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  1. Election 2010 All Quiet on the Southern Front

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    September 30, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy susan@wcobserver.com Six city council positions and the mayor’s job are up for grabs in Winslow on Nov. 2.  Funny thing, though; all of the candidates are running unopposed.  It’s not a fluke, it’s Winslow. “To my knowledge, no one has ever run against anybody,” said 16-year council member, Barbara Ashbaugh, speaking of the elections since she’s been on the council. Ashbaugh’s sixteen years are just par for the course; city officials including the mayor, the city clerk/treasurer and five council members have a combined 125 years of service to the city of Winslow.  The city only celebrated its centennial in 2005. “If somebody is unhappy with the job we’re doing, there would be another name on the ballot,” said Mayor Randy Jarnagan, who is entering his seventh year as leader of his town of 399 citizens. “I honestly didn’t know until now whether anyone was running against any of us,” said Jarnagan in an interview on Monday. Winslow is served by Velma Duncan who has spent 26 years on Winslow’s city council, Barbara Ashbaugh, with 16 years, Leta McGuire, 14 years, Marsha Cooley, 10 years, and Diane Rickman with six years.  Mary Bromley has served in her …

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  2. West Fork Receives High Marks

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    September 30, 2010 by wcobserver

    Earns International Accreditation in First Review By Susan McCarthy West Fork- He may only be in his first quarter as West Fork’s new superintendent, but John Karnes has completed his first mission; the school district received international accreditation last Wednesday. “I’m so proud of all of our stakeholders.  It’s been a great experience going through this…it’s a great experience as a first-year superintendent,” said Karnes following a preliminary report in which the school learned it had been awarded high marks and international accreditation by AdvancEd.  “I feel like we’ve got a good school here and it’s great to have you validate that.” An AdvancEd team of five school administrators from Arkansas, Missouri and New Mexico visited West Fork Schools last week as part of an on-site Quality Assurance Review, visiting each of the district’s three schools and interviewing 173 people including board members, teachers, support staff, students and members of the West Fork community.  The AdvancEd team evaluated West Fork’s schools on seven standards to determine how well its programs, culture and community of stakeholders work together to meet the needs of its students.  The process is voluntary and was put in motion last year by former  superintendent, Diane Barrett. …

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  3. School Board Races Close

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    September 23, 2010 by wcobserver

    Run-Off Slated for Zone 2 Staff Report Greenland- The School Board Race in Greenland was close all the way to the end for both contested races on Tuesday. One school board win literally came down to the very last vote and Greenland’s Zone 2 will see a run-off on Oct. 12. In Zone 5, Daniel N. Marzoni II, of West Fork, narrowly beat Dennis Caudle of Winslow by just one vote. “I intend to make sure the board operates in an open and fiscally responsible manner,” said Marzoni on election night. Zone 2 also had a close race and two of the candidates will face-off in a run-off election scheduled for Oct. 12. Paula Schoonover garnered 50 votes; Keith Lawson was close behind with 44 votes. The third candidate, Lonnie Meadows, received 20 votes. A candidate must receive at least 50 percent of the votes to win in a race with more than two candidates. “Wow, it was close,” said Paula Schoonover. “I’m excited to have drawn 50 votes and I’m looking forward to the run-off election. I am excited and hopeful to get the opportunity to serve on the school board.” “I was hoping it wouldn’t come down to a …

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  4. The Lives Lived at Tatum Spring

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    September 20, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Christina Eichstedt Tatum Spring, located on highway 74 in the Whitehouse community, has been an important landmark in the area for many years. Some of you have probably heard the stories about Tatum Spring and its previous owners, but I wanted to know more.  So I set out to gather the pieces of the historical puzzle that have never fully been put together, until now that is. Alexander Whyte was born in Kentucky around 1834.  He subsequently moved to Arkansas around 1860 and enlisted in the 1st Arkansas Union Cavalry in 1862 to fight in the Civil War.  He was immediately promoted to Corporal, as a Full Farrier, at the young age of 28.  In 1876 Whyte (not spelled White as many locals believe) homesteaded an 80 acre tract of land obtained from the Federal Government –  “the West half of the North East Quarter of Section 15, Township 14, Range 29 West.” Current day Tatum Spring is located on this property.  Whyte is shown on the 1908 Washington County plat map as still owning this acreage at that time.  Some of his neighbors on the map included J.C Arnett, R.C. Stout, and J. White. The 1910 Federal Census …

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  5. Gary Ellis Farley

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    September 20, 2010 by wcobserver

    Obituary Gary Ellis Farley, 65, a resident of West Fork, Arkansas, passed away September 17, 2010 at his home in West Fork. He was born May 25, 1945 at Detroit, Michigan, the son of Hartsil and Sophia Letner Farley. Gary retired from Jones Motor Co. of Fayetteville. After retirement he loved being on the farm and being with friends and was always available to help others. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Harvey and Gerald Farley. Survivors include his wife Donna Harp Farley of the home; one daughter, Carrie Farley Davis and husband Jeff of West Fork, Arkansas; one stepdaughter Ronda Harp Poettcker and husband Jim of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Jerry Farley of Paragould, Arkansas; and one sister Janice Farley of Jonesboro, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Preston Davis, Peyton Davis, Amber Harp Qualls, Tomi Ann Harp, Katy Poettcker, and Allison Poettcker; two great-grandchildren, Harper McCracken, and Henley Qualls. The family will receive friends Monday, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Luginbuel Funeral Home in Prairie Grove. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, September 21, 2010 – 2:00 P.M. at the New Sulphur Free Will Baptist Church Prairie Grove, Arkansas, with Randy Burris officiating. Burial …

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  6. Quilts Provide More Than Warmth

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    September 19, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Terry Ropp The last Tuesday morning before school started, I stopped at the Strickler Fire Department to see the quilters who volunteer their time and work to help support the fire department. Rosalee Stroud’s sister, who lived in Oklahoma, started the whole idea by making a quilt for a raffle the first year of fund-raising. Most years since then, the women have made a quilt to raffle. At first they quilted in each other’s homes, but once the stationhouse was built, they began quilting there. Proceeds continue to help furnish and maintain the stationhouse. The group quilts for others as well. About 150 quilts have been completed to date with an average completion time of about three months depending on the size of the quilt. All of the materials are supplied by clients with the women doing the quilting. Prices for quilting range from $100 to $150 depending upon the size. The women were particularly excited about the current project because LaVerne Sargent had done the topper in a pattern called Grandma’s Flower Garden all by hand and everyone agreed that the work was really nice. The present-day group consists of Eula Coker, Joanne Dolan, Mary Talbert, Verneal Prater, …

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  7. Parks Director Named

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    September 19, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy West Fork- A long-time West Fork resident was named Parks and Recreation Director after the West Fork Parks Commission hired him in a meeting last Thursday evening. David Roebke, 36, was hired from a pool of 25 applicants following a two month search to fill the position vacated by Stephen Sprick who resigned to relocate near Arkadelphia to attend college.  His first day on the job was Wednesday, Sept. 8. “We’re real excited.  We think David will bring a lot to the table,” said John Selph, who chairs the Parks Commission. “He’s a smart guy; he’s rooted in our community.” Roebke, who has lived in West Fork for 30 years, has served as a volunteer coach for West Fork’s youth football and basketball programs for more than a decade, is a member of the West Fork Volunteer Fire Department and has spent about a year as a member of the West Fork Parks Commission.  He is a 1992 graduate of West Fork High School. “David has a lot of experience in working with youth,” said Selph.  He’s worked with our youth sports programs like 12 years.  Not because he had kids in it.  He did it because …

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