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  1. Townies, Zippies and Politics

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    April 12, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    Centuries ago, a person’s identity was tied to the land on which they lived. The undifferentiated peasants of the medieval fiefdom system were known by their place, their location in the realm. Things haven’t changed much in 500 years. We still link our identity to geography. But now that link, rather than being determined by the lord of the manner is determined by the U.S. Postal Service in the form of a five-digit number known as the zip code. The zip code was the postal services’ answer to a “mail explosion” in the 1960s. They presented the code as “five trailblazing numbers that would launch every piece of mail with space age speed and precision.” It didn’t take long for marketers to capitalize on the “birds of a feather” adage and use zip codes as a tool for targeting their sales pitch to an identifiable demographic imbedded in zip codes. People with similar traits tend to cluster. There were reflections of characteristics of middle class, upper class, urban, rural, educated and what ever group the marketer was perusing. A person’s zip code could reveal which magazines they might read, their favorite toothpaste or TV shows and an array of clues …

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  2. PSAs for April 10-17

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    April 11, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    BLUEGRASS & COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW April 14, 6 p.m-10 p.m. Brentwood Community Building. Adults $5, kids 6 to 12 $2, under 6 free. Concession available. Proceeds to Benefit West Fork Senior Class Project Graduation. For information call Velma 479-601-6947. EARLY GARDEN TIPS Get tips for a successful Ozark spring garden on Saturday, April 14, at the West Fork Public Library. James Maginot, owner of Beyond Organics, will talk about early season starters and give tips on planning your garden, seed selection, and early pest control to maximize vegetable production. This free event begins at 11 a.m. and is the fourth of the library’s “Six Saturdays of Spring Training” speaker series. For more information, call 839-2626. MUSIC AND FOOD BENEFIT Saturday, April 14, a Benefit for Brian Stephenson from 5-7 p.m. We will have music, food; a pie, baked goods, and quilts auction will start at 7 p.m.; food will be stew or chili; adult plate will be $8 and kids plate, $5; Damon Meadors will be handling music — Brian fell and broke his back & is recovering from paralysis. PLANT TREES, SAVE STREAMS Volunteers are needed for Spring Planting at the White River Streambank Stabilization Project, which will be …

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  3. Editorial: Breathe Deep

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    April 10, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    Many area residents are excited about the prospect of a large grocery chain complete with gas, fresh produce and what many welcome most, a pharmancy, coming to West Fork.

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  4. Problems of An Aging Society

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    April 10, 2012 by Milton Jones

    In my childhood, I recall people speaking fondly of living “to a ripe old age.” My own father lived to celebrate his 100th birthday. But old-age is not always a blessing. Longevity creates its own expensive problems, and many more of us are living much longer than in the past.

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  5. Three Teal Species, Plus Golden Plovers

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    April 10, 2012 by Joseph C. Neal

    Down around Fort Smith old cut-off Arkansas River meanders refilled after heavy rain in late March. Meanders are the big bends in the natural river as it winds its way toward the Mississippi.

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  6. Obituaries for April 1 — 10

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    April 10, 2012 by wcobserver

    Timothy West, West Fork Timothy West, 74, of Winslow,  passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 in Fayetteville. He was born July 7, 1937, to Don and Murial West. He was a self employed artist. He is survived by friends and family. A memorial service will be held 12:00, noon on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the Winslow Ball Park with Reverend Perry Hall officiating.   Alfred Bentley Jr., Prairie Grove Alfred Bentley Jr., 69 a resident of Prairie Grove passed away April 9, 2012, in Prairie Grove.  He was born Nov. 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 …

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  7. Winslow Museum Receiving Grant for Play Production

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    April 10, 2012 by Beverly Simpson

    The Winslow Museum in Washington County will receive $2,000 in grant money to help produce “Maud Dunlap Duncan (1873-1958): Winslow’s Pharmacist, Mayor and Newspaperwoman.”  The project consists of two plays and an exhibit about the life of Maud Dunlap Duncan, one of Winslow’s most famous citizens. The month-long exhibit showcasing Duncan’s newspaper career will be open to the public through May as part of Arkansas Heritage Month. Every year the month of May is set aside by the Department of Arkansas Heritage to explore Arkansas history and tradition. This year’s theme is Dreams and Determination: Arkansans at Work. Events held in association with Arkansas Heritage Month will highlight industries and individuals whose dedication has made an impact in Arkansas, all the way from the frontier pioneers of Arkansas Territory to present-day explorers of new frontiers in a high-tech world. A total of $50,000 will be awarded to 17 organizations hosting Arkansas Heritage Month projects. Two plays featuring different phases of Duncan’s life will be presented to the public at the Farmer’s Market. A drama focusing on Duncan’s early life will be performed at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5. A lighthearted play depicting her time as Mayor of Winslow will be presented …

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