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September 25, 2017

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.

Around Town

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.”

Fun Free Photo Booth Coming to Hardy, AR

In the very near future, in Hardy, when your walking around on our Main Street look for the BIG BANNER and you will know where you and your friends can stop in a take a FREE GROUP SELFIE and then upload to your own Facebook page for sharing!

Fun Themed Image with Four different snap shots!

We all love taking photo’s and the new open air Photo Booth will soon be live for those interested. Let your friends know that your made a point to “COME PAUSE IN HARDY” by posting your very own Hardy themed photo!

Totally Awesome Eclipse Observed

Quite some time ago (many years) Leonard Holden donated his beloved telescope to highland high school. This very heretics gift has been part of science classes for over 20 years. Lately it has not been used though.

But that all ended today. For the past week Leonard, Nannette Daugherty and I have been warming up the telescope to be functional for today’s solar eclipse.

Near 200 students and administrators came up to the sweltering observatory to witness a celestial miracle. A total eclipse of the sun

SRACC Views New Website

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.

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.”

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A & P Commission

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!

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.

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City Hall

Hardy Receives Grant From Entergy

The City of Hardy has grown quite a bit this year, from new businesses opening up to the completion of several city projects and now, a large grant has been awarded and will help the city to continue to grow.

David Burnette and Jon Brown with Entergy traveled to Hardy July 1 to present a check for $10,000 to Mayor Jason Jackson.

According to a release from Entergy, the company is “helping amplify the opportunities for Northeast Arkansas community to entice visitors and serve the community by funding a $10,000 grant for a pocket park.”

Hardy City Council Accepts Resignation From RT

Hardy City Council is on the search for a new recorder treasurer following current RT Myranda Hobbs’ resignation, which she delivered at the Aug. 1 meeting.

Hobbs cited moving out of Hardy as the reason for her resignation and thanked the council for the opportunity. “Thank you so much for the opportunity to work in this position for the past year. I’ve greatly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunities I’ve had to work on the government financials, and all of which I will take with me throughout my career,” Hobbs said.

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.

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