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September 21st

CVB expects tourism boost

“I think this can certainly be good for mountain bike enthusiasts to see the trails we have in North Louisiana and particularly in Lincoln Parish Park,” Edmiston said.
Also in his report, Edmiston noted he had received approval from the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to introduce Ruston Showcase Basketball in April, and he met with the Lincoln Little League. A bid will be put in to host the Southwest Regional Big League Series, which is set for next July at J.C. Love Field and expected to bring in 40-50 teams.

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September 20th

RHS mission: Bouncing back

It not only marked Ruston’s first loss of the overall and District 1-5A campaign, but also forced a complete drop out of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5-A top 10 poll.
Humbling it was for the Bearcats and Laird hopes the defeat got a message across to his players.
“I think we learned a lesson,” Laird said. “Our players are hurt and embarrassed over what happened and they’re ready to play.”
Now, he’s also hoping it can lead straight to a win at James Stadium on Friday night when league opponent Shreveport Huntington High comes in for a 7 p.m. meeting.

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Bolstering parks the right move

Even adult and contracted programming is up across the board.
In response, RPAR is taking steps to bring area parks up to standard, and that is also a positive step.
The parks and recreation facilities need the upkeep because we as a community are using them — and using them to the fullest.
Woodland, Duncan, Ward 5, Cook, and Greenwood Park are all set for upgrades and maintenance work this year and in the next two or three. So is the municipal pool and the J.C. Love athletics complex.

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Want more chicken?

Of course the signature food and arts and crafts vendors will be present, and the carnival opens a week from today.

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Locals, students headed to Jena

Today, members of the local community are making final preparations for the rally. Despite the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to overturn Bell’s felony conviction of aggravated second-degree battery, the rally will continue.
W.D. Walker, president of the Lincoln Parish branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the original intent for the rally was to try to get charges dropped for Bell. Walker was shocked by the charges and shocked by the incident overall.

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September 19th

Keagle kicking for big numbers

The Baton Rouge product is ranked No. 1 among all players in the Western Athletic Conference an d is No. 12 in the country with his average of 44.95 yards per attempt.
Credit part of the success that the 6-foot and 233-pounder has had to suggestions made by new head coach Derek Dooley, albeit with references to another sport.
“He’s likened it to taking a golf shot,” Keagle explained. “If you have a bad shot, you can’t let it bother you the rest of the day. You have to deal with it, to try and improve on it and move on.

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Constitution must be taught to all

The Constitution, 220 years old this week, is lost if we do not take it upon ourselves to pass down its importance to the next generation. Schools should highlight both the document’s birthday and the week meant to celebrate it as designated by the President.
Today, every American shares in the light constructed by those who founded our country, and this is a way to give due importance to a topic that is underappreciated by many students.
Many don’t even realize there is a Constitution Day or Constitution Week.

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'Road Home' needs funding

Many affected by Hurricane Rita have told me they sometimes feel forgotten. On the eve of this second anniversary of Rita, I say to the strong-spirited people of this region, Louisiana has not forgotten you, and neither have I.
So far more than $300 million in actual construction funds have been spent on the ground in the parishes most devastated by Rita, with hundreds of millions of investment on the way.
The Louisiana Recovery Authority just approved $16 million for long-term recovery projects in Cameron, Calcasieu and Vermilion parishes.

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Dubach eyes grant, fuel costs

The town is also looking into uses for a 2008-09 LCDB grant. Although council member Vallie Carrico said she had received complaints that the roads inside the town limits were in poor condition, Rogers said the grant money could not be used to improve them.
“The grant could not be used for any neighborhood not low income” since it is designed to aid those who meet that criteria, Rogers said, adding that capital outlay funds could perhaps be sought to improve the roads.

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September 18th

Dooley not happy with Bulldogs

“We are what we are and, right now, we’re not a very good football team,” Dooley said. “I was extremely disappointed in how we played.

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