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February 23, 2018

Hardy A&P Commissioner Voices Concerns At Council Meeting

A new Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commissioner was sworn in, resolutions and ordinances passed and a matter of “setting the record straight” by business owner, volunteer and A and P Commissioner Nimmi Desai; were all parts of the most recent Hardy City Council meeting, held Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Desai owns Village Inn, formerly Best Western, in Hardy, which allows for the qualification needed to serve on Hardy’s Advertising and Promotions Committee and is also a long time volunteer for the community and city. She requested a place on the agenda to address a recent article published by Spring River Chronicle, which she felt put Hardy A and P in a negative light.

Around Town

Hardy Anticipates Economic Growth

If you have driven through the City of Hardy recently, you may have noticed some changes to local businesses happening within the city.

According to Hardy’s Mayor Jason Jackson, the city is seeing a lot of remodeling happening within its business district.

“There are stores all up and down the street right now that are closed but if you look [closer] they’re actually getting a face lift. I think this year will be a tough year for us revenue wise as far as taxes coming in but, by next year, we’re looking at six or seven new businesses opening in Hardy,” Jackson said.

Halloween In Hardy

A fun day in Hardy Arkansas. Our annual Treat Street on Main Street event was a HUGE hit once again. This was the 5th, “Follow The Trail of Treats Down Main Street”, Thanks to ALL the folks who turned out and had fun. See y’all next year. Same bat time. Same bat station. #comepauseinhardy

Lauren Siebert, Reporter

SRACC Gears Up For 2017 Business Expo

The Third Annual Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce [SRACC] Business Expo will be held Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the A.L. Hutson Center in Highland.

SRACC Board Member Marc Herring would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend and for area businesses to participate in the Expo.

“This is a showcase of local businesses and other businesses that wish to do local business,” Herring said.

The Expo will feature more than 40 local businesses, and will offer the opportunity for the community to come and familiarize themselves with the resources available in the area.

Lauren Siebert, Reporter

Apple Butter Gang At Hardy UMC Prepares For Another Successful Season

For more than 20 years now, if you happen to drive past the Hardy United Methodist Church in Hardy around this time of year, you may notice what has become a familiar and welcoming scent.

Known as the Apple Butter Gang, members of the congregation, gather to create hundreds of jars of apple butter.

“We’re making homemade apple butter to raise money to support the mission and community work that the Hardy United Methodist Church does,” Marilyn Lynn said.

A volunteer in the project since 1998, Lynn is now an expert in the creation of the flavorful treat which resides inside quart and pint jars.

Lauren Siebert

Local Band Encourages Music Growth In Hardy

Even in the Ozarks, those who perform old country and gospel music are becoming rarer than in years past.

According to Darrel and Crystal Bliss, two members of the band Denim and Lace, they and their band mates are trying to resurrect the music culture in northern Sharp County.

“We want to add to the community,” Crystal said. “I know Dennis Horton and his group have tried doing this. Just to bring more music and the culture back. People enjoy live music and shopping and then listening to people sing. We want Hardy to be known for music. Hardy needs something to be known for to attract more tourists here to the area.”

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A & P Commission

New Hardy A & P Commissioner

Charles Wilson is sworn in by Hardy Mayor Jason Jackson as a Hardy Advertising and Promotion Commissioner Tuesday at the Hardy City Council Meeting of February 6, 2018. Mr. Wilson will fill the”Tourism Related” seat vacated by Mr. Dennis Horton.


Hardy A&P Updates Official Tourist Website

The Hardy A&P Commission has committed to a new design update and maintenance agreement with Mashuga Marketing to manage the A&P online website for the official VISIT HARDY ARKANSAS tourist site. The site has been under transition for awhile and thus not had the ability to be easily managed or updated.

The new site will provide a user friendly dashboard to allow an authorized A&P approved individual to easily add content and events as well as manage business listings in the Hardy community. This will allow information to quickly be made available to our community and site visitors.

Hardy To Launch Farmer’s Market

The City of Hardy will launch a farmer’s market beginning in July. The market will take place the first and third Friday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., in the grassy area located between the former Downhome Country Kitchen and the old Motorcar Museum.

According to city council member, Advertising and Promotions [A&P] Commissioner and event coordinator Laura Smith, the farmers market will be a city sanctioned event.

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!

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City Hall

City Receives Grant For New Tornado Siren

Old Siren

The City of Hardy will soon have a new tornado siren, something officials have been working on for nearly two years.The town received a $1,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield that will be combined with money from the city to replace the old siren which is about 50 years old. (see image)

Mayor Jason Jackson told Region 8 News in 2017 that the siren runs through the phone lines instead of through the wireless police and fire radios like newer ones do.

New Helicopter Pad Being Constructed In Hardy

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Hardy Public Works crew preparing the forms for next bit of concrete on the Helicopter Pad at the Robin Hood Exit of the Hardy Truck Route. Money and Materials for this work were provided by Survival Flight, Sharp County, the Woodland Hills Property Owners Association, and others. The Hardy Heli-Pad will be around the corner from the Sharp County Ambulance Station in Hardy and accessible from all major highways in northern Sharp County.

This facility will be illuminated for night landings and hopefully eliminate the need to close a highway for an emergency helicopter landing.

New Officers Join Hardy PD

The City of Hardy and it’s departments have undergone many changes since the start of the new year. Some changes include an increase in the number of police officers serving the City of Hardy.

According to Police Chief Tamara Taylor, her department has obtained several new reserve and part time officers.

Due to budget cuts, the department is presently unable to provide around the clock protection, but Taylor said the new officers have made up for a recent shortage suffered by the department. During the time the Hardy Police Department is not covering, officers with the Sharp County Sheriff’s Department are on duty.

City Employee Recognized For 25 Years At Hardy City Council

Hardy City Council resolved issues, passed ordinances and honored an employee who has been with them for 25 years at the most recent meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Director of Public Works, Billy Gilbreath, knew he was in for a surprise when his family showed up to the Hardy City Council meeting. While filling out paperwork for the new year, recorder/treasurer Greg Bess said it came up Gilbreath had been with the city 25 years in January. Bess and Mayor Jason Jackson began working on a surprise for the long time employee, and decided to let his family in on the surprise they had in store for Gilbreath.

Lauren Siebert

City Of Hardy Makes Tough Budget Decisions

The Hardy City Council faced tough decisions and a packed city hall Dec. 15 during the council’s final budget meeting.

Once the meeting began, Sharp County Justice of the Peace Roger Stark spoke to the council to inquire as to whether they would be discussing the proposal, submitted by request, to the council concerning the police department. Stark was told it would be discussed but not until later in the meeting.

Next to speak to the council was District Judge and local attorney Mark Johnson on behalf of the Sharp County Library Board. For the past several months, the city and library have been in legal conversation over the 99 year lease contract which is held between the two entities.

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