In honor of American Heart Month in February, Ozarks Medical Center is offering free heart health screenings at its rural health clinics during the last week of February, 24 through 28. The screening includes a cholesterol panel and blood pressure check.
Participants in the cholesterol screening should not eat or drink for eight hours prior in order to receive accurate results on the blood test. The screenings are free but appointments are required and may be made by contacting the clinic. Individuals do not need to be a patient of the clinic to participate.
OMC rural health clinic locations include:
Mammoth Spring Medical Clinic: 870-625-3228
Salem 1st Care, Salem, Arkansas: 870-895-1911
Thayer Medical Clinic: 417-264-7136
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One in every four deaths in the United States is the result of heart disease.
“American Heart Month is an excellent time to make an important decision to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors for heart disease,” said M. Faisal Khan, MD, OMC Interventional Cardiologist “Early detection of risk factors and lifestyle changes can reduce your risk and this screening event is the place to get information to help you embark on a healthier lifestyle.”
In addition to the rural health clinic screenings, a free event will be held at OMC Heart Care Services in West Plains from 7 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and will include a free cholesterol panel and blood pressure screen as well as peripheral arterial disease, PAD, check. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 417-257-6793. The screenings for PAD are limited to persons with high risk. Risk for PAD will be assessed when making a screening appointment.
OMC will also host a Heart Health Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 12 in the OMC Willard Hunter Classroom at Parkway Center. The breakfast is free but a reservation is required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.

The Izard County Consolidated School Board met in regular session on January 27 in the high school board room.
Superintendent Fred Walker announced to the board that the high school had won a High-Achieving High Schools award from the Office of Educational Policy. The High-Achieving High Schools awards are given to high-achieving schools for their performance on End of Course, EOC, exams in Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and the Grade 11 Literacy Exam. Walker also announced that the high school, for the fifth consecutive year, had been named to U.S. News and World Report’s List of the Nation’s Best High Schools.
Walker told the board that the AAA Board of Directors had recently awarded Izard County High School the Class 1A Region 2 basketball, baseball, and softball tournaments for this year and Izard County is also the host of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament to be held at Mountain Home.
The board unanimously agreed to extend Superintendent Fred Walker’s contract by one year through June 30, 2017.
Elementary Principal John Walker announced that Kirsten Dickerson had won the Izard County Spelling Bee recently and it is the fourth straight year that an ICC student has won the Izard County Spelling Bee. Callie Cole was third and Lakesha Crider was seventh. High School Principal David Harmon announced 12 students in our band and choir programs had been selected for All-Region honors recently. He said four students had been selected to the Region V All-Region Band and three students were selected as alternates. Benji Norton, Andy Norton, Callie Cole, and Adryanna Woodward were named to the 2013-2014 Region V All-Region Bands. Andy and Benji Norton were named to the Junior High Second Band, Callie Cole was named to the Junior High First Band, and Adryanna Woodward was named to the Senior High Second Band. Autumn Thick, Kennedy Wallis, and Davis Norton were selected as alternates. Also, Harmon announced five students had been selected All-Region Choir recently. The students selected are Davis Norton, Deshia Fuller, Lucas Smith, April McCoy, and MaKayla Gross. The band director is Jonathan Phillips and the choir director is Chelsea Phillips. Harmon also commended Business Teacher Hugh Chapman for achieving National Board Teacher Certification recently.
Middle School Principal Billy McBride praised the junior girls basketball team for winning the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagle and the Izard County Invitational Tournaments recently and the junior boys for their runner-up finish in the Izard County Invitational Tournament. McBride also commended the school’s bowling teams for having a cumulative record of 5-1 so far this year. Matt Orf is the bowling coach.
McBride noted that the junior and senior high basketball teams have a combined 24-6 conference record and a combined overall record of 63-35 this year currently and the junior girls, senior girls, and senior boys are all 1A 2 North Conference Champions or Co-Champions this year. The senior girls and senior boys have already qualified for the regional tournament. Kyle McCandlis is the boys basketball coach and Tony Booth is the girls basketball coach and they are assisted by Steven Walker.
McBride announced that Coach McCandlis was selected for the Harold Ray Jeffery Sportsmanship Award recently at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and Andrew Walker was selected to the All-NEA Tournament Team.

by Anna Floyd
The Izard County Singing Convention will meet Sunday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium at Brockwell, located at 4243, Highway 9 North in Izard County.
Please make an effort to come out and help us keep the Southern Gospel, Shape not emusic, alive and well. Music School Students, we have our new song books, too. This will be great fun and enjoyment. Everyone is welcome.
For more information call 870-368-4146, or 870-368-5012.

For your rummage sale donating convenience, ICARE will have its trailer parked at the Corner Drug Store parking lot in Melbourne. The door will be open, please just place your items inside. Donated dog and/or cat food would be most appreciated too.
Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.
Do not forget, ICARE Rummage Sale is February 21 and 22 at the fairgrounds.

This year represents a mid-term election nationally, and local county and municipal office seats are up for grabs.
County positions of Sheriff, Judge, Justices of the Peace, Assessor, Collector, Treasurer, Coroner, and Constable will be voted on this year.
Candidates with a party affiliation begin filing on Monday, February 24 at noon for a one-week period ending at noon on March 3.
Party pledges, if any, and affidavits of eligibility shall be filed, and any filing fees of a political party shall be paid at the courthouse of the county in which candidates are filing for office.

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

The Pacesetting Times in Horseshoe Bend is having their Third Annual Photo Contest for amateur photography. The deadline for turning pictures in is February 28. There are three categories in this contest.
The first category is Scenery. Do you have a picture that you think is just the prettiest scene ever? Send it in to the paper! Arkansas is The Natural State, and has several beauties!
The second category is Special Moments. This includes pictures of children, for one of those moments that is “just too cute.”
The third category is Animal Lovers. Send in your pictures that are perfect of your pets or any other animal.
The three categories will each have one winner and will receive a prize. The pictures will be judged and the winner from each category will be announced in the March 5 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.

Free GED evening classes are currently available at the following locations:
Calico Rock City Hall Tuesdays 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Mammoth Spring Ozarka College Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Cave City Middle School Mondays and Tuesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Mountain View Ozarka College Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Registration is ongoing.
For additional information on these and other classes, call the Ozarka College Adult Education Department at 1-800-821-4335, ext. 2051 or in Izard County call 870-368-2051.
Ozarka College’s Adult Education program is ADA accessible, EEOC compliant and disability accommodations are available upon request.

