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Barbara Dearien Retires

Barbara Dearien, a teacher’s aide at Mountain View School since 1966, was honored at a retirement reception Friday, with teachers both current and retired extolling her dependability, her ready smile and her willingness to help. Above, she receives a plaque from Supt. Rowdy Ross. Dearien has worked in the Title I program in reading and math and in the library. For the past five years she has worked in K-4 c ...

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Schools Get Positive Marks

Supt. Rowdy Ross had good news for the board at its April 9 meeting, including a clean accreditation report and an especially strong showing on the Arkansas School Performance Report Cards. “We have seven schools, and we got two Bs and five As, and that will compete with anybody in the state of Arkansas, I assure you,” Ross told the school board April 9. Mountain View Elementary and Middle School, both Timb ...

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Backpack Buddies Program

Chris Deitrick, coordinator of the local Backpack Buddies program, still gets chills every time he tells the story of how the program got its start. A series of coincidences or the hand of God at work, it does seem that it was meant to be. Backpack Buddies, which provides food for elementary and middle school children on weekends, marks its 10-year anniversary this spring. It was in February of 2008, when a ...

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County Spelling Bee

Luke Fletcher of Mountain View bested eight other spellers to take first place in the Stone County Spelling Bee last Friday. Other Mountain View entrants were also top finishers, with Evan Fowlkes taking second place and Nash Anandaraj finishing third. See the full story in the Jan. 17, 2018 issue. ...

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Band To Perform in Washington

Mountain View High School Band members will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform in the nation’s capital next spring, along with an educational experience designed to foster appreciation for the sacrifices of U.S. veterans. Thirty-five members of the band, 9th-12th graders, will perform at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. during the Freedom Festival of States next March. The trip will tak ...

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Keenan Glenn Honored

Mountain View School’s Resource Officer Keenan Glenn of the Mountain View Police Department was to be recognized this week at the Arkansas Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit and Luncheon as Stone County’s 2017 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. The event was to be Tuesday in North Little Rock. According to a spokesperson from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office, Glenn was nominate ...

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School Board Reviews Exam Scores

School officials will be addressing some areas of concern in the local schools’ performance on the 2017 ACT Aspire assessment exam. “There’s a few times we’re below the state,” Supt. Rowdy Ross told the board during its regular meeting Aug. 14. Overall, 79 percent of the district’s students scored either “ready” or “exceeding” in English, meaning they are meeting or exceeding the expected performance for th ...

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Teachers, Staff Prepare For School

Stone County teachers began work this week, completing required in-service and preparing for school to start on the 14th. Rural Special and Timbo were scheduled for open house Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. The Report to the Public will take place at Mountain View gym on Thursday at 6, followed immediately by Mountain View’s open house. Mountain View Elementary Assistant Principal Carrie Futrell noted that pres ...

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Stewart Retires After 31-Year Teaching Career

By Edie Sutterfield Upon her retirement this spring, Rachelle Stewart is leaving not only a 31-year teaching career, but a lifelong association with Rural Special School. The youngest of four children, Stewart is an alumnus and graduate of the school but practically grew up there, as well. Her father, Rodney Rushing, was superintendent, and her mother, Angalee, was a teacher. “My dad was the superintendent ...

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