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March 5th

Community should share life blood

One thing is to participate in local drives like the one Ruston Parks and Recreation, partnered with LifeShare, will hold from 4-7 p.m. today in the facility’s conference room.
Ashlynn Shell, recreation coordinator for RPAR, said this drive would give those who can the opportunity to help someone in need of blood products.
“I’m pretty psyched about having the ability and opportunity now to help someone else,” Shell said. “I know that LifeShare is low on all blood products. I’m hoping the community will come out and replenish their deficits.”

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’Dogs drop series finale to Hornets

Sacramento State applied some holes to the polls by taking the series two games to one with a 7-5 victory in Sunday’s finale.
The Hornets also won the opener 4-2 before Tech blasted away for a 13-5 win on Saturday night.
And if there was any sign of the latter victory possibly igniting an offensive fire under the ’Dogs, it never came to fruition on Sunday afternoon.
Tech totaled double digits for runners stranded (10) for the third time in the series and was unable to jump on the Hornets early to prevent any last-half-of-the-contest comeback.

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March 2nd

Racial tensions rise in Union

Both white and black residents from the Farmerville area spoke out against the concept of a charter school and re-opening a school in Rocky Branch.
One unnamed resident of Rocky Branch stood up and said, “Whenever race gets brought up, it’s always the blacks that do it.”
Rocky Branch residents argued that the charter group has invited black and white preachers to a meeting several months ago to discuss how the charter school would be for everyone in the parish.
Bimbo Chapman, a board member of the charter group, said not one black preacher showed up.

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Bulldogs start WAC play

Sacramento State (2-10), officially in its first season as a diamond member of the league, will provide the test for the ‘Dogs over the next three days.
The two clubs meet at 6 p.m. both tonight and Saturday, then at 1 p.m., on Sunday.
For both clubs, it’s the start of a “new” season.
“Our players are excited about getting the conference season under way,” said head coach Wade Simoneaux.
“This is what you work for and prepare for when you start your
preseason workouts. The WAC is a strong baseball conference and this year’s race should be exciting.”

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Habitat support swells

Hundreds of volunteers have donated time, skills and materials to the program over the years, and that continues to grow with widespread local support for the international program which makes the dream of home ownership possible for people who could not afford homes through traditional purchase and financing means.

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I actually think I'm young

• The presence of gray hair upon my head;
• A rapidly increasing inventory of chins well past the mere double mark;
• Cellulite in all locations of choice;
• The elevation of the mid-day nap to a high priority;
• The sound conviction that I do not look nearly as old as all of my classmates; and
• The unwillingness to accept my age as closer to the end of life than to the beginning.
These items deal mostly with appearance and energy levels with a slight venture into my six decades rich psyche.

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Women’s History revived

The month of March has begun with proclamations issued by GSU President Horace Judson and Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus declaring it Women’s History Month at both the university and in the city.
Gallot said her sorority’s Women’s History Month committee is involving churches in an effort to promote women’s history by sending them letters asking that one service this month be dedicated to an area woman or one of 14 female honorees recognized this year by the National Women’s History Project. Among the list for 2007 are activists, a judge, a U.S. army general and a filmmaker.

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March 1st

Techsters clinch share of title

It marked the 15th consecutive regular season league title for the unranked Techsters. Now, should former leader Boise State tumble in one of its last two league games, Tech would have the title all to itself.
“I’m proud of this basketball team,” said Tech head coach Chris Long. “This year hasn’t been perfect. We’ve had plenty of rough nights but these kids never gave up, even when they started the year 2-7. They’ve continued to believe, and I’ve never once given up.”
The Techsters have now won six straight regular season titles in the WAC since joining the league in 2001.

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This month marks new celebration

Cypress Springs Elementary invited a Grambling resident who had been acquainted with Martin Luther King Jr. to highlight the accomplishments of African-Americans and how far they still had to go in reaching King’s dream.
Needless to say, the community pulled together to keep black history alive.

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Pre-k a playground for learning

Studies have indicated that high-quality pre-school education is one of the best investments that a nation can make for young people. The theory is that if children are exposed to reading and other educational skills when they are very young, it will level the playing field as they grow older. Students who are in homes where they are not read to as often are given the chance to catch up with those who are.

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