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Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Great “My van’ Debacle

2586364-HIt is no surprise emotions ran high at the most recent Hardy City Council meeting. On Tuesday, April 19, council members and guests were holding nothing back as the council overturned the mayor’s veto, heated arguments took place and Alderwoman Liane Maddox resigned from her position. Hardy City Council, unlike other cities in Sharp County, meets twice a month for regularly scheduled meetings and always has issues to discuss, whether it be old, new or unfinished business. Covered in this article are the meetings of April 5 and April 19.

Around Town

Harlem Wizards Come To Sharp County

12728778_499686110192698_7339811239831256647_nAnother Fantastic evening was had by all who attended the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce’s Basketball evening with the Harlem Wizards vs our local hometown Heros the Sharp Shooters.

One can’t even begin to know how many hours went into the planning of this event. It was multi-facited and had many moving parts.

Thanks to Kari Hollis who played conductor. Well done Kari.

To everyone else who played key roles and helped. Well done. To our friends and neighbors who courageously battled the Wizards as the Sharp Shooters. Well done!

New Signage On Main Street

hardysignThe city of Hardy has a brand new sign in place on Main Street! Thanks to our Hardy Advertisement & Promotions for taking a great step forward toward great use of the A&P funds. Great sign to help PROMOTE THE AREA!  Keep up the great work!

Hardy Arkansas Open For Tourist Season

 Come Pause In Hardy, AR for a day, a weekend, or more! With Spring weather arriving so early and Summer just around the corner….all of us are looking for some fun times from the grind of work. Well remember Hardy is a great place to come to for an affordable fun time.

If you enjoy camping, we have a camper park right off of the Main street in Hardy on the Spring River that is open and ready for you. If your into Bed and Breakfast stays, we got that too as well as some great hotels/motels. Now if you have a  larger group or  family, many home rental options are available  in the surrounding area.

Water Main Break On Main Street

HardywatermainCity of Hardy Superintendent Billy Gilbreath did a wonderful job, after a long afternoon of digging up Hardy’s Main St, in order to repair a water main break. By the end of the evening the leak was repaired and the hole closed up and the water back on. It was a long day for every one including Hardy Law enforcement who directed traffic keeping the crew safe.

The Friends of Hardy Arkansas wish to thank everyone who performed beyond compare on this most unusual Good Friday.

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2016 Version Of Forrest Gump Stops In Sharp County On Walk Across America

2558882-HA 2016 version of Forrest Gump stirred up quite a bit of attention last week on his trek through Sharp County. With little more than a tent, a stroller and a trusty companion, David Scopaz, much like Forrest Gump, took off for a walk, not a run …. from his hometown of Quincy, Fla., near Tallahassee.

A & P Commission

Hardy A and P Gears Up For 2016 Tourist Season

Hardy A&P Tour MapHardy Advertising and Promotion Committee has been working hard in 2016 and are hoping for a great year. Commissioners Nimmi Desai and Freda Gamblin sat down with Villager Journal and highlighted actions already taken this year.

“In keeping with our by-laws, we elected officers for 2016. The chairman is Vickie Rice, Vice-Chair is Dale Maddox, finance committee consists of Desai and Maddox, Gamblin is secretary and Dennis Horton is in charge of the music, radio advertising and tram project. All of us are looking forward to a busy and productive year,” said Gamblin.

A and P attempts to better promote the city of Hardy

Cities across the state of Arkansas have Advertising and Promotions Commissions to assist in promoting tourism. Locally — Hardy, Cherokee Village and Mammoth Spring, have A and P Commissions and have worked together to promote each other. Hardy A and P has undergone some changes in recent years in an attempt to promote the city and draw in more tourism.

As stated on the commission’s website, the commissioners strive to follow the mission statement:

“The Advertising and Promotion Commission will prepare and execute a long term strategic plan for the external advertising of the community, in order to promote tourism and support the commercial growth of the city of Hardy.

