Stone County Judge recovered, back in the office after testing positive for coronavirus


“It feels good to be back in the office.”

That’s what Stone County Judge Stacey Avey told White River Now’s Gary Bridgman this morning. The judge tested positive for the coronavirus when he came into contact with a county road employee who had the virus. Avey was quarantined along with a number of other employees who were also exposed. None of those employees tested positive.

The judge said this morning that seven people have tested positive for the virus to date in Stone County.

Avey and Mountain View Mayor Roger Gardner said both governmental entities — the county and the city — will see substantial decreases in revenue because of the virus.

Both noted that sales tax revenue also with state turnback funds will be affected. How much will depend on the length of time many businesses will be closed or operating at diminished capacity.

And that depends on how quickly the spread of the virus is controlled, and people are allowed to get back to their regular routines.


The new White River Now mobile app has started featuring regular COVID-19 updates and podcasts. In addition to the updates featured on the White River Now family of radio stations, the COVID-19 podcast section also features new interviews with Stone County Judge Stacey Avey, Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh, Independence County Judge Robert Griffin, state Sen. Stu Smith, and state Sen. James Sturch. Download the free White River Now mobile app today from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, and keep up-to-date on all local and state coronavirus information and to listen to the streams of White River Now radio stations.

We also carry live feeds of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s COVID-19’s briefings on-air at Arkansas 103.3, online at White River Now’s Facebook page, and through the Arkansas 103.3 stream on the White River Now mobile app on Arkansas 103.3.

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