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Marucci bats have ‘major’ punch

It’s a bat made by the Marucci Bat Company of Baton Rouge.
But before that company which was founded in 2002 can turn out the
bats, they’ve got to have the wood.
And that wood is supplied by Hogan Hardwoods of Ruston.
Begun in 1993 by David Hogan when he was 21 years old and not all that far removed from having been a co-captain on Ruston High’s 1989 Quad-A state championship football squad, the Hardwoods’ plant has become the No. 1 link between Marucci and big league players.
And home runs, too.

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Drug battle a vital fight

And when this “drug” is ingested by a teenager, who then takes the steering wheel of an automobile, it becomes the leading cause of death in those under the age of 20.
By now you’ve probably guessed that this “drug” is alcohol.
While alcohol is legal, it is illegal to sell this drug to anyone under the age of 21. But some people are doing just that, and that has become another target for Stone and Hermes in their battle to keep our younger generation safe.

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Ruston’s backyards booming

I can understand his outrage at having a reduced backyard as backyards, especially during the summer, are something of a status symbol. No, no, backyards aren’t mere patches of grass, my friends.
They inspire summer barbecues, raucous games of tag and, if your backyard has such amenities, pool parties or hammock naps. Backyards allow their owners to have adventures in the great outdoors without having to drive to a park that is far from the air-conditioned comfort of their homes.

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Students jump at college opportunities

“We are very excited about this opportunity for our students,” High School Supervisor Ricky Edmiston said. “This gives them a chance to accumulate college credit while still in high school.”
The numbers of students signed up for dual enrollment classes are as follows: Algebra III — 45; English IV — 60; American History — 70; World History — 25; Biology II — 10; and Chemistry — 20.
Each class is worth a minimum of three college credit hours.
Edmiston said the high school schedules are aligned so that a student might enroll in as many of these classes as he desires.

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Man awaits family’s return from Lebanon

Nammour’s family was in Lebanon for three weeks visiting relatives.
Nammour was planning to join them before the attack.
“We both grew up in Lebanon. My parents are over there, and my in-laws are over there, too,” Nammour said. “They’re not planning on leaving.
They don’t want to leave their property and houses. They think there will be a cease fire pretty soon and that they can weather the storm.”

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Arledge at national meet

She’s only a freshman.
But, oh, what a freshman.
What she has already achieved in the very event that her father—Corwyn Aldredge, head football coach for the Cougars, excelled in is nothing short of mind-boggling.
The recently turned 14-year-old is ranked No. 1 in the country for the javelin among her USATF Junior Olympics’ competitors (13-14) with a throw of 131-7 1/4, achieved with a recent first place performance at the regionals held in Nashville.

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Sparta work a necessity

“This is another step in the direction in finding a long-term water source for Lincoln and Union parishes,” Hollingsworth said.
When you add to these studies the efforts of West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris and Graphics Packaging of West Monroe to remove that mill’s water draw on the Sparta Aquifer, it is apparent that a significant segment of leadership at both the local and national level believe that there is a problem with the rapidly depleting north Louisiana water source.

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Common Ground needs our help

Since we returned from our trip, Susan has been unable to keep her thoughts from those youngsters at Common Ground. She went to their Web site (www.bluehouseproject.org) and learned all she could about the organization.
The more she delved, the more she felt led to do something to help.

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Education versus underage drinking

“As far as I know, we are the only jurisdiction in the U.S. that is arresting those clerks on the spot (for selling to underage drinkers) and taking them to jail,” Harris said. “Other places are just writing tickets.”
The brochures provide need-to-know information for business owners, restaurant servers and store clerks who serve or sell alcohol such as:
n Look at the picture on the ID to see if it matches the person in addition to checking the date of birth;
n It is illegal to sell alcohol to a person who is already intoxicated;

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