by Karen Sherrell
Izard County Officer Cody Cruse was dispatched to Calico Rock on August 21, then again the following day, in response to a woman claiming her vehicle had been shot at.
Willa Lester, of Calico Rock, stated she was following a vehicle on Hwy. 56, going approximately 20 miles per hour near the intersection of Red Lane, when she heard a loud noise and her vehicle was hit.
“I heard a loud pop on my windshield and then saw a crack in my windshield,” Lester wrote on a statement form to the sheriff’s office. Lester’s children stated it looked like the vehicle had been shot with a shotgun. According to his incident report, Cruse stated that the chip may have been caused by a rock, with two small chips on the window.
Family members discovered other damage on the 2011 Nissan Altima, and Lester contacted the sheriff’s office again that same day. Cruse made arrangements to come back the next day to look at the vehicle. Additional damage was discovered on the driver side of the hood, consisting of deep scratches. Cruse’s report states, “It did indeed look like the vehicle was shot with some kind of object but was unsure with what.” Another set of scratches was located in the center of the hood close to the front windshield. Cruse took additional photos at that time.
Lester, at the time of the incident, was able to write down the license plate of the vehicle she was following, hoping they too may have some information about the incident.

Junior High
Aug. 23 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 1 Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Southside Batesville 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Mtn. Home 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Salem 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 Mtn. View 7 p.m.
* Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m

Senior High
Aug. 22 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 2 at Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Salem 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 at Elkins * 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 Green Forest * 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 Greenland * 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 Playoffs – Round 1 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 Playoffs – Round 2 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Playoffs – Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 Playoffs – Semifinals 7 p.m.
Dec. ? Playoffs – Finals TBA
*Conference Games

GOING FOR THE GREEN: ICC’s Cody Workman goes for the green on hole 7 during last week’s match at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend. See full story, area scores and additional photos on page 5 of the August 24 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

The Oxford Fire Department is sponsoring a Round Robin Softball Tournament on Saturday, August 27 beginning at 8 a.m. All of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to ICC Special Olympics.
There will be door prizes given away throughout the day that have been donated by many county businesses and citizens.
An extrication demonstration involving two cars will be performed, a dunk tank will be set up and a scavenger hunt with a cash prize will be held. Burgers, hot dogs, chips, baked items and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
A beautiful homemade children’s quilt is being raffled. Tickets are one for $1 or six for $5.
Tickets will be available for purchase, but the quilt will be given away at a later date.

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.

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.

Kidspiration Pediatric Therapy Services invites you to join them for hot dogs, popcorn and prizes on Monday, August 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the fun park at the entrance to the Moblie Home Estates in Horseshoe Bend.

by Karen Sherrell
In an open letter to the public from Ozark EMS of Calico Rock, owners Leon and Kathy Cheatham announced that they will cease operation in Izard County as of September 1.
Ozark EMS began serving eastern Carroll County as the primary ambulance service on April 1, with two locations, in Berryville and Green Forest.
The letter, dated August 1 stated, “It is with many prayers and thought on both mine and Kathy’s part that we are saddened to announce that as of September 1, 2016, Ozark EMS will no longer be serving/operating in Izard County.
“The judge, David Sherrell, and the EMS Board, Jessica Sanders, Josh Wilson, Michelle Gray, Carl Pitts, Mark Herrington, and Dave Watts, have entered into a five year contract with Vital Link for two ambulances to serve all of Izard County. Oxford, Melbourne, and Horseshoe have exclusive city contracts with Vital Link.
“We are moving all our services to Carroll County. We feel that this is where we need to be at this time.
“We have loved our time here in Izard County, but feel that our endeavor here is a losing battle. We know we will never be the primary provider for our home, Izard County.
“With sincere thanks and gratitude for all your support, Leon and Kathy Cheatham.”
Vital Link EMS provides emergency and non-emergency medical services to Independence, Izard, Stone, and surrounding counties. They have a contract with Izard County to provide two ambulances, with one housed in Horseshoe Bend and a base in Melbourne. A third ambulance is in reserve for use in Izard County.
Vital Link also has a substation at Southside School, in Independence County, and in Mountain View, Stone County.

IZARD COUNTY — Municipal candidate filings as of Friday, August 12 are listed.
In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Jackie Coggans, 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; Fredrick Blickle, Ward 4, Position 1, Ricky Knowles, Ward 4, Position 1; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; Stacy Stanford, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
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 for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.

IZARD COUNTY — Municipal candidate filings as of Friday, August 12 are listed.
In Horseshoe Bend for Alderman, Joseph Moser, Ward 2, Position 1; Tom Richardson, Ward 2, Position 2; Ronald S. Yow, Ward 4, Position 2; and Michelle Grabowski, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Calico Rock for Alderman, Jackie Coggans, 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; Fredrick Blickle, Ward 4, Position 1, Ricky Knowles, Ward 4, Position 1; Steven F. Marsee, Ward 4, Position 2; Stacy Stanford, Recorder/Treasurer.
In Melbourne for Alderman, Jerry W. Crosby, Ward 3 Position 1; Paul D. Womack, Ward 3, Position 2; Sonia Blankenship, Ward 4, Position 2; Alecia Bray, Recorder/Treasurer.
Filings for municipal office include candidates for Recorder/Treasurer and City Council, to be voted on during the General Election, November 8.
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 for office.
Annual school board elections will be held September 20. Deadline to register to vote in the school board election is Monday, August 22.

TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT: A two-vehicle accident occurred on Monday, August 8 at the intersection of Main and South Spring Streets in Melbourne. A 1995 Ford pickup, driven by Greg Sherrell of Oxford, rear-ended a 2011 Chrysler Pioneer Therapy and Living transport van driven by Tina Strong of Salem. Personnel with the Melbourne Fire Department utilized the Jaws of Life on the van to reach passengers. The driver and one passenger were transported by Vital Link Ambulance Service to White River Medical Center in Batesville. The accident happened at 7:45 a.m. and was investigated by Izard County Deputy Cody Cruse. Photo/B.Stapleton

PAY AT THE PUMP: Snappy Mart Valero of Horseshoe Bend has upgraded their fuel pumps, and now offer pay-at-the-pump, in addition to their convenience store. The Young Kwoon family has operated the station for seven years, and also reside in Horseshoe Bend. Snappy Mart is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the new pumps may be utilized during those hours. Photo/K.Sherrell

GRAND OPENING: U.S. Tactical Systems Firearms and Training of Melbourne, held a Grand Opening on Saturday, July 30. There were the over 200 in attendance. U.S. Tactical offers concealed carry classes, a home protection course, self-defense and skeet shooting, with hopes of much more. Read about this new business and see additional photos on page 1 and 10 in the August 3 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin begins today, August 3!
Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 26. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up. Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage.
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Neighborhood Fresh Market; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Clary Fitness, lower level Diamond  B Mall, one month membership plus a Clary Fitness t-shirt; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., 2015 silver eagle coin, one entry per visit, Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 gift certificate to Calabama Restaurant; Mirror Image, Diamond B Mall, free haircut; Barb’s Sassy Garden Glass and More, Diamond B Mall, gift basket with handcrafted and vintage items valued at $75; Jeb’s Variety, Lower Diamond B Mall, 19” LED HD TV; Calabama Restaurant HSB, 701 South Bend, $10 gift certificate and a $20 gift certificate, to the Horseshoe Bend location; Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce, 707 Third Street, a gift basket; Snappy Mart, 400 Market Street, $15 gift certificate; Taco Jac’s, 305 Third Street, 2 supreme tacos and a drink; The Loft, atop Turkey Mountain, two entry fees to pool tournaments.
In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 Junction, a 50# bag of sunflower seed; Franklin General Store, Hwy. 56, one free pizza with any topping; and Weatherford Bros. Feed, Hwy. 56, a 1 gallon pump sprayer.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer’s ads and be sure and save this Special Section as you sign up throughout the month of August.

The 25th Annual Greyhound Classic Two Person Scramble will be held on Saturday, August 6 at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend.
There will be a 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $100 per team (cart rental not included). The scramble is limited to the first 70 teams.
For more information or to enter contact Wendall Smith at 870-710-0711 or J.W. Blevins at 870-371-1038.

by RonYow
The Music in the Mountains Show will be on Saturday, July 16 at the Music in the Mountains Theatre located on the lower level of the Diamond B Mall in Horseshoe Bend.
This month, we will be privileged to have Katy Miller and Allie Cone to sing our National Anthem. Both of these young ladies are nine years old and both of them attend Melbourne Elementary School.I know these young ladies are very excited about performing at the Music in the Mountains Show and are looking forward to performing our National Anthem. So come out and support our local youth.
Our guest for this month is Shane Metheny. Metheny is from Little Rock and spent six months in Nashville, TN working with Buddy Hyatt in his recording studio. He likes to sing southern gospel and country music. We know that everyone will enjoy his musical talent. The doors will open at 5 p.m. with burgers and dogs on the grill. The concession will have other goodies to delight your taste buds.
Tracy, Eric, Mitch, Junior and Doc will take the stage at 6 p.m. The Hwy. 289 Band will be doing a medley of country songs in the first half and a medley of classic rock in the second half.
I believe this is a “must come and see” show.
So make plans now to come out to the Music in the Mountains Show Saturday night for good food, good fellowship and good music. We hope to see you all there. And as always, admission is by donation.
Your generosity keeps our doors open. Thank you in advance to all that support the Music in the Mountains Theatre.

