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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fountain Place – Open House & Ice Cream Social plus a RAFFLE!

Please mark your calendar for Sept. 24, 2016 for the Fountain Place, a Christian retirement community OPEN HOUSE ! They have been very busy at Fountain Place preparing for our annual Prize Raffle/Open House Ice Cream Social. This year it will be held on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016. This year there are SEVENTEEN – 17-PRIZES!!!! And that’s not all….some of you have donated door prizes!

The tickets are ready for sale, Spring River Dippers are booked and making scruptious ice cream and we are signing up entertainment.( More on entertainment later….)

Around Town

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.

Rose Joins Forces Improve Sharp County’s Radio Communication Problems

radiorhodesEfforts to improve radio communications in Sharp County have now turned into a tri-county effort involving neighboring counties Lawrence and Randolph. Fran Cavenaugh, who is running for state representative in District 60, has taken an interest in seeing the radio communications upgraded in the area. A meeting attended by emergency personnel from all three counties was held Thursday, June 16 at The Studio in Walnut Ridge to discuss the need for an upgrade.

Hardy Featured In AHHP Program

ahppSharp County Historical Society was pleasantly surprised when contacted by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to put the Hardy Downtown Historic District on the Walks Through History tour map. Based on the crowd of over 50 people, the two hour tour was a hit for locals who wanted to learn more about the history of downtown.

Rachel Silva welcomed the group gathered in front of the Olde Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast to give a short background about Hardy and talk about the walking tours. “My job is to go around the state and give a tour of the historic sites once a month and they are always free and open to the public,” explained Silva. The tours are year round with the exception of January and February.

Not All Bridges Need Water Under Them!

Bridge1Hardy has a new bridge…. inside the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall. In speaking withbridge3 Marc Herring owner of the OCCM, he said “Yesterday was an auspicious day. This was the day when the Bridge was raised at the Mall. Literally. 2 years ago in casual conversation between myself and Tom Parsons (former ASU Engineering Professor) I was told that ASU had won the National Bridge Building Competition and that the bridge would be available for acquisition. I was delighted with the possibilities that this bridge could hang at the Mall. Two years later at it is.

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!

A & P Commission

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

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.

Hardy City Council Fills Vacant Seat…Accepts Bid For Passenger Van

Hardy City Council appointed Danny Eitel to the seat left vacant by Greg Bess at their meeting on June 21. Big parts of the council meeting were the acceptance of a bid to sell the city van, public participation and an update on the EEOC complaint against Mayor Nina Thornton and the city of Hardy.

Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton Faced With EEOC Charge

MayorEEOCHardy City Council learned of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton and Alderman Jason Jackson at its meeting Tuesday, June 8. In addition to the charge, council members voted to have missing city documents investigated by Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose. An ordinance was also passed for existing residences on Main Street to be legal living quarters. A plan was also put in place to sell the city van.

Hardy City Council Fills Vacant Council Seat

2596508-LHardy City Council met on Tuesday, May 3 with a full audience and three hopeful Hardy residents vying for the open seat on council.

After a lengthy reading of past minutes, the council decided to wait to approve the minutes, as council members weren’t comfortable with the format of the minutes, as previously stated. The council claims minutes have too much “opinion” in them and need to follow a more formal format where motions made and passed are the main subject of minutes. A motion to table the approval of minutes was made and passed.

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.