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  1. Big Bass Bonanza​

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    June 30, 2011 by wcobserver

    If you like fishing and having a shot at some big money, and you consider yourself an amateur fisherman (meaning most of your income is not from fishing), this weekend is the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza. Eligible water will include nearly 300 miles along the Arkansas River, all within the boundaries of the state of Arkansas. The nearest weigh-in station and ramp is at Clear Creek park near Alma. The next pool site is at Dardanelle State Park in Russellville, which I highly recommend. My dad and I did really well in 2005 on Dardanelle, were we took home over $25,000 from that tournament. You can try for over $50,000 in prizes for first place, and hourly money will be given to the top three places at all five separate pools. The tournament will be this weekend, June 24 , 25 and 26.  For more information visit www.arkansasbigbass.com. Here in Northwest Arkansas Beaver Lake is at 1,128 feet, still very full, and up in the brush and yards. Debris is still scattered and floating around all over the lake. Saturday we brought our tube to the lake and had some fun. We found some pretty clear water in the War Eagle arm. Schooling fish …

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  2. Killing, Part VII

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    June 30, 2011 by wcobserver

    Reece also frequented the pond, not just because it offered dragonflies and lizards, but also because he enjoyed walking in the shallow water where he stalked frogs. He seemed unconscious or at least unconcerned that his feet and legs became wet. (This principle held when he would decide to investigate a half-drained bathtub.) It wasn’t unusual for a day to pass without Reece being in the house, all while Elmo James loitered on the couch. Elmo’s take on life was to shmooze it up with petting as often as he could get it, so persons passing by the couch might find themselves suddenly solicited by a friendly paw, as if to say, “Hey wait a minute, didn’t you forget something?” Elmo fulfilled his life duty by holding down the furniture. So it was unusual when Reece ran through the kitchen late one morning and then disappeared into the depths of the house. With no subsequent reappearance, an investigation ensued. Room after room, in all the familiar spots, Reece could not be found. Finally, in the back corner of the closet of the farthest bedroom, there crouched Reece’s Pieces. Blood covered his face, which was swollen horribly around the right eye. …

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  3. Six Facts for Thought

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    June 30, 2011 by wcobserver

    We commend the 50 or so people who attended the June 14 public hearing on the city’s 14 percent water and sewer rate increase. It’s hard to come forward in a small town and speak on any side of an issue. Trust us, we know. If you’re a regular reader of this paper, then you know we’re all for transparency and a public hearing certainly attempts to let citizens better understand the issues at hand. We’re guessing from the murmurs in the crowd and shaking of heads last Tuesday that some of you went home disappointed that city officials couldn’t provide more specific details on a number of issues surrounding the events that have led to the water and wastewater utility’s $25,000 loan from the city’s general fund and now a 14 percent rate increase. Mayor Frances Hime, the city council and the Water and Wastewater Utility Commission, are in a tough place right now. The man at the helm of the city’s utility is a 30-year, plus, employee and by many accounts has worked tirelessly to serve the city. But he was also a man without a lot of specifics last Tuesday night about what happened and when. Even …

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  4. Lost Between the Lines

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    June 30, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    If you have some vacation time this summer, it’s inexpensive and not so far up to Pea Ridge National Military Park northeast of Rogers. There’s lots of pioneer and Civil War history and for me, productive birding. My first stop is along Sugar Creek, clear water flowing over attractive yellowish-red chert rubble. An Acadian Flycatcher gives the PIZ-ZA! call. When I stop to see it, I notice a snapping turtle up on a high sandbar where it has dug a hole and appears to be laying eggs. Union soldiers expected attack from Confederates, so they constructed protective works of log, soil, and rock on the ridge overlooking Sugar Creek. I park, and from a thicket comes the song of a Kentucky Warbler. Soldiers cut big virgin hardwoods and made them into breastworks. Today, towering white oaks re-own the place, as do Red-eyed Vireos. And the trail? Water has been busy eroding it away. Roots are pushing up through asphalt. Leaf-cup and wild hydrangea are blooming along trail sides, with patches of Christmas fern. Shady bare spots are colonized by bottlebrush grasses. A Louisiana Waterthrush walks and bobs on the once battlefield. Along Arkansas 72, open fields stretch east and west …

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  5. Blueberries Decline

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    June 30, 2011 by wcobserver

    This week should be the prime of the short blueberry season when families visit blueberry farms and pick their own berries. However, farmers across the county agree that this year’s uncharacteristic weather has reduced the amount of blueberries on the bushes in northwest Arkansas.

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  6. Rationing of Health Care?

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    June 30, 2011 by wcobserver

    Having been a child during WWII, I still have memories of rationing. Money alone would not buy such things as shoes, sugar, gasoline, or tires for your car. You also had to have your ration stamps from the government.

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  7. What’s For Dinner?

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    June 30, 2011 by wcobserver

    There are people out there who love to cook. They have television shows and dinner clubs. They create meals without recipes. They chop, they stir, they whistle while they work. But over time, I’ve had to accept the harsh reality. I’m just not one of those people.

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