Traci and Jackie Wilkes of Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry in Athens recently returned from a buying trip to the Diamond Capital of the World, Antwerp, Belgium. While there, they had the unique opportunity to examine huge parcels of exquisitely cut diamonds to find the very best selections for their inventory.
Pictured above, Traci Wilkes checks a diamond for sale to one of their customers. “We hand-select each and every diamond that comes into our store,” Wilkes says. “Some people think one can look at a piece of paper on the internet and select a stone, but there’s no way to tell if that stone has fire, has life – I need it to say something to me. If I’m going to put my name and my reputation behind a diamond, I’m going to be certain it’s the quality for which Reigning Jewels Fine Jewelry is known.”
How was your Saturday? Probably not as good as the one experienced by Jairus Roberson.
The Cardinal sophomore was on fire against Fort Hood in the Lewis Orr Class at Navarro College. Roberson poured in a school record 13 three-pointers in a 45-point performance as the Cardinals stayed unbeaten with a 113-58 win.
Athens Maintenance plans to conduct base repairs on FM 316 between US 175W and FM 1861. Expect lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. Crews also plan to replace a culvert on FM 3709 between FM 317 and CR 3408. This section of roadway will be closed to thru traffic during the day Thursday as work is conducted.
Henderson County construction projects updates:
SH 31 Overlay Project
Limits: From FM 3204 east to 0.5 miles west of FM 315 in Chandler
Contractor: Big Creek Construction
Cost: $2.7 million
Anticipated Completion Date: Fall 2018
The contractor is scheduled to conduct hot mix operations as weather conditions allow. Ongoing work includes backfilling behind the guard fence mow strips. Expect daily lane closures. Watch for construction traffic exiting and merging throughout the project limits. The project consists of base repairs, mill and inlay, seal coat, surface hot mix, guardrail upgrades, and the installation of signs and pavement markings.
MALAKOFF — The Kemp Yellowjackets kept their district record perfect Friday night, beating the Malakoff Tigers 22-20 to end the regular season.
The key play came with less than two minutes left when, with the score tied 20-20 and Malakoff lining up for an extra point to take its first lead of the game, a Kemp player leaped over the Malakoff line to block the kick. The ball was tracked down by Yellowjacket Jaise Bowie and returned 78 yards for a Kemp 2-point conversion.
It was a game of big plays, big penalties, injuries, shifting momentum and an unmistakable undertone of animosity.
As always, here are my 10 Observations and Game Balls.
— Let’s deal with the blocked extra point right up front. The Malakoff sideline and stands were upset a flag wasn’t thrown for a Kemp player leaping over the Tiger center. I spoke briefly with the referee after the game and he said the Kemp player jumped through a gap in the line and that is legal, so that is why there was no flag. Either way, you have to give credit to Yellowjacket Jaise Bowie for making a big play when it looked like Malakoff was going to complete a most improbable comeback.
It is time for the annual Kevin and Jeaneane Lilly’s McDonald’s Toy Drive and the Weinstein Team is on board again. We will be helping out with big events in Athens on Dec. 4 and Gun Barrel City on Dec. 5. In today’s podcast, I chat with Berta Winn and Cori Warren about what’s on the schedule.