Attention all men! Are you a hunk in heels?
The Salem Fifth Grade Class is hosting a Woman-less Beauty Pageant to raise money for the Nathan Jackson family. The pageant will be held at the Salem High School on January 28 at 6 p.m.
The pageant entry fee is $10. Winners will be crowned by donations. This will be a fun event for a great cause. If you would like to enter the pageant or help with the show, please contact Heather Busch at 870-291-1087 or Tiffany Cooper at 870-371-4054.
There will also be a dessert auction (pie, cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, etc). If you would like to bake a sweet treat, it would be greatly appreciated.


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

HAULING IT IN: Salem Greyhound Drake Raines hauled in a catch for a 30 yard gain against Yellville-Summit on Friday, September 12. See related story and pictures on page 6 of the September 17th edition of Pacesetting Times. Check newsstands now! Photo/ Travis Stapleton

oldmainThe Old Main schoolhouse in Salem will be the setting for an old-fashioned chili supper, pie auction, talent show, and candidate meet and greet on Saturday, October 4, at 5 p.m. sponsored by the Fulton County Heritage Foundation.
The general public is invited to participate in the events and to visit with candidates for local and state office. There is no charge for the chili supper; however, donations will be accepted to benefit the Old Main restoration project. Old Main is located at the intersection of Oak and North Streets in downtown Salem.
Attendees will have an additional opportunity to support Old Main by bidding on delicious pies prepared by foundation members and friends of Old Main.
The foundation expects to have more than 50 pies available for auction that evening.
Singers, musicians, dancers and variety act participants are invited to participate in the talent show, which will follow the pie auction.
Volunteers with the Fulton County Heritage Foundation have worked during the past year to renovate Old Main for use as a center for community activities such as Terrific Tuesdays, a summer meals program for children in Salem and the surrounding area. Other community activities are planned in the coming months.
For more information about the upcoming event or the Old Main project, contact Patty Neal, president of the foundation, at 870-710-0720.


Lining them up and knocking them down: Greyhound Spencer Love steamrolls Yellowjackets on his rumble down the left side last Friday night, Sept. 5. See newsstands now for complete game coverage! Photo/B.Stapleton

Salem Senior High Football Team 2014


RESOURCE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Salem School’s Resource Officer, Daniel Busch (m), was named the Resource Officer of the Year by the Arkansas Safe Schools Association

The Fulton County Fair Association is now accepting vendors for the 11th Annual Spring Fairgrounds Flea Market on April 11 and 12 in Salem. Inside spaces are 8×8 ft. and rent for $30, a double space, 8×16 ft., is $50, or a triple space, 8×24 ft., is $80. Outside space is 12×20 ft. and the rental fee is $40. There is a $5 charge for electricity.
A limited number of spaces are available. Vendor applications are available at or an application can be mailed by calling 870-895-5565 or 870-458-3080 or email
The Salem Chamber of Commerce Community-Wide Yard Sale will also be on these dates.
The two events are advertised statewide and draw a large number of people to Salem for this weekend.

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.

Jody Hall was arrested for allegedly placing a bomb in a mailbox in south Fulton County.

On September 27 at approximately 9:30 p.m., a bomb exploded in a mail box on Harmony Hill Road, south of Salem. The blast was heard for six miles away. According to Fulton County Sheriff Buck Foley, Jody Hall, a 51 year old of Salem was developed as a suspect in the bombing.
On October 2, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a Special Agent with the United States Postal Service that he was at the scene of the bombing on Harmony Hill Road and that Hall had just shown up at the address. Foley and Chief Deputy Al Roork stopped Hall in a traffic stop on Wheeling Road near that location and arrested Hall for DWI. A semiautomatic handgun was taken from Hall’s person during the arrest.
On October 3, The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, ATF, United States Postal Inspectors Service, Arkansas State Police, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Salem Police, executed a search warrant of Hall’s property located at 746 Fairview Road in Salem.
Hall has been charged with two counts of Criminal Use of a Prohibited Weapon, a Class “B” Felony, 31 counts of Criminal Acts Involving Explosives, a Class “B” Felony, and one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a unclassified Misdemeanor.
Hall’s bond has been set at $500,000 cash only. He is incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail.

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.

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.

Severe thunderstorms that struck the area on Wednesday, August 1, exacted their toll on a number of Salem’s trees and buildings. Salem Fire Chief Nick Blanton reported that winds in excess of 70 mph stripped the roofs off of two barns and a building on the town square. Blanton added that some roads were blocked when tree limbs that were killed by the 2009 ice storm were blown to the ground.

Severe thunderstorms downed a tree next to the Salem First National Banking Company parking lot. Paige Cooper, the Salem FNBC branch manager, said that the tree was scheduled to be removed on Saturday, August 4.

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