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April 19th

Will drivers be on camera?

Charlie Buckels, a Redflex Traffic Systems regional sales manager, could have a new client if the first situation is the case. At the monthly town council meeting on Monday evening, Buckels introduced council members to a product offered by his company, which uses cameras to catch speeders. With a program known as Speed Solution, Redflex could deploy a mobile van — to be parked in various areas throughout Dubach — that uses line stream video to capture drivers on film.

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Tech checks safety

King also said the “extraordinary situations” were a broad category and hard to define.
“The best preparation in my mind is proper training and commitment by all to be vigilant to report things that look out of the ordinary.”
Tech went through a unique scenario in 2005, King said, when hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit.
“The good thing about the higher education community is that we share information,” King said. “We share what we’ve learned, and the end result is the strengthening of all campuses.”
King said he is also confident in campus and local law enforcement officials.

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April 18th

Lady Cougars topple St. Mary’s

Cedar Creek singled St. Mary’s into oblivion, all but one of the Lady Cougars’ 13 hits going for one base.
But it was enough to overcome a two-run rally by the Lady Chiefs (14-13-1) in the final two innings (in which they scored one run in each of those frames).
“We expected some rust to be there today, but Meredith (Sanders, starting pitcher) and the defense battled through it and played really well,” said head coach Joey Adams.
“I thought we made a lot of plays out there tonight and especially up the middle by Marcus (Rachel), Ginn (Alese) and Gaston (Hayley).”

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Art education adds beauty

“This interaction between the young children and the college students who are interested in the arts — it’s that bridge between the very young, the young adult and the people from the community that I think is so important. It says to the young child that art can be used throughout their life,” she said.
More than 200 elementary students converged on campus today to explore different types of art, ranging from storytelling to hands-on arts and crafts. Such exposure is critical to the development of young minds.

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Shrinking growing population

It’s also hard to ignore that our culture that places children in front of the television before they can even comprehend the idea of a singing purple dinosaur is continually making us fatter. The number of Americans who are obese rises each year, but where the problem is becoming more and more pronounced is in our youth. When speaking to one of a group of Grambling State University students who are launching a campaign against childhood obesity, I learned that concern can start early — in students in grades kindergarten through second grade.

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Dubach looks at extra traffic eyes

Buckels said if the van were deployed to Dubach, the town would be required to post signs on both ends of U.S. 167 outside Dubach alerting drivers that the technology is used in the area. Speed limit violators would not be pulled over but would receive a ticket through the mail. If Dubach chose to adopt the technology, a hearing officer would be needed for those who wished to contest their tickets, and the van — if left in a deserted area — could be manned by someone other than a police officer, Buckels said.

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April 17th

Lady ’Cats crush Ehret, 25-0

“This game was very important because it got the monkey off our backs,” head coach Ricky Goulart said. “We have made it to the playoffs for the past two years, but we’ve never gotten past the first round.”
Senior pitcher Elyse Smith struck out three Lady Patriots in a row in the top of the first inning and that was just the beginning to a tough end for John Ehret.
Smith continued to strike out Patriot after Patriot and allowed two hits and zero runs in her three innings of play. She ended with six strikeouts.
Offensively, the Lady Bearcats did not to too bad either.

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This year's ACS event huge success

Thank you for donating time and money to help fund research and education so one day this debilitating disease may be eliminated.
Despite a change in location and a forecast of rain, the Relay for Life was a success thanks to area residents and volunteers. Held in the National Guard Armory on McDonald Avenue, music played, volunteers walked and visitors got to have food, face-painting and opportunities to win prizes from raffles — and all the money went to fight cancer!
We would like to thank Christina Griffin, ACS community

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Seeking a change of outlook

Being alive can be compared, really, to checking the mail. You go through your days doing the same thing over and over until one day a bright beam of sunlight hits you and you remember what a joy it is to be alive. This life is not a boring routine; it’s an adventure.

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School bus ride interrupted

One child was transported to North Louisiana Medical Center. None were seriously injured in the accident. The RPD is still investigating the incident.

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