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  1. WF Commissioners Size Up Subdivisions

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    Several newly installed West Fork planning commission members toured the city last week. The purpose, according to Mayor Frances Hime, was, “to orient planning commission members to subdivision names, location, age and their unique characteristics.”

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  2. Editorial: Big and Small vs Good and Bad

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    If you are looking for a debate topic that allows you to switch sides with relative ease, try the quantity vs. quality question. Does size, amount, volume really matter or is it some distinguishing attribute, some essential element of excellence of an item that really matters? It depends. And even then, the debate still rages. One hamburger joint brags “over 10 billion sold…” but are they “good” burgers? Some people prefer two or three good friends their entire life, others count scores of best friends.  Mass produced, great!…every piece perfect and cheap. Hand made, great!…every piece unique and valuable. Throughout nature the relationship between quantity and quality is more empirical – increase the amount of heat to water and it will become steam. Often, changes in quantity result in changes in quality. But in the complex social world of government it isn’t so clear cut. Much of the current chatter about national politics flows from the quantity/quality debate regarding the size of the government – small government is good, big is bad. Local politics, which has been called the essence of all politics, has its own version of the big government- good government debate. Sometimes, in our neck of the woods, …

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  3. Woman Faces Felony Charges for Stealing From Employer

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    A Greenland woman faces felony theft of property charges after Springdale police said she confessed to stealing a minimum of $50,000 from her employer over a fifteen year period.

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  4. Killing, Part I

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    by Denele Pitts Campbell The game hens we ended up with were as bad if not worse than the Banties we already had, as far as going wherever they pleased and being completely beyond our control. In spite of extreme wing clipping that mostly contained the Bantams, the game hens couldn’t be kept in a pen. If I could have given them back to the people who gave them, I would have, but they had given up their game cock project. One of them remained a patriarch of the mountain, but his partner had moved on, so there was no going back. Over the next couple of years we had learned to spread chicken wire over the tomato crop to keep out these roaming pecking machines. It seemed a reasonable expectation that summer as the tomato crop ripened in the heat of August that we’d have a great crop. I sat out the big pots on the kitchen counter ready for making ketchup and went to the garden. But as I neared the plants where just yesterday beautiful red tomatoes had been hanging thick, I discovered with skyrocketing blood pressure that one or more ambitious game hens had managed to …

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  5. Wilson Street to be Resurfaced

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    May 19, 2011 by wcobserver

    Residents will see much of Wilson Street resurfaced in coming months after city officials authorized the city’s engineer to begin bidding the project that is estimated to cost $83,000.

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  6. ​Grant Will Expand Children’s Classes at Folkways

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    May 18, 2011 by wcobserver

    Ozark Folkways swung into high gear last week to finalize new art classes and camps for area youth thanks to a $7,000 grant from The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc.

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  7. Ivan Denton: Last Free Range Cowboy

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    May 18, 2011 by wcobserver

    His custom-made clay-colored cowboy boots are inscribed at the heel with “Last Free Range Cowboy” and Ivan Denton may just be one of the last real cowboys.

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