Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun May 19, 2019
PHOTO BY: Rita Ward

New Mountain View Police Chief George Bethel Jr. stands at the Mountain View Police Department. Bethel said he has excellent officers who participate in community activities, including Special Olympics. He was inspired to go into law enforcement because of his father, who was the Brinkley police chief for 40 years. “There are a lot of good people in this town,” Bethel said of Mountain View.

Mountain View police chief brings experience

As a kid, George Bethel Jr. would eat breakfast on Saturday mornings at a restaurant in Brinkley with his dad, the city’s police chief, and other officers. His dad’s position made an impression on his son. “I was pretty fascinated with his job, and the respect he got from the community was always big with me,” Bethel said. “He hired me as a part-time summer police dispatcher when I was 17. There was no doubt in my mind what I wanted to ... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Surviving sickness, painting project

    Getting into a home-improvement project is kind of like childbirth — when you’re in the middle of doing it, you wonder why you ever thought it was a good idea, but it’s great when it’s over. We moved into our home 18 years ago, and we have updated it through the years. We replaced carpet with beautiful hardwood floors, tile and in two of the three bedrooms, more carpet. By we, I mean we hired it done. My husband is an excellent painter,... READ MORE

FRONT & CENTER

    Jacksonville water GM works way up through the ranks

    Jake Short started at the Jacksonville Water Works as a temporary worker in the billing office. Less than five years later, he was in charge of the whole department. Short, 37, is the general manager of the water department, having moved through the ranks and gained the top spot in April 2012. “I kind of fell into work here by accident,” Short said. “I started as a temp in the billing office in November 2007.” Short is a 2000 graduate o... READ MORE

THREE RIVERS OUTDOORS

    Deer herd grew from near extinction to millions

    No one knows how many deer were in Arkansas when the first settlers arrived from Europe. Commercial deer hunting started at Arkansas Post in the 1700s. Members of the Dunbar and Hunter expedition up the Ouachita River in 1804-05 frequently encountered deer. In 1818-19, Henry Rowe Schoolcraft observed numerous deer in the Ozarks. In 1834, a geologist/explorer named George William Featherstonhaugh was one of the first to write of the wast... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    COMMUNITY EVENTS IN THE THREE RIVERS AREA

    Today VFW Gun and Knife Show MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Gun and Knife Show will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the local post, 584 West St. Vendors will sell guns and knives with accessories, as well as leather goods, coins, baked goods and other items. The VFW will raffle a Savage A17 .17 caliber varmint rifle with scope, sling and extra magazines. The admission fee is $5 for ages 12 and older and $4 ... READ MORE