cherokee Village American Legion Post #346 will host a ceremony at the old Highland High School gymnasium. Speaker will be Alicia Grannis, Regional Veterans Service Officer from Mountain Home.


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.


The Morriston Fire Department will be having a Chili Cook-off and Bake Sale on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the firehouse, located on Hwy. 289 South in Glencoe. Supper includes chili, a dessert and drink; donations accepted. The Department invites everyone to come and meet your local firemen and see the equipment. Politicians are welcome. Interested in becoming a firefighter? Applications are available. For more information, please call Rob at 870-293-4460 or Carol at 870-895-2663.
The Glencoe Fire Department will host a chili dinner and auction on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Fire Department located at 101 Quilt Palace Road. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the auction begins at 5 p.m.


The Salem Band Boosters present the annual Fall Festival at the Salem Elementary lunchroom on Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a costume contest, so come dressed in your best. Top winner gets a $10 Sonic gift card. There will be tons of games, candy and fun such as a cake walk, ring ross, monster boogies, a duck pond, gold digging, face painting and much more. A photo booth will be available with lots of props to choose from. Have your picture made with Gary the Greyhound! Concessions include hot dogs, chili, nachos, cotton candy, frito pie, beans and cornbread and soft drinks.
Hallows End Haunted Scare Factory will be held Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. until midnight at 90 Hwy. 62 West in Ash Flat, use service road to go to the back entrance of the factory. Cost is $10 per person and no one under the age of 13 is permitted.
Join the City of Cherokee Village for Oktoberfest on Oct. 25 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cherokee Village Town Center. There will be German and American crafted brews, brats, lawn games and live music. Proceeds support the Spring River Innovation Hub and Town Center programming.
Crossroads Baptist Church presents their Harvest Festival on Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Church is located on Hwy. 62 in Ash Flat, across from the old Alps. There will be hot dogs and hot chocolate, face painting, a hayride, candy, a cake walk, and lots of fun and games.
The Hardy Halloween Bash will be at the Hardy Civic Center from 3 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 27. There will be trick or treating along Main Street as well as a costume contest, spook house, games and food.
Join in on the fun at Mammoth Spring Spooktacular. This event offers fun for the whole family. Make plans to attend on Oct. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Main Street. There will be glow-in-the-dark t-shirts, a haunted bus, food vendors, a car smash, a haunted hayride, a Snapchat filter, a costume contest, bounce houses, a giant ghoul, lots of games, candy, and treats.
Trunk or Treat in Horseshoe Bend will be held on Oct. 31 at Cedar Glade Resort. Instead of trick or treating door to door, your kids can go trunk to trunk. Decorate your trunk and enter the contest!
Oxford Fire Department is hosting a Fall Festival Oct. 27 at the Oxford Park at 1 p.m.. This includes pie auction, games, door prizes, fire department equipment demonstration, and a pork dinner for $7 a plate. A Baggo tournament will be held and entry is $20 per team. Contact Jeremy Tanner at 870-373-5141. For more info about the festival contact Chief Alan Estes at 870-373-3374.
Salem’s seventh annual Trunk-or-Treat will be held on the square for a fun and safe event for the kids on Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. until ? This will be the last year for this event unless someone is able to take it over. Contact Lori Oelschlaeger on Facebook for more info.
The Salem Fire Department and Viola Baseball League will have their fourth annual Haunted House and Maze with a hayride from 7 to 11 p.m. on Halloween. Cost is $10 per person or $5 per person for the Haunted House only. Location is Young Road.
Ash Flat Library’s “Not Too Scary” Haunted House will be held Halloween night from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center. There will be trick-or-treat goodies, friendly ghosts and goblins.


The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st annual Sod Buster golf tournament, BBQ luncheon, and silent auction on Oct. 13. This event will take place at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The BBQ meals will include a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, and a bottle of water for $5. The golf tournament is a 3-person scramble and entry forms are available at the Pro Shop on Turkey Mountain. Proceeds from this event will help with the Chamber’s operating expenses associated with the numerous free events they host throughout the year. For more info, contact the Chamber at 870-670-5433 or horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com.
Hallows End Haunted Scare Factory will be held Oct. 13, 20 and 27 from 8 p.m. until midnight at 90 Hwy. 62 West in Ash Flat, use service road to go to the back entrance of the factory. Cost is $10 per person and no one under the age of 13 is permitted.
The Hardy Friends of the Library Book Sale will be at the Historic Hardy Gym, located at 203 School Street, on Oct. 12 and 13. For more information call 870-856-3934.
There will be a Holiday Extravaganza at the Fulton County Fairgrounds on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will be inside the Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building located at 124 Arena Lane in Salem. This is a holiday gift and decorating market featuring a number of direct marketing and craft vendors. Contact Mary Hall at 870-421-0580 to reserve your spot or for more information.
The Thayer Chamber of Commerce invites you to a Fall Festival to be held on Oct. 13 in downtown Thayer from 4 to 8 p.m. In case of rain, the date will be Oct. 20. Booth rental cost is $20; with electricity cost is $25. For additional details contact Bec Eckman at 417-280-0142 or Kim Harralston at 417-280-1139. Registration forms can be picked up at K-Kountry 95.

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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 www.hendrix.edu/ags/.


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 Izard County Consolidated School District has scheduled an Open House at all campuses for Thursday, August 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Parents, guardians and students are invited to attend this event and meet their teachers and administrators for the 2018-19 school year. New students may register from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. between now and the first day of school on August 13.
The Melbourne School District has an Open House on Thursday, August 9. Bearkatz Academy will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m.; the Elementary is from 4 to 6 p.m.; fourth through sixth grade orientation is at 4 p.m. at the Melbourne Elementary Gym; the High School Open House runs from 5 to 7 p.m.; seventh grade orientation is at 5 p.m.; and ninth grade orientation is at 5:30 p.m. The first day of school is on August 13.
The Calico Rock School District will host Open House on Thursday, August 9 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at both the Elementary and High School. Seventh grade students will meet in the High School Cafeteria at 6 p.m. The first day of school is on August 15.
The Salem School District will hold an Open House on Thursday, August 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at both the Elementary and High School. The first day of school is on August 13.


story and photo submitted by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
HARDY – A sinkhole that opened in the Spring River last month has been closed, Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston announced Thursday, July 12.
The Commissioner of State Lands office, alongside the Attorney General’s office, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Geological Survey, the Arkansas Department of Transportation, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork and Fulton County Judge Darrell Zimmer, as well as local landowners and volunteers, completed work Thursday repairing the sinkhole, located south of Mammoth Spring.
The team of officials used a track hoe to collapse the travertine roof of the sinkhole. The structure fell into itself, resolving the water hazard that had been created by erosion that claimed the life of one person in early June.
State, federal and local officials had met in June to discuss the hazard and to determine how to correct the problem and ensure public safety. They enlisted the help of hydrogeologist Tom Aley, PG with Ozark Underground Laboratory in Potem, MO. After visiting the site, where Aley conducted a survey of the area with a dye tracing technique to determine the characteristics of the hazard, the agencies began examining potential fixes.
Thurston extended thanks to all of the agencies and individuals involved in the project.
He acknowledged additional assistance from Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Sen. Missy Irvin, as well as the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for expediting permits for the work.
“Without the tireless work of many people, we would not have completed this project in a timely manner,” he said. “Each agency, official and volunteer has given a great amount of time to put together the plan and act upon it before anyone else was injured.”


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce event details for this year’s Independence Day celebration. The theme will be We the People and activities will take place throughout the day on Wednesday, July 4.
Bargains in the Bend, an outdoor yard sale of sorts, will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will be the exclusive food vendor and they will have burgers, brats and hotdogs ready as early as 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and will travel the same route as last year. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church will host their annual ice cream social from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
At 12 p.m., local residents will present a dramatic reading called, “We the People.” This event is free to attend and will take place in the Little Theatre. Everyone is encouraged to find a good viewing area of Crown Lake around 5 p.m. to watch the flotilla on parade. From there, drive on up to Turkey Mountain and enjoy some live music before the fireworks begin at dusk.
For more information, please email: horseshoebendarcc@yahoo.com or call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433.
Salem
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Fireworks in the Park Celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 4 at the Salem City Park.
The chamber invites everyone out to this free event to enjoy the fun, food, music, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The chamber will be selling armbands for $5 each for bounce houses for the kids and will also sell inexpensive patriotic toys, hand fans, and flags. There will be food vendors set up on the east side of the park.
At 6 p.m. the Salem VFW Post will perform the Colors Flag. At 7 p.m. there will be entertainment on the east side of the City Park. In conjunction with the Fireworks in the Park Celebration, Hall Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.
At dark spectators at the City Park, Rodeo Arena, and surrounding areas can enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. Local businesses are encouraged to send your donation P.O. Box 649, Salem, AR 72576 before June 30.
Calico Rock
The Calico Rock Lions club will once again bring the community their Annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday, July 3, at Hwy. 56 in Calico Rock. The Lions will be stationed at park exits following the conclusion of the show accepting donations from attendees who wish to show their appreciation and help support local Lions’ charitable projects.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Independence Day Celebration will be on Wednesday, July 4. The list of events include: Cherokee Village Fire Fighters Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Baseheart Fire Station from 6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Patriotic Boat Parade at 7 p.m.; Thunder on Thunderbird Fireworks Show, Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Arkansas at 9 p.m.
Melbourne
Fireworks show on the Fourth of July is free to the public thanks to FNBC and the City of Melbourne. The gates to the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road will open at 6 p.m. with entertainment by Sarah Jo Sample and the Natural Disasters from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be three bounce houses/slides for children. Concessions will be available. The fireworks will start at dark.
Hardy
The Hardy Independence Celebration at Loberg Park, presented by the Hardy A&P Commission, will be held June 30.
There will be live music and water slides from 3 p.m. to dark. There will be Food Trucks – Auntie Anne’s, Leaves and Beans, Robert’s Country Fried Cooking with cuisine to fit the youngest to the fittest to the seasoned appetites.
There will be a Kids’ Bike Decorating Parade at 7 p.m. and prizes will be given out.


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.”
University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas.com.


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.
Oxford
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
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.
Hardy
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.


