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Death of 4-year-old Ruled Homicide

UPDATE from Dec. 7 issue: The Nov. 19 death of 4-year-old Skylar Shellstrom has been ruled a homicide following an autopsy report listing the cause of death as blunt force trauma, according to Stone County Sheriff Lance Bonds. The report also listed multiple bruises and contusions in various stages of healing. Bonds said his department continues to assist the Arkansas State Police with the investigation, an ...

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Highway 5 Bridge Opened

Personnel from Atlas Asphalt work Nov. 21 to pave the final lane to connect the new bridge across Raccoon Creek with Highway 5 South. The bridge opened to its first traffic Nov. 19, with flow limited to one direction at a time while each side of the approach was connected. Work continues on the mountain segment of the road project. From the Nov. 23, 2016 issue ...

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2016 General Election Results

Unofficial tallies show Stacey Avey winning re-election as Stone County Judge and Lance Bonds being re-elected as sheriff without a run-off in the 2016 General Election. Other local winners: Ronald Clark, Justice of the Peace in District 5. J.K. Williams, Mountain View City Council Ward 1 Pos. 1. Ricky Shuttleworth, Mountain View City Council Ward 2 Pos. 1. See the Nov. 16, 2016 issue for complete election ...

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Wreck Injures Two

Both drivers were airlifted from the scene of a two-vehicle accident on Hwy 14 West Nov. 4. Sharon Price, 78, of Allison was driving the vehicle pictured westbound when it was struck by a pickup driven by Larry D. Simpson, 65, of Big Flat. Officials said Simpson's vehicle crossed the centerline. See more in the Nov. 9, 2016 issue. ...

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General Election Voting Begins

Election worker Krissy Cross performs testing on Stone County voting machines prior to early voting starting Monday. See the Oct. 26, 2016 issue of the Leader for information about races and issues on the ballot. ...

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First Day of School

Students returned to school Monday for the first day of classes in the Mountain View School District. See the Aug. 17, 2016 issue for a photo page of images from each campus. ...

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Lightning Causes Fire

A house located on Main Street and owned by the U.S. Forest Service caught fire the afternoon of July 29 after it was struck by lightning. See another photo and information in the Aug. 3, 2016 issue. ...

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Jake Newton is District Judge

Though he did not expect to become a judge someday when he began studying the law, Jake Newton feels the position of district judge is an important one and a great responsibility. Newton ran unopposed for district judge in Stone County during the judicial elections in March, after learning that Whit Fowlkes was not seeking re-election. Although Fowlkes’s term would have continued until the end of this year, ...

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Fatal Accident

One person died as the result of this two-vehicle accident on Highway 14 near Melrose June 7 around 9:00 a.m. All four people involved were transported to medical facilities. George Bryan, 82, of Marcella died later in the week at Little Rock. His 79-year-old wife, Helen, was driving a 2013 Hyundai (above, in road) and pulled from a driveway going east into the path of a westbound 2000 Nissan driven by 18-y ...

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Camping Area Permanently Closed

U.S. Forest Service officials have announced the lower campground loop at the Blanchard Springs Recreation Area will be permanently closed and the area converted for other uses. The loop was administratively closed on March 21, 2012 after heavy rains submerged the campground and damaged property. “The safety of our Forest visitors is important to us,” said Terry Krasko, staff officer for public services. “T ...

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