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St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Knights of Columbus and Ladies Guild in Horseshoe Bend has rescheduled the Three Person Scramble to be held this upcoming Saturday, June 13. All monies raised will help them to continue their charitable works where needed. Get there early for the complimentary refreshments that will be served starting at 7 a.m. with the 8 a.m. shotgun start. For more information the Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Dick LeMere at 870-670-5610.
Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic
Mark your calendars for the Mountain Home Charity Golf Classic, formerly known as the Mountain Home Christian Clinic Charity Golf Tournament, on June 13 and 14 at Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home. 
Entry fee: $165 per person or $495 per three person team, includes cart. Entry fee includes lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.
For more information call 870-508-6105.
Two Person Scramble
The Izard County High School Athletic Department will be having a Two Person Scramble Golf Tournament at the Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 20 beginning at 9 a.m. The cost of the tournament is $100 per team. A large variety of door prizes will be given away and participants will have an opportunity on all three par threes to win a hole-in-one prize.
For information, call the Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or David Harmon at 870-373-1713, or by email at david.harmon@iccougars.org. An entry form is on page 3 in the June 10 edition of Pacesetting Times.

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The MRID swimming pool officially opened on Saturday, May 30. The hours for the pool are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Senior Adult Swim is held Tuesday through Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. The cost is $3 per child and $2 per adult. Season passes are available for all. Anyone wishing to schedule Private Parties, may contact 870-750-0036 to reserve your time.

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by Fran McGrew
What does it take to be a hero? This summer we will explore what it takes to become a superhero. Some say it is our words, actions and how we conduct our lives. Others say it is being in the right place at the right time that gives us the opportunity to help someone. There are many different kinds of heroes and this summer we will explore and discover the hero within ourselves. Our shelves at the library are filled with stories of people that have made their mark in history, or made a difference in our world.
The theme of our summer program is Every Hero Has A Story. The program will be held weekly on Wednesdays, starting June 17 at 11:30 a.m. and ending on July 15, here at our Horseshoe Bend Public Library. We will have special guests, some exciting new things to do. We will have treats, prizes and a new book for each child that attends. Reading is important and we will read-a-story at each program. We start with age five; however, mothers are welcome to bring their younger children, if you stay with them. We also have teens that still like to come and help.
Mothers are always welcome. We appreciate all the help we have received from our mothers and grandmothers over the years.
Please come in and register your children at 9 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend, or call us at 870-670-4318. Bring a friend with you. We are looking forward to a great summer program.

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The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Box Hound Marina, will again be sponsoring the Kid’s Fishing Day on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. It is rescheduled for Saturday, June 6. Come haul in the catfish from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Box Hound Marina.
There will be a shuttle provided from the parking lot to the fishing area. There will be free hotdogs, chips, and soda. Lots of prizes to be handed out to kids for biggest fish, first fish, smallest fish, youngest fish, most whiskers, or for just showing up.
Kids should be between five and twelve, one rod per child. There will be a four fish limit per child. Bait will be provided and for those without a rod, one will be furnished. Bring your young anglers out to Box Hound Marina on June 6 for a guaranteed good time. Questions? Contact Walt at 870-670-4264. Remember, it is about the kids. We will see you there.

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

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

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The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Box Hound Marina, will again be sponsoring the Kid’s Fishing Day on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. Pencil in May 16 on your calendar and come haul in the catfish from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Box Hound Marina.
There will be a shuttle provided from the parking lot to the fishing area. There will be free hotdogs, chips, and soda. Lots of prizes to be handed out to kids for biggest fish, first fish, smallest fish, youngest fish, most whiskers, or for just showing up.
Kids should be between five and twelve, one rod per child. There will be a four fish limit per child. Bait will be provided and for those without a rod, one will be furnished.
Bring your young anglers out to Box Hound Marina on May 16 for a guaranteed good time.
Questions? Contact Walt at 870-670-4264. Remember, it is about the kids. We will see you there.

