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Friday, October 28, 2016

City Of Hardy To Host Halloween Event – Oct. 29th 3:p.m.

2698116-mThe city of Hardy is gearing up for their Trail of Treats Halloween event, slated for Oct. 29 and Mayor Jason Jackson is extending an invitation to the community to participate.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. with trick or treating along the city’s Main Street. Jackson says he would like to invite businesses and organizations to participate by setting up booths to hand out candy.

Around Town

Lauren Siebert, Reporter

Hardy Businessmen Create New Concept With Old Technology

2698115-lMaking something useful from something ordinary is no new concept for local craft artist and digital decorator, Marc Herring and his business associate, Hal Mandelman. Their latest project, “Get a Round TUIT'” with a QR, or as he calls it, a Matrix code, will open new doors for local businesses when it comes to customer retention and growth.

Although you may be familiar with the traditional QR code, which is generally a checkerboard style black and white square printed onto items varying from food to furniture; Herring has taken it one step further by creating a working 3D version on his TUITs.

1 st Annual PUMPKIN CARVING Contest

Hosted by the Clary Fitness Family Activity Center and WRMC Medical Complex


This year’s theme is DISNEY!

The Clary Fitness Family Activity Center home of TNT Gymnastics Academy and Top Secret Lazer Tag and WRMC Medical Complex are teaming up together to bring the community the 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Contest Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the most creative pumpkin design with

$100.00 for 1st Place $75.00 for 2nd Place and $50.00 for 3rd Place.

Contest Theme: The 1st Annual Theme is DISNEY. You can carve any character from a Disneyland Cartoon, Movie or Television Show.

SRACC Prepares For Annual Business Expo

shop-localThe Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Business Expo Oct. 15, at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland. According to SRACC member Marc Herring, this year’s expo will feature new activities.

“It’s not just about businesses, it’s about whatever the community has to offer. Hopefully we will have some service clubs available and people can find out what our community is all about at a level and understanding that may not yet exist,” Herring said. “What we want to do is feature our businesses in their various facets of what they have to offer.”

Rock Paper Scissors – Oh My !

Competition can be fun, when done right. Yes you have winners and loosers but its the challenge of the game that really makes it important. Plus when its one that any age and any sex can compete at – one on one then we are talking about, yes you read the title correctly…. Rock, Paper, Scissors a true competitive sport.

Please select rock, scissor or paper to start
Please choose:
Rock - Scissor - Paper

The folks here at Friends Of Hardy Arkansas better known as “FOHA” are working on sponsoring the first Rock, Paper, Scissors Hardy event ! Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top slots. The date will be announced in the near future but for now those interested and wishing to practice feel free using our training program above.

3rd Annual Business Expo at the A.L. Hutson Center Oct. 15th

Join us at the A.L. Hutson Center for the 3rd Annual Business EXPO
October 15 9-1      ONE DAY ONLY!
Browse your local businesses under one roof
Come find out what ‘Shop Local’ is all about
  • Demonstrations by Lee’s Karate and Clary Gymnastics (Fitness)
  • Door Prizes and Awards available to all attendees
  • Pick up your Business Passport to Savings at the entrance
  • Hot Dogs and snacks available provided by the Tri-County Board of Realtors
Call: 870-856-3210 for more information
For the Business Owner, we have something for you too!
Let us help you grow your business with our FREE
Workshops. Presenters are:
  • 10 am Molly Carpenter-FNBC Bank-VP – Public Relations & Marketing-Social Media Network Marketing
A & P Commission

Hardy A&P Helps Upgrade Camper Park

Camper Park 2016The Hardy RV Camper Park has recently received a much needed facelift and the upgrades aren’t finished yet. Hardy Volunteer Fire Department is once again running the park, after a two summer break. Once learning about the upgrades needed at the park, Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission re-allocated funds to assist the fire department with some changes.

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 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.

City Hall

Positive Vibes At Hardy Town Hall Meeting

2698119-lHardy residents and business owners have a bright future ahead of them and that was obvious to see at the town hall meeting held at Hardy City Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13. Mayor Jason Jackson was excited to see so many of Hardy’s business owners at the meeting and receive their input and feedback.

Aldermen candidates for Hardy City Council and current city officials attended the event, which was scheduled for the citizens of Hardy to get to know the candidates and current officials. Mayor Jackson welcomed the approximately 50 people and received positive feedback from those in attendance.

Hardy City Council Strives To Improve Budget And Involvement

2686626-hHardy City Council has been making great strides to improve the city under the new leadership of Mayor Jason Jackson. Improvements in each department are underway and were discussed at the two city council meetings held in September.

On Sept. 6, recorder/treasurer Myranda Hobbs informed council members that she is closer to getting a budget to actually report ready for them, but it isn’t quite ready yet.

“We are still in the same spot, trying to get the budget all filled in,” said Hobbs. She gave an update on what she is currently working on and told the council to expect working meetings to determine line items and getting the budget in working order, before a report can be presented.

Mayor Jackson Creates 20-year Plan To Save Hardy Over $1 million

20 Year Plan For HardyHardy Mayor Jason Jackson has hit the ground running since he was appointed mayor earlier this month. One of his main goals is to save the city of Hardy money and has already put a plan in motion. Council members and Hardy residents applauded when Jackson said the changes will save over one million dollars over the next 20 years. Jackson discussed this plan and other projects he has begun at the council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Hardy Has A New Mayor!

Interim Mayor Jason JacksonTonight at the regularly scheduled city council meeting in what could be called an auspicious evening.  Alderman Jason Jackson has been nominated and appointed as Mayor for the remaining two year term.

Congratulations to Jason who we hope will be the start of great things to happen in Hardy, AR.

Mayor Of Hardy Resigns !!

2016-07Nina Resigns

Mayor Nina Thornton just finished resigning as the Mayor of Hardy at the July19, 2016 City Council meeting.

This evening at the regular City Council meeting for the city of Hardy, AR., Mayor Nina Thornton first read a statement in regards to the resignation of the Recorder Treasurer, Carolyn Groves.

However, the bigger surprise was what she did next, as she verbally resigned as the Mayor of Hardy AR. After her verbal statement a motion was made to accept her verbal resignation with the notation that no written resignation would be provided. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. This follows concerns brought up at the prior Hardy City Council meeting where the Alderman were informed of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton.