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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The tradition will continue as scheduled on Halloween in Hardy, Arkansas! The location from the Hardy gym will change to down on Historic Main Street. Merchants and private citizens are invited to set up their Spook-tacular displays to the delight of everyone.
It’s easy to participate, just bring your car and your kids and treats on Main Street for a fun filled night.
Park your car, open and decorate your trunk, and sit on your lawn chairs while you watch your child trick or treat from car to car, while you hand out candy to those visiting your car!
“We are ready to shop.” This was the consensus among the large group of primarily women who visited Hardy from several of the States Department of Parks and Tourism Visitor Centers offices on a familiarization tour hosted by the Ozarks Gateway Tourist Council. The group was welcomed Sept. 26 at the Old Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast in Hardy before hitting the streets to enjoy the local shops. The event was held last week and was sponsored by the Ozarks Gateway Tourism Council.
Adam Davis, President of the Ozarks Gateway Tourist Council led the group to the welcome reception from Mammoth Spring.