August 1, 2007 Edition

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Grandparents' Corner

Jeremy Watson, 30; Marisa Watson, 15, holding Cash Sorensen, two and a half months; Ray Watson, 10; Jennifer Sorensen, 34, holding Alison Whitehead, two and a half and Shelby Whitehead, six.

Jeremy, Marisa, Jennifer, Shelby and Alison are the grandchildren of Glendine Watson of Walnut Ridge and the late Moss Watson. Cash and Ray are their great-grandsons.

Jeremy and Marisa are the children of Ken Watson of Ironton, Mo., and Dawn Watson of Middlebrook. Jennifer is the daughter of BJ Lietz of Walnut Ridge. Shelby and Alison are the daughters of Joel and Tammy Whitehead of Walnut Ridge. They are also the granddaughters of Geneva Whitehead of Walnut Ridge and the late Claytus Whitehead. Ray is the son of Jeremy and Bethany Watson of Walnut Ridge and grandson of Ken Watson of Ironton, Mo., and Dawn Watson of Middlebrook, Mo. Cash is the son of Mike and Jennifer Sorensen of Katy, Texas, and grandson of Michael and Patricia Sorensen of Damon, Tex., and great-grandson of Mary Clark-Sorensen of Phoenix.

Upcoming minimum
wage increase is
down-payment for
shared prosperity

On July 24, millions of Americans received a pay raise for the first time in 10 years. It has been 10 years since American workers have seen an increase in the federal minimum wage, and over the past decade, inflation has eroded the effect of the previous raise.

Between skyrocketing gas prices and healthcare costs, coupled with the increasing cost of living expenses like rent and food, America's working and middle classes are being squeezed into poverty. These rising consumer costs have hit low-wage workers especially hard as the purchasing power of the minimum wage has plummeted to its lowest level in more than half a century.

Summer Reading Camp is great
experience for teachers, students

This summer Arkansas Reading First offered professional development to educators through Summer Reading Camp at Hoxie Elementary. Hoxie Elementary was chosen, along with eight other schools in Arkansas, to offer this opportunity.

Summer Reading Camp was held during the month of June. Over 50 students, kindergarten through third grade, attended the camp. To help with attendance for students, Hoxie School District treated all students with perfect attendance for the camp to a field trip to Chuck E. Cheese in Jonesboro.

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