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  1. Spanish Speakers Still Without Voter Registration Forms

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    February 28, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

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    Partisan proxy wars concerning the 2012 election process are underway. Spanish-speaking citizens in Northwest Arkansas are still without up-to-date voter registration forms, said Maria Hicks, the Vice Chair of the Third District Democrat Hispanic Caucus. The oversight is causing confusion and could be in violation of the Federal Voting Rights Act and the Arkansas Constitution. “They’re not available … they have no forms in Spanish,” said Hicks, who is running for Washington County Justice of the Peace, District 7. “I was just there today and they said they were working on getting me the Spanish one. I told them it was a violation of the state constitution and they were surprised by that.” When Hicks had the same problem on Feb. 27, she said she called the Secretary of State’s office and was told that they were working on translating a new version. “They are going to be made available,” said Alex Reed, a spokesman for the Secretary of State. “What the issue was was they made some changes with the voter registration application, and so we’re working on getting them translated. But we are going to make them available and going to make them available shortly.” Though there are …

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  2. Democrats Preparing for Another Tea Party Uprising

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    February 28, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

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    While the Tea Party seemed like a surprise guest during the 2010 election, this time around, local Democrats are ready for a fight. “We had no clue the tidal wave of GOP and Tea Party that would take us out,” said Tyler Clark, Washington County Democratic Committee chairman. With help from local and national Tea Party groups, Republicans made historic gains from the County level to the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 election. But, as the 2012 election draws near, the question is whether or not the Tea Party can duplicate the successes it had two years ago. Issue after issue, the uncompromising Tea Party is what will drive the Democratic base in 2012, Clark said. Clark believes that a “number of people are pissed off, so we are coming back with a vengeance. We spent the last couple of years getting really organized.” Part of the county party’s strategy is preparing earlier this year. Typically, the election office headquarters does not open until July; this year it will open next month. Event fundraising, too, is starting earlier, he said. Clark also wants to be more efficient in explaining his party’s platform. Coordinating closer with the state party …

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  3. Girls Scouts Celebrate Centennial

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    February 28, 2012 by wcobserver

    Girl Scouts from all over Washington County have been celebrating the nationwide group’s 100th anniversary with projects, fun, and of course, cookies. Read the full story here. Photos by Jeff Winkler

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  4. Madison seeks reelection

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    February 27, 2012 by Matthew Jones

    Justice of the Peace Eva Madison of the Washington County Quorum Court. She was first elected in November 2010 and took office in January 2011. Madison said “it has been a privilege to represent the people of my district.” Madison also remains concerned about animal concerns and budgets for the upcoming years if reelected. “The Quorum Court worked hard on the 2012 budget, but I think we can do better for the taxpayers of Washington County,” said Madison in a recent press announcement. Madison goes on to explain on future goals for the budget of 2013, of reelected. “I will push for a closer look at actual expenditures, as well as a budget that provides the citizens of Washington County with a more accurate depiction of how we are spending their tax dollars.” Justice Madison lives in Fayetteville. She is a graduate of Fayetteville High School, Vanderbilt University, and University of Arkansas School of Law. She practices law in Fayetteville and serves as a adjunct faculty member of the University of Arkansas School of Law. She has been married to David Pieper for 17 years. She has one son Sam, age 2. She also has several rescued cats and a …

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  5. Washington County Divorces, Feb. 1 — Feb. 14

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    February 24, 2012 by wcobserver

    Bobby Smith and Kelly Lopez, represented by Pro se Joey and Jennifer Hall, represented by Donna Lyles Jason and Christina Mair, represented by Dianne Boyd Ray and Judith Hathaway, represented by Charles Stutte Danny and Samantha Newberry, represented by Jennifer Ducharme Anthony and Miriah Freed, represented by John Hall Christi and Kevin Turner, represented by Pro se Jamison and April Lawson, represented by Melissa McManus Jeff and Tandi Newman, represented by Johnnie Rhoads, Robert and Niki Nouzousky, represented by Meliss a McManus Preston and Kathryn Stone, represented by Charles Chadwick Ferrari Hoffman and Zairin Koenck, represented by Pro se John and Nellie Holmberg, represented by Pro se Steve and Stephanie Hopper, represented by Scott Smitt Guillermo and Tania Porto, represented by Pro se Jesus and Martha Lopez, represented by Jeff Watson Matthew and Teri Hegi, represented by Donna Lyles Alexis and Wesley Cooper, represented by Jason Whales Howard and Kimberly Smith, represented by W. H. Taylor Peggy and Max Hillman, represented by Mauria Kemper Anna and Robert Cutsinger, represented by Mauria Kemper Terry and Kimberly Harper, represented by Sam Hilburn Jared and Jennifer Graham, represented by Cindy Hawkins Ashley and William Clampet, represented by Pro se Dewayne and Willistine Springer, …

