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Parish had football fever in ’08

Ruston High, Cedar Creek and Grambling High were among the participants in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state playoffs. It was the first time in seven years that all of the parish schools enjoyed such a deep march into a season.
Softball and baseball excelled, too.
Ruston’s youth baseball leagues had their best year ever and both city high schools participating in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state softball tournament.
The Lady Techsters’ softball team won the Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament and participated in the NCAA playoffs.

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Resolve to advocate for kids

In Lincoln and Union parishes, there is always a need for more Courts Appointed Special Advocates. CASA volunteers, as they’re better known, are appointed by judges to investigate cases where a child has been allegedly abused or neglected by his caretaker.
In the Third Judicial District, more cases involve neglect, as opposed to abuse, says Advocate Supervisor Doris Tettleton.

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Parish must work hard, smart in 2009

• Clean up. Lincoln Parish is likely not even close to the midpoint of a years-long fight with litter and garbage. We’ve made some moves that will help — the nonprofit Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful was formed and affiliated with the national agency, and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury is looking into consolidating Dumpsters, for example. Really helping change the way we think about trash will be the only successful way to attack any effort to keep the parish clean, and attitude changes begin with kids.

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Stover: It’s about giving back

At a older-than-he-looks 40, the Dallas native still has plenty of kick left.
Besides, all of the records and statistics and such rank at the bottom of Stover’s “must accomplish” list and particularly so in the game of life.
If there was a Hall of Fame for giving back, the Baltimore Ravens’ veteran would get an early call for induction.
Stover is one of the most generous players in the NFL.
While he prefers to downplay such stewardship, his actions speak for themselves.

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Make no resolutions this year

We can and should write columns about something that does not center on how we resolve to abstain from this and that.
Those promises are easily forgotten or broken, and they become a permanent record of failure, a fortune-teller’s ball of lazy surrender to be looked back on with loathing.
People are too governed by habit and comfort to submit to big changes like a year’s worth of no chocolate or remembering to floss every night. Lenten observances tend to go the same route. Denying ourself something is not the intent of either effort, but they have both come down to that.

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U.S. 167 bridges need to be solid

It was part of a larger problem of decking deterioration on both spans across I-20 that has been of concern to locals for several years. The DOTD was aware of the problem at least as far back as 2007, and we got work going in 2008 that helped address the issue — even if it did choke one of Ruston’s main access points over the interstate.
That only one of the bridges seems to be suffering is no consolation, because just the one bridge having issues this quickly after work is completed brings the whole project into question.

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Jindal: Hodge plant’s future unclear

“I didn’t have any questions — I just couldn’t believe he was here,” Quitman resident Mitch Shoemaker said. “This is such a little town.”
Quitman Mayor Pro-tem Todd Culpepper said when he learned on Christmas Eve that Jindal would visit, many residents appeared to be most interested in what the governor would have to say about the economy and the paper mill in Hodge, Smurfit-Stone, shutting down temporarily due to the economy.

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