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Lonnie Richardson Celebrates 100th

Having just celebrated his 100th birthday, Lonnie Richardson continues to amaze folks with his good health and steadfast ways. Not only did he have three celebrations over the weekend, but he attended the visitation for a friend’s funeral Saturday and took in a musical on the courtsquare Saturday evening. He still lives on his own for the most part, but will spend evenings with family members and return hom ...

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Edna Thatcher Celebrates 100th

“As long as you have ‘little willie’ in your pocket, you can do it.” This favorite saying of Edna Thatcher is a reference to willpower, something she credits for her life’s accomplishments, which now include turning 100 years old. With a sweet smile and a hug for everyone who stops by to visit, Edna has enjoyed being surrounded by her family and friends who gathered to celebrate her birthday over the weeken ...

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Longtime Pianist

For nearly 62 years Pat Balentine was the pianist at Fifty Six Baptist Church. She recently resigned from the position, making way for another piano player. Pat never played to be seen or praised by others, but because there was a need, and she was the only one in the community to fill the position. “I always enjoyed it but realized it was time to quit.” She explained, “When you get old, the notes all start ...

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Ellis Wins ‘Forged In Fire’

Above, Shawn Ellis hands out souvenir bracelets at the watch party. Shawn Ellis’s secret is out. He’s a Forged in Fire Champion – winner of The Kachin Dao knife making challenge which aired on the History Channel Aug. 1. A full-time knife maker for the past two years, Ellis participated in the network’s original competition series in the spring, and was required to keep the results confidential until the ep ...

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Citizenship Quest Completed

Ten years ago Jose German (pronounced Her-MAHN) of Mountain View decided to start the process to become a United States Citizen, and after years of waiting, studying and taking tests, his dream came true on July 14 when he was sworn in as a United States Citizen. In Dec. 1987, Jose began his journey to the United States from El Salvador with a neighbor and three cousins. They traveled to Mexico where they j ...

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Resident Recalls ‘Riveting’ Experience

While a big percentage of able-bodied men were overseas fighting during World War II, many women on the home front worked in defense plants building planes and equipment to help defeat the enemy. Doris Burrell, 91, now living in Mountain View, was one of the young girls putting rivets in B29 airplane wings until the war ended in 1945, making her a “Rosie The Riveter,” an American cultural icon representing ...

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Nixon Celebrates 40 Years

Barking dogs, yowling cats, ringing phone and a line of folks at the front desk are business as usual at Nixon Animal Hospital, where Dr. William “Bill” Nixon has been seeing clients of all breeds for the past 40 years. He celebrated his anniversary with a catered lunch at the clinic June 1. Nixon believes his 40 years in business as a sole proprietor is second only to Lancaster’s Hardware on the courtsquar ...

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Confederate Memorial Service

A Confederate Memorial Service was held Saturday, April 29, at the Historic Cemetery of Mountain View, complete with a gun salute, bagpipes and bugle playing "Taps." The sun was shining, and the flags were waving with about 30 people in attendance. The event was conducted by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Riflemen pictured are, from left, John Malloy, Charles Gist, Harold Nix and Randall Freeman. ...

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Quilt Trail Grows

Three new colorful quilt blocks sprang up across the county last week, bringing to 16 the number of quilt blocks on the Stone County Quilt Trail, which is the inaugural trail of ArkansasQuiltTrails.com. The Quilt Trail features quilt patterns painted onto plywood and mounted onto barns, commercial buildings, or homes. Quilt Trails began in the eastern United States and have become a popular tourist attracti ...

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Country Hit Gets Second Life

When she recently retired from the workforce after holding down a variety of jobs through the years and enjoying a 10-year stint at the Ozark Folk Center State Park, Donna Farar knew that with a little belt-tightening she could survive on her social security and modest retirement. Her outlook became much more optimistic with the release of country music artist Chris Stapleton’s second album, which includes ...

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