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Friday, September 30, 2016

Around Town

Photo/ Lauren Siebert

Cameras Installed To Keep Watch In Hardy

2681340-lThe Hardy Police Department is taking a proactive approach to crime by installing cameras along Main Street.

According to Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose, he hopes the cameras will serve as a deterrent and help prevent crime.

“We’ve had some recent criminal activity on Main Street and you’re aware of the tagging that was done to the buildings,” Rose said referring to historical buildings being spray painted with graffiti. “I’m a fan of preventing crime as much as I am of catching someone [in the act]. Cameras are the first step in prevention and it’s a great deterrent. It’s not to spy on anyone. It’s to prevent crime and help solve it as it happens.”

Fountain Place – Open House & Ice Cream Social plus a RAFFLE!

Please mark your calendar for Sept. 24, 2016 for the Fountain Place, a Christian retirement community OPEN HOUSE ! They have been very busy at Fountain Place preparing for our annual Prize Raffle/Open House Ice Cream Social. This year it will be held on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016. This year there are SEVENTEEN – 17-PRIZES!!!! And that’s not all….some of you have donated door prizes!

The tickets are ready for sale, Spring River Dippers are booked and making scruptious ice cream and we are signing up entertainment.( More on entertainment later….)

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.

Rose Joins Forces Improve Sharp County’s Radio Communication Problems

radiorhodesEfforts to improve radio communications in Sharp County have now turned into a tri-county effort involving neighboring counties Lawrence and Randolph. Fran Cavenaugh, who is running for state representative in District 60, has taken an interest in seeing the radio communications upgraded in the area. A meeting attended by emergency personnel from all three counties was held Thursday, June 16 at The Studio in Walnut Ridge to discuss the need for an upgrade.

Hardy Featured In AHHP Program

ahppSharp County Historical Society was pleasantly surprised when contacted by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program to put the Hardy Downtown Historic District on the Walks Through History tour map. Based on the crowd of over 50 people, the two hour tour was a hit for locals who wanted to learn more about the history of downtown.

Rachel Silva welcomed the group gathered in front of the Olde Stonehouse Bed and Breakfast to give a short background about Hardy and talk about the walking tours. “My job is to go around the state and give a tour of the historic sites once a month and they are always free and open to the public,” explained Silva. The tours are year round with the exception of January and February.

A & P Commission

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

Mayor Jackson Creates 20-year Plan To Save Hardy Over $1 million

20 Year Plan For HardyHardy Mayor Jason Jackson has hit the ground running since he was appointed mayor earlier this month. One of his main goals is to save the city of Hardy money and has already put a plan in motion. Council members and Hardy residents applauded when Jackson said the changes will save over one million dollars over the next 20 years. Jackson discussed this plan and other projects he has begun at the council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Hardy Has A New Mayor!

Interim Mayor Jason JacksonTonight at the regularly scheduled city council meeting in what could be called an auspicious evening.  Alderman Jason Jackson has been nominated and appointed as Mayor for the remaining two year term.

Congratulations to Jason who we hope will be the start of great things to happen in Hardy, AR.

Mayor Of Hardy Resigns !!

2016-07Nina Resigns

Mayor Nina Thornton just finished resigning as the Mayor of Hardy at the July19, 2016 City Council meeting.

This evening at the regular City Council meeting for the city of Hardy, AR., Mayor Nina Thornton first read a statement in regards to the resignation of the Recorder Treasurer, Carolyn Groves.

However, the bigger surprise was what she did next, as she verbally resigned as the Mayor of Hardy AR. After her verbal statement a motion was made to accept her verbal resignation with the notation that no written resignation would be provided. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. This follows concerns brought up at the prior Hardy City Council meeting where the Alderman were informed of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton.

Hardy City Council Fills Vacant Seat…Accepts Bid For Passenger Van

Hardy City Council appointed Danny Eitel to the seat left vacant by Greg Bess at their meeting on June 21. Big parts of the council meeting were the acceptance of a bid to sell the city van, public participation and an update on the EEOC complaint against Mayor Nina Thornton and the city of Hardy.

Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton Faced With EEOC Charge

MayorEEOCHardy City Council learned of an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charge that is under investigation involving Mayor Nina Thornton and Alderman Jason Jackson at its meeting Tuesday, June 8. In addition to the charge, council members voted to have missing city documents investigated by Hardy Police Chief Scott Rose. An ordinance was also passed for existing residences on Main Street to be legal living quarters. A plan was also put in place to sell the city van.