Several races have emerged following the filing deadline of March 1 for candidates running for county offices.
Filings in Izard County, for Judge, Eric Smith (R) incumbent, Thomas Ward (D), Warren Skelton (D); Sheriff, Earnie Blackley (R), Carl Russell (R), Rick Kimble (D); Clerk, Shelly Downing (D) incumbent; Treasurer, Warren Sanders (R) incumbent; Collector, Marilyn Downing (D) incumbent, Paul D. Womack (R); Justice of the Peace: District 1, Justin Sanders (D) incumbent; District 2, Thomas W. Rushing (D) incumbent, Walter Hagan (R); District 3, Jared Johnson (D), Randy “Hank” Sherrell (I), John Walker (R), Dale Ivy (R); District 4, Willie Moser (D) incumbent, Michelle Graetz (R); District 5, John David Miller (D) incumbent; District 6, Seth Engelhardt (D) incumbent; District 7, Brian Biard (D), Tony Gill (I), Christopher Blake Johnson (R); District 8, Wayne Boren (D) incumbent; District 9, Richard “Rich” Emmens (R) incumbent; Constable: Millcreek, Timothy Whitehurst (D) incumbent; Pleasant Hill, John Mark Rogers, (I); Gid, George F. Whitfield (I), Donnie Tate (I); School Board, Melbourne, Phillip Edwards (I) incumbent.
Filings in Fulton County, for Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) incumbent, Brock Love (D), Jim Kendrick (R); Sheriff, Albert “Al” Roork (D) incumbent; Clerk, Vickie Bishop (D) incumbent; Treasurer, Seth Jones (D) incumbent, Barry Abney (D); Collector, Michalle Watkins (D) incumbent; Assessor, Brad Schaufler (D) incumbent; Coroner, Steven C. Barker (D) incumbent; Surveyor, Brian Keen (D) incumbent; Justice of the Peace: District 1, Cris Newberry (D) incumbent; District 2, Lynn Guffey (I) incumbent; District 3, Burton Yarnell, (D) incumbent, Michael Barnett (D), Gene McBride (R); District 4, Seth Martin (D) incumbent, Bill Worsham (D); District 5, Johnny Moody (D) incumbent, Randy L. Wilson (R); District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) incumbent; District 7, Tesa Bishop Nelson (D) incumbent, Ray Matthew (R); District 8, Jack Haney (D) incumbent; District 9, Jimmy Marler (D) incumbent, Charles R. Kendrick (R); Constable Township #1, Clay Divelbiss (D). In the City of Salem: Mayor, Daniel Busch (D) incumbent; Jimmy D. McBride (D); Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Betty Teague (D) incumbent; Ward 1, Position 2, Marcia Newton, (D) incumbent; Ward 2, Position 1, Richard Frazier (D) incumbent; Ward 2, Position 2, Ted York (D) incumbent; School Board: Salem, Position 3, Jason Miller, incumbent; Viola, Position 3, Max Ray Shrable, incumbent.
Filings in Sharp County, for Judge, Gene Moore (I) incumbent; Treasurer, Wanda Girtman (D) incumbent; Sheriff, Mark Counts (I) incumbent; Clerk, Alisa Black (I); Assessor, Kathy Nix (I) incumbent; Tax Collector, Charlotte Ratliff (I) incumbent; 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 3, Greg Prenger (D) incumbent; District 4, Chuck Murphy (D) incumbent; District 5, Tony Vaughn (R) incumbent, Derek Ford (R), Ruth Rogers (D); District 6, Everett McGuire (R) incumbent, David R. Cook (D), Jackie Pickett (I); District 7, Bart Schulz (I) incumbent; District 8, Jeral Hastings (D) incumbent; District 9, Todd Price (I) incumbent; Constable: District 1, Kevin Dienst (D) incumbent; District 2, Steven R. Rose (D) incumbent; District 3, Mary Wanley (D) incumbent; District 4, Michael R. Orosz (I) incumbent; District 5, Kelly Newcom (R) incumbent; District 6, Israel Hester (D); District 7, Eric J. Pickle (D) incumbent, District 9, Aaron Hunter (D) incumbent; School Board: Highland, Position 2, Jason Rhodes incumbent; Position 3, Julea Garner incumbent; Cave City, Position 5, Donald Simmons incumbent, Jon Hodges.
The Preferential Primary Election is Tuesday, May 22. Voters will decide on candidates in the Democrat and Republican races. Deadline to register to vote in the Preferential Primary is Monday, April 23.


The Mammoth Spring Lady Bears battled hard this season and after almost 17 years, made it to the State Elite 8.
The young team drew a bye for first round in state and took on the Quachita Lady Warriors on Wednesday, February 28 at the Devil Dog Arena in Morrilton.
The Lady Bears led by 14 points at the half and never looked back, defeating the Lady Warriors 85-67.
Mammoth Spring rallied to a 50-36 halftime lead and were ahead by 20 at the half, 68-48.
Whitlee Layne had game high points with 27, Brianna Hocum had 19, Stephine Henry hit 14 and Lauren Mitchell scored 12.
The Lady Bears (30-11) met the Kirby Lady Trojans in quarterfinal action on Friday, March 2, another young team, and the battle ensued. The Lady Bears were down by three at the end of the first quarter, but scored 19 points to lead the Lady Trojans at the half 32-29.
The Lady Bears set the pace, outscoring their opponent in the third quarter, and kept the lead, 45-38.
The Lady Trojans tied the game 45-all with a little over four minutes left in the game, and the Lady Bears regained the lead for a short time. The Lady Bear’s season came to an end with a loss to the Lady Trojans 61-55.
Layne led the Lady Bears with 23 and Mitchell scored 10.
Coach Denny Young praised his team and their great season. “It’s all about the experience, getting to play post-season,” said Young. “This is a close-knit group, and everybody is coming back next year.”
Congratulations Lady Bears on a great season!
JUMP FOR IT: Brianna Hocum hauls in a rebound against Kirby at Morrilton. Photo/D.Russell


The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Sixth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Wednesday, February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 7 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR, 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.


The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Sixth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is Wednesday, February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 7 issue of Pacesetting Times. We ask that each family submit only one photo per category.
Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. In order to successfully enter the contest, you must send your name, age, phone number, and a brief description of your picture along with your photo.
You can enter the contest via email at pacesetting@centurytel.net, via mail Pacesetting Times, P.O. Box 132, Franklin, AR, 72536, or drop by our office at 703 S. Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend. The Pacesetting Times reserves the right to refuse inappropriate photography.


by Tom Doty
The Young at Heart, a ministry of elders of Salem First Baptist Church, are pleased to welcome you to a night of Southern Gospel music with The McKameys of Clinton, TN.
The singing is set for February 16 and begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken. If you have not seen this group preform before, you are in for a great evening.
If there is one word that describes The McKameys, it would be sincere.
Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love for the Lord, sincere in their love for the music they sing, and sincere in their need to spread the Word to others through their music.
Organized as a trio of sisters, Dora, Peg, and Carol McKamey, in 1954, the group is in its fifth decade of spreading love and blessing through the music they sing. Even though there have been several changes in the group’s makeup, the wonderful harmonies, great songs and sheer joy of singing has never gone away. Whether they are performing I’ve Made Up My Mind, Roll That Burden On Me, I Will Trust You Lord, Right On Time, Arise, or earlier hits like Who Put The Tears or God On The Mountain, there is a light that shines through onstage and an energy that carries them through the night when they perform.
First Baptist Church of Salem invites you to come and experience The McKameys on February 16 at 7 p.m. Salem First Baptist Church is located at 552 Highway 62 East. For more information please contact the church at 870-895-2330. We look forward to seeing each of you.


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.


by Ann Wilson
It is time to make another New Year’s resolution. This year, make a resolution that you will enjoy keeping. There is no dieting or exercising involved.
Come and join the Country Quilters Quilt Guild, where you will enjoy the company of the most talented and giving ladies in the area. Think that you cannot quilt, no problem. Think that you cannot sew a straight line, no problem. Come to the guild and help to give back to our community.
The Guild meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Orange Room at the NAEC in Salem. This month’s meeting is on January 10 and this month’s project is notebook covers. If you have any questions call Ann Wilson at 870-895-3373.


Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork and other law enforcement officers and community leaders are getting ready for the first Shop with a Cop Program for Fulton County. The Shop with a Cop Program is a fantastic event which pairs children, who may not have a Christmas or have never got to shop for gifts with a local law enforcement officer, to shop for gifts for themselves and family members. On December 9, children will be transported by the officers to the Ash Flat Wal-Mart for a shopping spree.
The Fulton County program was initiated last December after Sharp County held a very successful event for 105 children. Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts and John Kunkel from First Community Bank met with Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork and Fulton County Fair Manager Carolyn Lewis and offered their help in starting a program in Fulton County. Representative Scott Baltz, Senator Linda Collins-Smith, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Wal-Mart at Ash Flat, First Community Bank and Kunkel each pledged funds for the Fulton County project. After hearing about the program, the Saddle Baptist Church started a monthly donation to the fund and community organizations and individuals have made donations; however, there is still a need for funds for the program. The goal is to involve 40 to 50 children and to have funds for $100 per child.
Businesses, organizations and individuals who want to make a donation can drop it off at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office or the Fulton County Fair Office. Donations can also be mailed to Shop with a Cop, P.O. Box 910, Salem, AR 72576. For more information on the program contact the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office or call the Fulton County Fair Office at 870-895-5565.


‘Hounds set school record making it to State Final Four
by Bobby Stapleton
After reaching the third round of the State Football Playoffs for only the second time, the Greyhounds matched up against a familiar foe, conference rival Earle.
Earle had won the conference and had the home field advantage, but Salem was coming into the game on a hot streak.
After winning the toss and deferring until the second half, the Greyhound defense took the field first. Earle wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard, using a six play, 82 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown with a second over two minutes gone in the game.
Salem started their first drive on their own 33 yard line and back-to-back runs by Jordan Turner picked up a fresh set of downs and more, setting Salem up at the Earle 40. After trading out penalties on second down and needing only five more yards to move the sticks, Salem went back to Turner who went left side all the way down to the 11 yard line. From there, the Greyhounds stalled out and Paul Goetzmann booted a 27 yard field goal to put Salem on the board.
Earle increased their lead on their next series, going up 14-3 with 2:21 left in the first quarter. After stalling out on their second series, the Greyhounds had to punt the ball back over to Earle who used a five play drive that covered 85 yards for their third TD of the game, going up 20-3 with 8:21 left before half.
Salem had trouble getting untracked on their third series and went three and out. With things looking bleak, the defense stepped up and changed the outlook. Holding Earle to six yards on three plays, Salem forced the Bulldogs into a punting situation. A bobbled snap by Earle was the break Salem needed and a tackle in the backfield, before they could get the punt away, gave Salem the ball only 20 yards from paydirt.
One play, one score. QB Harrison Henley hit Austin Goodson with the pass for the touchdown. Goetzmann split the uprights and Salem was right back in it, only trailing 10-20.
Earle used up pretty much all the time left in the first half on their next drive, scoring their fourth TD with 37 seconds left. Once again, just when things were looking bleak for Salem, a big play comes through. Goodson took the ensuing kickoff and went 80 yards on the return to keep in the game, trailing 17-28 at the half.
Salem got the ball to open the third, but stalled out at the Earle 23 yard line, turning the ball over on downs. Earle got the momentum going on their next play, which was a 77 yard touchdown then added the two point conversion, going up 36-17 with 6:44 left in the third. The Greyhounds started their next drive on their own 32. With Goodson and Turner churning up the yards and getting Salem all the way down to the Earle 39. With a mix or pass plays and the ground game keeping the defense guessing, Salem got down to the four yard line on a run by Turner. Back-to-back QB keepers by Henley got Salem into the endzone with 2:15 left in the quarter. With Goetzmann nailing the PAT, Salem only trailed 24-36.
Salem looked to have things going their way after recovering the onside kick on Earle’s side of the 50. With a draw play to Turner on second down and Eli Hale busting through the line for a first down at the Earle 36, Salem was looking to close the gap on the scoreboard. On second and 15, Henley hit Ethan Sanders with a pass that picked up 11. Two plays later, Salem turned the ball over to Earle on a fumble on the second play of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs did not waste time and punched the ball in for a touchdown, going up 42-24 with 6:32 left in the game.
After forcing Salem to turn the ball over on downs on the Greyhound’s next possession, Earle scored once again with 2:53 left, going up 50-24.
Salem started their next drive on their own 20 and with three straight runs by Peyton Barker that moved the ball down to the Earle 30, a facemask penalty against the Bulldogs moved the ball even closer to the endzone for the Greyhounds. After moving down to the five yard line for a fresh set of downs, Turner bulled his way over the goal line for a touchdown with :11 left on the clock. Goetzmann provided the PAT to set the final score of 50-31, with Earle advancing to the next round.
Salem Football continues
After a defeat at Earle in the third round of the State Playoffs sent Salem into the offseason and onto the hardwood for basketball, a surprising turn of events has reversed the course for the Greyhounds.
Earle self-reported the use of an ineligible player during this season to the AAA and declared the season and all games a forfeit. With the sudden change of events, the AAA has slotted the Greyhounds in as the team in the semi-finals of the State Playoffs and they will be taking on Foreman with only one win separating them from a trip to War Memorial Stadium for the Championship game.
With the announcement coming mid-week, the AAA actually stepped up and did the right and fair thing, they postponed the games for a week to allow Salem to get back into football mode and prepare for the game. Salem will travel to Foreman for the 7 p.m. matchup this Friday night.
Good luck Coach Wiggins and the Greyhounds!


