Thumbs up to Fresno State’s Derek Carr, for signing a five-year, $125 million extension with the Oakland Raiders. That makes him the highest paid player in the league on a per-year average. Carr is not only popular with football fans, but he also is also known for his integrity, humble temperament and community generosity. He represents our city and all of the Valley extremely well.
Thumbs up to Fresno’s Peter Guekguezian for winning $46,800 on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” this week. Guekguezian, a graduate of the Fresno State linguistics program, just finished his Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Southern California. His wife, Marilyn, also earned a masters at Fesno State and teaches at its American English Institute. When he gets the money, sometime around October, Guekguezian plans to take his wife on a vacation, save the majority of it, and likely donate some to a charity that he’s passionate about. Those are excellent priorities.
Thumbs up to three Buchanan High School students for winning first place for their project in the National History Day contest in Maryland. Matthew Clark, Sydney Fox and Allison Hodge won first place in the Senior Group Performance category. Their project was entitled “Solidarity: The Polish People Take a Stand for Freedom.”
More than half a million students from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and American Samoa, and international schools in China, Korea and South Asia take part in the annual contest.
Thumbs up to the Good Samaritan neighbor from Visalia who helped police arrest Eduardo Jarquin, 21, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and vandalism charges. ABC-30 reports that the suspect wanted to confront the victim about a previous dispute at a home on West Howard near Demaree Street, according to Visalia Police Sgt. Gerrit De Jong.
The suspect kicked down the door, police said, then went inside the home and assaulted a man. The suspect ran away and the chase ended in the street when neighbors said a Good Samaritan pulled a gun on him. Police said it is because of help from the community that they were able to put Jarquin in jail.
Thumbs up to Harold L. Woods and Cora Shipley for being named to the Clovis Hall of Fame. The Clovis Roundup reports that Woods, the longest serving teacher in Clovis Unified School District, has an elementary school named for him honoring his 46 years at Jefferson Elementary. Even now he is a part-time instructor at Clovis Elementary.
Shipley has been the president of Business Organization of Old Town (B.O.O.T.) for the past 15 years, along with running family businesses and increasing the viability of Clovis’ historic central downtown area. She has given hundreds of young people their first jobs and encouragement, and continues to assist in civic planning.
Thumbs down to the wicked super lice, which are infesting California this summer. If adults or children in your home show symptoms, run – don’t walk – to the nearest pharmacy to try over-the-counter treatments. And if those don’t work because those little buggers are becoming resistant, see a doctor for a prescription medication. Don’t be ashamed, anyone anywere can get lice.
In case you missed it, The Bee’s Barbara Anderson gave a very helpful list of tips in Sunday’s Bee from local docs about fighting these rude little insects. Read her story at http://bit.ly/2rIcO0H.