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Pulitzer winner Pitts headlines SEJC

Pitts will speak at the Friday noon luncheon, and Bob Mann, communications director for Gov. Kathleen Blanco, will speak at Saturday's luncheon. Teddy Allen, prize-winning columnist from The (Shreveport) Times will speak at the opening session Friday morning. All keynote sessions will be held in the Tech Student Center. More than 20 other sessions are scheduled as well.
The public may attend sessions throughout both days free of charge, but luncheon attendance requires payment of $11 per day. More information can be found at http://eb.journ.latech.edu/sejc.

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Parish delegates discuss federal funds with Congressmen

Among the items discussed were the proposed interchange at Tarbutton Road, the I-20 service road project and potential future expansions, Hollingsworth said.
"We met with Rodney Alexander, David Vitter, Mary Landrieu and all their staff," Hollingsworth said. "We had lunch with Rodney on Thursday in Washington."
Potential improvements along I-20 from a potential interchange at Rough Edge Road on the east of Ruston all the way to Grambling were discussed with the Louisiana Congressmen.

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Love will go mad at Cedar Creek softball field

During the last week of April, local residents have a chance to pack a picnic basket, pull out their lawn chairs, and prop their feet up at Cedar Creek's softball field to watch Ruston Community Theater's production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" — set not in the 16th century but in the 1960s.
Director Philip Cardwell said the field provides the intimate, outdoorsy type of atmosphere needed for the show. 

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Levingston attracts LSU's eye

And once the home state powerhouse made an official offer, it didn't take long for Levingston to scoop it up and make a verbal commitment.
"They just showed me a lot of love," Levingston said. "They were the ones talking to me all the time. They were keeping in contact with me and always talking to me."
Levingston made a splash at defensive end as a sophomore, where his quickness and athleticism made him tough for tackles to block him.

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Greater Ouachita Port Commission receives DOTD grant

"This grant will benefit North Louisiana in a tremendous way," Alexander said. "As I have said all along, one way to benefit our state's economy is to invest in infrastructure projects. Studies have shown that for every billion spent on infrastructure projects, nearly 50,000 jobs are created. As long as I continue to serve in Congress, I will continue to work with members of Louisiana's delegation to help bring needed funding to all areas of the state. I'm pleased to work closely with Sen.

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Cedar Creek, Bernice play in empty gym

"This is fairly weird," Cedar Creek Principal Connie Bradford said. "It's kind of unnatural to be in a gym where every sound is heard; it's eerie."
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association mandated the empty gym after a fight broke out between players and fans the last time the two teams played on Jan. 21. Both schools were also fined and placed on probation.

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Bush touts social security reform

The president told a packed Centenary Gold Dome crowd that social security has worked — in the past. But he cautioned that increasing costs would cause the social security trust to go broke by 2018 — if no changes are made.
"In 1950, there were 16 workers working to pay for one retiree's benefits," Bush said. "Today, it takes 3.3 workers for each retiree; in 20 years it will take two workers for each retiree."

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Aldermen adopt zoning ordinances

“This is an historic event that’s happened in our city,” Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said after the unanimous vote. “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally a reality.”
After several rounds of public meetings and various amendments, there was still one last bit of discussion before the 5-0 vote.
Dan McGee, who owns property on West Kentucky Avenue that is currently zoned R-1, but scheduled to be zoned R-10 under the new ordinance, asked for another amendment.

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Tech students need funding to finish park pavilion

Unfortunately, the pleasures of this local water and woods resort have been somewhat limited to Spring and Summer enjoyment. However, a plan — put together by the Lincoln ARC and fifth-year architecture students at Louisiana Tech University — to enclose one of the park's many pavilions could be just the remedy area residents need to reap the thrills of the great outdoors during Louisiana's cooler months.

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Superintendent Search

"There has been a little bit of phone talk, but no actual meeting so far," Board Member Joe Mitcham said.
The majority of board members said they have had no one personally express interest in the position, although they acknowledge a great bit of interest probably exists.
"I haven't heard anything as of yet; we're just beginning the search," Board Member Lynda Henderson said. "No one has expressed any interest to me as yet; I don't know if they have to any of the other members."

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