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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hardy Featured In AHHP Program

ahppSharp County Historical Society was pleasantly surprised when contacted by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to put the Hardy Downtown Historic District on the Walks Through History tour map. Based on the crowd of over 50 people, the two hour tour was a hit for locals who wanted to learn more about the history of downtown.

Rachel Silva welcomed the group gathered in front of the Olde Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast to give a short background about Hardy and talk about the walking tours. “My job is to go around the state and give a tour of the historic sites once a month and they are always free and open to the public,” explained Silva. The tours are year round with the exception of January and February.

Around Town

Not All Bridges Need Water Under Them!

Bridge1Hardy has a new bridge…. inside the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall. In speaking withbridge3 Marc Herring owner of the OCCM, he said “Yesterday was an auspicious day. This was the day when the Bridge was raised at the Mall. Literally. 2 years ago in casual conversation between myself and Tom Parsons (former ASU Engineering Professor) I was told that ASU had won the National Bridge Building Competition and that the bridge would be available for acquisition. I was delighted with the possibilities that this bridge could hang at the Mall. Two years later at it is.

Harlem Wizards Come To Sharp County

12728778_499686110192698_7339811239831256647_nAnother Fantastic evening was had by all who attended the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce’s Basketball evening with the Harlem Wizards vs our local hometown Heros the Sharp Shooters.

One can’t even begin to know how many hours went into the planning of this event. It was multi-facited and had many moving parts.

Thanks to Kari Hollis who played conductor. Well done Kari.

To everyone else who played key roles and helped. Well done. To our friends and neighbors who courageously battled the Wizards as the Sharp Shooters. Well done!

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 Arkansas Open For Tourist Season

 Come Pause In Hardy, AR for a day, a weekend, or more! With Spring weather arriving so early and Summer just around the corner….all of us are looking for some fun times from the grind of work. Well remember Hardy is a great place to come to for an affordable fun time.

If you enjoy camping, we have a camper park right off of the Main street in Hardy on the Spring River that is open and ready for you. If your into Bed and Breakfast stays, we got that too as well as some great hotels/motels. Now if you have a  larger group or  family, many home rental options are available  in the surrounding area.

Water Main Break On Main Street

HardywatermainCity of Hardy Superintendent Billy Gilbreath did a wonderful job, after a long afternoon of digging up Hardy’s Main St, in order to repair a water main break. By the end of the evening the leak was repaired and the hole closed up and the water back on. It was a long day for every one including Hardy Law enforcement who directed traffic keeping the crew safe.

The Friends of Hardy Arkansas wish to thank everyone who performed beyond compare on this most unusual Good Friday.

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A & P Commission

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.

Hardy A&P Seeks Better Tourism Results

At its April 7 meeting, Hardy’s Advertising and Promotions Commission discussed a town hall meeting it planned to hold on April 14 at the Old Hardy Gym. The meeting was designed to discuss how A and P funds have been spent in the past and detail its plan to get more bang for the buck as it promotes the town as a tourist attraction. The Brooks Jeffrey Marketing firm was present to discuss the long term marketing strategy that it developed.

City Hall

Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton Faced With EEOC Charge

MayorEEOCHardy City Council learned of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton and Alderman Jason Jackson at its meeting Tuesday, June 8. In addition to the charge, council members voted to have missing city documents investigated by Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose. An ordinance was also passed for existing residences on Main Street to be legal living quarters. A plan was also put in place to sell the city van.

Hardy City Council Fills Vacant Council Seat

2596508-LHardy City Council met on Tuesday, May 3 with a full audience and three hopeful Hardy residents vying for the open seat on council.

After a lengthy reading of past minutes, the council decided to wait to approve the minutes, as council members weren’t comfortable with the format of the minutes, as previously stated. The council claims minutes have too much “opinion” in them and need to follow a more formal format where motions made and passed are the main subject of minutes. A motion to table the approval of minutes was made and passed.

The Great “My van’ Debacle

2586364-HIt is no surprise emotions ran high at the most recent Hardy City Council meeting. On Tuesday, April 19, council members and guests were holding nothing back as the council overturned the mayor’s veto, heated arguments took place and Alderwoman Liane Maddox resigned from her position. Hardy City Council, unlike other cities in Sharp County, meets twice a month for regularly scheduled meetings and always has issues to discuss, whether it be old, new or unfinished business. Covered in this article are the meetings of April 5 and April 19.

Hardy City Council Keeps With Theme Of Heated Discussions Over Selling Van

The VanThe Department of Public Safety has been the “hot” topic at recent Hardy City Council meetings and it was no different at the meeting on Tuesday, March 15. Along with the DPS budget, the council discussed nuisance properties, signage updates and lack of reports.

Jason Jackson, who has been making appearances at nearly every meeting since January, is a volunteer for the Hardy Fire Department and is motivated to improve the department for the safety of the residents. Alderman Dale Maddox introduced Jackson and asked him to speak to the council on his grant findings and information from the USDA about releasing the city van to sell for cash and utilize the funding elsewhere.

Rose Works With Fire Department To Save Hardy Time And Money

Hardy City Council received updates from department directors and progress was made toward improving Hardy Fire Department at the council meeting held on Thursday, March 3.

Newly appointed Director of Public Safety, Scott Rose, reported he has been busy making changes and updates in both fire and police departments. In addition to the new Dodge Chargers, the department’s Ford Crown Victorias are up and running and available for use in case of an emergency situation. Rose received approval from the council to make upgrades and changes in the office from reporting and recording software to how evidence is logged.