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  1. Editorial: Curious Clearing on Elkins Street

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    March 29, 2013 by wcobserver

    For a couple of days a few weeks ago a crew of city workers with chain saws and heavy equipment cleared a fence line on Elkins Street in northeast West Fork. The fence line is on property, coincidently, is owned by West Fork’s Ward 3 Council member Anita Lowry. There are several lingering questions about the project.

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  2. Editorial: Remember Last November

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    March 27, 2013 by wcobserver

    On November 6, 2012 the voters of West Fork overwhelmingly approved this ballot initiative: An initiative to Repeal West Fork City Ordinance 79, as amended by Ordinance 86; the City of West Fork is hereby authorized and directed to do everything necessary, proper, and expedient to dissolve the West Fork Waterworks and Sewer Commission, and establish a West Fork Municipal Water and Sewer Department overseen by the Mayor and City Council, to undertake the obligations and responsibilities of the West Fork Waterworks and Sewer Commission The Initiative that the voters approved by two thirds, instructed the City Council “to do everything necessary, proper, and expedient” to dissolve the current autonomous commission and have the water/wastewater utility brought under City oversight. It is the responsibility of the City Council, with the advice of the City Attorney to write an ordinance that will best accommodate the expressed wishes of the majority of voters and serve the citizens of West Fork for years to come. The City Council ignored the voters. Sit and take it or stand up.  

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  3. Facebook Fury Fuels Fright

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    March 11, 2013 by wcobserver

    Ouch.  Faulty fact checking on our part seems to have ignited a firestorm of wrath aimed at the Observer from facebookers. We posted a humorous editorial; (“Honey, Call Our Broker”) one that mentioned “humorous fabrication” and included a reprint of an article from a past April Fool edition (“West Fork Vote Dissolves City”).  The source of the intended fun was a bogus letter about am offer to buy West Fork’s city hall.

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  4. Letter to Editor: Professional Procedures Lacking

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    February 22, 2013 by wcobserver

    Dear Editor of the Observer, I have thought long and hard about writing this letter, but I think I have something to say to other West Fork citizens, out there, who just might listen. I moved to West Fork about four years ago, but I have deep ties here through family members who have lived in this area for a very long time. In those four years, especially in the last five months, I have learned things about our city government that concern me.

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  5. CHANGE OUR STATE BIRD?

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    February 18, 2013 by wcobserver

    Joe Neal CONCERNING THE PROPOSAL TO CHANGE OUR STATE BIRD In Arkansas politics, change is in the air. So of course I’ve been worried the current Arkansas Legislature might act to change our state bird from Northern Mockingbird to . . . well . . . what? If the Arkansas Legislature gets involved, things won’t stop at just naming a new state bird. First they would pass law mandating that we bird watchers on campus or church grounds carry concealed weapons, but of course, only if we want. I do currently carry a concealed audio recording device. Is that lethal enough? If you are having trouble visualizing, imagine Joe Neal as Dirty Harry, with a pistol in my pocket. Oops, I mean Sony digital recorder. If we wish to cast a ballot on changing the state bird, we would first present a state-mandated ID to prove our citizenship. Amazing. I’ve gotten by SIX DECADES without one! I had no idea Arkansas was in such danger from voter fraud! Superman and Supergirl both face threats from this law. Imagine if Legislative investigators discover the kryptonite!

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  6. State Capitol Week in Review

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    January 14, 2013 by Steve Winkler

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Bryan King January 11, 2013 LITTLE ROCK – On the first day of the 2013 regular session of the legislature, the chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court is scheduled to administer the oath of office to 15 freshmen senators and 20 returning senators. Of the 35-member Senate, 26 have previous legislative experience as members of the House of Representative.

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  7. Arkansas’s Economic Outlook

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    December 7, 2012 by wcobserver

    State Capitol Week in Review From Senator Sue Madison December 7, 2012 LITTLE ROCK  –  The Arkansas economy continues to show slight improvement, according to the most recent state revenue report issued for November.

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