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February 18th

Millsap : A ‘steal’ for the Jazz

“I had to do a lot of drilling and cutting.
“Mostly I was drilling boards together. It took awhile, but we accomplished a lot.’’
That’s a fit analogy for Paul Millsap’s career as well.
He may have gone virtually unnoticed on most 2006 NBA draft boards, lasting until the Utah Jazz snatched him with the No. 47 pick in the second round.
But already he’s accomplished a lot, in this case being only one of five players to be on both the Rookie and Sophomore teams.
Three of the  others, Andrea Bargnani, Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay were among the top eight picks.

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McLeroy’s message truly inspires

From the relatively brief amount of time I spent with him, McLeroy made such a positive impression on me that I can see why people think so highly of him.
He truly has a heart for children, and he is a passionate educator.
He came to be a teacher in a roundabout kind of way, though. After majoring in English and journalism in college, he graduated with the hopes of becoming a sportswriter. But when Ruston High School offered him the chance to be an assistant basketball coach, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. There was the small detail of having to teach in the classroom, however.

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Change is an opportunity for Tech

The importance of the millions of dollars that run through that facility each year in grants and research endowments from agencies at the state and federal level cannot be overstated.
The National Science Foundation and Department of Defense have regularly subsidized the center’s endeavors. That speaks volumes about the situation that the new director will have to adapt to.

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Tech IfM director moving on

In the meantime, the search is on nationwide to find a new director for the institute.
Stan Napper, dean of the college of engineering and science — Varahramyan’s boss — was quick to say that Varahramyan will be on board until he starts his new job July 1.

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February 15th

’Dogs ,Techsters lose to NMSU

Despite the smaller roster, the ‘Dogs battled tough and approached within several single-digit differentials in the final half.
But the Aggies wound up with a 58.7 shooting percentage from the field and forced Tech into 18 turnovers to sweep the two-game regular season series.
“The kids did well tonight to battle back,” said head coach Kerry Rupp of Tech.“The lack of points in the paint and turnovers hurt us. But we have to regroup and move on and get healthy. These young guys are getting invaluable minutes. Again, the effort was good and we have to stay positive.”

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State spending Web site would be big

What does this mean for you, a resident of Lincoln Parish?
In a perfect world, it will mean that an easily understandable resource will be accessible to you from the comfort and convenience of your home computer.
It will be a resource to show you the details of how state government operates, where the tax dollars that you so dutifully pay to the state end up, and how Lincoln Parish fits into the equation.
Rep. Hollis Downs has said that Lincoln Parish is a net tax recipient, not a net tax payer, and in large part that is likely because of the two state universities domiciled here.

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Valentine's Day: Tokyo style

The most popular reason for hating the holiday seems to be that it has become far too consumeristic. My own reason is it has a tendency to make single people feel lonely, which I will admit is a problem that many holidays involve. But a day completely devoted to love cannot be a happy reminder of your single status, if it is in fact something you would like to change at some point.

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Locals log onto e-dating adventures

“There is a limited amount of people in this city,” Luther said. “There are 6 billion other people in the world to get new perspectives; you might just end up liking them.”
Luther’s experience with online dating has involved women in New Orleans, Texas and even one in Australia, but he said he does not date online anymore because long-distance dating often does not offer a true picture of the person.
“You have to be around them to know how they really are,” Luther said.
Networking sites have changed how people communicate in other ways, he said.

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February 14th

Farmers market support grows

The group wants the market to be as farmer-friendly as possible.
“We eventually want it to be for the farmers, by the farmers,” Jones said. “Let it be what they want it to be.”
Volunteers and donations are needed in the form of money, time and talent.
“One member is an artist, and she’s designing the logo,” Jones said. “There’s lots of ways you can help.”
Farmers also are needed.
“We’re not looking for middlemen,” McWeeny said. “We’re looking for farmers who do it all themselves.”

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Prep girls: Second season begins

The Creek roster includes a mixture of veterans and youth. Jordan Ingram, Lauren Sills, Bailey Craighead, Kate McQueen, Kaitlin Farris and Amanda Mitchell are seniors joined by underclassmen Lauren Kirkland, Ashley Aldredge, Lauren Dowling, Kadee Malone, Liz Carroll, Lauren Ingram, Sarah Pate and Dana Bennett. There are no juniors.
Unranked Gueydan, who had a 4-2 record in District 8-1A, is seeded No. 17 and has four of its last five games. All of those wins have come against Delcambre (50-34, 57-44) and Hanson (50-46, 51-47).

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