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February 7th

D.A.R.T. stares at some major funding cuts

Previous cuts to the budget have forced D.A.R.T. to consider closing offices, but due to tremendous community support and fund-raising, no closures have taken place.
That was before the team found out about the upcoming cuts to its state grants program.
Executive Director Cathy Ayo said the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has told D.A.R.T. to prepare for a fifth of its grants budget to be taken away.

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Friedley files suit against CVB, others

Friedley, along with his wife, Debra, have field suit against a number of north Louisiana entitities — including The Ruston Daily Leader — claiming defamation of character, lost income, emotional and mental distress, humiliation and embarrassment.
Other defendants listed in the petition for damages and jury trial include the CVB, The (Monroe) News-Star, The Morning Paper, former CVB marketing director Leisha Deriso, and her husband Nick, an employee at The News-Star.

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D.A.R.T. funding cuts continue

“I don’t think our grant funding will ever be completely gone,” D.A.R.T. Executive Director Cathy Ayo said. “What we’re hearing from the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV), is that we can expect a 20 percent cut this year and after that — I just don’t know.”
D.A.R.T. currently receives $500,000 a year from grants which supports a shelter and five non-residential offices, Ayo said.
“A 20 percent cut would be $100,000 and that would be a substantial impact,” Ayo said. “We’re working with legislators to hopefully not have to undergo that large of a cut.”

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February 6th

Ward's drop a prelude to MVP performance

Remarkably, he dropped it.
No excuses. The Pittsburgh Steelers' top receiver flat-out dropped it.
"The great ones don't miss balls in the Super Bowl," Ward said. "And I want to be considered one of the great ones."
Before this Super Bowl ended, Ward would get more chances to prove he deserves to be counted among the greats. And, he wouldn't bumble those chances away.

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Ready for some commercials?

According to estimated figures, nearly 100 million people tune in worldwide.
Yet for most of those people, Sunday night wasn’t about the game. They didn’t really care whether the Steelers or Seahawks were crowned the 40th champion. Instead, it was more about the spectacle of what the Super Bowl has become.
For some, the halftime show was the draw. For others, however, it was the commercials — something the Super Bowl has gotten a reputation for.

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Universities prepare for more cuts

The state’s public universities have been warned that up to 8 percent of the budget might be slashed — after each university already had the tough task of dealing with a 3.5 percent tax cut.
Both university presidents — Tech’s Dan Reneau and GSU’s Horace Judson — have stated they will try diligently to make the cuts work without have to cut programs or faculty. However, that is easier said than done.
The total budget cuts at Tech could amount to nearly $6 million, while GSU’s cuts will approach $4 million. Those are hard numbers to swallow.

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GSU clears up Foundation deposits

Those funds should have been deposited on the “state side,” Judson said, but the foundation did not have protocols in place, nor did it have signatories on financial accounts and the mistake happened.
About $25,000 of the misdirected monies were in the form of four checks representing football travel expenses and sponsorships. The remaining $2,100 was from United Way.

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February 5th

Bulldogs edged by Aggies 63-62

The junior power forward was standing at mid-court and casually lofted a shot towards the south end basket with one of those frustrating, “what the heck” looks.
Swish.
The shot went through the nets.
Too bad it came after the game was over because the Aggies (16-5, 7-3) were able to exit the Thomas Assembly Center with a 63-62 victory in front of 3,320 fans.
The ‘Dogs (14-9, 7-3) sure could have used a game-winning, last-gasp shot such as the one Paul threw up before he and his teammates then went through the post-game hand-shaking routine with their opponents.

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Greats feel at home in Ruston

We see them as rolling in dough, buying whatever it is they want and looking down on us “little people” as they go about their daily “chore” of being famous.
We read about the scuffles they get in with “ordinary people” who commit the unpardonable sin of saying “hello.” How dare we trespass on their personal space, even though their space might take up an entire floor of a hotel or room in a restaurant.
Yes, most folks can only wonder how the “famous” live their daily lives. That is unless you live in Lincoln Parish.

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Churches prepare for Souper Bowl

Most of us in Lincoln Parish will probably do the same. Even some of those who are not interested in football will watch, waiting to see what new commercials are coming out.
Many churches have gone ahead and canceled services for tonight, recognizing that a large number of their members will skip services anyway. I guess the thinking is let’s not make them feel any more guilty than we must.
But not all churches have chosen sports over salvation tonight. In fact, a group of area churches have scheduled their own “Souper Bowl.”

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