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Fresno State wins CWS title

Fresno State’s players and staff were on the road 34 of the previous 41 days.
“Who would think we could stay together as a team being home in our own beds seven days and still coming out performing,” said third baseman Tommy Mendonca, who was the CWS’ most outstanding player. “It’s a special group of guys.”
The long journey started with a regular-season series at Sacramento State, then to Ruston for the Western Athletic Conference tournament, on to Long Beach, Calif., for an NCAA regional and then to Tempe, Ariz., for super regionals.

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ULS leader must know our needs

It would behoove us to invite our new system president to our two institutions of higher learning, so he sees firsthand the needs of Lincoln Parish higher education in today’s world.
Clausen historically supported initiatives at the two Lincoln Parish universities, working as a friend to our area’s needs on the higher education front.
There is natural concern that the president of a university in south Louisiana will not give the same attention and concern to north Louisiana schools that he will to those below Alexandria.

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Peach Fest has 'a-peel' for all

From gospel music to helicopter rides and an antique car show, the festival provides a place for all ages to explore.
Last year, I walked around and browsed through the arts and crafts of vendors while munching on a slice of pizza, which was being sold at the fest. Some vendors had artwork available, and baskets of peaches were up for grabs. What most drew me in was a woman giving spray-on tattoos. After fewer than 10 minutes, I had a small, multi-colored design on my back that would last me the rest of the day.

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Beware of bullies at summer camps

Heller suggests parents find out if a given camp has an anti-bullying policy and talk to the parents of kids who have been there before sending their child to a camp.
Jimmy Williams, Ruston unit director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, said the club has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying at their summer camps.
“If we see signs of kids playing roughly, name-calling or shunning any child, we address it immediately,” Williams said. “We really strive to make this a safe, positive learning environment.”

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State funds for Even Start a step forward

Now they’ve done it, though — the Legislature proved it has the foresight to see a good project that has real, tangible benefits and fund it to keep it alive. There’s no excuse at this point for losing that $200,000 next year, or really in the years after.
There must be more. Northeast Louisiana has benefited immensely from the touch of caring educators affiliated with the Northeast Louisiana Family Literacy Consortium, who have trained children and adults of all stripes.

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Bennett happy to be a Bulldog

Athens, Ga., is a long touchdown throw from Atlanta, Ga., where he suited up for Georgia Tech the past four years, so the close proximity might lead one to think he would be staying in that area.
Instead, Bennett will be a Louisiana bulldog when the 2008 season unfolds.
He’ll be playing for a fifth and final season at the college level with Louisiana Tech University, a Western Athletic Conference member who gives Bennett at least a partial feeling of retaining part of his Georgia background without attending the SEC power.

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Sizeable pay raise a bitter pill

Good things have been done this session that will be mostly if not entirely overlooked. A bill to bring concealed weapons onto college campuses choked and was pulled from the table by its author.
The legislature passed the largest individual income tax break in state history in the form of the Stelly Plan repeal, putting cash back in our pockets during tax season.
Still, we feel bamboozled.

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Even Start lives

The family literacy program has faced severe cuts in recent years. There used to be 33 Even Start sites across the state, but that number has been reduced to 10 because of a lack of funds. In 2004, the program received $4.9 million in federal funds, but its budget was $1.3 million this year for all 10 state sites, according to regional director Kaye Sharbono. The six sites in north Louisiana are operating on $850,000 this year.
Kostelka has been a proponent of Even Start for years and was pleased he was able to help include money for the program in the state budget.

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