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September 18, 2018

State And Local Officials Repair Sinkhole In Spring River

Spring River is one of the main attractions Fulton and Sharp Counties has to offer, and draws in many visitors during summer. All rivers can be considered dangerous to some degree. At times, the dangers must either be avoided, or in some cases, resolved.

On June 9 one of those dangers become evident on Spring River near Saddler Falls. A group from Searcy were floating Spring River when two men from the group were sucked into an apparent sinkhole. The incident claimed the life of Donald Wright and hospitalized the other.

Around Town

Community Comes Together To Support Local Family

A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraising event will be held May 12 at the Highland Assembly of God.

According to John Kunkel, the proceeds from the event will be used to help support Jerry and Rhonda Messer with medical expenses.

“We live in a community where when someone is having a difficult time, we come together to support each other. We appreciate the Messers [Rhonda and Jerry] and everything they’ve done for our community and will continue to do. Our prayers are with them and we will continue to pray that Jerry will be in complete remission very soon.”

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Yum Yum Alley To Open In Hardy

A new opportunity is now available to the residents of Hardy in the form of a community garden fondly known as Yum Yum Alley.

According to alderman and project coordinator Laura Smith, plots in the garden will be free to the public and she said she believes it will also boost attendance at the Hardy Farmer’s Market later this year.

“It started with us helping the public works [department] because they have so much lawn to maintain and I was looking for a project to help the farmer’s market and help gardening in this area because no one seems to do it anymore. So they said I could utilize this spot if I wanted to for a community garden,” Smith said referring to the garden’s location on Kelly Street.

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Highland Prom Fun With Mashuga Photo Booth

The local Mashuga Photo Booth which is available daily for area tourist and locals to enjoy for taking social selfies is now optionally available for local events. We originally created the photo booth to promote Hardy, Ar through its fun open air design and ease of sharing to others through texting directly to your phone or posting on facebook. Over 600+ visitors have enjoyed our booth.

We were asked if we could set up our booth and provide instant prints at the upcoming Highland Prom being held at the Omaha Center in Cherokee VIllage. This was not our planned concept but a great and

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Hardy To Make Improvements To Gym

In the coming months, you may notice some work being done at the Old Hardy Gym as the city begins renovation of the lower level in order to place a workout room which will be available to the community.

According to Hardy Mayor Jason Jackson, exercise equipment and materials have been donated to the city in order to create the workout space for which $10 monthly memberships will be sold. The funds will be used to make improvements to the upper level of the facility.

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City Of Hardy Partners With School

The community is invited to attend a Hunger Alliance Summit meeting March 28 at 9 a.m., at Ozarka College in Ash Flat.

The summit is part of a grant process which will provide 100 families of the Highland School District with food for the remainder of the year, as well as, offer educational courses in cooking, nutrition awareness and best practices for purchasing food.

According to Hardy Mayor Jason Jackson, the city partnered with the school last year in an effort to combat hunger and obtain a grant which would help families of the district.

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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

Hardy Receives $149,000 From ADEM; Where Will The Money Go?

Prior to Hardy City Council’s regular meeting May 1, the city released a statement revealing approximately $150,000 had been received from Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM). During the council meeting, Mayor Jason Jackson shared his suggestions on where the money should be spent.

The press release issued by the city explained where the money is coming from. “The City of Hardy received $149,019.31 from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) on Wednesday, April 18. These funds represent the state’s 12.5 percent share of the approximately $1.2 million received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a disaster in 2008. While the city was informed they could receive the funds, ADEM had not offered exactly when.”

City Of Hardy To Make Improvements At Senior Center

The City of Hardy has been busy working to finalize projects which began earlier this year and to take on some new ones, according to Hardy Mayor Jason Jackson.

Recently, the city completed their portion of the helipad located near the bypass in Hardy and Jackson said the focus has now turned to improvements at the Hardy Senior Center and the surrounding area.

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.

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.

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