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  1. Meet West Fork’s Renaissance Man ​​

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    November 3, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    You don’t actually have to live on Bug Scuffle to be a Bug Scuffler. Brad Hardin has been building a large house across the road from us since summer and is still going strong. Just a couple of weekends ago, Larry and I went to Cedarville to my first stock car races to watch Brad race. These were the last races of the season so not many cars were there. Nonetheless, I had a totally new experience and met a bunch of great people. Brad’s father, Terry, had been active in stock car racing too, but sold out when Brad was 15.

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  2. How to Perfect the After-School Quiz

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    October 20, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    Fall is here with football games, Frito pies and hoodies. School is in full swing with parents and kids going through the “how was your day” routine. For the most part, that routine is a meaningless ritual plagued with generic responses such as “fine” or “okay.” Parents feel they are showing an interest in their childrens’ educations and students feel they have dodged a bullet. Better questioning can heap huge rewards without taking excessive time many families simply don’t have.

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  3. Snippets: The Bee decline, fresh Trout Fishing and hopeful thoughts

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    October 6, 2011 by Terry Ropp

    About once a year, I write a column of snippets — short information on a variety of topics. The first topic this year has to do with The Great Sunflower Project. Sadly, my participation this year was non-existent. For those of you who don’t remember, The Great Sunflower Project is a national program designed to monitor the nation’s bee population through a scientifically defined but amateur-collected data base. The data summary indicated that the bees in Northwest Arkansas are declining rapidly. Over 80,000 people submitted data in 2010 and I was one of them.

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  4. Bug Scuffling Through The Friendly Neighborhood

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    October 3, 2011 by wcobserver

    Anytime a road is named after your surname, you know your family has been around a long time. This is the case with Gary and Debbie Paulk who live on Paulk Road in West Fork. While Gary may not actually live on Bug Scuffle, he is definitely a Bug Scuffler.

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  5. Nature Photography Excites Youngsters

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    August 6, 2011 by wcobserver

    One of the things most grandparents like to do is share activities with their grandchildren because parents often do not have the time, especially during summer when the kids are out of school and when communities and organizations offer a variety of special programs.

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  6. Bringing Back Memories of Strickler Stagecoach Station

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    July 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    Last time we talked about the early history of the stagecoach station in Strickler and how Ross Earl Sherry, the current site owner, was a direct descendant of Benjamin Strickler, who bought the place after the stage line went bankrupt.

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  7. Life Lesson Learned By Flunking Out

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    May 26, 2011 by wcobserver

    Two weeks ago the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Buddhism, visited the University of Arkansas, a really big deal. In Western terms, that’s like the Pope coming for a visit. In 2000, I decided to go on a week-long retreat to a Zen Buddhist monastery in New York to learn meditation. Just to let you know up front, I flunked out after just three days!

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