Due to the basketball tournament at Mammoth Spring High School on December 9, the following changes to the Christmas Parade and related activities have been made:
1. Christmas Parade line up has been moved to 8th Street at 5 p.m.
2. Christmas Extravaganza activities are cancelled from 3 to 6 p.m.
3. Pictures with Santa at the Mammoth Spring Fire Department will go on as planned.
4. The Christmas Parade at 6 p.m., Choir performance and Little Miss Merry Christmas crowning will all go on as planned.
The Chamber of Commerce thanks you for your cooperation on this and hopes to see you there!


The Old Main Schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper and pie auction Saturday, November 11, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of Old Main. Local and state elected officials and those considering a run for office are invited to meet and greet with attendees during the event.
There is no set admission fee; however, donations will be greatly appreciated to benefit the Old Main restoration project.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main. The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening. Volunteers with the Friends of Old Main have worked during the past three years to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities. Recent additions include a central air conditioning unit for the auditorium.
For more information about the Fourth Annual Chili Supper and Pie Auction or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the Friends of Old Main Board of Directors, at 870-710-0720.


The Old Main Schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper and pie auction Saturday, November 11, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Friends of Old Main. Local and state elected officials and those considering a run for office are invited to meet and greet with attendees during the event.
There is no set admission fee; however, donations will be greatly appreciated to benefit the Old Main restoration project.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main. The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening. Volunteers with the Friends of Old Main have worked during the past three years to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities. Recent additions include a central air conditioning unit for the auditorium.
For more information about the Fourth Annual Chili Supper and Pie Auction or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the Friends of Old Main Board of Directors, at 870-710-0720.


SECOND ALTERNATES AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR PAGEANT: Sydney Elizabeth Brown (r) 18 year old daughter of Terry and Becky Brown of Viola. She is a senior at Calico Rock High School and will attend Harding University at Searcy. Mary Katherine Estes, 19 year old daughter of Jason and Monica Estes of Salem. She is a 2016 graduate of Salem High School and is attending Arkansas State University Mountain Home. See additional photos on page 8 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


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.


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that the City of Horseshoe Bend will host a Halloween Trunk or Treat. The event will take place on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall parking lot on Halloween from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The gazebo will be decorated and reserved as a free photo booth area, so be sure to bring your phone or camera. Horseshoe Bend Fire and Rescue will give away free hot dogs to kids in costume; burgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase. The DJ Doctor will provide music, and there will be two rows set up for trick-or-treaters to collect candy from. One row will be reserved for parked automobiles and the other row will be for tables and lawn chairs. To ensure the safety of all those ghosts and goblins, everyone handing out candy should be parked and/or set by 5 p.m.
The Chamber would also like to see businesses participating in this event by decorating a table or trunk. For more information, please call the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433 or contact them via Facebook at facebook.com/hsbacc.
The Horseshoe Bend Library will have a Pumpkin Ball program on Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m. Children should come dressed in their Halloween costume. They will be reading several books as a prelude to Halloween. The Library will be decorated and several activities, treats, surprises are planned. Cut off for age is 13 years.
Residents at CrownPoint Health and Rehab in Horseshoe Bend will be passing out candy on Halloween night from 6 to 7 p.m.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located on Hwy. 56 in Violet Hill, will have their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. Inflatables, hayride, pumpkin seed spitting contest, hot dog eating contest, marshmallow eating contest, chili cook-off and more will be available that afternoon. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Oxford
Oxford Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot. Decorated trunks, games, food and prizes will be the entertainment on Halloween at 6 p.m.
Melbourne
Belview Baptist Church is having a trunk and treat fall festival in the church parking lot with decorated trunks, games, food and prizes on Sunday, October 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department will be handing out candy at the Firehouse by the school starting at 5 p.m. on Halloween.
Salem
Trunk or Treat will be held on the Salem Square on Halloween night.
At the Salem Methodist Church parking lot on Saturday, October 28 from 3 to 6 p.m., there will be food, games and fun. Everyone is invited.
Southfork River Therapy and Living Center will host their annual Fall Festival on October 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be games for children with prizes and candy.
Salem First Baptist Church will have their Trunk-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 25 at 5 p.m.
A Fall Festival will be held at Salem Elementary cafeteria on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., open to the public. Games, cake walk, ring toss and more. Twenty-five cents per ticket and most games are one to four tickets each.
Faith Country Church, located on Hwy. 9 South in Salem, invites you to attend their Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Viola
The Viola Volunteer Fire Department will present a Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 7 p.m. The Department is located on Hwy. 223 south in Viola. This is a spooktacular family fun event with tricks and treats for all.
Mammoth Spring
The Mammoth Spring Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to their Spooctacular event on Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. on Main Street. There will be games and activities for the entire family. If you would like to be a vendor, it is free. All you need to do is come up with a creative Halloween-themed game for the kids and come play and hand out candy as a prize. Event tickets will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. in front of City Hall and with a purchase of $10 in tickets, each kid will receive a free Spooktacular t-shirt compliments of the event sponsors. Sunni Stevens and K Kountry 95 will have a live remote from 5 to 7 p.m. as well as a costume contest with prizes at 6:30 p.m. next to Simmons Bank. There will be several food vendors. New this year is a fun Snapchat filter.
The Mammoth Spring Fire Department will have their annual Haunted Hayride as well as a Car Smash.
Ash Flat
Crossroads Baptist Church will present their Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 28 at 6 p.m. There will be funnelcakes, hotdogs, hot chocolate, hayrides, face painting, games and more. The Church is located on Hwy. 62 before the Ash Flat stoplight on the left.
Hallows End is being held in Ash Flat on the backside of Vinco, 90 Hwy. 62W. This haunted house is open on October 21, 28 and on Halloween night from 8 p.m. to midnight. They stop the line at 11:30 p.m. to ensure everyone gets to go through.
They ask that no children under eight years old participate because of the scare factor. Cost is $10 per person. This is not a quick in-and-out experience, it is well worth the money and time.
The Book Lovers Brigade and Ash Flat Library will host a Not Too Scary Haunted House on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ash Flat Community Center located at 20 Arnhart Street.
Highland
Highland Band Boosters will hold their Fall Fest and Cake Walk on Saturday, October 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the AL Hutson Memorial Center. There will be hayrides, face painting, hair streaking, white elephant gifts, concessions and tons of games available.
Hardy
Rock this House of Ash Flat is having a Pumpkin Dash on Saturday, October 28 at Loberg Park in Hardy.
Trick or Treat will be held on Main Street in Hardy on Halloween. There will be a costume contest and more.


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.


ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Cole Young and Zander Laxton knock the helmet off the runner during their Homecoming game against Cross County on Friday, October 6. See full story and additional photos on page 5 of this week’s edition. stapletonshots.com


By Suzonne Harber
The 2017 Greyhound Homecoming is fast approaching. On October 6, the Salem Greyhounds will face the Cross County Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. at Greyhound stadium. Homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Homecoming court includes the following ladies: Erin Cameron, Autumn Freeman, Ashton Guiltner, Quincy Humphries, Kendra Rich, Dagni Hall, Keeleigh Smith, Allie Berry, Rory Walling, McKenzie Bontrager, Mackenzie Hill, Brittney Worsham, Morgan Johnson, Allie Sanders, Kaydence Bailey and Chelsea Hamilton.
The week of October 6, we hope to see everyone joined us in supporting the Greyhounds by showing your school spirit.
Mark your calendars for October 6 and join us to root for the Greyhounds!


by Bobby Stapleton
The Greyhounds welcomed the Panthers from Yellville-Summit on September 8 and sent the visitors home with their second loss, while Salem stayed undefeated in the young season.
Salem came out hot on defense, holding Yellville to a three and out first series, getting the ball on their own 35. The ‘Hounds picked up yards from Eli Hale, then Jordan Turner hit for back to back runs for 16 yards and a new set of downs. Salem stalled out and had to punt the ball back to Yellville.
The Panthers covered 53 yards in five plays then converted the two-point conversion to go up 8-0 with 6:21 left in the first.
Salem only needed nine plays to cover 50 yards to tie the game when Turner crashed in for a yard out then converted the two-point conversion to make it 8-all with 3:30 left in the first frame.
The Panthers came storming back, marching downfield but Logan Jewell picked off a Tyler Ramey pass at midfield and returned it to the 32 yard line. Four plays later, Turner put Salem up 14-8 with an eight yard romp. Paul Goetzmann split the uprights to make it a 15-8 Greyhound advantage with less than a half a minute left in the first.
Yellville wasted no time in swinging the momentum back in their favor. The Panthers put together a three play 67 yard scoring drive capped by a 56 yard touchdown pass just two plays into the second quarter. After a two point conversion, Yellville held a 16-15 lead.
Salem didn’t keep the ball long and punted it back to Yellville who had a first and ten from the Salem 41, when Ethan Davis crashed through the line for a sack that pushed the Panthers into a second and 19. Yellville didn’t recover and were forced to punt, but the Panthers punt team came up with a score. Salem mishandled the ball and were forced to run the ball out of the endzone but Yellville made the tackle for the safety, pushing their lead to 18-13.
Salem came out firing in the second half, taking the ball and marching downfield and used a 21 yard TD run by Turner to cap a six play drive to retake the lead. Goetzmann hit his second PAT to up the ‘Hounds up 22-18.
Yellville marched downfield to try and retake the lead but Ian King picked off a pass in the endzone to thwart the Panthers. After Salem stalled and turned the ball back over on downs, Yellville was once again stymied when King picked off his second pass three plays later.
Yellville was feeling the crushing effect of the defense of Salem when their next possession ended on a fumble and Tommy Perkins recovered it for Salem.
Yellville found themselves with the ball with 1:26 left in the game and starting marching downfield trying to retake the lead.
After getting out to their own 42 and less than 30 seconds left, the Panthers went to the air once again but King picked off his third interception on the night, preserving the Salem lead and the Greyhounds claimed the win to stay undefeated.
Pictured: Greyhound QB Harrison Henley fires on the run against Yellville-Summit. Photo/stapletonshots.com


Rabbit season opened on September 1 and will remain open until February 28, 2018. The daily limit per person is eight rabbits. Total possession limit per person is 16.
Rabbits may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.
Rabbits may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.
Up to eight box traps, with interior dimensions up to eight inches wide and ten inches tall, may be used.
Squirrel
Squirrel season has been open since mid-May and remains open until February 28, 2018 as well. Each person can harvest 12 squirrels a day and have 48 in their possession.
Squirrels may not be hunted with rifles or pistols larger than .22 caliber rimfire or with muzzleloaders larger than .40 caliber unless a modern gun or muzzleloading deer season, bear season or coyote season is open.
Squirrels may not be hunted with shotguns using rifled slugs or shot larger than T shot.
Northern Bobwhite
Northern Bobwhite season (quail) will open on November 1 this year and close on February 4, 2018. One’s daily limit is six quail; possession limit total is 12.
While training bird dogs, you may use handguns or shotguns with blank ammunition. Pen-raised quail may be taken with a Shoot-To-Kill Bird Dog Field Training Permit.
This permit is available from your local wildlife officer.
Duck, Coot and Merganser
Duck, Coot and Merganser season dates are November 18 through 26, December 7 through 23, and December 26 through January 28, 2018.
Duck daily bag limit is six, which may include no more than four mallards (two hens), three scaup, three wood ducks, one pintail, two redheads, one canvasback, one black duck and one mottled duck. If not listed, up to six ducks of a species (including teal) may be taken.
Coot daily bag limit is 15.
Merganser daily bag limit is five, which may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Possession limit for ducks, coots and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit.


