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  1. Future of Historical Church Uncertain

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    May 15, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    Almost fifty years before West Fork became an incorporated town in 1885, several settler families organized the first Christian Church in the county. The last four remaining members of that congregation have chosen other churches, and are no longer meeting in the building at 210 Garfield, according to long time member Kenny Miller.

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  2. What’s the Buzz… and Barking… and Meowing?

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    May 15, 2012 by wcobserver

    Prior to the public hearing on the West Fork Animal Ordinance on May 8, Mayor Frances HIme and Council members had labored long and hard during a special work session to revise the current ordinance.

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  3. Letter to the Editor: Tax ‘Em All

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    May 15, 2012 by wcobserver

    The good intentioned people of the Quorum Court have passed to some of the voters, a measure that will extract yet another incremental tax increase from all of us. I say some voters because this will be on a May ballot which all involved know is lightly attended by the public at large. We can call this fair in the sense that it is a public vote but make no mistake; it is clearly intended to sway the result from the limited turnout as opposed to allowing this to be included in the well attended November election. This dichotomy should be explained in any elections that the issue included has no real time constraint. Do they really purport this to be a democratic act? The reason I oppose this measure is twofold. First, anyone who will consider the simple arithmetic will see that this is a manufactured entitlement. Using the ORT figures, ridership is at best 250,000 per year, the fare is $1.25, and the tax increase, not the total spent, is over $7 Million.  ORT further claims that ridership will exceed 1.2 Million in 2012 and although far fetched, would yield: $1.25 rider fare times the exaggerated 1.2 million …

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  4. Public Service Announcements for the Week of May 15

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    May 15, 2012 by wcobserver

    COUNTYWIDE SPECIAL ELECTION MAY 22. TO SEE BALLOT CLICK HERE EARLY VOTING  County Clerk’s office, 3rd Floor, Washington County Courthouse, Fayetteville, AR, beginning May 7, 2012 until May 21, 2012. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. M – F, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays (May 12 and May 19) and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, before the election. WATERSHED CLEANUP Volunteers needed May 19 at Riverside Park, West Fork for 7th annual River Cleanup. Pre-register by calling 479-422-1014 or show up and register on-site. Participants will be supplied with trash bags, maps to locations, gloves and water. A flyer about the event may be downloaded from the beaver Water Districts website at www.bwdh2o.org. TRAINED SITTERS NEEDED Parents want trained babysitters. Babysitting can be a lucrative job for teenagers. The American Red Cross will sponsor “Babysitters Boot Camp” at the Jones Center in Springdale on June 12 &13 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price is $140. Call 479-306-4688 x204 or email: Jeff.Patrick@redcross.org. FIND WATER WITH A STICK Learning to dowse for water. June 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Ozark Folkways, 22733 N Hwy 71, Winslow, AR72746. Cost is $20. Space is limited so sign up …

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  5. An Out-of-Towner’s Fishing Tale

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    May 9, 2012 by wcobserver

    South of West Fork, Highway 71 follows the White River like a boy follows his father. Snaking along beside it with pride and admiration, with mimicry. Sometimes they drift apart, momentarily, but always gravitate back together, tumbling through billowing lush green trees of spring and summer.

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  6. The flea life cycle, lets review this again…

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    May 9, 2012 by Linda Ford

    “That frontline stuff doesn’t work anymore.” You don’t know how many times I’ve heard that statement. But, after extensive interrogation of the person telling me this, light is shed and we proceed to have the whole flea life cycle discussion.

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  7. Schools Host After School Programs

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    May 8, 2012 by wcobserver

    Jones Elementary School in Springdale was the first to have a Girl Scout after-school program. School Principal Melisa Fink and Girl Scout Troop Leader Ana Villafranca started the program last fall, and they have been working together in bringing new knowledge to the girls.

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