Truman “Bud” Earl Eldridge, son of the late Hadley Herbert Eldridge and Twylah Amalee Paxton Eldridge, was born February 18, 1931 in Calhoun, Missouri. He departed this life January 23, 2014 in Benton, Arkansas at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 5 days. In 1953 he was united in marriage to Pearl Schmitz in La Mesa, California. He spent his life as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, provider and friend. He served five years in the United States Navy during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a computer programer for IBM; retiring after 35 years of employment. After retiring, he went into business for himself; owing and operating Eldridge Programing. He was a member of the Melbourne Community Church.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Pearl Eldridge of Melbourne; two sons: Steven Eldridge of LaCrosse and Joel Eldridge and wife Patsy of Flippin; two daughters: Colette Crook and husband Jeff of Haskell and Diane Weaver of Weaverville, California; one brother: Herb Eldridge of Murrieta, California; six sisters: Wyonda Handley of Independence, Missouri, Shirley Kephart of Columbia, Missouri, Sondra Hodge of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Sharon Uminn of West Plains, Missouri, Elizabeth Killion of Techumseh, Missouri and Debra Eldridge of Columbia, Missouri; nine grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and many good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother: Russell Eugene Eldridge.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Melbourne Community Church.
Arrangements by Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, Arkansas.

Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store in Melbourne announces a “Bag Sale” every Wednesday through the end of February. Each bag is $1 for items from the women’s and children’s rooms. Limit eight items per bag. Books, hardcover, paperback and children’s, are 10 for $1.
“This is an opportunity for shoppers to visit our store and see what we have to offer,” said Executive Director Lora Umphries-Buck. “The income from our Store supports Safe Passage, Inc. domestic violence programs. These include a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, peer counseling, shelter for victims of Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault and other free and confidential services.”
Safe Passage, Inc. Thrift Store is on Highway 69 East of the traffic light in Melbourne. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you or someone you know is being abused, call our 24-hour hotline 870-368-3222 for free and confidential help.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that following a week and a half trial in Melbourne that ended Wednesday, January 22, Donald Dickey of Calico Rock was convicted of arson and murder in the first degree.
The jury, after deliberating for two hours, announced they had found 77 year old Dickey guilty of the two charges. Again, after convening for about 15 minutes, this same jury announced a sentence of two life terms in the Arkansas Department of Correction. Lawrence said that Dickey was convicted of setting his Gorby home on fire while the victim, wife Mary Dickey, was inside the home.
The fire completely consumed the structure and burned a vehicle sitting nearby. Shortly after the fire was reported on this July 2010 day, Dickey was observed driving away from the residence and was located at Jordan Landing on the Norfork Lake.
It was reported at the time that Dickey had been observed washing some items, suspected to be his own clothing, and clothing was found hanging on his pickup truck drying. The partial remains of Mary Dickey were located in the burned debris by investigators two days later.
The Arkansas Crime Laboratory determined that much, if not all his clothing including shoes and his belt, contained a level of a flammable substance.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver was the presiding judge.

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy in the Izard County Invitational Tournament with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.  Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2.

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.
Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2. Photo/C.Stafford

Glenna Allene Hargis Grills daughter of the late Allie Clarence Hargis and Nora Lee Henderson was born on December 11, 1924 in Larkin, Arkansas. She departed this life on November 9, 2013 at her home in Melbourne, Arkansas at the age of 88 years and 11 months. She was united in marriage to Joseph Clyde Grills on October 13, 1941. She spent her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In her working years she was employed as the manager of a fabric store. She was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years: Joseph Clyde Grills of the home; two daughters: Kathryn and husband Silas Ogilvie of Melbourne and Leta Jo Shrable of Melbourne; eight grand children: Tim Shrable, Leta Gay Byram, Vicki Vines, Cindy Lillard, Michael Ogilvie, Sonya Dockins, Christy Haley, Keith Ogilive; sixteen great-grandchildren: Katlyn Shrable, Sydney Shrable, Sophie Shrable, Chelsea Wallis, Nicole Vines, Ashton Bryam, Shelbie Bryam, Charlee Jo Bryam, Zachary Dockins, Keeley Jo Massey, Drayson Gillihan, Andrew Haley, Aleisha Ogilvie, Andria Ogilvie, and Abbey Orf; one great-great-grandchild: Alyssa Fairve. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and two sisters.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at Howard Memorial Funeral Chapel in Melbourne with Doyne Robertson and Jess Sumerall officiating. Burial was held at Old Philadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne. Visitation was Sunday, November 10 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Pallbearers: Jerry McFarland, Bob Rector, Jason Lawrence, Jerry Williams, Paul Cooper, Roy Bookout.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bill Cooper, Boyce Gillihan, James Haney, Norris Grills, Don Grills, Donald Black.

The 18th Annual Food Drive sponsored by the Pacesetting Times is now underway.
“Join us again this Holiday season in helping your neighbors and friends,” said Karen Sherrell, publisher of Pacesetting Times. Donate two or more non-perishable food items and receive a free classified ad that can be used anytime, from now until March 31, 2014.
“We will deliver donated food items through December 13 to the Food Pantry in Horseshoe Bend,” said Sherrell. The Food Pantry is located behind the Assembly of God Church.
Stop by Pacesetting Times at 703 South Bend Drive in Horseshoe Bend with your food donations, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from now until December 13. Limit one classified ad per family.

by Robin Haney
Facing the Centerpoint Knights in the first round of playoffs, the Melbourne Bearkatz delivered a 43 to 42 victory in overtime.
Bearkatz Stadium was chock-full of fans to watch the historic first appearance of the Melbourne Varsity Football program in Class 3A Playoffs. Centerpoint, 6-3-1, advanced to the playoffs from the 3A-5 conference. With a four game winning streak and 8-2 record entering the game, the Katz jumped to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but turnovers yielded the lead to the Knights at the end of the first half (14-22).
The Bearkatz continued to scratch and claw through the third quarter and trailed by 1 at the start of the fourth (28-29). Entering the final three minutes to play, the Katz took the lead (36-29), but with 41 seconds remaining, the Knights tied the score up (36-36).
Overtime brought Bearkatz the possession, a 4 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kylar McLaughlin to senior receiver Nick Miller and extra point kick from junior Bryce Hutchins (43-36).
Centerpoint’s possession escalated the tension of the game with a touchdown, moving the scoreboard to 43-42. The Knights lined up to go for the two point conversion attempt and the win; sophomore Kyle LeBouef broke up the pass in the endzone to secure the win.
Additional story and photos in the November 20 edition of Pacesetting Times.

