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December 18th

Jury works to clean up parish roads

It also marks the first of several “megasites” that will be located throughout the parish. The Jury’s plan calls for consolidating the two, three and four trash bin sites located throughout the parish into larger “megasites”. It is the Jury’s contention that by consolidating trash collection sites, it will be easier to keep parish roadways clean and monitor what is being thrown into trash bins.

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Surprise reminds of gratitude

We also found a card among the gifts. It stated:
“We came here to party and it looked like Santa stocked your cabinets and fridge with treats! Anyway, we ate all we could, and here is what’s left over! We love you so much!“
Dustin and I still wonder why these girls went to such great lengths to make our holiday a special one. I think it’s OK that we may never get our answer.

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Interstate 20 exit ramp reopens

With that phase of the five-phase construction plan along the I-20 corridor complete, Love said it would soon be time to begin work on Phases II and III.
The Department of Transportation received two bids for work on the South Service Road between Vienna Street and Louisiana 33 — Phase II — and both came in under the engineer’s estimation of $6.4 million.
“D&J Construction Co. placed a bid of $5.5 million, while James Construction Co. placed a bid of $5 million,” Love said. “Since DOTD let the bid they will decide who the contractor will be.”

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December 16th

RHS teams sweep past Parkway

Thanks to savvy play, key buckets and critical rebounds by Louisiana-Monroe signee Sannisha Williams down the stretch, the Lady Bearcats came away with a tough 58-53 victory.
In a boys’ nightcapper, the Bearcats overcame early double digit deficits to eventually cost to a 70-45 decision.
Williams, a senior forward and first unit All-District 1-5A selection in 2005-2006, scored six of the Lady Bearcats’ final eight points, including a four-point play with just over 40 seconds remaining that all but assured head coach Ricky Durrett and his team with the verdict.

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Party politics sends wrong message

When the Governor, who faces reelection next year, refused to yield, there were threats that as soon as the Legislature was called into session, there would be a nomination to adjourn. That, too, passed, leaving Louisiana residents — and the rest of the U.S. — to believe that something beneficial might actually be accomplished during the 10-day session.

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Losses of war impact millions across country

This week it happened.
It was his picture that first caught my attention. Even before reading the words accompanying the photo, I knew I had seen the face before. But where? Then I read the name: Army Col. Thomas H. Felts Sr. It was Capt. Felts who I had worked for in the brigade S-3 shop in Augsburg, Germany, during my last tour of duty from 1990-1992.

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Grambling magazine records tradition

“We have so much talent in this area. We have so much rich history. To that end, we want to document that,” the Grambling native said. “So many young people don’t understand what we went through; so many don’t understand what it is to be a Gramblinite.”
McIntyre said the chamber is looking forward to seeing more activity taking place in the town, similar to the construction boom the university is experiencing.

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December 15th

Dolphins’ Dooley, LSU’s Fisher

Now, son Derek Dooley is gaining more attention among Louisiana Tech University officials as one of the top candidates for the school’s head coaching vacancy.
The current tight ends’ coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League talked one-on-one with a representative from Tech in Miami on Thursday.
Dooley, 38, is becoming a major focus of the school’s search for a successor to Jack Bicknell, whose duties were terminated recently after an eight-year stay.

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University students aid community

Even with all of these demands on the time a college student has to spend on outside activities there are those who have stepped beyond those pressures to aid community organizations which benefit those in need.
A perfect example is the recent fund-raiser held by Tech’s chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

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It’s always the red carpet

But that does not constitute what I have grown to term “The Squire Creek Treatment.” And I have a perfect example.
When Doro Bush Koch came to Squire Creek to promote her book on her father’s life, she was already a celebrity at least several times over. Her being the daughter of the past President Bush and the sister of the current President Bush qualified her for that designation hands down. But not only that, she had written a book sure to be an instant success, and she had already been featured as a skilled author on a wide range of national and international media.

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