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  1. A Citizen Journalist in Tonitown

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    November 7, 2012 by wcobserver

    Tonitown is in western Washington county. So why, one might ask is the Washington County Observer which serves the south part be interested in why happens over there. Two reasons. First the size of the town and nature of the issues that are confronting their citizens are similar to those in West Fork. They also dissolved their independent water commissions in the past election, they have had city clerk problems and are struggling with police funding problems. But also, we want to showcase an excellent example of local citizen journalism written by Sunny Hinshaw, a retired veterinarian who is active in city politics and sends out a monthly newsletter. We applaud this effort and hope perhaps it will inspire others to write and share their observations of their town. Sharing information, observing and participating in ones town is vital to the well being of any community.   Tontitown News   November 4, 2012  Volume # 17   Dear Citizens, I will start this TTN with a reminder that the City Council Meeting has been moved from the 1st Tuesday meeting date to Wednesday due to Election Day this month.  Time and place are still the same, 7 PM at City Hall. …

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  2. Chili Cook-off Rules

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    November 7, 2012 by wcobserver

    The  2nd Annual Chili Cook-off by the West Fork Parks Department will be Saturday Nov. 17, 2012  from 6 – 7:30PM at the West Fork Community Center. 1.  There is an Entry fee (donation) of $5. It is preferred to pre-register at City Hall but we will accept entries the day of the contest.

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  3. Harps in WF Growing

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    November 3, 2012 by wcobserver

    Harp’s Foods in West Fork. Hope’n to open February.

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  4. Editorial: The Risk of Voting FOR

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    November 3, 2012 by wcobserver

    The Risk of Voting FOR The ballot initiative being presented to West Fork voters on Tuesday is a game changer. Voting to elect a mayor or council member has a built in safety valve; if your choice turns out to be a mistake, at least, it will be rectified when the four year term ends.  At the same time, if your choice works well for you, it may not be repeated with the next mayor or alderman.  This ballot initiative will change city government in a fundamental way; it will change how the individual components of city government are connected to each other.  To use a mechanical metaphor, the way the gears and wheels interact will determine the performance of the machine.  The ballot initiative is about the structure of city government, not the individuals who occupy any position in government.  Governments are the administrative equivalent of machines with interchangeable parts.

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  5. Letter to Editor, Fred Robinson

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    November 2, 2012 by wcobserver

    Letter to the Editor, Fred Robinson here. I have entered my name in the election for Alderman, Ward 2 Position 1. In my interaction with citizens of West Fork on the issues, I have decided that my informed opinions on these issues are as follows: The issues on the ballot and where I stand on them: FOR the initiative to put control of our Water and Sewer System in our City Government AGAINST the medical marijuana proposal NON-COMMITTED on the sales tax for highways. West Fork Election Positions:   

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  6. Winslow Museum Grows

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    November 2, 2012 by wcobserver

    Special to the Observer By Beverly Simpson                                                                                            News From the Winslow Museum In July, the Winslow Museum received a grant from The Arkansas Humanities Council for $2500.00.  This money will be used to pay for certification classes for the museum director.  The classes consist of building exhibits, managing and organizing collections, working with volunteers, starting a non-profit museum, and record keeping.    The Developing Exhibitions class has been completed and as a result a new exhibit for the museum was created.  Monies from this grant will also be used to purchase a computer, printer, camera, audio recorder, and printing of brochures and a new book on stories from Winslow. 

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