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March 24, 2017

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Hardy City Council Shows Optimism For The Future

The City of Hardy had a rough start to the new year, but the small town is getting back on track and is optimistic for the upcoming year. Dealing with accusations from local media outlets and clean up from back to back storms, city officials are still finding the time to make sure the budget stays on track and even look for other ways to save money.

One of those ways is by hiring a new city attorney. Alex Bigger, an attorney from Pocahontas, Ark., offered to bring his experience to the table at a significantly lower price than local attorney, Hollie Greenway, who has served the city for several years. The council has appreciated Greenway’s advice over the years, but are concentrating on areas where money can be saved.

City Of Hardy Appoints New City Attorney

Tonight at the Mar. 7th 2017 meeting, the Mayor and City Council welcomed Attorney Alexander S Bigger as the new  City Attorney. He will replace City Attorney Hollie Greenway. In addition to his appointment it was noted that it will also save the city $400 per month.

Alex is licensed to practice law in Arkansas and is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association. He currently serves as the elected City Attorney for Pocahontas, Arkansas, as the appointed City Attorney for Corning, Arkansas, and as General Counsel for the Clay County Electric Cooperative Corporation.

Hardy Appoints Interim Chief Tamara Taylor to DPS Director

After serving the City of Hardy as Interim Chief of Police, twice…Mayor Jason Jackson swore in Tamara Taylor as the official Director of Department of Public Safety at the council meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Not one to stand in the stoplight, Taylor is excited about the role of leadership, but said that is because she has a great team of fellow officers. She didn’t go into law enforcement with the hopes of being head of a department someday, or to ever hold a rank. “I never imagined it would be, I never really wanted a rank and I was fine in patrol. I did it for the people,” Taylor said.

Fired Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose Under State Police Investigation

HARDY, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State Police are investigating fired Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose for alleged theft and fraud.
State Police Trooper Liz Chapman says the investigation is at the request of prosecuting Attorney Henry Boyce. Boyce said he was asked by Hardy Mayor Jason Jackson to investigate allegations of felony theft and fraud by Rose.
Jackson declined comment on details of the investigation.

Rose told The Jonesboro Sun that he encouraged the investigation to prove the allegations against him are not true.

Rose was fired in January for what Jackson said was insubordination, fraudulent behavior and abuse of his position of authority.

Hardy City Council Approves 2017 Budget

Hardy City Council members have finally been presented with a complete yearly budget to examine with their own eyes. After several years of not having a concrete budget to review, newly appointed recorder/treasurer Myranda Hobbs, with the assistance of many, presented the council with the budget at a working meeting on Jan. 17.

A working meeting was held to go over the budget in detail, with a special called meeting following to approve the budget. Before making a motion to accept the 2017 budget, the council had to “close out” and approve all spending for 2016, which was done with no incident or discussion during the special meeting.

City Of Hardy Releases Documentation Related To The Termination Of DPS Director

Hardy residents are still trying to sort out the facts and get questions answered following Mayor Jason Jackson’s decision to fire Department of Public Safety Director Scott Rose on Thursday, Jan. 5. Last week, Villager Journal published a story covering the special called meeting held Jan. 5. The council voted to support Mayor Jackson’s decision, but residents still felt left in the dark about the termination.

The mayor has provided Villager Journal with documentation, which he feels shows probable cause to the termination, in addition to the insubordination, which Rose does not deny. This article will identify the documentation and why Jackson feels it is important, as well as Rose’s explanation to the documents.

Local Air Medical Transportation Representatives Answer Questions At Hardy City Council Meeting

A full house gathered at Hardy City Hall to hear representatives from Air Evac and Survival Flight, on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Hardy City Council’s regular meeting. The reps were there to present facts and answer questions about each air medical transportation services.

For years, residents in Sharp County and surrounding areas depended on Air Evac when emergency situations called for the need of an air medial transport. Survival Flight, associated with White River Medical Services, has also been on scene in the area for several years now.

Hardy City Council Bids Farewell To Another Alderman

2721938-lHardy City Council received yet another resignation from one of their own Nov. 15. Plans to move forward with purchasing the building known as the Good Old Days Vintage Motorcar Museum on Main Street were also discussed at the regularly scheduled meeting.

Even though fellow council members and council meeting regular attendees knew Alderman Dale Maddox’s time on the council was limited, they were still a little surprised when he announced that Nov. 15 was his last regular meeting as alderman. Maddox and his wife, Liane, who resigned from her council seat several months ago, have sold their Hardy Pottery businesses and are moving out of the area to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

City of Hardy and Hardy A and P partner to acquire a Civic Center

2713581-lThe City of Hardy and Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission have partnered together to bring an exciting new addition to the downtown area…a Hardy Civic Center. The building being acquired for use of the civic center is known to many as the Good Old Days Vintage Motorcar Museum on Main Street.

Ernie Sutherland from Memphis, Tenn., opened the museum in 1996 and it was a popular attraction for many visitors who enjoyed the variety of cars the museum had to offer. The museum itself has been closed for several years and now will help in the revitilization that Hardy leaders and volunteers have been working toward.

City Of Hardy To Host Halloween Event – Oct. 29th 3:p.m.

2698116-mThe city of Hardy is gearing up for their Trail of Treats Halloween event, slated for Oct. 29 and Mayor Jason Jackson is extending an invitation to the community to participate.

The event will begin at 3 p.m. with trick or treating along the city’s Main Street. Jackson says he would like to invite businesses and organizations to participate by setting up booths to hand out candy.

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