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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hardy Still Without Public Safety Director

Hardy City Council finalized the 2016 budget, which took up most of the discussion at the meeting held on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Council entered executive session near the end of the meeting to discuss the appointment of a director of public safety.

publicsafetyThe council moved to executive session to discuss hiring a new director of public safety. Though an appointment wasn’t made, a promotion that is nearly one year behind, was finally approved by the council. “Approve the promotion of Tamara Taylor to assistant chief as presented by chief Hutchinson on Feb. 17, 2015,” is the motion made when the council returned to regular session. The motion was unanimously passed by council.

Around Town

Local Woodworker Creates Annual Chamber Award Plaques

SW-1 Local merchant and craftsman, Marc Herring said, “I’m proud to say that 7 days worth of productivity and saw reached the apex tonight at the Annual Spring River Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner this evening. 33 tablets were made for the event which honored businesses and organizations all over the Spring River Area.”

Pictures of the event are available elsewhere.

Here are photos of the Awards Plaques that were presented as they were being created in the SW-2Stikmon Studio and Werkshop at the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall over the past 5 days. This project was started Tuesday afternoon last week and completed last night (Sunday) and presented tonight Monday Jan. 25,2016.

Spring River Floods In Hardy Ark.

flood2015The Spring River at Hardy is approaching major flood stage and is expected to crest sometime Monday afternoon. The Eleven Point at Ravenden Springs is expected to crest Tuesday morning also at a major flood stage level of 21 feet.

According to the National Weather Service, the Spring River will crest at 17.5 feet, one and a half feet over major flood stage.

The rivers have swollen due to heavy rains in the area the past few days. The Spring River crest would make for the 5th highest crest on record, according to NWS data.

Get A-ROUND-TUIT For Savings!

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New for 2016 for everyone who is registered on our mailing list will be the new savings TUIT email coupon offerings from area merchants in Hardy, AR.

These will be exclusive offers just for our subscribers! We are working with the local artisans and area merchants on Main Street to bring to you great special offers and savings for area goods and services. These may be discounts off products, lodging or services offered in the area that you just print off on paper and bring with you, or simply let the merchant see the offering from your cell phone.

31st Annual Hardy Christmas Parade – 2015

xmas2015It was a wonderful turn out today on Dec. 12 for the 31st  annual Hardy Christmas Parade. The whole community was invited to attend this annual event. The theme for this year’s parade is “Past, Present and Future.” It was a great turn out and everyone had a wonderful time! It was a beautiful day in Hardy along Main Street. Mother Nature decided not to rain on this parade to everyone’s delight including Santa and all his helpers. There was plenty to see and lots of candy for all the good little girls and boys.  xmasparade

Local News Wanted For Hardy

We here at Main Street Hardy Online are looking for some folks who have always wanted to be a newspaper reporter !!  The job is a freelance position..well its not a paid position so we will just call it Freelance !!

We feel the area of Hardy has so many interesting things that take place everyday but is never reported. We want folks who are involved with the area to start to get that news about Hardy to us, so we can get it to YOU !!!

A & P Commission

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.

Hardy A&P Seeks Better Tourism Results

At its April 7 meeting, Hardy’s Advertising and Promotions Commission discussed a town hall meeting it planned to hold on April 14 at the Old Hardy Gym. The meeting was designed to discuss how A and P funds have been spent in the past and detail its plan to get more bang for the buck as it promotes the town as a tourist attraction. The Brooks Jeffrey Marketing firm was present to discuss the long term marketing strategy that it developed.

Hardy A&P Commission Launches New Website!

A&PWe 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!

City Hall

Hardy Fire Department Requests Advisory Committee

Meeting2016-01Hardy City Council met for its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 5 with a large crowd including several members of the Hardy Fire Department. In addition to the ongoing concern voiced for proper documentation of the city’s budget, members of the fire department are concerned about funding and have a plan ready to set into motion.

Jason Jackson has only been on the fire department as a volunteer for a year, but with the help of the experienced volunteer firefighters, he believes they can make some positive changes. Jackson presented council members with some ideas to improve the department. He began as a three minute speaker, but after 10 minutes, the council moved the discussion to new business, as it was apparent there was a lot to discuss.

Hardy City Council discusses possible ordinances on some dirty issues

2478749-HHardy City Council heard concerns from a resident about stray dogs on the loose in Hardy at the council meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The council also continued conversation about delinquent properties, whose owners have been contacted and instructed to clean-up.

Hardy Mayor Uses “Get out of Jail Free” Card On Ethics Violation

meet9-15Hardy 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.

Hardy City Council Discusses Purchase Of New Police Cars

meeting 8-15Hardy City Council discussed the need for a new police car or repairs to an existing car, received a list of suggested repairs for the Hardy Gym by Freda Gamblin and re-visited a possible agreement with Spring River Ambulance Services at the meeting held on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Hardy Chief Police James Hutchison was unable to give the department’s report due to health issues. Officer Tamara Taylor updated council members about the transportation issue in the department. The department’s 2007 silver Ford Crown Victoria appears to have a blown radiator, which occurred while the chief was making a traffic stop. The car had to be towed away and is since being stored on secured city property until a decision can be made regarding repairs.

Hardy Hires New Police Officer and Honors Long Time Employee

2399233-HHardy City Council was introduced to the city’s newest police officer and received updates on several city issues, including action taken by Judy Brown, who was hired to assist recorder/treasurer Carolyn Groves.

Police Chief James Hutchison introduced the newest, full time officer, Phillip Story to members of the council. “He did some work in Thayer, Mo. and the West Plains area before we went to work in Izard County, where he did nine years,” Hutchison said. The police chief said the department is lucky to have Story on board.