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Williams: ‘Can’t miss’ recruit

The highly-regarded wide receiver out of the Arkansas prep ranks who will be enrolling at Tech this fall is called a “can’t miss” prospect by a national recruiting newsletter.
“His upside is unlimited,” noted Prep Gridiron Report. “He’s easily one of the top 50 college prospects at receiver this year. He could make as big an impact at the next level as he did as a Arkansas prep phenom.”
Williams, a 6-4 and 208-pounder, averaged nearly 12 yards per reception during his senior season at Little Rock-based Pulaski Academy and was chosen as an all-stater and to several All-American teams.

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Fuel costs hike rates for basic services

The road repairs, trash pick-up, school bus transportation and law enforcement duties cannot be suspended in our parish. They are basic services that residents depend on and that keep our community running.
Therefore, our government leaders are watching larger than usual portions of taxpayer money go toward the cost of keeping vehicles fueled up.
There’s really not much that can be done at this point. No one could have predicted the recent severe jump in gas prices.

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Antiques keep the past alive

Since she was 12, Ferguson said, she has been collecting antiques. Over time, her house became cluttered with her collection and her daughters drew the line, saying she had to get rid of the overflow. Ferguson said she opened an antique booth, a second and a third.
Finally, in 1999, she and her two business partners, Melba Williamson and Ramona Caldwell, bought the Rialto, nearly an antique in its own right. The building was constructed in 1920 and served as a movie theater until 1974. It wasn’t until 1993 that it was lovingly remodeled and somewhat restored.

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Cyber training hits summer camp

“We’re just trying to expose them to as many things as we can and teach them the importance of different technology,” said Heath Tims, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Tech. “We like to think of cyber as the Internet, but it is anything in the electromagnetic spectrum — anything dealing with light, sound or wireless communication.”

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Grambling must resolve suit quickly

The pressure between the town’s public servants has been building for months.
Allegations have been fired from both sides, and the business of the town is not getting done efficiently or professionally.
Although it’s a shame the council felt it had to file a lawsuit in order to straighten out the mess, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Sometimes a little mediation is all that’s needed to clear the air and get everybody back on the same page. Hopefully, that will happen Monday.

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Wise words from Dad

It’s really not such a bad thing, though, to have a father who’s proud of you. I thank my lucky stars today and every day that he’s been here to embarrass us for our whole lives.
In between the moments in which we’ve hung our heads as he rambles on about some silly family news item, I know we’ve all learned a lot from Dad. Here are a few gems I know will serve me for the rest of my life.
Family comes first.

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Layden: Malone is special

“Sometimes, it’s hard to get a simple ‘thank you’ from them, much less a card.”
After reading the card from Malone, Layden got extra emotional. So did his wife. So did the Malones.
“Well, I’m crying and Barbara is crying and I am pretty sure Karl and Kay were crying,” he said. “The whole thing was so emotional, so from-the-heart that, well, you couldn’t help but cry.
“Again, how rare is it when a professional athlete gives his coach something or tells him how much he thinks of him?”

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Peach ice cream pops up for Fest

Now, the tradition rolls along at Tech Dairy, where the ice cream is made with commercial machines.
After the peaches are diced, Gordon Reeger, Tech Dairy manager, said they are pureed and mixed with sugar and stabilizers. It takes 50 gallons of puree to make one batch of ice cream, he said, and while they usually make two, he is hoping to make three batches this year. On the second day of production, Reeger said milk is taken from the dairy and added to base mix, cream, stabilizer, sugar, corn syrup and non-fat dry solids or skim powder.

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