Following a public meeting held on Wednesday, April 15 in Little Rock, Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners concluded the proposed boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend is a no go.
“The AGFC Property Management Committee supported the staff recommendation to defer the proposed Crown Lake – Fisherman’s Park boat ramp project and deauthorize the funds previously obligated to the Crown Lake – Box Hound Marina boat ramp project,” said Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor in Mountain Home.
“On Thursday, April 16, the Commission passed a minute order that formally deauthorized the money previously obligated toward the Box Hound Marina boat ramp project in the amount of $112,600. This action officially defers the Fisherman’s Park project,” he said.
This was the second public meeting held by the AGFC on the proposed public boat launch in Horseshoe Bend. On March 24, about 200 people attended a meeting held by the commission at the Horseshoe Bend Theater in hopes to give residents and non-residents a voice in the issue. According to AGFC, approximately 70% of the input they have received has been negative on placing a boat launch at Fisherman’s Park.
“Should access become an issue at Crown Lake in the future and there is community support, we can certainly revisit that need,” said Risley.
Property owners may still utilize the boat launch on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina at no charge.
Non-property owners pay $5 to utilize the launch.

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TOTAL LOSS: Horseshoe Bend and Franklin Fire Departments responded to the scene of a house fire at 1102 Pearl Drive in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, April 25 at approximately 11 p.m. No injuries were reported with the fire, and the home was a total loss. Owner of the home is Ed Wariner of Horseshoe Bend, which was currently occupied by Athania Hardin and her three year old daughter. According to Fire Chief Mike Hilliker, the cause of the fire is under investigation. Personnel were on the scene until 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Photo/K.Sherrell

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As promised during the AGFC public meeting held on Tuesday, March 24, in Horseshoe Bend here is the information about the monthly AGFC Commission meeting where the proposed Fisherman’s Park Access at Crown Lake will be discussed.
Issues like the Fisherman’s Park Access are discussed by the AGFC Commissioners in the Property Management Committee.
The Commission has decided to deviate from the normal meeting schedule in order to have the Property Management Committee meeting at the beginning of the Commission meeting. This will allow citizens to attend the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion and not have to stay all day.
The Property Management Committee meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 15 in the Commission Briefing Room at the AGFC Headquarters in Little Rock. The address is 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock AR 72205.
For those planning to attend, the AGFC receptionist at the front entrance will direct you to the AGFC Commission Briefing Room.
They want to make everyone aware that the meeting room is not very big so it could be standing room only. The AGFC does not want this to discourage people from attending.
AGFC wants to relay this important information about the Fisherman’s Park Commission discussion. Their understanding is that each side of the Fisherman’s Park Access discussion (opposed and support) will be given the opportunity to have two people speak before the Commission on the behalf of each side.
Each speaker will be given a maximum of seven minutes. This is the typical allotted time for any speaker whether it is AGFC personnel or member of the public.
The Commission has asked Laureen Sac to be the contact for the opposition side and Tom Doty to be the contact for the support side. These two will decide the speakers for each side.
Sac and Doty have given their permission to attach their contact info.
Laureen Sac, 870-670-4496, saclaur@gmail.com
Tom Doty, 870-926-9934, twdoty02@yahoo.com
Please contact these two with information that you feel will help benefit the side that you are in favor of. Information submitted by Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor.

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

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They’re coming May 9! Wrestling with Death will arrive at noon and will be ready to meet everyone from 1 to 3 p.m. Wrestling with Death is one of WGN’s latest American Reality Shows on Tuesday nights. It is about a family of professional wrestlers in Osceola, Arkansas – the Lathams – who are also in the mortuary business. Be prepared for some unexpected and exciting happenings! There is an entire fun-filled day planned. Everyone is encouraged to come to the middle of nowhere and be in the middle of everything! See you on Saturday, May 9 for Dogwood Days in beautiful downtown Horseshoe Bend.

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The Horseshoe Bend Spring Citywide Yard Sale, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be put on the list call the Chamber office at 870-670-5433. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m. List will be given out the morning of sale.
The City of Melbourne is having their Annual Spring Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 4 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. All sales will be held rain or shine. The City of Melbourne will be preparing a list that we be available for pick up at City Hall on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Please call Melbourne City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. You may set your sale up at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s, Old Dollar General, Mark’s Pharmacy or Home Town Market. For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.
The Salem area Spring Community Wide Yard Sale and Business Sidewalk Sales will be April 10 and 11. Maps will be available. For information call 895-5565 or e-mail SalemAR@centurytel.net.

