August 22, 2012 Edition

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Getting down to business

John Bland
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Although we are still in the midst of a drought, temperatures cooled down a bit in time for the first day of school on Monday.

Even for those not directly affected by the start of schools and colleges, there is a different feeling in the air. There is a more serious rhythm in the daily routine for anyone, as though it's time to get back to business. Labor Day weekend will give us one last summer hurrah, but after that, the lazy days will really be over.

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While many schools and colleges began classes on Monday, the first day of classes at Williams Baptist College will be next Wednesday, Aug. 29. The incoming freshmen will be moving into the residence halls and begin orientation on Saturday, and registration for the fall semester will be held on Tuesday.

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Williams students, as well as others, who visit this area will notice our town appears to be Beatles and tie-dye crazy. Even people who have yet to hear about the Sept. 15 Beatles at the Ridge festival or the "Tie-dye the Town" contest have seen the colorful Beatles, rock and roll and 60s paintings and decorations all over businesses in Walnut Ridge. Everyone seems to be enjoying the fun and excitement! Judging was to take place today.

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The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is also getting down to business with the second annual Business Expo set for Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church's Ministry and Activity Center (MAC) in Walnut Ridge.

Last year's expo was a big success, and this year's event should be even better. "Cruisin' to Success," is the theme, and more than 50 vendor booths are expected. An iPad will be given away, and everyone is invited.

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