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  1. Schoonover Wins Run-Off

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    October 31, 2010 by wcobserver

    Staff Report Greenland- Paula Schoonover garnered 58 percent of the votes in the run-off election last week, beating Keith Lawson to win the final seat on Greenland School District’s newly formed school board. The Washington County Election Commission reported that 16 percent of voters in Greenland’s Zone 2 turned out to vote in the Oct. 14 run-off.  Schoonover received 52 votes, Lawson 38.  Schoonover said she expected to be sworn-in this week. “I’m glad to be past the election part,” said Schoonover following her first school board meeting Monday night. “I think we’re (school board) pretty well balanced…we all bring something a little different to the table.”

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  2. Observer Sends Crazy Correspondent to Sanity Rally

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    October 31, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Jean Collins A Rally to Restore Sanity, hosted by Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show,” is being held in Washington, D. C. on October 30.  Stephen Colbert of the “Colbert Report” will also be at the Washington Mall, staging a march to “Keep Fear Alive.” Jon Stewart said the purpose of his rally is to counter what he called “a minority of 15 percent or 20 percent of the country that has dominated the national political discussion with extreme rhetoric.” Jean Collins, occasional contributor to the Washington County Observer, plans to attend on that day to stage her own rally, “Bring Humor Back to Politics.”  She heard that the mistake a lot of politicians make is in forgetting they’ve been appointed and instead thinking they’ve been anointed. It’s like Will Rogers once wrote, “Everything is changing. People are taking the comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” Jean believes that America should be a country where people are not afraid to laugh at themselves or the government or their own political party. As Reverend Billy Graham said, “A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, and outlast the unbearable.” …

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  3. Runner’s Mid-Life Crisis an Inspiration

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    October 31, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Susan McCarthy He hasn’t missed a day of exercise in four years and four months and along the way he’s shed 110 pounds and gone from barely making it ten minutes on a stationary bike to completing in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 10. Lance Porter, 45 of West Fork, crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon victorious; he completed 26.2 miles in 3:29:11, reaching his goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon with a minute and 48 seconds to spare. Porter said when he kicked off his new exercise program over four years ago he just wanted to get healthier.   He started by riding a stationary bicycle for ten minutes a day, hoping to beat his old exercise record of six weeks.  He said he increased his workouts to 20 minutes, 30 minutes, then 40 minutes, but found his limit at 40 minutes because it was boring and started to look for a way to mix-up his exercise routine. He said he thought “I’m in good shape; I’ll go out and run.” “I got out and couldn’t run a quarter mile,” Porter said of his first run. So he kept running and riding his stationary bike, …

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  4. Bond Interest Lowered: Big Savings

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    October 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    Board Appoints New Officers By Susan McCarthy West Fork- School board members passed the baton to new officers Monday night, Oct 11, approved a resolution that paves the way for a 2006 bond to be refunded and sealed a new soda contract during their regular monthly meeting. School board members unanimously approved a resolution that would refund a 2006 bond at 2.91 percent interest saving the school about $220,000 over the life of the bond which matures in 2028. The $3.1 million bond was structured so the school would receive accelerated savings, allowing them to reap about $161,000 of the total savings within the first two years.  Morgan Keegan & Company of Memphis Tennessee provided the lowest bid during the blind computer bidding process. Deborah Harnish, who just won re-election, passed her presidential duties to school board member Jerry Boyd. Karen Daugherity will become vice president and Mark Findahl will serve as school board secretary. The school board also approved a five year soda contract with Great Plains Coca Cola Bottling Company.  The school district had been previously been contracted with Pepsi.  The new contract covers concessions purchases as well as vending machines within the school. In other school board …

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  5. Okay, Who’s Guilty?

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    October 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Milton Jones “Why does health insurance have to cost so much?” the customer wails, and “why doesn’t it cover more things?”  Being the smart aleck that I am, I sometimes smile and reply “well no policy is perfect… what we would all like is one that would cover everything and only cost $20 monthly.   I’m still looking for a company that sells these perfect policies, and when I find it here’s the deal….I get the first one and you can have the second.” Well, while we’re dreaming why not free instead of costing $20?  I suppose the answer is you need to pay something to keep from feeling guilty.   Nobody wants to feel guilty, but who’s to blame for the (way) high cost of health insurance?   “Not me! …not me!”  my kids used to say.  “Well don’t look at us” the insurance companies say. The truth is we’re all guilty, except maybe you and me (and I’m not so sure about you either).  Expectations are too high with health care and health insurance.   And we look the other way while a little cheating is going on.   It’s like driving over the speed limit…most everybody …

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  6. Flag Football

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    October 24, 2010 by wcobserver

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  7. Green Underdog Hopes for Win

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    October 24, 2010 by wcobserver

    Greenland Mayor Seeks Senate Seat By Susan McCarthy He likens himself to the little boy in a story book who stood along a cobblestone road waiting for the Emperor and his entourage to parade by to show off the Emperor’s new clothing. In the story, the little boy was the only one to tell the Emperor the truth; he wasn’t wearing anything at all. John Gray of Greenland is running for U.S. Senate on the Green party ticket and he’ll be the first to tell you that his ideas for putting America back on a fast track will definitely turn some heads.  His ideas aren’t conventional and might be considered controversial, but he’s passionate about every one of them. Gray grew up in Morrilton, Arkansas.  He’s an outdoor enthusiast with four grandchildren.  He has a master’s degree in Physics and went from designing systems to detonating atomic bombs to being an anti- nuclear activist. He has served as Greenland’s mayor for the past four years.  He has no formal political endorsements. And he knows that the person most likely to win the U.S. Senate race has a lot more money in the race than he does. “I’m realistic to know …

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