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  1. Judicial candidate campaigning in every county nook and cranny

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    December 2, 2011 by wcobserver

      WASHINGTON COUNTY — If you’ve been to any public event in the past few months, chances are you’ve seen Cristi Beaumont. She’s the quick-paced blonde smiling, shaking hands and generally moving through the crowd like she’s running for office — which, of course, she is. Beaumont is looking to replace former Washington and Madison County Circuit Judge Mary Ann Gunn, who left the bench in May, as the area’s primary arbitrator for Drug Court and the newly established Veterans Court.

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  2. PREPARED TO PLOW: County Road team prepared for winter conditions

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    November 24, 2011 by wcobserver

    WASHINGTON COUNTY – Folklore has numerous ways of predicting the harshness of the oncoming winter; the shovel-shaped seed of a persimmon, for instance, or the thick growth of hair on a cow’s nap. These days, however, there’s a surer sign of the approaching winter conditions – piles of limestone chips along the road. But they don’t spring up magically. It’s the work of the Washington County Road Department, which has been begun preparing for the area’s infamous and icy conditions in the past few weeks. So what’s the overall strategy for winter road crew? It’s fairly simple, actually.

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  3. West Fork Quilters Sew On

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    November 20, 2011 by Renee Reed

    By Renee Reed WEST FORK — At one time, it would have been easy to find a group of women around a quilting frame, bent over and focused on tiny stitches as they worked away making beautiful quilts. They would be discussing families, politics and the moments of their days as they created a lasting work of art and comfort for loved ones.

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  4. Long-time Winslow Resident Tells a ‘Big One’ — His Life Story

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    November 8, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    Mr. James Tomlinson was born on January 3rd. On his next birthday he will be 89. He went to the doctor a few weeks ago and the doctor wanted to know if he drove. James told the doctor he did: 25 miles. “He looked at me like I shouldn’t be driving. He didn’t say anything,” Mr. Tomlinson said. “If he did say something it wouldn’t do any good because I have to drive.” This is the spirit of Mr. Tomlinson. He does what he has to do but also what he wants to do. 

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  5. Life Ministries provides relief for local families in need

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    November 3, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    By Terry Ropp PRAIRIE GROVE – The charitable, non-profit organization, Life Ministries, is a premier example of what an idea, a few people and belief can do. The word “life” stands for linking individuals for essentials. According to former director Joyce Cooksey, the organization officially began in 1993 though the concept was created previously by two women, Marge MeKlveen and Lila Dunham.

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  6. The Ghost Towns: South Washington County is filled with haunting stories

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    October 30, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Timothy Dennis The leaves crackle and the smoke pours from the chimneys of many farmhouses. Although October brings the first visible signs of fall, it is also a month marked by the haunting of wandering spirits. One haunted hovel in the area is the former home of Herman Chapman on Sugar Mountain east of West Fork.

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  7. 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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