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  1. Greenland’s History Unrecorded, but Not Forgotten

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    October 20, 2010 by wcobserver

    Celebrates Centennial Saturday By Susan McCarthy Last week, amid the bustle of Bikes, Blues and Barbeque, a Greenland woman called the local television stations to alert them about a tea party in Greenland.  These days, those two words, “tea party,” evoke images of a grass-root, right-winged political movement and the caller had the media’s full attention. Imagine their surprise, when they found out they had been invited to a real tea party under a large Magnolia tree in the center of Wilson Street at Doc Wilson’s historic home in Greenland.  The television crews didn’t make it, but the setting was perfect for what was to come. In the shade of that beautiful magnolia tree, Jim and Frances Farmer, Donna Cheevers, Pat Williams Watkins, and three Carlisle sisters, Wanda Couch, Daisy Potter and Lou Paul sipped tall iced teas with their host Patti Dutton reminiscing about a Greenland we don’t see any more as we drive that stretch of Hwy. 71 South. On Saturday, Greenland will celebrate its centennial.  There hasn’t been a lot of history written about Greenland, but much of Greenland’s history still lives within those who gathered at Doc. Wilson’s house and probably many others who still live …

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  2. Mt. Gayler Deserted By All But One

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    October 7, 2010 by wcobserver

    by Velda Brotherton She sleeps in the room where she slept as a child. Her bed is under the window she once looked out of as a young girl. But today, Ruby Jo Bellis does not see what she saw then. Traffic no longer rumbles along Highway 71.  Drivers no longer stop to buy gas and their families don’t tour the gift shop or eat in the restaurant at Mt. Gayler. She is the third generation of her family to live in the remains of this once popular tourist attraction. And she lives there alone since the tragic death of her son, Janathan Jodane Bellis a year ago this month. Ruby said she will remain there as long as she can pay the taxes and keep the weeds pulled. Then she smiled and told me a story about her son when he was young. He told his grandmother, Sue Bellis, that he was going to pull the same weeds his great-grandpa had pulled. Edward A. Bellis Sr., his wife Sue Steward and their son Ed Jr. came to the mountain from Ft. Worth after they lost everything in the crash of ‘29. Edward bought five acres from R.D. Gayler, who …

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  3. With The Oblates

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    October 6, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Dr. Steve Worden Wrestling with her rolling-walker-with-seat, Jane carefully made her way over to the crowded table in the guest dining room in the basement of Subiaco Abbey.  As her dinner companions made room at the table for the heavy-set lady with immaculately coiffed white hair, she proceeded to tell them her story. Suffering from cancer as well as heart disease, she had come to Subiaco Abbey for the weekend Oblate Retreat to help deal with the pain of the unexpected death of her oldest son this past spring who would have turned 45 on this very Saturday.  But, it was not only the loss of this son.  She had lost a young baby boy many years ago, and several years ago her second son, aged 21, had died from a rare form of meningitis.  Three sons dead and a husband with Parkinson’s lying in the VA hospital in Fort Smith.  But, at least she was in her Oblate community who listened to her with real care and concern. Oblates, in the Benedictine monastic tradition, “offer” themselves (making an oblation) to a Monastery, and pledge to join with the monks in a routine of morning and evening prayers (to …

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  4. City Faces Gap in Animal Sheltering

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    October 6, 2010 by wcobserver

    County Wide Shelter Coming By Susan McCarthy West Fork-The city of West Fork will be faced with developing a new plan for animal sheltering when a three year contract with a local veterinarian expires April 8, 2011.  A county-wide animal shelter will top a November Washington County Quorum Court meeting, but the City of West Fork will need a gap plan until the new shelter is opened. Dr. Linda Ford, who owns Noah’s Ark Veterinary Services, said she met with city officials in late July to let them know she would not be interested in renewing her contract. Ford has acted as the city’s shelter since she was approached by former mayor, Jeff Baker who brokered a deal to have Ford’s business serve as the city’s shelter.  Ford said she built an addition to hold shelter animals separately from her veterinarian business. “I think our animal shelter, here, is tired of dealing with it.  They’re not interested in continuing” Michael“Butch” Bartholomew, Business Manager for the City of West Fork said. “They take a lot of heat,” said Bartholomew.  “People don’t like their animal arrested.  They have to pay to get them back and often don’t have kind words to say.  …

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  5. Blimp Turns Heads

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    October 6, 2010 by wcobserver

    Crew of 20 Keeps Ship Afloat By Susan McCarthy County- Drivers traveling down Hwy 71 last week took a double-take when their peripheral vision sited “The Spirit of Goodyear” blimp tethered at Drake Field. The blimp, which was in town to deliver aerial shots of the Arkansas-Alabama football game on Saturday, spent much of the week grounded due to high winds and then rain, but finally left its mast Friday afternoon in time for Greenland’s homecoming festivities. There are actually three Goodyear Blimps; the one in town last week traveled from its home base in Akron Ohio, supported with a crew of about 20 and a truck that is a mechanic’s shop on wheels, two vans and a bus.  The blimp or ship as it is called, holds up to six passengers and circled continuously over Razorback stadium during the game, Saturday, with just two pilots and a specially trained aeronautics camera technician. At 192 feet long, 50 feet wide and nearly 60 feet tall, “The Spirit of Goodyear” is essentially a huge helium balloon with a small cockpit and two 10 horsepower engines. “It’s a seat-of-the pants flying.  Every take-off and landing is different,” said Rob Delagrange, one of …

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