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  1. Meet West Fork’s Renaissance Man ​​

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    November 3, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    You don’t actually have to live on Bug Scuffle to be a Bug Scuffler. Brad Hardin has been building a large house across the road from us since summer and is still going strong. Just a couple of weekends ago, Larry and I went to Cedarville to my first stock car races to watch Brad race. These were the last races of the season so not many cars were there. Nonetheless, I had a totally new experience and met a bunch of great people. Brad’s father, Terry, had been active in stock car racing too, but sold out when Brad was 15.

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  2. How to Perfect the After-School Quiz

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    October 20, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    Fall is here with football games, Frito pies and hoodies. School is in full swing with parents and kids going through the “how was your day” routine. For the most part, that routine is a meaningless ritual plagued with generic responses such as “fine” or “okay.” Parents feel they are showing an interest in their childrens’ educations and students feel they have dodged a bullet. Better questioning can heap huge rewards without taking excessive time many families simply don’t have.

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  3. The Greatest Companion: Great Pyrenees a Popular Breed among NWA residence

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    October 15, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    By Terry Ropp One of the dog breeds more common here than in many other parts of the country is the Great Pyrenees as it is known in the States or Pyrenees Mountain Dog elsewhere. Two area families, Marvin and Linda Jones in West Fork and Mike and Diane Hawkins in Prairie Grove put the breed to vastly different uses with equal success and delight. The Jones’ have five dogs and use them to guard sheep, goats, and, — believe it or not — chickens. The Hawkins’ on the other hand, have a registered male they use as a family pet.

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  4. Snippets: The Bee decline, fresh Trout Fishing and hopeful thoughts

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    October 6, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    About once a year, I write a column of snippets — short information on a variety of topics. The first topic this year has to do with The Great Sunflower Project. Sadly, my participation this year was non-existent. For those of you who don’t remember, The Great Sunflower Project is a national program designed to monitor the nation’s bee population through a scientifically defined but amateur-collected data base. The data summary indicated that the bees in Northwest Arkansas are declining rapidly. Over 80,000 people submitted data in 2010 and I was one of them.

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