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  1. OBSERVING HISTORY: Not Your Father’s Observer


    February 8, 2012 by Steve Winkler

    The Jan. 28, 1988 edition of the Washington County Observer cost a quarter for ten cram packed pages. The editor for that issue was Robert J. Caudle, publisher was Parker D. Rushing. Judy Tiller was the business/ advertising manager, Judy Housley was the office/production manager and Dick Steffes, was the circulation manager. Front page headlines pointed to a story on the progress of the solid waste incinerator that was being considered for construction in Fayetteville. The project was controversial and eventually rejected by voters. A front page photo by Judy Tiller showed the SpeDee Mart store on Hwy. 71 in about the same stage of construction as the new Dollar General store building is now. Another page one story reported on progress being made on the Washington County History Book project and requested submission of church histories. “…[it] will be the first county history of its kind to be published since the Goodspeed’s history of Washington County published in 1889. It will include a 400-page section of county history written by Joe Neal, [read Joe’s column in this issue of the Observer] special sections for church histories, school histories, including the University of Arkansas; organizations histories and business and professional …