by Karen Sherrell
The former mayor of Oxford, Mike Warden, petitioned Izard County for reimbursement of taxes he paid, after it was discovered that his residence he claimed was located on city property, was actually located on a parcel outside of the city limits.
A recent reappraisal of properties in Izard County uncovered the fact that Warden’s home was listed on a different parcel than it was located, which meant he also did not meet the residential requirements to hold municipal office.
County Order 2013-37, was approved by Izard County Judge David Sherrell on October 14, to refund real estate taxes paid by Warden on the parcel listed in the city limits, but actually a rural parcel, for the years of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Personal property taxes paid were also refunded for 2010 and 2011, and a credit was issued for 2012. Warden petitioned the court for a refund of taxes which resulted in the difference between the Oxford city and rural millage, a total of 5 mils, or $325.85.
“The law says we can go back three years for a refund, and that’s what I did, follow the law,” stated Sherrell. Warden’s residence, built in 2001, was added to tax rolls that same year. Warden had petitioned the court to annex the property in 2002, but never followed through with the paperwork.
Warden resigned as mayor of Oxford on October 15, after meeting with council members in an executive session. He was elected in 2002 and served 11 years.

The Izard County High School 2013 Homecoming ceremony will take place on Friday, November 22, against the Mammoth Springs Bears.
The junior boys will kick off the night starting at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will take place immediately after. The senior girls will follow with the senior boys playing last. Please come out to the Cougar Den on Friday evening to cheer on the Cougars against the Bears.

A scheduled November 15 court date to hear arguments in the case of Izard County EMS Board and Ozark EMS, has been continued until December 12, according to Mark Herrington, President of the EMS Board.
Ed Daniel IV, Little Rock attorney representing Ozark EMS in the lawsuit, asked for a postponement to December, due to an illness in his family, according to Izard County Judge David Sherrell.
Geoffrey Thompson and Jason Owends of Rainwater, Holt and Sexton in Little Rock are the attorneys representing Izard County and the EMS Board.
Sherrell issued a cease order in February of this year on Ozark EMS, alleging that the ambulance service was responding to emergency calls within the EMS District in violation of the county’s exclusive contract with Vital Link Ambulance Service. A claim Ozark EMS owner Leon Cheatham denies.
Izard County, through its voters, contracted with an exclusive ambulance service. Property owners pay $50 annually to the county which helps subsidize the ambulance service. According to the contract, any other provider of EMS services that responds to an emergency call with the EMS District is in violation of the county’s contract with Vital Link.
Circuit Judge Tim Weaver will preside over the proceedings at the Melbourne Courthouse beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Several reports have been received by the Izard County Sheriff’s Office concerning missing dogs.
On Saturday, November 16, a Horseshoe Bend resident reported seeing a man in her yard, taking her two Shelties off their chains, and putting leashes on them. The resident confronted the man, who was wearing a blue sweatshirt lettered “Animal Control” and asked him what he was doing. The man responded he was with the Animal Control, to which the resident said she knew the animal control officer. The resident stated the man then became nervous and left.
The man, estimated in his 50’s, was about 5’6” tall, was wearing a white ball cap and driving a newer model Chevrolet pickup truck with a homemade wire cage in the back, and no license plate.
Anyone knowing any information about this individual or anything about the truck is asked to call Lt. Charlie Melton at 870-368-4203.

Three flags were stolen in Franklin on Veterans Day.
And this is not the first time the city has had flags taken.
Sometime during the night of November 11, a person or persons took three flags the city had on display commemorating Veterans Day, according to Mayor Barbara Dusto.
The City of Franklin displays flags each National holiday, such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day.
The last four holidays that the city has displayed flags, some have been stolen, for a total of seven flags gone.
“I’d like to tell whoever this is that if they are that desperate for a flag, we’ll be glad to get them one,” said Dusto. City officials are disgusted, and rightfully so. “It’s not the cost of the flag, these people just have no respect for veterans,” said Dusto.
The flag of the United States is one of the nation’s most widely recognized symbols. Within the United States, flags are frequently displayed not only on public buildings but on private residences. Throughout the world the flag has been used in public discourse to refer to the United States.
The flag has become a powerful symbol of Americanism, and is proudly flown on many occasions. The American flag is considered sacred and desecration of a it creates a public outrage.
And outraged are the city officials and residents of Franklin.
Anyone having information concerning the theft of these flags is encouraged to contact Mayor Dusto or the Izard County Sheriff’s Office at 368-4203.

A recent reappraisal on properties in Izard County uncovered the fact that an elected official did not meet residential requirements to hold municipal office.
According to the Izard County Assessor’s office, during a reappraisal conducted in August of this year, a discrepancy was found on property owned by Mike Warden, mayor of Oxford. Warden’s residence, built in 2001, was added to the tax rolls in 2001, and was listed as sitting on property in the City of Oxford.
Only it wasn’t.
According to the city limit layer map, Warden’s home is located on a parcel outside of the city limits, not on city property.
“The city limit layer map shows he is rural,” stated County Assessor Tammy Sanders. “He was contacted sometime between August 28 and September 17 and told about the change.”
Once the discovery was made, Sanders checked with the county to see if the property had been annexed to the City of Oxford and if they had somehow missed it. It was then discovered that Warden had filed a petition for annexation of the property where his home actually sits, with County Clerk Rhonda Halbrook in March of 2002; however, he never followed through with the paperwork, filed as CO-2002-1.
“It was filed,” said Halbrook. “But nothing done afterwards.”
Warden filed for office that same year and was elected in November of 2002, and has served in the capacity of mayor for the city just shy of 11 years. Prior to the election, Warden served as Director of the Office of Emergency Services for Izard County in Melbourne, from December of 1998 through March of 2000.
The City Council of Oxford met for their monthly meeting on October 15, and discussed the residency issue with Warden in executive session after regular business was conducted.
Following the executive session, the meeting was adjourned with Alderman Mike Hall and Warden leaving the building immediately, before the audience could re-enter the council chambers. Council members told the 25+ audience members that Warden volunteered to resign.
“Well, does he live in the City of Oxford,” asked resident Phyllis McCurley, to which Alderman Randy Sherrell replied, “Warden says he does, but the county says he doesn’t.”
Warden resigned effective October 17.
Mike Hall resigned October 16.

