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Malone eager for Tech delivery

He had earlier written a check out for $50,000 to be used exclusively for the volleyball program.
The fund was initiated by Malone and his family and will cover a wide range of areas, foremost being the installation of a new state-of-the-art court for the Thomas Assembly Center. Appropriately. It will be called the “Karl Malone Court.”
Bids on the playing surface that Malone called “state of the art, of the highest quality and as good or better than any court in the country” will start being taken on June 18 and installation is projected by the latter part of the summer.

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Parents can help fight alcohol use

Regardless of the cause of the drop, parents may play a vital role in preventing their children from using alcohol and other drugs.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Capt. Wes Harris said one thing parents can do is to not enable their children and their friends to drink at home.
“There’s this notion that (if teenagers) are drinking in a parent’s house it is safer than if they go out on their own drinking somewhere,” Harris said.

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Choudrant digs for solutions

In the weeks leading up to the election, the support and opposition to the increased property taxes began to get ugly. Inside the village of Choudrant, many residents posted signs outside their houses which read “Vote Yes for Our Schools.” Other yards displayed signs which read “Vote No for Unfair Taxes.” A community-wide meeting in which the schools’ principals, Lincoln Parish Schools superintendent and the Choudrant school board representative spoke about the benefits of the increased property tax drew several visibly angry residents with concerns about the proposal.

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Alexander makes trip to Cuba

“We are a diverse group geographically and in our politics toward Cuba,” DeLauro said. “But we view this as an opportunity to learn, to create dialogue about issues of mutual concern.”
Joining Alexander, R-Quitman, and DeLauro were Democratic Reps. Marion Berry of Arkansas and Bob Etheridge of North Carolina, as well as Jack Kingston, R-Ga. All were making their first trips to the island, except Berry who was in Cuba in 2000.
DeLauro, Berry and Etheridge have all supported legislation to ease U.S. trade restrictions toward Cuba in the past, while Kingston has supported the embargo.

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May 30th

Ellis to direct regional tourney

He has been assigned to serve as the director of the regional to be held in Houston beginning on Friday and continuing through Monday.
“It’s a great honor and, as always, I am looking forward to seeing some great baseball and seeing some of the many friends I’ve been able to make through the years at the tournaments and the College World Series,” Ellis told The Daily Leader on Tuesday. “The regional in Houston is going to be exciting. You’ve got some great teams there.”

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Think safety before swimming

Parents need to be mindful of children, always making sure they are supervised. For young children, the Red Cross advocates “reach supervision,” meaning someone stays within an arm’s length of the swimmer. Flotation devices and inflatable toys are not acceptable substitutes for a watchful eye; such devices can overturn or slip away from children.
Home pools should be secured so that children cannot accidentally fall in and pool covers should be completely removed before pool use. Toys should be kept away from the pool to prevent the risk of attracting kids.

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Spammers go overboard

It amazes me that as society continually seeks ways to carve out a little space, telemarketers and advertisers are constantly looking for ways to push the envelope further. It began with the home telephone calls, which was helped a lot by the creation of a national do not call registry. At least over the telephone, you were offered a legitimate product such as a magazine subscription.

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Fires destroy area homes

Firefighters from Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 were called for mutual aid, and hours later responded to the second fire — on Voss Street in Dubach.
The fire was reported at approximately 11:47 a.m. Responding firefighters found the structure fully engulfed.
LPFD Chief Dennis Ford said the fire was under control in minutes, but not before it totaled the home.
“After three to five minutes, most trailer homes are a loss because they burn so quickly,” he said.
A resident was at home when the blaze broke out, but no one was injured.

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May 29th

Nicholson: 1-5A’s MVP

Overall, Nicholson was 7-6 in his final season, all of his defeats having resulted from facing top 10 state ranked opponents.
Offensively, he had a .336 average with 25 runs batted in.
A total of nine players from the Bearcats of first-year head coach Toby White are on the club, including six on the first unit.
Joining Nicholson as a first teammer from RHS were fellow LSU signee and hurler Ben Alsup, first baseman John Letendre, third baseman Kelby Langston and outfielder O.J. Simmons.
Alsup had a 3-0 record and 1.37 ERA in district play.

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Board of Regents grant helps state

That’s pretty good results for our local university.

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