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  1. Wrapping Up Christmas

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    January 5, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Rosilee Mugley Hello everyone:   My personal thanks to each and everyone who helped supply blankets, sweaters, socks, etc. for our bags for Hillcrest Towers.  I especially thank Diana Strange.  Diana and her daughter had begun filling bags with lap blankets, socks, a tree ornament, a Santa hat and/or stocking when Diana became ill and was rushed to the hospital.  She is doing fine after an emergency appendectomy.  God bless her.  She’s recovering from surgery and yet took the time to call me to ask if I could use the ten bags she’d prepared for our mission.  Of course we could and did use them.  Thanks so much Diana and our prayers for a quick recovery. Another of our residents, Wildene Caudle was in the emergency room all Thursday evening with a gall stone attack.  She will be having surgery soon.  Wildene, get well.  We miss you at the church organ. John’s sister, Lenora Warren, has begun eating some and doing okay at this time.  As she said, God still has something for her to accomplish and when the job is finished, He will take her home.  I thank God for her wonderful, un-selfish, loving attitude. Michelle Duggin, Earl …

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  2. Traveling the Tracks of the Ozarks

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    January 5, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Alison Grisham One hundred years ago, before the automobile changed our collective way of life, the steam engine was the fastest, most modern mode of transportation in the country. “Cannonballs,” as the express passenger trains were called, flew through the Boston Mountains at 60 mph, not stopping for anything or anyone.  There was an excitement in the air and high-style travelers sat in dining cars, while those on modest budgets rode on bench seats, just happy not to be stowing away on the boxcars. In our little part of the country, passenger trains are a thing of the past. The bread and butter of today’s rail system, is in transporting freight.  Anything from seed to sand is sent over the 139 miles of Ozark Mountain track bringing in the funds necessary to keep the railroad going.  Luckily, bread and butter aren’t the only things of interest to the Arkansas & Missouri railroad.  Over the years, antique passenger cars have been meticulously restored to their former glory in the form of excursion trains, and are being served up to new passengers like a warm slice of apple pie. One of the most popular day excursions offered by the Arkansas & …

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