THREE CAR COLLISION: Charles Southerland, of Horseshoe Bend, was driving his white Ford F250 Lariat through the road work on Hwy. 289 S. in Horseshoe Bend on Tuesday, July 5. According to reports, he rear-ended two parked vehicles at the stop light set up for road construction. Southerland hit a white GMC Sierra driven by Ronnie Ford of Mountain Home, which in turn caused it to hit a black Ford F150 truck driven by Robin Vasey of Horseshoe Bend. Izard County Deputy Mike Smith worked the accident. There were no injuries substained from the accident. Photos/C.Stafford

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
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.

Seven to Arkansas Department of Correction
Two female inmates who were awaiting bed space in the Arkansas Department of Correction were transported to prison on June 6. Laci Dawn Jones, age 24 of Batesville, and Lindsey Michelle Carter, age 22 address not given, had been in the Izard County Detention Facility since early and late May.
Five males awaiting bed space were transported to the Arkansas Department of Correction on June 8. Nathaniel Allen Speak, age 33 of Calico Rock, had been incarcerated since mid-April; Phillip Thomas Costanzo, age 51, had been incarcerated since mid-April; B.J. Hinds, age 33 of Oxford, had been in the Izard County Jail since mid-May; Charles Anthony Clements, age 32 of Horseshoe Bend, and Jeffrey Chase Moser, age 27 of Melbourne, had both been in jail since late May.
A Hardy man has been arrested twice in the last few days for violation of a no contact order. After his first arrest, Casey Daniel Clouse, age 34, was released from the Izard County Detention Facility. He was arrested again on June 7 for violating the same order. Clouse remains in jail without bond according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence who said that Lieutenant Charles Melton was the arresting officer.
Hugh Stiles, age 42 of Mt. Pleasant, was arrested June 7 following a search of his property and was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stiles posted bond the day of his arrest in the amount of $2,100 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility with a court date of June 16. Lieutenant Charles Melton and Sgt. Gabe Sanders were the arresting officers.
A Calico Rock man, 27 year old Antonio Sanchez IV, was arrested June 5 on charges to include driving while intoxicated-third offense drugs, driving on a suspended license, having no insurance, driving without a current registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Sanchez remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $5,000 bond with a court date of June 16. Trooper Rodney Villiger was the arresting officer.
Justin Allen Janson, age 31 of Calico Rock, was arrested on a petition of revoke probation/parole on June 8 while Richard Smith, age 40 of Melbourne, was also arrested on a revocation petition. Both are being held in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond.
A Horseshoe Bend couple were arrested June 9 on drug/alcohol charges. Richard Kyle Cohn, age 28, was charged with drinking in public and Ericka Lynn Stephens, age 25, was charged with driving while intoxicated-drugs and disorderly conduct. Cohn was released without bond while Stephens was released on a $1,040 bond. Both have Horseshoe Bend court dates of July 5. Deputy R.C. Lenex was the arresting officer.
Clayton Deness Carter of Melbourne, was arrested June 8 for driving while intoxicated-drugs second offense, careless and prohibited driving, having no insurance, driving a vehicle without registration, and refusal to submit to a chemical test. Carter remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $2,200 bond with a Melbourne court date of July 7. Cpl. Richard Williams was the arresting officer.
David Aaron Koonce, age 32 of Melbourne, was arrested June 7 on a failure to pay fines warrant. Koonce remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Lt. Melton was the arresting officer.
James Lawrence Frey, age 24 of Brockwell, was committed to jail by the Izard County Drug Court and is being held without bond.
Will Garrett Hobbs, age 30 of Horseshoe Bend, was arrested June 12 for driving on a suspended license and is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility on a $365 bond with a Horseshoe Bend court date of August 2. Deputy Toby Smith was the arresting officer.
Motorist assist leads to arrest
Friday, June 10, when Cpl. Richard Williams stopped to assist a motorist having car problems, he recognized the driver as being Joshua David Sanders who had outstanding domestic battery warrants. When informed of the arrest warrants, Sanders, 38 of Oxford, quickly threw something into the back of vehicle and then threw a small item in the grass. Two hypodermic needles were located in his car and the pipe smelling of recently smoked marijuana was located in the grass. In addition to charges relating to the drug paraphernalia found, Sanders is facing two counts of terroristic threatening-second degree and one count of domestic battering third degree. Sanders remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $3,620 bond and has a court date of June 23.
Following a one vehicle accident on Highway 56 E. near Violet Hill on June 12, James Luke Haney, age 28 of Violet Hill, was found stumbling down the road from the accident scene and was charged with driving while intoxicated, drinking in public along with careless and prohibited driving. Haney remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $1,235 bond with a July 7 court date. Deputy Steve Davidson and Trooper Clements were the arresting officers.
A Horseshoe Bend woman, 23 year old Megan Brea Stanton, was arrested June 12 on an Independence warrant and is being held in jail for Batesville authorities. Deputy Mike Smith was the arresting officer.
Steven Laverne Paul, age 42 of Glencoe, was arrested June 15 on a probation/parole hold and remains in jail without bond. Probation Officer Josh Morehead was the arresting officer.
Dusty Michelle Powers, age 39 of Batesville, was arrested June 15 on a contempt of court warrant relating to failure to pay Circuit Court fines. Powers was released the following day and was issued a Circuit Court date of June 28. Deputy Evan Jones was the arresting officer.
Theft charges against two local men
An arrest warrant has been issued against two area men, one of which has been arrested, in connection with the breaking and entering of a mobile home where several items were stolen. Phillip Garner of Sage reported that someone had forced open the door to his mobile home he was in the process of moving into. Items stolen included a four wheeler, which was later located in a gravel pit in Melbourne, while a riding lawn mower was located in a wooded area along with post hole diggers, tires, rims, and several other items.
Arrested June 6 was Joshua Alan Clark, age 27 of Violet Hill, who was charged with breaking and entering and theft of property, both felonies. Clark is in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Christopher Lane Eiler, age 34 of Cave City, was arrested and charged June 13 and remains in the Izard County Detention Facility without bond. Both Eiler and Clark have a scheduled Circuit Court date of June 28.
William Joseph Carter, age 23 of Melbourne, was arrested June 10 on a Circuit Court bench warrant and remains in jail without bond.
Carol Ann Baum, age 47 of Batesville, was arrested June 14 on a failure to pay fines warrant and was released to Sharp County authorities. Deputy D.J. Tiernan was the arresting officer.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce has a new place to call home, thanks to the Horseshoe Bend Health Services Board and the City of Horseshoe Bend.
Now located at the entrance to town within eyeshot of Bend Drive, the Chamber offers a large greeting area, a community room, an informational room stocked full of brochures of the area and state, a museum, t-shirts, and souvenirs.
Recent modifications have opened the entranceway with a front desk and a volunteer to greet guests and visitors.
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to join them for an Open House on Friday, July 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with special guest, Adam Davis, at the new location. Davis has a lot of experience working with Arkansas tourism, and parks and recreation. He also designed the Chamber’s new logo and website:
Refreshments will be served at this free event and all are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 870-670-5433, or by email at:
The new location for the Chamber of Commerce is 707 Third Street, adjacent to Calabama of Horseshoe Bend, and Taco Jacs, and across the street from Pacesetting Times.
Check this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times to see additional photos, or stop by there on July 8!

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend their next meeting, taking place one week earlier than normal.
This month’s meeting will be on Thursday, June 9 at the MRID Building. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being catered by Smokin’ Butts BBQ, $10 per person. This month’s speaker will be Marcus Turley from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.
Turley is the Membership Development Representative and is responsible for new business development, as well as retention of existing State Chamber/AIA members. He previously worked for the city of Dallas, Texas as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Development Services.

The 2nd Annual Howard Reeves Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. The tournament will be a Three Person Scramble with Calcutta, with $1,200 going to the first place team.
Coffee and donuts at 7 a.m.; shotgun at 7:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. on Saturday; shotgun at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Smokin’ Butts BBQ will be available. There will be an Auction Dinner on Saturday night at 8 p.m.
Entry fee is $225 per team, cash or check only, and that does not include cart fees. Cart fee is $25 plus tax per cart per day.
Men 70 years and older may play the red tees.
Contact Michael Stracner at 870-623-0998 for details.

