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  1. Editorial: Cost of a Well-Informed Citizenry

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    July 13, 2014 by Steve Winkler

    - The Observation Post – by Steve Winkler July marked the second month that a West Fork city council meeting was made available to anybody, anywhere, anytime. Video technology and the internet have opened up the proceedings in city hall to anyone who wishes to be a witness to their city government conducting business.

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  2. Why’d She Resign?

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    November 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    Frances Hime

    Observation Post -By Steve Winkler- On November 12, 2013, Frances Hime resigned as mayor of West Fork. Having worked with her on various city related issues, some people assume I have some insight. I get asked why – what’s the “real” reason she quit.

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  3. Fiber Arts Fair 2013

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    October 21, 2013 by wcobserver

    Folkways pumpkins

    Ozark Folkways’ annual Fabric Fair was held October 12. As usual the fabric art was fabulous. First Place in Crochet: Clair Detels; First Place Weaving: Debra DuBois, Best of Show, Lace, Pessy Bowey. Judie Sizemore, Needle Point. [other winners will be listed in the comments, hopefully] Music was by East of Zion, a local group from out east of the Zion community and the Woosley Church Community Singers.(they’re from over around Woosley) Beautiful sounds filled the fall air. If you have more information for the community, feel free to use comment space at the end of the article. [The WCO is a little short on reporters.]  

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  4. Okay girls, time to take notes.

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    October 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    two secretary

    The Observation Post by Steve Winkler- Okay girls, time to take notes. The West Fork Planning Commission needs a few new members. If you’re a female applicant it might help your chances to serve your town if you have secretary skills to offer.

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  5. Parks Flap Gets Public Airing

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    June 24, 2013 by wcobserver

      The Observation Post by Steve Winkler As the days grow longer and the hills go green the boys of summer pull out the bats and balls, oil the gloves and head to the ball park. It’s not just the kids that come out for America’s favorite pass time. In a society that likes to organize and structure summer fun it means that along with the  kids comes a gaggle of adults in the form of coaches, assistant coaches, umpires, managers, fund raisers, volunteers, drivers, grounds keepers, directors,  and of course Commissioners. And parents. City owned and operated Carter Park in West Fork is a modern facility with all the amenities’ of any small town sports facility; fences, bleachers, well tended in and out field, lights, paved parking, rest rooms, concession stand and a pavilion for picnics. The facility is financed with a city sales tax and overseen by a seven member commission that hires a professional parks and recreation director. Any keen observer of small town social life knows that many folks around here rank Sports right up there with God and Country. So it’s no surprise when any perceived deviation from the principles of fair play and character …

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  6. Another Person’s Treasure

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    March 25, 2013 by wcobserver

    Another Person’s Treasure By Annie McCormick So it is said about trash. However, some trash is treasure. I was in the midst of thousands of square feet of it last weekend at the Fort Smith Flea Market. There were a few Winslowites there selling their items as well as many from our area searching for treasures. Rene Banks had some great vintage saddles and magazines for sale. I have favorites from almost all 20th century styles. Not so much Victorian and not anything from the 80s on, but I like Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and Retro. “Retro” is from the 50s and 60s; also called the “Space Age.” Lots of turquoise, light green and pink combined with black. Cool stuff and lots of it at this flea market.

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  7. 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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