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SCENERY WINNER: I call it The Bridge of Sigh, taken at Rockbridge, MO. This is the first place winner in Pacesetting Times’ Fourth Annual Photo Contest held throughout the month of February. A total of 31 photos were entered into the contest. The first category was Scenery; the second category was Special Moments; and the third category was Animal Lovers. There was one winner per category and each winner receives a cash prize of $25! Each photo submitted will be published in Pacesetting Times intermittently. Thank you to all participants. Photo/Leigh LaCaze
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ANIMAL LOVERS WINNER: First place winner in Pacesetting Times’ Fourth Annual Photo Contest. It was taken in January on Mustang Island at Port Aransas, Texas. This is our dog, Jack, and Heaven forbid he should walk any where! Once he discovered the basket, he thoroughly enjoyed our trips to the beach and made everyone we passed smile when they saw him. Photo/Susan Smith
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SPECIAL MOMENTS WINNER: First place winner in the Special Moments category in Pacesetting Times’ Fourth Annual Photo Contest. Mama, Thanks for Your Service. Photo/Diana Biesek

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The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for their annual spring festival, Dogwood Days, held the second Saturday in May.
This year, Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend is Saturday, May 9, and anyone interested in a booth may pick up a vendor’s application at the Chamber office located at the lower Diamond B Mall, or visit www.horseshoebendarcc.com for an online application.
Musical entertainment, food concessions, craft booths, commercial booths, and service organizations are all a part of the 29th annual event, which also includes a pet pageant and games for kids.
Get your vendor application today, and plan on Saturday, May 9 in Horseshoe Bend.
The Chamber may also be reached by calling 870-670-5433.

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

by Karen Sherrell
The Horseshoe Bend Theater located at the lower mall will be the site for a public meeting held by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
“AGFC has scheduled a public meeting concerning the proposed Crown Lake boat ramp at Fisherman’s Park for Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Horseshoe Bend Theater,” wrote Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor, in an email dated Thursday, February 19.
Municipal Recreational Improvement District Commissioners voted 4-1 at their January 15 meeting, to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The total project cost to AGFC is $112,000.
According to Risley, AGFC received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January meeting. They received ten emails in favor of the project. Over 150 people attended that meeting.
“We will be holding a public meeting to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also,” he added. The AGFC planned the meeting at a time that both state officials can attend, according to Risley.
Currently, Box Hound Marina offers the only launch ramp on Crown Lake, which is free to property owners. The AGFC and Box Hound Marina discussed a proposal to repair the marina launch and other specifics, but after months of discussion, could not come to an agreement.
At the January MRID meeting, former commissioner J. R. Wilson told audience members that AGFC had talked to the MRID while he was on the commission, and stated that if the marina and AGFC changed their minds on their agreement, the money goes away. “It’s between the state and Box Hound,” said Wilson. “MRID shouldn’t have anything to do with it. It (Fisherman’s Park) is an amenity. You’d be getting rid of an amenity, a park to a parking lot.”
Chairman of the MRID, Tom Doty, stated that AGFC had contacted MRID to see if they would like to place a public launch at Fisherman’s Park.
According to Doty, the proposed launch placement falls into the guidelines in place for encroachment on adjacent property owners. “There is a pie-shaped part at the park corner at the bottom of the curve that is MRID’s, part of Fisherman’s Park,” he said.
Property owner John Mosser is in favor of the free public launch. “This means more people in town, more money spent here,” said Mosser at the January meeting. “You cannot prevent change. You plan, accept and benefit from it.”
Those against the project cite the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, insufficient policing of the lake, possible increase in theft and noise, and a decline in lakefront property values. Those for the project look forward to an increase in commerce in the city with the availability of a free public boat launch.
Anyone wishing to voice their opinion on the proposed boat launch is invited to attend the March 24 public meeting at the Horseshoe Bend Theater, hosted by AGFC.

