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Employee Raises Budgeted

County officials approved a 2015 budget that includes a small raise for employees, amid ongoing concerns about the recycling program and its affect on county finances. Justice of the Peace Stand Townsend presented a few amendments to the proposed budget recommended after a recent budget committee meeting. These included raises of 3 percent for elected officials (does not include JPs) and 2 percent raise for ...

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Recycling Budget Reviewed

Budget problems at the Recycling Center prompted a discussion by the county Sanitation Committee about the possibility of abolishing the Recycling Board and taking over operation of the center. Read the full story in the Dec. 10 issue. ...

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Gardner Wins Mayor’s Race

City councilman Roger Gardner was successful in his bid to become mayor of Mountain View, winning the Nov. 25 General Election runoff 420-362 over incumbent Ron Sterling. Sterling led a three-way race in the Nov. 4 General Election, drawing 424 votes to Gardner’s 360, and Curtis Decker’s 308. Also decided in the runoff election was the Dist. 7 constable position, which was won by Jim Ed Cash over Tom Robert ...

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Former Deputy, Inmates Indicted

Former Stone County Deputy and jail administrator Randel Branscum, 54, and two former inmates at the Stone County jail, Matthew McConniel, 42, and James Beckham, 34, have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to violate the rights of inmates at the jail and deprivation of rights under color of law, the Justice Department announced. Full story published in the Nov. 26 issue. ...

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Autumn Snowfall

Stone County received the first measurable snow of the season Nov. 16, with amounts ranging from a dusting in the northern part of the county to about three inches on the southern edge. ...

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Unofficial Election Results

Following is the list of winners in Stone County voting based on unofficial results from Tuesday's General Election. U.S. Senate: Tom Cotton U.S. Congress Dist. 1: Rick Crawford Governor: Asa Hutchinson Lt. Gov.: Tim Griffin Atty Gen.: Leslie Rutledge Sec. of State: Mark Martin State Treasurer: Dennis Milligan Auditor of State: Andrea Lea Land Commissioner: John Thurston State Rep. Dist. 62: Michelle Gray T ...

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After Dark in the Park

The Ozark Folk Center State Park hosted After Dark in the Park on Halloween night, inviting families for trick-or-treating and other free activities in the Craft Village. From the Nov. 5 issue. ...

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Overturned Truck

This Pilgrim's Pride semi truck overturned on Rocky Bayou hill Sept. 24. The driver received only minor injuries and was cited for three violations. From the Oct. 1 issue. ...

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Couple’s Death Investigated

Authorities are investigating the death of a local couple found dead in their home last week. On Sept. 4 around 12:45 p.m. the Stone County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Division and the Arkansas State Police Criminal Division responded to a shooting at a residence on Highway 9 south of Mountain View where neighbors had discovered the bodies of 85-year-old Quincy Barfield and his wife, 77-year-old Rosie Bar ...

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Head-on Crash Injures Four

Emergency responders work to free Mary Thomas from the car at right while bystanders help hold the car steady. Pauline Via was trapped in the white car at left after a collision July 17 on Highway 14 just east of the Guion Road intersection. See story and photo in the July 23 issue. ...

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