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Archive - Dec 10, 2007

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Techsters: Busy week ahead

Two nights later, on Thursday, it’s Southeastern Conference member Mississippi State at the same time.
And then on Sunday afternoon, beginning at 2 p.m., the Lady Techsters will battle against in-state rival and top 25 nationally ranked LSU.
It’s one of the busiest stretch of home appearances in Tech history, one which actually began this past Saturday night against the University of Southern Mississippi.
The Techsters dropped that game 67-62, but not before courageously fighting back from a horrible first half of shooting (making only three of their first 27 shots).

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Gov.-elect, don't forget us up here

Understandably, Jindal is trying to select the best people for these positions and represent all areas of the state.
It makes sense for the larger metropolitan areas with bigger populations to have more representation on the governor’s team of advisors.
However, we hope rural north Louisiana will not be overlooked by the new leadership.

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Not the same old Christmas

Often, we all get stuck in the same holiday rut. Go to this grandparent’s house, eat breakfast, open presents. Go to your parents’ house, eat lunch, open presents. Go to your spouse’s parents’ house, eat dinner, open presents. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I suggest taking my sister’s approach by doing something a little different this holiday season.

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Area mayor on Jindal’s team

Company representatives told the transition team what they would like to see happen in the state and what they need to succeed here. Skains said although there were no complaints made about the political environment, the businesses’ main issues were the need for a more-educated workforce, lower taxes and better energy prices.
“We’re always looking for new businesses, but we don’t put much emphasis on retaining the small or large businesses we already have in place,” he said. “A business already here is more likely to stay, because they have ties to the community.”

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Levingston stepping up for Tech

In fact, it motivated her to turn to the Tech bench and ask for her own number to be called on the insuing inbounds play. Techster head coach Chris Long nodded in agreement.
With a calm demeanor about her, Levingston took the pass and sank a 22-footer from the top of the key while being fouled.
“At the time, I thought we needed to score,” Levingston said. “I was feeling my shot. I just looked over at (Coach Long) and signaled that I wanted to run that play. I knew the way they were sagging that I would be open. We called the play and I was able to hit the three.”

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Mobile home compromise applauded

In all seriousness, the issue likely cost a few mobile home park owners some rent money.
The peak times for signing leases — the beginning of the fall and college semesters and quarters — passed with the town council and landowners still at no agreement on how to handle the situation equitably.
It is clear that in a community as small as Choudrant, such a restrictive ordinance was in no one’s best interest, but its motivation was, on the surface, just.

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Remember to enjoy the simple things

One year into this new life, my mindset is beginning to shift. Instead of focusing on all the things we can’t have or can’t do because he is in school, I’m starting to just let it go.
Our situation is forcing me to do something I realize I should have been doing all along: Simplify.
After all, aren’t the simple things in life the ones that end up meaning the most to us? In five or 10 years, we may not remember what gifts we received this holiday season, but surely we will remember the conversations, feelings and experiences that took place.

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Candy, floats fire up festivities

Ruston residents weren’t the only ones in attendance at this year’s parade. Connie Parks, of Hico, came out an hour early to find a spot to support her son, who participated in Bethel Baptist Church’s float. She said the weather wasn’t even a factor to her.
“We had to have a good seat,” Parks said. “I’m about to burn up right now. I’ve been hopping around, yelling for cups and candy and embarrassing my kids.”
Parks attended the parade with other members of Hico Baptist Church, which placed first in last year’s Christmas parade. Despite not being in the parade, she said she enjoyed it.

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