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  1. Reality of Rural Water Emerges with Tap Sign-Ups

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    September 8, 2010 by wcobserver

    First of Four Meetings Scheduled for Tuesday By Delcie Kincaid Washington Water Authority officials will begin hosting water tap sign-up sessions next week for residents in the Southeast Washington County Phase 2 Water Project Area, according to WWA general manager Josh Moore. “We will be there to answer questions, get people signed up for water service and get easements signed,” Moore said. “We will also have other information — like plumbing requirements, that will come much later in the project.” Two of the meetings are scheduled at the Whitehouse Community Building at 14789 S. Whitehouse Road in Winslow for August 31 and September 14. The other two meetings, scheduled for September 7 and September 21, will be held at the Sunset Fire Station at 19266 Miller Road in Winslow. Officials from WWA will be available from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. all four days. Moore said he will be sending out letters to property owners who need to sign easements so they can review them before coming to a meeting. “We will be mostly getting easements on one side or the other of the road, so not everyone who signs up for water service will need to sign an easement,” …

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  2. City Designates Land for Fitness Center

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    September 8, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy West Fork- Three rural West Fork women have a dream that has just  become one step closer to reality after the city council voted last week to designate a piece of city-owned land for a fitness center in West Fork. Eula Lichty and Sybil Baker were working out last September at the Center for Exercise in Fayetteville when they started talking about how nice it would be to have somewhere to exercise closer to home.  They roped in fellow exerciser, Lynn Smith, and the three women have done some  leg-work outside the gym since first sharing the idea with West Fork’s city council in February of this year. The women have visited and called at least five city-operated fitness centers to find out how they were funded, what types of people used the facility and how often they used it, what services each offered and what operating costs might look like.  What they found was a broad range of answers to all of these questions, but that a facility without a pool could be constructed and equipped for $400,000. Their vision includes a fee-based, self-sustaining, city-owned facility that is equipped with cardio and strength building equipment and …

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  3. Frog Bayou Friendly to Birds, Birders

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    September 6, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Joseph C. Neal Frog – that’s what we are calling a relatively new (since 2005) Arkansas Game & Fish Commission Wildlife Management Area. It’s actually Frog Bayou and located right along the Arkansas River east of Van Buren. It’s an easy drive down 540. Frog has been created in part to mitigate for the loss of natural wetlands in the Arkansas River Valley. Clear Creek rises on the south slopes at Winslow. It gathers enough steam (or maybe I should say water) that it takes on the name Frog Bayou by the time it reaches the area around Chester and Lake Fort Smith. On and on it flows, out of the Boston Mountains into the floodplains of the Arkansas River south of Kibler. The Corps of Engineers created Clear Creek Park right where it joins the Arkansas. Fertile bottomlands all along the river have been converted to production of soybeans, with loss of the original wetlands and bottomland hardwood forests. I know soybeans are useful and have great value – I’m not running down soybeans here — but we also need wetlands for many kinds of wildlife. I have long wanted a really good place to go birding in …

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  4. Mayor’s Veto Rides

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    September 6, 2010 by wcobserver

    Council Appoints “Neutral” Party By Susan McCarthy Greenland- Johney Boles stood before Greenland’s city council Monday evening, asking them to not over-ride Mayor Gray’s veto of a council vote that had seated him in a vacant city council position less than two weeks ago. “I ask the council to not over-ride the veto,” Boles said offering to step aside.  I withdraw my name from consideration.”   Boles said he was concerned about the negative impact this would have on the city of Greenland and said he had received calls from people outside the city asking, “What in the world is going on in the City of Greenland?” Boles said he has once again decided to run for city council in the November election. Boles then nominated Tom Hendricks for the Ward 4, positon 1 council seat, and all six council members present voted to seat Hendricks to the position vacated by Mark Meyers who resigned last month after moving out of the ward.  Council Member Lisa Thornton was absent. Hendricks, who serves on the city’s planning commission is not a candidate in the November election and is viewed as a neutral party to fill the vacancy. Hendricks said that Mayor …

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  5. “Fair-well” to Long-Time Clothesline Fair Crafters

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    September 6, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy It’s a tradition.  Many in our area have Labor Day weekend well-marked on their calendars.  Not for a cookout or because they’ll get a day out of work, but because they look forward to their annual pilgrimage to the Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair. Much of the fair is the same from year to year and that is what keeps its fans coming back.  Fair-goers have gotten to know many of its artists and crafters over the years.  They look forward to collecting another piece of pottery or jewelry from a favorite vendor.  In addition to meandering through nearly 200 craft booths in Battlefield Park, there is also the tradition of funnel cakes, grilled chicken dinners, ice cream covered in strawberries, square dancing, and live music and craft demonstrations. Now in its 59th year and one of the oldest craft fairs in Arkansas, the Clothesline Fair will be held September 4, 5, and 6.  Over the span of 59 years, crafters have come and gone, but the ones that “go” often do so reluctantly; the fair having been a part of their lives for many years. This year will be no exception.   If you want to see …

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  6. Yes… I’ll Have a Rainy Day or a Monday Please

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    September 2, 2010 by wcobserver

    by Alison Grisham We all have bad days from time to time.  Every now and again a catastrophic event will make a person feel like waving a white flag.   It may be a broken heart or a hefty tax bill gnawing away at the gut.  Maybe it’s a wrecked car or a lost job lowering the boom.  These are the days that make surrender feel like a good plan. However, most bad days aren’t borne out of some insurmountable calamity, but more likely are the product of life’s little vexations that pull and tug on the fragment of frayed rope that you’re clinging to.  They’re the annoyances that poke, push and prod on that “last nerve,” …the one that always seems to be holding the whole operation together. Take last week for example, when it was just over 273 degrees Kelvin outside.  I was loading things from my car into a cement storage room, the size of a walk-in closet and the temperature of a factory furnace.  Sure, it was out of direct sunlight.  But that would have only been a relief if I had been previously tied to a stake where open flames were licking my high tops. …

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  7. Clark Family Exhibits Classic Memory

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    September 2, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Steve Winkler A new exhibit was accepted by the Winslow City Museum at a ceremony prior to the Monday night’s council meeting. A 1967 Triumph motorcycle was loaned to the museum by the Clark family. The motorcycle was owned by the late Don Clark, lifelong resident, city council member, businessman, and community leader. Clark bought the motorcycle after his discharge from the Air Force and kept it at his auto shop for over 30 years. It was restored by Denny Luke. The July minutes and financial statements were approved. Mayor Jarnagan reported that the Fourth of July fireworks and other activities went well. Winfest is scheduled for Sept. 19 which is the same weekend as West Fork’s West Fest event. The Assembly of God church will sponsor the Labor Day Picnic in the ball park on Sept. 6. The mayor reported that maintenance by the State Highway Department on Hwy 74 will “hopefully” happen in August according to a department engineer. Council member Marsha Cooley hoped they would also repair the sign at Blackburn. Jarnagan said Mike Patrick reported to him that the relay antenna for the water tower will cost in the range of $25,000. Work is progressing …

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