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September 18th

Want to vote? Go register

Bring your ID, proof of current residence and a smile.
Parents, take your eligible offspring downtown and get them signed up. Let them know how important voting is. Children need to be helped through their first voting process. Explain to them who you are voting for and why, but tell them that making their own choice is imperative.
A myriad of state and local offices are up for grabs, including local representatives and state senators, the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, and other statewide offices.

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Use your road etiquette

Another big distraction is playing loud music in the car. Songs don’t necessarily sound better when played at the highest volume, and I refuse to think people are really interested in my taste in music.
Not neglecting the little niceties of life such as signaling before making a turn can prevent accidents or even road rage.

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Parish pursues road projects

The intersection of Dick Store Road at Mondy Road has a similar problem to the Liner Road project, Woodward said.
A sight-distance issue created by a nearby hill makes the intersection dangerous, he said.
“There’s a hill you can’t see over on the west side of the intersection as you approach Mondy from Dick Store,” Woodward said. He said the project will cost “at least as much as Liner, maybe more.”

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September 17th

Creek makes it look easy

The offense got a 35-yard TD pass from quarterback Andy Smith to sophomore running back Connor Dwyer and then a conversion kick out of senior running back Sean Dwyer less than three minutes later to take a 7-6 lead they never relinquished.

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Cutting trash consultant

The idea was more attractive than the reality, it seems, because the proposal from the consultant didn’t stand a chance for consideration from the very committee that requested it.
At least having the full Police Jury consider the issue at Tuesday night’s meeting would have been better than killing it in committee.
Committee members David Hammons, Roy Glover, Annie Brown and Terry Knowles voted to dump the proposal while Bobby Dowling, Annette Albritton and Joyce Huntington voted to move forward with accepting the consultants plan for discussion in the full Jury.

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Recycling is worth the expense

Now Shreveport is toying with curbside pickup. Like Baton Rouge did years ago, they are moving into the green age. We in central and eastern Louisiana haven’t caught up.
Something ran in a recent issue of IEEE Spectrum, a publication for electrical engineers, that got my gray matter firing.
Americans discard more than 400,000 cell phones per day. If you see what that looks like in a broad view, it’s a scary image. We could make a continent of discarded plastics in short order at the rate we’re going now.

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GSU prepares for demolitions

“This is the largest demolition we’ve ever had,” Sanders said. “In the first phase, we did Jones (Hall) and Martha Adams (Hall), but that was all we did. The program is as we bring on new housing, we’ll vacate these and knock them down.”
On the schedule in the long term are Tubman Hall, Bowen Hall, Truth Hall and Bethune Hall. They are set for demolition some time in 2009, Sanders said.

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Bulldogs got hurt early by Cal

“Cal is a great football team and anytime you play a top 10 team and then spot them seven points on the kickoff, it’s hard to recover,” said Bulldogs’ first-year head coach Derek Dooley.
Ironically, the Golden Bear that made it tough for the visitors out of the Western Athletic Conference to recover was one of the very players that Dooley recruited while he was an assistant at LSU. Hawkins, a 6-2 and 175-pounder who also had seven catches for 87 yards, became the first Cal player since 1996 to take a game’s opening kickoff back to the end zone.

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LPPJ's effort good for Grambling

Sewer work is costly, making it difficult to pull off without outside funding, so both parties have shown considerable foresight to head to pursue government backing.
Representatives from an engineering firm attached to both projects — Alexandria’s Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix and Hixson — have gauged a sizable community interest in connecting to a sewer system.
There are two encouraging points to that.

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Meet me around the table

The process for being featured is as easy as boiling water. We come over, take photos of the chef preparing the dish and interview him or her about the recipe, where it came from and the story of its significance. In about 20 minutes or less, we are able to get a little taste of what makes the recipe special. We are also able to view a little slice of their lives at the stovetop. Or in my last chef’s case, the grill.

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