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  1. Editorial: Cost of a Well-Informed Citizenry


    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.


  2. Why’d She Resign?


    November 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    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.


  3. Okay girls, time to take notes.


    October 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    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.


  4. Parks Flap Gets Public Airing


    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 …


  5. Woody Allen Has Never Been to West Fork


    February 15, 2013 by wcobserver

    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.


  6. The Politics of Nostalgia


    February 14, 2013 by wcobserver

    Observation Post by Steve Winkler The Politics of Nostalgia                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Every town has a past, not every town has a future. West Fork may not have a website or digital storage of public records, but by golly, we have social media in town. Last fall a facebook page appeared called West Fork Politics. Used as a vehicle for candidates for office and as a discussion forum for issues the group grew to over 150 members, most of whom were spectators. The dozen or so active commentators act as both entertainers for the majority and occasionally provide something …


  7. The Sweet Comfort of Validation


    May 8, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    We used to be suspicious of online articles. Who knows where they’ve been? Print media was the bulwark of journalistic legitimacy, we opined. Then we suspended our print edition and became a digital only publication. Now, we’re suggesting that online articles really aren’t as suspect as we thought. Funny how that works.