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Batesville singer/songwriter John T. Parks will be featured at the Horseshoe Bend Music in the Mountains Show on Saturday, February 21.
Parks performs as part of the Lockhouse Orchestra and half of a duo with Sarah Jo Roark, and at local avenues including Fox Creek BBQ in Batesville and Words and Afterwords in Hardy. Parks’ sister Erin Parks Walters is also on the entertainment line-up for the evening.
Rani Rush and Jerry Kipper will perform along with the house Hwy. 289 Band beginning at 6 p.m.
As always, hamburgers and hot dogs will be available at 5 p.m. prior to the show which is held the third Saturday of each month.
A new gospel show which began February 14 at the Music in the Mountains, featuring Saved by Grace, will now be held the first Saturday of every month at the music theater beginning at 6 p.m., with concessions available at the snack bar.
Admission to all the musical entertainment at the theater is by donation, and all proceeds go to keep the theater operating.
So, for some great entertainment, be sure and visit the Music in the Mountains Theater on the first and third Saturdays monthly at the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.

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STOLEN SIGNS: Several street signs, two directional signs and stop signs were stolen along Pine Ridge Road in Horseshoe Bend last week. The city has offered a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in the theft. Pictured is the intersection of Pine Ridge Road and Tri Lakes Drive, minus the street signs. See full story in the February 11 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrell

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by Karen Sherrell
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has received numerous emails concerning the proposed free boat launch at Fisherman’s Park in Horseshoe Bend, and have decided to conduct a public meeting in the city in the near future.
According to Jeremy Risley, with AGFC in Mountain Home, they have received 24 emails, five letters and two calls against the proposed launch, following the January 15 meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID).
Over 150 people attended that meeting in which MRID commissioners voted four-to-one to pursue an agreement with AGFC to build a launch ramp at the park, along with, vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock, ramp and portable toilet. The AGFC received ten emails in favor of the project.
“We will be holding a public meeting in the near future to give everyone interested an opportunity to voice their opinion,” said Risley. The AGFC Director and Commission will make the final decision on the project. “Representative Gray and Senator Collins-Smith have contacted us, so we would like to invite them to the public meeting also. We will try to plan the meeting on a date they can both attend,” stated Risley.
The AGFC will be issuing an announcement in the near future with details on the public meeting.
Opponents of the project cite the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property values. Proponents look forward to more people coming to Horseshoe Bend, creating additional commerce for the city.

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A Calico Rock woman who has been in jail since October 13, 2014 in lieu of $500,000 bond on charges of sexual indecency with a child, sexual assault fourth degree, and rape now faces additional child sex related charges.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 32 year old Beth Dickerson, was additionally charged January 16 with another sexual assault in the fourth degree, a class “d” felony; and distributing, possessing, or viewing of matter depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a child. These additional charges stem from the forensic analysis of her computer by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
The computer was seized at the time of Dickerson’s original charges. Bond for Dickerson was increased to $510,000. She remains in the Izard County Detention Facility.
In other reports, Blake Lawrence, age 31 of Norfork, was arrested January 12 on charges of harassing communications- six counts, and terroristic threatening first degree. The charges relate to phone calls Lawrence is accused of making to officials of the Eagles in Horseshoe Bend. Lawrence was released with a court date the day of his arrest.

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TAKING THE PLUNGE: Thirty-three participants from the tri-county area took a cold plunge into Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 17. Plungers raised almost $5,000 for Special Olympics Arkansas. The Polar Plunge was sponsored in part by Box Hound Marina. See additional pictures and full story in January 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Over 150 people attended the standing room only meeting of the Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) on Thursday, January 15, voicing their opinions, loudly at times, on the addition of an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park. Opponents of the project site the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property values. Proponents look forward to more people coming to Horseshoe Bend, creating more commerce for the city. See the entire story and vote in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Pick up your copy of the paper in newsracks in Izard, Fulton and Sharp Counties.

