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August 4th

Hastert visits parish

“I understand he had a very serious procedure,” Hastert said. “Just the fact that he’s named Raul (Fidel Castro’s brother) as his successor is substantive. The press says he’s recovering. I know a lot of Cuban Americans are jubilant and that some members of Congress want change in Cuba. We need to be cautious about Castro’s recent discussions with Chavez in Venezuela — they might send their military to assist Cuba.”

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August 3rd

Area schools depend on community

Because of the passage of a $33 million bond proposition to renovate every school in Ruston which is part of the Lincoln Parish School System and a $6.5 million bond proposition to renovate Simsboro High, the school board received additional MFP (Minimum Foundation Program) funding from the state. This is because the added revenue boosted the wealth factor, which affects the MFP.

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Advantages of milk add up

I think anyone who has children, ever baby-sat or just stood near little children in a store for a moment can relate to these statements. With big puppy eyes filled with pain and longing, kids’ facial expressions reveal feelings of shock or anger as we try to explain about money and budgets to their reason-resistant little ears.
When I was a short, whining child, fast food was my heart’s desire. Every time the family piled into the station wagon on vacation or to ride through town, I just knew there were greasy hamburgers and fries within my reach.

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Tech, GSU ready practice agenda

The Western Athletic Conference program will have twice-a-day sessions on Aug. 12, 14, 16, 18, 21 and 23 before then finalizing preparations for a Sept. 2 opener against the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with 4 p.m. drills Aug. 30-31.
A scrimmage is scheduled for the Bulldogs on Aug. 19 at Joe Aillet Stadium beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Head coach Jack Bicknell, who enters into his seventh season at the helm with a 40-42 overall record, will give his squad a day off on Aug. 13, 20, 26 and 27.

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Board elections are on our heels

Ten out of 12 current school board members have expressed a desire to run for re-election. They include Mattie Harrison, District 1; Flynn Ludley, District 2; Curtis Dowling, District 3; Jim Kessler, District 5; Joe Mitcham, District 6; Lisa Best, District 8; Lynda Henderson, District 9; Otha Anders; District 10; George Mack; District 11; and Ted McKinney, District 12.
Robert Shadoin, District 7, could not be reached to verify whether he would seek re-election, and District 4 Representative Jo Tatum does not plan to run.

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August 2nd

Board elections are on our heels

Ten out of 12 current school board members have expressed a desire to run for re-election. They include Mattie Harrison, District 1; Flynn Ludley, District 2; Curtis Dowling, District 3; Jim Kessler, District 5; Joe Mitcham, District 6; Lisa Best, District 8; Lynda Henderson, District 9; Otha Anders; District 10; George Mack; District 11; and Ted McKinney, District 12.
Robert Shadoin, District 7, could not be reached to verify whether he would seek re-election, and District 4 Representative Jo Tatum does not plan to run.

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Cats to have double ‘jam’ action

One night later, it’s a 30-mile trek down I-20 to meet up with the Rebels in varsity jamboree action to be held at Malone Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe; approximate starting time for the latter game will be 8 p.m.
Up until Tuesday afternoon, plans had called for the freshmen and jayvees to meet on the 24th, but other obligations by WMHS resulted in a move to the 25th.
Admission to the frosh-jayvee contest to be staged in Ruston is $5.

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Speeding is silent killer

Speeding is not only against the law, but is also dangerous to drivers and all other motorists who share the road with them.
According to state statistics, almost one third of people killed on the highways were involved in speed-related crashes. This means that an estimated 217 people were killed in Louisiana in 2004 in crashes where speed was a factor. Nationally, more than 13,000 people died in 2004 in similar cases.

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Summer heat still blazing

And most of them were right around my age group. (You didn’t think I was really going to reveal my age, now did you?)
I’ve been lucky so far to escape a ticket, extremely lucky considering my penchant for speeding.
I don’t know why, but I always feel like I’m in a hurry to get wherever I’m going, which is probably amplified by the fact that I often leave too late for my destination and inevitably get lost.

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Driver injured after rolling 18-wheeler

Gay was injured when he lost control of his 18-wheeler Monday morning while rounding a curve just south of Fellowship Baptist Church on Louisiana 507. Firefighter Lance Otwell carries a back board, while Andy Futrell prepares to assist. Gay, 52, of Natchitoches, was taken to Lincoln General Hospital with undetermined injuries. Deputy Tommy Doss said it appeared Gay was driving too fast while negotiating the curve.

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