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
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
GETTING CLOSER: Mammoth Spring’s Logan Skaggs slides safely into third base in last week’s Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
SCORCHING ONE: Melbourne’s Cailey Cossey hits a line shot against Manila in the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
JUGGLING ACT: Lady Cougar Shelby Morris corrals a pop foul for an out against Viola in the opening round of Regionals. Photo/B.Stapleton

The 26th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 16 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 $60 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. Since 2013, the Buddy Bass tournament has raised $6,000 to help their cause.
The Annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 25 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 Arkansas and Missouri residents.

by Carrie Johnson
Have you noticed the roadwork between Franklin and Glencoe that has been taking place for the past month or so?
Just wait, there’s more.
The Arkansas State Highway Commission has approved a bid for improvements to State Highway 289, from State Highway 56 (Franklin) to US Highway 62 (Glencoe). Atlas Asphalt, Inc of Batesville has been awarded the contract at $1,258,911.35.
Izard and Fulton County Highway Department personnel have been executing all of the prep work for this project, which is what everyone has been seeing around here lately. As most of you may have noticed, there is now a gravel shoulder-like strip on either side of the highway. As a passerby, they look like new shoulders. In fact, the width you see of the road now will be the new width of the blacktop.
The widened road will make traveling much easier for everyone, including tractor-trailers and vehicles pulling trailers. I’m positive that the boaters heading to Horseshoe Bend lakes and golfers heading to the golf courses will be most appreciative. The improvement will ultimately make travel safer for anyone driving the highway.
Instead of applying the usual chip and seal that Highway 289 has seen for years, the State Highway Department will be overlaying the entire section of the highway, starting at Franklin and working toward Glencoe. Super pave asphalt will be used for the project and has a life-expectancy of at least 20 years.
When the overlay is complete, the Izard and Fulton County Highway Departments will finish up by adding shoulders to the road.
Highway 289 will look like US Highway 62 upon completion. What an improvement!
Construction is scheduled to begin in two to four weeks, weather permitting. Finalization is expected in mid-2016.
Use precaution when traveling through road construction to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but the workers. Watch for speed limit changes and sudden stops, and keep an eye out for crew members. Leave early for your destination to allow extra time for travel.

Save the date!
The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Dogwood Days Festival on Saturday, May 14.
This year’s event will kick off with a 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. There will also be games for the kids, pony rides, food and craft vendors, live music, and much more going on throughout the day, so mark your calendar and make plans to attend.
Local talent scheduled to perform includes The Loft Line Dancers, Austin Pool, and Saved by Grace. Headlining this year will be Grand Ole Opry member, Mike Snider. Snider made his way on the country music scene in the 1980s with his incomparable wit and stellar banjo playing. Snider’s show is said to be exciting, funny, moving, easy-going, and above all, honest from his heart.
All festival activities are free of charge, thanks to generous donations from our community. For more information, please contact the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce by calling 870-670-5433.

TIME FOR A CHANGE: The Horseshoe Bend Health Services Board voted on February 26 to turn their remaining account funds over to the city, to be maintained in a separate account for building maintenance. A storage shed will be purchased and roof will be replaced with the proceeds from selling the medical equipment. The building and land will be deeded to the city. “It is with sadness and resignation that the board made this decision,” said Jodie Huckaby, President. “Medical policies have changed, and it is hard for a clinic to succeed.” Two clinics in the last year and one half have closed at the location, after years of the building sitting empty. The city will be leasing the building to the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, housing a Chamber Visitor and Information Center, and a small museum on the history of Horseshoe Bend. See full story in the March 16 edition of the Pacesetting Times.

by Karen Sherrell
Early voting began for the Preferential Primary and Nonpartisan Elections on February 16, and will continue through February 29. Election Day is March 1.
Voters in all counties will choose Democratic or Republican ballots to pick their candidates.
In ballot order, Democratic candidates for U.S. President are Hillary Clinton, John Wolfe, Bernie Sanders, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, James Valentine, and Martin J. O’Malley.
On the Republican ballot for U.S. President, candidates are Donald J. Trump, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, John R. Kasich, and Mike Huckabee. As of February 11, several Republican candidates have announced they are no longer seeking the presidency, including Christie, Santorum, Huckabee, Fiorina, Paul, and Graham. For U.S. Senate, candidates are Curtis Coleman and Senator John Boozman.
In the tri-county area, in addition to the U.S. and state races, a few local races have emerged, and early voting locations and precincts have been announced.
IZARD COUNTY – Early voting is underway at Ozarka College in Melbourne, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
In addition to the Ozarka College site, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Horseshoe  Bend will have early voting, two days only, Thursday, February 25, and Friday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Election Day is Tuesday, March 1, with polls open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The following are the voting precincts and sites in Izard County: Absentee voting, Izard County Courthouse; Big Spring, Lafferty, and Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant Community Building; Boswell, Sylamore and Twin Creek, Ruthie Mountain Fire Dept.; Brockwell and Newburg, Senior Center; Calico Rock and Claiborne, Calico Rock City Hall; Dolph and Pineville, Pineville Fire Station; Franklin, Myron, and Wiseman, Old Franklin City Hall; Gid and Guion, Reeve’s Cemetery Building; Horseshoe Bend, St. Mary’s Catholic Church; Knob Creek, Lacrosse, Larkin, Melbourne and Sage, Ozarka College; Oxford and Wideman, Oxford City Hall; Strawberry and Zion, Zion Community Building; and Violet Hill, Violet Hill Gym.
FULTON COUNTY – Contests in Fulton County for the March 1 primary include two local Democratic races. For Coroner, candidates are Steven Barker, Incumbent, and Melissa James; and for Treasurer, candidates are Boyd Dailey and Seth Jones, Incumbent.
Early voting hours at the Fulton County Clerk’s office will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, from Feb. 16 to 27. On Monday, Feb. 29, hours are 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
In addition to the courthouse site, early voting will be held at Simmons Bank in Mammoth Spring on Friday, Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Polling places on Election Day in Fulton County are: for Alton, and Mammoth Spring, Mammoth Spring Fire Station; Benton and Union, Salem City Hall; Cherokee Village, Omaha Center; Cleveland, Byron Community Building; Fulton and Mt. Calm, Viola City Hall; Myatt, Saddle Community Building; Pleasant Ridge, Agnos Community Building; Southfork and Wilson, Camp Fire Station; Strawberry, Morriston Fire Station #2; Vidette and Big Creek, Gepp Fire Station; and Washington, Sturkie Fire Station.
SHARP COUNTY – Races in Sharp County during the Primary Election on the Republican ballot are for County Judge, Dustin Rogers and Phillip D. Hood.
On the Democratic ballot, for Constable District 1, Israel Hester and Kevin Deinst in only these precincts, Upper North, Lower North, Hardy and North Union.­
Polling places on Election Day in Sharp County are: Big Creek and Scott, Grange Fire Station; Cave, Community Center Cave City; Cherokee, City Hall Cherokee Village; Davidson, Liberty Hill Church; East Sullivan, Church Building Maxville Community; Hardy, Hardy Fire Station; Highland, City Hall Highland; Jackson, North Lebanon, South Union, Williford Fire Station; Lave Creek, Camp Ground Community Building; Lower North and Upper North, Fire Station at Wirth; Morgan, Center Fire Department; North Big Rock, South Big Rock, and Strawberry, Poughkeepsie Fire Department; North Unioin, Hilltop Community Building; Ozark, Ozark Acres Clubhouse; Piney Fork, Faith Assembly of god Church; Richwood, Sharp County Courthouse Courtroom; south Lebanon, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church; Washington, Faith Assembly of God Church, Evening Shade; Maxville, Church Building, Cave City; West Sullivan, Sidney Community Center.
In the Non-Partisan Judicial Election which will be found on both party ballots March 1, for State Supreme Court Chief Justice, Position 1, candidates are State Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and Judge Dan Kemp; for State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 5, Judge Shawn A. Womack and Clark W. Wilson; for Court of Appeals Associate Judge District 02, Judge Mike Murphy and Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland.
Unofficial results will be posted at the county courthouses following the receipt of all votes from county precincts.
Primary Election winners will move on to the General Election in November to face Independent candidates. At that time, voters are allowed to choose which party they wish to vote for, no matter their ballot choice during the March 1 Primary.
Election results will be listed online at following the unofficial tally.