by Karen Sherrell
The City Council of Horseshoe Bend voted to continue the City’s contract with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) during the December council meeting.
The contract with ICSO will continue for four years, through December 31, 2018, at an annual cost of $243,600 for 2015, or $20,300 a month; $247,254 for 2016; $250,962 for 2017; and $254,726 for 2018. Contract rates reflect a 1.5% annual increase as called for in the contract.
ICSO took over the jurisdiction of Horseshoe Bend in September of 2013 signing a 16 month contract at that time, for $240,000 a year. One of three Horseshoe Bend officers hired by ICSO still remains employed by the county, Michael Smith. City Council voted 6-2 in July 2013 to approve the county contract, following a heated discussion, with over 150 residents attending that meeting.
The new agreement was signed on December 15 and ICSO will continue to provide 24/7 full public safety services for the city of Horseshoe Bend, with the county furnishing and supplying all necessary labor, supervision, equipment, communications and dispatching facilities necessary to maintain the level of service to be rendered.
The city will provide utilities for the sheriff’s substation located downstairs at city hall.
The agreement between the city and ICSO may be terminated by either party upon a 60-day written notice. Future contract agreements will be for a period of five years.

Horseshoe Bend Mayor Bob Barnes has his eye on achieving several goals over his next four years in office, including promoting the development of an assisted living center, and implementing a rental property inspection program.
“The City of Horseshoe Bend wants our citizens to know that city government is responsive to its citizens and their needs, and that our highest priority is to provide them with appropriate service levels through the implementation of this four year plan,” wrote Barnes in the introduction of his plan covering the years 2015 through 2018.
Pick up the January 14 edition of the Pacesetting Times to read the full plan!

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PROPOSED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH: The Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are discussing a proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. According to AGFC Regional Maintenance Contract Coordinator Mike Cantrell, the preliminary proposal will include vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock and launch ramp. If the proposal is approved, this will become public access to Crown Lake. Some residents have questioned the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property value. According to Cantrell, a previous proposal with Box Hound Marina “is at an end pass, and done.” Box Hound Marina has recently resurfaced their boat launch which is free to use by property owners. MRID has included discussion of the proposed launch in their public meeting agenda for January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building located atop Turkey Mountain.

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Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2015 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on January 17, with registration beginning at noon and the plunge at 1 p.m. Sponsorship/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina, Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and Pacesetting Times.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges. Special awards will be given for Best Costume, individual, pair, and team; and First Place for the most money raised to individual, pair, and team.
Incentive for $50 minimum collected per plunger is an official Plunge T-Shirt; $250 collected, plunger will receive a Plunge T-Shirt and Beach Towel; $500 collected will include Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, and a 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket; and $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a Plunge T-Shirt, Beach Towel, 60”x50” Fleece Sherpa Blanket, and a 32-can Rolling Cooler.
SOAR was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization in 1974. Their mission is to provide year-round sports training and Olympic-type competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Arkansas. Currently more than 14,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for gold, silver or bronze medals. In a sense athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for our athletes and their families.
The vision of SOAR is to transform communities by changing lives through sports.
So plungers, get your sponsorship/contribution form, then get your sponsors, and be ready to take the 2015 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on January 17.

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CHILLY RIDE: Horseshoe Bend Alderman Marty McKnight and wife, Karen, enjoyed a chilly morning ride during the Horseshoe Bend Christmas Parade held on Saturday, December 6. See additional parade photos on page 5 of the December 17 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/C.Johnson

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Horseshoe Bend had a great Haunted House this year! See more pictures on page 10 of this week’s paper. Photo/Amanda Keyes

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VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: Horseshoe Bend held its Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, hosted by the American Legion. Despite the frigid temperature, several people attended and a great ceremony was held. See additional photos on page 4 of this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford

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

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The 19th Annual Food Drive sponsored by the Pacesetting Times is now underway.
“Join us again this Holiday season in helping your neighbors and friends,” said Karen Sherrell, publisher of Pacesetting Times. Donate two or more non-perishable food items and receive a free classified ad that can be used anytime, from now until March 31, 2015.
“We will deliver donated food items through December 12 to the Food Pantry in Horseshoe Bend,” said Sherrell. The Food Pantry is located behind the Assembly of God Church.
Stop by Pacesetting Times at 703 South Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend with your food donations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until December 12. Limit one classified ad per family.

