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  1. West Fork School Bell: Lost, Recovered, Remembered

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    July 28, 2010 by wcobserver

    Most people probably don’t know the history of the 1935 disappearance of the West Fork school bell, which was originally housed at the current day Boston Mountain Educational Cooperative located at 363 McKnight Ave., but today we are revealing what really happened 75 years ago.

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  2. Truck Wash Raises Concerns

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    July 28, 2010 by wcobserver

    Decision Coming August 5 By Nick DeMoss Greenland – The Greenland Planning Commission decided Monday, July 19, that before plans to build Dave’s Truck Wash on Lillie Lane can move forward, owner Dave Seidel will have to provide a detailed site map to the city’s engineer. Commissioners expressed several concerns about the viability of a truck wash in the residential commercial zone on Lillie Lane, including environmental issues, cost effectiveness and potential damage to the city’s infrastructure. Brenda Reynolds told Seidel that after earlier conversations with engineer Ryan Gill, Gill said that increased semi truck traffic would potentially wear down the road more quickly, and an impact fee would likely need to be assessed to help the city offset the cost of repair caused by the truck wash. Seidel noted that he had made requested changes to his site plan to help mitigate damage to the road, but he would meet with Gill to discuss further improvements. Commissioners also inquired about the slope of the lot and how that would affect water runoff, though Seidel contended it was minimal. City Council member Bill Groom, who will cast one of the definitive votes on the subject, was on hand to offer …

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  3. Oleta Mae Keck Clardy

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    July 27, 2010 by wcobserver

    Oleta Mae Keck Clardy, 70, a resident of Lowell, Arkansas, passed away July 25, 2010 in Springdale, Arkansas. She was born November 13, 1939 at Bug Scuffle, Arkansas, the daughter of Owen and Sarah Ellen Brewer Keck. She was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Rogers, Arkansas, where she was also a member of the Women’s Bible Study.  She was employed by Cooper Industries (Kearny Operations) for 34 years. After her retirement she worked part time at Stevette’s Fine Fashions in Rogers, Arkansas as a sales clerk and alteration specialist. She was an accomplished seamstress and quilter. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roy Lee Keck.  Survivors include her husband, Johnny Clardy of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynna and Steve Williams of Lowell, Arkansas; two sisters, Phyllis McAdoo and Linda McKee both of West Fork, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Tyler Williams and Brooklyn Williams both of Lowell, Arkansas.  She is also survived by six nephews and three nieces, who were very dear to her. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Luginbuel Funeral Home in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Funeral Services …

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  4. New Principal Already “Home”

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    July 18, 2010 by wcobserver

    Balance and Focus Ground Crowder By Nick DeMoss nick@wcobserver.com West Fork- For John Crowder, the decision to return to northwest Arkansas was an easy one. What he needed, however, was the opportunity. Now, the new principal of West Fork High School says he’s found somewhere he’d like to spend the rest of his life. The 47-year-old Bearden, Ark. native got his first taste of life in Washington County as an assistant principal at Ramay Junior High School in Fayetteville nearly 20 years ago, and since then he and his wife of 25 years have always wanted to return to the area. But the decision to become a part of the West Fork High School community was about more than the area’s geography, though Crowder noted that he and his family particularly enjoy the mixture of small-town and big-city life. “Their philosophy [at West Fork High School] — their seriousness about education and how they balance that with their extracurricular activities met with my philosophy,” Crowder said. As a former science teacher and football coach, balancing school activities with education is something Crowder said he knows well. “As a coach and a science teacher, the kids would sometimes ask me to …

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  5. Whips, Chucks, Bullbats

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    July 18, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Joseph C. Neal Walking around on summer nights, I hear the loud PEENT calls of bullbats – Common Nighthawks. I see them at dusk, usually where it is very open – over a big church parking lot, a well-lighted car lot, that sort of thing. They own the dusk sky and you can hear them in the full dark, too. Watching them making deep, graceful dives, I remember a trip from years ago. Bullbats are in a family of birds called the Caprimulgidae, the goat suckers or nightjars. OK, I know that sounds pretty strange. Just put it down as ornithologist’s talk. You’ve heard of bullbats – but that’s one species only. We have two other species closely related to bullbats right here in Washington County. But before I just blurt out the names like some kind of smarty pants, I want to share a tale from many years ago, when I first got serious about studying the bird life in northwest Arkansas. We are talking 30 years ago, long before we got so busy with everything. On a mid-summer afternoon I loaded up my bicycle with a tent, small camp stove, and a few sandwiches. I was on …

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  6. Life with Reptile Oddities

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    July 18, 2010 by wcobserver

    Local lore tells of a man south of West Fork with a collection of unique reptiles that is missing all of his fingers from poisonous snake bites. Fred and Kathy Lally do possess some eye-popping reptiles including a two-headed rattlesnake. And although Lally has been bitten “quite a few times”, he still has his fingers.

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  7. Jake’s Pizza & Cafe

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    July 18, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Nick DeMoss It could be the old-fashioned wooden checkerboard table, the vibrant green walls, the classic red checkered tablecloths or the collection of baseball hats hanging from the wall, but for some reason Jake’s Pizza just feels like home. At 74 Main Street, Jake’s is on the way to just about everywhere in West Fork, and hungry residents would do well to stop in for a bite. Though the name implies a simple pizza joint, the menu features much, much more. Patrons can’t go wrong at any mealtime at Jakes, as the service begins at 6 a.m. every day but Sunday, when diners will have to wait until seven. The breakfast menu looks like it was taken right from grandma’s kitchen. Eggs, bacon, omelets of all kinds, pork chops and chicken fried steak welcome hungry diners to start their day off right. For the more daring, a breakfast burrito, sweet bread sandwich or croissant could be the answer to that morning craving. But the Observer crew decided to wait until lunchtime to chow down, and nobody was disappointed – or hungry – afterward. For our group of five, the ever-friendly Karen Lawson happily served our drinks before asking the …

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