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  1. Government Meeting Roundup for week of Feb. 13 – 20

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    February 24, 2012 by wcobserver

    Greenland City Council Michael Moore and Lisa Thornton were appointed to the Greenland Planning Com- mission after a resolution passed at the city council’s regular monthly meeting on Mon- day, Feb. 12. Moore and Thornton were recommended by Mayor Bill Groom, and after a brief executive session, the council passed a resolution to appoint the pair, 5-3. During the meeting, Mayor Groom also expressed concern for the Ozark Transit program, for which the city of Greenland subsidizes about $2,000. Groom said the program wasn’t being utilized and asked the council to perhaps consider ending the fee or encourage more use of the program? Councilmen Danny Dutton suggested public announcements be made to inform the public and perhaps increase passengers. The council also asked the mayor to reach out to the community in order to increase the number of riders? The city has a filed for a conditional use permit for the recycling center, and reported that it received three bids for its long-await- ed City Hall expansion. The bids have come from Mahan Construction, Heckathorn Construction and Jim Hoadley Construction. The council voted, 7-0, to work with Heckathorn. In other news, Chief of Police Gary Ricker said he has sent …

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  2. Can the Tea Party repeat its 2010 gain as Democrats prepare for a comeback?

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    February 24, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

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    WASHINGTON COUNTY – With help from local and national Tea Party groups, Republicans made historic gains from the county level to the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 election. But, as the 2012 election draws near, the question is whether or not the Tea Party can duplicate the successes it had two years ago. “I’ve seen articles saying the Tea Party is fizzling out,” said Jeff Oland, Chairman of the Washington County Tea Party. “It may be that it’s fizzling out, that the numbers at a Tea Party meeting are reducing, but that’s because many of these people are involved in other groups … What they’ve done is they zeroed in on specific local challenges.” A main part of the Tea Party’s strategy is to consolidate the resources of other groups around the area. Some, Oland said, branched out from the Tea Party. Other groups, like Northwest Arkansas Citizens For a Better Government (NWACFBG), popped up without Tea Party affiliation. The NWACFBG organized in response to Fayetteville’s Streamside Ordinance and has focused on other issues like the U.N.’s Agenda 21. “We do share some common interests,” NWAFBG chairwoman Debbie Beckerdite said. “We believe in smaller government, don’t like taxation. …

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  3. Oelrich to Chair State Convention

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    February 2, 2012 by wcobserver

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    The 81st  annual conference and convention of Arkansas Water and Wastewater professionals is scheduled for the week of April 29 through May 2. Larry Oelrich of Prairie Grove will be presiding over the annual conference this year, as the 2012 chairman. The AWWWEA (Arkansas Water Works and Water EnvironmentaAssociation) partners with the Arkansas Dept. of Health, ADEQ (Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality), as well as the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University to put on a comprehensive training and short school for water professionals.

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  4. ‘Tis the Season to Recycle

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    January 8, 2012 by wcobserver

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    Between trimming the tree, wrapping the gifts, and getting that last-minute shopping done, it can seem like you don’t have time to eat a Christmas cookie, much less worry about the planet. But during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash than any other time of year. You can help reduce that number!

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  5. Gridlock Avoided, County Passes Budget

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    December 19, 2011 by Jamie Smith

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    FAYETTEVILLE — It was standing room only during the Dec. 8 Washington County Quorum Court meeting with a large majority of the crowd being county employees interested in if the 2012 budget that included a five-percent raise for all employees would pass. ​ The $62 million budget did pass, but not unanimously. Three justices of the peace — Rex Bailey, Joe Patterson and Tom Lundstrom — voted against the proposed budget, each citing concerns about the fact that the JPs had to reduce the amount of money placed in reserves for 2012 to balance the budget.

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  6. Towns See Increase in Tax Revenue

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    December 10, 2011 by wcobserver

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    Prairie Grove and Greenland Up, West Fork Down By Jeff Winkler WASHINGTON COUNTY — Like their bigger city counterparts, some towns in south Washington County – such as Greenland and Prairie Grove — saw an increase in property and sales tax revenue this year. Prairie Grove had 10 percent increase in sales tax collection compared to 2010, with a total of $682,000. Not even finished with the year, “it looks likely that the total yearly collections will surpass the previous year-high set in 2008,” according to the city’s recent newsletter.

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  7. Judicial candidate campaigning in every county nook and cranny

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    December 2, 2011 by wcobserver

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      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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