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  1. Armadillos: Thanks a Lot, Texas

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    December 10, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Of course it’s not Texas’ fault. Armadillos have been around in legend since the ancient Mayans. Their prehistoric relatives were supposedly the size of a VW Beetle. The ones you see on the highways upside down with a beer can clutched between their paws are of the “Nine Banded” species. They arrived in various ways, mostly due to humans who unwittingly transported them in wagons and on ships. Some escaped from Florida zoos and traveling circuses. Now they’re in my front yard.

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  2. Daddy Warbucks Makes a Gift ​

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    December 10, 2011 by Milton Jones

    Over my 40-something-year career, I recall several instances where a parent or grandparent made a gift of insurance. Perhaps it was a gift of life insurance on a young child, designed to encourage college money accumulation. Perhaps the bride’s father gave a gift of the first annual premium for life insurance on his new son-in-law.

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  3. ‘I Don’t Like People Taking Pictures of My Cows’

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    December 10, 2011 by Joseph C. Neal

    Common Grackles and European Starlings appear to be the main components of large blackbird roosts developing in my Fayetteville neighborhood. This is an annual event, as soon as we begin to have nighttime freezing. The birds roost together for various reasons, but a key one is that they are warmer in mass than individually.

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  4. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

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    December 10, 2011 by Alison Grisham

    It all comes down to this — real or fake? Not everyone agrees, but everyone has a preference, and typically a strong one. If you think I’m talking about surgical enhancement, you probably haven’t flipped your calendar from November to December yet. I’m talking about Christmas trees, of course, and it’s time to decide where you fall in on the debate.

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  5. Attack of the Killer Fruitcake

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    December 10, 2011 by wcobserver

    By John Ford Special to the Observer It’s that time of year again. Time to feast, say thanks, deck the halls, wrap the gifts and tell Aunt Agnes with a straight face that yes, you really do love receiving her leaden, citron filled fruitcake every year. No, it’s wonderful, really. You love food that’s green. In fact, you still have some from last year. Or, did you compost it? On the flip side, it does taste better than what you buy at the local grocery store or from those fancy boutique bakeries that all seem to be headquartered in Virginia and who just happen to sell hams, peanuts and petit fours as well. If you are lucky, Aunt Agnes made it at least a month before you got it and it has been soaking in bourbon since then. A good bourbon does seem to make a lot of things more palatable. Information regarding the origin of fruit cake is all over the internet as are a plethora of recipes. All of them incorporate nuts and fruit and a lot of sugar to sweeten and preserve. Jokes there are aplenty. My favorite was Johnny Carson’s assertion that there is really only …

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  6. Towns See Increase in Tax Revenue

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    December 10, 2011 by wcobserver

    Prairie Grove and Greenland Up, West Fork Down By Jeff Winkler WASHINGTON COUNTY — Like their bigger city counterparts, some towns in south Washington County – such as Greenland and Prairie Grove — saw an increase in property and sales tax revenue this year. Prairie Grove had 10 percent increase in sales tax collection compared to 2010, with a total of $682,000. Not even finished with the year, “it looks likely that the total yearly collections will surpass the previous year-high set in 2008,” according to the city’s recent newsletter.

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  7. Middle School Wins Big Prize

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    December 10, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Jeff Winkler WEST FORK – The middle school is experiencing a monetary windfall. On Thursday, students will meet in an assembly to accept a $25,000 check from the Windstream Schools WIN Classroom Connections program.

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