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Members of the American Legion Post #344 will observe Veteran’s Day November 11 at Veterans Park in Horseshoe Bend.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. We hope that all citizens will join us in honoring the men and women who served their country in uniform.
The American Legion, making its 95th year in service to God and Country, was formed by Veterans after World War I to promote American ideals and to ensure that families of their fallen comrades would be cared for.
Today the American Legion continues to fight for health and education benefits for this nation’s Veterans. The Legion also sponsors programs that benefit Americas youth, such as American Legion Boys and Girls State, American Legion Baseball, the National High School Oratorical Contest and Scouting programs. The American Legion is involved and making a difference around the world and right here in Horseshe Bend. American Legion Post #344 is proud to be a part of this community.

by Karen Sherrell
Does your vote really make a difference? Ask the candidate that wins by less than a handful of votes and they’ll tell you, “yes it does”.
This year’s midterm elections are more important than in many years. The Republican led House of Representatives (233 seats to 199 Democrats, and three vacant) look to hang on to their control. They also look to gain control in the Senate after this mid-term election on November 4.
Democrats currently control the Senate with 55 seats to the Republican’s 45 seats, but several of those Democratic seats are up for grabs come election day, with neck and neck races in several states, including Arkansas.
Nationally, this senate election could go either way, and voter turnout is going to be essential.
On the average, voter turnout in midterm elections is about 40%, but there has been a higher turnout when Americans were less approving of Congress. With a congressional job approval rating of 13%, voters may just see a good chance this year to shake things up, and there’s a good chance they may. An above-average turnout of voters is expected this election, with the feeling that a change in government is needed now.
The Pacesetting Times hosted a Candidates Forum in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, October 21, featuring speakers in contested races locally: for mayor, Bob Barnes, incumbent, and Chuck Spangler; for Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch VanZandt; and County Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent, and Walter Hagan. Tommy Wren, incumbent (D) and Michelle Gray (R) also attended, both seeking the Arkansas House of Representatives seat in District 62.
These folks will tell you….Yes your vote really can make a difference.

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FORUM ATTENDEES: Municipal Candidates attended the Pacesetting Times’ Candidates Forum on Oct. 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. (l to r) Butch Van Zandt, John Grochowski, Chuck Spangler and Bob Barnes. Photo/C.Johnson
by Karen Sherrell
Early voting for the November 4 General Election has begun, with voters taking advantage of shorter wait times.
In Izard County, 470 votes have been cast by Monday, Oct. 27. Early voting continues at Ozarka College in Melbourne through November 3. Off site early voting will be held at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. Contested races in Izard County, for Sheriff, Tate Lawrence, incumbent (D), and Walter Hagan (R); Constable, in Gid, Bryant K. Lamb (D) and Kelly Anderson (R).
In Horseshoe Bend for Mayor, Robert H. (Bob) Barnes, incumbent, and Charles (Chuck) Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, incumbent, and Butch Van Zandt.
In Melbourne for Mayor, Mike Cone and Rhonda Halbrook.
In Guion for Mayor, Kathy Roberts and Larry Lynn Pittman.
In Oxford for Mayor, Stephen M. Stevenson, appointed incumbent, and Greg Stuart; Alderman, Ward 4, Position 1, Jetta Peters, incumbent, and Thomas Norvold.
In Fulton County, for County Judge, Darrell Zimmer (D) and Terry Dailey (I).
In Salem for Mayor, Charles Owens, and Daniel Busch (D).
In Mammoth Spring, for Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, Charles Vaughn, Rose Pierce, and Wilma Rogers; Ward 2 Position 1, Peggy Smith, Joan Baker; Ward 2, Position 2, Larry Burns, Adam Davis.
In Sharp County, for County Judge, Phillip D. Hood (R), and Larry W. Brown (I); Coroner, Doug Wortham, incumbent, and Nathan W. Circle (I); Cherokee Village, District 6, Marjorie A. Rogers (R) and Robert L. “Bob” Russell (D).

