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Fire Claims Historic Residence

A historic residence known as the Doc Monroe Place on Highway 14 just west of St. James was destroyed by fire March 21.

Fatal Crash Investigated

Arkansas State Police and local officers are investigating a two-vehicle crash on Herpel Road that took the life of 25-year-old Blake Brown of Mountain View Wednesday around 5:45 p.m.

Arkansas Folk Festival Set April 16-17

After being postponed and then cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 58th Arkansas Folk Festival is set next month, April 16-17.
Features

Basketball Championship Delights Former Player

When the game clock ticked zero giving the Rural Special Lady Rebels their first state basketball championship earlier this month, the spirit of an 89-year-old fan back in Fox was sitting on the bench with a great sense of satisfaction.

Howell Hired To Manage Chamber

Joanie Howell has been hired as executive director of the Mountain View Area Chamber of Commerce and is busy acclimating herself to the new role and at the same time planning for the 58th Arkansas Folk Festival next month, one of the organization’s major events.

'Snow Man' Enjoys Helping Public

Daryl Pitts has snow in his blood. These days, you might even call him the snow man. ARDOT’s area maintenance supervisor for Stone County is a second-generation road-crew worker who remembers the long hours his father would put in to past weather-related events like those county residents are now experiencing.
Sports
Softball Team 1-2 For Week

Mountain View High School softball team played three games last week, winning one.

Rural Special Championship Photo Gallery The Rural Special senior girls basketball team won the Class 1A Basketball Championship March 18 in Hot Springs. They defeated Norfork 48-40. Game story published in the March 24 issue.
Rural Special Lady Rebels Win State Title The Rural Special Lady Rebels overcame a case of nerves and poor shooting in the first half to outscore the Norfork Lady Panthers 34-19 in the second half and take a 48-40 win for the school’s …
Business
Lumber, materials prices high

Local builders and suppliers can only guess at what’s driving construction material prices to their highest levels ever, but the demand isn’t slowing down, and the construction market is as strong as it’s been in years.

Jody Smotherman Accepts Lead Role At Medical Center Jody Smotherman is one of those people who belongs in just about any environment. He’s spent the last three years in the specialty field of health care community engagement, and it’s a good descriptor for the new Stone County Medical Center administrator who shows a passion for people and improved quality of life.
Laser Procedures Available In Town Mountain View Eye Care now offers laser eye procedures at the clinic, saving patients time and travel in attaining two common treatments. Two procedures – selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) and YAG capsulotomy – are used to treat glaucoma and to remove tissue that sometimes becomes cloudy following cataract surgery.
Opinion
We weren’t lifelong friends. In fact, we only met in person twice and spoke by telephone once. But Richard McCasland made a difference in my life.
Last week we spoke about balancing work and rest. Some people are workers. Others are resters. Some of us who have a hard time sitting still want to know more of this word – “rest.” It rolls off the tongue with ease. Such a peaceful and beautiful word, yet so elusive. Like an ivory-billed woodpecker in the bottoms of Monroe County.
I know people who work all the time. For them, it’s a source of pride. I’m not one of those people. The kind who takes pride in it, anyway. Two weekends ago I found myself collapsed in a reclining chair, depleted. There is no other word. No energy in any limb, barely able to think, and honestly on the verge of tears. In the preceding weeks and days leading up to that weekend, I’d spread myself so thin, tried to complete so many things, there was just nothing left. Zero. It happens several times a year, and I’m working to fix it.
Have you heard the news? You know all the great names. Tyson, Truett Cathy, Colonel Sanders. The three may be the Great Triumvirate of the chicken business. I’m thinking the name Watkins would look good among them. That’s right. We’re getting in the chicken business in Round Bottom Valley.
Religion is a slippery slope. I’m going to write about it, anyway. We’re becoming close enough friends now, you and I, that we can discuss these things in a civil manner, and still walk away friends. If ever there was a warning sign pointing to the breakdown of an idea the New Testament gospels say is vitally important to a life of faith, this is it. The birthplace of community is dwindling in numbers across the Christian landscape. It’s the Church.
Music, Arts, Crafts
Folk Festival This Weekend

The 58th Arkansas Folk Festival is set for this Friday and Saturday in downtown Mountain View.

Local Nominees Among ACMA List Several local and regionally known musical personalities are in the running for this year’s Arkansas Country Music Awards. Voting at the website arkansasmusic.org/vote begins March 1.
Artisans Welcome Visitors The regular three-day tour of participating artists’ private studios on the 2020 Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour was canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some of the …