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

Arkansans statewide are encouraged to spruce up their communities by volunteering in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. This year’s spring cleanup campaign, coordinated and promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, KAB, begins March 1 and continues through May 31.
Everyone in Horseshoe Bend is encouraged to participate in this year’s Keep Horseshoe Bend Beautiful Great American Cleanup. Civic groups, clubs, organizations, scouts, churches, individuals, businesses, and neighborhoods can put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7 and help cleanup. There will be a Hot Dog Picnic to follow. All Horseshoe Benders are encouraged to take part in the annual community cleanup initiative.
Those interested in organizing a cleanup event or volunteering, please call Event Coordinators Michelle Grabowski, City Hall, at 870-670-5113; or Carrie Johnson, Pacesetting Times, at 870-670-6397.
“The Great American Cleanup is an excellent opportunity for Arkansans to make a positive impact on the environment, the state and their local communities,” said Elizabeth Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager. “We encourage everyone to participate in a local event or sign up to coordinate an event.”
Horseshoe Bend is an attractive community, and all residents have a responsibility to keep it clean and attractive. If Horseshoe Bend is littered and ill kept, its potential to attract industry and tourism can be greatly impacted.
A fresh coat of paint, a few new flower plantings, roadsides and waterways free of litter can make a big difference in Horseshoe Bend’s future.
Below are some of the things you can do as a church, business, or civic group to be a sponsor.
– Freshen up your parking lot, roadsides, and ditches;
– Plant a flower bed;
– Add potted flowers or plants to your entrance;
– Recycle Items produced by your church, business, or civic group that are accepted by Horseshoe Bend Recycling Center;
– Prune trees and bushes;
– Add a fresh coat of paint if needed;
– Put together a volunteer crew and pitch in on May 7.
Updated information on where volunteers will meet to sign up and what supplies volunteers will need to bring will be published in the Pacesetting Times as we get closer to the clean-up date.
KAB works with cleanup coordinators to plan and publicize their local events, and provide volunteers with Glad® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and other cleanup supplies.

by Tammy Curtis
What better way to welcome warmer weather than barbecue? For the third year, organizers of the Sidney St. Patrick’s Day Parade will share their event with the season’s first barbecue competition during the town’s festivities on Saturday, March 19.
Local barbecue connoisseur Carl Bailey, one of the judges of the world famous Memphis BBQ Network competition, helped get the cook-off going, after being contacted by Sidney native Justin Davis. Bailey recalls how the renowned Memphis competition began with a bunch of backyard barbecue guys and has grown over the years to be part of the mid-south competition circuit. Bailey and Davis expect to see the Sidney event grow, after starting with 11 teams in 2014. This year, they hope to see double the number of competitors. Party Q from Memphis set up last year, as did a local team Slaughterhouse BBQ, and organizers hope to continue to see a range of chefs, pros to backyard cooks. After the competitors finish their variety of mouth watering meats and are judged, samples will be offered to the parade crowd.
The contest entry form is available online at Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third place in each category based on the number of entries. Bailey explained the competition is based on a points system with ribs and butt entries getting the highest point value. He added back yard cookers should not be intimidated by the professional teams, as amateurs beat the pros in some of the categories last year.
Starting this year, the Grand Champion Trophy will be named in honor of Don Taylor, who recently passed away. The owner of Taylor Feed Mill in Franklin was a well known community volunteer who began cooking competitively in 2014 and won a first, second and third place trophy and cash prizes, despite his late start.
His name will live on through the Sidney trophy.
Sidney cook-off participants will check in on Friday, March 18 at the Sidney Ball Park, just off Highway 58, and begin cooking either Friday night or Saturday morning, depending on the length of time required for the meat to cook. Complete rules and judging times are available at The team is working on a website with downloadable rules, regulations and entry forms. The link will be posted for everyone to share. So invite your friends and come out and enjoy the day in beautiful Sidney.
Business, clubs and organizations interested in joining in the fun can put together teams, set up and compete or set up booths at the event. The group is also looking for corporate sponsorships to help with prizes and awards. Businesses contributing will be listed on the team’s shirts which will be available for sale as well as banners at the barbecue cook-off. For more information on these great opportunities, drop an email to: or contact Carl Bailey at 870-283-2272, or Tammy Curtis at 870-283-2132.

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Jeremy Brown, a senior at Salem High School, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Crowley Ridge College in Paragould on a Golf Scholarship on Thursday, February 11 at the Salem High School Library. Jeremy is the son of Nick and Sandy Brown of Horseshoe Bend.

DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Izard County Junior Cougars won the District Championship against Calico Rock on Saturday night, 35-28. They were also Izard County Invitational Tournament Champs, 1A 2 North Conference Champs and Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles Invitational Tournament Runner-ups this season. For additional District Tournament action, see page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/Donell Russell

Ron Helm, Ozarka College Vice President of Student Services, has announced his upcoming retirement. Helm has dedicated forty-two years of his life to education; twenty-three of those at Ozarka College. Anyone in this region and beyond would be hard pressed to find a student or colleague who he did not leave a positive and lasting impression on. Helm has impacted generations of students and will be greatly missed.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Science Education degree in History at Arkansas State University, ASU, in Jonesboro, Helm was hired to teach grades five and six at Oxford Elementary school for the 1972-1973 school year. The next year he returned to ASU to earn his Masters degree in Counseling.
In 1975, Helm was hired to be the Counselor, Psychological Examiner, Social Science Teacher, and Basketball Coach at Naylor Junior and Senior High School in Naylor, Missouri. In 1986, he completed his Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Helm returned home to Arkansas to serve as the High School Principal at Izard County Consolidated in Brockwell beginning in 1987. After four years, he became the Superintendent and served in that role for two additional years.
In 1993, Helm was hired as the first Registrar for Ozarka College. Over the years, this role developed into the Registrar/Director of Student Services, and ultimately the Vice President of Student Services.
“Ron Helm has been a senior academic leader who people admire and appreciate,” said Dr. Richard Dawe, Ozarka College President.
“He is completely committed to the success of our students and will be deeply missed. I’ve rarely met someone who is so widely respected and known for their service to student success.”
Some of Helm’s greatest accomplishments at Ozarka College include being instrumental in creating articulation agreements for transfer to other Colleges and Universities in Arkansas, offering evening courses for both High School students and members of the community, scheduling concurrent enrollment courses in High Schools, assisting with the start up of additional Ozarka campus locations, and partnering with the North Central Unit to offer education in the prison system.
When asked about some of his fondest Ozarka College memories, Helm stated, “Working at an institution that builds confidence in students, and seeing students who didn’t think they could make it, succeed.”
Helm’s retirement plans include spending time with his family, traveling, taking care of the farm, and writing, publishing and producing music.

Dr. A. Meryl Grasse, founder of the Community Medical Center of Izard County, in Calico Rock, passed away January 29 at the age of 92. Dr. Grasse spent 63 years in Calico Rock, moving from the area last year, after his retirement in 2012.
A celebration of life service is being planned for Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Calico Rock.
Anthony Meryl Grasse, M.D.
Anthony Meryl Grasse, MD, passed away peacefully in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the age of 92. Born May 16, 1923 in Chalfont, PA to the late Anthony Myers Grasse and Lillian (Landis) Grasse, Dr. Grasse was an accomplished physician in family practice, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, dedicated to healthcare service. He lived most of his life in Calico Rock, from 1952 to 2015.
Dr. Grasse retired from being a physician at the age of 88, having delivered at least three generations of babies over his medical career.
Dr. Grasse graduated from Souderton High School in Bucks County, PA in 1940 and Goshen College, Goshen IN in 1943. He earned a degree from Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 1947 and completed a surgery residency at York Hospital, York, PA. He served in overseas medical work in Ethiopia, East Africa and Indonesia 1948-1951, and Nigeria, West Africa 1964-1966 with the Mennonite Church. Dr. Grasse established a medical practice in Calico Rock in 1952 and built a hospital the Medical Center of Calico Rock in 1959, which was renamed the Community Medical Center of Izard County. He was active in the Mennonite Church in Arkansas, and was a founding member of Calico Rock Mennonite Fellowship.
Dr. Grasse was the husband of Gladys (Landis) Grasse, a nurse, for 63 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children – four daughters, Karen Grasse of Philadelphia, PA; Chloe Grasse and husband Linford Martin of Greencastle, PA; Carol Grasse of Boulder, CO; Gwendolyn Grasse and husband Steve Voran of Boulder, CO; two sons, Joel Grasse and wife Susan of Rogers, AR; Mark Grasse of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, Joseph Grasse and wife Angela of Omaha, NE; Joshua Grasse and wife Dana of Spokane, WA; Hannah and Mariah Martin of Greencastle, PA; and Elleanna Voran of Boulder, CO; two great-grandchildren, Jayden and Olivia Grasse of Omaha, NE; two brothers, Willard Grasse and wife Gladys of Chalfont, PA; Warren Grasse and wife Linda of Telford, PA; two brothers were previously deceased, John Grasse (deceased 2005) and Alvin Grasse (deceased 2015). John is survived by his wife Mary Margaret of Calico Rock; Alvin is survived by his wife Ruth of Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be sent in honor of: Dr. A. Meryl Grasse Memorial Hospital Fund, Community Medical Center of Izard County, c/o Kim Skidmore CEO, P.O. Box 438, Calico Rock, AR 75219.
Cremation services were entrusted to Dugan Funeral Home and Crematory, 51 Asper Drive, Shippensburg, PA.

by Sue Clay
Be a sweetheart. Join the “Friends” for a “FunRaiser” Bowl for the Animals on Saturday, February 13 at 11 a.m. at Horseshoe Lanes. Teams need to be made up of four bowlers. Fees are $20 per bowler with kids under 12 bowling for $10, and each team will receive a free pizza while bowling, provided by Scenic Realty. There will be lots of prizes, drawings, and special awards.
The “FunRaiser” is a great way to spend time with good friends, and help the animals. Pick a theme for your team; choose a name, wear matching clothes, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a good time! Area businesses and churches, please think about sponsoring a team. If you’re not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but don’t have a team, we can put one together for you.
The Friends’ Bake Sale, always the best goodies in town with lots of delicious choices, will also be going on at the Horseshoe Lanes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in to buy your special Valentine treats for yourself and others. If you have any questions, please phone Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals at 870-373-2649. You can register your team at Horseshoe Lanes by phoning 870-670-5606.

