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  1. West Fork State of the City 2013

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    February 28, 2013 by wcobserver

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    The economic outlook for the City is more promising. Tax revenues for the last reporting period are up. Small businesses have opened and they report that business has been good for them. Two large businesses began in 2012 and there was also an expansion of an existing business, all of which will employ local people. The Harps store on Phillips Street will officially open on February 20th and will provide a much needed pharmacy for our residents and those who live in the largely rural area of south central Washington County.

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  2. Letter to Editor: Professional Procedures Lacking

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    February 22, 2013 by wcobserver

    Dear Editor of the Observer, I have thought long and hard about writing this letter, but I think I have something to say to other West Fork citizens, out there, who just might listen. I moved to West Fork about four years ago, but I have deep ties here through family members who have lived in this area for a very long time. In those four years, especially in the last five months, I have learned things about our city government that concern me.

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  3. Photos:Harps Grand Opening

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    February 20, 2013 by wcobserver

    Grand Opening February 20, 2013

    Grand Opening February 20, 2013

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  4. WF Feb. Council Minutes (uapproved)

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    February 20, 2013 by wcobserver

    City Council meeting minutes do not become the official record of the meeting until they are approved by a vote of the council at the following meeting. These minutes were taken by City Clerk Marsha Hungate and not edited or proffed by the WCObserver. Unapproved Page 1 of 5 Minutes West Fork City Council February 12, 2013 Voice Roll Call : Sarah Setzer, Anita Lowry, Charlie Rossetti, Ed Stout, Shane Donahue, Bill Sergeant, Julie Shafer, Mayor Frances Hime, City Clerk Marsha Hungate

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  5. President’s Day Announcement

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    February 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    Washington County Observer’s owner and publisher announced today he is entering the race for mayor of West Fork. The election will be November 4, 2014. When asked why he was announcing his candidacy twenty months before the election, he replied, “I want to give the voters time to get to know me.”    

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  6. CHANGE OUR STATE BIRD?

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    February 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    Joe Neal CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL TO CHANGE OUR STATE BIRD In Arkansas politics, change is in the air. So of course I’ve been worried the current Arkansas Legislature might act to change our state bird from Northern Mockingbird to . . . well . . . what? If the Arkansas Legislature gets involved, things won’t stop at just naming a new state bird. First they would pass law mandating that we bird watchers on campus or church grounds carry concealed weapons, but of course, only if we want. I do currently carry a concealed audio recording device. Is that lethal enough? If you are having trouble visualizing, imagine Joe Neal as Dirty Harry, with a pistol in my pocket. Oops, I mean Sony digital recorder. If we wish to cast a ballot on changing the state bird, we would first present a state-mandated ID to prove our citizenship. Amazing. I’ve gotten by SIX DECADES without one! I had no idea Arkansas was in such danger from voter fraud! Superman and Supergirl both face threats from this law. Imagine if Legislative investigators discover the kryptonite!

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  7. Woody Allen Has Never Been to West Fork

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    February 15, 2013 by wcobserver

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    Woody Allen never met Michael “Butch” Bartholomew. If he had he might not have offered up his often repeated quip, “80% of success is showing up.” In the little town of West Fork, Arkansas, Mr. Bartholomew is surely counted among the successful.  He has a nice home in a nice neighborhood, has real estate investments, serves on various boards and is known throughout the region as the face of West Fork.  But his most salient sign of success is his job. As head of water and sewer and almost every other city function, he has managed, over his forty year career,  to install himself in a position that is beyond review or evaluation. He is untouchable.

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