Angel statue finds home in city park

September 7, 2009

riverside signNorthwest Arkansas SHARE Parent Support Group and the City of West Fork will dedicate a site in Riverside Park for the future home of the Christmas Box Angel of Hope on September 8, 2009, at 5:00 PM.  

NWA SHARE is a support system for bereaved families who have  experienced the death of an infant or child.    The original sculpture was created and erected in Salt Lake  City, Utah  to reflect the sculpture described in Richard Paul Evan’s novella,  The Christmas Box.     It has since become known as a memorial to all children lost to their families  through death.   There are currently 97 Angel of Hope statues located in the United States.   Debbie Rodgers President of  NWA SHARE says it has been difficult to secure a site for the memorial in Northwest Arkansas. West Fork is the only location, public or private, in Arkansas  that has agreed to dedicate land for this purpose.

our little angel


Something for Nothing

September 5, 2009

Attention Sportsmen

You need a new rifle for the fall hunting season but just can’t afford it this year.  Problem solved.  Just get lucky at the donut shop.  The Ozark Sunrise Donut Shop at 89 Centennial in West Fork is having a gumball machine Marlin 30-30 promotional give-away.  Drop in, take a chance.  They also have fried pies, sausage rolls and of course fresh donuts.

donut gumball


Tigers Win Opening Game

September 5, 2009

Tigers routed Greenland 24 – 0 in the first game of the season. 

Crowd cheers West Fork to victory over Greeenland during season opener

Crowd cheers West Fork to victory over Greeenland during season opener

The West Fork crowd cheered the team to victory with shouts and  ringing bells.  Coach Rodney Self told the NWA Times, “Overall, the effort was outstanding.”  Scoring in all quarters except the third, the Tigers responded to their enthusiastic  supporters in the bleachers and in the band.   Cheerleaders, color guard and proud West Forkians electrified the air!

Below is a slideshow of the Friday Night Game:



Garden Market News

September 4, 2009

w.F. garden mkt logoSummer crops are slowing down but the Garden Market has planted your favorite spring greens as well as your fall favorites.  A few spring items will be available this Saturday.
The Market will have your Labor day favorites.  Please come by and welcome a new vendor, Bob and Laurie Lackey from the Double Bar L Ranch.  They have free range beef and peppers for grilling.  Don’t forget their quail eggs for that special salad.
Beginning this Saturday and every Saturday afterward, the Garden Market Manager will have a sign-up sheet for chicken and quail.  Orders will be filled when available.
The Market will be open much later this year and you will be able to make orders by telephone.
The Market is growing by leaps and bounds.  New vendors will be joining us in 2010 with an even greater variety of products.  Vendors with honey, cheese, milk and fruits are being recruited.
Submited by Frances Hime 479-225-1611

West Fest Committee Meets

September 3, 2009

The West Fest Committee met last Friday, August 28th in the conference room at City Hall.  Attending were committee meeting members Cassie Boyd, “Moe” Greenoe, Susan Greenoe, Francis Harderson, Frances Hime, Caroline Smith, Jerry Spillers, and Joe Wingate.  Chairperson John Richards was absent.

Cassie Boyd shared a tentative schedule of events.  Two gospel groups that have performed in previous West Fests will be unavailable due to scheduling conflicts and efforts are underway to line up new performers.  There was some discussion about adding a 2—3 mile walk ahead of the parade on Saturday with entrance fees benefiting a children’s charity.  There was also discussion of adding free kids’ games to the Kids’ Corner like sack races or hoola-hooping contests, but additional manpower would be needed.  Cassie will be calling the school to see if some of the school groups may be able to help.

Joe Wingate provided a report on booth rentals.  This year, there will be no flat fee for booth rentals; vendors will be asked to make a donation. Booth sizes are 10’ x 10’. Wingate reported that there is a wide variety of food booths, but he is hopeful that more craft or “activity” type of booths will still sign on.  He also reported that Jack Hines, a magician, had registered for a booth.  A face painter is still needed; so is someone who makes animals, hats, etc. from balloons. 

Cassie Boyd reported that the Washington County Sheriff’s department will provide work release help on Friday for booth set-up and on Monday for clean-up.  Help will also be available on Saturday from those fulfilling community service hours; they will be wearing orange “sheriff” vests.

Joe Wingate  reported on the Kid’s Corner, which he has also been responsible for coordinating.  Inflatables and Party Time Ponies had been secured.  There will be several types of Inflatables and parents will be able to pay per use or purchase an armband. A large opening in the booth line-up will be reserved so the inflatables are more accessible this year.  Zebras and camels will be on display and there will be a horse-ring show. 

The next meeting has been scheduled Friday, September 4th, 10:30 a.m. at West Fork City Hall’s conference room.

Breaking News

September 1, 2009

Steve Caudle  v. City of West Fork

The final legal obstacle to razing and removing the buildings at the corner of Main and McKnight is gone.  Plantiff, Steve Caudle had requested a restraining order preventing the city from removing the buildings. Federal Judge Jimm Hendren, today, adopted the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation that Caudle’s request be denied.  This means the City is authorized to raze and remove the structures.

RRC Committee Met

September 1, 2009

The Resource Recovery Center (RRC) committee gathered August 27 for a working lunch at recyclethe West Fork Cafe.  Patty Baker, Larry Vail, Carolyn Griffith, Sophie Stephenson, Frances Hime and Zephyr reporter were present. After a brief discussion about the City Council’s involvement with the RRC, the committee got straight to the nuts and bolts, or in this case the glass and paper, of making the recycle center a viable and productive part of the city.

Members updated each other on several ongoing projects.  The curbside recycling effort was discussed. The RRC recently received a grant for two trailers; a 10 bin unit for recycleables  and another for cardboard. Coordinating with local scrap merchants and a possible grant for a trailer for metal were discussed.

The organization is working with the Master Gardeners and the City to make several inprovements to the recycle center site.  The rain garden, an attractive sign, and a metal building are projects in various stages of planning.  Bids will be solicited for the planned 25’x60′ pole building that will allow a more practical approach to recycling items that need to be kept dry.

The group addressed the continued concern for volunteer safety and patron connivance and will reexamine the traffic pattern.

The next meeting will be  Saturday at 9am October 17 on the porch at the recycle center.