Does your fitness program need a little boost now that the summer is winding down?
The Fall edition of Walk Across Arkansas begins September 17 and runs through November 18.
“Over the last decade, thousands of Arkansans have made Walk Across Arkansas their opportunity to start or continue a fitness program,” said Lisa Washburn, associate professor-health, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“While we are not really walking across the state, we do have thousands of people across Arkansas who form teams and commit to eight weeks of exercise,” she said. “Many of our participants have credited Walk Across Arkansas with making fitness a permanent part of their daily routine.”
Registration for Walk Across Arkansas opened on September 5.
Information and registration can be found at http://bit.ly/WAA-Fall-2017.
For more information about Walk Across Arkansas or other extension fitness programs, contact your county extension agent or visit www.uaex.edu.


On Saturday, August 26 a man walked into the Palace Drug Store in Mammoth Spring with a gun, demanding drugs.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, at 10:47 a.m. the man walked into the store and demanded Oxycodone. After receiving the drug he left driving a light colored car with Missouri plates. “The man was identified in minutes and a be-on-the-lookout was issued for the subject in surrounding counties in Arkansas and Missouri,” stated Roork in his press release issued August 28.
At 6:34 p.m., a Howell County Deputy spotted the subject in a silver Chevrolet Impala traveling south on Hwy. 17 toward Lanton, at a high rate of speed. The deputy was able to get the vehicle stopped and took the 35 year old man into custody.
Roork’s press release stated formal charges are being filed in Fulton County charging the man with armed robbery and theft. “He will be extradited back to Arkansas later this week to face the charges in Fulton County Circuit Court,” said Roork.
According to a press release from Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, Mammoth Spring Chief Michael Davis and Officer Tim Vanderpool have returned Michael S. Byrd, age 35 of West Plains, MO. Byrd waived extradition to return to Fulton County after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Fulton County. He has been charged in Fulton County Circuit Court with aggravated robbery, a class y felony; theft of property, a class b felony; and trafficking a controlled substance, a class y felony. He will appear on September 20 in Circuit Court.


Beginning September 5, Ozarka College in Mammoth Spring will offer free evening GED classes. The classes will meet on Tuesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. Evening GED classes will also be available at Salem High School, meeting on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ozarka College’s adult education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant, and disability accommodations are available upon request. Registration is ongoing. For additional information on free GED classes, please call Ozarka College’s Adult Education Department at 870.368.2051.


CHECK PRESENTATION: Cory Tyler, Bank of Salem Human Resource Director, presented a check to Salem Golf Coach J.W. Blevins for $600 for the 2017 Greyhound Classic which was held on August 5. Bank of Salem has been sponsoring the Greyhound Classic Golf Tournament for 26 years.


Jr. High Football
Thursday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 31, Mtn. View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 7, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 14, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 21, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 28, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 5, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 12, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 19, TBA
Thursday, October 26, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
*Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sr. High Football
Tuesday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 1, Salem at Mountain View – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 8, Yellville-Summit at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 15, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 22, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, September 29, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 6, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 13, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 20, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 27, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 2, TBA
* Conference Games


by Karen Sherrell
Salem Schools have started a volleyball program and the team has been diligently practicing throughout the entire summer.
Under the guidance of Coach Lena Smith, the new teams have come a long way. “We’ve been practicing skills and fundamentals, and they have done well. The girls will gain more confidence as they play more games,” said Smith.
No stranger to coaching, Smith, a Salem alumni, coached volleyball at Mountain Home for six years, and Junior Olympic volleyball for two years. In addition to her coaching position, Smith teaches 8th and 9th grade Social Studies, 8th grade Arkansas and World History, Civics and Economics, and is the Assistant Softball coach at Salem.
This being their pilot year, the Salem Volleyball team is classified as a JV team. Next year they will have Senior and Junior Varsity in the 1A-4A District.
“We got lucky to fill in games this year, because the schedules were all done,” said Smith.
The senior high and junior high teams travel to Walnut Ridge for their first game on Monday, August 21, with a busy schedule each week through mid-October. “The more we see, the more they’ll improve,” said Smith.


by Karen Sherrell
Charges have been upgraded on Jennifer Lea Collins for the second time in three months, following an autopsy of her victim.
According to Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tom Garner, charges have been upgraded from battery first degree to murder second degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, Collins, and subsequently dying.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten. Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers.
Collins has additionally been charged with abuse of endangered or impaired person, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Charges were filed on August 16.
Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins is facing a minimum six years up to 30 years on the charge of second degree murder.
Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Proseucting Attorney Henry Boyce stated, “After carefully reviewing the evidence in this case including a review of the autopsy and consultation with the Crime Lab Medical Examiner, I decided that the upgrade in charges was warranted.”


On August 3, the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, Salem Police and Fulton County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant on the residence of 28 year old Elizabeth “Beth” Howell in Salem. As a result of the warrant, Howell has been charged with maintaining a drug premises, a class b felony; possession of a controlled substance with the purpose to deliver – methamphetamine, a class a felony; use or possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class a misdemeanor; use or possession to use drug paraphernalia, a class d felony; and use or possession to use drug paraphernalia with the purpose to analyze methamphetamine, a class b felony. Howell was released on Friday, August 4, after the posting of a $100,000 bond. She will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 2, Ricky D. Pitchford, age 60 of Salem, was charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a class d felony; possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to store, contain, or conceal a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a class d felony; possession of a controlled substance – marijuana, a class a misdemeanor. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 3, Joseph Reilly, age 47 of Cherokee Village, was arrested for possession of a prescribed narcotic drug outside the container which it was dispensed, a class d felony. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.


On August 4, charges were filed in Fulton County Circuit Court on a mother and son in connection with an incident that happened in Bexar and Mitchell on June 6. Debra Goodson, age 57, and Louis J. Goodson, age 32, have been charged with aggravated residential burglary, a class y felony; aggravated cruelty to a dog, a class d felony; aggravated assault, a class d felony; false imprisonment, a class a felony; battery in the first degree, a class b felony; criminal mischief in the first degree, a class d felony; and in addition to these charges D. Goodson has also been charged with possession of a defaced firearm, a class d felony. D. Goodson has bonded on a $100,000 bond. L. Goodson is being held on a $1,000,000 bond. Both will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 4, Blake Duvall, age 38 of Russellville, was charged with aggravated assault on a family or household member, a class d felony; and aggravated residential burglary, a class y felony. Judge Johnnie Copeland placed a $50,000 bond on Duvall. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.
On August 3, Jonah Thomas Bivins, age 27 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested for domestic battery in the second degree, a class d felony; and false imprisonment, a class c felony. He will appear in Fulton County Circuit Court on August 22.


Melbourne School District
Melbourne Elementary Open House will be Thursday, August 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. Melbourne High School Open House will be Thursday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Seventh grade orientation will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the ninth grade orientation starting at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Salem School District
Salem School District will be hosting an Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 10. The Open House will be on both the Elementary and High School campuses from 6 to 7 p.m.
Izard County Consolidated School District
ICC School District will host their Open House for students and parents on Thursday, August 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the High School, Middle School and Elementary.
New students may register until August 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m


Saturday, July 22 – Junior Fair Queen & Fair Queen Pageants at 7 p.m.
Youth Talent Contest at 7 p.m., contestants arrive by 6:45 p.m.
Salem Civic Center is location for both
Monday, July 24 – All Creative Arts Exhibits check-in from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Building
Tuesday, July 26 – Shaver Plumbing and Hardware Day at the Fair
Creative Arts Judging at 10 a.m. (Exhibit Bldg. Closed to Public until 3 p.m.)
Commercial Exhibits Check-In from 2 to 5 p.m. Civic Center (open until 8 p.m.)
Shaver Plumbing and Hardware Fair Horse Show and Horse Show Queen
Contest at 6 p.m. in Clayton-Plumlee-Walling Arena
Baby Girl, Baby Boy, Tiny Tot Girl, Tiny Tot Boy & Little Miss Pageants at 7 p.m. in
the Salem Civic Center
Wednesday, July 26 – FNBC Community Bankers Day at the Fair
FNBC Veterans Day – All Veterans will be honored starting at 10:30 a.m. in
the Civic Center. Lunch for Veterans provided by FNBC
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 12 to 7 p.m.
Beta Sigma Phi Apple Pie Baking Contest at 3 p.m.
Poultry Check-In for those whose last name starts with A-M from 3 to 5 p.m.
Poultry Check-In for those whose last name starts with N-Z from 5 to 7 p.m.
Livestock and Rabbits Check-In from 5 to 7 p.m.
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m.
Hall Rodeo LLC (ACA Sanctioned) – 8 p.m. Arena
Thursday, July 27 – Bank of Salem Day at the Fair
Swine Judging at 8 a.m.
Rabbit Showmanship & Judging at 10 a.m.
Sheep & Goat Judging at 11 a.m.
Poultry Showmanship & Judging at 1 p.m.
Bank of Salem/WRAAA Senior Day starting at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 12 to 7 p.m.
Petite Miss, Junior Miss & Young Miss Pageants at 7 p.m. in Civic Center
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Hall Rodeo LLC (ACA and IPRA Sanctioned) – 8 p.m. Arena
Friday, July 28 – North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Day at the Fair
Dairy & Beef Cattle Judging at 9 a.m. at the Everett Show Arena
Kid’s Day starting at 10 a.m. at Civic Center – Kid’s lunch provided
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 1 to 7 p.m.
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Annual Fair Truck Pull at 7 p.m. – Arena
Saturday, July 29 – Hill’s Auto Sales Day at the Fair
Commercial Exhibits open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Civic Center
Hickinbotham-Miller Exhibit Bldg. open 1 to 7 p.m.
Grand Champion Photos – 1 p.m. (Creative Arts will be first
followed by Poultry and Rabbits.)
Scholarship Presentation at 4 p.m. at Arena
Junior Livestock Premium & Cookie Jar Auction at 4 p.m. at Everett Show Arena
Johnson Brothers Amusements on the Midway – 6 p.m. ARMBAND NIGHT
Hill’s Auto Sales ATV Rodeo at 6 p.m. – Arena
Gate Admission Covers All Events Except the Carnival
Admission is $6 for Teens & Adults
Admission is $4 for ages 6 to 12
Admission is Free for ages 6 and under
Parking is Free


Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to the 4th of July parade! The theme this year is, Dreams Come True Under the Red, White, and Blue.
Parade line-up begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church, located at 600 West Church Street, the parade will start at 10 a.m.
Be on the lookout for Princess Ariel from the Little Mermaid, as she is scheduled to make an appearance and do a meet and greet for any children who wish to visit her.
Parade entry forms are available for pick up at the Chamber office, or can be emailed upon request.
The Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Third and Profession Streets, will hold their July 4th Ice Cream Social to benefit the Community Christmas Basket Project from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The church will be serving pie, ice cream and root beer floats so be sure to join them for your favorite ice cream dessert after the 4th of July Parade.
A flotilla will be held on Crown Lake at 5 p.m., and the fireworks display will begin at dusk at Turkey Mountain. Join in the fun!
Salem
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Fireworks in the Park Celebration will be held on Tuesday, July 4 at the Salem City Park.
The chamber invites everyone out to this free event to enjoy the fun, food, music, and one of the best fireworks displays in the area. There will be food available from Crazy Cajun, Vanoven’s BBQ, Mountain Home Kettle Corn, and Boy Scouts Concessions. The chamber will be selling $5 armbands for the bounce houses for the kids and will also sell inexpensive patriotic toys, hand fans, and flags.
At 6 p.m. the Salem VFW Post will perform the Colors Flag Ceremony and Kennedy Rainey will sing the National Anthem. At 7 p.m. rising artist Lauren Gray will be performing on the east side of the City Park. In conjunction with the Fireworks in the Park Celebration, Hall Rodeo will be held at 7 p.m. at the Fulton County Fairgrounds Arena.
At dark spectators at the City Park, Rodeo Arena, and surrounding areas can enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the area. Local businesses are encouraged to send your donation P.O. Box 649, Salem, AR 72576 before June 30. Donations will also be collected after the event to help pay for this spectacular fireworks show.
Calico Rock
by Rich Fischer
The Calico Rock Lions club will once again bring the community their Annual 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza on Monday, July 3, at dusk in Earl King Park off State Highway 56 in Calico Rock. The event never fails to entertain all those who attend, young and old alike. The Lions work tirelessly at raising money to help finance the annual show aimed at celebrating American independence. “We are committed to providing our community, area residents, and visitors with wholesome, family fun on the birthday of our nation,” said Lions Club Secretary, Rich Fischer. “All Lions throughout the world strive to live up to the organization’s international motto ‘We Serve’… and our annual fireworks display is just one way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment. This year is particularly special as it marks the 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International started in Chicago in 1917,” concluded Fischer. The Lions will be stationed at park exits following the conclusion of the show accepting donations from attendees who wish to show their appreciation and help support local Lions’ charitable projects.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Independence Day Celebration will be on Tuesday, July 4. The list of events include: Patriotic Boat Parade, sign up for free at T-Bird Marina, Trophies for top three decorated winners at 7 p.m.; Helicopter Airshow over the Lake at 8 p.m.; Thunder on Thunderbird Fireworks Show presented by FNBC and Centennial Bank, Largest Fourth of July Fireworks Show in Arkansas at 9 p.m.
Melbourne
Fireworks show on the Fourth of July is free to the public. The gates to the Izard County Fairgrounds on Lacrosse Road will open at 6 p.m. with entertainment by The Deadwood Groove Band starting at 6:30 p.m. There will be two bounce houses for children, one of which will include a water slide. The fireworks are scheduled to start at dark.


FULTON COUNTY FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR: The Davis Family of Mammoth Spring was awarded Farm Family 2017 in Fulton County. Media day was held Thursday, June 8. Arkansas Farm Family program sponsors are Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, Farm Credit MidSouth Associations, and Armor Seed. Program partners are Arkansas Agriculture Department, Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas FFA Association, USDA, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service. See additional photos and the full story on pages 3 through 5 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


Fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility exams ordered
Charges have been upgraded from aggravated assault to battery first degree, in the case of an elderly woman being attacked by her caregiver, and subsequently dying.
Jennifer Lea Collins, age 55 of Mammoth Spring, had her charges upgraded on June 19 by Prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce. She has been incarcerated at the Sharp County Jail since the crime on May 11. She was also charged with adult abuse. Both charges are class b felonies.
The charge of battery is defined on the order as “causing serious physical injury to another person under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
The court has ordered a fitness to proceed examination on Collins, as well as a criminal responsibility examination. Attorney R.T. Starken of Cherokee Village is representing Collins in the case.
Collins, according to the affidavit of arrest in the case, had attacked 92 year old Jane Sandefur, at her home in Cherokee Village. Collins had been hired as a caregiver for Sandefur. The victim sustained serious injuries to her face, arms, legs and chest, all from being bitten.
Collins smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit, and was not making any sense in answering questions or making statements to officers. Cherokee Village Police Chief Rickey E. Crook obtained a verbal search warrant to draw a sample of Collins’ blood, and it was sent to the Crime Lab in Little Rock for analysis.
Sandefur died the next day following the attack.
According to court orders, Collins, through her attorney, has requested simultaneous fitness to proceed and criminal responsibility examinations. The Director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services of the DHS will determine who will examine Collins, who intends to rely on the defense of mental disease or defect.
Collins could face up to a 20 year sentence on each charge.


Fulton County Fair officials reminds exhibitors that entries should be pre-registered by July 15 to expedite check-in and give fair officials time to prepare entry tags, judging sheets, and exhibit space. All Creative Arts exhibits will check in on Monday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Follow the link for online entries on the fair website at www.fultoncountyfair.org.. The computer program does not save passwords so exhibitors will need to select a new password each year. The online entries will shut down at midnight on July 15.
Creative Arts and Livestock Tabloids, including rules and entry information, are available on the fair website. Exhibitors are encouraged to visit the fair website and get a complete entry list for exhibits. There are several new exhibits and four special contests with additional prize money. For help on fair entries contact 870-895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair1@gmail.com.


The Bank of Salem has been notified that there is a spoofing scam in the area in which the phone number comes across as the Bank of Salem with the bank’s phone number on the caller ID.
The call is from an automatic voice messaging system claiming to be the Bank of Salem. The automatic system states that there is nothing wrong with the person’s card, but they are just informing them about an opportunity to lower their cards interest rate, then it says to press 9 for more information. These calls are scams. The Bank of Salem (or any other financial institution) will never call and ask for personal information. If you are suspicious always contact your financial institution directly. If you do receive spoofing calls, you can file a complaint on the Federal Communications Commission website.
According to the Federal Communications Commission “spoofing” occurs when a caller deliberately falsifies the information transmitted to your caller ID display to disguise their identity. Spoofing is often used as part of an attempt to trick someone into giving away valuable personal information so it can be used in fraudulent activity or sold illegally. U.S. law and FCC rules prohibit most types of spoofing.
How does spoofing work?
Caller ID lets consumers avoid unwanted phone calls by displaying caller names and phone numbers, but the caller ID feature is sometimes manipulated by spoofers who masquerade as representatives of banks, creditors, insurance companies, or even the government.
What you can do if you think you are being spoofed
You may not be able to tell right away if an incoming call is spoofed. Be careful about responding to any request for personal identifying information.
Never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls or if you are at all suspicious.
If you get an inquiry from someone who says they represent a company or a government agency seeking personal information, hang up and call the phone number on your account statement, in the phone book or on the company’s or government agency’s website to verify the authenticity of the request.
Use caution if you are being pressured for information immediately.
If you have a voicemail account with your phone service, be sure to set a password for it. Some voicemail services are preset to allow access if you call in from your own phone number. A hacker could spoof your home phone number and gain access to your voicemail if you do not set a password.


The Spring floods and storms have caused severe damage in Cleburne, Stone, Izard, Sharp and Fulton County. Farms and ranches suffering severe damage may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program, ECP, administered by the Farm Service Agency, FSA.
If damage will be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use. If damage is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area affect the productive capacity of the farmland. If damage will impair or endanger the land. A producer qualifying for ECP assistance may receive cost-share levels not to exceed 75 percent of the eligible cost of restoration measures. No producer is eligible for more than $200,000 cost sharing per natural disaster occurrence.
The following types of measures may be eligible:
Removing debris from farmland; restoring permanent fences. Producers who have suffered a loss from a natural disaster may contact their local FSA County Office and request assistance. Sign-up for wind damage began May 1 and runs through June 30. Sign-up for flood damage began on May 12 and runs through July 12. Please call for appointments.
To be eligible for assistance, practices must not be started until all of the following are met:
An application for cost-share assistance has been filed. The local FSA County Committee or its representative has conducted an onsite inspection of the damaged area and pictures of damage have been taken. The Agency responsible for technical assistance has made needs determination.
For more information contact the Stone/Izard County Office at 870-269-3726, or the Sharp/Fulton County Office at 870-994-2006.


A one vehicle accident resulted in the driver being transported by Survival Flight, according to Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork. Janice F. Mitchell of Horseshoe Bend lost control of her gray Toyota Camry on Monday, May 22 at approximately 9:30 a.m., on Hwy. 289 in Glencoe. Mitchell had two small dogs with her at the time and they were uninjured. Horseshoe Bend AC Officer Kelly Smith transported the animals. Photo/C.Stafford


In a press release from Fulton County Sheriff Albert Roork, on Saturday, May 6, 59 year old William Chilcutt of Salem was arrested for kidnapping, a class y felony, two counts of residential burglary, both class b felonies, driving while intoxicated, careless or prohibited driving, and aggravated assault, a class d felony. The incident happened on Country Springs Road in the Morriston area. Chilcutt is alleged to have kicked the front door of a residence and entered the home grabbing a woman and dragging her by the hair of the head to his car and threatening her life with a large knife. Chilcutt is being held on a no bond White County warrant for violation of his parole.
On Friday, May 12 at 5:02 p.m., the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from 51 year old Michael Hartson Sr., at Wildcat Hollow on the north side of Cherokee Village. He stated that he had accidentally shot his son and had started CPR and needed an ambulance. When emergency responders and law enforcement arrived, they found the body of 32 year old Michael Hartson Jr. on the back porch of the hunting cabin. Michael Jr. had a single gunshot wound to his upper right chest. Michael Sr. said he had been target practicing with his 300 Win Mag rifle from the back porch of the cabin. The family dog came out of the house and Michael Jr. came out to retrieve the dog. Both men bent down at the same time to pick up the dog and the gun discharged striking Michael Jr. Both men live in Springdale and were at their hunting cabin for a father/son outing. The body has been sent to the Arkansas Crime Lab for autopsy. The incident is being investigated by Special Agents with the Arkansas State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.


