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February 24, 2017

Be A Wiz Kid

The Harlem Wizards are looking for Wiz Kids again this year to help them warm up before the March 10 Wizards vs Sharp Shooters Basketball Show at the AL Hutson Center in Highland.

Last year, there were over 30 kids who donned the official Harlem Wizard jersey and helped the Wizards warm up before the big game.
“The kids had so much fun warming up with the Wizards last year. They created this cool grand entrance and got a photo opportunity with the team and all the Wiz Kids,” said Amy Rodola, the chair of the Wiz Kids promotion. “One of the most heart-warming moments was when a mother of one of the Wiz Kids confided that her child, who had a debilitating illness and not able to play in any other sports, could safely be a Wiz Kid. The child was absolutely thrilled!”

Around Town

Boyd Carpenter Scholarship Committee Accepting Applications

For the 33rd year, FNBC Bank will award the Boyd Carpenter Scholarship to a graduating high school senior from Sharp, Izard or Fulton County who plans to attend college and seek a 4-year degree. FNBC Bank partners with the Arkansas Community Foundation to fund this $4,000 scholarship.

Awarded in a two-phase process, the first phase places emphasis on academics, extracurricular activities and employment. The second phase is based upon the applicant’s interview with the judging committee. The scholarship will be awarded as $1,000 per year for four years for a total of $4,000.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance

A small crowd gathered on the Wilburn Brothers Memorial Bridge on Spring Street in Hardy Dec. 7 to remember the events which took place at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. During the ceremony, those in attendance paid their respects both remembering and honoring the 2,403 Americans killed during the surprise attack led by the Japanese in Hawaii that day in 1941.

Reprinted with permission © Copyright 2016, Area Wide News
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Hardy Timely Club Donates To CASA Volunteers

Ga2732105-lteway CASA volunteers are trained, caring adults who place themselves at the center of a child’s life and serve in their best interest. A CASA volunteer is a court appointed special advocate, sworn in as an officer of the court. These volunteers serve as a guiding force in a foster child’s life.

The Hardy Timely Club constantly strives to assist with growing community needs. Realizing that CASA advocates play such an important role in the lives of foster children, the club pursued the idea of providing each advocate with a duffle bag and a library of interactive games, books, and toys in their quest to build lasting relationships with their assigned foster children. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Sharp County Community Foundation, an affiliate of Arkansas Community Foundation.

Timely Club Gears Up for Holiday Marketplace Event

2703300-lThe ladies of the Hardy GFWC Timely Club are gearing up for their annual Holiday Marketplace slated for Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the A.L. Hutson Gym in Highland.

According to club members Lita King, Jan Haney and Michelle Taylor, there are still several vendor booth spaces available.

“We rent table spaces and it’s relatively cheap,” King said. “They’re $35 or if you would like for us to set it up, it is $45. You are welcome to bring your own tables and we encourage people to contact us for a space.”

Lauren Siebert, Reporter

Hardy Businessmen Create New Concept With Old Technology

2698115-lMaking something useful from something ordinary is no new concept for local craft artist and digital decorator, Marc Herring and his business associate, Hal Mandelman. Their latest project, “Get a Round TUIT'” with a QR, or as he calls it, a Matrix code, will open new doors for local businesses when it comes to customer retention and growth.

Although you may be familiar with the traditional QR code, which is generally a checkerboard style black and white square printed onto items varying from food to furniture; Herring has taken it one step further by creating a working 3D version on his TUITs.

A & P Commission

Hardy A&P Helps Upgrade Camper Park

Camper Park 2016The Hardy RV Camper Park has recently received a much needed facelift and the upgrades aren’t finished yet. Hardy Volunteer Fire Department is once again running the park, after a two summer break. Once learning about the upgrades needed at the park, Hardy Advertising and Promotions Commission re-allocated funds to assist the fire department with some changes.

New Signage On Main Street

hardysignThe city of Hardy has a brand new sign in place on Main Street! Thanks to our Hardy Advertisement & Promotions for taking a great step forward toward great use of the A&P funds. Great sign to help PROMOTE THE AREA!  Keep up the great work!

Hardy A and P Gears Up For 2016 Tourist Season

Hardy A&P Tour MapHardy Advertising and Promotion Committee has been working hard in 2016 and are hoping for a great year. Commissioners Nimmi Desai and Freda Gamblin sat down with Villager Journal and highlighted actions already taken this year.

“In keeping with our by-laws, we elected officers for 2016. The chairman is Vickie Rice, Vice-Chair is Dale Maddox, finance committee consists of Desai and Maddox, Gamblin is secretary and Dennis Horton is in charge of the music, radio advertising and tram project. All of us are looking forward to a busy and productive year,” said Gamblin.

A and P attempts to better promote the city of Hardy

Cities across the state of Arkansas have Advertising and Promotions Commissions to assist in promoting tourism. Locally — Hardy, Cherokee Village and Mammoth Spring, have A and P Commissions and have worked together to promote each other. Hardy A and P has undergone some changes in recent years in an attempt to promote the city and draw in more tourism.

As stated on the commission’s website, the commissioners strive to follow the mission statement:

“The Advertising and Promotion Commission will prepare and execute a long term strategic plan for the external advertising of the community, in order to promote tourism and support the commercial growth of the city of Hardy.

Hardy A & P To Sponsor Digital Workshop

MeetingThe 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.

City Hall

Fired Hardy police chief 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.