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Extending a Hand of Faith and Friendship

Follow along for some words of encouragement, my friends. I call you all friends because it is my heart’s duty and ministry to do so. As Jesus said, “I call you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father” (John 15:15). … Today, we are facing so many changes and obstacles that everything seems hard. We stress out knowing we may not make it to the next paycheck or worrying about bills, children, lack of sleep, and health. My words to you today are to remind you it’s not you, and it’s probably not something you can control that is making you upset.

Ashdown High School 2024 Senior Perspective

Reflecting on my years at Ashdown Public Schools, I can't help but feel a deep sense of gratitude and pride for being part of such a nurturing and empowering community. From elementary to high school, the journey has been filled with invaluable experiences, personal growth, and countless memories that have shaped who I am today. Looking back from today, I see how much growth they have provided me, how much confidence they have instilled in me, the passions they have allowed me to uncover, and the sense of purpose I have now found through self-discovery.

Ashdown High School Class of 2024 Honor Graduates

Valedictorian— Bannon Price … Bannon is the son of Jennifer Sansom. … At AHS, he was involved in the Student Council (Vice President), Class Officer (President), National Honor Society (President), Beta Club (President & Treasurer), SkillsUSA (State President, Vice-President, and Treasurer) (Chapter President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Parliamentarian + 3X State Champion and National Top 15 Competitor), Future Business Leaders of America (2 Time President, Secretary + 3X State Medalist and National Qualifier), Gifted and Talented, AHS Student Voice Advisory Council

LEISD Senior Perspective 2024

High school is often described as a transformative period in a young person’s life. It is a time marked by significant academic, social, and personal development. As I entered Liberty-Eylau High School in 2020, I faced challenges such as virtual school during the first semester of my freshman year. I expected high school to present me with smiling faces and determined teachers, but as I walked the halls with face masks and scared eyes, I knew how much of an impact the coronavirus had on us. … Many students decided it was best to learn virtually, away from the germs at school.

LEISD Class of 2024 Top Ten Graduates

… Roger Latney—Valedictorian …

Parents

Regina Walker

School Activities

… • UIL Academics … • Student Council … • Spanish Club … • HOSA … • Band … • Talent Search … • National Honor Society …

… Markus Smith—Salutatorian …

Parents

Nichole Smith and Aaron Smith

School Activities

… • Basketball … • National Honor Society … • Gifted and Talented … • Student Advisory Committee …

… Natalie Coronado …

Parents

Victoria Coronado and Gilberto Coronado

School Activities

… • Leadership … • Powerlifting … • UIL Academics … • Student Council … •

Bougie Grubs Honey-Drizzled Sweet Potato Boats

INGREDIENTS

… • 2 large sweet potatoes, halved … • A handful of fresh spinach … • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter … • 1/3 cup of blue cheese, crumbled … • 1/4 cup of shelled pistachios, crushed … • Honey for drizzling … • Fresh basil, finely chopped, for garnish …

INSTRUCTIONS

… • Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). • Bake Sweet Potatoes: Place the sweet potato halves on a baking sheet and cut side up. Bake until they are tender and start to caramelize, usually around 25-30 minutes, depending on the size.

Burgers, Pizza, and Beer!

Countdown to Bubba's 33 Grand Opening … Texarkana is abuzz with excitement as Bubba's 33 prepares to open its doors on June 10th. This new addition to the community promises not only delicious food but also a lively, family-friendly atmosphere. The grand opening marks a significant milestone, not just for the restaurant but for the team of dedicated individuals bringing it to life. This Bubba’s is the 49th location country-wide. … At the heart of Bubba's 33 in Texarkana is Managing Partner Cody Hildebrand. Cody's journey to this role is a story of passion and dedication.

ROCK of Ages!

DC Talk. Audio Adrenaline. Jars of Clay. Those are the bands that inspired a local group of Texarkana musicians to form a Christian Rock cover band! Jars of Adrenaline Talk is gearing up for their first performance, and it is sure to be a show-stopping performance of the songs many of us grew up listening to. … "[Honestly] I'm just excited to see the turnout and the response to the songs we bust out. I'm humbled and grateful to be able to be a part of it all.

The Sensational Seven

From the outside looking in, one might be apt to give a good 'ole southern "bless their hearts" to the All Abilities basketball team of Texarkana, Arkansas. After all, the team consists of seven young men who have been labeled cognitively and physically impaired for their entire lives. Although the inconspicuous group lives under the watch care of local organizations like Opportunities and Haven Home, they are remarkably independent. They have their own housing, go to their jobs daily, and make all their own decisions with the help of life coaches.

Texarkana Sings Happy Birthday to Pat Green

Not only was it country music star Pat Green’s birthday when he performed at Texarkana’s Solarbration on April 5, 2024, but it was also the perfect day to perform his single titled “April 5th.” … Green is most recognized for his hit song “Wave on Wave,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Country Song. He also received the Texas Regional Radio Humanitarian Award for assisting people in need through his non-profit, the Pat Green Foundation.

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