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  1. Tigers Come Up One Game Short

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    December 19, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Brent Harrison WEST FORK- The Tigers offense ran out of sync in the first half and it ran out of time in the second. In its Semi-Final matchup with Rivercrest on Friday, West Fork came away with a pair of second half touchdowns but still fell 17-14. The Colts will go to the 3A title game in Little Rock this Saturday. West Fork ends the season with eleven wins under its belt. “We knew that we were going to have to sustain some drives and get some points out of it,” West Fork coach Rodney Selph said. “In the first half we just weren’t able to do that. “In the second half we did. The defense, I thought,  played well all night, they gave the one big play. Other than that the defense played great.” “We just couldn’t sustain any drives in the first half,” Selph said. “This is a tough loss.” The Rivercrest big offensive play Selph was referring to came on the Colts first snap from scrimmage to start the second half. With the Tigers down 10-0 to start the third and having just gone three and out, West Fork punted to the Colts’ 45. Rivercrest tailback …

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  2. Police Seeking Suspect In Vehicle Break-Ins

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    December 19, 2010 by wcobserver

    Reward Offered Staff Report West Fork- Police in West Fork and Fayetteville are asking for assistance in identifying a person of interest in several breaking and entering incidents and related forgeries. West Fork police responded to a vehicle break-in on Dec. 3 at 6: 30 at the West Fork Elementary School.  A teacher, Margaret Bowen, reported that her vehicle had been broken into.  Bowen said that she needed something from her classroom and had only been in the school building for about fifteen minutes and when she came out, she discovered a broken window in her car and her purse missing. According to Officer Ken Ingalls of the West Fork police, the thief forged and cashed four of Bowen’s checks totaling $8000.  Ingalls said the name used to forge Bowen’s checks has been linked to other vehicle “smash and grab” incidents and forgeries in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. “I’m going to do everything I can to help her out,” said Ingalls.  “This doesn’t happen that often down here.” Ingalls said he is personally offering a $50 reward for information that leads to a conviction in this case. Police believe the suspect drives a charcoal grey Toyota Sienna van with …

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  3. WF Parks Embrace Facebook

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    December 12, 2010 by wcobserver

    Staff Report Communicating with the public recently got easier for the West Forks Parks Department.  And, judging from the comments on their “wall” the public welcomes their entry into the Facebook, social networking site. Parks Director Dave Roebke says he’s still learning how to use it but is optimistic about its usefulness as a communication tool. At the monthly Parks Commission meeting, December 6, the group discussed the progress regarding the “Small Town, Big Lights” Christmas lighting contest along with the upcoming ornament making party (Details can be found in the “Briefly” section on page 12 of this issue). The Commission agreed that more partnering with other community organizations such as schools, 4H and churches will be a high priority goal.  Although two recent Parks Department sponsored activities, the pumpkin carving and chili cook- off were less well attended than hoped, Roebke said he’ll stick with the effort.   He said the Department is in the early planning stages for an Easter Egg Hunt.  A community softball league is  also being  discussed. The Department is continuing to move toward the last phase of development for Carter Park.  Fields 1 and 2 are fully operational.  Field 3 which has been designated …

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  4. Nine Ways to Give Locally This Season

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    December 12, 2010 by wcobserver

    This time of year often brings out the best in people. They’re a little friendlier, calling out a “hello” to a stranger as they pass. People bake for their neighbors, visit someone they’ve meant to see all year or make an increased effort to volunteer their time to help others.

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  5. Mission Not Accomplished

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    December 11, 2010 by wcobserver

    Visit to Haiti Life-Changing By Susan McCarthy West Fork-A week-long trip to Haiti has brought new perspective and increased thankfulness to a West Fork woman who traveled with five others from Northwest Arkansas on a mission trip to a country where clean water is still not widely available after a devastating earthquake on Jan. 12. Katrina DeGraff, who lives in West Fork and operates her own business, West Fork Martial Arts said it’s been hard for her to look at things at home in the same way since she returned from a mission trip to Haiti on Nov. 19. “I just tried to make some sense of it…all that I saw, experienced, all that I smelled,” said DeGraff.  “It’s pathetic. How can their government sleep at night?” DeGraff traveled to Haiti with five others from the Baptist Association in Fayetteville and had luxurious accommodations compared to most.  She slept on a twin mattress in a metal building without air conditioning or a bathroom, but had fans and clean drinking water. DeGraff says she is still surprised that she went on the trip. “I don’t know why.  I thought I had to go.” She said she’d just spoken to her husband …

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  6. Small Town, Big Lights Contestants

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    December 10, 2010 by wcobserver

    Check out these West Fork addresses for the brightest of holiday lights. 176 Riverwood 178 Craig 135 SE Campbell 492 Center 224 Doke 70 Mecca Judging will be held on Dec. 17;  there is still time to enter.  Visit West Fork City Hall.

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  7. Robinville; You Will Not Find It On Facebook

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    December 10, 2010 by wcobserver

    By Joe Neal Robins have so completely occupied northwest Arkansas that we need to change our name to Robinville. Counting robins in cedar and honey suckle thickets, all across the trees and bushes of farms, neighborhoods and parks – I guess it would be like counting stars in the universe. A lot has changed: I assume it will come as something of a surprise when I note that, based upon earlier bird records, robins were unusual here a century ago. The long mild fall with plenty of wild fruit has made our country just perfect for them. In my yard, robins are vigorously billing aside fall leaves for tasty bits below. See robins with swooping flights and sudden twists and turns among limbs and between bushes. Robins in twos in hard tight chases like spring. Flocks overhead in 12s and 20s. Robins in trees, colorful and animated on limbs now bare of leaves. I’m no musician but that doesn’t keep me from trying to compose what I’m hearing: bek bek bek bek, gee g g g g  geek! Cheery-up cheery-up, wah wah wah, ber ber, che-chet! Robinville is a mobile, seemingly limitless communal soundscape. A fine male perches up close. …

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