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.
On Sunday Sept. 22, 2013 at approximately 11:45am a vehicle was vandalized in the public parking lot that is next to the Words Afterwords business. If anyone has any knowledge to those individuals that are responsible for this please contact us with that information.
If your information helps prove who the person is that did this act of vandalism then FOHA will pay $100 reward for that information.
It is sad that tourist in the area who are visiting would have something done to a vehicle in broad daylight. This is a rare problem, but one that must not be ignored, and finding those responsible will hopefully prevent other incidents like this from happening again.
With vacant positions filled at a June 24 Hardy City Council meeting, the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission was able to have a quorum and conduct business at this meeting on Thursday, June 27. Several Hardy citizens and business owners were on hand as the six commissioners were sworn in.
The commission set several goals for the future, including writing a mission statement, bylaws, and better management of A and P funds.
Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton again challenged changes on the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission at the June 3 Hardy City Council meeting. Thornton and two other commission members have been removed by the new city council, and Thornton continued to challenge the legality of the council’s actions. The A and P decides how special tax money should be used for events and advertisements to attract tourists to the city.
A locally produced and recorded television show highlighting Spring River and the surrounding area will begin airing in three major markets beginning June 8.
Spring River Scene and show sponsor, FNBC, will host the first viewing of this innovative show on Thursday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m .at the FNBC Ash Flat main branch. Created by longtime entertainment professional Doug Deforest, Spring River Scene is a light-hearted information-filled 30-minute look at the entertainment, people, businesses and places that make up the vibrant landscape of the Spring River area. With co-host and newcomer Jamie Allyn, this talk show format program was filmed inside the showroom of Forschler Home Center in Ash Flat, in front of a live studio audience. It will be aired in three major markets beginning June 8 and 9: Little Rock station KASN at 6 a.m. Saturdays, Memphis, Tenn., station WPTY at 2:30 a.m. Sundays, and Springfield station KOZL at 6:30 a.m. Sundays.
This years summer reading program is called, “Dig into Reading,” and will run from July 2 to July 25. Children ages 5 to 7 will meet every Tuesday during this time from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and children ages 8 – 12 will meet every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. (Note: The first 8-13 ages group will meet for the first time on July 5th Friday because of the 4th of July). You may register by calling 856-3934 or by stopping by the library.