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February 12th

Firefighters: Everyday heroes

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend two nights of training, which prepares volunteers with the skills necessary to assist the district’s eight full-time firefighters in serving the 499 square miles of land in Lincoln Parish.
On those nights, I got to step into a burning building and saw fire blazing one minute and hose lines being aimed, to blink and literally see nothing — no faint flicker, no small glow.

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February 11th

A little effort can reduce

Taking action to recycle and reduce waste doesn’t have to require a lot of time, money or equipment. It just calls for a little forethought and awareness.
There are plenty of simple steps we all can take to lessen our impact on the environment. It may take an adjustment in our daily habits, but small changes can make a difference.

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Exploring the arts in Ruston

I grew up in Monroe and currently reside with my husband and two dogs in our home, my refuge, in West Monroe. Though it may seem odd for a non-Ruston resident to deliver the local news, I am no stranger to this town, as I attended Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art, during which I lived here for a stint.
That was nearly 10 years ago. Back then, there wasn’t much to do here on a Saturday night but go to Wal-Mart and wander about the aisles, or eat at the Huddle House, where I would devour a mound of hash browns and drink coffee all night.

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Wanted: Pitching arms in WAC

The only WAC representative on the 2008 preseason All-American team announced this past weekend by Baseball America, Burnett had the most strikeouts (115) in the league last year and also the third highest in Tech history.
He had a 5-8 record and .493 earned run average, but those marks were offset by a puny .221 average by opposing batters.
Moseley had the top ERA (4.07) and most victories (7) of any Bulldogs’ hurler in 2007, Knotts went 1-1 and 5.04, Jones had a 2-2 record and 6.16 earned run average and Lorio ended up with a 4.62 ERA and 3-0 mark.

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Obama, Huckabee win parish

On the Republican side, Pigg goes with the pundits calling the race for McCain.
“It’s an interesting dynamic that has been created between (McCain) and Huckabee. McCain appreciated him siphoning potential Romney voters,” Pigg said. “I’m seeing dissatisfaction with the Huckabee camp remaining in the race. And that’s putting more pressure on him to drop out. However, he’ll have these election results he’ll point to. But McCain has an insurmountable advantage.”

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Town defies open meeting regulation

Calling an executive session to discuss Grambling’s financials flies in the face of the state law requiring only the most sensitive information be kept secret from the public.
Litigation, personnel matters such as evaluations of employees, matters that would imperil the safety of the general public and some other extreme examples of sensitive and personal information are protected by executive sessions at public meetings.

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Life with pets is never boring

I, for one, have always been proud to call myself a cat person. As far back as I can remember, I’ve liked cats — watching them go crazy over a little piece of string, having to battle with them over the use of my own pillow and sitting comfortably with a warm ball of fur curled up in my lap.
My husband, on the other hand, is a dog person.
About six months ago, our worlds collided, and he was finally able to wear me down and get me to give in to his plea of “Please can we get a puppy?”

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Tech diamond hopes

“We’re excited about the new season,” Burnett said. “We have a lot of experienced returnees who can make some big contributions for us. We’ve got a strong, deep pitching staff that should help us get ready for the longer conference weekends.”
LOVE FIELD UPDATE: Tech’s cozy J.C. Love Field is already regarded as one of the top facilities on the college landscape, but be ready to enjoy the surroundings even more this season.
With the university set to host the annual WAC tournament in late May, the “L” has been receiving additional faceliftings to make the area even more fan-friendly.

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Choudrant students unleash artists within

Kelley, who gave his presentation with the aid of assistant Charlotte Bailey, said there were no art classes at his school when he was growing up near Chatham, and he has provided workshops for students at rural schools in Ouachita, Richland, Madison and other parishes over the last two years to make sure students receive the art exposure he missed.
Choudrant High does not currently offer an arts program, and for a number of the 30 students, this Community Trust Bank-sponsored workshop was their first time to work with a paintbrush.

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February 8th

States unite to save Sparta

The water levels continue to rise, Johnson said, which is why the Union County board is requesting $300,000 of federal funds to fund a two-year extension of the study.
“We need to monitor that aquifer as long as it’s on the rise,” she said.
Because it is a bi-state project, including Morehouse, Claiborne and Union parishes in addition to the five Arkansas counties, the Union County board is seeking the support of north Louisiana stakeholders.

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