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  6. Western District of Arkansas Bankruptcies Filed, Feb. 1 — Feb. 15

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    February 24, 2012 by wcobserver

    Honorable Judge Ben T. Barry 2/01/12 – 2/15/12 Joel and Louela Sebag; Ch. 7; represented by Jill Jacoway David Wold; Ch. 7; represented by Jennifer DuCharme Michael and Melissa Barron; Ch. 7; represnted by Pro se Patricia Smith; Ch. 7; represented by Jennifer DuChame David and Laura McCleland; Ch. 7; represented by Cindy Hawkins Jerry and Alice Turner, Ch. 7; represented by Barry Baker Stephen Hammill; Ch. 7; represented by Theresa Pockrus Jamie Lee; Ch. 13; represented by Brian Wilson Jennifer Bingham; Ch. 7; represented by Jill Jacoway Mranda Seale; Ch.7; represented by Robert Conner Virginia Garcia; Ch.13; represented by Emily Henson Victor Ramirez; Ch. 7; represented by Robert Conner Maria Bueno; Ch. 7; represented by Jeffrey Conner Sherrie Adair; Ch.13; represented by Steven Robbins The Halo Investment Trust; Ch. 7; represented by William Mayo Jonathan and Heather Hendrick; Ch. 7; represented by Todd Hertzberg Clarence and Peggy Metcalf; Ch. 7; represented by Theresa Pockrus Hortencia Beeler; Ch. 7; represented by Esther White Kenneth and Cathie Rader; Ch. 13; represented by Stanley Bond Larry Beene; Ch. 13; represented by Todd Hertzberg Brian and Angelina Cosey; Ch. 7; represented by Forrest Stolzer Sleep Right, LLC; Ch. 11; represented by Stanley Bond Josie …

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  7. Law and Order for Feb. 6 – Feb. 19

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    February 24, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Calls for Service 2/7/12 • Welfare concern; N. Jackson Hwy; Lincoln • Theft; E. Hwy 74; Elkins • Hazel Valley/ WC 47; Elkins • Stray dog; W. Battlefield Park; Prairie Grove • Animal complaint; N. Center St.; Elkins • Theft; N. Hwy 16; Elkins 2/8/12 • Sexual assault; West Fork • Criminal mischief; S. Hwy 71; West Fork • Trespassing; Hazel Valley; Elkins • Harassment; Eastview; Elkins • Criminal mischief; Northview; Elkins • Welfare concern; Jimmy Devault; Farmington 2/9/12 • Domestic disturbance; Sugar Mountain; West Fork • Welfare concern; Carter Lane Rd.; Winlsow • Burglary; S. Hwy 59; Lincoln • Disturbance; Hubbard Ln.; Prairie Grove • Animal complaint; Malico Mountain; West Fork • Stray dog; Butler; Prairie Grove • Theft; Greasy Valley; Prairie Grove  2/10/12 • Criminal mischief; Bethel Blacktop; Farmington • Welfare concern; Little/ WC 15; Lincoln • Traffic hazard; Stonewall; Prairie Grove • Stray dog; N. Jackson Hwy; Lincoln • Animal complaint; Summers Mountain; Lincoln • Suspicious activity; S. Hwy 170; West Fork • 911 hangup; Bethlehem; Winslow • Traffic complaint; S. Hwy 265; West Fork • Welfare concern; Bethel Blacktop; Prairie Grove  2/11/12 • Sexual assault; Lincoln • Welfare concern; Ditmars; Prairie Grove • Assault; Arthur Ave.; Lincoln …

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