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August 9th

Carrying the job home with me

But that’s OK. I could probably stand to be a little more cautious as I traipse about the hills and avenues of this world.
Everyday moments captured for eternity in newsprint provide a stark view of reality and the drastic consequences that a simple decision can have.
Education is a powerful tool and has many merits as a precautionary measure, but sometimes a real-life incident is required , especially with hard-headed people such as myself.

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Newman: ‘it’s about W’s’

But while he might have been appreciative of the recognition, the Oak Grove native isn’t putting much stock in such preseason hype.
“When you come down to it, all that matters is how many games you win and how you do on the field,” Newman said. “It’s nice and all, but I am not into that stuff, the statistics or anything. I just want to do whatever I can to make sure we can be successful on the field, that we can win a bunch of games. That’s the key to it all.”
Newman will, indeed, play a huge role in the Bulldogs’ hopes for success this season.

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Council passes budget amendments

“We had to spend a great amount on overtime,” said Chief James Tornabene. “This amount will cover us for the rest of the year.”
Alderman Elmore Mayfield was not overjoyed by the decision.
“That’s too much,” Mayfield said. “That’s $37,000 going out on overtime alone.”
Tornabene said another large sum of the money was needed for new equipment.

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August 8th

911 Commission: We made our vote

“We wanted a protocol for how calls would be handled,” he said. “There were also questions raised as to annexation and the city limits. I believe they’ve been working on ordinances that would take care of all that and trying to work out some bugs or areas where there were no records of property being annexed.”
The Grambling City Council passed an ordinance in May that legally incorporated several properties into the city limits.

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Tech’s first day: ‘crisp’

“Hasn’t rained all summer and look at this,” Bicknell said while shaking his head. “Amazing.”
But it definitely helped lift off the Bulldogs’ first fall camp sessions in a spirited manner, the nearly 100 players practically rocking the practice field with chants of “rain, rain, rain!”
The enthusiasm carried over into the workouts.
“We were crisp today,” said Bicknell, entering into his seventh season as the Bulldogs’ leader. “Of course, if you can’t be crisp on the first time, you’ve got some problems.”

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Kids Day beneficial

Tellis-Cooper has gone above and beyond the call of service for children in preparing this event. She has a desire to help others, and that desire blossomed into an event that hundreds of children have benefited from and hopefully will continue to profit from in coming years.
This Jamboree was a great way for students and parents to spend a day together preparing for the upcoming school year and receiving educational supplies at no cost to them.

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What not to name your kids

No. I don’t think we’re going to name her Katrina. Thanks for the suggestion, though!
I never really followed hurricanes much until Aug. 27, 2005, when the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans was issued by Mayor Ray Nagin.
Even then, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. Hurricanes hit all the time, right? This is just people being overly cautious, that’s all.

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Teen discloses story of Web addiction

Within a short period of time, Hannah was using Yahoo Messenger and Xanga to communicate with the Arkansas boy almost all day every day, and he began to call her house. Unlike the boys at school with whom she interacted face to face, Hannah said she could imagine this boy to be anyone she wanted.
“It’s like a ‘build a boyfriend’ workshop,” the Ruston High School student explained. “Real guys could not compare.”
Hannah said the first question teens generally ask the opposite sex when they meet online is “What do you like in a girl?” or “What do you like in a boy?”

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August 7th

Defense for heat effects

It happened Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga., but could just have easily occurred here.
August is upon us and for those who reside in the Bayou State there’s one thing we can count on — it’s going to be hot.
There also another thing Louisianians can count on in August — young men dressed in pads and helmets running up and down football fields at most every junior high, high school and university.
While football is a game, it’s taken seriously in Louisiana at every level and, thus, if special care is not taken, heat could take its toll on our young men.

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Local community bonds strong

Take Joy Tellis-Cooper and other community leaders for example.
Saturday Tellis-Cooper was joined by members of the Lincoln Parish School Board, the Junior Auxiliary, the Women of Color, local churches, other organizations and various business sponsors at the Family Day in the Park Back-to-School Jamboree to get behind a cause that is more than pertinent to our children’s futures: education.

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