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  1. An Artist Comes to the Ozarks

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    May 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Velda Brotherton Northwest Arkansas has long been a mecca for artists, writers and musicians. It’s not often that one of such esteem as Susan Powell settles in our Boston Mountains. I first met Susan when she called to introduce herself and tell me about her plans for continuing teaching after moving into the area. She has settled on the mountain west of Winslow on a farm she calls Talley Ho. It’s located just a little way from Oak Grove Community building. The moment she saw the large piece of land on the mountain ridge she knew she could cultivate her love of writing and poetry and teaching in such serenity. After a visit to Talley Ho, I am convinced that Susan’s dream of creating a retreat for artists and teaching writing there will one day become a reality. Talley Ho is a nonprofit organization and anyone who would like to help out getting log cabins restructured and ready for use there would be donating their time to a very worthy cause. The arts have long been the last in line for funding and are in the most need of any type of assistance we can give. Susan was born January 31, …

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  2. Get the Scoop on Two New Places to Eat

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    May 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    New Hangout for Teens By Susan McCarthy WEST FORK – Shrimp baskets, funnel cakes, cappuccinos, ice cream and even a little karaoke will be part of the offerings at two new places to eat in West Fork. Both “That Place” and “Lobo’s Deli Dog” will be opened in coming weeks by established business owners wanting to delve into something new. Many people haven’t met Rhonda and Tim Glenn of West Fork because they operate a wholesale business along Centennial Avenue. But restaurants throughout the southern United States are familiar with their wholesale fried pie company, Letha’s Pies. The Glenn’s employ a number of local teens and decided to open a restaurant next door to their bakery that will cater to teens in the evenings. “It will kind of give them an outlet so they don’t have to drive back into Fayetteville,” said Rhonda. “They don’t have anything to do in this town,” added Tim. “That Place” will be open from breakfast through dinner seven days a week and will offer up West Fork’s only cappuccino and espresso as well as donuts. They will also serve sub sandwiches, shrimp and chicken-strip baskets, hand-dipped ice cream and milkshakes. And Rhonda says they will, of course, offer Letha’s …

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  3. Water Department Broke

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    May 27, 2011 by wcobserver

    Double Digit Rate Increase Likely WEST FORK- City officials were caught unaware last week after the water and sewer department transferred $10,000 to meet its payroll without their knowledge or approval. The transfer was made without notifying the water commission, city council or mayor according to several city officials who were interviewed. Both the Water Commission and City Council will meet this week to reportedly consider a request for an additional funds transfer and a double-digit rate increase to meet the expenses of the water and sewer department. “It strikes me as odd to be truthful with you,” said Greg Tabor, Chairman of the Water and Sewer Commission who said he didn’t hear about the commission’s financial issues until he received a call from Mayor Hime on Sunday. “We’ve been chugging along for years uneventful and all of a sudden. It just strikes me odd.” Financial records obtained through a freedom of information request confirm a transfer was made on May 13 just three days after the May 10 city council meeting. “The answer is no they can’t, but they did and the will need to get approval in retrospect,” said Tom Kieklak, the city’s attorney when asked if the …

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  4. Great Opportunities For Kids

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Lucas Caldwell Do you have children? Are you wondering what you all are going to do this weekend or for vacation this summer? If you are in this dilemma and are not coming up with any ideas, then you should think about Devil’s Den State Park. Not only do we have a nice playground (which is closed due to flooding, yet should be reopened by Memorial Day Weekend), but there are other activities for children to enjoy. There are trails that are great for children of all ages to hike. The Devil’s Den Trail is 1½ miles in length. While it does have some elevation change, it is considered an easy walk for even young kids. On the trail there are areas to explore, like the Devil’s Amphitheater and Twin Falls. Another trail for children is the Lake Trail. It includes a walk along the lake where one might see all different kinds of animals such as ducks, geese, beavers, frogs, turtles, and fish. The trail will then lead you to a view of the dam, and then it follows the creek for approximately ¼ mile. This trail is also an easy hike The pool will open once again for the new season on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, and …

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  5. Equal Under the Law

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    There was no flag-waving, no chest-thumping patriotic speeches, hardly even an announcement as West Fork city government entered a new era. After decades of neglect, the basic and enduring principles of constitutional democracy emerged at the May regular council meeting. Every member of the city council was issued a current and complete tabbed, ring binder copy of the “City of West Fork Ordinances and Community Development Plan.” As a candidate, Frances Hime had promised to replace the old style of local politics with a city government dedicated to open, responsible and accountable leadership. She promised a town run by the rule of law and a vision of the future that would benefit all its citizens. She offered intelligent, reasoned and just leadership … and the voters put her in office. This great country was founded as a constitutional democracy where the Rule of Law grounded the political life of its citizens. And unless that principal is held dear by every citizen, particularly in everyday life, it will fade from the national consciousness. If Democracy falters and fails at the local, grassroots, neighborhood level this free nation is doomed. Don’t be befuddled or distracted; the most important political decisions are made in Greenland, West …

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  6. Library Funding Gets Appropriated

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    A funding appropriation approved during the May 12 Washington County Quorum Court meeting will mean new supplies and equipment for the West Fork, Greenland and Winslow libraries.

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  7. Life Lesson Learned By Flunking Out

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    Two weeks ago the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhism, visited the University of Arkansas, a really big deal. In Western terms, that’s like the Pope coming for a visit. In 2000, I decided to go on a week-long retreat to a Zen Buddhist monastery in New York to learn meditation. Just to let you know up front, I flunked out after just three days!

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