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Century Farm

The Arkansas Century Farm program honors farms that have been owned and operated by one family for at least 100 years. Typically passed down from one generation to another, it’s not often that one of the farms has been home to the same farmer for a century. Born on his family farm in 1917, Lonnie Richardson celebrated his 100th birthday in September and was honored again this month when the Richardson-Goins ...

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Permanent Christmas Tree

Mountain View’s Christmas Committee hopes to have permanently solved the problems of securing a cut Christmas tree on the courtsquare each season by obtaining a live Nigra Arborvitae tree, which was planted at the southwest corner of the courthouse last week. Despite various methods of tying down trees over the years, wind often blows them down. The planted tree is expected to eventually grow to about 25 fe ...

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Agriculture Appreciation

Lynn Smith rides his antique John Deere tractor during the tractor parade Saturday kicking off Agriculture Appreciation Day at the Stone County Fairgrounds. See more photos in the Sept. 27, 2017 issue. ...

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Factory Expansion Funding Approved

Two ordinances establishing funding authorization and an account for the $1.55 million expansion of the Excel Boat Factory in Mountain View were adopted by the Stone County Quorum Court Thursday night. Stone County Judge Stacey Avey explained the ordinances were necessary to set up a separate account for the expansion project. He said the approximately 15,000 square foot expansion has been designed by an ar ...

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Land Sought For Boat Facility

A second boat factory has been proposed for Mountain View and could be under construction this year if land is secured soon. Mark Bauerlein told the Stone County Quorum Court July 13 he intends to build a boat manufacturing plant in Mountain View, with plans to employ at least 23 initially and 45 to 50 at full production. Bauerlein said he is working with the Stone County Area Industrial Development Corpora ...

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Musicks Named Farm Family of the Year

Starting 30 years ago with just 27 acres and one chicken house, Larry Musick has built his farm at Timbo into an impressive operation encompassing over 2,600 acres and more than 470 head of cattle. He credits his family, good neighbors, and Christian faith with helping get him where he is today. The family is being honored this year as Stone County’s 2017 Farm Family of the Year. Originally from Eudora, Kan ...

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Spears is New SCMC Administrator

Kevin Spears has begun his role as chief operating officer/administrator at Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View, replacing Stan Townsend, who recently retired. As administrator, he will be responsible for overall operations at the hospital. Spears obtained a bachelor of science degree in education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and a master of business administration from Harding Univ ...

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Small Plants Integral Part of Economy

Above, a robotic bagging system at Fiber Energy weighs and packs bags of pellets onto pallets. Large manufacturing plants employing hundreds of people seem to be a thing of the past, a sign of global patterns that are probably beyond the scope of local officials to change. Cheaper labor and fewer environmental regulations outside the U.S. make it more difficult for communities to attract a large industry, e ...

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Controlling Armyworms

Early scouting and proper timing of insecticide application are keys to controlling the armyworms that have infested pastures throughout much of the state in recent weeks. “They’re all across Arkansas, and they’re a big problem,” Stone County Extension Agent Tyler Caston said. Though they are called “worms,” these pests are actually a caterpillar, the larva of a moth. There are two types that trouble Arkans ...

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