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Corner Store in Big Flat Burns

An old store building holding many memories and history in Big Flat burned May 15, leaving only the outside rock structure. See the May 24, 2017 issue for more on the fire at the old Wynn store building, also remembered as the Farris store. ...

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Highway 5 Accident Kills One

A two-vehicle accident April 2 took the life of 79-year-old Dorothy Fore of Gepp, who was a passenger in a 2011 Chevrolet Impala driven by 78-year-old Lawrence Fore. A preliminary crash summary issued by the Arkansas State Police indicates the Fore vehicle was traveling north on Highway 5 when it crossed the centerline and struck a 2008 Lexus driven by Lavada Byrn, 74, of Cypress, Texas. The accident occurr ...

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Fatal Accident

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 5 North the afternoon of March 26 took the life of Ashley K. Mrsny, 24, of Mountain Home. According to State Trooper Lance W. Coffman, investigating officer, Mrsny was northbound on Highway 5 near Optimus when her Toyota car ran off the roadway and overturned around 1:45 p.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Allen Propher. From the March 29, 2017 issue. ...

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Late Snow

A late winter snow covered the landscape with 3-4 inches on the afternoon and evening of March 11, creating picturesque views. See the March 15, 2017 issue for more photos. ...

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County Considers Sugarloaf Tower Project

A committee of Stone County Quorum Court members met Friday with Stone County Judge Stacey Avey, prison warden Stephen Williams of the North Central Unit in Calico Rock, and members of the community at Sugarloaf Fire Tower to discuss the county’s role in preserving the site and restoring it to the point it could be made available to the public. County officials are considering entering into a long-term agre ...

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Cedars Cut As Part of Habitat Project

The mangled sections of Ozark National Forest landscape along Highway 5 between Mountain View and Calico Rock will not be ugly for long, says Jim McCoy, Sylamore District Ranger. McCoy said last week that he hopes the public will be patient as a habitat restoration project progresses. The 12-year project, now in its fourth year, is designed to restore habitat for the endangered Indiana bat and will transfor ...

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Teenager Found Safe

A teenager was found safe early Monday morning after being lost in the national forest for about seven hours. At least 100 people were involved in the search for 17-year-old Aspen Lane of Mountain View. Stone County Sheriff Lance Bonds said Aspen and her mother, Amber Despain, and a friend were hiking in the forest, having entered from Hwy. 5 North around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Aspen had walked ahead and wa ...

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Two Plead Not Guilty to Murder Charges

Victoria A. Dycus, 29, and James Hagen Glenn, 31, were both arraigned Jan. 12 on charges of murder in the first degree over the Nov. 19 death of 4-year-old Skylar Shellstrom. Dycus pleaded not guilty at her arraignment and Glenn, who waived arraignment, also pleaded not guilty. Each had a pretrial hearing set for July 6 and jury trial set for Sept. 27. The two are being held at the Stone County Jail, each o ...

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