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October 2nd

RHS, Byrd: A Top 10 showdown

The game matches up not only two teams ranked in the Top 10 of the current Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A poll, but also aspiring to unseat perennial power (and No. 2 ranked) West Monroe from the District 1-5A throne.
“As much as we want to try and erase what happened last year against Byrd, the most important thing right now is trying to go 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the district race,” said Coach Billy Laird of the Bearcats. “Our kids are aware of last year’s loss because we honestly got embarrassed over there. We don’t want to let it happen again.

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Grandparents' work grows

Grandma by no means took on a unique task in this country. According to the 2000 Census, 4.5 million children in the United States were living in grandparent-headed households, with no parents present in the lives of approximately 1/3 of the children. This situation could exist because the parents are deceased, incarcerated, mentally or physically ill, only teenagers themselves, addicted to drugs or other reasons.

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Find a way to give in October

These are afflictions that touch many of us quite personally. And, anything we can do to pitch in really does make a difference. Local opportunities to help these causes include:
• New downtown gallery Art Innovations is turning its grand opening into a fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. Proceeds from a silent auction at the gallery from 6-9 p.m. Saturday will benefit DART.

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It’s pumpkin season

According to DART literature, 21 percent of all emergency room visits by women are the result of domestic violence. All pumpkin sale proceeds benefit DART, and each year the organization receives about $3,000 from the pumpkin patch fundraiser.
“We appreciate the fund-raiser — every little bit helps,” DART community advocate Tiffany Lockett said. “This money goes for things grants don’t pay for, like rent deposits.”
Outside the Townsend House are thousands of miniature pumpkins and about 800 large pumpkins, with some weighing nearly 50 pounds.

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October 1st

Bulldogs, Broncos tangle tonight

So it will be for the Bulldogs when they face the Broncos, who are ranked in the Top 25 of both national polls, have never lost a WAC game (28-0) at home and are 52-4 in conference play since joining the league in 2001.
The oddsmakers have BSU as a 15-point favorite.
Into this atmosphere enter the Bulldogs, who are coming off of a bye weekend following a 41-26 home win against Southeastern Louisiana University.

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Let your voice be heard — vote

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, faces Andrew Clack, R-Rayville. The congressman, running for his fourth term in the office and second as a Republican after a pre-election party switch in 2004, is in many ways the seasoned veteran. Clack, a 25-year-old farmer who reached the age requirement for qualification days before the period to sign up began, says Alexander is not conservative enough and accuses him of bending to the will of Democrats.

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Help is available for grandparents

Throughout our state, for example, tens of thousands of grandparents, nearing or past the retirement age when the needs of these children arise, have taken on the task of raising the children of their children. One such grandparent said it well when she said her role made it difficult to live up to the age-old “bigger than life” and eminently loving image grandparents have in our society. Raising her grandchild has instead required a strong and firm guiding hand.

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Brothers rush to save woman, daughter

They were driving along Walker Road, where narrow lanes and sudden twists and turns have long had a reputation for testing even the nerves of a NASCAR driver.
A car had dropped off the shoulder and, after avoiding a tree and telephone pole, wound up in a small pond located near the road.
In the car were a Jonesboro woman, Stefani Cooper, and her 5-year-old daughter.

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