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Video Visitation System Installed at Jail

Jail administrator Kirk Green assists with a demonstration of a new video visitation terminal at the county jail. Visiting at the windows inside the jail will no longer be available. The video system can be used on-site or remotely. See the full story in the June 6, 2018 issue. ...

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Branscum Retires After 41 Years

‘Mr. B, why do you have to retire? I don’t want to come back to school if you’re not here,’ a kindergarten student recently said to Scott Branscum after he announced his retirement after working 41 years at Rural Special School. After graduating from Rural Special High School, Scott worked various jobs, including working at the shirt factory for $2.35 an hour. He worked off shore for a while trying to make ...

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Dick Powell House Demolished

The Dick Powell House on Main Street in Mountain View was demolished last week and the three-acre commercial lot is actively for sale. The structure of the house was unstable with the floor and ceiling falling in, and owner Sharon Rosa believed it was time to get rid of the liability. The Rosa family has owned the property more than 100 years, and the Powell family rented the house for three years when acto ...

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Barbara Dearien Retires

Barbara Dearien, a teacher’s aide at Mountain View School since 1966, was honored at a retirement reception Friday, with teachers both current and retired extolling her dependability, her ready smile and her willingness to help. Above, she receives a plaque from Supt. Rowdy Ross. Dearien has worked in the Title I program in reading and math and in the library. For the past five years she has worked in K-4 c ...

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Dycus Convicted in Murder Case

Photo courtesy of Amber Masterson/Skylar's Voice A Stone County jury convicted Victoria A. Dycus, 30, of first degree murder last week in the death of her 4-year-old daughter, Skylar Shellstrom, in November, 2016. Dycus was sentenced to 19 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) and will serve at least 70 percent of her sentence (13.3 years) before being eligible for parole. Also charged in the ...

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Mountain View Iris Festival

Organizers of the first Mountain View Iris Festival this weekend have planned a slate of activities focusing on the classic blooms along with live music and a car show, all around the courthouse square. Events will conclude Sunday morning with a prayer breakfast at the Ozark Folk Center’s Skillet Restaurant hosted by Mayor Roger Gardner. The festival will include an Iris Show sponsored by the Mountain View ...

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Arkansas Folk Festival

The 56th Annual Arkansas Folk Festival benefitted from generally good weather for the traditional celebration of music and crafts. Activities started with the Music Roots Concert at the Ozark Folk Center State Park Thursday night, where local youth talent was showcased in a concert featuring students who receive lessons through the school system. During the evening, students were able to sign up for next sc ...

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Mountain View Eye Care Relocates

Mountain View Eye Care has relocated to its new facility at Case Commons Drive just off Highway 14 East. Among other features in the expanded space, the new office offers a larger optical area for choosing eyeglasses, pictured. Dr. Chris Deitrick, O.D. and his wife are partners in the Case Commons commercial development, where Best Drug Store opened its new location in December. From the March 21, 2018 issu ...

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