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Aldredge on record-setting pace

She probably seems “older,” given the fact that the 16-year-old began competing in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1-A meet as an eighth-grader.
And doing just fine at that time, too.
She won state as an eighth grader (129-5), then again as a ninth-grader (135-4) and now for a third straight year as a sophomore with her recent outstanding performance at the 2008 meet held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge.

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Month full of excitement

With a roster of 12 bands, Mayfest is the only event of its kind I know of that can be attended for free. Comprised of an all day lineup, it might be compared to a mini Lollapolooza of sorts. So, why not take advantage of this and get out there on Wednesday? The show will run from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Centennial Plaza, and music fans will have the option to come and go at their leisure.

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Grambling must work out finances

Without knowing the state of the city’s financial health, how can the government there make wise decisions of any kind? How can they even govern the city without knowing if it’s in the red or in the black?
These are problematic questions that have not been met with clear answers. Typically, a city is constantly updating and tweaking its budget to make sure that outstanding debts are paid on time, taxes are balancing with what is needed, people are paying utility bills and other important functions of city accounting are working as they need to be.

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New I-20 bridge, new rules

“I have a lot of concern for the first few weeks (after the change),” Love said. “People coming out of (Graham) shopping center or Wal-Mart are used to going either way, and now they can only go right. I urge everyone to read the signs and take caution, looking for people going the wrong way.”
Love said the North Service Road has been a two-way since it was built in the 1960s. On the other side of I-20, the South Service Road has been extended and reopened as a one-way going east so drivers turning onto it from U.S. 167 North can travel directly to Louisiana 33.

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Bulldogs split with Nevada

Scoreboard-watching notwithstanding, the Bulldogs will try and gain no less than a split of their four-game series with Nevada today with a 1 p.m. doubleheader; prior to the heavy rains and lightning that struck the area late Friday night, only a single game had been on the schedule for this afternoon.

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Blog check: A clash of old and new

As much as I’m behind the times when it comes to personal technology, I’m also a little slow when it comes to the wealth of information and entertainment available online.
I’ve never been one to spend hours surfing online, and I don’t have a MySpace or a Facebook page. My Internet usage is limited pretty much to checking my e-mail, my bank account balance and reading a few blogs.
I’m finding that the vast blogosphere is an element of the Web that is starting to suck me into spending more time online.

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Officials should work on solutions

Monday, the jury and mayors will meet to brainstorm on ways to improve the system. Dumpsters are not working as they should: the sheer amount of garbage on parish roads could be greatly reduced with a bit of planning, concentrated effort and analysis.
This will be a test of the jury’s desire to see a change come about. Experts have said that Dumpsters contribute to the parish’s issues with litter, and a system of at least some curbside pickup could help alleviate some of the unsightly refuse that is obviously on parish roads.

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Talented Art takes limelight

“I love it,” said June Ponder, a Ruston resident whose grandson’s art was on display.
“To think these children are so young and do this. I like the pencil drawings. I guess that’s what catches my eye the most.”
The Talented Art Program is the artistic equivalent of the schools’ Gifted and Talented Program for academically exceptional students. Started last year, the program has grown to include approximately 60 students parish-wide in grades five-12.

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