NELSON NAMED DISTRICT COACH OF THE YEAR: Tesa Nelson, Salem High School Softball Head Coach was named the 2A-2 District Softball Coach of the Year last week. Nelson is a Salem alumna and was a Lady Greyhound herself. Tesa, husband Robert, and daughter Reece, live in Camp. Her leadership is inspirational. Nelson, Assistant Coach Lena Smith and the softball team made it to the State Tournament #together. The Lady ‘Hounds ended the 2017 season with an overall record of 23-5; a 19 game winning streak. They were Co-Conference Champions, District Tournament Champions and undefeated at home. Nelson will continue to teach her skills and love of the game at Salem.


Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.
Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne. Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 degree programs.
Mammoth Spring High School Graduation will be on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Izard County Consolidated High School will hold graduation ceremonies at the Brockwell campus, on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m., in the gymnasium.
Salem High School Graduation will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Melbourne High School will hold commencement exercises on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Michelle Gray, Representative District 62, Arkansas House, will be the featured speaker.
Highland High School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center.
Viola High School Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Calico Rock High School commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 19 at the elementary auditorium. Video begins at 6:30 p.m. and graduation begins at 7 p.m.


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The City of Melbourne will hold their Annual Spring Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 1 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. All sales held rain or shine.
The City of Melbourne will be preparing a list that will be available for pick up at City Hall on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31. Please call City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29.
You may set up your sale at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s, Western Auto, Mark’s Pharmacy and Hometown Market. For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.
Horseshoe Bend
The Horseshoe Bend Spring City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 8 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 deadline tp sign up is Thursday, April 6. The list will be given out the morning of the sale.
Salem
The 14th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market and Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-Wide Yard Sale will be April 8 in Salem. Vendor space is still available for the flea market.
Salem is the place to be to find bargains at the flea market and community-wide yard sales on April 8. There will be something for everyone. Both events are advertised heavily throughout North Central Arkansas and Southern Missouri and will draw a large number of people to the Salem area on these dates.
Admission and parking is free at the Flea Market located at the Fulton County Fairgrounds at 124 Arena Lane in Salem. Maps for the yard sales will be available at area businesses and at the Fairgrounds Flea Market.
For more information or to reserve outside booth space, call 870-895-5565 or email fultoncountyfair1@gmail.com. Vendor applications are available online and the rental fee can be paid online at www.fultoncountyfair.org.
Highland
A community wide swap meet (big flea market) is planned for Saturday, April 22 at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland. Vendor applications for inside or outside spaces are now being accepted. Selling out of your car, truck or trailer is okay.
New and used items, furniture, cars, farm equipment, antiques, businesses, crafts, fruits, vegetables, plants, kids toys and clothing, okay. If you have got it come sell it at the Community Wide Swap Meet.
Call Curves at 870-856-6010 for more information or email patclary6776@gmail.com. Vendor applications are available at Curves or Highland City Hall.


by Karen Sherrell
HORSESHOE BEND – The sun was shining, it was 65 degrees, and 43 plungers were ready to make their splash in Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina.
Holding the Third Annual Polar Plunge in March rather than January proved to be warmer, if you stayed dry. The windy day added to the grimaces and shouts of plungers entering and exiting the water, as onlookers roared with laughter.
Individuals and teams took on the challenge and raised $3,567 for Special Olympics on Saturday, March 4. Jackie Kizer of Horseshoe Bend is an annual plunger, and she raised $254, the most for an individual, and she also received the Golden Plunger Award for the third time. Salem Wet Dawgs raised $2,000 for this year’s event, the most raised by a team, represented by 25 plungers. Team Calico Rock received the Best Costume Award, and raised $465 from the Elementary School and $100 from FCCLA.
The Care Center team from Mountain Home raised $250, and Southfork River Therapy and Living Center Team of Salem raised $465.
Box Hound Marina is the annual sponsor of the event held at the pavilion and beach. Officials with Special Olympics presented owner Laureen Sac with a 2017 Golden Plunger plaque in appreciation of Box Hound’s generosity.
With some smaller plungers wanting to the enter the water early, and other plungers literally walking on water for a few seconds, this year’s event proved to be as entertaining as ever.
But the best part will be the smiles on the faces of the participants in Special Olympic events made possible by all the plungers and their sponsors.
See additional photos in the March 15th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell


by Karen Sherrell
MORRISTON – A suspect wanted in connection with a stolen vehicle from Mammoth Spring was apprehended without incident on February 23.
According to Fulton County Sheriff Al Roork, Kyle J. Salamone, age 36 of Mammoth Spring, was arrested at a residence on Country Springs Road near Morriston.
Fulton County Chief Deputy John Cawvey received an anonymous call that Salamone was at the residence of Paul Dodson, according to the affidavit of arrest. Upon his arrival, Cawvey observed Salamone exiting the residence, and when ordered to get down on the ground, Salamone complied. Salamone had a blue cylinder containing several small baggies, with one field-testing positive for methamphetamine, several knives, and two cellphones on his person. He admitted that all the items were his, according to the affidavit.
Salamone was charged with possession of meth, a class D felony; possession with the purpose to deliver meth, a class c felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class d felony.
Roork reported that on Saturday, February 18, around 1:30 a.m., Mammoth Spring Police Officer Jamie Turnbough, attempted to stop a Ford truck that had been stolen earlier in the week from a residence on Union Hill Road south of Mammoth Spring.
The driver would not stop and fled south on US 63. The driver turned on Union Hill Road and wrecked the truck a little over a mile down the road. The driver fled into the woods on foot. Several members of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Roork called the dog tracking team from the North Central Unit in Calico Rock. A manhunt was conducted until 5:30 a.m. but was unsuccessful. On Friday afternoon, the same truck had rammed a West Plains police car that had attempted to stop it.
Salamone admitted to have been in the 2000 Ford flatbed truck that had been taken from Mammoth Spring, but would not disclose who was with him.
Cawvey said that Salamone had several warrants for his arrest, according to ACIC, with several prior convictions of drugs and theft. Salamone was additionally charged with theft by receiving, a class c felony, and habitual offender.
Formal charges were filed March 2 by 16th Judicial District Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carla Powell.


ADVANCING THE RUNNER: Lady Greyhound #5 Emily Pate lays down a bunt to advance the Salem runner on first base during their season opener on Friday, March 3 at home against the Highland Lady Rebels. The Lady ‘Hounds won, 15-4. See additional photos in this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Johnson


DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Beta Club members decorating a home for the holidays (l to r) Trevor Falco, Sophie Rossitto, Suzonne Harber, Kylie Bell Harber (Beta Club helper), Bailey York, Autumn Freeman, Kendra Rich, Kaylea Walling and Erin Cameron.
The Salem High School Beta Club is at it again. The members of the club stay busy throughout the year, especially in the area of community service.
Throughout the summer, the members of the Beta Club helped the community in several ways. The summer began with members washing school buses so they would be sparkling clean for the upcoming school year. They assisted Holly Pate with the Salem Chamber of Commerce 4th of July event at the park. In August, members parked vehicles during fair week for the Fulton County Fair Association. Several members also helped teachers decorate their classrooms. Some members decorated houses and other buildings for the holidays, and all members helped in providing items for the holidays for several families in Fulton County. You may have noticed some of the members serving hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies at the Salem Christmas Parade. Several members helped the Salem Elementary second grade teachers with their annual second grade literacy night.
At this time, Salem Beta Club is organizing its 8th Annual Bass Tournament. The event is slated for March 11, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Lake Norfork. It takes money and prizes to make this happen, so it is an event that takes all year to organize. Any anglers who would like information may email Kim Harber: kim.harber@salemschools.net or call 870-895-5921. Also, the club will take donations for the event. The club is also involved in upcoming community service. In January, members will help with the benefit auction and fish supper for Nathan and Jean Ann Jackson, that will be at the Izard County Fairgrounds beginning at 4 p.m. on January 14. Each year, the club members visit the nursing home around Valentine’s Day with homemade cards for the residents.
In addition to all of that, several members are traveling to Hot Springs at the end of January to attend the State Beta Club Convention. They will compete in academic and talent competitions and have the opportunity to meet others from all around Arkansas.


by Carrie Johnson
There will be a Benefit Auction and Fish Supper at the Izard County Fairgrounds in Melbourne on Saturday, January 14 for Nathan Jackson.
Jackson suffered a major heart attack on September 16 and has been hospitalized since then. The Fish Supper will begin at 4 p.m. and the Benefit Auction will begin between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Nathan and his wife, Jean Ann, and two sons, Chance and Spencer, are local residents. Chance and Spencer attend Salem Public Schools.
Nathan has faced and is facing a tremendous amount of rehabilitation due to a brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen. He stayed at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for 111 days. Sixty-six days were spent in ICU and then 35 at the Rehabilitation Institute. On January 5, he was accepted into Timber Ridge Neuro Restorative Ranch in Benton.
The following is a partial list of items to be auctioned at the benefit: Vic Kalchik’s famous carrot cake, two night stay in a two bedroom cabin at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend, guitars, gun, jewelry, processed hog (halves) from Everett Bros. Farms in Oxford, luggage set, chainsaws, toolbox, hair cut and style and accessories from Mirror Image, $100 gift certificate and two whole ribeyes from Our Neighborhood Fresh Market in Horseshoe Bend, quilts, three loads of gravel/limestone any size and ten loads of hill dirt (free delivery within 30 miles) from RLH Construction in Salem, Xbox with controllers and over 20 games, gift certificates to area businesses, two rounds of 18 golf with cart (six available) from the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain, one year subscriptions (two available) from Pacesetting Times, 30 games of bowling from Horseshoe Lanes, Avon products, pork butts, tire rotation from Ash Flat Tire and Lube, pictures, frames, baked goods, free rotate and balance from Dennis Lube and Tire in Melbourne, one ton of quality liquid feed and 1-4 wheel lick tank from Harber Livestock and Poultry of Wiseman, Scentsy, Tupperware, air ratchet from O’Reilly’s in Ash Flat, and much more!
Modern Woodmen of America, in Melbourne has donated a $1,000 matching grant.
Anyone having items to donate for this auction may drop them off at the Izard County Sheriff’s Department, 300 Circle Drive in Melbourne, or call Earnie Blackley at 870-373-2999.
Visit on Facebook, Nathan and Jean Ann Gaskins Jackson Benefit, to see items for auction.


Northcentral Arkansas Development Council, Inc., NADC, is beginning their Winter Regulation Program January 9 and will continue through March 31 or until funds are depleted.
For applicants to be considered in a crisis situation, they are required to have received a shut-off notice date to be with seven days from the date of application.
The following are requirements needed before applications can be taken and processed: proof of income for all household members for the previous month, including verification of any contributions from family and friends; the date and place of current or last employment for all household members; photo ID; proof of child support; proof of utility assistance if applicant receives subsidized housing; copy of an energy bill or receipt from energy supplier, including a receipt stating cost of wood if the applicant’s main heating source is wood, to help NADC make the payment to the correct vendor.
NADC is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Wednesday.
Contacts in the tri-county area are, Izard County 870-368-4329, Fulton County 870-895-3628, and Sharp County 870-994-7353. NADC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, EOE.

