Recently reporter Beau Yarbrough and I participated in LaVerne Preparatory Academy's first-ever career fair at the HUSD annex building. Before we shared our journalism experience, I handed out a reporter's notebook and a camera for the students to document our presentation. Below are some of the students' observations:


"Beau was an okay boy in school and wrote a newspaper article in grade school!"


"Beau was a boy that talked a lot at school and now writes newspaper articles in the Hesperia Star."


"Beau and Peter are funny men! Last week they did a lot of stuff like talent shows and car shows."


"Beau did newspaper articles in grade school and he was also like Aaron in grade school!"


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Congratulations to Raymond Rego, who is joining the Daily Press advertising team as a new field sales representative. The Sultana High School graduate currently lives in Apple Valley with his 3-year-old son Rayden and 2-year-old daughter Rayden.


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On some Fridays I walk to a local restaurant for lunch. This past week I went to an old standby, Golden Garden Chinese Restaurant. Like usual, the food really hit the spot. (I had the spicy Kung Pao Chicken lunch, which was prepared to perfection by the chef.)


I tend to mix it up. Sometimes it's Golden Garden. Other times it's likely La Casita, Submarine Express, Bodacious Bundts or another locally owned eatery. I like homespun food, and I believe our local food spots have got some great choices.


But it's more than tasty food that has me going back. At Golden Garden I also received excellent service from the waitress, whom I believe is named Natalia. She's prompt, courteous and seems to read my mind: She knows when I need a glass of water or a hot tea.


Certainly I patronize numerous chain restaurants here in town. (Tonight's came from Burger King, which is located next door to the Star office.) But if you're wanting a little zest in your life, how about stopping at that little locally-owned restaurant you drive by every day? Perhaps you might be in for a tasty surprise.