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  1. The top Stories of 2011

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    January 8, 2012 by wcobserver

    What a year it’s been! Check out some of the Observer’s top stories and photos of 2011 Baseball Coach Steps Down When: September 1, 2011 Greenland Baseball Coach Lee Larkan stepped down after four years in the dugout although he’s still going strong as the high school football coach, reported Brent Harrison.

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  2. A True Holiday Miracle: New family enjoys its second Christmas together

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    January 8, 2012 by Terry Ropp

    This holiday season is a milestone in the lives of the Brasuell family. Tracy and Laurie and their adopted son, Ty, spent their second Christmas together. It was one of a happy and complete family done without the many adjustments adoptions bring, especially if the child originates from a foreign country like China. The home was filled with Christmas decorations and joy and thankfulness. “We were 20 years without children, and I thought I might miss some things,” Laurie said. “The truth is those things just don’t matter anymore; Ty does.” Then Tracy added, “Everyone says Ty is the lucky one, but we are the lucky ones. What did we ever do to deserve this much luck?”

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  3. Publisher’s Editorial: Out with the old … blah, blah, blah

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    January 8, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    Going the full 52 rounds is bound to jar one’s brain and body, so it’s okay that I feel dazed, confused, and stupefied after a year publishing this little weekly paper in the depths of the worst economic conditions in 50 years. With some dedicated, unselfish help from dozens of writers, dedicated staff, scores of supporters, family and friends, this little rag-tag free press enterprise is staggering into the New Year.

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  4. Political Spectrum: A View From the Right

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    January 8, 2012 by Mike Landry

    ​In your opinion, what were the most significant political events of 2011? While Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was probably the single biggest political news event of 2011, three other things provided an ongoing political backdrop to the year. ​They were 1) the continued Obama administration attempts to remake America, 2) the up-and-down gyrations of Republican presidential candidates, and 3) the continuing change of Arkansas into a genuine, two-party state.

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  5. Political Spectrum: A View From the Left

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    January 8, 2012 by Richard Drake

    ​In your opinion, what were the most significant political events of 2011? I have been reading the views of others this December, and everyone seems to be pretty well-agreed that the top stories this year revolve around the Fukushima meltdown; the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords; the death of Osama bin Laden; the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; and Occupy Wall Street. Okay, fair enough.

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  6. ‘Tis the Season to Recycle

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    January 8, 2012 by wcobserver

    Between trimming the tree, wrapping the gifts, and getting that last-minute shopping done, it can seem like you don’t have time to eat a Christmas cookie, much less worry about the planet. But during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than any other time of year. You can help reduce that number!

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  7. ​State Capitol Week in Review: 2011 Legislative Highlights ​

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    January 8, 2012 by Sue Madison

    The highlight of state government news for 2011 came when the Arkansas legislature lowered state tax rates by $35 million a year. The tax cut package includes tax relief for consumers in Act 755, which lowers the sales tax on groceries by half a cent, cutting state revenue by $20 million a year. Another tax cut for consumers is Act 757 to make the first weekend in August a “back to school” sales tax holiday on clothing items costing less than $100 and accessories less than $50. No state sales tax is collected on school supplies that weekend. State revenue officials predicted it would save consumers more than $2 million. The legislature extended tax relief to buyers of used cars, by raising the exemption threshold. Previously, you had to pay sales tax on a used car purchase of up to $2,500 and now you don’t have to pay unless the car costs more than $4,000. This will save Arkansans an estimated $2.5 million a year. Act 754, also passed by the legislature in 2011, will lower utility taxes for manufacturers by $5.27 million. Prisons: Arkansas lawmakers will keep close track of Act 570, a 167-page law passed in 2011 that …

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