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November 8th

Fearful experience lingers

Pointing my finger, I called to my husband, who had wandered into our one other room, and declared, “I did not do that.”
Looking perplexed, he came back out and showed me that our kitchen window was open and the other room had been ransacked, with drawers and boxes emptied out on every area of the carpet.
Had we been robbed? The television was still there, along with the checkbook we left lying around. The only items missing were a glass bowl filled with change and a cell phone that had been discharged.

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Parish to get new bus facility

Lincoln Parish Schools Director of Auxiliary Services Charles Owens said the school board began utilizing the LPDC area about 15 years ago during what was supposed to be an interim period until funding was obtained to build a centralized facility. Owens said the project near RJHS, which could cost an estimated $700,000 depending upon the final design, would include an approximately 8,000 square foot metal building with three bays where the school board’s three mechanics could make repairs. It would also include the construction of a hard surface for bus parking.

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November 7th

Robberies put police on alert

“We’ll be checking convenience stores and businesses more frequently,” Davis said.
The most recent armed robbery occurred around 1:54 a.m. Tuesday at the E-Z Mart convenience store located at 1730 W. California Ave. The suspect is still at large.

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RHS, Creek: It’s payback time

For Class 5A, there’s the Bearcats (5-4, 4-4) going to West Monroe (10-0, 8-0), the team that produced a 35-6 victory in a regular season game in mid-October and who has now won 19 consecutive games in the series dating back to 1990.
“For those who were with the program two years ago, something like that loss sticks with you,” admitted Cedar Creek head coach Corwyn Aldredge about the setback to the Lions. “It’s definitely something that will be discussed this week. Plain Dealing just whipped us that night at our place.

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Get ready for high school playoff action

Ruston will play David to West Monroe’s Goliath, but Cedar Creek enters their weekend game as the Goliath in their match-up.
It’s payback time at Ruston High. The Bearcats have a 5-4 overall record and a 4-4 district 1-5A record coming into this weekend.
West Monroe is undefeated in or outside of the district, and pulled out a 35-6 victory in regular-season play over the ’Cats. This is one important game for the Bearcats’ psyches.
Put the family in the car and head over to West Monroe for the 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday to give the Bearcats the support they need for a playoff victory.

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Workers' coverage necessary

If you’ve been reading your Daily Leader, you know the parish has woes on the health insurance issue. Let’s recap. In a $13 million or so budget, about $1.4 million is devoted to health insurance. Premium costs are unfathomable to the average Joe — almost $2,000 per month for an employee, spouse and family — and the problem hinges on high claims filings from a few employees in an industry where premiums are already growing out of control.

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Report: Pre-k enrollment high in South

According to the report, research makes clear more than one year of early intervention can benefit children, particularly those in most need; however, few states have taken steps to open state-funded pre-k to three year olds except for those with disabilities, generally because of funding restraints. In 2006, only two percent of three year olds in the southern region were enrolled in a state-funded pre-k program, compared to 33 percent of four year olds.

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November 6th

Sewer rehab project nears

“The Pipeline Analysis group will have crews that will work with our crews. They will be supplementing what we do already,” said Richard Aillet, water utilities director. “Normally our crews do inspections and find problems, but we don’t have the time to come in and do all the repairs. This gives the city additional manpower to identify sewer main problems and fix them.”
Smoke and dye tests will be conducted, and a camera will be run inside a sewage line to look for problems in the areas of the city where the sewer system is 50 to 70 years old.

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Tech playing LSU or Patriots?

Rather, Dooley said simply that “we can’t get caught up in all of the talk about playing the No. 2 team in the country, No. 2 in the BCS standings, one of the top 10 teams in the country during the last five or six years or playing in front of 92,000 fans.
“You have that happen and you won’t play very well. We need to be prepared to play the very best we can and to be ready to face some of the best players we’ve seen this year. We’ll take a swing at the best and see what happens.”

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Cedars could be boon for the parish

While there’s no doubt this project will be a boon to the parish, we urge the developers to proceed with care.
A complex of this size could easily become an eyesore at the entrance to Ruston if it’s not tastefully designed and promoted. Oddo and his team seem to have an appealing concept in place — an open-air park with a lake and plenty of trees — and we hope that will be reflected in the final product.

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