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TROPHY BUCK: Rex Ogle of Melbourne proudly displays his massive buck harvested on Sunday, October 19. Ogle was running late for a morning hunt, with only one load in his 50 caliber muzzle loader. He arrived to his brother’s deer stand after daylight and ten minutes later the buck came by. “He came out, I whistled, he stopped, and I got him,” said Ogle. The large deer weighed almost 200 pounds. The antler spread at the widest points was 18-3/4” with the G2 tines measuring 11-1/2”. Ogle said according to Boone & Crockett, the buck is rough scored at 165, and will be entered in the Big Buck Classic in Little Rock next January, and in the Big Buck Classic in Jonesboro next February. Congratulations Rex!

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LOCAL BEAUTY WINS AT STATE: Kaylee Jo Guthrie of Melbourne was Third Runner-Up in the State Junior Fair Queen Pageant held Saturday, October 18 in Little Rock. Photo/R.Guthrie

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KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON: ICC’s Andy Norton applies the defensive pressure against Cotter last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
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Going to the rim: ICC’s Clay Mosley goes in for two points last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
See more pictures and the story in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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Trunk or Treat will be held on Friday, October 31 at lower Diamond B Mall. Set up is at 5 p.m. in front of the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce office. Judges will circulate among the trunks and choose first, second and third place. Trophies will be awarded to the three placed trunks and everyone competes together, no commercial or organizational categories.You do not have to decorate your trunk to come park at the lower mall and give out candy. Be sure to be parked at 4:30 p.m.
Following the trunk judging, around 5:30 p.m., the Parade of Costumes will begin. This year they are trying to simplify the process and finish earlier so that everyone can get to trick or treating. There is no pre-registration. Instead of meeting in the Theatre, weather-permitting, they will line up on the left-side of the gazebo. Spectators and parents please bring your own chair.
The Haunted House will be held Tuesday through Friday, October 28 through 31. Extended hours will be on Thursday and Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. Every other night hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. This event just keeps getting bigger and better, rumor is that they’ve recruited some wicked pirates! Volunteers are needed and very much appreciated. For more information, please call Paula Rivera at 670-4536.

Vernon Gene Hightower, age 63, of Ash Flat died Saturday, October 11 at the Arkansas Childrens Hospital Burn Unit due to complications from an accident. Vernon was a retired construction worker. He was born January 6, 1951 in Batesville to the late William and Mary (Inman) Hightower.
Vernon is survived by his son; Michael Hightower; grandson, Christian Hightower, and a brother Jerrell Hightower.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a brother.
A memorial service was held Friday, October 17 at 10 a.m. at the Franklin Fire Department. Inurnment followed at 2 p.m. in the Agnos Cemetery.

Sample Ballots for Horseshoe Bend voters are available at the Pacesetting Times news office at 703 South Bend Drive, as well as fact sheets for Amendments 1-5 on the November 4 Ballot.
Amendments 1, 2 and 3 are presented by the Legislature. Issue 1: Adminstration of Government, requires legislative review and approval of changes to state agencies’ administrative rules. Issue 2: Direct Democracy, sets threshold of 75 percent of required petition signatures to obtain additional time for signature collection. Issue 3: Term Limits, extends length of time state legislators can stay in office to 16 years; limits lobbying and creates independent elected officials salary commission.
Amendments 4 and 5 are presented by the public. Issue 4: Alcohol, legalizes manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol statewide. Issue 5: Minimum Wage, increases the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 per hour by 2017.
The Fact Sheets describe the Amendment, and explain what a “For” vote means, and what an “Against” vote means.

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The Horseshoe Bend United Methodist Church will holding their Fall Clothing Drive on Wednesday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Church is located at 600 West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Please place your clothing in boxes or tied plastic bags. Men will be on hand to assist you when you arrive.

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While the weather is turning cold and nasty outside, the basketball season it starting up. Last Friday night, October 10, ICC held its annual Black and Grey games to showcase this year’s talent to the fans. ICC will be hosting the Bad Boy Mowers Classic next week and will be in action on Monday night, October 20, when the Sr. Girls take on Marmaduke at 6:10 p.m. and the Sr. Boys will follow with a 7:30 p.m. game, also against Marmaduke. Photo/Travis Stapleton

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction will return on October 13, 14, and 15, and will be broadcast on The River, 98.3.
The Chamber is accepting items to be auctioned, so if you have useable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop off at the Chamber office during normal hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, or please feel free to stop by the chamber to view items to be auctioned. Anyone running for political office may opt to donate for free advertising.
The Chamber would like to express its appreciation for all the support it has received thus far.
The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation.
So mark your calendars for the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce Radio Auction, guaranteed to be as fun as previous years!