The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Fourth Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is February 29. 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 9 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, 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.

It is time again to renew Annual Business Licenses. Come into City Hall to renew for 2016, or for your convenience, you may renew by mail.
If renewing by mail, return a copy that was given to you last year after making any necessary changes then return the form along with your check.
If you would like to also receive a copy of your 2016 city business license, please enclose a self-addressed envelope along with payment and current changes.
The City of Horseshoe Bend requires an annual license fee to be paid by any person, firm or corporation that maintains a business location within the City of Horseshoe Bend, or engages in any business, profession or occupation of any kind and nature within the city. The business license fees are classified in City Ordinance #87-14 that is available for your inspection at City Hall.
Section II of Ordinance #87-14 states: “It is hereby declared a misdemeanor for any person, firm or corporation carrying on a business, profession or occupation within the City of Horseshoe Bend who fails and/or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this Ordinance and upon conviction shall be fined in an amount of not less than One Hundred ($100.00) dollars nor more than Two Hundred ($200.00) dollars for each separate violation.”
Also due for 2016 renewal are dog and cat licenses at $3 for spayed and neutered animals (must have proof) and $10 for pets that are not spayed or neutered. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination also.


ALL-AMERICAN CHEERLEADER: Brittney Dudra, a freshman at Melbourne High School, participated in the B2 Cheerleading Competition held at the Melbourne High School in the beginning of June 2015. Brittney, the 14 year old daughter of Gary and Ginny Dudra, along with three other girls, was selected as an All-American Cheerleader at the competition. By being selected an All-American Cheerleader, Dudra was asked to perform at the 2016 Liberty Bowl, and was in the New Year’s Day Parade on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Dudra held a raffle for a $200 gift card to help raise money for expenses for her trip. She has been cheering since seventh grade. Photos/Submitted

Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend is hosting the 2016 Polar Plunge on behalf of Special Olympics Arkansas, SOAR.
The Polar Plunge will be held on Saturday, January 16 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. Awards start at noon and the plunge follows directly.
Sponsorships/contribution forms may be picked up at Box Hound Marina in Horseshoe Bend.
Those interested in taking the plunge need to pick up a sponsorship form for pledges.
Special awards will be given for best costume: individual and team; and first place for the most money raised: individual 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 high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker; $1,000+ collected donations entitles the plunger to a plunge t-shirt, beach towel, high definition 3.0 wireless bluetooth speaker and a packable waterproof jacket available in seven colors.
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 15,000 athletes participate in training and compete in a year-round program of 20 different sports.
Athletes in Arkansas train and compete in aquatics, track and field, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, power-lifting and other sports at local, Regional, State and International levels. While their competition events are often in public view, it is their training program that forms the foundation of all that they do. Through the strong network of volunteer coaches, Special Olympic athletes spend countless hours preparing for the opportunity to compete for the Gold, Silver and Bronze metals. In a sense, the athletes are training for life itself. Training becomes an important stepping stone into communities throughout Arkansas for athletes and their families. Their goal is to bring people with intellectual disabilities into the mainstream of society in Arkansas under conditions where they are accepted, respected and given the opportunity to become positive citizens.
So, plungers get your sponsorship/contribution form, get your sponsors and be ready to take the 2016 Polar Plunge at Box Hound Marina, Resort & RV Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, January 16.

by Karen Sherrell
Making people laugh comes easy for Lucas Smith, as well as singing, playing musical instruments, never meeting a stranger, well you get the idea.
Recently Lucas, age 18 of Franklin, auditioned for American Idol in Little Rock, and came back home with a great attitude. “It was an honor,” said Lucas. “Overall it was a positive experience that I grew from.”
Lucas performed in four preliminary auditions, and made it through to the panel of celebrity judges. He did not receive a golden ticket, but that’s okay. “I had a great experience,” said Lucas. “I met alot of people that thrive on creativity and artistry. People I met were completely authentic.”
Lucas was a little star-struck when he met the panel of celebrity judges, an experience he will not soon forget. He performed Budapest by George Ezra and one of his own songs.
For now, the 2015 ICC graduate, and son of Larry and Kendra Smith, continues his studies at Ozarka College to obtain his associates degree. He then wants to transfer to UCA at Conway seeking a Major in Theater with a Minor in Linguistics.
American Idol’s farewell season premiers Wed., January 6, with two days of audition content. On Wednesday, the show will feature Denver and Atlanta tryouts, and on Thursday, San Francisco and Little Rock auditions.
We’ll have to keep watch and hopefully catch some of the highlights of Lucas’ performance.
“I had a great experience, and a peer into the workings of the show,” said Lucas, who says he will not be auditioning for The Voice. “My eyes are set on stand-up comedy,” said Lucas, which as many know is something that also comes natural for him. His first “gig” will be a one-half to one hour performance on January 18 at the UACCB campus in Batesville.
Even though Lucas did not receive a golden ticket from American Idol, he has from his community. We’re sure we haven’t seen or heard the last from this talented young man.

The Pacesetting Times Christmas edition is this week, December 23. Grab yourself a copy of the paper and enjoy Letters to Santa, greetings from area businesses, Christmas Parade and Santa photos, and much more!

COMMUNITY GETS THEIR STORE BACK: The Violet Hill Store is now open with plenty of convenient parking, thanks to new owners Larry and Heidi Smith of Violet Hill. The Violet Hill Store offers gasoline, groceries, deli sandwiches, fountain drinks, coffee, cappuccino and more. Gasoline for sale is ethanol free unleaded, diesel, and off road diesel. The business takes all major credit cards and debit cards, and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Violet Hill Store may be reached by calling 870-322-7151. Photo/K.Sherrell

The 22nd Annual Spirit of Lights Lighting Contest is now underway. Everyone is encouraged to light up Horseshoe Bend, from Main Street to residences.
Deadline to enter is Friday, December 11 at noon, and judging will be Saturday, December 12.
Winners in the Business and Club category will receive $100 from Pacesetting Times for first place; second place will receive $50 from Horseshoe Bend Insurance; and third place will win a $50 gift certificate from B&B Supply. Winners in the Residential Category will receive $100 from Horseshoe Health and Medicine for first place; second place will receive $50 cash from FNBC Community Bankers; and third place will receive a $50 gift certificate from Neighborhood Fresh Market.
Entry forms for the lighting contest are available at Pacesetting Times and the chamber office. Remember, if you don’t enter, you can’t win!

HALLOWEEN: Area trick or treaters had a fun-filled evening in Horseshoe Bend on Halloween. This year’s Annual Trunk or Treat was held at Cedar Glade Resort, where there were hayrides to and from the Haunted House on Market Street. See additional Halloween photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/R.Sherrell

by Karen Sherrell, Publisher
HORSESHOE BEND –Following the resignation of Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) administrative assistant Nina Windsor, Commissioners have decided to hire an accounting firm and contracts have been agreed upon with two managers currently employed by MRID.
George Thomas Certified Public Accounting firm in Salem, will be handling all relevant accounting duties for MRID for a fee of $450 month, through December of next year.
Cost to MRID is $5,400 annually.
Contracts for employment were approved October 13, and went into effect November 1, with a contract extension through December 2021 to Chuck McNeight, Pro Shop Manager and PGA Golf Professional, and a contract with Josh Jackson, Golf Course Superintendent, through November 1, 2025.
McNeight’s annual salary is $49,750 for working an average of 40 hours per week, and he has the rights to the profits of concessions sold in the Pro Shop. Duties include Pro Shop management, PGA Pro, and other duties as MRID shall designate related to such. McNeight’s previous annual contract was for approximately $47,000, making an increase to his annual contract of $2,750.
Jackson’s annual salary is $37,000 and upon completion of the 2016 fiscal year, if the approved budgets for his departments are met, Jackson will receive a 4% salary increase for 2017, and a 4% salary increase for each additional year he is on or below budget. Jackson’s duties are Golf Course Superintendent and other duties as the MRID shall designate related to such. Jackson agrees to acquire Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America Class A certification when eligibility requirements are met. His previous annual salary was $33,500, making an increase to his annual salary of $3,500.
Windsor resigned in early September when her hours were cut to 22.5 hours per week. According to MRID she was making $10 per hour; which would have equalled an annual salary of $11,700 with the change in hours.
Several citizens complained about the manner in which Windsor was informed of her reduction in hours, with Windsor claiming she found out about her new hours when she read the August 13 meeting minutes she was preparing to type.

Handbags for Homeless Women is a non-profit organization that Crystal Pinson, of Salem, started less than two weeks ago. While still in the beginning stages of the mission, the response from the surrounding communities has been tremendous.
Pinson lives in Salem with her husband the three sons. “I was inspired to do this mission when I heard about an organization providing shoes for the homeless,” said Pinson. “I realized some of the struggles that came from being a woman on the streets,” she added. The mission fills handbags with fruit snacks, feminine hygiene products, personal care trial size items, etc. for homeless women. Since Handbags for Homeless Women is such a new mission, purses and personal care items are still needed. After the purses are filled, they will be distributed to Homeless and Domestic Violence Shelters throughout the Ozarks. Drop-off sites are at Expressions Salon, located at 306 Hwy. 62 West in Salem, and All About You Salon, located at 7 Highland Cove Drive in Highland.
Receipts are available upon donation. The mission appreciates any and all help. If you are interested in helping in any way, contact Pinson at or follow Handbags for Homeless Women on Facebook.

