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Cougars, ’Cats: Playoffs next

So it’s not as if these four teams are strangers to each other.
“We know them, they know us,” summed up Laird. “It’s not like there are any big secrets except for maybe some trick plays both of us probably have planned for Friday night.”
Trickery or whatever, the Cougars would love to put that one-sided loss to the Lions from two years ago behind them and remain as the only unbeaten team in Louisiana, regardless of classification.

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Bush’s veto threatens Sparta funds

Democrats and Republicans in Congress have pledged to override Bush’s veto, which is good news. However, it is discouraging to see the president’s lack of support for an important bill like the WRDA.
Those leading the effort to develop an alternative source of drinking water for north Louisiana have struggled to secure every penny of funding for their research. The promise of $2 million in federal funds not only would pay for valuable testing and studies, it would open the door for future funding for the initiative to protect the Sparta Aquifer.

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Present an image of honor

Living beyond reproach means to order one’s life so as not say or do things or be in places intentions could be misconstrued. A person who strives to live above reproach constantly considers the manner in which his or her actions appear to others. Perception often carries nearly as much weight as fact. You should constantly ask yourself, “How will it look to those who respect or look up to me?” Living above reproach does not mean one has to be perfect, which is impossible. It means to purpose and strive to make sure that the image you project is one of uprightness and honor.

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‘The Cedars’ to grow in parish

“It’s funny,” Oddo said. “When we started building the road out there, nobody thought that a private enterprise would extend those roads. But we’re looking at a development that will reach out to all of north Louisiana and even southern Arkansas.”
Hunt Guillot Associates worked on the engineering for the extension of those roads, and initial designs for the tract of land have been the work of Ruston architect Woody Whittington.
Oddo said part of what the development is aimed at is fostering an open-air, park-type feel.

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Cedar Creek: Perfect!

While it was a runaway win from the very start — the Cougars had a 13-0 lead after less than three minutes — it was significant in one major aspect of the program’s history.
Never before had a Cedar Creek team gone through an entire regular season with a perfect record.
But at 10-0 and now official, outright champions for District 2-1A, that’s exactly what these Cougars can tell their grand-children about one day.

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With dispute resolved, it’s time to thrive

While the city council was pushing, even against the opinion of the state’s highest law enforcement official, to get permit fees from the Tiger Village housing project on campus, opportunities to help the city pull itself up out of an economic malaise passed Grambling by.
With this flap behind them, the city’s focus should be squarely on making the city grow and prosper. The mayor has said as much, but the coming months will prove the ability of the city’s leaders to make things happen for Grambling.

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Rediscover the heart of the city

If a newspaper office deserts downtown, it leaves a void. I know this from experience.
During my time at The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, our office moved from downtown to another location in the city.
The office where the paper moved was a brand new building with fresh paint and carpet and all the latest technology, but to me and many other people, it just never felt right.
The paper’s move out of downtown stranded us in the middle of a nondescript busy street.

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