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.
Thompson Park, located in the middle of downtown at the corner of Main and Johnson St, features a large gazebo, public restrooms, green space for relaxing and free musicals during the warm seasons.
This is a wonderful place when visiting Hardy to sit and people watch or just enjoy the landscaping. It is named for Dr. Audrey Thompson, Hardy Historian.
So, next time you are visiting Hardy, our just passing through, why not stop and take a break and enjoy the peaceful time of past here in the present in Hardy.
The 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.
The new location for Spring River Artists Guild has proved to be a good move with a steady flow of traffic since opening in March. SRAG held a grand opening and celebrated its [new to them] building’s 100th birthday on Saturday, April 18.
Trish Corder, director of the art gallery, and volunteers of SRAG gathered on the front porch of their location, 300 East Main Street, Hardy, which used to be Hardy Antiques, to welcome visitors to their new home. “We’ve had a steady flow of people and offered goodies to anyone who wanted to come and tour our gallery,” Cordor said.
Jennifer Shultz is the proud new owner of a popular new restaurant located right in the heart of Hardy on Main Street. Cruisers is a dream come true for Shultz, who has always had a goal of owning and running her own restaurant. With live music on the weekends and a menu full of great food, Cruisers is quickly bringing life to Main Street.
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.