An Oxford resident has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Violet Hill man on Tuesday, August 20.
Izard County officers were called to the scene of a shooting in the home of Mike Rush on Wideman Road in Oxford at 9:33 p.m. Rush, age 42, allegedly shot Ted Foreman, age 50 of Violet Hill with a .357 pistol. Foreman died of his wounds at the scene.
According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, Rush and Foreman knew each other, and there are witnesses to the shooting.
Rush is being held at the Izard County Detention Facility pending investigation of the shooting according to Lawrence.

The Fulton County Heritage Foundation will have grounds cleanup days at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Old Main campus on North Street in Salem.
The foundation is seeking volunteers and equipment to help with clearing brush and trees, mowing, edging, weeding, raking and other campus beautification efforts. Any and all volunteer assistance will be appreciated.
Interested individuals are encouraged to join the foundation’s Facebook page at
In addition to the campus cleanup days, the next meeting of the foundation is set for Monday, Sept. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Old Main campus. The meeting is open to the public.
For more information and to volunteer for the cleanup days, contact Carol Langston, vice president of the board of directors, at or (501) 607-3767.

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s Pacesetting Times.          Photo/M.Yancey

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/M.Yancey

BEST OF SHOW: Kylie Bell Harbor shows off her Princess Tea Party Place Settings that she got Best of Show at the Izard County Fair. See more winners in next week’s edition. Photo/M.Yancey

HORSESHOE BEND — Chairman McKnight called the regular meeting of the Finance Committee to order at 6 p.m. on August 14, 2013.
Present: Alderman Harold Faigle, Alderman Nate Wolff, Alderman Nicki West, Alderman Marty McKnight, Alderman Sonny Minze, Alderman John Grochowski, Alderman Ron Yow, Mayor Bob Barnes and Recorder/Treasurer Michelle Grabowski. Absent: Alderman James Davis.
Approval of Minutes: Alderman Yow moved to accept July 2013 Finance Committee minutes, as presented, seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Barnes reported the city received $24,325.09 in sales tax for the month of July 2013. He also reported that the street department received its first payment from the ½ percent state sales tax increase in the amount of $1,500. The Sheriff department has been working on the sub-station and they also painted the lines in the parking lot, Mayor Barnes will contact Valsper for a credit on the paint.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer the treasurer’s report to the city council, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to the city council Grant Resolution 2013-11 for the pumper truck, seconded by Alderman West. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote. Alderman Minze moved to defer to the city council to Sambla Loan Resolution 2013-13 for the sewer project, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Mayor Barnes moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-12 (Granting the Mayor to transfer certain police vehicles to the Izard County Sheriff Dept), seconded by Alderman Minze. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Yow moved to defer to city council Resolution 2013-14 (Authorizing the Mayor to apply for a grant on behalf of the Horseshoe Bend Community), seconded by Mayor Barnes. Motion passed unanimously by roll call vote.
Alderman Grochowski moved to have bank statements brought to the finance committee meeting for review each month. Motion failed for a lack of a second.
Alderman Grochowski moved to form an adhoc committee to review the employee handbook, seconded by Alderman Yow. Motion passed 5 to 4. Aldermen Yow, Grochowski, and Michelle Grabowski will serve on the committee to review the employee handbook.
Other topics discussed were Animal Control, Mayor/Recorder Treasurer Salaries, Office Personnel Job Descriptions, Legacy Consulting, Posting City Contracts on the Web site, Follow-up on meeting with Fairfield Bay and Cherokee Village.
Dwight Lufkin appeared before the council to request an amendment to Title 7 of the municipal code authorizing real estate agents to have directional signs leading to the property for sale. Michelle Grabowski will assist Mr. Lufkin with a draft ordinance for council review.
The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for September 11 at 6 p.m.

On Thursday, July 25, a shooting occurred at the residence of Dale Koeling on Pleasant Valley Rd. in northern Fulton County.
According to Fulton Sheriff Kenneth “Buck” Foley, Koeling and Ricky Due sustained gunshot wounds and were hospitalized.
The investigation is being conducted by the FCSO and Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police. The investigation is still in progress.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence will be the featured speaker at the Friday, Aug. 2 meeting of the Horseshoe Bend AARP Chapter #1420.
The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles located on West Church Street in Horseshoe Bend. Cost of the breakfast is $6. Members will be called, others should call 670-4889 for breakfast reservation.
The meeting and program will start at 9 a.m. Anyone who is a member of AARP is welcome to join the Chapter. Dues are $3 per person for the year.

The Ozarka College Bookstore, located on the Melbourne campus, will be open Saturday, Aug. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to allow students to take advantage of the Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday. According to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the “sales tax holiday allows shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.” Students who have financial aid in place will be allowed to charge textbooks to their Ozarka College student account. This will be the first day students will be allowed to charge to their accounts, and only textbooks and school supplies will be eligible for charge. Students are encouraged to check their financial aid status in the myOzarka portal or with the Financial Aid Department. For more information, please contact Robin Coggins, bookstore manager, at 870-368-2022.

Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday on Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4.
The legislature created the sales tax holiday by approving Act 757 of 2011. The intent was to help families with children in school, and ia popularly called the “Back to School” sales tax holiday. Everyone benefits from the holiday though, whether or not they have children of school age.
Clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item will qualify for the exemption.
Keep in mind that if you buy an item that costs more than $100 you must pay the state and local sales taxes on the entire amount.

There will be a Municipal Recreation Improvement District, MRID, working meeting on Monday, July 29, at 7:30 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the MRID building, #3 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Mayor of Horseshoe Bend, Bob Barnes, is hosting a meeting between the cities of Horseshoe Bend, Fairfield Bay, and Cherokee Village on Thursday, July 25, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall in Horseshoe Bend at 1 p.m. The topic of discussion is “Promoting our Cities”.

The Horseshoe Bend City Council will meet Monday, July 22 to discuss the possible acquisition of the city’s police department by the Izard County Sheriff’s Department.
A contract was discussed at a prior meeting held Monday, July 8, with over 100 people attending. “It is my responsibility to look out for the welfare of the city of Horseshoe Bend,” said Mayor Bob Barnes at that meeting. The proposal will cost the city $240,000 annually, an estimated savings to the city of $65,000, for 24/7 coverage. If the resolution is passed, the county will take over all assets of the city police department, and be housed in the current police offices.
“I think we are making a big mistake,” stated Alderman James Davis. Three of the city’s aldermen voted against further discussion of the contract.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at city hall council chambers.

