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  1. Speed Bumps; Do The Research Then Do Something

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    May 23, 2012 by Steve Winkler

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    [Click here or somewhere] Any discussion of the automobile will at some point become controversial and emotionally charged.  They’re a blessing and a curse. We hate them, love them; we love to hate them. We can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em. Cities, large and small, around the world devote exorbitant amounts of attention to the car’s pollution, regulation, parking, roads, and traffic control.  One device to reduce speed and volume is the “traffic calming” device introduced in 1970 known as the speed bump. Speed bumps, speed humps and speed tables began appearing in Fayetteville several years ago and the bumps arrived last year to West Fork. First, residents of Doke Street requested and got them, followed shortly by requests from Pleasant Street and Riverwood Street residents. Not everyone thought the “sleeping policeman” as they’re called in Europe were a good idea. Fire Chief McCorkel spoke against them at several council meetings noting the damage they can cause emergency vehicles and also resulting in slower response time. At the April council meeting it was reported  that “while it is a common practice to cut the middle out of a speed bump for kids on bikes and motorcycles, the removal of …

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  2. Bullies or Bullied

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    May 22, 2012 by Lillian Winkler

    Trillion and a friend.

    Recently West Fork City Council presented a draft of animal control ordinance including banning the Pit Bull breed with the exception of current owners that have papers on their dog.

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  3. School’s Out!

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    May 22, 2012 by Annie McCormick

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    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.

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  4. A New Bird for Arkansas

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    May 22, 2012 by Joseph C. Neal

    Gray Crowned Rosy Finch

    “You are going to think I am crazy, but I just saw and photographed a GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCH next to the visitor center parking lot here at Mount Magazine State Park!!!!”

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  5. Election Day

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    May 21, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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    Election day is finally here, or at least the May 22nd election day. There will be more to come. If you have already voted in early or absentee voting thanks, but for all those who have waited there is still time left to vote. I hope that everyone decides to vote, because there are not only important issues on the ballot, whether or not people in Washington Co. will be paying higher sales taxes, but also important primary races going on, and judge ships to be decided on as well. It is important that every eligible citizen of this county vote and have their voices heard. A term that I hear a lot is: The Silent Majority. This refers to when most of the people agree on one side or another of a particular issue but they are not as vocal about it or decide, for some reason or another, not to vote. There is no reason why this term should even be in existence because if someone feels that an issue is an important or wants to change or keep the government the same, there is an outlet in our way of governance to show that. Just vote. I …

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  6. Obituaries for the Week of May 15

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    May 15, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Oletta Lavelle Howe – Oletta Lavelle Howe, 79 a resident of Prairie Grove, passed away May 1, 2012 in Fort Scott, Kansas. She was born April 26, 1933 in Odell, Arkansas, the daughter of John H. “Perno” and Jewell Agnus Rose Dobbs. She was a member of the Prairie Oaks Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Howe; one brother, Thorton Dobbs; and one sister, Bonnie Morrison. Survivors include one son, Rocky Howe, and his wife, Valarie, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; three daughters, Deborah Jetmore and her huband, Tim of Deerfield, Missouri, Saundra Shinkle and her husband, Randy of Fall River, Kansas, and Sheila Oliver of Grain Valley, Missouri; three brothers, Omer Dobbs, Johnny Dobbs, and Clinton Dobbs; two sisters, Rachel Loftin and Ruby Marshall. twelve grandchildren, Melissa Liddle, Deborah Shinkle, Zachary Shinkle, Thaddaeus Jack Jetmore, Tara Beth Oliver, Kevin Oliver, Samatha Lavelle Oliver, Colton Jack Howe, Jake Dalton Howe, Jenna Ruth Howe, John David Horn and Casey Liddle and one great grandchild, Max Shinkle; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Service was held Friday, May 4, 2012 at Prairie Oaks Baptist Church Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery near Evansville. Pallbearers …

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  7. WF Council Takes Care of Business

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    May 15, 2012 by wcobserver

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    An overflow crowd packed the West Fork City Administration Building May 8 but not everybody was there for the council meeting. It was also “conflict night” for the West Fork District Court when many of the cases are transferred form Prairie Grove. Also, the regular monthly West Fork city council meeting followed a public hearing on the proposed dog ordinance.

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