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  1. View from the Right: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?

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    December 19, 2011 by Mike Landry

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    By Mike Landry It’s hazardous to guess election outcomes (the famous Chicago Tribune “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline comes to mind). President Obama can be re-elected, but he has to overcome the possible loss of some constituencies.

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  2. The Locals’ Home for Crafters and Collectors

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    December 19, 2011 by Lillian Winkler

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    By Jeff Winkler PRAIRIE GROVE – Like many of the shops in downtown Prairie Grove, The Locals is a busy place on Saturday afternoon. Shoppers are weaving through the small walkway filled on each side with booths of about 50 vendors, as an employee carries a heavy-looking elephant sculpture out of the shop for a customer, and the rest of the staff is enjoying whatever conversation comes their way.

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  3. Good Tidings of Great Joy

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    December 19, 2011 by Alison Grisham

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    I’ve been back to work at the furniture store for about a month now. Nearly four months after being laid off, it was a welcome relief to get the call asking me to return. But even after putting a few paychecks in my pocket, I’m still feeling the pinch as Christmas approaches.

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  4. Welcome to the Potter’s Place

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    December 19, 2011 by Velda Brotherton

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    WINSLOW — Each year Cheryl Buell holds a two-day open house at her studio in Winslow to display her pottery. The exhibit is a popular place to visit during the December showing. This year, an enthusiastic crowd began to show up as soon as the doors opened. It only takes a quick tour of the well-stocked studio to understand why Cheryl has such a following.

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  5. Gridlock Avoided, County Passes Budget

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    December 19, 2011 by Jamie Smith

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    FAYETTEVILLE — It was standing room only during the Dec. 8 Washington County Quorum Court meeting with a large majority of the crowd being county employees interested in if the 2012 budget that included a five-percent raise for all employees would pass. ​ The $62 million budget did pass, but not unanimously. Three justices of the peace — Rex Bailey, Joe Patterson and Tom Lundstrom — voted against the proposed budget, each citing concerns about the fact that the JPs had to reduce the amount of money placed in reserves for 2012 to balance the budget.

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  6. The Walk

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    December 19, 2011 by Steven Worden

    What was there not to like? A crowd of marchers estimated at around 2,000, accompanied by dancers decked-out in dazzlingly blue, green and gold costumes, festooned with ostrich feathers; three elaborately decorated floats, a bright crisp autumn day, and nine miles of pavement. The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe pilgrimage had begun. Following a winding route, our merry band left St. Raphael Church in Springdale, headed down 71, cut over to Veterans’ Park for sandwiches, tamales, and water and traditional Aztec dancing. Then we wound our way over to Joyce, down Old Missouri Road, over to Old Wire and on to Gulley Park for another break. In the dusk, the procession eventually made its way down Township, across highway 45 and finished up in the dark at St. Joseph Church in Fayetteville.

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  7. The Southern Sunday Tradition

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    December 19, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    The South has a wonderful tradition non-existent in the North: Sunday night church. Oh, we have Wednesday nights like you do, but Sunday nights are for family, fun, or simple relaxation. From my point of view, Sunday night church is ending the day the way we started-with God. The last Sunday in November, Larry and I went to Zinnamon Church in West Fork out on 170 on the way to Devil’s Den. On this particular Sunday, the service was a musical celebration presented by a quintet known as One Way Flight.

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