HORSESHOE BEND — The Pacesetting Times garnered eight awards in the Arkansas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Contest.
The state awards were presented at the press association luncheon held in Eureka Springs on Saturday, June 29, at the Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.
Karen Sherrell, publisher of the Pacesetting Times received First Place of all state weekly newspapers in the category of Investigative Reporting, “Officers called in property dispute.” Judges comments included, “Awesome series of articles. Great reporting and story writing.”
The Pacesetting Times also received the following awards in the Smaller Weekly Division: Second Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Hang on” Karen Sherrell; Second Place, Single Sports Feature Photograph, “Viola Lady Longhorns” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, Headline Writing, “Demo Derby a Dinger” Carrie Johnson; Third Place, Single Sports Action Photograph, “Knocking them out” Tammy Stephen; Third Place, In-Depth Series Reporting, “Cemetary Vandalism” Karen Sherrell; Honorable Mention, Single News Photograph, “Freightliner Accident” Carrie Johnson; and Honorable Mention, Sports News Story, “Salem routes Mt. View” Eric Lufkin.
The Pacesetting Times is located in north central Arkansas and is beginning their 26th year in publishing.
Richard Irby of The News in Salem, received First Place in the Best Beat Reporter Category, in the Medium Weeklies Division, as well as Second Place in the News Story Category, and Honorable Mention in the Feature Story Category.
The Baxter Bulletin of Mountain Home received First Place in General Excellence in Medium Dailies Division, and the Batesville Daily Guard received Second Place. The Stone County Leader of Mt. View received Third Place in General Excellence, Larger Weeklies Division.
Members of the Texas Press Association selected winners from 1,027 entries from 26 daily newspapers and 1,051 entries from 36 weekly newspapers.

The Horseshoe Bend Finance Committee will meet Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at city council chambers for the purpose of discussing the General Fund, possible changes, including the city police department.
The meeting is open to the public.

HORSESHOE BEND — Golf carts are allowed on city streets in Horseshoe Bend following a 5-3 vote of City Council on Monday, June 24.
The ordinance becomes law in 30 days and golf carts can be operated on city streets, under certain conditions. Golf carts must be driven by a licensed driver, age 16 and over, from dawn to dusk hours only, and carts are not allowed on city streets designated as federal or state highways, or on county roads, except to cross them. Proper safety flags or equipment must be visible on the cart.

MELBOURNE — The Izard County Quorum Court unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday, July 2, stating their belief that property rights are supreme and ownership is an inalienable right guaranteed by the Constitution.
“Izard County Quorum Court is proud to stand up for the rights of property owners of our county and to protect those rights against any individual, agency, department or governmental, seeking to deny those rights without due process and without the opportunity to perform due diligence necessary to make informed and prudent decisions for the betterment of all concerned,” read Resolution 2013-4.

The key to operating a successful fourth generation farm is to diversify with the changing times, and that’s just what this year’s Izard County Farm Family is doing.
“This is a family farm; my sons will be the fifth generation on this land if they farm,” said Bryan Phillips.
Bryan, his wife Cindy, and two sons, James, age 16 and Ethan, 14 are continuing the Phillips family legacy, by farming their 925 acres located three miles southeast of Franklin on Military Road.
See their story in the July 10 edition of Pacesetting Times.


The Horseshoe Review, a full color magazine highlighting all aspects of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas is now available for those interested in visiting or relocating to Horseshoe Bend. The 50th anniversary commemorative edition is published by the Pacesetting Times, local weekly newspaper. The Horseshoe Review also features area activities and “things to do” in the region for travelers. The Horseshoe Review is available at the Horseshoe Bend Chamber office or by calling 870-670-5433.


Children and their families enjoyed Kid’s Fishing Day, sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Boating and Fishing Club and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Saturday, May 18. The Kid’s Fishing Day is held annually at Box Hound Marina on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend.

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 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Jim Hinkle/Spring River State Fish Hatchery is located 2.5 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 younger; limit of three fish per child; no culling; only one rod and reel per child; and adults may assist but 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.

Join the Horseshoe Bend Public Library for their Summer Reading Program. Programs will be held on Thursdays, June 6 through July 11, starting at 11 a.m. There will not be a meeting on July 4. The Summer Reading program is for children ages 5 to 12, and the library will have some special activities.
The program will explore things underground. Activities will include special guests, read-a-book, puppet shows, plays, fun crafts, prizes, incentives and much more.
If you are a parent and your child or children have never attended our Summer Reading Program, it would be a great opportunity to introduce them to the library and the importance of reading, plus all the fun they will have. Snacks and a light lunch will be served.
Mothers with small children are encouraged to join us. Call 870-670-4318, or drop in the library at 9 Club Road, Horseshoe Bend, to register. The library is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visit them online at

A tornadic system hit Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas on Wednesday, April 10 during the evening hours. One injury was reported in the storm which damaged 37 properties, destroyed three homes and caused major damage at six additional homes.

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

Fairwater Circle, Horseshoe Bend

Weekly entertainment abounds in Horseshoe Bend with the addition of Beavers Music Hall.
Attention Members and Guests:
Located upstairs at Cedar Glade Resort, at 900 Fourth Street, Beavers Music Hall offers entertainment on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
On Monday, enjoy live music from 4 to 6 p.m., dance and socialize. On Thursday night enjoy the Family Night Variety Show at 7 p.m. great talent, featuring Joe Beavers and “The Ride,” the house band. The Thursday night Family Radio Show is re-broadcast on Saturday mornings at 6 a.m. on FM 92.3. If you’re looking for a great night spot, Beavers Music Hall offers a premier nightclub.
Open Friday night and Saturday night with Joe Beavers, rhythm guitarist and singer; and “The Ride” featuring Brent Foster, multi-talented keyboardist, singer and bassist; Frank Carroll, drummer and singer; and Bob Gilstrap, lead guitarist and singer. “These are three of the finest musicians I have ever had the opportunity to work with,” said Joe Beavers. “With a combined 90 years of experience, this band can get the job done in a most exciting way! Come and enjoy one of the best bands you will find anywhere. Come form your own opinion!”
The smoke-free music hall is a private club and promotes drinking responsibly. Pizza Buffet night begins mid-April on Fridays.
Visit them online at or contact Beavers at 870-373-3876.beavers

Spring River Home Health, SRHH, has been in business since April 1, 1981 with administrator, Connie Brays.
SRHH has been serving the tri-county area with caring and dependable home health service for 32 years. They have 24 staff members that are there to provide care and support to residents and their families in the comforts of their homes.
SRHH is a private non-profit Home Health Agency serving patients in Fulton, Izard, and Sharp Counties. They accept insurances of all kinds. The agency also offers skilled nursing, physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and home health aide services.
Their staff manages wound vac, entral feedings, wound care, IV therapy, medicine management, diabetic teaching and any other care a physician sees fit. Spring River Home Health is here for its communities.
The business is located at 121 South Pickren Street in Salem and may be contacted at 870-895-2627 or 888-830-6389.

