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  1. Pet food recalls


    May 27, 2012 by Linda Ford


    There have been a number of new pet food recalls in the last couple of months. The newest being that of the Diamond pet food company. The recalls so far are from their plant in South Carolina. The offending ingredient this time is the GI pathogen known as Salmonella. This bacteria is one that can be transmitted from pets to people. It causes vomiting and diarrhea. Some cases are severe enough to cause dehydration which can lead to kidney failure. The liver can also be affected. It can be deadly to the very young and the very old or debilitated. If a person comes in contact with the vomitus or fecal matter or even handles the pet food, he can become infected. Diamond makes puppy and dog food. They also make Taste of the Wild but I have been assured that the food carried at Halbert’s and here at our clinic are not on the recall list and were made at another plant.


  2. We’re Taking a Break


    May 25, 2012 by wcobserver

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    The Observer’s going to take a summer break between Memorial Day to Labor Day. Loyal readers can still find us writing occasional Facebook posts. If we can muster the energy, we’ll also have a fortnightly newsletter. Public service announcements are available from and Patty Baker’s Active Citizens email list.Other information sources include bulletin boards at the West Fork and Winslow city libraries; the Bank of Fayetteville in West Fork; West Fork City Hall; and the new information kiosk at the West Fork recycle center. For gossip try Jake’s and That Place in West Fork; The Mercantile and Mikey’s in Winslow; and the breakfast crowd at the Greenland Mini-Mart./div> The Observer owners and staff will use the time to reorganize. When we return, we will be structured as either a writers’ collective, a consumer and/or producer co-op or an educational non-profit.  If you’d like to participate in this new venture contact us with your ideas at Now, go out and have some fun … 


  3. Political Spectrum: A View from the Right — Does the financial industry need more government regulation?


    May 24, 2012 by Mike Landry


    When I was a kid there was a newspaper cartoon by Harry Shorten and Al Fagaly  featuring ongoing scenarios about people doing the kinds of obnoxious things that get under our skin. The cartoon was “There Oughta Be A Law.” I guess the cartoons were funny then.  Today, that title turns me off. Because when crooks break laws, government responds by developing new ones. Take for example Enron.  It crashes, people are ruined. There oughta be a law!  So legislators pass new laws to ensure another Enron cannot occur and in the course of it hamper the abilities of honest companies to conduct their business.  Never mind that masterminds who created the Enron collapse went to jail under laws already on the books.


  4. DEAD END: Washington County citizens vote against transit tax


    May 23, 2012 by Matthew Jones


    Washington County doesn’t want to expand funding for the Ozark Regional Transit. The vote of Washington County went to the polls yesterday, May 22, and had their voices heard loud and clear. Those against the vote won out, by 64 percent, widely beating the 36 percent in favor of raising the sales tax to fund ORT route expansion. “The purpose of the tax was not very clear” explained Goshen resident, Traci, who  voted NO on the new transit tax. She said that she “wanted to know what the reasons where behind the tax.” She went on to explain that her vote was not against expanding public transit in Was. Co. but more a vote against the unknown and in this time of economic uncertainty, where people have to strap down and make tough decisions, “I better be safe than sorry.


  5. Political Spectrum — A View from the Left: Does the financial industry need more government regulation?


    May 23, 2012 by Richard Drake


    Does the financial industry need more government regulation? Government regulation. The horror of the ages. Urban legend tells us that regulations kill the
life blood of American creativity, that “job creators” across this great nation of ours would be hiring workers by the bushel if weren’t for those regulations, which govern everything from workplace safety to environmental protections. And nowhere, the legend goes, does the hand of regulation have a more strangling effect than on our financial industry. And one of the most vicious pieces of legislation, the one that has kept the best and brightest helping to left our economy from the recession we now find ourselves in. When we talk about legislation of late, we talk of two things: J.P. Morgan and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The fact that J.P. Morgan lost so much of its investors’ money might seem to play up the urgency for bills such as Dodd-Frank, yet for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the J.P. Morgan crisis matters – pardon the pun, but I can’t help myself – not a whit. In fact, as he pointed out on a news show this week, somebody made money off the debacle, and …


  6. PSAs for May 21 – 30


    May 23, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Decoration Day at Fritts Comet, June 11 at 2 p.m.  Come or send your donations for the upkeep, Thanks     Gahhard Rev will be at Carrol Elect. At Huntsville Ark. July 21 10-5 p.m  bring a covered dish and update on your family. FIRST SUNDAY AT FOLKWAYS  June 3, 2012 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 p.m. Ozark Folkways, 22733 N Hwy 71, Winslow, AR 72946    Cost: Donation Only!   Contact: Rebecca, 479-634-3791,

PHOTO AND MAP EXIBIT    Christian Underwood, local Northwest Arkansas Nature Photographer and Cartographer, will have his photographs and maps on display in the Ozark Folkways Connie Wright Gallery during the month of June. Please join us First Sunday, June 3rd, from 2-4 p.m. for an opening reception at Ozark Folkways.  Free! GOLF TOURNAMENT  It’s that time of year again! The 2012 Prairie Grove Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held at Valley View Golf Course on Monday, June 18. The cost is $320 per 4-man team and hole sponsorships are $75. Please contact Dale Reed at to register a team and contact Natalie Bartholomew or Paula Ditmars for any hole sponsorships or prizes at or Thank you in advance for your support of the Prairie Grove Chamber …


  7. School’s Out!


    May 23, 2012 by Annie McCormick


    I’ve been attempting to practice patience lately.  I’ve been told that I’m way too impatient, especially with the tv remote.  Technology has enabled me to have some things in a nanosecond and I have gotten used to it.  Waiting at a traffic light seems like it takes forever, when it is really only 45-60 seconds.  I could go through my email in that amount of time but I don’t have a phone that does email.  Oh, well.  It seems like everything is speeded up nowadays.  Kids talk so fast I usually have to ask them to repeat what they said, slower and in English.  Words are abbreviated for the sake of  expediency as well.  I’d hate to be a school teacher and have to deal with a room full of  children with this kind of limited attention span.  The educators of today are truly warriors. Not that they weren’t when I was in school, just a different kind.  When I was in grade school (yeah, yeah…a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…) children were basically all taught the same thing in the same manner.  First grade served to weed out the “A” students from the others.  …