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Kemp Is New Chief Justice

Mountain View native and longtime Circuit Judge John Dan Kemp took up his duties as chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court after being sworn into office on midnight Jan. 1 by Associate Justice Jo Hart, also of Mountain View, who has served on the court for four years. Both agreed it is likely unprecedented for the seven-member court to have two justices from the same small town. Read the full story in ...

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Local Artisans To Be Featured

Four local artisans will be featured on upcoming episodes of “Handcrafted America,” which airs on Friday nights on the INSP channel. Owen Rein will be featured in the episode on Friday, Jan. 6; Jerry Lovenstein (pictured) on Jan. 13; and Paul Gillam Jr. and Sr. on Jan. 20. Now in its second season, “Handcrafted America” highlights the work of traditional craftsmen across the country. Hosted by Jill Wagner, ...

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Stones Honor, Memorialize Deceased

Grave markers often show individuality, creativity and personality of the persons interred at the site, inspiring an interest among those who are drawn to cemeteries for comforting memories or to conduct genealogical research. During her years doing extensive research and recording census in local cemeteries, Freda Massey visited 135 burial places in Stone County, many of which are family plots and some are ...

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Batson Lands TNT Role

[caption id="attachment_2443" align="aligncenter" width="308"] LOS ANGELES - FEB 5: Bobby Batson at the 24th Annual MovieGuide Awards at the Universal Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA[/caption] Bobby Batson, 8-year-old actor, has secured his newest role as Dax Dash in TNT’s latest drama, “Good Behavior.” Batson will make his television debut alongside actress Michelle Dockery, who played ...

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Jack Vance ‘Rescues’ Old Pump Organs

“Some people rescue puppies; he rescues pump organs,” says Marshia Vance of her husband, Jack, who has rescued, restored and repurposed more than a dozen of the antiques into functional desks. Jack took up an interest in woodworking during his high school days in Mountain View. The interest simmered until he completed more than 28 years of military service and then retired from a civilian career. The Vances ...

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Crowell Inducted Into Hall of Fame

A master smith knifemaker for 30 years and a revered instructor of the craft, local knifemaker Jim Crowell received a special honor recently when he was inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame. Always a craftsman of one kind of another, Crowell said he enjoys making things and was drawn to knifemaking after moving to Stone County during the late 1970s. “I have always liked working with my ...

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Pleasant Grove Musical

A semi-circle of chairs awaits anyone who wants to take a turn stepping onto the welcoming rug in front of a row of microphones, facing the chairs and tables where other friends, family and neighbors gather to listen. The biweekly musical at Pleasant Grove Community Center is about to begin when two visitors stroll in. They are quickly welcomed and invited to share in the refreshments offered in the kitchen ...

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Paul Miller Turns 100

Paul Miller was born 100 years ago on July 4, in a small community called Bethlehem, located five miles from Judsonia. He was born during WWI and was raised on a farm with his two brothers, where his family raised cotton and strawberries. He attended a one-room schoolhouse, and at age 14 left home to finish high school in Beebe. While in school, he paid $9-10 a month for room and board. After graduating fro ...

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Linda Archer Retires

“This is so hard. I still call it my office,” Linda Archer said about retiring from White River Area Agency on Aging, after working for the agency for 37 years. In 1979, Linda opened a Stone County office for the agency, providing in-home services with the goal of keeping people living at home, where they are the happiest, she said. She previously worked for NADC for a short time, providing in-home services ...

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