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  1. Obituaries for April 14 – April 20

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    April 17, 2012 by wcobserver

    Alfred Bentley, Prairie Grove Alfred Bentley Jr. 69 a resident of Prairie Grove passed away April 9, 2012 in Prairie Grove. He was born November 22, 1942 in Cedarville, the son of Alfred Senate and Violet Viola Nelson Bentley. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Christine Rosetta Bentley; five sons, Eddie Joe Bentley of Cedarville, Steve Bentley of Prairie Grove, Mike Remington of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, Roger Remington of Prairie Grove, and Ronnie Remington of Lincoln; five daughters, Ruby Bentley of Siloam Springs, Kathy Sanford of DeQueen, Carolyn Brasuell, Virginia Vitro, and Jeanette Vickery all of Prairie Grove; five brothers, Charles Bentley of Cedarville, Melvin Bentley of Siloam Springs, George Bentley of Fayetteville, Bill Bentley of Moffet, Okla. and Wesley Beachcamp of Colcord, Oklah.; one sister, Ruby Crabtree of Cedarville; twenty two grandchildren and twenty nine great grandchildren. Funeral Service was held Thursday, April 12, at Luginbuel Chapel in Prairie Grove.  Burial was in the Prairie Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie Joe Bentley, Steve Bentley, Mike Remington, Roger Remington, Ronnie Remington, and Bud Remington. Milton Thompson, Prairie Grove Milton Thompson,  89. a resident of Prairie Grove, passed away …

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  2. Arkansas Wins Judgment Against Pharmaceutical Manufacturer

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    April 17, 2012 by Sue Madison

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    LITTLE ROCK –  The state of Arkansas has won a judgment at the trial court level against a major pharmaceutical manufacturer and its subsidiary, winning a judgment of $1.2 billion for the state’s Medicaid fund. The drug manufacturer is Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiary is Janssen Pharmaceutica.  They are expected to appeal the fine, which was ordered by a Pulaski County circuit judge. The attorney general, representing the state of Arkansas, filed the suit in 2007.  The trial lasted two weeks.  A jury of six men and six women deliberated for about three hours before issuing a verdict saying the pharmaceutical companies committed Medicaid fraud and used deceptive trade practices by hiding the negative side effects of a drug commonly prescribed for people with mental disorders. The potential side effects of the drug are diabetes, hormonal changes that affect the sexual development of children, increased likelihood of strokes in elderly people and excessive weight gain in users of all ages.  Jurors were asked to determine whether the company’s labeling accurately disclosed its possible side effects.  The jurors were also asked to determine if a letter to Arkansas physicians about the drug was deceptive. The drug manufacturer has a mixed …

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  3. West Forks All Volunteer Council…Again

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    April 17, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    [This editorial first appeared in the September 2, 2010 edition of the Observer. We are recycling it in light of the Resolution to compensate council members presented at the April Council Meeting. We thought compensating council members was a good idea then and we still do.] There are volunteers and then there are volunteers. Many people mistakenly understand the word as referring to someone who does something without being paid. But more accurately, a volunteer is someone who acts voluntarily, which means the action is done in accordance with one’s own free will. Soldiers in the volunteer army are paid. At your job, you may volunteer to work over the weekend to finish an important project. That doesn’t mean you’ve agreed to work for free. Volunteerism is more about free will than money. True, some volunteer positions in an organization may offer minimal or no compensation. Others are paid positions. There are as many reasons to become a volunteer as there are volunteers. Most obvious is the genuine unselfish desire that flows from a religious, humanitarian or other obligation to “giveback;” to help others. You’re single and volunteer to work Christmas day so your married co-workers can be with their …

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  4. Washington County Clean-up Days

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    April 17, 2012 by wcobserver

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    FARMINGTON SPRING CLEANUP:   Farmington’s annual spring cleanup. Friday, May 4 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. GREENLAND:  Clean up days are May 11, 9-4 and May 12,  9-noon  Bring items to Greenland Community Center. PRAIRIE GROVE:  Prairie Grove did away with the annual spring clean-up event and replaced it with a once a year bulky pickup available to each residential customer at their convenience and schedule. Any time during the calendar year they can call and the City will schedule a pickup of furniture, bulky items, appliances, carpet, etc. The city does require a fee for electronics to cover the cost of recycling those items. The new program has worked very well, and yearly volume has not dropped at all indicating just as much trash is being collected as before. Pickups are pre-scheduled throughout the week, and are normally scheduled on the day of their regular pickup. In addition to the free bulky pickup, customers can have additional pickups throughout the year as needed but are charged extra for those times. Dumpsters are also available on a first come first serve basis. WASHINGTON COUNTY: Spring Cleanup Saturday April 21,8 a.m …

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  5. County Cleanup Ordinance Passes

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    April 17, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

    Abandoned trailers in a junkyard a mile south of West Fork on scenic Highway 71 (Photo by Steve Winkler)

    The Quorum Court on Thursday passed an ordinance that will allow the county to clean up properties deemed “unsightly and unsanitary” by a county judge. According to the ordinance, if a complaint is made, the landowner will be given 30 days to clean the land. If the property is not cleaned within that time period, the county will do the job, billing the landowner. Though rules and ordinances have been made in the past, this will give the county the power to go in and clean up the property, county attorney George Butler said. The 30-day grace period was designed to give landowners notice, Butler said. “[Going onto a property], the intention is for that to be the last resort,” he said. The ordinance passed unanimously, but JP Tom Lundstrum had reservations about the bill only affecting land not zoned for agriculture. Butler said that wording was already state law, according to the City Wire. With cities like Fayetteville and Springdale already enforcing similar laws, giving the county an enforcement mechanism was necessary, JP Barbara Fitzpatrick said in an interview before the vote. “For the benefit of the entire community there are laws that say if it’s visible from the …

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  6. Who are OUR judges?

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    April 13, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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    If most of you are like me, you know who is running for president. You most likely know who is running for the major positions in your community, but what about those people who don’t have party affiliations, officially? Who really knows who the judges that are running in your district really are? Well I hope that this little bit of information makes your job on May 22nd a little easier. Washington County is in Judicial District 4, along with Madison County. This is for the circuit court, the lowest of the of the three courts in the state court system. (The Court of Appeals and the Arkansas Supreme Court are the higher two types of courts.) There are currently two seats open on this circuit, Division 4 and Division 6. For Division 4 you have three new candidates vying for your votes, while in Division 6 you an incumbent judge versus a newcomer. In Division 6, there is incumbent Judge Mark Lindsay. According to his re-election page on Facebook, he has served on the circuit court bench since March 2000. Also, he was in private law practice for 21 years and was Judge of the West Fork Municipal Court for 15 years.  He went …

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  7. The Changing Face of West Fork

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    April 12, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

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