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President Obama to visit Manor school, business

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In 12 hours the president will be making his way to Central Texas. His first stop is Manor New Tech High School. He will then round out the trip with a visit to a big Manor employer, Applied Materials.

In the small, sleepy town of Manor, where stoplights are few and far between and a grocery store is still a work in progress, there is a sign of big things to come.

President Obama has chosen Manor as his first stop on what the White House is billing his "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tours.

Thursday, he will address students at Manor New Tech High School.

"I think he realizes that small town America has a lot to offer," said Vicki McFarland, Manor Chamber of Commerce.

As Vicki McFarland with the Manor Chamber of Commerce explains, the school places a special emphasis on technology training to prepare students for the workplace. She feels they are the ones to thank for putting Manor on the national map.

"We know that the students last year sent letters to him mentioning the progress that's being made in the district and all the information they've learned in their classes," McFarland said.


Just up U.S. 290 from the school is Applied Materials. The company brands itself as the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar industries. The company partners with the high school, a possible reason why the president will also make a stop there.

Those who live in Manor could hardly believe the news.

"When I heard that, Obama in Manor? I was like 'oh, wow.' It was a surprise," said resident Benjamin Brown.

"Of all places, I didn't think so," said Alfreda Berry. "It's something I've never done before, see a president this close."

While some would rather the stops be open to the public, they couldn't be happier for the kids.

"You hear that saying that you can be whatever you want to be in life, you can be president and by the president coming to visit it's like he has enough care in his heart to take time out of his busy schedule, that's motivational," said Brown.

Manor police aren't releasing the route the president will take to get to Manor New Tech High. They do ask that folks not stand along U.S. 290 with signs. They say expect major delays on 290 all day.

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