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  1. Football Highlights of 2010-2011

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    November 30, 2011 by wcobserver

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    It was another hard-hitting year of football for Prairie Grove, West Fork and Greenland. Here are just a few of the highlights. Photos by Jeff Winkler

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  2. More Than Just a Transaction​

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    November 24, 2011 by wcobserver

    We admit it, the Observer is a little rag-tag, fly-by-the-seat-of- your-pants, mom-n-popenterprise that epitomizes the “small” in small business. And we’re proud of it. Perhaps that’s why we are such advocates of doing as much business with local merchants as possible. And at this time of year, when holiday shopping begins in earnest, we want to remind readers why we encourage them to think before they run to the big box chain stores.

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  3. Thankful the Mayflower Sailed Without Me​

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    November 24, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    By Alison Grisham I’m not a history buff nor someone who sits around pondering the past on a regular basis. But I am from Massachusetts, just 30 minutes from Plymouth, which means I’ve been to Plymouth Plantation, where the Pilgrims first settled, about a dozen times. I’ve toured the little huts, seen the reenactments and thought about how miserable they must have been without indoor plumbing. So on Thanksgiving, I can’t help but wonder about the details we don’t get from the history books, like how they made it through that first meal.

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  4. PREPARED TO PLOW: County Road team prepared for winter conditions

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    November 24, 2011 by wcobserver

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    WASHINGTON COUNTY – Folklore has numerous ways of predicting the harshness of the oncoming winter; the shovel-shaped seed of a persimmon, for instance, or the thick growth of hair on a cow’s nap. These days, however, there’s a surer sign of the approaching winter conditions – piles of limestone chips along the road. But they don’t spring up magically. It’s the work of the Washington County Road Department, which has been begun preparing for the area’s infamous and icy conditions in the past few weeks. So what’s the overall strategy for winter road crew? It’s fairly simple, actually.

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  5. The Eagle Has … Returned

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    November 24, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

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    We have Bald Eagles every year in Arkansas, including nesting birds. But there was a time, 25 years ago, when Bald Eagles were all but extinct in the state. Just to remind everybody: these eagles plus many other kinds of large birds, including many hawks and pelicans, were hard hit by the widespread use of certain chemicals on crops. The most infamous was DDT. When DDT began to show up in human mother’s milk, protective laws were finally enacted. What was designed to protect mother also protected big birds, like Bald Eagles. They bounced back from a single nest in the entire state in the early 1980s, to over 100 now. There are at least three known nests around Beaver Lake. ​ The take home message: sensible laws that protect our health and well-being can also protect the health and well-being of creatures with whom we share earth. Well, this is a long-winded introduction to the arrival in Northwest Arkansas of eagles that nested up north. They have come south for winter. Folks who spend a fair amount of time watching water birds in Arkansas know that as American Coots begin arriving here in big numbers, eagles come in on about …

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  6. West Fork Quilters Sew On

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    November 20, 2011 by Renee Reed

    By Renee Reed WEST FORK — At one time, it would have been easy to find a group of women around a quilting frame, bent over and focused on tiny stitches as they worked away making beautiful quilts. They would be discussing families, politics and the moments of their days as they created a lasting work of art and comfort for loved ones.

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  7. Political Spectrum Question: An Answer from the Left

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    November 19, 2011 by Richard Drake

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    District 87 State Representative Justin Harris has received  significant media attention regarding his Christian-centered, partially state-funded preschool in West Fork. The Establishment clause aside, what is your opinon on public money being used to teach religious principles? Richard Drake:

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