August 15, 2007 Edition

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Summer vacation quickly nearing end

John Bland
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Carrie Mae Snapp and the cast and crew of "Radio Gals" are working hard to provide a great evening (or afternoon) of entertainment for a good cause this weekend at the Gateway Theatre. The musical comedy, along with the barbecue dinner, will benefit The Children's Shelter. See details elsewhere in this issueA first-time visit to Chicago earlier this month gave us many memorable moments. A few of these special moments are as follows:

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If you want to know more about the relatively new hobby of geocaching, read Amber Adams' first-person account featured on page 1B. Mike Pinkston, technology coordinator for the Walnut Ridge School, was kind enough to take Amber on a recent geocaching expedition in Lawrence County. Mike and his wife, Donna, are among several in the county who enjoy this hobby and often incorporate it into their travels. The County Extension Service even offers a 4-H Club whose focus is geocaching.

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It's been hot and dry long enough now that I try to think of something else to say to people as we pass on the streets. Farmers are already too aware of what this heat wave is costing them in money and time.

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Schools and students are now making final preparations for the first day of school on Monday. Schools in the county are still busy finishing summer remodeling, building or demolition projects. The Hillcrest School District has several demolition projects underway right now. Four buildings on the Lynn campus and one on the Strawberry campus are being torn down. Supt. Greg Crabtree said the demolition will open up the campus and make it much safer. Following close behind the opening day of schools will be senior high football's first regular season game on Aug. 31, when the Hoxie Mustangs visit the Walnut Ridge Bobcats on Sexton Field.

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As schools and colleges begin a new year, the rest of us tend to settle down to business as routines change. It is time for drivers to remember to slow down for buses, pedestrians and other school traffic. Best of luck to all students, faculty and staff - parents and grandparents, too - for a very successful and productive school and college year.

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