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  1. 80 Years Barely Slows Down Community Work

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    July 14, 2011 by wcobserver

    ​The family and friends of Patty Snell gathered at the Winslow Ball Park on Saturday, July 2, to celebrate Patty’s 80th birthday. It was a glorious celebration of Patty’s life and the life of the Winslow community

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  2. Students Partner with City on Mapping Project

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    July 9, 2011 by wcobserver

    Part summer job, part community service, and part self-prescribed summer school, two Greenland High School students have spent their first month of summer mapping the city’s storm-water drainage outlets.

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  3. Roadtrip 2011: Petit Jean State Park

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    June 20, 2011 by wcobserver

    Towering rock bluffs, sandstone formations, “turtle rocks,” boulders and even a 95-foot waterfall cascading over a bluff. Big rocks and lots of them. Even Walt Disney himself would have been challenged in creating something as magical as Petit Jean State Park…

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  4. An Artist Comes to the Ozarks

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    May 28, 2011 by wcobserver

    By Velda Brotherton Northwest Arkansas has long been a mecca for artists, writers and musicians. It’s not often that one of such esteem as Susan Powell settles in our Boston Mountains. I first met Susan when she called to introduce herself and tell me about her plans for continuing teaching after moving into the area. She has settled on the mountain west of Winslow on a farm she calls Talley Ho. It’s located just a little way from Oak Grove Community building. The moment she saw the large piece of land on the mountain ridge she knew she could cultivate her love of writing and poetry and teaching in such serenity. After a visit to Talley Ho, I am convinced that Susan’s dream of creating a retreat for artists and teaching writing there will one day become a reality. Talley Ho is a nonprofit organization and anyone who would like to help out getting log cabins restructured and ready for use there would be donating their time to a very worthy cause. The arts have long been the last in line for funding and are in the most need of any type of assistance we can give. Susan was born January 31, …

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  5. Ivan Denton: Last Free Range Cowboy

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    May 18, 2011 by wcobserver

    His custom-made clay-colored cowboy boots are inscribed at the heel with “Last Free Range Cowboy” and Ivan Denton may just be one of the last real cowboys.

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  6. 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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  7. Planting by Signs

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    March 17, 2011 by wcobserver

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    On Mt. Gaylor our long-time neighbor planted by the signs. Glen tried to teach me all about the moon’s waxing and waning, but I never got the hang of it. Up here, it seemed, potatoes had their own extra set of rules that went beyond the zodiac. He shared his secrets for superior home grown spuds. “Taters should go in the ground on St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. He showed me how his daddy had taught him to plant, hill up, and harvest. Here in far south Washington county, Arkansas, his family, the Pense family, had planted potatoes every St. Patrick’s Day for a century. He never doubted that if he followed God’s laws of sowing and reaping, there would be a harvest. He had lived up here since Highway 71 was a narrow twist- ing dirt road little improved since the days of the Butterfield Stage. “Back then,” he’d recall, “Model T’s couldn’t drive straight up the mountain because the hill was too steep. They backed up because reverse had a lower gear ration.” He was well into his 80’s before he departed this world. His wife cooked his meals, including his home grown potatoes, on their wood cookstove. …

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