Pacesetting Times will be hosting a Candidates Forum on Tuesday, October 21 beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church Hall in Horseshoe Bend. State, county and local candidates are invited to attend.
Horseshoe Bend candidates with races are for Mayor: Robert H. “Bob” Barnes, Inc., and Charles “Chuck” Spangler; Alderman Ward 4, Position 1, John Grochowski, Inc., and Butch Van Zandt. Local candidates will have a question and answer session, with county and state candidates given time to speak.
Horseshoe Bend residents are encouraged to submit questions for the local candidates to pacesettingtimes@yahoo.com, or bring by the news office at 703 South Bend Drive. Names do not need to be submitted with questions.
Also invited to the forum are party affiliates and organizations. Campaign materials supplied by candidates will be available for constituents to take home, as well as Horseshoe Bend sample ballots and absentee voting applications.
Early voting for the November 4 General Election begins Monday, October 20.
Offsite voting will be held at Ozarka College in Melbourne, Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at St. Mary of the Mount Catholic Church in Horseshoe Bend on Oct. 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registered Izard County voters may utilize one of the offsite voting precincts in lieu of the Melbourne courthouse.

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Additional sex related charges have been filed against Robert J. Norton of Sage, who was previously charged in June of this year and is being held at the Fulton County Jail in Salem, on a $240,000 bond. According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, the latest charges against Norton, filed October 1, 2014, involve conduct with three female students in his fourth grade class, which he taught last school year at Izard County Consolidated Elementary in Violet Hill. Norton’s bond has been increased by $100,000 for a total bond of $340,000. See Pacesetting Times for full story and recap of previous charges.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council met on September 22. Mayor Bob Barnes presented a Service Awards to Paul Sulser and his wife, Virginia, for their many years of service to the city of Horseshoe Bend. Barnes honored Joe and Les Valenta for their Armed Service during World War II. Joe and Les recently returned from a trip from Washington D.C. as part of the Honor Flight Program. Barnes presented them a copy of the letter he wrote and was handed out during mail call on the return trip. Continuing with the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer of the Year program, Barnes presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Horseshoe Bend Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
The next City Council meeting is scheduled for October 27 at 6 p.m. For additional Horseshoe Bend City Council action read this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/C.Stafford
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WINNER: Philisha Fountain (l) employee at FNBC Horseshoe Bend branch, hands Linda Jacobs a Silver Eagle coin she won from participating in the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce’s retail promotion, “The Buck Stops Here.” The retail promotion ended August 29 in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin, and the following shoppers are the lucky winners of goods or services. Shoppers visited participating merchants, and registered to win prizes throughout the entire month of August. The annual retail promotion is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. Thanks everyone for shopping local! Check this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times to see all winners and prizes!

There are nine elected offices in Horseshoe Bend up for election November 4. On Saturday, August 23, there will be a Meet and Greet for all municipal candidates running for election at the Horseshoe Bend MRID building located on Club Road. The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. using a “Town Hall format”. All registered candidates are invited to participate the public is encouraged to attend. Coffee, iced tea and cookies will be provided. Pat Arnold of Horseshoe Bend will be moderator for the Meet and Greet.

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The Horseshoe Bend Honorary Police will host a three person scramble at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain on Saturday, September 20 with a 9 a.m. start. Coffee and donuts will be served at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $105 per team, cash prizes determined by the number of entrants. Players 70 and up may play from the red tees. For more information contact the Turkey Mountain Pro Shop at 870-670-5252 or Gene Stanton at 870-670-4344.

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The historic Horseshoe Bend Theatre is pleased to announce “An Evening With Deadwood Groove” on Saturday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m. Deadwood Groove has been charming audiences with their uniquely eclectic setlist designed to please any crowd. Expect great music, incredible vocal harmonies, and a whole lot of fun. Buckle up, you never know what you will hear next. Burgers, hot dogs, and concessions available. Admission by donation.

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