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Stone County, Missouri

Stone County, Missouri
Stone County Courthouse in Galena
Map of Missouri highlighting Stone County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 10, 1851
Named for William Stone, English pioneer and an early settler in Maryland
Seat Galena
Largest city Kimberling City
 • Total 511 sq mi (1,323 km2)
 • Land 464 sq mi (1,202 km2)
 • Water 47 sq mi (122 km2), 9.2%
 • (2010) 32,202
 • Density 69/sq mi (27/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Stone County is a English pioneer and an early settler in Maryland who also served as Taney County Judge.[3]

Stone County is part of the Branson, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Springfield-Branson, MO Combined Statistical Area.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
    • Public schools 3.1
    • Private schools 3.2
    • Alternative & vocational schools 3.3
  • Politics 4
    • Local 4.1
    • State 4.2
    • Federal 4.3
      • Political culture 4.3.1
      • 2008 Missouri Presidential Primary 4.3.2
  • Transportation 5
    • Major highways 5.1
    • Airports 5.2
  • Communities 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,320 km2), of which 464 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (9.2%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected area


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 28,658 people, 11,822 households, and 8,842 families residing in the county. The population density was 62 people per square mile (24/km²). There were 16,241 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.64% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Approximately 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Stone County were 24.3% American, 20.4% German, 11.3% English, and 10.8% Irish, according to Census 2000.

There were 11,822 households out of which 25.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.70% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 21.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the county the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,487, and the median income for a family was $46,675. Males had a median income of $26,224 versus $19,190 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,813. About 8.50% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.00% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.


Of adults 25 years of age and older in Stone County, 80.4% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 14.2% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

Public schools

  • Blue Eye R-V School District - Blue Eye
    • Blue Eye Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Blue Eye Middle School (05-08)
    • Blue Eye High School (09-12)
  • Crane R-III School District - Crane
    • Crane Elementary School (K-06)
    • Crane High School (07-12)
  • Galena R-II School District - Galena
    • Galena-Abesville Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Galena High School (07-12)
  • Hurley R-I School District - Hurley
    • Hurley Elementary School (K-05)
    • Hurley High School (06-12)
  • Reeds Spring R-IV School District - Reeds Spring
    • Reeds Spring Primary School (PK-01)
    • Reeds Spring Elementary School (02-04)
    • Reeds Spring Intermediate School (05-06)
    • Reeds Spring Middle School (07-08)
    • Reeds Spring High School (09-12)

Private schools

Alternative & vocational schools

  • Gibson Technical Center - Reeds Spring - (09-12) - Vocational/Technical
  • New Horizons Alternative School - Reeds Spring - (06-12) - Alternative/Other
  • Tri-Lakes Special Education Cooperative - Blue Eye - (K-12) - Special Education



The Republican Party completely controls politics at the local level in Stone County. Republicans are to hold all of the elected positions in the county.

Stone County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Brad Hudson Republican
Circuit Clerk Deborah Scobee Republican
County Clerk Judy Berkstresser Republican
Collector Vicki A. May Republican
Dennis Wood Republican
Coroner Rick Stumpff Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Matt Selby Republican
Public Administrator Glenda Wendy Metcalf Republican
Recorder Amy Larson Republican
Sheriff Doug Rader Republican
Surveyor Rick Kemp Republican
Treasurer Kristi Stephens Republican


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 49.53% 8,043 47.46% 7,708 3.01% 489
2004 67.23% 10,176 31.66% 4,791 1.11% 168
2000 60.91% 7,338 37.22% 4,484 1.87% 225
1996 58.55% 5,886 38.11% 3,831 3.34% 336

Stone County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

Stone County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 62 Donald E. Phillips (R-Kimberling City). Consists of all of the communities of Branson West, Coney Island, Indian Point, Kimberling City, and Reeds Springs.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 62 - Stone County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Donald E. Phillips 7,297 100.00
  • District 68 David Sater (R-Cassville). Consists of all of the community of Shell Knob.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 62 - Stone County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David Sater 89 100.00
  • District 141 Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa). Consists of all of the communities of Crane, Galena, Hurley, and McCord Bend.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 141 - Stone County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kevin Elmer 2,427 78.70
Democratic Bob Rubino 657 21.30
  • District 143 Lyle Rowland (R-Cedar Creek). Consists of all of the community of Blue Eye.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 143 - Stone County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lyle Rowland 635 67.12
Independent Michael Chipman 311 32.88
All of Stone County is a part of Missouri’s 29th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Jack Goodman (R-Mount Vernon).
Missouri Senate - District 29 - Stone County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jack Goodman 13,484 100.00


All of Stone County is included in Missouri's 7th Congressional District and is currently represented by Billy Long (R-Springfield) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 7th Congressional District - Stone County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 8,345 66.26
Democratic Scott Eckersley 3,396 26.97
Libertarian Kevin Craig 853 6.77

Political culture

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 67.78% 11,147 30.58% 5,029 1.64% 269
2004 69.35% 10,534 30.14% 4,578 0.51% 77
2000 64.13% 7,793 33.37% 4,055 2.50% 303
1996 51.40% 5,223 34.42% 3,497 14.18% 1,441

Like most counties situated in Southwest Missouri, Stone County is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. 2000 and 2004 by more than two-to-one margins, and like many other rural counties throughout Missouri, Stone County strongly favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008. No Democratic presidential nominee has won Stone County in over 50 years.

Like most rural areas throughout the Bible Belt in Southwest Missouri, voters in Stone County traditionally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to strongly influence their Republican leanings. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Stone County with 79.87 percent of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71 percent of support from voters as Missouri became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it narrowly failed in Stone County with 52.80 percent voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Stone County’s longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Stone County with 76.72 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 78.99 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6.50 an hour in the state. During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.

2008 Missouri Presidential Primary


Former U.S. Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) won Stone County over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois) by an almost two-to-one margin with 61.76 percent of the vote while Obama received 35.17 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 2.16 percent of the vote in Stone County.


Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) won Stone County with 45.01 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Stone County with 31.82 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 18.80 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 2.74 percent in Stone County.

  • Mike Huckabee received more votes, a total of 2,528, than any candidate from either party in Stone County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries.


Major highways


Branson West Airport,[11] also known as Branson West Municipal Airport,[12][13] is a public-use general aviation airport in Stone County. It is located two nautical miles (3.7 km) west of the central business district of the Branson West, which owns the airport.[11]


See also


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  11. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for FWB (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
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External links

  • Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Stone County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
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