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Rod Smith

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Rodrick (Rod) Smith is a former professional football player hailing from Texarkana, Arkansas. Born May 15, 1970, Smith carved out an impressive career in the National Football League (NFL) as a wide receiver. … Smith’s journey to the NFL began at Arkansas High School.


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Welcome to Noteworthy! … The time for going back to school has arrived once again, bringing with it a sense of excitement and anticipation for the fresh academic year ahead. Local school districts are busy putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the upcoming school year. Teachers are decorating their classrooms, while sports teams and student activities are already in full swing with practices.

Arkansas LEARNS

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders surrounded by a group of students from Calvary Academy at the Arkansas State Capital while she signs the bill into law. photos courtesy of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement after the Arkansas Senate passed the amended Arkansas LEARNS bill, sending it to the Governor’s desk. … “Today’s final passage of the biggest, boldest, most conservative education reforms in America makes Arkansas a blueprint for the country. Arkansas LEARNS will raise teacher pay, empower parents, and give our students the skills to succeed in life. These changes can’t come soon enough,” Sanders said. “I’m deeply grateful for the legislators who worked around the clock to pass Arkansas LEARNS by massive margins:

Good Evening TXK

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If you knew how long I put off writing this article each month, a project that only takes me 30-ish minutes, then you might fully understand the extent of my ADHD. You would see my panic at just the idea of having to sit still long enough to organize my thoughts. That is exactly why well over half of my stories are written while I am taking a bath.

TXK 411

hoto by Braylen Garren, 2022 Texas High School Commercial Photography
10 STUDY HABITS … • You do not need ONE study space. A well-stocked desk in a quiet place at home is key, but sometimes you need to switch it up. Local coffee shops, parks, or even just moving to a new location in your home will give you a change of scenery which can help your brain to retain information better. • Use your school planner for more than just homework. Maintaining a calendar helps you plan ahead, and stay organized. Make sure you are marking your homework, extracurricular activities, work, practices, away games, SAT/ACT dates, and social commitments.

The Monthly Mix

School Spirit Style … Can you believe we are already beginning a new school year? High school and college games will kick off soon, and having the perfect look to support your favorite team is a must. There are so many great ways to incorporate your team colors into an outfit. Here are a few outfit ideas available from local small businesses that are perfect for women of all ages! … Meredith Gross is wearing a smocked maxi dress with ruffled sleeves. This is such an easy look to dress up or down for a football game!

Publisher's Letter

Ah, the sweet scent of freshly sharpened pencils and the distinct sound of football pads colliding. These are the unmistakable signs that summer’s sun-soaked days are reluctantly relinquishing their grip to the thrill of a new academic year and the glorious arrival of football season. As we bid farewell to lazy afternoons and less routine, it is time to welcome the delightful chaos that comes with kids going back to school and the triumphant return of our beloved “Friday Night Lights.” And let me just say, I am here for the routine! … To all the parents out there, I see you.

Going Viral

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In recent years, the rise of YouTube has revolutionized the way people consume and create content online. With over two billion logged in monthly users and countless hours of video uploaded every minute, YouTube has become a global platform where individuals and businesses alike can share their ideas, stories, and expertise with the world.

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Junior golf has gained significant popularity in the United States, captivating young golfers and providing them with a competitive platform. It serves as a nurturing ground for budding talents to hone their skills, compete at various levels, and even secure scholarships for college. Over the years, participation in junior golf has witnessed a remarkable surge.

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