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After breakfast most days, Wanda Lea Ramsey Stewart, 87, gets on her side-by-side and sees about the cattle on the Richwoods farm that has been in her family for more than 150 years. On Aug. 9, … more
Even if you don’t know Joe Stewart personally, odds are that if you’ve driven Highway 9 South you’ve admired his garden just outside the sharp curve at Sugar Hill Road. He’s … more
Skip Thomas is living out a quiet, creative life these days in Mountain View. Semi-retired now at 66, Thomas works only on “projects of the heart.” Some are funded, most are not. He … more
Jim Qualls retired 21 years ago. But he really means it this time. The long-time volunteer head of the Stone County Resource Council will step aside from his duties as truck driver, plumber, … more
Duane Porterfield had no idea about the set of events he’d put into motion when he took a dusty old instrument off the wall at The Dulcimer Shoppe in Mountain View this spring. more
The boards are set. Pieces in place. Chairs set face-to-face. There won’t be a lot of popcorn or soda, just studious expressions and hesitant hands that reach for one piece, then draw back, … more
Jean Speake knows how to make the most of retirement. She has traveled the world but also served her adopted community of Mountain View in 24 years of residence. She and her husband Paul moved to … more
No one really knows how friends Bonnie Cartwright and Merle Richardson got acquainted, but for them it’s enough to just say “we’ve known each other forever.” When one is age 95 and the other just three months younger, that’s a long time. more
Larry Sutton will give up his seat on the school bus this fall for the first time in more than four decades. Riding the bus until he graduated high school in 1975 and then driving the same route … more
Keith Branscum of Fifty Six has been involved in farming virtually all his life, having started helping feed his family’s cattle, hogs and chickens at age 6. more
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. more
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. more
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. more
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. more
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 … more
Rachel Reynolds has learned to let intuition be her guide. She moved to Mountain View when she was 9, and spent lots of her spare time hanging out with crafters and musicians in the town square … more
Many local residents have lamented the prevalence of negativity in interactions recently, so the Leader requested some examples of positive things resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ronda West … more
Gary Dickeson of Texas is assisted by Brent Matthis of Mountain View in removing the Elvis statue from Rainbow Antique Mall.   After greeting customers in the vestibule at Rainbow Antique … more
“Just trust in the Lord and work hard every day.” This is the advice for a long life offered by Leonard Glenn, a Stone County native who celebrated his 94th birthday this month. He also reports … more
Above, a prescribed fire is monitored by personnel. By Jim McCoy District Ranger Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles about the role of fire in forest … more
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