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May 4th

Relay raises awareness about cancer

“Last year, we did the Relay, and it was the first time we did it,” Loupe said. “We felt it was a really good cause to give to.”
KD President Amanda James said a lot of their decision to participate in Relay was also personal.
“Some of our parents have had cancer or have died from cancer,” James said.
“It’s a worthy cause to get involved in. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer. It’s in remission now.”
She added that even though this had been a very busy week for the KDs, they still wanted to participate.

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Ex-Techster goes into Hall

“She could pass, she could shoot, she could dribble, she could defend,” evaluated Leon Barmore, former Lady Techsters’ head coach and a Hall of Famer, about the complete game that she brought to the program from 1980-84. “She had no weakness in her game. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do.”
He presented those critiques of Lawrence-Braxton shortly before she was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in the summer of 2005.

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Consider being an organ donor

During her funeral, the minister spoke of how Robin’s heart was still beating, albeit with the body of another person. Her dad said the knowledge that others are living because Robin was a donor helped to ease the loss.
“I just hope that one of them is someone pretty important to justify needing something from Robin,” her dad said.

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One last chance to see her smile

For those of us who had the privilege of meeting Robin Gates, that statement gives a pretty accurate description of the vivacious 22-year-old Louisiana Tech University student.

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First funds spent for Sparta solutions

The two used units will be purchased from a company in Arkansas for $67,000 each.
The money used tp purchase the units came from $600,000 in capital outlay funds awarded to West Monroe for the recycling project last year.
John Stamberg, vice president of Energy Ventures Analysis Inc., said the project to reclaim waste water for use at Graphics Packaging is one of only three such projects world wide. He said the other two projects were in South Africa and used to provide drinking water.

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Bearcats rock Central, 14-8

If McCormack doesn’t sound like your typical ninth-place hitter, it’s because he’s not.
“I hit third earlier in the year, but ninth is more comfortable,” he said, “I see a lot more fast balls.”
A fast ball was what he got in the fourth with runners in scoring position and his team in desperate need of a spark.
He turned on the fast ball and launched it over the left field wall for his second homer in as many games.
“We knew we needed something to pep us up,” he said.

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RHS team sets example

This is a feat never before accomplished in Louisiana.
After advancing to the quarter-final round with four teams from other schools, the four teams from RHS defeated their opponents. Since the Louisiana High School Speech League rules will not permit student teams from the same school to compete against one another, the semi-final round was deemed a close-out.

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Keep your elbows off the table

As food decorated my face during a family meal at age nine, my mother told me, “Keep eating like that and no man will ever want to take you to eat at a nice restaurant — he’ll be too embarrassed to be seen with you.”
Several years after my 20th birthday, my boyfriend insisted we depart a restaurant immediately as people watched me attack a pepper and steak sandwich like I was recovering from a 30-day fast.
Guess mom had a point.

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Three new principals take reins

Following the monthly school board meeting Tuesday night, Lewis expressed enthusiasm about her new role at the Lincoln Center.
“I feel I have a lot to offer, and I am excited to be in an administrative position where I can be more visible to show students I have an interest in their education,” said Lewis, who currently serves as a guidance counselor at I.A. Lewis School.
Tim Nutt, principal at Simsboro High for the past four years, believes the switch to Ruston Junior High might offer him “an opportunity to impact a smaller concentration of grade levels.”

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May 3rd

Insurance decision postponed

Recommendations made by committee chair Joyce Huntington called for retired jurors — who are currently eligible to have their medical and dental insurance paid by the Police Jury — to pay their own premiums or be dropped from the Jury’s policy.
“Ex-police jurors should not get health benefits because the Police Jury was not their primary job,” Huntington said. “They should be dropped off of the policy.”
The measure would save the parish about $34,000 a year, Huntington said.
Six retired police jurors currently participate in the parish insurance program.

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