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by Karen Sherrell
IZARD COUNTY — A traffic stop on a vehicle in Izard County on Thursday, December 1, led to a vehicle chase in two counties, with the suspect still at-large as of Sunday, December 1. Sgt. Mark Simino issued a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Tahoe, with fictitious plates, driven by Matthew L. Jones.
According to Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley, Jones is on parole from the Arkansas Department of Corrections, and it was determined that he was driving on a suspended driver’s license. Parole Officer Josh Morehead advised the Izard County Sheriff’s Office to take Jones into custody.
At that time, Jones fled the scene and a vehicle pursuit covering two counties and jurisdictions began. Jones drove into Fulton County, and subsequently abandoned the vehicle at Union, located between Salem and Oxford.
Jones, who remains at large, is described as a caucasian male with brown eyes, black hair, with a beard and mustache. He is 33 years old, 5’7”, and weighs 150 pounds.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Jones is asked to contact the Izard County Sheriff’s Department at 870-368-4203.

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OPENING SOON: Glencoe Junction will be opening soon under new management. The convenience store/gas station has been remodeled, repaired, reinspected and is in compliance and ready to open. the store offers gas, convenience store items, food, fountain drinks, cigarettes, tobacco, games and pool tables. Fuel Unlimited of Arkansas is their corporate office which stated the store will be a full-fledged truckstop. Glencoe Junction is located on Hwy. 62/412 in Glencoe. Photo/K.Sherrell

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Southfork River Therapy and Living of Salem, a skilled nursing facility which offers option for long-term care, short-term rehab, and out-patient rehab, has earned five out of five stars in an annual assessment of all Skilled Nursing Facilities in the United States. Achieving five stars is challenging and is the highest overall rating for quality and service, only the best ten percent in each state receives a five-star rating.
“Earning the highest rating from CMS demonstrates the commitment of each Southfork River Therapy and Living team member. We continuously strive to provide the highest level of customer service, health care and support to both our residents and their loved ones,” said Joshua Roberts, Marketing Director. “Southfork River Therapy and Living gets to work with the elderly, injured, and ill of our lovely community, we are honored to get the opportunity to care for such wonderful individuals and get to know them while providing high quality healthcare and services to our area.”
Each year, Medicare uses information compiled from health inspections, fire and safety inspections, quality measures, (which indicates how well a home cares for its clients needs), and lastly reported staffing hour ratios, which compare the number of Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Aids (CNAs and NAs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) to the number of residents to whom they are providing care. These ratings help individuals choose a nursing home based on quality and performance. A facility can earn from one to five stars. A five-star rating is considered excellent or “Much Above Average” compared to other skilled nursing facilities through out our nation.
“We are very excited to be designated as a five-star Skilled Nursing Facility. Southfork River Therapy and Living and our doctors work hard to provide a high-quality healthcare experience for our patients,” said Brent Tyson, Administrator. “We do this through healthcare innovations, concierge style customer service and access to outstanding physicians, therapists, nurses, aids, pharmacists, and cutting edge technology.”
Southfork River Therapy and Living has been providing care to the local area for over 60 years. Services include Physical, Occupation and Speech Therapies, as well as skilled nursing and long term care. They also have a unit specializing in care for Alzheimer and Dementia patients, and offer in house Certified Wound Care to those who need such services. Medicare star ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. To learn more about Southfork River Therapy and Living, or about the Five Star Ratings, visit online www.southforktlc.com/ or www.medicare.gov. For the most recent news and events follow their face book page at www.facebook.com/SouthforkRiverTL/.

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HIGHWAY 289 ROADWORK UPDATE: According to the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department as of today (Oct. 18), the roadwork being done to State Highway 289 is well on its way to being complete. Tuesday’s work consists of finishing setting boxes; Wednesday’s work involves backfilling: setting stones around the boxes, taking the dirt away that has been used for turn-arounds, and bringing the road back up to grade. Weather permitting, crews may be done with roadwork by Friday, but could be as late as Monday, Oct. 24. This section of 289 will remain gravel until it settles, then the road will be paved. Photo/Karen Sherrell

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by Bobby Stapleton
To say that the last year has been good to Tyler Lewis would be quite the understatement. Lewis, a 2011 Calico Rock graduate, has had things go right.
In June, Lewis qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo and came away as the Reserve Champion, missing the Championship by a mere six points. That was an amazing feat in itself, as Lewis had been in a slump, not having covered a bull in almost two months. After making it back home and lamenting about how close he had come to the CNRF Championship and the automatic entry into Cheyenne’s Frontier Day Rodeo, Lewis got a surprise package that helped ease the sting. A package arrived notifying him that he was also named Rookie of the Year in bullriding for the CNFR, along with a $500 scholarship and gift certificates from Cinch.
After the college rodeo season was over, Lewis turned his attention to the International Professional Rodeo Association, IPR, and the Arkansas Cowboys Association, ACA. Lewis had missed the 2014 IFR by a mere 200 plus dollars, and even led the bullriding most of the summer that year in the ACA. Lewis was the ACA Bullriding Rookie of the Year in 2008 and had made the finals every year except for 2015. In order to qualify for the ACA Finals, you have to have won money in the ACA and make a minimum of eight rodeos. In 2015, Lewis had only made seven rodeos and was not qualified, even though he had won enough money.
During the summer, Lewis kept things going his way as he got engaged to Savannah Henley, a Salem graduate who is also attending ASU in Jonesboro.
On their way to a rodeo in Jasper, Henley was going over the upcoming ACA rodeos helping Lewis plan out his goal at reaching the ACA finals. Lewis had decided to buy his card at Jasper that weekend so he could chase the ACA in hopes of making his way into the finals, since it was a mere five minutes from his apartment at Jonesboro where he is attending ASU majoring in Agri Education.
After buying his card at Jasper, Lewis bucked off that night. That would be the last time for a while as Lewis hit a hot streak like no other, only bucking off one more bull over the next two months, putting him into first place heading into the finals with a $1,300 lead. With the added money at the ACA Finals, Lewis knew he was not safe and would have to keep riding to win the Championship. On Friday night, Lewis rode a Cline Hall bull for a second place win, but the person chasing him for the Championship had won the go round. Saturday would tell the tale as Lewis withstood the challenge and claimed the 2016 ACA Bullriding Championship.
Lewis’ good year is not over by far, as he and Henley will tie the knot December 3.
Congratulations Tyler.

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Next Wednesday, October 12, will be the last week for Farmer’s Market at Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend until next spring. There is a last chance to buy fresh produce and baked goods next week. The Amish Pancake Breakfast will be served on Saturday, October 22 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Amish Community on Hwy. 395 in Salem. Donations are appreciated. There is also an equipment auction.

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Salem Homecoming Court 2016. See full story and additional photos on page 6 of the October 5 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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by Carrie Johnson
Repairs to a drainage system will require the closure of a section of State Highway 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, AHTD, officials. The closure will begin on Monday, October 10 at 8 a.m.
The work will require closure of 289 between State Highway 354 and U.S. Highway 62. Motorists traveling on 289 will follow a detour. This is the most direct route to 62 from Horseshoe Bend, so allow yourself plenty of extra time for traveling.
Routes around the roadwork that include only highway are Highway 354 to Oxford, then right on Highway 9 to Salem or left on 9 to Melbourne; or 289 to Peace Valley Road, then left on Highway 167 to Ash Flat or right on 167 to Batesville. Local traffic should consider alternate routes between 354 and 62, also known as dirtroads.
There will be warning signs at the Glencoe turn off 62 and at the four-way in Horseshoe Bend alerting drivers of the roadwork ahead. A barricade will be in place at Morriston Fire Department.
All students that ride the bus that live beyond the closure will be picked up at Hillbilly U-Pump in Glencoe at 7:30 a.m. and dropped off at approximately 3:20 p.m. For those that are still unaware of where the line is drawn, if your child is usually picked up at The Quilted Heart and beyond (towards Horseshoe Bend), expect to have to find a different route. Your child’s bus and bus driver will remain the same; all parents of affected students should have received a letter from the Salem School District Superintendent Wayne Guiltner notifying route changes.
The closure will conclude on Friday, October 21 at 5 p.m., weather permitting. The District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks super pave when the repair is complete. Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com.

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by Karen Sherrell
With the General Election just a little over a month away, some upcoming deadlines and dates need to be noted.
If you are not registered to vote, you need to do so by Monday, October 10. Local county clerk offices will be open on Columbus Day.
Races in Izard County, on the November 8 ballot include: for Judge, David Sherrell (D) incumbent, and Eric Smith (R); for Treasurer Nancy Pratt (D) incumbent, and Warren Sanders (R); Justice of the Peace District 9, James Elbert (I) incumbent, and Richard (Rich) Emmens (R). Municipal races are: Horseshoe Bend Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent and Josh Jackson; and Calico Rock Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Frederick Blickle and Ricky Knowles vie for the seat.
General Election races in Fulton County are for Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) incumbent, and Jim Kendrick (I); Justice of the Peace District 2, Lynn Guffey, (I) incumbent, Lori Benedict (R), and Nathan A. Bales (I); District 7, Tesa Bishop (D) incumbent, Ray Matthew (R), Wilber L. Rowe (I), and Billie J. Gibson (I). Municipal races are, Mammoth Spring Alderman Ward 2, Position 1, Joan Baker and Adam Davis;, Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Dan Grant and Densal McGhee. Viola Alderman Position 4, Robert L. Lash and Jerry Allen.
Races in Sharp County in November include, for Judge, Dustin Rogers (R), Jackie Pickett (D), Gene Moore (I), and Jon Patterson (I); Justice of the Peace District 2, Darrell Kehrli (I), and Briana M. Dilorio (R); District 5, Tony Vaughn (R) and Ruth Rogers (D); District 6, Rick Huckabee (I), Everett McGuire (R), and Danny Denton (D); and District 8, Matthew T. Hipp (R) and Jeral Hastings (D). Municipal races are: Ash Flat, Alderman, Ward 1, Position 2, Mike Nix and Thomas Rigsby, and Ward 2, Position 2, Rickey E. Crook and Danny Traw; Cave City Alderman Ward 1, Position 2, Timothy E. Kourakis and Melanie “Lanie” Cheshier; Hardy Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Penny Mendes Allen and Vickie J. Rice, Ward 1, Position 2, Danny Eitel, Laura Smith and Bob Gilliland.
Early voting begins October 24 and ends November 7. Absentee ballots must be returned by November 8.
In Izard County, early voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, and in Horseshoe Bend at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on November 3 and 4.
In Fulton County, early voting will be held at the courthouse in Salem from Oct. 24 to Nov. 7, and at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring on Oct. 28 and 29.
In Sharp County, the county courthouse in Ash Flat is the site to early vote from Oct. 24 through Nov. 7, as well as the Community Center in Cave City.
An ordinance is in place in Horseshoe Bend with restrictions on candidate and election signs. Signs may be placed no more than 30 days prior to an election and removed within two days following the election. There are no county restrictions, with the exception that signs may not be placed in the highway right-of-way or easement, or on utility poles.

