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RHS-Neville: ultimate prep rivalry

“It was good last weekend to have a game type of situation with a good crowd and all and it helped get us ready for this week,” Laird said of a game against District 1-5A and I-20 rival West Monroe at the ‘Bayou Jamb’.
“I am sure everybody is ready now to get things started with another season. It’s that time.”
A rundown on how parish teams will commence the 2006 campaign on Friday:
RHS VS. NEVILLE
7 p.m.
Tiger Stadium, Monroe
Noteworthy: Ask Billy Laird about his first game foe and he mentions “speed and quickness” several times.
Why not?

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New school a site for growth

Through a contract with the state’s Office of Youth Development, students drawn from Ruston, Grambling, Monroe and West Monroe will be referred to the school by probation officers or Families in Need of Services (FINS).
In addition to receiving G.E.D., LEAP and GEE tests preparation skills, students will sit down with their families and a counselor to develop an academic and behavioral treatment plan.
“We want to help (the students) work on their academic and social skills so they can stay in a public school or be able to keep a job,” Administrator of Schools Bridget Suire said.

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New state law not blowing smoke

She argued that these same people who smoked inside their vehicles would also light up inside their homes where the same children would be inhaling the secondhand smoke.
What would be next, she asked.
Would this law lead to another law banning smoking inside people’s houses?
The woman’s arguments seemed to have merit.
But I can see another perspective — one that paints a brighter future for adults and children alike.
With so many people trying to quit smoking, perhaps more restrictions are just what the doctor ordered.

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RES steps back into portable classrooms

When she received word from the fire marshal last week this was not the case, however, Lincoln Parish Schools Director of Auxiliary Services Charles Owens and his maintenance staff got on the job over the weekend.
“Owens had his people working this weekend, and we thought everything was fine,” Walker said.
“But Monday afternoon we got the other news. The fire marshal said (the classrooms inside one portable building) would not be occupiable (Tuesday) morning, so we moved the students to another classroom.”

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