Top News

Space For Food Trucks Part of Plan

Renea Turner Luster addressed the Mountain View City Council last Tuesday night, presenting plans to renovate and reopen Marie’s Dairy Creme on East Main Street, asking the council to create an ordinance to allow food trucks within the city.

Pool To Open June 11

The swimming pool at the Stone County Recreation Complex is set to open June 11, Mayor Roger Gardner told the council last Tuesday night.

School Millage Defeated

Mountain View School District’s request for a 7-mill property tax increase was defeated in last week’s countywide vote, 927-826.
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
Special Olympics

A competitor approaches the finish line during Special Olympics events hosted by Mountain View School District May 12.  A photo page from the track and field events is featured in the May 19 …

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.
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
I have often said that in the search for ourselves we need not look far past our mom or dad, or the community and culture from which we come. We are the products of our raising.
The way a story about misspending of public funds came to light last week gave the appearance the story had been “hidden” for the past year, when in fact it was under …
It was over the moment our eyes met. You were chewing on a plastic water bottle cap, fuzzy as could be, and all alone in that cage. Dana and Sophie didn’t know it yet, but you were going home with …
Check out the music library on my phone and you’ll find everything from Hank Williams, to Kenny G, to Quiet Riot, to Demi Lovato, and the Mississippi Mass Choir. But country is my music genre of choice, probably because of all those years I spent riding around with a beer-drinking, cigarette-smoking dad who tuned in to stations that played Charlie Pride and Waylon Jennings and Glen Campbell and Loretta Lynn as we drove aimlessly through the Delta countryside.
May is National Barbecue Month. Or, as I like to call it, Holy Month. On a recent conference call with writers across the country, I explained how you can take the topic of barbecue and teach …
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 …