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Dwyer dented defenses in ’07

And more.
He became the go-to member of the Cougars’ high-scoring offense, one that would average 37.5 points per game during the regular season and a major component of the club’s eventual drive to a District 2-1A championship and No. 1 ranking among all Class 1-A schools in the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll.
Dwyer was here, there and everywhere for Cedar Creek.
He finished the regular season as the top scorer in the state, regardless of classification, with a total of 188 points on 29 touchdowns, a dozen extra point kicks and a two-point conversion.

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Reflect on King's goals, vision for U.S.

Racial divisions still exist, that much has been made clear in recent months with strife and controversy originating in our own state.
Thinking of his tragic murder — a martyr for those black and white who felt and still feel that equality is not just a pretty word — still puts us at a loss.
This holiday marks the birthday of King, and is one of only a handful of United States holidays devoted to a specific person.
King sought to forge a common ground between the races.
He wanted people from all walks to disregard color and address issues that spanned across those racial lines.

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Economic growth the right way

President Bush, too, is expected to back a stimulus program — one that reportedly will shun more spending and focus instead on incentives for businesses to invest in new equipment and tax relief for wage earners.
Sensing an enormous chasm between these two camps? You’re right. In fact, it’s hard to envision any bipartisan consensus emerging that would satisfy both pro-growth economic conservatives and their liberal colleagues.
What, specifically, can the president do unilaterally to spur real, and permanent, economic growth?

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Community lauds its leaders

Emory said he is honored and humbled to receive the Russ Award and attributes his success to others who have worked alongside him.
“We never do anything alone,” he said. “I had some great directors and employees who helped.”
Emory, a Ruston resident and native of Choudrant, said other Lincoln Parish residents, including his own grandfather and other family members, influenced him.
“I had role models and mentors,” he said. “Lincoln Parish is a great place. Everybody cares about everyone else and wants them to do well, and that’s all been a part of what’s helped me.”

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Techsters rally past NMSU

Tech did it against an excellent New Mexico State (13-4, 3-1) squad, one that came into Ruston as one of the hottest clubs in the league and on a five-game winning streak; it was the Aggies who knocked the
Techsters out of the league’s postseason tournament, plus snapped a 25-year streak of playing in the NCAA tournament, last year.
The victory came exactly one week after the Techsters had lost 85-68 at home to Boise State. Prior to the Saturday night triumph, Tech had lost two of its last three games.

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Oakes will be hard to replace

There have also been bad times, even recently, when the sports programs at the university have not seemed to produce the glory of days gone by. Through both, Oakes has been steadfast.

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Headline wish list for the year

Today, though, I’m going to write the headlines first.
I’m not going to limit myself with any size or space specifications. These are the headlines I would love to write for the Ruston Daily Leader this year. Maybe once the headlines are out there, the news will follow.
Police Jury comes to unanimous parish trash solution

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Broken axle sends 18-wheeler tumbling

Ruston Fire Department public education officer Eric Brazzel said Mute was traveling south in an 18-wheeler carrying reclaimed asphalt, which was scattered across the two southbound lanes of U.S. 167.
Dennis said Mute was driving a 2003 Sterling dump-truck type of vehicle. He said he received a citation for the faulty axle.
“The driver was cited for having an unsafe vehicle,” Dennis said.

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