HORSESHOE BEND – Members of the American Legion Post #344 Horseshoe Bend will observe Veterans Day November 11 at Veterans Park in Horseshoe Bend. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Please join in honoring the men and women who served their country in uniform. Today, America remains a beacon to the world in large part because of its Veterans. The American Legion, making its 97th 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, in accordance with its motto, is Still Serving America. The American Legion is involved and making a difference around the world and in Horseshoe Bend. American Legion Post #344 is proud to be a part of this community.
HIGHLAND: American Legion Post 346 invites everyone to their annual Veterans Day ceremonies on Wednesday, November 11. The first ceremony will be at the Highland High School gymnasium at 9 a.m.
ASH FLAT: The second ceremony will be at the American Veterans Memorial on Nix Ridge Road in Ash Flat at 11 a.m.
Food will be available at the Ash Flat ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a donation.
Captain Wes Ward of the Marine Corps Reserves as the guest speaker for both ceremonies. Ward is currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserves as a Civil Affairs Officer and Team Leader with the Third Civil Affairs Group in Great Lakes, Illinois. Ward has been serving in the United States Marine Corps for over 15 years and has completed deployments to Afghanistan and Jordan with the First Marine Division and First Battalion, First Marines. He was also appointed Third Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas in March 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Ward is from the small town of Lake City in Northeast Arkansas and is a graduate of Riverside High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Agricultural Finance from Arkansas State University. Ward earned a law degree and also completed the LL.M. program for a Master of Laws degree in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas. He has also worked as a Field Coordinator for Congressman Rick Crawford doing agricultural outreach and as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
Hope to see everyone at one or all of these Veterans Day Events!

TOUGH IN THE LANE: ICC’s Coby Jones goes up for two points against Nemo Vista in the Bad Boy Classic held at the Cougar Den in Brockwell last week. The Cougars picked up a 58-37 win over Nemo Vista and were paced by Andrew Walker’s 30 points while Taylor Reynolds delivered a well- rounded game as he added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. See full story and additional photos in the October 28 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Filing dates for candidates with party affiliation begin in November, for inclusion in the state’s Preferential Primary election March 1, 2016.
Party filing period will begin November 2 at noon and will end November 9 noon.
November 2 is also the start of the period when a person desiring to have their name placed on the ballot as an independent candidate to file petitions, and all necessary affidavits and pledges.
These filing dates do not apply to municipal filings which begin in July 2016. County offices such as sheriff, judge, clerk, assessor, collector, coroner and justice of the peace party affiliates need to file.
The deadline for the ballot draw will be December 3. The order by which names of the candidates shall appear on the ballot shall be determined at a public meeting of the county board.
January 4, 2016 is the deadline for county clerks to make available applications for absentee ballots for the primary election.
Deadline to register to vote in the March 1 preferential primary and non-partisan elections is February 1, 2016.
The Arkansas legislature voted to move the state’s primary election from its traditional May date to March 1.
Fulton County Election Filing Period
Candidates for County, Municipal and Township offices should file during regular office hours with Fulton County Clerk Vickie Bishop at the Courthouse in Salem. Each candidate must file a DPA Political Practices Pledge.
Filing for membership in the Fulton County Central Committee is also open during the filing period. The membership fee for the county committee is $20 for a two-year period (2016-2017). The committee membership is open to all Fulton County Democrats.
For additional information contact County Clerk Vickie Bishop at 870-895-3310 or County Secretary Carolyn Lewis at 870-895-2491.
Izard County Election Filing Period
Izard County candidates should file with Izard County Clerk Shelly Downing at the Courthouse in Melbourne.
For additional information, contact Downing at 870-368-4316.

Make plans for your ghouls and goblins to attend the annual Horseshoe Bend Trunk or Treat.
This year’s Trunk or Treat will be held at a new location, still with plenty of room to park those decorated trunks, have children’s games and a Costume Contest.
Cedar Glade Resort located at 900 Fourth Street, will host the fun on Saturday, October 31 beginning at 5 p.m. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions, and the Best Trunk and Costume Contest Awards will be presented at 6 p.m.
Best Trunk awards: first place winner will receive a weekend getaway in a suite at Cedar Glade Resort; second place winner will receive a gift certificate for The Calabama HSB; third place winner will receive a gift certificate to Papa Dick’s in Horseshoe Bend. Each winner will also receive an engraved trophy.
The Costume Contest will have five age groups: newborn to four years, five to eight years, nine to twelve years, thirteen to eighteen years, and over eighteen years is considered the adult group. There will be one boy and one girl winner selected out of each group. Each child will win a toy and every winner will receive an engraved medal.
Other fun activities are planned, so mark your calendar for this year’s Trunk or Treat at Cedar Glade Resort’s front parking lot.
Horseshoe Bend’s Annual Haunted House will be held at the usual location at 405 East Market Street, on October 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly. Admission is $3 per person, children age five and under are free. The DJ Doctor and Dogg House Dogs will provide concessions on Wednesday through Friday.
There will be Hayrides on Halloween that run from Cedar Glade Resort to the Haunted House and back to Cedar Glade Resort. Departure times will be every 15 minutes all night.

Joseph Perry Morfield, age 31 of Horseshoe Bend, was charged October 12 in Izard County Circuit Court with rape and incest following a August 15 complaint by a female relative.
According to Sheriff Tate Lawrence, while the female relative and her children were residing in a home occupied by Morfield and others family members, Morfield is alleged to have awakened the victim in the earlier morning hours on August 17 while he was violating her sexually.
The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory recently completed DNA testing and the results showed DNA swabs from the victim showed to be consistent with the DNA of Morfield who is the uncle of the victim.
Rape is a class “y” felony while incest is a class “c” felony.
Morfield remains in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of a $50,000 bond set by District Judge David E. Miller.
Morfield’s initial court date is Tuesday, November 17.

SOFT TOUCH: Jr. Cougar Chandler Smith goes for the running one hander against Western Grove last week. See full story and additional photos in the October 21 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

The statewide personal and real estate property tax payment deadline is Thursday, October 15.
County property taxes are used to fund a variety of services in Arkansas including public education, libraries, police and fire, local infrastructure and emergency medical services.
Citizens can avoid penalties and late fees by paying their property taxes over-the-phone before the October 15 deadline.
If you mail your payment make sure it is post marked by October 15 or it will be returned with a 10% penalty.
Izard County Collector Marilyn Downing’s office also accepts Visa and Master Card, but you will be charged a 3.75% convenience fee. The Izard County Collector’s office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or you may mail your payment to Izard County Collector, P.O. Box 490, Melbourne AR 72556. The collector’s office is located in the Izard County Annex Building, adjacent to the county courthouse. If you have any questions please call 870-368-7247 or email the collector at
The Fulton County Collector’s office phone number is 870-895-2457 and customers can pay via phone, or you can mail in your payment to Fulton County Collector, P.O. Box 126, Salem, AR 72576. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they are open during lunch.
The Sharp County Collector’s office is located at 718 Ash Flat Drive in Ash Flat. Send payment via mail to Sharp County Collector, 718 Ash Flat Drive, Ash Flat, AR 72513; pay online at the Sharp County Tax Collector ePayment Service Site, accepted payment method is with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit card, or an electronic check, the total amount will be adjusted to allow for the electronic processing of the transaction through the state’s eGovernment service provider,, taxes paid online will be credited to your account within 48 hours; or call 870-994-7334.
If you mail your payment you will need to include a self addressed stamped envelope or an e-mail address for a receipt.

CHASE ENDS AT MARK MARTIN DEALERSHIP IN MELBOURNE: A 17 year old male juvenile in a stolen vehicle out of Montana, sped away from the Arkansas State Police on Friday, October 2 at approximately 5:30 p.m., traveling from north of Mt. Pleasant through Melbourne at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his vehicle at the intersection of Hwys. 9 and 69, flipping at least once. The juvenile exited the vehicle, was pursued on foot and captured within 20 minutes. No one was injured in the crash; however, several vehicles at the dealership sustained damage. New vehicles damaged were a Tahoe, two Silverado trucks, and two Equinox. Total damage was $237,000 according to Gary Hunt at the dealership.

HORSESHOE BEND AT COLOR RUN: Cathie Johnson, Debbie Kalchik, Jackie Kizer and Cheryl Kugler participated in the Second Annual Color for Life Run/Walk 5K at Loberg Park in Hardy on Saturday, September 19, sponsored by the The New Beginnings Pregnancy Center in Ash Flat.


The City of Horseshoe Bend will have Fall Clean-up the week of Oct. 5 on your regular trash day. Items not accepted during clean-up are: hazardous waste of any kind, red bag medical waste, motor oil, auto batteries, paint in liquid form, freon filled components, construction materials, (remodels, window replacements, add ons etc.) and electronic materials such as computers, television sets etc.
If you have any questions please call the Water Department at 670-5885.

