Hardy City Council met in regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 1, but it was far from a regular meeting. The council had a busy agenda, but one topic stood out the most; passing ordinance 2015-2. Passing this ordinance was very important to Mayor Nina Thornton, which is why she used her ability to vote when there were three yes votes, two no votes and one abstention.
Come one come all and sign up for the first annual Spring River Boat-A-Thon! This will be a fun event with a 7 miles of rafting, then 7 miles in a canoe and finally a 5 mile Kayak race to the finish. Register at 305 E Main St., Hardy AR. Feel free to call Rocky for more info at 870-847-5274
Hardy City Council discussed the need for a new police car or repairs to an existing car, received a list of suggested repairs for the Hardy Gym by Freda Gamblin and re-visited a possible agreement with Spring River Ambulance Services at the meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Hardy Chief Police James Hutchison was unable to give the department’s report due to health issues. Officer Tamara Taylor updated council members about the transportation issue in the department. The department’s 2007 silver Ford Crown Victoria appears to have a blown radiator, which occurred while the chief was making a traffic stop. The car had to be towed away and is since being stored on secured city property until a decision can be made regarding repairs.
It was announced by the Woodland Hills Property Owners Association today, “We have finalized the look of our new website. Please begin using for information related to the Woodland Hills Property Owners Assn, including news items, properties for sale, highlights of past meetings, rules and regulations, contact us section, etc. our goal is to keep all members informed of what is happening with regards to the WHPOA.
The WHPOA is run strictly with volunteers, and if you are interested in helping with various work needed around the lakes, or getting involved with the Board or being an Officer, please let us know. And please try to attend our general member meetings if at all possible.”
Hardy City Council was introduced to the city’s newest police officer and received updates on several city issues, including action taken by Judy Brown, who was hired to assist recorder/treasurer Carolyn Groves.
Police Chief James Hutchison introduced the newest, full time officer, Phillip Story to members of the council. “He did some work in Thayer, Mo. and the West Plains area before we went to work in Izard County, where he did nine years,” Hutchison said. The police chief said the department is lucky to have Story on board.
Hardy City police are investigating reports of vandalism on Main Street after doors to a local business were super glued shut. Store Owner Marc Herring of the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall stopped by his store Saturday evening on his way home, what he found was that vandals had put super glue inside the key holes to both his front and back doors to his business.
“I discovered that someone during the evening hours had super glued all of our locks shut,” said Marc Herring, owner of Ozark Classic Crafts Mall.
Hardy City Council voted to established an official website at its meeting held June 2. The council also heard concerns about the Hardy Gym, approved use of Loberg Park for a Glow-Run and received an update on the city’s contract with Spring River Ambulance Service.
The flagpole outside the Sharp County Library in Hardy has been without a flag for quite some time. Cecilia Mullins, director of the library, was unaware that the American flag must have a light on it at all times when on display, which is why a flag has been absent from the property. Now, thanks to Friends of Hardy Library, who donated a solar light and VFW #4772, who donated a new flag, the flagpole has been revived.
There is no doubt that 60 years ago when John Cooper founded Cherokee Village it was a diamond in the dust, but over a half of a century later, the dust is off that diamond and it is shining bright. This weekend the work of a large group of volunteers will culminate the three day Diamond Jubilee Anniversary event.
Over a year’s planning and marketing the event, the celebration is sure to draw large crowds as people who chose to move to the area for retirement, lower cost of living, being closer to their children or just to improve their golf swing will gather and enjoy the festivities.
Hardy City Council had a full agenda at its meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Superintendent Billy Gilbreath addressed vandalism concerns, Police Chief James Hutchison introduced a new member of the department and the possibility of a Junior Police program. A discussion was held about what the city can do about cleaning up properties around town.