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Explosion, Fire Injure Two

A fire on Aug. 3 on Highway 14 East just outside of Mountain View left two people severely burned and destroyed at least three camper trailers and a structure. Garrett Wickham and Elishia Butler both were transported by Vital Link and then airlifted to Children's Hospital Burn Center in Little Rock. Officials believe the fire to be accidental, triggered by lighting a cigarette when propane gas was present. ...

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City Park Repairs

Mountain View City Park has received some renovations to its picnic area. Several of the stone tables and fire pits had deteriorated and fallen apart over the years, so the city of Mountain View dedicated funds to repair it. See full story in the July 29 issue. ...

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Chamber Contract Suspended

The City of Mountain View has suspended payments to the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce pending an update of their contract, but the mayor said he will cover necessary expenses if any arise before the matter is resolved. See the full story in the July 22 issue. ...

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Courtroom Project Progressing

The county is progressing well on its courtroom construction project and has employed local labor wherever possible throughout the project. Above, the form for the judge's bench, at left, and jury seating area is taking shape. See the full story in the July 15 issue. ...

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Police Dispatch Management Debated

County officials blame lack of funding for any deficiencies in dispatching at the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, but Mountain View Police Chief Bobby Day doesn’t think money is the answer. “It’s not just about money. It’s about accountability, which there’s a lack of at the sheriff’s office right now,” Day told the Leader. *** The conclusion of county officials, including Judge Stacey Avey and Chief Deputy ...

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Harris Found Guilty

Kirk Harris, 25, of Fox was found guilty of criminal attempted murder in the second degree in a jury trial in Stone County Circuit Court last week. The jury decided against the more serious charge of criminal attempted murder in the first degree. The charges stemmed from a 2014 incident in which Harris attacked Michael Pringlemeir with a knife and stabbed him multiple times. The men had been drinking. Harri ...

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Rappelling Accident Claims Life

A Louisiana woman died May 15 in a rappelling accident near Gunner Pool Campground in the Ozark National Forest. 29-year-old Amy Alexander of Jena, La., was among a group of people from Louisiana and Mississippi who were rappelling about one-quarter mile downstream from the campground. Witnesses told First Responders that Alexander was attempting to rappel down a bluff when she had trouble negotiating aroun ...

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