Phyllis Ann Walters was born in Decatur, Illinois on April 2, 1933, daughter of  Joseph  Berton and Evelyn (Harrison) Stuckey. She departed this life on Monday, March 25 at her home in Horseshoe Bend at the age of 79 years, 11 months and 23 days.
She was united in marriage to Byron “Barney” Walters on April 15, 1951, at Pocahontas. She was owner/operator of Phyl’s Barntiques in Horseshoe Bend for 20 years and sang in the original “Horseshoe Blenders” and was a member of the Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church.
Phyllis is survived by her husband Barney; daughter, Cinda Walters Walker of Fairfield Bay; three sons, Mark Walters (Pam) of Abilene, Texas, Terry Walters (Cheryl) of Pana, Illinois, and Craig  Walters (Lori) of Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren, Todd Walters, Shane Walker, Brandon Walker, Joshua Walters, Whitney Walters, Katie O’Donnell and Quentin Walters; ten great grandchildren, Ashlyn Walters, Garin Walters, Payton Walters, Luke Walker, Ben Walker, Kai Hudson Walker, Jonathan Walters, Max Walters, Simon Walters and Mayah Chanda; two sisters, Elaine  Gilmore of Malvern  and  Joan Etherton, of Mt. Zion, Illinois; many other relatives and friends. She was preceded by one son, Scott, parents, Joseph and Evelyn Stuckey and one brother, James.
Funeral services were held at Horseshoe Bend First Baptist Church, Horseshoe Bend at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28. Pallbearers were Todd Walters, Joshua Walters, Shane Walker, Tyler O’Donnell, Brandon Walker and Quentin Walters. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Decatur, Illinois, on Friday, March 29.
Memorials preferred to Gideon Bible.

HORSESHOE BEND —  Please join the Horseshoe Bend Chamber of Commerce for April’s General Meeting, April 18, held at Faith Presbyterian Church in Horseshoe Bend at 6 p.m. The menu on tap is baked chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, jello salad, dessert, and a drink, all for $10. Speaker will be Logan Stone, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor of Mountain Home The chamber also going to be handing out 100 Dogwood Days posters for distribution around the local area. Everyone is welcome to come! Please RSVP to the chamber at 870-670-5433.

The Moss-Dockins Community Center in Oxford will have an Open House on Saturday, April 13.
The new community center located at Oxford City Park will have refreshments from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come and see the new addition to the community.

The Horseshoe Bend area will be having their Spring City Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. In order to request space at the mall or sign up, please contact the Chamber office at 870-670-5433.
The deadline for sign-ups is on Thursday, April 11 by 3 p.m. Maps will be given out the morning of the sale.
This event is sponsored by the Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce.

LET’S GET WITH IT: Jason “Gnarley” Farley and fellow bull fighters join in with the crowd to do the latest dance craze, “The Harlem Shake,” during the PBR at the West Plains Civic Center on Saturday, March 30. Farley was featured in the Pacesetting Times earlier this year for his profession as a barrelman and clown at various PBR and other venues. Farley, of Evening Shade, likes to entertain the crowd and climbed through the stands meeting fans. Photo/K.Sherrell


VISITORS TO CROWN LAKE: These American White Pelicans paid a short visit to Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend last week. One of the largest birds in all of North America, they possess an impressive 9-foot wingspan. In flight, their black wing tips are revealed (folded under while they are swimming). . Photo/K.Sherrell


Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band of Horseshoe Bend

Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band of Horseshoe Bend

HORSESHOE BEND — The Music in the Mountains Show of Horseshoe Bend will be performing in Texarkana, Texas in March.
Melodie Clemmons and the Hwy. 289 Band will perform at the Oaklawn Opry 2013 on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
“In an effort to help promote our show, Arkansas tourism, and North Central Arkansas, I am taking our show south to Texarkana, Texas. I will have our new Ozark Gateway Magazines in hand, and the hospitality we have to offer in the North Central Arkansas area,” stated show director, Melodie Clemmons.
The Oaklawn Opry is a live music variety show featuring musical entertainment for the entire family. The show is filled with traditional country music with a touch of bluegrass, gospel, old time rock-n-roll and comedy every Saturday night.

Youth exhibitors in the seven-county North Central Arkansas District Fair area are reminded that the entry deadline for the Spring Junior Livestock Show is March 15. The show will be held March 28 and 29, 2013 at the fairgrounds at Melbourne. Junior exhibitors from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Sharp, Stone, and Van Buren counties are eligible to enter beef cattle, goats, and horses in the spring show. The tabloid, with a schedule and a complete listing of classes, is available on the district fair website at
Exhibitors must enter online before March 15 and all entry fees must be received by that date. There is a link to online entries on the fair website. Exhibitors who wish to pay with a credit card may do so online or a check can be mailed to NCA District Fair, Post Office Box 92, Sturkie, AR 72578.

Horn’s Backhoe and Dozer Services
Horn’s Backhoe and Dozer Services has been in business since 2007 and is owned by Roger Horn.
Horn’s Backhoe and Dozer Services clears land for home sites, pastures or any other needs you might have. Bushhogging is also part of the service offered at a very reasonable price. Cattle guards for entrances are fabricated and installed. The business location is 601 Hwy 289, Horseshoe Bend and the business phone is 870-670-4526 or you may call 870-373-2962.

The Horseshoe Bend Area Chamber of Commerce February General Membership meeting for Thursday, February 21, has been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather in north central Arkansas arriving February 20.

Plans are well under way by North Arkansas Electric Cooperative for what appears to be a major ice event beginning the evening of February 20 and into February 21. The cooperative is on full alert, and planning is underway to respond to whatever happens over the next two days. “Should the worst case scenario (immediate worst case by the NWS) play out, we will have extended outages that will exceed a few days,” stated Mel Coleman, CEO. “It appears we are not talking about the same severity of the 2009 storm, but I will say some of the weather models are close to that.” Predictions now are for .25 to .75 inches of ice over NAEC’s entire service territory.

