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December 14th

Cattle supplies remain tight

“Predictions about the latest U.S. cattle inventory and October marketing numbers were generally right on the money,” said Jim Sartwelle, AFBF livestock economist. “While there are no big surprises in USDA’s report, it’s reasonable to conclude that supplies of fed cattle will be tight at least through the first quarter of 2008, especially when you look at current activity in the futures markets.”
“We’re tacking back toward the placement patterns that existed before the ethanol boom,” Sartwelle said. “Cattle feeders this October returned to the longer-term trend of Octobers past.”

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Area schools out until 2008

Bell suggests attending holiday programs within the community and at churches that include singing.
“To me, there is no better way to engage children in vocabulary,” Bell said. “I encourage parents to take children to community activities with live performances with vocalists and multiple instruments. It may even perk the interest of a child to take up music at sometime during their schooling.”

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December 13th

Techsters home, ’Dogs face Gents

Then, on Sunday afternoon, it’s a duel with top 25 ranked LSU (6-2).
Considering those assignments, how in the name of Jack Frost can Long and the Techsters get into the Christmas mood right now?
Besides, there’s still some wounds to be soothed over following that loss to ULM, one in which the Techsters — in Long’s own words — got “outplayed and outhustled.”
In facing the media afterwards, he offered that “we’re young, but that’s no excuse.
“Our players have to understand the jersey they’re wearing.”

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Family shows true pride in community

Beneficiaries have been Lincoln and Union parish schools and historical societies, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, the Salvation Army and Rolling Hills Ministries, to name a few. Each year, thousands of dollars are handed out to these worthy groups that so desperately need the additional funding.
Brazzel family members say the generosity is just an outgrowth of their family’s blessings. They want to spread their good fortune, and they’ve developed a fantastic way of doing it.

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Consider all that teachers do

This amount seems high in comparison to teacher salaries of the past and is in fact comparable to the pay of some college liberal arts professors. Even with the raises, however, teachers’ salaries are not much when compared to other fields, where recent graduates start off with about the same pay in which those in the teaching profession retire on.
If we are to value education as an important key to deterring poverty, crime and other social issues, it is imperative to pay educators appropriately. These men and women on the front lines of the classroom hold the future in their hands.

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Parish door-to-door dies again

“I probably don’t have the votes to accomplish this,” Dowling said before introducing the issue. “But I think we all understand we need to do something different. I’m willing to put this motion out there for discussion; if we do it in a five-mile radius of Ruston or parishwide, there’s no difference.”

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December 12th

Techsters stumble to ULM, 71-50

It wasn’t just another win, to be sure, for the Warhawks (6-2). It was a convincing win of 71-50 on Tech’s own court.
Not since the mid-1980s had ULM been able to register back-to-back victories against their rivals on I-20, a 58-54 decision resulting at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe last season.
Combine that with the fact that it was the largest winning margin ever by a ULM team against the Lady Techsters and only the second triumph ever posted in Ruston and no wonder Martin and her team had additional reasons to be in an extra celebratory mood.

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Teachers’ pay a source of parish pride

Not only are our teachers feeling more appreciation through higher compensation, we’re looking that much more attractive to teachers from around the state.
Couple that notion with the great atmosphere that Ruston and Lincoln Parish can offer, and we’ve got a one-two punch for attracting strong educators to help train and prepare Lincoln Parish students.
And our current teachers, as well as those incoming, deserve to feel the sweet relief of dollars hitting their checking accounts and the joy of being able to give more generously and save more effectively.

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The power of the press

I’ve noticed some things that are issues that plague us as a parish, and one of the sore spots for the outgoing jury had been ash buildup at the Lincoln Parish Sanitary Landfill.
Ronnie Crochet, an equipment operator based in Baton Rouge, was standing before the jury at my very first meeting in August, trying to explain a problem he was facing. It’s not that he didn’t want to clean up the incinerator waste deposits that had built up over the previous months, it’s that he couldn’t screen it to clean it up.

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Teachers’ pay gains ground

In past years, the parish has fallen slightly below the state average, and a number of factors combined could have pushed it over the middle mark this fall. School board business manager George Murphy said local teacher salaries are partly determined by the parish’s wealth factor. The number of students in a school district and the abundance of local sales and property taxes collected determine the amount of state funding it receives.

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