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


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


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


Horseshoe Bend
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, located at 508 Profession Drive, will hold an Easter Brunch with an Easter Egg Hunt following on Sunday, April 1. If there is inclement weather the hunt will be in the church building.
Diamond Cove Healthcare, located at 1203 South Bend Drive, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be separate age groups.
Oxford
The Oxford Baptist Church invites you to join them on Saturday, March 31 for some glow-in-the-dark fun! The hunt will begin at 7:30 p.m. with food, games, prizes and devotion. The glow fun will get started as soon as it gets dark. They will have lots of eggs filled with all kinds of surprises. The hunt is for children through sixth grade.
Salem
Salem First Baptist Church, located at 552 Hwy. 62, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 10 a.m. for kids ages birth to sixth grade. Everyone leaves with a prize including two grand prizes for each age group.
Scribner Family Practice Clinic, located at 115 Turner Lane, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The hunt is open to the community and there will be prize eggs for each age group.
The Ozark Mountain Music Makers will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 4 p.m. at the Music Barn, located on Hwy. 62.
Mammoth Spring
The Spring River Lions Club will sponsor the annual Easter Egg Scramble at Mammoth Spring State Park on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. The hunt is for kids 11 years and younger.
Mammoth Spring First Baptist Church, located at 16600 Hwy. 9 N, will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 beginning at 11 a.m. All children 12 years and under are invited to attend. There will be lots of eggs to hunt, prizes and fun! They will be serving a hot dog lunch with all the fixings. For more information call 870-625-3273.
Violet Hill
Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5215 Hwy. 56 E in Violet Hill, will hold an Easter Sunday Celebration on Sunday, April 1. There will be a huge egg hunt after the 11 a.m. service, for all ages.
Hardy
The Hardy Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31 at Loberg Park beginning at 10 a.m. The hunt is hosted by the City of Hardy and the Elks. Bring your basket and join them for fun in the park. There will be a bike giveaway.
Cherokee Village
Cherokee Village Fire Department, located at 1 Basehart Road, will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1 at 2 p.m.
Evening Shade
The Ministerial Alliance Women’s Auxiliary from Evening Shade VFW will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at the Evening Shade Park on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. There will be free hot dogs, chips and drinks. The Easter Bunny will be present and there will be lots of eggs filled with candy and golden eggs with special prizes. For more information call 870-283-4238.
Calico Rock
The Calico Rock Lions Club will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at Rand Park. There will be two age groups.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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GOING FOR THE DP: Mammoth Spring’s Lucas Jeffers fires to first to try and complete the double play as Viola’s Alex Waltrip slides in trying to break it up. See full story and additional photos in the April 13 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CHAMPIONS: Mammoth Spring Jr. Lady Bears show off their year end trophies, the Conference and District Championships. See additional District Tournament action on page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/Donell Russell