A two-vehicle accident was reported in Horseshoe
Bend on Saturday, January 19, with both drivers
involved refusing medical treatment according to the
Horseshoe Bend Police Department.
At approximately 3:55 p.m., a 2000 Olds Alero
traveling north on Nightingale was struck on
the driver’s side while crossing Hummingbird,
by a 2007 GMC pickup traveling east on Hummingbird. Trapped in the Alero was driver Theresa Bayes, age 48 of Salem. The Horseshoe Bend Fire Department was called to the scene for extrication. Bayes refused
medical transport as well as the driver of the pickup,
Christopher Beaver, age 25 of Horseshoe Bend.
No stop sign was located at the intersection of
Hummingbird and Nightingale.
Bayes vehicle was totaled in the accident and
removed from the scene by Beene’s Towing.
According the police report, Beaver’s vehicle
sustained $5,000 in damages and was towed by Counce Towing.

HOISTING THE HARDWARE: The Melbourne Junior Lady Bearkatz brought home the Championship trophy from the Izard County Invitational Tournament held last week at Melbourne High School. Izard County Junior Lady Cougars and Junior Cougars won runner-up, as did the Lady Bearkatz and Calico Rock Pirates. Game action, championship and runner-up team pictures and congratulations will be published in the February 6 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/K.Sherrelltrophy

Hannah Billingsley of Franklin was crowned Miss Arkansas USA on Sunday, January 6 at Arends Arts Center in Bentonville. She will represent Arkansas at the Miss USA Pageant in Las Vegas this summer. Hannah is the 21-year-old daughter of Kirby and Oleta Billingsley, and sister of Charity Billingsley of Memphis and Alex Billingsley of Franklin. A 2009 graduate of Melbourne High School, Hannah is currently a senior at the University of Central Arkansas majoring in Speech and Communications Disorders.missark Congratulations Hannah, a young lady who is “just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!”

by Matt Orf
The Oxford Cats ended the Gainesville, Missouri youth basketball league with a tournament championship. The Cats got behind early, down 14 to 10 in the first half, then their defense kicked in gear as they held the Bulldogs to just four points in the second half. They went on a 28 to 4 run to end game and win 38 to 14. That win made them 11-0 in the league and league tournament.
They beat a team from D

Oxford Cats 11-0

Oxford Cats 11-0

ora, Missouri in the semi final game.
Team members include Chance Jackson, Coby Everett, Noah Everett, Landon McBride, Gunner Gleghorn, Zachary Simmons and Chase Orf. Billy McBride is the coach of the Cats. All players are from Izard County Schools.

Swearing in ceremonies will be held in Horseshoe Bend on Wednesday, January 2 at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Bob Barnes will conduct the ceremony, swearing in Alderman John Grochowski, Harold Faigle, James Davis, Sonny Minze, Marty McKnight, Nate Wolfe, Ronald Yow, Nicki West and recorder Treasurer Michelle Grabowski.
Izard County swearing-in ceremonies be held shortly after midnight New Years Day, January 1 at the courthouse in Melbourne, with Judge David Sherrell conducting the ceremonies.

by Karen Sherrell

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

Flags fly at half mast all across the nation.

A massacre of 20 elementary students, and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday,  December 14, has left the nation and local communities in a state of shock and sadness.
The horrific act of one gunman on these small children, has stunned school officials, parents and students, and sparked an evaluation of safety plans at schools nationwide.
Locally, ICC schools are re-evaluating their crisis plans and doing what they can to help children through this terrible time.
Fred Walker, superintendent of ICC Schools said their administration is reviewing their crisis plan, looking to see if they can do anything different than what is in place, following the shooting in Connecticut. “This is devastating to everyone,” said Walker. “I can’t imagine how those parents are dealing with that.” ICC is the only area school that has a full time resource officer at the Middle School/High School. “I’ve had our resource officer at the elementary school every day this week to make the children feel safer,” said Walker. The officer has split his routine between the elementary and high school. School dismissed for the holiday break on Thursday, December 21 and will resume on January 2.
Parents may be fearful about sending children to school, and children who know about the shootings in Connecticut may also be apprehensive.

See more in this week’s print version of Pacesetting Times.

The City of Horseshoe Bend will have the Fall Clean-Up the week of October 8, on resident’s 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.
Any questions, please call the Horseshoe Bend Water Department at 670-5885.

Linsey Boyd Morris, formerly of Brockwell, passed away September 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 74. Linsey Morris was born August 28, 1938 to Clarence and Dollie Sanderson Morris, the youngest of 16 children. Preceding him in death were his parents, one son: Linsey James Morris; four brothers; 11 sisters and two grandchildren.
Mourning his passing are: Mary Morris of Melbourne and their children: Marshall Morris of Oxford; five daughters: Nell Masters of Melbourne, Mary Sanders of Missouri, Annie Morris of Brockwell, Dolly Wood of Oxford and Sarah Vaile of Oxford. He also leaves behind 18 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends.
Graveside funeral service was held Saturday, September 22 at 2 p.m. at Owens Cemetery under the direction of Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers: Richard Crider, Buck Crider, Thad Crider, Sam Crider, Rodney Vaile and Robert Vaile.

David  Alan Beaver, 73, of  Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, was born on May 20, 1939, in Lisbon, Iowa, son of Everett Wilson and Doris Ann (Mason) Beaver  He passed away Thursday, September 13, 2012, at his residence.
David was united in marriage to Paula Gail McCollum on March 5, 1982, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He worked as an automobile mechanic and served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
David  is  survived by his wife, Paula Gail Beaver of Horseshoe Bend; two sons,  Paul David Beaver and Chris Alan Beaver of  Horseshoe Bend; one granddaughter, Paige Daniele Beaver of Horseshoe Bend, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers and sisters.
No services are planned.  Arrangements by Barker Horseshoe Bend Memorial Chapel in Horseshoe  Bend.
Memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society.
Online tributes can be made at

Class 2A District Golf Runnerup: The Salem Greyhound boys, Cody Faulkner, Zach Foust, Jeremy Brown and Dillon York. Photo/Eric Lufkin

Photo by Eric Lufkin

Class 2A District Golf Champions: The Salem Greyhound girls, Savannah Henley, McKenzie Jewell, Kendra Pendergrass and Chloe Guiltner. After nine holes the girls’ day was over and Henley, Salem Senior, came out on top beating out all other girls from each school with a 52, earning her tournament Medalist honors with a medallion. Runner-up Medalist was also from the Salem team, McKenzie Jewell, who carded a 54.

The City of Melbourne is having their 22nd Annual Fall Community Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, October 6, from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
All sales held rain or shine.
The City of Melbourne will be preparing a list that will be available for pick-up at City Hall on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5.
Please call City Hall with your name and location to be added to the list by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3. You may set you sale up at the Charles C. Miller Park. No sales will be allowed to set up in front of Fred’s Dollar General, Custom Cuts, The Bread of Life Bible Book Store or Home Town Market.
For further information you may call City Hall at 870-368-4215.

