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October 26th

RHS ends home 1-5A action Friday

And the Cowboys it will be at James Stadium on Friday night, when the Bearcats (6-2, 4-0) close out the home portion of their regular season schedule with another important District 1-5A contest.
“We’ve had success at home this season and we want to protect our home turf,” Laird said. “We’ve got a chance to be 4-1 at home by winning on Friday.”
Just as it’s been through much of the team’s tough schedule this season, the ‘Cats will face an opponent much better than its 4-3 overall record and 2-2 slate against 1-5A opponents.

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Red Ribbon week is good for students

At one area grade school, students are making hand prints to accompany their public statements to stay away from drugs.
Students at a local high school are shooting hoops on the basketball court after spinning around as a demonstration to better see how drugs and alcohol can distort their perceptions.
Other schools are having poster, hall decorating and cheer contests to get into the spirit of being drug free.
In participating in these activities, students are picking up on a number of messages.

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Is it really such a bad day?

Do you ever just have one of those days? There’s a huge list of tasks to accomplish, the car won’t start, you feel sick and you have seemingly managed to cross paths with every single rude person in town.
Cloudy can’t-wait-until-they-are-over type days like this roll around every few weeks for me.
In my profession, however, I often come in contact with someone on these days whose day makes mine look like peaches and cream. Just this past Monday while working late, a scanner alerted me to a wreck inside the Ruston city limits.

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Trailer makes training realistic

The 240-square foot trailer, which will replace a smoke cubes as the primary safety device, is designed to resemble a real home complete with living room/kitchen area and bedroom.
“We want to stress (the kids) out a little bit and show them the right things to do because in a real fire, they will be stressed,” RFD Chief James Tornabene said.
“This makes it as realistic as possible so they know how to react in a real situation.”
Tornabene said the amount of smoke that will fill the back bedroom is akin to being in a car on a foggy morning, enough to get disoriented.

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October 25th

Zac bounces back like a Champion

Champion was near perfect, going 13-of-18 on the aerial charts for a total of 226 yards and a career-best four touchdowns.
He also averaged 5.4 yards per rush, taking the football seven times and netting 38 yards, a long gainer of 23 yards being included.
Not only were the numbers a complete turaround from the previous week, but Champion lived up to his determination “to bounce back and recover” from the struggles of the previous week.
“I was confident I could come back and play well,” he said following the Bulldogs’ first WAC win of the season.

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Think safe, not scary

If a parent is not accompanying his children trick-or-treating, he should follow these steps from the NSC:
• Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12;
• Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions;
• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route;
• Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home;
• Establish a return time;

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Keep the fires burning, Council

It was, bar none, the liveliest discussion I’ve seen in Grambling since I arrived in February.
I even made the comment in a previous column that I would have liked to have seen more debate during recent elections.
I guess coming from Farmerville, I had gotten pretty used to lively council meetings.
I won’t go as far as to say some of their meetings bordered on the brink of getting out of hand, but on at least one occasion “diarrhea of the mouth,” police intervention and the threat of an arrest sprinkled the proceedings.

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Wreck results in car flip

The driver of the purple vehicle was transported to Lincoln General Hospital.

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October 24th

’Dogs test improved SJSU

Their .667 winning percentage within the conference is currently the third best of any WAC member, in back of undefeated Boise State (1.000) and co-runner-up Hawaii (.714).
Not since 1987 have the Spartans had a better record at this point in the season.
“We’ve done some significant things,” second-year head coach Dick Tomey. “But we’re also realizing that we’re just starting.”
Those four wins have all come in a row, marking the first time since 1991 that San Jose State has achieved that many consecutive victories.

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Parish School Performance Scores in

In 2006, 451 schools statewide fell into Academic Assistance in comparison to 351 in 2005, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Education. Eighty-five of Louisiana’s public schools were deemed Academically Unacceptable for having an SPS below 60, with the city of Monroe, Bienville and Ouachita parishes having at least one school in this category. These schools enter what is known as School Improvement Two.

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