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North Arkansas Sheriff’s Office Under Investigation For Misuse Of Funds

According to reports the Stone County Sheriff’s Office allegedly misused approximately $71,000 in taxpayer money by spending money on guns, ammunition, a 55-inch television and other non-approved purchases. Arkansas Legislative Audit completed its review of the department’s finances and presented information late last week. The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee questioned...
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Legislative audit shows over $70,000 in misused money at Stone County Sheriff’s Office

A legislative audit report has revealed $70,545 in misused taxpayer dollars in the Stone County Sheriff’s Office. According to KATV-TV, the report showed money spent on unaccounted guns and ammunition, and Sheriff Lance Bonds was questioned by Arkansas lawmakers Thursday after the audit revealed “improper and questionable transactions due to a general lack of oversight within the Sheriff’s Office.”
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Audit: North Arkansas sheriff's office misused nearly $71,000

STONE COUNTY, Ark. — A legislative audit says an Arkansas sheriff’s office misused nearly $71,000 in taxpayer money, including spending it on unaccounted for guns and ammunition as well as on an Apple watch, personal clothing and hunting gear. KATV in Little Rock reported on Friday that the audit showed...
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Report: Nearly $71,000 in taxpayer money misused by sheriff’s office

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The Stone County Sheriff’s Office misused $71,000 in taxpayer money by spending money on guns, ammunition, a 55-inch television and Tiki torches, content partner KATV reported this week. The Arkansas Legislative Audit completed its review of the sheriff’s office and presented information Thursday on the...
Stone County, ARstonecountyleader.com

IN OUR OPINION

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 investigation. Though readers may question county officials’ lack of transparency about possible misspending or theft of sheriff’s department...
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Lifelong Farmer Heads Farm Family of the Year

Keith Balentine 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. Growing up in the Culp community of northern Stone County, he owned a sow and eight pigs in partnership with his brother by age 11. They sold four and kept four sows, eventually building up to 50 sows before getting out of the business when he was 16. Keith said he used money from the sale of those first two pigs to purchase a pump shotgun that he still owns.
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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. He reported the pool has been repainted, is full of water, and currently running with no leaks. He commended city employees for their efforts to get the pool up and running.
Mountain View, ARstonecountyleader.com

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. Of the more than 8,000 registered voters in Stone County, 1,753 participated. Unofficial vote results were announced after polls closed May 18, with early and absentee votes generated immediately. Votes on...
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Area unemployment numbers see big improvements in latest reports

Unemployment numbers in the Twin Lakes Area are much improved in the latest reports from the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services and the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. The numbers, which are for the month of March, show every county in the area had sizable drops in the number of unemployed residents.
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School Millage Issues Addressed

The last time Mountain View School District received a millage increase, Ronald Reagan was president, and Ghostbusters was the most popular movie on the big screen. For Supt. Brent Howard, that should tell voters everything they need to know about why an increase is needed in 2021. “To me, the...
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Fruit Growers Take Stock of New Crop

Fruit growers in Stone County still don’t know the damage extent, but unseasonably hard overnight freezes in February and April took a toll on a crop that won’t see bumper yields this year. In the overnight hours of April 20, temperatures fell into the 20s across about half the state,...
Baxter County, ARKTLO

Unemployment numbers increase across area in February

The latest unemployment numbers for the area show 9 of the twelve counties in the KTLO, Classic Hits and The Boot listening area saw increases during the month of February. The Arkansas Division of Workforce Services numbers show Baxter County is tied for the 23rd lowest rate in the state, out of 75 counties, at 5.1%. That number is up slightly from 4.8% in January. Baxter County has a workforce of 16,496 with 844 reported as unemployed.
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2 area men accused of setting fires on federal lands

Two area men stand accused of setting multiple fires on federal lands in Stone County for nearly two years. Forty-one-year-old Jayson Cary of Leslie and 47-year-old Paul Branscum of Fox each face four felony counts of unlawful burning. According to the probable cause affidavit, Fox Fire Chief Dave Smith contacted...
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Drugs in tackle box lead to prison sentence

A Stone County man has returned to prison following a traffic stop in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest late last month. According to the probable cause affidavit in the case, 37-year-old Travis A. Langston of Mountain View was a passenger in the stopped vehicle. Langston reportedly gave law enforcement consent...
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Area prescribed burn scheduled for Monday

The U.S. Forest Service continues to prescribe burns in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. National forest fire managers will conduct a local burn in Stone County on Monday. One of the newest burns will be in the vicinity of Fifty-Six. According to the Forest Service, 46 acres will be burned...