Sharp County Spotlight

July 20, 2007 - Posted 8:00 a.m. CST

Sharp County is made up of some great towns you've probably heard of like Hardy, Cherokee Village, Ash Flat, and Cave City... and a few others like Williford, Sidney and Evening Shade.

"The rushing waters of the Spring River, antique shops full of unique finds, great golf courses and retirement communities, excellent education and growing school systems, and the sweetest watermelons around."

Many residents in Sharp County think they are just a secret waiting to be found out.

The county booms from tourism. Old Hardy town is a step back in time, known as the Antique Capital of Northeast Arkansas.

Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton told us it could take a whole day to go through all the shops in Hardy.

"we have over 65 shops here in the downtown area full of unique finds, restaurants, and great people."

The Spring River draws the crowds during the summer months with fishing, canoeing, and swimming.

"we are a population of 754 during the winter months and thousands during the summer. We welcome everyone to our river."

Head a little further South and find one of the largest retirement communities in the nation.

"we looked at places all over, but it was the people here that made us want to be here. They just care. You can break down in the middle of the road and these little old ladies will stop and ask, "can I help?" The people just care." Pat Sasfai has lived in Cherokee Village for 11 years now and says she'll never leave.

"I can't. You just get too involved. We all volunteer and get busy in organizations. I'm busier now than I was when I worked!"

And take a tour in the cave where Cave City gets its name.

"most people don't even know that there's a cave in Cave City. You drive right over the top of it on the highway, so most don't even notice it. But we welcome tours on the weekends because we want people to know what we're about."

Cave Man Dan, as the locals call him, took us on a tour of our own through the cave and told us all the fun facts about the cave.

This week we take a look at what Sharp County has to offer and the issues the county faces. One thing is for sure, Sharp County has something for everyone.