The Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission looked back on A and P work in 2014, and heard future plans for the Iberia Bank building from new owner Mike Haney, as it met on Monday, Feb. 9.
Police Chief Ernie Rose had good news and sad news during the Hardy City Council’s Thursday, Nov. 6 meeting.
Hardy businessman and former city councilman Bob Gilliland won the Nov. 4 election for the Ward One, Position One City Council seat, capturing 41 percent of the vote. But incumbent Vicki Rice received 35 percent of the vote in a three candidate race. Under state election law, Gilliland’s margin was not large enough to give him the race outright, so he now faces a runoff election against incumbent Rice. Danny Eitel, who finished third with 22 percent, will not be on the runoff ballot.
Here we go again…..good ole boy’s and dirty politics rear their ugly head! Just when things in Hardy were finally starting to appear to be moving in a positive direction this sign on this truck was left parked in the public parking lot in Hardy, Arkansas. We all know who owns this truck. Will these spoiled haters of progress and good honest hard working people ever go away?
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.
Council members Dale Maddox and Greg Bess asked for “actual” numbers in regards to the 2014 budget, touching off a debate at the Thursday, April 3 meeting of the Hardy City Council.
It began when Maddox asked County Treasurer Carolyn Groves when the council would be presented with a “budget vs. actual expenditures” format for the city budget. Groves replied, “We are getting very close.” Maddox said, “I challenge any of you to look at the finances and… tell what’s been spent in a department versus what was budgeted in that department.” Maddox added that, if the budget were in a budget vs. actual format, the recent fuel theft within the Hardy Police Department would have been more quickly noticed by council.
Discovery Channel is headed deep in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas.
The network has greenlighted a new series, titled Clash of the Ozarks, that’s set to premiere Feb. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The six-part show is set in the town of Hardy, which is described as something right out of the Wild West. According to Discovery, “This lack of progression has turned Hardy into a land where emotions and territory conflicts outweigh a law-abiding society as the townspeople fight to protect what is theirs.” There, two local families are locked in a feud that dates back many generations.
Fredamae Gamblin, of Hardy, was announced as the 2013 recipient of the E. Wilson Green award, which recognizes a community member known for giving their time to make the community a better place to live. Gamblin has long been involved in local service organizations, serving on the Main Street Hardy Board of Directors, the Hardy Garden Club, the County Ladies Home Extension group and the Ladies of the Elks. Gamblin also volunteers to staff the Chamber office during vacations and other days as needed. She has also assisted in the gathering and distribution of the 600 Christmas packets given to students at the Cherokee Village Elementary school.
The Hardy City Council passed a 2014 budget at its Jan. 7 meeting, but spending remained a hot topic through the remainder of the meeting.
During council member comments, Dale Maddox expressed concerns about the $6,000 allotted to the city administration for travel and education expenses. He said he thought the city had “over budgeted” for the expense, questioning why a city as small as Hardy would need to budget three times more than the city of Ash Flat, which budgets only $2,000.
We are excited to finally see a beautiful new “official website” that has just been launched by the Hardy A&P Commission.
As stated by the A&P, “The new website, www.VisitHardyArkansas.com, provides the cornerstone for the integrated marketing strategy implemented by the Hardy Advertising & Promotion Commission to increase tourism. The focus is to promote four main interest areas: Spring River, Artisans, Cultural Heritage and Music.”
Be sure to bookmark that site and check it out today, and make Hardy, Arkansas your tourist stop!