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August 17th

Jurors to pay for trips in advance

Parish Administrator Dennis Woodward said “unofficial” policy called for his office to pay registration fees and make hotel reservations in advance. But if a juror decides later not to attend the event, Woodward said the Jury is left holding the bag.
Juror Annie Brown told the committee that she had “never paid for anything before I went.”
“And that’s the problem,” Backus said. “We don’t have a policy in place to get the money back from those who are no-shows.”
Woodward told the committee members the situation described by Backus occurs several times a year.

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August 16th

Thanks to magic air conditioner

I make note of this fact as I scurry from my air-conditioned office to the cool confines of my car.
I notice it, too, as I make the short trip to check the mail, walking quicker to shorten the time I am separated from my window unit.
And I complain — about the heat and that I am forced to endure it for a whole three to four minutes at a time.
When I recently moved from a home with central air to a house with window units, I felt that loss keenly, although the units are more than adequate for cooling my space.

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Dancing can keep Dixie

Starting at 7 p.m. Ain’t Misbehavin’, an eight-year-old band from Lincoln Parish, will present “The Music That Memories are Made Of” at the Ruston Civic Center. The seven-member group will play music from the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s ideal for dancing or just sitting and socializing while reminiscing.
“There’s not really a place people can go and have calm, relaxing dancing,” band director Randall Barron said. “We concentrate on the swing ‘big band’ era although we do a little bit of everything — ’50s and country line dancing music.”

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Prepsters face tests

A day later, it’s on to Monroe for Ruston High to take on Richwood High in a scrimmage beginning at the same time.
“We want to get a good idea where we are and what we’ve got to do before we play our first game,” said head coach Corwyn Aldredge of Cedar Creek. “The scrimmage is a good time to evaluate personnel and study the things we need to work on before playing a regular season game.”
The Cougars have a strong nucleus returning from last year’s 9-2 squad which finished among the top 10 teams in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll last year.

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Dubach eyes scenic byway designation

The National Scenic Byways Program is a community-based program administered through the Federal Highway Administration to recognize, protect, and promote America’s most outstanding roads.
Through the Louisiana Department of Transportation, communities can apply for designation as a State or National Scenic Byway and receive funding from the administration.
Dubach Mayor Margaret Rogers said the designation would open up avenues for marketing, publicity and funding.
“A lot of publicity goes along with this,” she said.

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August 15th

Dubach eyes scenic byway designation

The National Scenic Byways Program is a community-based program administered through the Federal Highway Administration to recognize, protect, and promote America’s most outstanding roads.
Through the Louisiana Department of Transportation, communities can apply for designation as a State or National Scenic Byway and receive funding from the administration.
Dubach Mayor Margaret Rogers said the designation would open up avenues for marketing, publicity and funding.
“A lot of publicity goes along with this,” she said.

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Nicholson: LSU is pick

Well, that’s exactly what the Ruston High School pitcher will be doing.
Nicholson has verbally committed to the highly successful Southeastern Conference program and will officially sign a national letter-of-intent during the NCAA’s early signing period this fall (in November).

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Donations still needed

Thanks to donations, 4-PAWS has been able to expand their fencing area so puppies can stay with puppies, nursing mothers can be by themselves and the general pack can run in a larger area. None of this could have happened without the generous contributions from area residents.
However, donations are still needed. Every pet that is adopted from 4-PAWS receives a new collar with a brass tag and usually with some treats and a leash. The dogs are also checked by a vet, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. This all costs money, which usually comes from the volunteers’ pockets.

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Gratitude should come from all

“Arrested” is the key phrase.

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It’s almost back to school time

She added parents should read student policy handbooks and note policy changes regarding cell phones and school uniforms, and they should make an effort to open the lines of communication with their children’s teachers.
“Usually when there is a conflict between the school and home it is due to a lack of communication,” Null said.
“Parents should make a point to meet the teacher and go to Open Houses to establish the communication patterns for a child’s progress.
For instance, some teachers will send progress folders each week and others every three weeks.”

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