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  1. FEMA Claims Center Opens

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    June 6, 2011 by wcobserver

    Staff Report FAYETTEVILLE- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives will open a temporary office in Fayetteville to help answer questions and file claims for individuals who suffered property damage or loss during recent flooding. Funding for Individual Assistance for Washington County residents was approved for federal disaster relief on May 7. Anyone with property damage or loss that is not covered by insurance may be eligible for federal monies. Julie Bradford, a FEMA representative, said money is available for flood-related expenses including home repairs and temporary housing as well as medical costs, clothing, household items, tools and clean-up. More than $9.6 million has been approved to help Arkansans. FEMA will also consider claims for damages to private roads and bridges washed-out by flooding. Bradford said if your home was inaccessible after flooding or that emergency services could not make it to your home, you may be eligible for FEMA assistance. If the private road is shared by multiple homeowners, all of the homeowners would need to apply. The office will be open May 26 and June 6-9 from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The office is located at the Operations and Maintenance Building at 2615 Brink Drive in Fayetteville. To expedite the process, applicants are encouraged to …

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  2. Library Funding Gets Appropriated

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    A funding appropriation approved during the May 12 Washington County Quorum Court meeting will mean new supplies and equipment for the West Fork, Greenland and Winslow libraries.

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  3. ​Grant Will Expand Children’s Classes at Folkways

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    May 18, 2011 by wcobserver

    Ozark Folkways swung into high gear last week to finalize new art classes and camps for area youth thanks to a $7,000 grant from The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Inc.

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  4. Local Newspaper Awarded Press Association Membership

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    May 12, 2011 by wcobserver

    The only independently owned newspaper in Washington County got a nod of validation last Friday when it was awarded membership into the Arkansas Press Association.

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  5. Floods Present New Challenges for Watershed Clean-Up

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    May 11, 2011 by wcobserver

    Volunteers for this weekend’s river clean-up may have their work cut out for them after recent floods carried everything from grills, fencing, culverts, asphalt and storage sheds down the West Fork of the White River.

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  6. Rural Libraries Go Digital with E-Books

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    May 8, 2011 by wcobserver

    Libraries in Greenland, West Fork and Winslow are among those that will soon have digital e-books and audio books available after the Washington County Library System approved to purchase a subscription that will provide electronic content to its eight libraries.

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  7. Parks Meets New Mayor

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    January 16, 2011 by wcobserver

    Reviews Ball Season Plans By Steve Winkler West Fork- Three hours after new West Fork Mayor Frances Hime was sworn in at the court house she was standing before the Parks Commission at their regular noon meeting Monday. “I’m here for education,” the mayor informed the seven members of the commission. She shared with members information she had gathered regarding the commission and solicited information she said she was unable to locate, among which was the ordinance that established the commission.  Other questions arose about the park bond, details of the sales tax ordinance that helps support the parks and the uncertainty of the number of commissioners and their terms as required by law. Hime emphasized the need for the city to establish clear policies that comply with Municipal Code and State Law. She said she will be working with all department heads to establish policy and create performance evaluations. “All cities should have policies for how the commissions and committees function,” she said. The city will be working closely with the Arkansas Municipal League on the codification of ordinances and resolutions.  She informed the commission that they will be expected to submit a quarterly report to the mayor and …

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