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    December 29, 2011 by wcobserver-woodall

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  2. Give It a Try

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    December 25, 2011 by wcobserver

    We’ve all heard the quotes and the survivors heeded the advice. “Adapt or die … onward through the fog … he not busy being born is busy dying.” Whether it’s called “flexibility” or “bobbing and weaving” being able to adjust the emergent realities in every human endeavor is essential.

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  3. Santa Sightings 2011

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    December 25, 2011 by wcobserver

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    Santa Claus was spotted all over south Washington County in the days before Christmas, with stops in Winslow, West Fork and Greenland. Fortunately, theObserver was able to capture the allusive saint on several occasions. Photos by Jeff Winkler and Michele Winkler

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  4. The Southern Diplomat

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    December 24, 2011 by wcobserver

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  5. Coming soon: The Southern Diplomat

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    December 24, 2011 by wcobserver

    A blog about Southern Culture.

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  6. Eatery Gets Accolades, Alley Gets Avoided

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    December 23, 2011 by Steve Winkler

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    By Steve Winkler/WEST FORK — West Fork’s downtown dining spot, Lobo’s Deli, got high marks and permanent status from the Planning Commission at its Dec. 15 meeting. The concession trailer has been operating with a six month temporary placement permit from the city. Owner Justin Harris reported that the business has been “very successful” with income in the$6,000 – $7,000 a month range paying over $600 in monthly sales taxes. He said the business, operated by his father-in-law Troy Fredericks, plans to remain open during most of the winter and will be adding pizza to the menu. Commission members complimented Harris on the responsible operation of the business noting the lack of citizen complaints regarding parking and appearance. Commissioner Larry Vail commendedHarris for keeping the trash under control which was a major concern for some when the businessopened in May. Home owner David Wells appeared before the commission requesting that the city abandon an alley adjacent to his property at 282 Bloyt Street. He informed the commission of his plans to build a shop on his property. After some discussion, Chairman Mike Landa suggested the commission “give it to Butch [Michael Bartholomew] to make a decision.” A motion was made and passed. Commission members were given a copy of the municipal code section referring to Occupational Licenses, which Landa suggested was problematic. The code …

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  7. Campaign Season Has Begun – Local candidates begin their 2012 run

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    December 23, 2011 by wcobserver

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    By Jeff Winkler/WASHINGTON COUNTY — There are still about 330 days left until voters go the polls, but like their national counterparts, county-wide candidates for local office are already gearing up for the 2012 elections. As reported in the Observer on Dec. 1, Cristi Beaumont has been running hard against Amy Turner and Bob Lambert in the special election for the Washington and Madison County Circuit Judge – recently vacated by Mary Ann Gunn — which will take place on May 22. Candidates for the general election in November, however, are also greasing the wheels. First-term incumbent State Representative Justin Harris (R-West Fork) recently announced his reelection campaign with a detailed press release stating that “jobs, tax cuts, education reform, and illegal immigration” would be his top priorities once returning to the House. “Businesses create jobs when government gets itself and heavy taxation out of the way,” wrote Harris. “I am currently working on changing the tax codes to make them more friendly to the business community.” Harris is seeking reelection amidst the minor controversy surrounding the preschool, he and his wife own and operate. Harris was investigated by the Department of Human Services after complaints were filed against Growing God’s Kingdom, for alledgedly promoting religion while receiving significant state funds  – a possible violation of state laws and guidelines. Like …

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