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March 14th

Class teaches defense tactics

Gallagher, a supervisor at Green Oaks Detention Center, said participants will be taught safety tactics that will allow them to get away and escape their attacker.
“Free in five (seconds) is the get it done quick mentality,” he said. “Nobody’s going to be able to fight with somebody, but they will get away.”
Many of the exercises will teach techniques such as submission holds, a palm strike and other benign moves. One in particular is clapping someone’s ears, a technique anyone can do that doesn’t require a lot of pressure.

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March 12th

Center plans call for $3.34M

Police Jury President Mickey Mays cooled the room by pointing out that some members of the jury, whose terms began in January, hadn’t been on the jury as long as Walpole had been drawing plans.
“We appreciate what you all have done for us,” Mays said. “But you caught a partially new jury, so be patient with us.”
Mays questioned the events center’s layout and whether the 11-foot by 20-foot prep kitchen was adequate space to serve both a set of three breakout rooms and a large meeting area that would encompass more than 10,000 square feet of floor space together.

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Techsters start ‘second season’

“Nevada is a tough team led by a very good player in Dellena Criner. She impacts the game with her defense and her scoring ability.”
A first team All-WAC pick, Criner is the chief assignment for Tech’s defense in today’s game. She had 29 points in that loss at the Thomas Assembly Center earlier this month and is the leader of a nasty, pressure-forcing defense that has forced an average of 23 turnovers per game.

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Maintenance projects need support

For students at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University, we have to get in line with the ULS in hoping that the bill, amended to $75 million, makes it from committee to the floor and then the governor’s desk with as little wear and tear as is possible in this fast session.
The two local universities, each with its own aging infrastructure issues to consider, definitely need the boost.
Tech, while it boasts some of the most modern facilities around, also is home to some structures in need of much more than a little tender loving care.

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Sidewalk project not enough

Hardship has taken its toll on the once-thriving downtown and the small town’s sense of self-worth.
Native David Wright, whose name is synonymous with education and soul food through his affiliation with schools and his Blue Light Café, had insight on the town.
“There’s a lot of old folks, now,” Wright said. “Two-thirds of the houses are vacated. Kids are leaving to get jobs.”

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Testing takes off

Fourth and eighth graders take the LEAP and must score at least Basic on either the English or math portion and then at least Approaching Basic on the other to be promoted to the next grade level.
At Ruston Elementary School, students who achieve Mastery or Advanced on the exam will take a spin in a limo to a local yogurt business. All who score at least Basic will get their names thrown in a raffle drawing for a chance to win one of seven gift cards to area stores.

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March 11th

Gibson: ‘Bittersweet’ season

But if there’s been one player who has been steady from the get-go, been a regular entry into the weekly Western Athletic Conference statistical reports and was deserving of an all-conference label that didn’t happen, it would be Kyle Gibson.
The 6-4 sophomore guard who will help guide the ‘Dogs (6-23, 3-13) into a first round WAC postseason tournament game against San Jose State (12-17, 4-11) in Las Cruces, N.M. tonight leads the team in four different offensive categories.

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Prevent colon cancer with regular tests

The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings for colon cancer for all adults age 50 and older.
While the thought of undergoing the screening may be a little unsavory, it can be a life-saving test that proves well worth it in the end.
If it’s been a while since you were screened, or if you’ve never had it done, please take the time to make an appointment.

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Services, safety can travel

“It’s a Mobile Command Post that we can take to the scene for that particular type of incident,” Davis said. “We designed it and had it built.”
The unit, primarily for law enforcement, he said, is also for the use of fire stations and any other public service agencies.
It’s equipped with a restroom, refrigerator and fresh water storage. It has central air and heating, with its own generator. However, Davis said you could also run it to shore line to connect to an alternate energy source. The unit also has its own telephone system inside and externally.

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Schools’ ACT improvements garner statewide honor

With approximately 370 schools eligible to be considered for the award, Gullikson said it was impressive that two of the eight schools garnering the achievement were in the same parish.
Simsboro High School had a composite score of 19.5 in 2007 with 31 students tackling the exam. The average ACT composite score at Choudrant High was 19.7 in 2007, with 47 students taking the exam, compared with only 30 in 2006.

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