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Water plant, systems strained

Sub-freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall during the past week created problems for the Mountain View Water Plant and the rural water associations who purchase water from it.

Winter Storms Challenge Road Crews

Arkansas Department of Transportation officials say they expect to manage a different road scenario this week than they did just a week ago, and that heavy snows over several days may not be as difficult to clear as just a few hours of ice were in the region’s first winter weather event.

Private Club Ordinance Considered

A standard procedure to put private club permit applicants on a “level playing field” is still under development, and could be formalized when the Stone County Quorum Court meets this Thursday (Feb. 11).

'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.

Elma Wilson Celebrates 95th Birthday

Elma Wilson of Timbo celebrated her 95th birthday Jan. 23. She celebrated at her home with her two sisters and brother and other close family. Instead of a traditional party, family and friends gave her a birthday parade, riding through the yard holding signs, with horns honking, and a siren blaring.

Bernice Beckham turns 95

Bernice Beckham of Mountain View has experienced a lot in her 95 years. Born in 1926, she attended a one-room school in Happy Hollow before moving to Mountain View, where she graduated in 1944 after …
Post-Season Basketball Tournament Info

An article in this week’s issue incorrectly lists the location of the regional basketball tournament where Mountain View will play. The location should have been Manila.

Mountain View Basketball RoundUp Mountain View basketball teams hosted three nights of action last week with Harding Academy, Bald Knob and Melbourne.
Rural Special Hosts Timbo A rematch of the Timbo and Rural Special senior basketball teams on Jan. 26 had the same outcome as the previous week, with Rural Special senior girls taking a 52-24 win this time, while the Timbo senior boys won 58-34.
Alcohol Permit Requested

A 2017 law that shifted the first hurdle of “private club” status approval to local governments is getting its first test before Stone County’s governing body.

Excel Boats Plans Open House Excel Boats has settled into its new building and anticipates an expansion in both workforce and production as a result of the much-needed extra space. Owned by Stone County, the new facility was …
Options for In-Home Care Providers With the growing age of Baby Boomers, the need for home health and personal care is at an all-time high in the United States. Fortunately, many options are available for Stone County residents who …
I couldn’t have been more than 7 years old when I noticed that spring season that my parents had a few seeds left over from their garden-planting that April. I asked if I could have the spare seeds, and they were glad to oblige, I’m sure, wondering what a 7-year-old would ever want with seeds for squash, cucumber, purple hull peas, and lettuce. Heck, at that age, I didn’t even really like any of those things.
This week, just a few thoughts and observations, and a project particularly where I could use your feedback.
We’ve taken one of the most beautiful things in all of commerce, and like most other successful initiatives, turned it into a cookie-cutter enterprise stamping it into existence at the edge every small town across the South. Oh, how I miss the old-style, mom-and-pop general store.
There’s a funny nameplate on my desk that reads: “I’m kind of a big deal.” But the truth is, down deep, I’ve never been that much about self. Not that it’s some admirable attribute of a sweetheart of a guy. I’m a live-how-you-feel kind of guy who doesn’t hide his emotions well, but ideas like self-love and self-care just never lined up with my personality.
Music, Arts, Crafts
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 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 …
Arkansas Craft School Gala Arkansas Craft School board members Mike Engle and Jamie Murawski conduct the live auction at the ACS's 10th annual Gala held Nov. 21 at the Ozark Folk Center Skillet Restaurant. County Judge Stacey …