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  1. Declaration of Independence

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    July 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate …

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  2. Goats, Dogs and the Good Life

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    July 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Steve “Ol’ Goat” Winkler West Fork- It’s a beautiful thing to see. The view from the front porch rocker looks down on a peaceful narrow valley pasture nestled in the hills overlooking Mineral Springs Road north of West Fork.  The eye is first pulled to the sturdy cedar post, woven wire fencing enclosing a pond and a few tidy pole sheds.  Then the animals come into focus – goats and dogs. John Jeffers and his wife relocated here in 2004 from out west, found their spot and began to explore the agricultural options for their 17 acre homestead.  Jeffers said he wasn’t interested in large livestock like horses and cattle. After talks with the county extension agent and some research he settled on meat goats.  People have raised goats in this region for generations but it was primarily for the high quality milk produced by dairy goats. Other than the occasional barbeque specialty, male milk goats had little value. But times change and so do food preferences.  The interest in goats as a meat source changed as the ethnic makeup of the country saw an increase in Hispanic, Caribbean, African and other groups that consider goats a tasty and …

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  3. Teens Prepared to Save Lives

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    July 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    Camp Rescue Certifies 8 from West Fork By Susan McCarthy West Fork-When faced with the proverbial, “What did you do over the summer,” eight teens in West Fork will be able to say they learned how to save lives.   And they have the certification to prove it after spending a week at Camp Rescue at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Fayetteville. The camp, which is in its eighth year, is co-sponsored by the Washington County Fire Marshal’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Central Emergency Medical Service (EMS); students who complete the program become certified First Responders. “Our job is to keep people alive until other emergency personnel can get there,” said Robert Sulzen of West Fork who attended the camp with his brother and sister. Over the week, 34 students attended lectures and received hands-on training in CPR, childbirth, medical emergencies, splinting, fire training and wilderness response. “We’re involved in the Explorers Program with the West Fork Fire Department.  This is good experience for us,” said Jessica Throgmorton of West Fork.  “We can go on calls after this.  We can go on-scene with an adult.” “The highlight of the week has been the hands-on training we do…patient …

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