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Over the course of the past year, officers with the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Mammoth Spring Police Department, Salem Police Department and Arkansas State Police have been conducting a drug investigation of methamphetamine distribution in Fulton County. Officers have made over 20 arrests related to the distribution of methamphetamine in this case with more arrests to come, and have seized thousands of dollars worth of narcotics in the ongoing investigation. The charges range from simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, to possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.
On August 5, 46 year old Lanny R. McCormick of Viola was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 6, 47 year old James William Braddock of Viola was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
On August 8, 46 year old Kimberly Hall of Viola was arrested for DWI Drugs, Driving on a Suspended License and Refusal to Submit a Chemical Test.
On August 8, 42 year old Shawn Oliver Richards, of Thayer, MO was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Unlawful use of a Communication Device, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture Meth, a class B felony; and Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, a class Y felony.
On August 10, 34 year old Jack H. Culbreath of Damascus was arrested for DWI Drugs, Failure to Maintain Control of a Vehicle and Implied Consent.­­­­­­
On August 15, 25 year old Chrystal Lynn Herpst of West Plains, MO was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine/Cocaine with the Purpose to Deliver, a class B felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Manufacture, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine.
On August 18, 45 year old James Denton Starks of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony.
On August 18, 38 year old Cynthia Deann Willman of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, a class D felony.
On August 18, 28 year old Uriah Alexander Robinson of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony.
On August 18, 46 year old Randy Gene Ninemire of Mammoth Spring was arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class B felony, within a 1,000 feet of certain drug free zone; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Marijuana, a class D felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine, a class B felony; Possession with Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with Purpose to Ingest Methamphetamine, a class D felony; Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia with the Purpose to Pack, Repack, Store, Contain, or Conceal Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class B felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver, to wit, LSD, a class C felony.
On August 20, 28 year old Scottie Jewell, 32 year old Bruce James Haskins and 32 year old Brandi Simpson, all of Mammoth Spring, were arrested for Maintaining a Drug Premises, a class C felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver Methamphetamine/Cocaine, a class A felony; Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Oxycodone, a class C felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Use Drug Paraphernalia, a class D felony; Use/Possession with the Purpose to Process, Prepare, Test, Analyze, Pack, Repack, Store, Contain Meth, a class B felony; Unlawful Use of a Communication Device, a class C felony.
On August 20, 42 year old Shawn Richards and 35 year old Rhonda Crouch, both of Mammoth Spring/Thayer area, were arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance with the Purpose to Deliver, to wit, Methamphetamine, a class B felony; and Destruction of Evidence, a class D felony.
“Officers will continue to disrupt the distribution of narcotics in the Fulton County area,” said Al Roork, Fulton County Chief Deputy.
In other arrests, on August 6, 56 year old Debora Ann Wegenke of Salem was arrested for Felony Aggravated Assault on a Certified Law Enforcement Officer, Shoplifting, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct.
On August 8: 52 year old Stephen Dewayne Cope of Pine Bluff was arrested for DWI; 19 year old Nicholas A. Bearce of Jonesboro was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License; 49 year old Julie C. Matlock of Oxford was arrested for DWI; 26 year old Jacob Tanner Creasey of Little Rock was arrested for DWI; 49 year old James Floyd Daniels of Memphis, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 9, 43 year old Terry Lee Price of Newbern, TN was arrested for DWI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor.
On August 15, 23 year old Bruce Carroll Simpson of West Helena was arrested for DWI and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License.
On August 16, 48 year old Robert Thomas Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for two counts of Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 16, 21 year old Adam Murphy Rollins of Glencoe was arrested for Domestic Battery in the Third Degree.
On August 14, 48 year old Susan Donatto of Viola was arrested for Disorderly Conduct.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host a “Kids Fishing Derby” for youngsters 12 years old and younger, at the Commission’s Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located two and a half miles south of Mammoth Spring at the end of State Highway 342. The youngsters will be fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds for rainbow trout. Anglers must bring their own bait and tackle.
Derby rules are: free fishing for kids 12 years old and under; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults cannot fish. Adult supervision is required. Come out for a day of family fun. For more information contact the hatchery toll free at 877-625-7521.

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Mammoth Spring’s Konnor Alexander slides in safely under Calico Rock’s Tyler Stowers as umpire Kevin Wray keeps a close eye on the action. See full story and additional pictures on page 6 of the April 29 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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ON THE RUN: Lady ‘Hound Tina King hauls in a line drive during the Salem V. Midland game last week. See additional photos and the full story in the April 8th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton
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PLAY AT THE PLATE: ICC’s Jen King slides safely into home as Mammoth Spring’s Megan Johnson tries to gather in the throw in last week’s game. See full story and more pictures in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton
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WALL OF DEFENSE: Mammoth Spring’s Makayla Cray comes up firing as Elizabeth Taylor dives out of the way. Photo/B.Stapleton

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IT’S MINE: Salem’s Brooklyn Abney controls the ball against Mammoth Spring’s Burgin Shelby. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s issue of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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

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