Residents in Horseshoe Bend, Salem, Franklin, Violet Hill, Wiseman, Oxford and Glencoe are receiving a complimentary issue of Pacesetting Times this week.
The Pacesetting Times publishes weekly, featuring news, local sports, community news, feature stories, entertainment, statewide and local classifieds, crossword puzzle, editorials and more. It is distributed in newsracks in Izard, Sharp and Fulton Counties.
If you are not a subscriber, take advantage of our rate of only $18 per year for 52 issues in Izard County, and have the Pacesetting Times mailed directly to your home or post office box. Out of county and out of state subscriptions are only $22 per year. We now also process debit and credit cards. If you already subscribe, we thank you!
The Pacesetting Times may be reached by calling 870-670-6397 or by emailing us at
As always, we appreciate your feedback and support. A big thank you to our subscribers, readers and advertisers; we appreciate your business for the past 28 years.

HORSESHOE BEND — Municipal Recreation Improvement District Commissioners received a letter of resignation from seven-year administrative assistant Nina Windsor on Friday, September 11.
Commissioners reduced Windsor’s hours during their August 13 evening meeting, and according to Windsor, failed to discuss the job change with her.
According to the August 13 MRID minutes, Terry Smith wished to discuss the hours of operation for the administrative position, advising the hours should be cut. Mac James made a motion to reduce the hours to 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., five days a week, seconded by Smith. The motion passed unanimously and went into effect September 1.
Windsor’s resignation reads in part:
“To: Commissioners Tom Doty, Steve Boyer, Jonathan Phillips, Terry Smith and McLee James.
The purpose of this communication is to provide you with official notice of my resignation from M.R.I.D. which is effective immediately. As you felt no need to inform me of your decision to reduce my hours, and my pay by half, thereby changing my employment status to part-time, I feel no need to give you any notice of my resignation.
“On Thursday, August 20, 2015, when Mac James came into my office to sign checks, he also left the minutes of your August 13, 2015 meeting for me to type. As I read them to correct spelling errors, punctuation, word usage and formatting, I discovered that Mac James made a motion to reduce my hours (and my pay) by one half. Terry Smith (a commissioner for less than six months) seconded, and they and Tom Doty voted to approve the motion. The other two commissioners, Steve Boyer and Jonathan Phillips, were not in attendance. This obviously changed my employment status to part-time and negatively affects my life in general. As of this date, none of you have formally told me anything. I can only assume that you meant for me to discover it on my own.”
Commissioner Terry Smith stated on Friday that Windsor’s duties only require the new hours set at the August 13 meeting.
To read Windsor’s full resignation, see the Sept. 16 edition of Pacesetting Times.

by Randy Williams
None of the children were ever in any physical danger, but students were briefly panicked on Wednesday afternoon, September 9 at Melbourne Elementary.
Teachers and staff took swift action to lock down and secure their classrooms in what turned out to be nothing but an unplanned drill.
An “active shooter” text alert was inadvertently sent to teacher’s cellphones by the newly installed smartphone app, Rave Panic Button. The panic buttons were mandated by state law this year on all Arkansas public school campuses, and somehow a false alarm was set off at Melbourne Elementary School.
It is not known exactly how the false alert was sent, but is being investigated.
Recently, the app was credited for saving a life in the Blytheville school district in a medical emergency situation. It is designed to allow faculty and staff to quickly inform 911, first responders, and school personnel of the type of emergency and the caller’s exact location, and it automatically gives first responders access to the school’s floor plans, the locations of emergency exits, and key evacuation procedures as well.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce is looking to update their existing logo and they want ideas from you!
The current logo is a horseshoe with the tagline “A Weekend or a Lifetime.” The chamber is looking for ideas for a new, enhanced logo and tagline for Horseshoe Bend. The logo should include a design and tagline of no more than a ten word sentence.
Deadline for submission is September 18 to the chamber office at the lower mall, or via mail to 811 Second St., Suite 10, Horseshoe Bend, AR 72512.
The winner of the best logo idea wins a dinner at Papa Dick’s Restaurant located at Crown Point Resort.

Bingo has come to Horseshoe Bend.
The Kiwanis Club has paired with the Eagles to host Bingo every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the Eagles social room. Both the Kiwanis and Eagles support children’s charities and the proceeds from the Kiwanis Bingo go to support the scholarship fund.
Bring your friends and enjoy a night of Bingo and help support our local charities.
Everyone is welcome!

All exhibits for the North Central Arkansas District Fair in Melbourne must be pre-registered by Thursday, Sept. 10.
Entries must be made online at If you do not have computer access, call Geraline Love, Fair Manager, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays at 870-368-4140 for more information prior to September 10.
Exhibits that have not been pre-registered will not be accepted on check-in day.
Exhibitors may also enter their items from the county fair, no matter the award placement received. Exhibitors may also enter items not entered at the county fair level. Only exhibits that are listed in the North Central Arkansas District Fair tabloid will be accepted.
All North Central Arkansas District Fair exhibits will check in on Tuesday, September 22, from 2 to 7 p.m. Judging will be on Wednesday, September 23 from 9 to 3 p.m. The exhibit building will be closed to the public for judging.
Exhibits must be made by the person in whose name it is entered. Exhibitors must be non-professional. A professional is a person that receives 51% or more of their income from a craft, skill, etc. that is being entered in the fair.
Entries must have been completed in the last year, since September 22, 2014.
Each exhibit will be judged on its own merit. Exhibits are divided into two divisions: junior (youth age 18 and under) and open (adults). Judges decision is final.
North Central Arkansas District Fair exhibits check out on Sunday, September 27, from 1 p.m to 3 p.m.
All exhibits must be pre-registered by September 10, and no paper entries will be accepted. Enter online at

The Salem High School All American Cheerleaders will be having a car wash on Saturday, September 12 during the Horseshoe Bend City Wide Yard Sale. The car wash will be set up at First National Bank of Izard County and will begin at 8 a.m. The Cheerleaders are fundraising for their very first ever Varsity Spirit Spectacular at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7.


HORSESHOE BEND – It is time to clean out those closets in anticipation of the Horseshoe Bend Fall City Wide Yard Sale coming Saturday, September 12. Sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce, the sale begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m.
You may set up at the lower mall parking lot, or have your sale at home. Call the Chamber office at 670-5433 to have your sale placed on the list. Lists will be given out the morning of the sale at the chamber office. Deadline to sign up your sale is Thursday, September 10.
SALEM – The Salem Fall City Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, September 26. If you would like to be listed on the map please contact Sherry Jackson at North Arkansas Electric at 870-895-3221 or email your listing to no later than September 22.

GOING LONG: Salem’s River Galbraith unloads on an approach shot on hole 14 at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend. See the August 26 edition of Pacesetting Times for additional photos and full story. Photo/B.Stapleton

A community potluck and night of entertainment is planned in Horseshoe Bend on Friday, September 18.
“Horseshoe Bend Celebrates Life” will be held at the MRID building atop Turkey Mountain beginning at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come, bring a potluck dish along with your recipe for your dish, and the dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Everyone needs to bring your own place settings. After the dinner and entertainment concludes, approximately 8:30 p.m., a Celebration of Life Walk will be held at the walking trail at the Horseshoe Bend Public Library, with the walkway lit with luminaria, located on Club Road.
If anyone needs a ride to the activity, please call Pat Arnold at 417-257-3773, or call the chamber office at 670-5433.

by Willetta Everett
USDA funds were used to purchase livestock under a direct operating loan for a rural youth. This enabled Seth Adam McCurley, a member of the Izard County Consolidated School FFA, to purchase livestock for his FFA project.
Seth, as a member of the ICC Show Team, has been outstanding in showing his livestock since he first obtained a FSA youth loan in 2010. He has registered Brangus and Ultra-Black cattle along with a few Boer goats. He has won awards at every competition he has entered from the local county, district and state. He is a very dedicated young man and takes pride in his livestock. In a recent interview Seth said he has gained many good friends while showing his livestock as well as learned the value of responsibility and helping others.
He also said that caring for livestock is hard work, but rewarding. One thing he said he learned quickly was that a long-sleeved shirt coupled with a show-ring and livestock gets really hot!
In 2012, Seth went to Louisiana and participated in the Jr. National Brangus Show. His Brangus bull won second place in the yearling bull class.
This was a good opportunity for Seth to meet kids from across the U.S. who were also active in showing livestock. His Brangus bull then went on to win Supreme Bull in the 2012 Izard County Fair. 
Also in 2012, his Ultra Black heifer won Grand Champion AOB-American Heifer at the Arkansas State Fair, and was inducted into the Arkansas Purple Circle Club. He has won the following belt buckles: 2008 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2009 Izard County Fair-Supreme Market Goat, 2010 NAYLS(North Arkansas Youth Livestock Shows)-Cattle Herdsman, 2011 NAYLS-Goat Herdsman, 2012 Izard County Fair-Supreme Bull, 2013 North Central Arkansas District Fair-Jr. Goat Showmanship, and 2014 Izard County Fair-Goat Herdsman.
Congratulations Seth on your accomplishments!