Hardy A & P To Sponsor Digital Workshop

MeetingThe Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission met Monday, May 11 and discussed designs for signage, monthly finances and presenting a digital marketing workshop for local businesses. The commission also received requests from crowd members regarding signage and more advertising.

The Walking Tour Maps and Rack Cards that A and P have designed in the past will receive a face lift and some additions. The maps have been helpful to visitors of Hardy, by showing tourists where the unique shops, restaurants, lodging and recreational activities can be located. “I’ve talked with Vision Amp and they are working on design work for the parking direction signage and also on the Walking Tour Maps and Rack cards. They should have something for us to approve soon,” said Commissioner Dale Maddox.

Hardy A&P Seeks Better Tourism Results

At its April 7 meeting, Hardy’s Advertising and Promotions Commission discussed a town hall meeting it planned to hold on April 14 at the Old Hardy Gym. The meeting was designed to discuss how A and P funds have been spent in the past and detail its plan to get more bang for the buck as it promotes the town as a tourist attraction. The Brooks Jeffrey Marketing firm was present to discuss the long term marketing strategy that it developed.

City Hall

Hardy City Council Keeps With Theme Of Heated Discussions Over Selling Van

The VanThe Department of Public Safety has been the “hot” topic at recent Hardy City Council meetings and it was no different at the meeting on Tuesday, March 15. Along with the DPS budget, the council discussed nuisance properties, signage updates and lack of reports.

Jason Jackson, who has been making appearances at nearly every meeting since January, is a volunteer for the Hardy Fire Department and is motivated to improve the department for the safety of the residents. Alderman Dale Maddox introduced Jackson and asked him to speak to the council on his grant findings and information from the USDA about releasing the city van to sell for cash and utilize the funding elsewhere.

Rose Works With Fire Department To Save Hardy Time And Money

Hardy City Council received updates from department directors and progress was made toward improving Hardy Fire Department at the council meeting held on Thursday, March 3.

Newly appointed Director of Public Safety, Scott Rose, reported he has been busy making changes and updates in both fire and police departments. In addition to the new Dodge Chargers, the department’s Ford Crown Victorias are up and running and available for use in case of an emergency situation. Rose received approval from the council to make upgrades and changes in the office from reporting and recording software to how evidence is logged.

Hardy City Council Repeals Retroactive Ordinance and Chooses Director of Public Safety

2550196-HHardy Mayor Nina Thornton appointed Scott Rose to Director of Public Safety at the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. The council also passed an ordinance to repeal the retro-active ordinance previously passed in September 2015. The council was also made aware of the purchase of two “new to the police department” Dodge Chargers.

Retro-active Resolution Causes Friction At Hardy City Council

Meeting-room-clip-artHardy City Council met on Feb. 2 for a regularly scheduled council meeting. Routine business was taken care of throughout the meeting along with approving the hire of two part-time officers for the police department per assistant police chief Tamara Taylor’s request. When it came time for one alderman to bring new business to the table, things got interesting.

Alderman Dale Maddox brought before the council an ordinance to repeal the retro-active ordinance passed at the Sept. 1 council meeting. The retro-active ordinance was brought up after an auditor’s report revealed in 2010, Mayor Nina Thornton and recorder/treasurer Carolyn Groves and Groves’ husband, were paid from the summer feeding program’s state funds. At the September meeting, Thornton stated it was only a reimbursement payment.

Hardy Still Without Public Safety Director

Hardy City Council finalized the 2016 budget, which took up most of the discussion at the meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Council entered executive session near the end of the meeting to discuss the appointment of a director of public safety.

publicsafetyThe council moved to executive session to discuss hiring a new director of public safety. Though an appointment wasn’t made, a promotion that is nearly one year behind, was finally approved by the council. “Approve the promotion of Tamara Taylor to assistant chief as presented by chief Hutchinson on Feb. 17, 2015,” is the motion made when the council returned to regular session. The motion was unanimously passed by council.