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October 10th

The public's attention helps curb crime

Law enforcement, logically, must do everything in their power to prevent crimes through patrols and solve them when they occur. The problem comes in when information is not forthcoming from witnesses, community members and residents at large. Without that information to go on, law enforcement officials are hobbled in their efforts to track criminals, highlighting the need for everyday people whose eyes are open to start talking.

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Bulldogs have WAC test in Hawaii

“It was a disappointing performance on our part and, hopefully, our young team can learn from it,” Dooley said. “We had some moments where we had a chance to do something offensively and just didn’t get it done.
“We had breakdowns defensively. But we have to put that behind us and move on and be ready for a Hawaii team that is coming off of a great win.”

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Thieves target ATVs

In most cases, the vehicles were taken from residences, primarily located on the west side of the parish around Grambling and Simsboro, during the night.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said no arrests have been made in the incidents, and he encourages ATV owners to protect their vehicles.
“Residents should secure 4-wheelers out of sight from the roadway, and, if possible, lock them up in a garage or elsewhere at night or when they are not in use,” Stone said. “At the very least, remove your keys and take precautions.”

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October 9th

Cougars hoping for turnaround

Cedar Creek, last year’s No. 1 ranked club in the final 1A state poll, is on a two-game skid after losing 35-13 at Double-A Many last week.
Grambling High will open 2-1A action against St. Frederick in Monroe Friday night. Ruston High will also be in Monroe to take on Ouachita in a key District 1-5A game.
A capsule look at each of the games involving parish teams Friday night:
COUGARS

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Downside of drugs described

Drugs can be classified as stimulants or depressants and have both short- and long-term effects on the brain.
Stimulants, such as methamphetamines, initially produce a euphoric effect. Chandler notes, “Every ounce of feel-good in the brain hits at one time.”
Then, not only might a person want to do it again, but the brain insists on it, Chandler said, adding, “Without it, there is either craving or withdrawal.”

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Caution can stop fires from igniting

With this week centering on fire prevention, there are some simple steps each of us should bear in mind as we go about our daily routines.
• If you make coffee in the morning, don’t leave the pot on. Whether you believe the stories of people being made homeless by absentmindedly leaving on their Mr. Coffee while at work, it’s better not to tempt fate.

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Gallery rebounds from setback

The setback has not dampened Cochran’s spirits, as she is using the extra time to complete renovations to the building.
“This will give us more time to get the space better prepared,” she said. “There were some things that were getting short-changed before.”
The art exhibit, “The Feminine Side of Life” has been rescheduled for 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31, giving the community a place to enjoy entertainment during Louisiana Tech’s Homecoming weekend. Cochran hopes people who will not be participating in Halloween festivities will come out.

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October 8th

Bearcats’ task: Stopping Conner

Conner, who has verbally committed to Mississippi State University, is only 18 yards shy of already reaching 1,000 yards for this season after denting Shreveport Southwood High for 267 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in a 51-20 victory last week.
Through five games, the 6-2 and 215-pounder has totaled 982 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on 89 carries.
“That 11 yards per carry gets your attention, too,” said RHS coach Billy Laird earlier this week. “Right away, the No. 1 concern defensively against Ouachita is Conner and you’ve got to be able to stop him.

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LaBruzzo pays for bad idea

Reports show the number of welfare recipients statewide has plunged over the past two decades, with more than a quarter-million enrolled at the beginning of the 1990s and less than 15,000 people supported in 2006-07. Total spending has also dropped from more than $180 million to just about $16.5 million in the same period of time.
LaBruzzo’s foot probably tastes a lot like unfounded alarmism at this point. And legislators blame the press for public misconceptions.

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Worthy public servants were re-elected

Alexander is also not scared to bring home the bacon, as they say. Whether things will change with the administration of the new president come January is still up in the air, of course, but Alexander’s $200,000 in support of Even Start is just one example of how he has intervened when needed.
Congratulations also go to Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, who retained his seat in PSC District Five. As costs skyrocket on everyday expenses, regulating utilities and public services here in the state becomes an ever-more-important responsibility.

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