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June 8th

Military museum a treasure

On occasion, for those fortunate enough to be there at the right time, there is nothing that equals a tour given by the founder and director Ernie Stevens.
The stories which really send chills up and down the spine are about those things Stevens considers treasures which others have considered trash and thrown away. Everything from weapons to uniforms to medals have been lost to history and to the education of others.

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Fisher Report heaps praise

The vast majority of the report was filled with praise for the university and its leadership. Reneau was named an effective president and the unquestionable architect of much of the university’s success.
With a salary which is only 78 percent of that of his peers, there is a large element of loyalty involved in Reneau’s staying at the local university. Undoubtedly, he could find a much higher salary elsewhere but continues to choose Tech over the competition.

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Union eyeing new district

• The majority of voters (63 percent) in Union Parish were unaware of the proposal to create a new judicial district for their parish; and
• Once questions were provided to educate the voters regarding the proposed new judicial district, the majority (62 percent) were in support of the proposal.

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June 7th

Rike ready to feel pro draft

It’s the wooden bats, of course, that are used in the professional ranks.
“Hopefully, it will let teams know that I am able to go from the metal bats to the wooden bats and be successful with it,” Rike said. “I know having played in the Jayhawk League last year really helped my confidence a lot and let me know that I have the ability to make that change (from metal to wooden).”
It shouldn’t hamper the draft cause of Rike, either, that he put up big numbers and gained several awards during his junior season with the Bulldogs.

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Shop locally to aid area teachers

In November, school board employees are also expected to get a “14th check” based on tax collections.
With so much talk about teachers needing better pay, these supplemental checks are one way local residents can directly support education. Those people who choose to do their holiday, wedding or home decorating shopping in Lincoln Parish are putting money into the pockets of all those who work together to keep the area schools safe and productive environments for children.
“The more people spend in Lincoln Parish, the better off teachers and support staff will be,” Murphy said.

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Caution: Students merging

It’s hard for me to imagine so many children of different ages all going to school in the same building. Of course, this is not so unusual in Lincoln Parish. Simsboro School is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade and Choudrant High is for students in grades 7-12. As a Ruston High School graduate, I never attended a school where students who were able to drive their own vehicles roamed the same areas as students who were still watching cartoons or waiting for puberty to hit.

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Ethics bill calls for disclosures

Downs said another amendment was then added that he said probably should not have been.
“I voted for it, but in retrospect, I wish I hadn’t,” Downs said.
The amendment requires financial disclosure not only for all elected officials, but also for all board and commission appointments.
“The basic premise was ‘what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,’” Downs said. “But in hindsight, I think we went overboard.”
Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, agreed with Downs.

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June 6th

Scobee optimistic about Jaguars

And while Scobee is able to get in his fair share of golf rounds during that so-called “off season”—he was among the participants in the Doug Williams/Shack Harris Foundation scramble at Shreveport’s Southern Trace course on Monday, the native Texan (Longview) is usually “wired” for another season to begin at a minute’s notice.
“I had to miss Tech’s kicking camp this week because we’ve got two days of mandoray organizational meetings in Jacksonville, so duty calls there,” he said. “It’s getting to be that time again. Before you know it, we’ll be in training camp for the preseason again.”

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Mock drill irons out issues

Lincoln Parish already has a unique relationship among law enforcement and public safety entities that is further strengthened when they conduct mock drills as they did on Monday.
“We are one of the smaller agencies, so the Ruston Police Department and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office lets us piggyback off their training,” said Louisiana Tech police chief Stephen Quinnelly. “We work together to train and respond.”

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Somebody show me a sign

One of the solutions is to yell out really quickly, “Hey, does anybody know where that is?” If that fails, a next option is to run to the next department where there is a parish map tacked to the wall. My memory’s good, but it’s not photographic, so I try to at least remember the general location of my desired destination.

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