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by Carrie Johnson
Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department roadwork is scheduled to begin on State Highway 289 between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe early to mid-October, weather permitting. Repairs to a drainage system will require road closures. The District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks super pave when the repair is complete.
Motorists should expect this upcoming road closure, and start mapping out their alternate routes now. This is the most direct route to U.S. Highway 62. Allow plenty of extra time for your travels.
There will be warning signs at the Glencoe turn off 62 and at the four-way in Horseshoe Bend alerting drivers of the roadwork ahead. Tentatively, the projected detour will be Morriston Road to Wiseman for locals, with a barricade at Morriston Fire Department. Other routes that include only highway are Highway 354 to Oxford, then right on Highway 9 to Salem or left on 9 to Melbourne; or 289 to Peace Valley Road, then left on Highway 167 to Ash Flat or right on 167 to Batesville. Definite alternate routes will be published in next week’s edition.
Salem School District Superintendent Wayne Guiltner is prepared for the roadwork. All students that ride the bus that live beyond the closure will be picked up at Hillbilly U-Pump in Glencoe at 7:30 a.m. and dropped off at approximately 3:20 p.m. For those that are still unaware of where the line is drawn, if your child is usually picked up at The Quilted Heart and beyond (towards Horseshoe Bend), expect to have to find a different route. Your child’s bus and bus driver will remain the same; a letter will be sent home within the week to all parents of affected students; and bus driver Wendall Smith will be letting parents know at the bus stops.
Watch the Pacesetting Times for further updates such as alternate routes and projected closure and completion dates.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com.

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by Suzonne Harber
The Salem Greyhound Student Council members are preparing for Homecoming. The Greyhounds take on the Rector Cougars on Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m.
The Homecoming Court includes the following: 12th grade Queen representatives Carmon Doty, Ashley Hall, Emily Pate, Lindsey Smith, and Bailey York; 11th grade representatives Autumn Freeman and Kendra Rich; tenth grade representatives Lillian McCullough and Allyson Walsh; ninth grade Princess representatives Madison Sellars, Megan Ullrich and Rory Walling; eighth grade representatives Mackenzie Hill and Brittney Worsham; seventh grade representatives Jaycie Strong and Cassidy Walling.
At this time, the Student Council members are selling Homecoming shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, please contact Kim at 870-895-5921 or stop by the high school office for an order form. Short-sleeved shirts are $15, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hooded sweatshirts are $25.
Homecoming spirit days have also been decided. Spirit week is September 26 through September 30, and we invite students and community members to dress up and show their spirit.
On Monday, sport your red, white, and blue for America Day. Tuesday is Twinkie Day; find someone and dress as twins. Wednesday is Sports Day, and Thursday is Throwback Thursday.
On Friday, deck out in the black and gold and show your support for the Greyhounds.
Be sure to come out to the Homecoming ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium.

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by Carrie Johnson
In addition to the roadwork that State Highway 289 received recently, drivers need to be on the look out for more roadwork in the upcoming weeks. Repairs to two separate drainage systems in the area require closures to sections of state highways.
On Monday, September 12 at 8 a.m., a closure on a section of State Highway 58 north of Poughkeepsie and just outside of Williford in Sharp County began, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, AHTD, officials. The work requires closure of 58 between State Highway 354 and U.S. Highway 63. Motorists traveling on 58 will follow a detour. The northbound detour route is 354 north to U.S. Highway 167 and then U.S. Highway 62 east to 63. The southbound detour route is 63 west to 62 and then 167 south to 354. Weather permitting, roadwork will conclude on Friday, September 30 at 5 p.m.
Directly following the drainage system repair at Williford, the crew will relocate to State Highway 289 between Glencoe in Fulton County and Horseshoe Bend in Izard County. The repair, weather permitting, is expected to begin in early October. Once the drainage system is done, the District Maintenance Crew will finish the section of 289 that lacks the super pave.
This work also requires a road closure between Horseshoe Bend and Glencoe. This is the most direct route to 62; motorists will have to find an alternate route. A press release with updated information such as detour routes will be published closer to the date of the repair.
Drivers should exercise caution when approaching and traveling through all highway work zones. Additional travel information can be found at IDriveArkansas.com or ArkansasHighways.com. You can also follow AHTD on Twitter @AHTD.

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Game times are as followed: 3rd grade, 10 a.m.; 4th grade, 11:30 a.m.; 5th grade, 1 p.m.; 6th grade, 2:30 p.m.
All games are on Saturday unless noted and are subject to change.
September 3 – West Plains #2 at Salem, 2nd grade at 11 a.m.
September 10 – Salem at West Plains #1
September 17 – Salem at Thayer
September 24 – Cave City at Salem
October 1 – Highland at Salem
October 8 – Bye week
October 15 – Salem at Melbourne
October 22 – Salem at Highland
October 29 – League Tournament
(3rd grade at Salem; 4th grade at Melbourne; 5th grade at Thayer; 6th grade at Cave City)
Jr. High
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 1, Salem at Mtn. View – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 8, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 15, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 22, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 29, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 6, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 13, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, Ocotber 20, TBA
Thursday, October 27, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
*Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sr. High
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge 7 p.m.
Friday, September 2, Mountain View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 9, Salem at Yellville-Summit – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 16, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 23, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Friday, Septemeber 30, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 7, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 14, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 21, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 28, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 3, TBA
* Conference Games

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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.

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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.

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The Burk Family of Salem, Cassi and Joey, Natalie and Weston. Photo/Bitt O’ Hunny Photography
by Carrie Johnson
On Sunday, June 12, life as they knew it changed for the Burk family of Salem. Joey and Cassi Burk have grown up in Salem and are now raising their children, Natalie (7) and Weston (3) in the same loving community. They attend Salem First Baptist Church.
Weston was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ALL, on Sunday. He underwent surgery on Monday, June 13 to place his port for treatments. He also underwent his first round of treatment and had a blood transfusion.
The entire community has pulled together for the Burk family. By Tuesday, June 14, a bank account had been set up for donations, a softball tournament organized, different raffles established and a benefit rodeo was held. All to help offset the cost of medical expenses and travel expenses. Several summer league baseball and softball teams now wear an orange ribbon attached to their uniforms to support Weston. His sister Natalie plays on a Salem summer team.
The Hall Rodeo, LLC Benefit Rodeo was held on Wednesday, June 15 and raised a total of $3,604.95 for Weston and his family.
Several of the above mentioned fundraisers follow:
West Burk Benefit Raffle. Prize will be half a hog to two winners. Drawing will be held on July 20. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are available at Burch’s Custom Butchering, Main Street Tire and Lube and Tri County Medical Supply; all of Salem. The hog was donated by Everett Bros. Inc.; processing by Burch’s Custom Butchering. All proceeds go to Weston. For more information contact Tesa Nelson at 870-219-3724, or Lauren Nelson at 870-710-3081.
Weston Burk Co-Ed Benefit Tournament, Saturday, July 9 at Salem Preacher Roe Field. $150 per team entry fee. Individuals pay $25 to be drafted if you do not have a team, but want to play and support the cause. Concession stand will be open. Proceeds go to Weston. For more information and to sign up, contact: Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Jake Smith, 870-371-0372; or Jeremy Friend, 870-421-0490.
#TEAMWESTON Benefit Raffle. Items to be won include: RTIC 20 quart cooler, RTIC 30 ounce tumbler, RTIC 20 ounce tumbler, RTIC ten ounce tumbler and a RTIC koozie. Tickets are $5 each of five for $20. Five winners will be announced on July 9 at 5 p.m. at the Benefit Tournament. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are available at Salem Court House Treasurer’s Office – Linda Romine; Tower Hills Guns and More – Calvin and Jamie Maguffee; Lena Smith, 870-371-0175; Karen Hall, 870-405-4537; and can be purchased during the tournament.
Change for Weston. Early Horizons Child Development Center in Salem is collecting spare change for Weston. A little bit of “change” can make a big difference.
Whatever. A portion of all sales at Whatever from now until June 25 will be donated to the Burk family for expenses. There is also a donation jar located in the store, which is located on the square in Salem.
Expressions Salon of Salem is selling chances to win a goodie basket which includes: CHI blow dryer, Joico hairspray, Matrix Miracle Creator, Biolage Shampoo and conditioner, American Crew gift set, Redken water wax and a $25 gift certificate. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Winner will be drawn July 1. All proceeds go to the Burk family.
Bronze-N-Go Tanning Salon at Skyview in Salem is raffling off a package deal that includes two months tanning, a bottle of lotion and five sessions of red light therapy for Weston. You may pick up tickets at the Salon. They are $3 each or six for $15.
There will be a Car Wash at the Bank of Salem parking lot on July 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is donations with all going to Weston. Contact Heather Friend at 870-421-1802, or Lena Smith at 870-371-0175 if you would like to donate.
Color a Castle for Weston at Palace Drug of Salem. Cost is $1 per sheet with proceeds going to the Burk family.
Razorback Raceway, located at 213 North Walnut Street in Salem, is a one-eighth mile, one-twenty-fourth scale dragstrip for all ages. Razorback Raceway will hold a Race Day on Saturday, July 23 for Weston and his family. There will be a race with all proceeds from food and entry fees going to the Burk family. This race will be for bragging rights, no payout. For more information contact Evert Ellison at 870-291-7603.
There is a benefit account set up at the Bank of Salem. Account name: Weston Gunner Burk Benefit Account. You can mail donations to P.O. Box 338, Salem, AR 72576.
Come together with Salem and show your support for the Burk family while they help Weston fight Leukemia.
To keep up with Weston’s updates and to show your support or say a few encouraging words, there is a Facebook page set up for him under “Prayers for Weston”.

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The first day for independent candidates to file that are seeking municipal offices with a mayor-council form of government, is Friday, July 29.
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.
Filings for municipal office will include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
Anyone wishing to vote in the General Election in November needs to register by the October 10 deadline. This year marks the Presidential election.
To register to vote, contact your county clerk, or the Arkansas Secretary of State, Elections Division at 800-482-1127. You may request an application through the mail. Forms are available at Pacesetting Times news office as well.
Online users may download the Arkansas Voter Registration Form at the Arkansas Secretary of State website at www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections.
To register to vote in Arkansas, you must: be a U.S. citizen, be an Arkansas resident (residing in Arkansas at least 30 days prior to the first election in which you will vote), be age 18 or turn 18 on or before the next election, not be a convicted felon whose sentence has not been discharged or pardoned, and not be presently adjudged as mentally incompetent as to your ability to vote by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Fill out an application to register to vote at your local: County clerk’s office in your home county; State Revenue Office, Driver Services (pick up a paper form or ask for your information to be transmitted electronically); Public library or Arkansas State Library; Public assistance agency; Disability agency; Military recruitment office; Arkansas National Guard; or Voter registration drive.
You must provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your Arkansas Voter Registration application, or check the box in #9 on the application to indicate that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number.
If you check the box indicating that you do not possess either a driver’s license or Social Security number, you may be required to vote a Provisional Ballot when you vote for the first time unless you submit a photocopy of one of the following with your mail-in application or at the time of voting: Current and valid photo identification or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows your name and address, or another government document that shows your name and address.
If you have not received voter verification from your county clerk, be sure to confirm your registration before Election Day.

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PROTECTING THE PLATE: ICC’s Shelby Morris gets ready to apply the tag to Lady Pirate Megan Hiles in the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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OUT BY A STEP: Calico Rock first baseman Katie Hamby takes the throw from Maykayla Simmons for the out as ICC’s Shelby Morris hustles down the line during the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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GETTING CLOSER: Mammoth Spring’s Logan Skaggs slides safely into third base in last week’s Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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SCORCHING ONE: Melbourne’s Cailey Cossey hits a line shot against Manila in the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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JUGGLING ACT: Lady Cougar Shelby Morris corrals a pop foul for an out against Viola in the opening round of Regionals. Photo/B.Stapleton

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