The Izard County’s 4-H program is asking friends and supporters to take a test drive at Freedom Ford in Melbourne, for a good cause on Saturday, September 29 to help the 4-H program earn up to $6,000.
For each test drive, Ford donates $20 to a specific charity for that day. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Freedom Ford, 901 E. Main Street, in Melbourne.
In addition, the dealership will be offering burgers at lunch and has hired a Nashville recording artist, The Ben Brand Band, to play, said Jack Yancey, one of Freedom Ford’s owners.

The Pacesetting Times weekly print edition, will have a Fall Home Improvement How To Guide supplement in the October 10 edition.

Advertisers, call 870-670-6397 to reserve your ad space. Deadline is Wednesday, October 3.

The Kiwanis Club of Horseshoe Bend sponsors Bingo every Monday night at 7 p.m. at Crown Point Recreation Center, 1530 S. Ivory Lane, in Horseshoe Bend.

AA meets every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Horseshoe Bend. For more information, call 870-373-0363.

A Youth Bowling League has started in Horseshoe Bend.

A few more youths are still needed to make this a successful league, so if anyone knows of someone under 18 that would like to participate, please have them contact Horseshoe Lanes at 870-670-5606. This league will be bowling at 11 a.m. on Saturday mornings at Horseshoe Lanes. This will be a Doubles League, with two bowlers on a team.

There will be a coach to help bowlers increase their skill level and parents are welcome to come and watch.

Brandi Leigh Holt, 26, of Violet Hill was arrested September 7 and charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine and Delivery of a Controlled Substance near a public park in Izard County.
Holt is accused of selling methamphetamine, during a controlled buy at the Oxford City Park.
Holt is facing similar charges out of Fulton County and is being held in the Izard County Detention Facility with bond amounts of $10,000 for Izard County and $10,000 for Fulton County. The arrest was a cooperative effort between the Izard County Sheriff’s Department and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force.

by Eric Lufkin
Billy Brabon, of Oxford, has been racing the dirt oval track at North Central Arkansas Speedway, located in Yellville, every Friday night for nine weeks straight. “I’m having the time of my life,” stated Brabon, the life-long self-proclaimed racing fanatic.

This is Brabon’s first season racing. He has placed third three times, and recently placed second in the Hornet Division. When Brabon began racing, he tried a couple different dirt tracks. Once he raced at NCAS he has come back every week since. “I really like the track here and the people that run this place are great,” said Brabon.

The racing season at NCAS runs from April through October every Friday night. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and military, and a family pack for $20 that includes two adults and all the kids you can bring. Kids 14 and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 8 p.m.

Brabon would like to thank his sponsors: Oxford Super Stop, S&L Automotive Fabrics of Melbourne, and the Chatterbox Café of Oxford.

The 2012 Horseshoe Bend Chamber Radio auction will be broadcast on The River FM 98.3. The chamber is accepting items to be auctioned, so if you have usable items that you would like to donate for the auction please drop off at the chamber office during normal hours of operation, located at the lower mall area, Horseshoe Bend, or call 870-670-5433.
The yearly auction is the main fundraiser for the chamber and the proceeds keep the chamber in operation. The funding helps the Chamber of Commerce sponsor events such as: Promoting Horseshoe Bend in advertising, Dogwood Days, 4th of July parade, fireworks display, Halloween Trunk or Treat, Santa at the Mall, Festival of Trees, and Christmas Toys for Kids.
The Radio Auction is going to be held October 15 through October 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly; and broadcast on FM 98.3.

All Urban Deer Hunts will begin September 1, and close January 31, 2013. All property inside the Horseshoe Bend city limits is open to hunting except the red cross-hatched areas (300 foot No Hunting Zone around Airport runway). For additional information about land ownership and location of MRID lands, Must have written permission from landowner to hunt or cross private property.

Melbourne Bearkatz hosted Izard County Consolidated, Mtn. View, Lead Hill and Cave City in 9-hole match play Thursday, Aug. 23 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne.Melbourne’s Brad Lamb took medalist honors with a 33. Dylan Smith of Melbourne shot 39. Tyler Webb of Melbourne and Chris King, of ICC, each shot a 44. Chris Mosley shot a 54 for the Cougars. On the girls side, Jordan Sherrell, ICC Junior, led the girls and took home medalist honors with a 45. Emma Cooper, Melbourne senior, shot a 53 and Falyn Farmer of ICC ended the day with a 56. The Bearkatz shot the best of all schools with a 116. Izard County Lady Cougars led the way with a 161. Izard County boys came in 5th with a team total of 156, and the Lady Bearkatz placed third with 182.

According to the Izard County Clerk’s Office, this is latest update in City filings for Horseshoe Bend. Horseshoe Bend James Davis: Ward 1, Position 1 Larry Kirby: Ward 1, Position 1 Harold Faigle: Ward 1, Position 2 Joe Moser: Ward 1, Position 2 Nate Wolff: Ward 2, Position 1 *Lee Mears: Ward 2, Position 2 Nicki West: Ward 2, Position 2 Marty McKnight: Ward 3, Position 1 *Cliff Summey: Ward 3, Position 1 *Sonny Minze: Ward 3, Position 2 *John Grachowski: Ward 4, Position 1 *Richard Emmens: Ward 4, Position 2 Ron Yow: Ward 4, Position 2 *Michelle Grabowski: Recorder/Treasurer, Michelle Muncie: Recorder/Treasurer.

* denotes incumbent

On August 15, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office received reports of four separate structure fires and one hay fire. On August 16, another structure fire was reported to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The fires appeared to be set using a substance.
Sharon Maguffee, 64, of Salem was arrested August 16, and charged with Arson (four counts) and Reckless Burning. Each Arson count and the count of Reckless Burning is a Class D Felony.
Maguffee admitted to having set structure and hay fires on August 15 as well as a structure fire on August 16. She was released from Izard County Jail on August 21 on $10,000 bond.
Special Agent Todd Shaw was the investigating officer.

Horseshoe Bend’s oldest citizen will celebrate her birthday on Sunday, Sept. 2 at CrownPoint Health and Rehab. Everyone is invited to come by and wish Dorothy Wagner a happy 108th birthday at the center located at 1203 South Bend Drive.
September 2 is also designated “Dorothy Wagner Day” in Horseshoe Bend.

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