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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ash Flat And Hardy To Host Upcoming Christmas Parades

The annual Ash Flat Christmas Parade slated for Dec. 3 is quickly approaching. This year, similar to years past, will kick off at 2 p.m. sharp with a lineup beginning at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Forschler Home Center in Ash Flat.christmasparade2016-e1472952196663

The Grand Marshalls for this year’s parade are Duane and Fay Fulton. The Fulton’s owned and operated the Ash Flat Dairy Freeze until closing its doors in late September of this year.

Following the parade, which will leave from Forschler’s and end on Main Street, Santa Claus will be in the parking lot of the Ash Flat Post Office, waiting to greet the children who come his way.

Around Town

Timely Club Gears Up for Holiday Marketplace Event

2703300-lThe ladies of the Hardy GFWC Timely Club are gearing up for their annual Holiday Marketplace slated for Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the A.L. Hutson Gym in Highland.

According to club members Lita King, Jan Haney and Michelle Taylor, there are still several vendor booth spaces available.

“We rent table spaces and it’s relatively cheap,” King said. “They’re $35 or if you would like for us to set it up, it is $45. You are welcome to bring your own tables and we encourage people to contact us for a space.”

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

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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
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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.

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

Hardy City Council Bids Farewell To Another Alderman

2721938-lHardy City Council received yet another resignation from one of their own Nov. 15. Plans to move forward with purchasing the building known as the Good Old Days Vintage Motorcar Museum on Main Street were also discussed at the regularly scheduled meeting.

Even though fellow council members and council meeting regular attendees knew Alderman Dale Maddox’s time on the council was limited, they were still a little surprised when he announced that Nov. 15 was his last regular meeting as alderman. Maddox and his wife, Liane, who resigned from her council seat several months ago, have sold their Hardy Pottery businesses and are moving out of the area to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

City of Hardy and Hardy A and P partner to acquire a Civic Center

2713581-lThe City of Hardy and Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission have partnered together to bring an exciting new addition to the downtown area…a Hardy Civic Center. The building being acquired for use of the civic center is known to many as the Good Old Days Vintage Motorcar Museum on Main Street.

Ernie Sutherland from Memphis, Tenn., opened the museum in 1996 and it was a popular attraction for many visitors who enjoyed the variety of cars the museum had to offer. The museum itself has been closed for several years and now will help in the revitilization that Hardy leaders and volunteers have been working toward.

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.

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.