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July 22, 2017

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The Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce held their monthly meeting at the Artisan Sports Bar and Grill in Highland June 20.

President Laura Clute started the meeting off with a series of announcements pertaining to upcoming events including the upcoming Thunder on Thunderbird boat parade fireworks show slated for July 4 in Cherokee Village as well as the Cherokee Village Fire Department’s annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser which will take place in Town Center that morning.

The Tyler Parten Memorial Golf Tournament is also quickly approaching and is slated for July 8.

Around Town

Local Artist Creates Unique Custom Baseball Bat’s

The Ozark Classic Crafts Mall has just completed one of its largest orders for a custom project which happens to include the newest product creation out of the store by its owner Marc Herring.

Here’s the completed first half of my largest workshop order to date. These bats are headed to Progressive Field up in Ohio for a corporate function at the Ball Park next week. Marc says, “Couldn’t have asked for a better project. It went smooth without any interference from Murphy.”

Hardy Loses Power Following Bizarre Accident

A Sharp County man required medical attention and many Hardy businesses remained closed for the day May 10 after a vehicle took out a fire hydrant and telephone pole, causing the city to lose power to many of its businesses before taking out a street sign and ultimately coming to rest against a business.

According to Hardy Police Chief Tamara Taylor, the incident occurred at approximately 8:03 a.m., when the vehicle, driven by Mark Strickland, 45, left the roadway and proceeded to wreak havoc on the south side of the roadway beginning near Dr. Thompson Park and ending at the old arcade.

Did you know that the first full week of May is National Travel and Tourism Week

The first full week of May is annually recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week, a tradition first celebrated in 1984. Localized events are presented in cities, states, and travel businesses nationwide to champion the power of American tourism and travel. It was established as National Travel and Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

Integrative Wellness Yoga Retreat

The Integrative Wellness Yoga Retreat is set for April 21-23. Diane Burton, author of “The Master’s Masterpiece” will present “Healthy Eating, Healthy Life- Eating to Prevent Cancer.” Diane is a Health and
Wellness Coach and a Holistic Cancer Educator. Kay Wiggins and Nannette Daughtery will be leading our various Yoga sessions. Also Kay, Nannette, and myself will be offering presentations and leading group experiences.
Some of the presentation topics will be “Living Your Heart”, “Awaking the Inner Healer”, and “Let Go to Live Now”. Organic nutritional meals prepared by Leaves and Beans will be provided during the retreat.

Be A Wiz Kid

The Harlem Wizards are looking for Wiz Kids again this year to help them warm up before the March 10 Wizards vs Sharp Shooters Basketball Show at the AL Hutson Center in Highland.

Last year, there were over 30 kids who donned the official Harlem Wizard jersey and helped the Wizards warm up before the big game.
“The kids had so much fun warming up with the Wizards last year. They created this cool grand entrance and got a photo opportunity with the team and all the Wiz Kids,” said Amy Rodola, the chair of the Wiz Kids promotion. “One of the most heart-warming moments was when a mother of one of the Wiz Kids confided that her child, who had a debilitating illness and not able to play in any other sports, could safely be a Wiz Kid. The child was absolutely thrilled!”

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A & P Commission

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!

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.

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City Hall

New Boat Dock In Loberg Park

We are impressed with the speed of the construction of the new boat dock pier being built in Loberg Park in Hardy, AR. This new addition to this great park will allow easy access to the Spring River from the park.

It is wonderful seeing how great things can happen when we work together.  We wish to thank Billy Gilbreath, Director Of Public Works and all those involved. The idea had been tried nearly five times over the past many years with no success. When you have a Mayor and City officials that can actually work as a team good things happen.

City Approves New Official City Website

City Of Hardy Arkansas Official Site CLICK IMAGE TO GO TO SITE

The City of Hardy at it’s regular council meeting tonight launched the new “Official” city website. The new website address is www.cityofhardy.org which will be used to provide easy information to our citizens.  The website was designed by our very own marketing business and this websites founders through  Mashuga Marketing.

Hardy City Council Shows Optimism For The Future

The City of Hardy had a rough start to the new year, but the small town is getting back on track and is optimistic for the upcoming year. Dealing with accusations from local media outlets and clean up from back to back storms, city officials are still finding the time to make sure the budget stays on track and even look for other ways to save money.

One of those ways is by hiring a new city attorney. Alex Bigger, an attorney from Pocahontas, Ark., offered to bring his experience to the table at a significantly lower price than local attorney, Hollie Greenway, who has served the city for several years. The council has appreciated Greenway’s advice over the years, but are concentrating on areas where money can be saved.

City Of Hardy Appoints New City Attorney

Tonight at the Mar. 7th 2017 meeting, the Mayor and City Council welcomed Attorney Alexander S Bigger as the new  City Attorney. He will replace City Attorney Hollie Greenway. In addition to his appointment it was noted that it will also save the city $400 per month.

Alex is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association. He currently serves as the elected City Attorney for Pocahontas, Arkansas, as the appointed City Attorney for Corning, Arkansas, and as General Counsel for the Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Hardy Appoints Interim Chief Tamara Taylor to DPS Director

After serving the City of Hardy as Interim Chief of Police, twice…Mayor Jason Jackson swore in Tamara Taylor as the official Director of Department of Public Safety at the council meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Not one to stand in the stoplight, Taylor is excited about the role of leadership, but said that is because she has a great team of fellow officers. She didn’t go into law enforcement with the hopes of being head of a department someday, or to ever hold a rank. “I never imagined it would be, I never really wanted a rank and I was fine in patrol. I did it for the people,” Taylor said.

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