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April 27th

Underage drinking fight continues

Following this weekends’ enforcement activities, two store employees were arrested and charged with selling alcohol to persons under the age of 21, while charges are also pending against a third business employee. What is particularly disturbing about these arrests is that, according to booking records at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, often the people in question request the identification of the buyer and still make the sale, even though it is obvious that they are not old enough to buy alcohol.

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Attention: Become a royal

These micronations come complete with “official” passports, postage stamps, flags, a set language, currency, medals and even professional athletes. They are also referred to as cybernations, fantasy countries, model countries and new country projects.
“I’ve never heard of a micronation. What is it?” was the common response when I recently polled local Ruston residents.

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Storm hits homes, topples trees

Ben Walker, 19, had just awakened and was still in bed when the storm tossed a tree on his house.
“I heard a whistling sound and then a big boom,” Walker said. “Then the house shook real hard.”
The tree landed on top of the house near Walker’s bedroom.
“I’m sure glad our house was strong enough to keep the tree from coming through the roof,” Walker said.

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April 26th

Grambling, Creek rule 2-1A track

Featured individually in the meet from parish teams were Markesha Peterson and Alfranzo Kurtz of Grambling and Jonathan Terrel, Adroska Jackson of Grambling and Ashley Fallin for Cedar Creek.
Peterson was a first place finisher in the 100-meter hurdles (16.02), 100-meter dash (12.59) and 200-meter dash (26.90).
Jackson was the winner of the long jump (14-10 ½) and triple jump (33-3).
Fallin led the way for the 800-meter run (2:40.98) and 1,600-meter run (5:46.30).
Kurtz was the champion for the 200-meter dash (22.47), triple jump (44-10) and long jump (22-5).

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Basketball fund-raiser a winning move

Former high school and area university athletes, local coaches and other community members displayed their expertise on the court in the game designed to entertain.
Thanks to all those who got out to play in the game, provide half-time entertainment or volunteered to help in some other way. Also, a big thanks is due to all those who attended. The large turnout gave a shot in the arm to local athletics and a boost to March of Dimes funding for research to prevent premature births.

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Choudrant bond issue revisited

I believe that even if a person does not have a child or grandchild in the school system, it is the responsibility of everyone in a community to ensure students are in an environment that is safe and conducive to learning. Some people might have the attitude that they have worked hard to build their financial resources, and they should not have to give money to a school that they presently have nothing to do with.

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CVB finds location for new home

The five finalists ranged between 1.7 and 1.84 acres in size, and from $5 to $8 a square foot in cost, Strebeck said.
“The property on 167 costs significantly less than the other pieces of property that were located on the I-20 Service Road,” Strebeck said.
Of the other four locations that made the final list, one was already under contract for sale. The other three were located along the I-20 Service Road: two between the U.S. 167 exit and Tech exit, and one west of the Tech exit.
CVB Chairman Mickey McHale said there is a limit on how much should be paid for property.

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April 25th

RHS overtaken by Rebs, 9-8

Pitcher Bunk Coronado picked up the win for the Rebels by pitching just two-thirds of an inning in the sixth and facing two batters, but it was Tyler Thrailkill that was the real pitcher of note for West Monroe in the game; entering the game in the bottom of the seventh inning and retiring Ruston’s five, six, and seven hitters in order to secure the game.
“Tyler has been like that for us all year,” West Monroe head coach Mark Sims said. “I canít say enough about him and the job he did coming in and shutting them down.”

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Housing boom blows across GSU campus

The idea is one that has a lot of merit, and not just in making the lives better for current students.
Realistically, quality of education is just one of the things that prospective students consider when choosing a college or university; living conditions factor high on their list of concerns
Having outdated and unattractive residence halls has done the university in Grambling no good in the past — some students have crossed GSU off of their lists simply based on the condition of the residence halls.

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My job has gone to the dogs

Ace and Iko are similar in a lot of ways — both being dual-purpose German shepherds, while Ben is a super-friendly golden retriever who is solely trained in narcotic detection.
What struck me the most about all of the dogs was their kind demeanor. An intelligent person would have a healthy respect for such powerful animals, and I like to think that my parents raised no fools.

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