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  1. New Store Brings Beer to Winslow Area

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    September 19, 2010 by wcobserver

    Will Employ Two to Three By Susan McCarthy Winslow- Beer, deli sandwiches and groceries may soon be a short drive away for residents of south Washington County in a few weeks when a new store opens on Hwy. 74 just west of I-540 near Winslow, making beer available without traveling to Fayetteville or Fort Smith. Two Winslow women, who have been friends for over 40 years, hope to complete construction of their new 2400 square foot store, Backwoods Beer & Goods, in the next month or so.  The store is in Lee Creek Township which is not dry.  Owners Cheryl Smith and Kay (Charlotte) Barker say the store will provide the only beer between Fort Smith and Fayetteville.  In addition to beer, the store will feature a full deli, groceries, and health and beauty products. “We’ll have everything the other big stores have, but in a smaller quantity,” said Barker. Smith said that Winslow has been without a store since a fire destroyed Romine’s Grocery about ten years ago. “We need a store badly,” said Barker, who has previous experience as a convenience store manager and owned and operated a diner in Winslow. “It’s tough; it’s a half-hour trip to …

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  2. Washington County Fair Photos

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    September 16, 2010 by wcobserver

    They have arrived! Take a look at some of the great photos we took of the Washington County Fair. All photos were taken by our Staff Photographer Brooke McNeely Galligan.

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  3. Greenlands Work of Art

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    September 12, 2010 by wcobserver

    Greenland art students work on a mural for the new Greenland School District slogan Thursday Aug. 26 at the school along Arkansas 71.

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  4. Fire Chief Receives International Recognition

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    September 12, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy susan@wcobserver.com West Fork-Fire Chief Mitch McCorkle traveled to Chicago last week with eight others to receive international recognition for his 50 years of service as West Fork’s Fire Chief. Chief McCorkle was recognized among approximately 2500 attendees from 21 countries at the International Association of Fire Chief’s annual Fire Rescue International conference.  Chief Jack Parow, President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs presented him with a certificate in recognition of his service. He traveled to the conference in a 15-passenger van with his wife, “Henri,”  Steve Harrison, Assistant Fire Chief and Assistant Chief, Central EMS and his wife Janice, Mayor Jan Throgmorton, Ann Upton, who serves as a volunteer fire fighter, John Luther, Department of Emergency Management, Chief Mickey Jackson, retired Fayetteville Fire Chief, and Chief Becky Stewart, Central EMS. McCorkle, now 76, is believed to be the longest serving active fire chief in the nation, said Harrison. “I believe 50 years speaks for itself,” said Harrison who has served on the West Fork Fire Department for 29 years.  I don’t know of a time I’ve been around him when he didn’t discuss what would benefit the fire department and the community as a whole.” “They …

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  5. Young Naturalists “Shine” at Nature Center

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    September 10, 2010 by wcobserver

    Staff Report Three West Fork sixth graders took part in scholarship-based Shiner Camp at Ozark Natural Science Center. The students; Grayson Jarnagan, son of Randy and Michelle Jarnagan, Brandon Reed, son of Jamie and Brian Reed and Audra Eakins, daughter of Edward and Tammy Eakins were chosen to attend a 5 day camp that included trips to Kings River for stream ecology and swimming. The trip also included hiking, lessons in local flora and fauna and lessons on conservation. The Ozark Natural Science Center is a private, nonprofit, residential environmental education and conference facility located in Madison County near Huntsville.  The ONSC serves over 4000 school children during the academic year annually. The staff of Teacher Naturalists identify participants that “shined” above the rest; were actively engaged in learning and who seemed to profit most from the experience.  In a typical year the staff identify 200-400 of these students. At the end of the school year, 20-40 kids are chosen at random from the pool of nominees to take part in the Shiner Camp with funding provided by the Buck Family Foundation. For more information on Ozark Natural Science Center see their website at www.onsc.us.

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  6. West Fork Mayor Responds

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    September 10, 2010 by wcobserver

    Op-Ed As Mayor of this town, I feel it is very important to defend our City and its group of employees and the volunteers that make up the City Council.  In recent issues of this paper there have been half truths, which also mean half lies, printed about our council and employees. Let me start by clarifying information regarding the last council meeting.  The Council did have a 45 minute executive session which resulted in a unanimous vote of no confidence and a public request for the resignation of Susan Cooney, the elected City Clerk.  However, the council did not publicly humiliate the clerk and the vote of no confidence was not because the minutes were too lengthy.  Due to the executive session the City is unable to give the details of why the vote of no confidence was taken, however, I will say that there were multiple issues discussed with the clerk during the executive session and she was given the opportunity to resign during the executive session so that it would not have to be done in public. We have a wonderful volunteer council that only wants what is best for this city.  You can be assured that …

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  7. Curse of the Pretty Person

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    September 8, 2010 by wcobserver

    by Alison Grisham During my teens and twenties I struggled with my looks.  I hated my freckles, my thick, wavy locks and my hourglass shape.  I longed for a clear, milky complexion and sleek, straight hair.  I dreamed of being waifish, willowy and naturally alluring… the kind of girl who could make khakis and a tank top look trendy.  Looking back, it’s possible that J. Crew figured too prominently in my youth. But, years of informal field research has led me to a new conclusion.  Ultimately, it’s better to be effortlessly average than exceedingly attractive.  Sure there are benefits to being beautiful.  There’s an easy confidence to people who are the envy of others.  A pretty girl doesn’t cry in dressing rooms and she doesn’t worry about being alone at the prom. But when you get older being the prettiest girl in the group is sort of like being the nicest house on the block.  It may be beautiful to look at, but typically it’s hard to live up to the hype and, at the end of the day, it’s always considered a risky investment. Pretty girls who grow up to be pretty women have what I like to call …

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