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  1. 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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  2. The Politics of Nostalgia

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    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 …

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  3. Deer Harvest Numbers

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    October 27, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison October 26, 2012 LITTLE ROCK –  Last year Arkansas hunters harvested 192,748 deer, about a four percent increase over the previous season’s harvest of 186,165. The harvest of bucks went up from 82,973 to 85,284 and the harvest of does increased from 88,341 to 93,838. So far this season about 38,000 deer have been harvested, according to the state Game and Fish Commission.  That includes more than 9,160 in Zone 12 of south-central Arkansas.  In no other zone have more than 3,000 been harvested.

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  4. How Religious Movements Take Off

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    October 27, 2012 by Steven Worden

    Commentary on Religion and Society by Steven Worden. His column, “Fire On The Mountain” has appeared regularly in the WC Observer since 2010 and in the West Fork Zephyr. This article was originally published in the Washington County Observer September 8, 2011. How Religious Movements Take Off  Few topics fascinate sociologists more than the explosive growth of new religious movements. For example, how did a mere 1,000 Christians in the year 40 AD mushroom into more than 6,300,000 by 300 AD?

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  5. Secret Summer Garden of the Ozarks

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    June 4, 2012 by Joseph C. Neal

    I can’t decide what is best: swamp milkweed with masses of reddish-pink flowers well-attended by lady beetles and butterflies? Big colonies of what in later summer will be 8-foot tall sawtooth sunflowers attended by goldfinches on yellow flower heads, sky scraping sky blue? Or the buttonbushes, blooming right now, deep green with perfectly round white spheres of flowers, attended by monarch butterflies?

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  6. Pet food recalls

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    May 27, 2012 by Linda Ford

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    There have been a number of new pet food recalls in the last couple of months. The newest being that of the Diamond pet food company. The recalls so far are from their plant in South Carolina. The offending ingredient this time is the GI pathogen known as Salmonella. This bacteria is one that can be transmitted from pets to people. It causes vomiting and diarrhea. Some cases are severe enough to cause dehydration which can lead to kidney failure. The liver can also be affected. It can be deadly to the very young and the very old or debilitated. If a person comes in contact with the vomitus or fecal matter or even handles the pet food, he can become infected. Diamond makes puppy and dog food. They also make Taste of the Wild but I have been assured that the food carried at Halbert’s and here at our clinic are not on the recall list and were made at another plant.

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  7. School’s Out!

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    May 23, 2012 by Annie McCormick

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    I’ve been attempting to practice patience lately.  I’ve been told that I’m way too impatient, especially with the tv remote.  Technology has enabled me to have some things in a nanosecond and I have gotten used to it.  Waiting at a traffic light seems like it takes forever, when it is really only 45-60 seconds.  I could go through my email in that amount of time but I don’t have a phone that does email.  Oh, well.  It seems like everything is speeded up nowadays.  Kids talk so fast I usually have to ask them to repeat what they said, slower and in English.  Words are abbreviated for the sake of  expediency as well.  I’d hate to be a school teacher and have to deal with a room full of  children with this kind of limited attention span.  The educators of today are truly warriors. Not that they weren’t when I was in school, just a different kind.  When I was in grade school (yeah, yeah…a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…) children were basically all taught the same thing in the same manner.  First grade served to weed out the “A” students from the others.  …

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