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November 16th

’Cats, Bulldogs scrap in round No. 2

Head coach Billy Laird and his team can only hope they get the same results this time as they did in their first game with a 4-5A foe.
Thanks to an amazing 21-point rally in the final half, RHS was a 24-21 winner over the Skippers and one step deeper in the playoffs.
Assignment No. 2: deal with the Bulldogs at Fountainbleau at their stadium on Friday starting at 7.
“That’s a strong district,” Laird said of the 4-5A circles, “and to come out of it like they did and still be in the playoffs, that says a lot about their team. They’re deserving of their rankings.”

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LPPJ, CVB reach agreement

• The CVB agrees to pay the Police Jury $80,000 per year to support the park until the conference center is ready for occupancy; and
• The CVB agrees to pay the Police Jury 1 cent of the 4-cent hotel/motel tax for 10 years after the conference center is ready for occupancy. The agreement would then be reevaluated after 10 years.

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November 15th

The writing’s now on the Web

The truth is that it is becoming ever more difficult to send a message and have it not only be received, but understood and absorbed.
Our electronic attention span has been boiled down to nanoseconds and megabytes. I barely skim the beginning of a lengthy (and likely fabricated) e-mail about a starving child in a foreign country who will be saved if only I forward the message on to 15 of my friends before I click the delete button and move on to the next bit of Internet junk.

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Heat devices pose hazard

Unfortunately, such devices are the cause of a number of fires each season; heating fires lead to about 36 percent of residential fires in rural areas each year, according to the USAF.
To reduce the risk of a heating-related blaze, there are several precautions that residents can take, including regular maintenance of all heaters and fireplaces.
Other tips offered by the USAF are:

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RHS girls claim 5-A state crown

Williams set the pace for the Lady Bearcats with a time of 20:18 over the three mile course. 
Sarah Jones added a ninth place finish with a time of 21:05, followed by Nali Acosta in 10th with a time of 21:17. 
“Redd has run fast all year, but she was willing to sacrifice individual honors today for the good of the team,” said head coach Dave Anderson. “The team’s performance today just demonstrates the team first concept we coach here.” 

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November 14th

A problem with interpretation

I’d like to give full credit to the police jury for the monumental initial step of reforming the insurance coverage in June of this year, but it was obvious the overwhelming public response forced a positive vote on the issue. There were only a handful of jurors blazing a path of reform. If you will recall reform recommendations didn’t make it out of the insurance committee but overwhelmingly passed in the full jury because of public pressure.The $100,000 annual savings in taxpayers money would not have happened without the demands of an outraged public. Your voice was heard on the issue.

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Pricing system could protect Sparta

The over pumping is depleting the aquifer, causing groundwater levels to drop. The drop in water levels increases the threat that saltwater intrusion will contaminate the aquifer and land surfaces will subside.

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Officials meet with Tech administration

Landrieu told those in attendance that Louisiana Tech University had a lot of which to be proud.
“There’s not a rival anywhere in the southern U.S. to what’s here in north Louisiana,” Landrieu said.
“Louisiana Tech is on the cutting edge of so much. This was a great presentation.”
Speaker Salter also had high praise for Louisiana Tech.
“I’ve been impressed for years with Louisiana Tech,” Salter said. “You do a wonderful job.”
Quezaire, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said Tech is a leader in research.
He also talked about infrastructure in Lincoln Parish.

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Choudrant, Cedar Creek No. 1

On the girls’ side, Choudrant placed three runners in the top 10 and all five scoring runners finished in the top 15.
However, Episcopal of Acadiana edged the Lady Aggies by one point in the team standings to take the title.
Choudrant’s second place effort was led by Emily Young, who posted a time of 21:03, good for second place overall. Lauren Sexton-Davis put up a time of 21:33, finishing fourth while Stacey Ammons finished seventh with a time of 21:57.

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Exxon’s gift helps groom for future

Exxon Mobil has a formula program to provide funds to the selected universities that offer degrees in subjects from which it recruits
employees. The formula is based on the number of graduates the company has hired, how long the employees have been with Exxon Mobil and the level of authority those employees have.

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