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  1. Grant Promotes Healthy Snacking

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    August 31, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy susan@wcobserver.com Greenland- Students at Greenland Elementary School will be eating a lot more fruits and vegetables thanks to a $14,000 grant that will provide healthy snacks to kids three days a week. Greenland received the grant from the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a USDA grant awarded through the Arkansas Department of Education.  Mike Lamb, physical education teacher, worked with the school’s food service director, Gina Smith (who has since taken a position in Farmington) and Catherine Koch, UA Cooperative Extension office to apply for the grant last spring. Lamb said the $14,000 grant will be used to purchase a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for school snacks. “Its purpose is to get them (students) to eat healthier snacks, get them to rethink the definition of snacks,” said Lamb. The new snacks will be served to elementary students grades K-4 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays throughout the school year, according to Lamb.  He said the grant specifies that the snacks must be served outside of meal times and that only fresh fruit and vegetables can be purchased with the monies. “It can’t be smoothies.  It can’t be dried or prepared,” said Lamb. Lamb related that he …

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  2. Versatile, Power-Packed Tigers Could Take It All

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    August 31, 2010 by wcobserver

    Team Packs 23 Seniors By Susan McCarthy Coach Rodney Selph jokingly calls himself a “bland coach.” He’s obviously not talking about his coaching style; his West Fork varsity football team is favored to win the 3A division by many publications, including Hooten’s Arkansas Football. But Selph is not one to brag. “You don’t win championships in a magazine,” Selph said.  “Our goal isn’t to be picked to win, our goal is to win….practice, work at it…make it happen.” Selph’s team has 23 seniors with eight offensive and eight defensive starters returning this fall. “I’m really excited,” said senior Logan Genz running back and linebacker.  “We’ve got a lot of starters returning.  We’ve got a good offense and defensive, a strong secondary and a young, but real talented quarterback.” Dylan Harrison, a junior will lead the team as quarterback, replacing all-state quarterback Isaac Muggy, who graduated in May.  Selph says Harrison’s key weapon on the field is “first and foremost…speed.” “He runs a 4.6-40,” Selph said.  “He’s a natural leader…a quarterback has to be that.” The Tigers offensive line is also packed with a lot of power with seniors Zane Carroll, 5’9”, 220 pounds, Taylor Karnes, 6’1”, 230 pounds, and Taylor …

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  3. Full-Throttle Ahead After 35 Years of Teaching

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    August 30, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy He has spent over half his lifetime teaching science; nearly half his lifetime driving a school bus.  And 43 years married to his wife Rita, who happens to be a graduate of Greenland High School.  Guy Boydstun, or Mr. Boydstun, to at least two generations of students will celebrate 35 years with the Greenland School District this December. He came to the school district, fresh out of school from the University of Central Arkansas in January 1976. “I was the science department,” he says of his early days in Greenland.  “I taught seven periods, six classes.  That was quite a first year.” Over the years, the science department has expanded to three teachers, but Boydstun still chooses to teach five different classes; this year he will teach chemistry, physics, Pre-AP Chemistry, AP Chemistry and adds two environmental science classes. “It’s not a workload anymore.  It’s really not.  It’s about the kids,” he said.  “I like the variety.  I could have left a long time ago, but I like the variety.  I don’t want to teach one thing all day.” Boydstun, now 63, is one who can’t sit still for long.  He says he likes to be up …

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  4. Pirates Poised to Reverse Record

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    August 26, 2010 by wcobserver

    “Relentless” By Susan McCarthy Greenland- Head football coach Lee Larkan started practice last week with a single word…relentless.  The team practiced in relentless heat every day last week in sweltering temperatures that topped 100 degrees.  The team was relentless when it knocked helmets at midnight on a well-lit field last Wednesday night.  And Larkan says the Greenland Pirates will be relentless this season as they try to put their 2-8 record last football season behind them. “The way to fix it is you work hard and have a great attitude,” said Larkan.  “I think we’ve gotten better.  I think the attitude has been pretty good.” Larkan has been tapped as head football coach after a two year hiatus; he was the head coach for five years previously.  He will be flanked by assistant coaches Jason Rojas, the team’s defensive coach, and Josh Holloway who will work with special teams and assist Rojas on defense. The Pirates lost very few seniors in May and Larkan says the team is a good mix of all grades.  He’s also feeling positive about his line-up this year. “All positions are up for review,” he said.  Larkan expects to finalize his team’s roster next week. …

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  5. City Clerk Should Resign, Council Says

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    August 26, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Delcie Kincaid West Fork- The West Fork City Council unanimously passed a vote of “no confidence” for the city clerk, asking for her resignation, at the August 10 city council meeting following a 45-minute executive session. The motion for the vote was made by Ward 1 Council Member Rodney Drymon and seconded by Ward 4 Council Member Joan Wright. The reason given for this motion was the council’s dissatisfaction with the lengthiness of the minutes submitted by the clerk. The members swept through the vote while the clerk, Susan Cooney, continued her duties of taking notes and minding the transcription machine. The council, led by Ward 3 Council Member John Foster, then voted unanimously against approving the minutes of the July meeting. After the decision came, Cooney said she would think about resigning, though in a later interview, she said she won’t step down and is planning to run in November for the same position. Her only opponent at this point is Emily Holloway. “The reason I ran for this position is so I could write the minutes,” she said. “And I write the minutes as if someone was there.” Cooney said the minutes are verbatim so there will …

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  6. “Kick-Off” Fundraiser Feeds Fans to Feed Players

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    August 26, 2010 by wcobserver

    Spirit Night Fires-Up Fans Staff Report West Fork-Football season won’t officially kick-off until next Friday night, but football fans can start getting pumped up on Monday with a celebratory “Tigers under the Lights” spirit night and a West Fork Quarterback Club cookout fundraiser. Festivities will begin with the Quarterback Club dinner fundraiser on Aug. 30 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  For $5, Tiger fans get their choice of hamburger or hotdog, fries, drink and dessert.  Vicky Mesplay, a member of the Quarterback Club, said the fundraiser is a community effort.  She said members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office will serve as cooks for the evening, and parents will be making desserts as well as staffing the event.  She said much of the food for the evening was donated by McDonalds. At 8 p.m.  “Tigers under the Lights” will rally Tiger fans in the football stadium.  Omar Taweel, West Fork’s band director, will emcee the event, which has evolved over the years.  Taweel said that traditionally the team and fans celebrated with a bonfire and pep rally, but the bonfire part of the evening was always iffy in August due to burn bans.  Over the years the event has …

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  7. Pop Tarts Lead to Insights

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    August 22, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Terry Ropp You may have noticed how often I poke fun at my husband. It is time for me to fess up and tell on myself. When we first moved here, we went to introduce ourselves to the Strickler Fire Department and let them know we had a burglar/fire alarm system installed. They were most cordial. Little did I know I was to become a nuisance. I love cinnamon and brown sugar Pop Tarts, and sometimes I burn them. I set off the fire alarm at school in Illinois twice during my thirty-odd year career: once for, you guessed it, a Pop Tart and once for putting a cup with metal trim in a microwave. The incidents were many years apart and I quickly admitted my error. The second time I even wore a big fire alarm around my neck at school for two days as penance after receiving it as a “gift” from a friend. I took the opportunity to model for my students the importance of owning up when you do something wrong. Sure enough, soon after we moved into our new house, I burnt Pop Tarts…twice. Of course the alarm went off, and, to my dismay, …

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