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  1. Deer Harvest Numbers

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    October 27, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 26, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  Last year Arkansas hunters harvested 192,748 deer, about a four percent increase over the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. The harvest of bucks went up from 82,973 to 85,284 and the harvest of does increased from 88,341 to 93,838. So far this season about 38,000 deer have been harvested, according to the state Game and Fish Commission.  That includes more than 9,160 in Zone 12 of south-central Arkansas.  In no other zone have more than 3,000 been harvested.

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  2. Voters Have Rights

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    October 27, 2012 by wcobserver

    We need to know what our rights are as voters and what we can do to protect ourselves. Below are some pointers that we should all know and share. 1. If you are not on the voting list — but know you are indeed registered, the polling place must contact the county clerk for verification. Once confirmed as an eligible voter by the county clerk — you are legally allowed to vote on a regular ballot. If the county clerk cannot confirm your registration, you can vote using a provisional ballot. 2. If your address does not match that on the precinct voter registration list you are still legally allowed to vote. You will need to fill out a voter registration form to update your information. After verifying your precinct — you may cast your ballot. If you are in the wrong precinct, you can receive a precinct transfer form from the poll workers and take it to your accurate precinct on a REGULAR ballot. If you decide to vote in the original precinct- you may do so on a Provisional ballot. If you believe you have issues related to your address — we recommend you vote early at the …

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  3. How Religious Movements Take Off

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    October 27, 2012 by Steven Worden

    Commentary on Religion and Society by Steven Worden. His column, “Fire On The Mountain” has appeared regularly in the WC Observer since 2010 and in the West Fork Zephyr. This article was originally published in the Washington County Observer September 8, 2011. How Religious Movements Take Off  Few topics fascinate sociologists more than the explosive growth of new religious movements. For example, how did a mere 1,000 Christians in the year 40 AD mushroom into more than 6,300,000 by 300 AD?

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  4. Rain Gardens Come To Library

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    October 27, 2012 by wcobserver

    Special to the Observer By Jane Bryant “It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood” as Friends of the Library, community members, and local Master Gardeners met to plant the two rain gardens at the West Fork Library on Oct. 3.  The Library received two grants to help clean up the runoff from the roof of the library before it enters the watershed of the West Fork of the White River. Volunteers planted more than 200 plants and shrubs on the southeast and northwest corners of the library.  

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  5. State Capitol Week in Review, Oct. 19, 2012

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    October 25, 2012 by Sue Madison

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 19, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  The Senate and House Education Committees recommended an increase in public school funding of between 1.8 percent and 2.5 percent, which would be sufficient for school districts to provide a constitutionally adequate education to Arkansas students. The legislature will use the recommendation when writing budgets for the next two fiscal years.  Based on the experience of the past few years, schools can expect an increase of close to 2 percent.  A 1.8 percent increase would amount to $56.6 million.  A 2.5 percent increase would be $78.4 million.

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  6. West Fork Personnel Policy Manual

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    October 17, 2012 by Jeff Winkler

    [This document may not include recent modifications and additions.] CHAPTER 2.54 PERSONNEL POLICY MANUAL Sections: 2.54.01 Definitions 2.54.02 Employment policies 2.54.03 General employee benefits 2.54.04 Matters affecting the status of employees 2.54.05 Standards of conduct 2.54.06 Controlled substance drugs and alcohol policy 2.54.07 Controlled substance and alcohol testing for safety sensitive positions 2.54.08 Controlled substance and alcohol testing for DOT positions 2.54.09 Compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 2.54.10 Miscellaneous information 2.54.01 Definitions Department head means a person who is responsible for the administration of a department. Employee means a full-time hourly, monthly, or salaried employee on a permanent basis with the city of West Fork. Employer means the city of West Fork and refers to all departments. Governing body means the City Council Immediate family means mother, father, brother, sister, son, daughter, grandparents, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, spouse, spouse’s immediate family, or other relatives who live in the employee’s household including “step” relatives. Part-time employee means an employee who works on an hourly basis when, and as needed, (less than 32 hours a week). These employees do not receive any benefits listed in 2.54.03 and 2.54.04 of the Personnel Handbook. Full-time employees means any employee, either hourly, …

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