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Changes in Standards, Crime Force Decision About Jail

Above, the east side of the Stone County Jail is being considered for expansion potential. Changing standards for jail operation are mainly responsible for the problems forcing Stone County to consider constructing a new jail, along with an unanticipated rise in crime. Kirk Green, who now serves as jail administrator, was a Stone County deputy when the current jail was built in 1994-95 and made the move fro ...

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Resident Succeeds in Family Search

Tracing his family tree has not been easy for Fred Slater, a Stone County resident since 1984. Adopted into a family in 1954 at 4 years old after having been a ward of the county in Indiana, he knew he had a sister who had been in the county home but had been adopted separately. He had always wondered about that sister, but with a closed adoption system he had no way of finding her unless she was also looki ...

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Alfred or Junior?

By Lori Freeze You may know my dad as a Forest Service employee, from his years running a flea market, or as that fella who treks uptown nearly every day using a walker to lessen the danger of falling. Fellow federal employees know him as Alfred Webb, but to many friends and family members he will always be “Junior.” It’s a designation my grandparents (Alford Marcellus Webb and Eva Ardell Roper) apparently ...

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Bison Farm Established

A herd of bison grazes contentedly in a field along creekbottom land in western Stone County, seemingly at home in an area that is relatively new to them but historically may have been native range for the species, according to their owner, Rod Chiodini. Rod and Cindi Chiodini bought their farm at the end of Jimmy Creek Road in 2003 and worked to reclaim and fence the land that had been abandoned for many y ...

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Paul Miller Turns 102

By Judy Bishop Mountain View resident Paul E. Miller, soon to have his 102nd birthday, recently talked about his long and active life. Surrounded by his books and papers, his white beard neatly trimmed, he seems decades younger than his years. Paul was born in White County, in the Bethlehem community near Judsonia, on July 4, 1916, to cotton and strawberry farmer Joe Henry Miller, whose forebears came to Ar ...

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Rider is Youngest Master Plumber

By Lana Mason At only 20 years old, Brady Rider is the youngest person in Arkansas to complete the plumber apprenticeship program and earn his master plumbers license. While still in high school at Rural Special School, Brady began plumbers trade school at ASU in Heber Springs the year he turned 16. He attended high school during the day, attended night classes at the college, and worked weekends and summer ...

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Wilsons Named Farm Family of the Year

Receiving the Farm Family of the Year honor has a bittersweet aspect for the Olen Wilson family of Timbo. With Olen and Elma Wilson not only farming but with him having taught agriculture for decades, they were an easy choice for the county selection committee in choosing this year’s recipient, especially considering that their son, Jerry, had taken over management of the cattle to extend the family traditi ...

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Fishing Derby

Participants line the bank of Mirror Lake at Blanchard Springs Recreation Area Saturday during the annual Fishing Derby held each year during Free Fishing Weekend. See the June 13, 2018 issue for more photos and list of winners. ...

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