Back to School in this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times includes Izard County Consolidated, Melbourne, Calico Rock and Salem Public Schools. Get your school calendars, meet the upcoming football teams, and watch for sports each week from these schools!

A FOND FAREWELL: Karen Pierce, owner of Karen’s Kitchen in Horseshoe Bend, has moved from the area and closed her business. Karen was involved in a vehicle accident on July 28, where she sustained injuries and was taken to a Springfield hospital by Air Evac. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries according to her family, but is having other health related issues. Karen and her late husband Bill, opened the family-style restaurant over 15 years ago, and she has served the community faithfully since then. Karen’s “porch” has been the scene of many local and national political debates over the years, with a crew of coffee drinkers finding a home there. Her windows displayed holiday artwork each December, with locals looking forward to the new theme each year. The community sends their well-wishes to Karen and prayers for her future.

Staff members of the Pacesetting Times won seven state awards in the recent Better Newspaper News-Editorial Contest conducted annually by the Arkansas Press Association.
In the Smaller Weekly Division, Coverage of Education Category, Karen Sherrell, Carrie Johnson and Cassie Stafford won Second Place. Judges comments were, “Dedicated page for education news, what a great thing for your readers; good variety of topics.” Sherrell and Johnson won Third Place for Best Front Page, and Sherrell placed third for her News Story, “One Year Later” about a tornado hitting Horseshoe Bend. Judges comments were, “Good photos to illustrate article.” Johnson received Third Place for a Single Feature Photograph, “Good things come in twos.”
Stafford received an Honorable Mention for her Single Sports Feature Photograph “Salem Teammates” and Bobby Stapleton received Honorable Mentions for Sports News Story, “Greyhounds battle Panthers” and Single Sports Action Photograph “Putting on a show.”
“I’m so proud of our staff and their hard work recognized by the Press Association,” said Sherrell, owner of the newspaper. “It’s wonderful when everybody wins!”
This year 55 Arkansas newspapers submitted 1,874 entries, 20 daily newspapers sent 830 entries, 33 weekly newspapers sent 1,044. Their submissions were then judged by members of the Colorado Press Association.
Locally, the Melbourne Times received Honorable Mention for Picture Page in Medium Weeklies; the Batesville Daily Guard received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies; and the Stone County Leader of Mountain View received Honorable Mention in General Excellence.

Mary Alice (l), Audra and Maggie (r), Izard County Queen’s Contest Winners at the Horse Show. See additional Izard County Fair photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/K.Dement

The Buck Stops Here promotion in Horseshoe Bend and Franklin is now underway! Shoppers can visit participating merchants throughout the month of August, and register to win prizes which will be given away on Friday, August 28. You need not be present to win.
Area businesses are participating and invite shoppers to come by and sign up! Thank you for patronizing local businesses, and enjoy saving money on fuel at the same time. Local businesses are the life blood of a community and they appreciate your patronage!
Prizes to be given away range in value from $10 to $100, so get to registering today, and all month long, each time you visit a participating business.
Businesses in Horseshoe Bend and prizes they are giving are: Horseshoe Health and Medicine, 600 Market St., $25 gift certificate to Neighborhood Fresh Market; Doty Family Funeral and Memorial Services, 903 Third St., $30 gift certificate to Neighborhood Fresh Market or Cindy’s Dinner Bell; The Quilted Heart, Hwy. 289 South, $20 gift certificate; The Hairy Cactus, 404 Market St., $100 gift certificate for salon services; Cedar Glade Golf Course, intersection of Fourth and Market streets, two rounds of golf, not including golf cart; Pacesetting Times, 703 South Bend Dr., $25 in free advertising; Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce, Lower level Diamond B Mall, a gift basket; Snappy Mart, 400 Market St., one 14” pizza; Clary Fitness, lower level Diamond B Mall, one month membership plus a Clary Fitness t-shirt; Cindy’s Dinner Bell, Diamond B Mall foyer, $20 gift certificate; Neighborhood Fresh Market, Diamond B Mall, $50 gift certificate; FNBC Community Bankers, 901 South Bend Dr., silver eagle coin, one entry per visit, Horseshoe Bend Insurance, 600 Commerce St., $25 Visa gift card, Mirror Image, Diamond B Mall, free haircut; B & J Automotive, 704 South Bend Dr., free oil change. In Franklin, B & B Supply, Hwy. 56/289 junction, a Stanley thermos; Weatherford Bros. Feed, Hwy. 56, a one gallon pump sprayer.
Checkout this week’s Pacesetting Times Classifieds for participating retailer’s ads and be sure and save this special section as you sign up throughout the month of August.



IZARD COUNTY FARM FAMILY: Jared and Samantha Johnson, along with their daughters Quinn, Reese and Karsyn, were recognized as the 2015 Izard County Farm Family of the Year. Congratulations Johnson Family of Oxford! See full story and additional photos in the July 8th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photos/C.Johnson

Becky’s Kids is gearing up for its back-to-school shopping trip for Izard County foster children. On Thursday, July 16, Becky’s Kids will take the children to Jonesboro on a one day shopping trip for new backpacks, school supplies and new clothes and shoes for the upcoming school year.
Becky’s Kids is in need of donations to help fund the trip. The total cost for one child is $250 with donations of all sizes welcomed and appreciated.
With the needs of foster children growing every day, Jessica Eldred, the founder of Becky’s Kids sees this as one way for the community to make a difference. She said, “Izard County has always been so supportive of our efforts, and we can’t thank each donor and volunteer enough. Anyone who takes the opportunity to go with us or gives financially will walk away knowing that on that day they made a tremendous difference in a child’s life, and that is what Becky’s Kids is all about.”
This is the organizations fifth back-to-school trip, and Eldred says the event is something the kids get very excited about. “Of course, they love getting to pick out their own shoes and clothes. Not only is it fun, but it brings dignity to the kids. Most importantly though, the trip shows the children there are people who love and care about them.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the back-to-school shopping trip or learning more about Becky’s Kids can contact Jessica Eldred at 479-586-3210 or Ann Moser at 870-291-7555. The organization encourages individuals to “like” Becky’s Kids page on Facebook to keep up with all the organizations happenings.
All church, civic organizations or companies interested in a representative of Becky’s Kids presenting more information to their group are also encouraged to contact the nonprofit. Any donations can be mailed to Attention: Becky’s Kids P.O. Box 770, Melbourne, AR 72556.

GREAT FOURTH OF JULY PARADE: TRICO Quarry and Paving, Precision Plus Construction and Bookout Excavating’s ferris wheel float in the Horseshoe Bend annual Fourth of July parade. Additional photos from the festivities will be in the July 15th edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/R.Sherrell

by Sue Clay
Come out on Saturday, July 11, to help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend by joining in the fun at the Third Annual Bowl for the Animals Tournament sponsored by Horseshoe Lanes in Horseshoe Bend.
The bowling and good times will kick off at 11 a.m. Bowling is with teams of four people, and the entry fee is $20 per person with $15 of each fee going directly to the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals.
The first place winning team will receive $120 and $80 goes to the second place team.
Set up as a “9 Pin No Tap” Tournament, it is a great way to reach some high scores, spend time with good friends, and help the animals.
Pick a theme for your team; choose a name, wear matching clothes, anything to stand out in the crowd and have a great time! Area businesses and churches, please think about sponsoring a team. If you are not a bowler, sponsor a friend or a team. Sponsorships are only $5 for each bowler. If you want to bowl, but do not have a team together, we can put one together for you.
A Bake Sale featuring cakes, pies, and other baked goods will also be going on at Horseshoe Lanes during the tournament. Stop in to buy a whole cake or pie, a loaf of bread, or a pan of brownies.
Also, during the tournament “The Friends” will have a 50/50 raffle and sell raffle tickets for the Quilt Raffle being held at our Harvest Festival in November.
So it is time to get your four-person teams together, register at Horseshoe Lanes, and be prepared to have a great, cool July day while helping a good cause. Help the dogs and cats of Horseshoe Bend.
Call Horseshoe Lanes at 870-670-5606 for more information or to register.

KID’S FISHING DAY: The Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission hosted the Annual Kid’s Fishing Day at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend on Saturday, June 6. See additional photos and the story on page 5 of the June 17 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/Randy Sherrell

Dr. Adam and Michelle Gray are proud to announce that Gray Family Practice Clinic, PLLC took over ownership and management of the Horseshoe Clinic as of June 8. They are also excited to announce that Family Nurse Practitioner, Marion Conway, will continue to provide comprehensive, high quality care for the entire family, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Gray will be staffing the clinic on Fridays as well. You will be greeted by the same friendly staff at the same phone number and address. They look forward to serving the healthcare needs of you and your family. New patients will be accepted and they will provide integrated healthcare and charting between both the Melbourne and Horseshoe Bend Clinics. All major insurances are accepted, including VA Choice. Gray Family Practice Clinic of Horseshoe Bend is located at 707 Third Street, and can be reached by calling 870-670-5115.
Pictured (l to r) Dr. Adam Gray, Ginny Evans – Receptionist, Susan Walker – Nurse and Marion Conway, Nurse Practitioner. Photo/C.Stafford

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