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Gun event blows away crowd

But there were many more people than just shooters attending the event as many area residents came out to see the day’s true highlight —Tom Knapp.
Knapp, an Elk River, Minn., resident who also hosts The Outdoor Channel’s Benelli’s American Bird Hunter TV show, put on a shooting exhibition that had many of north Louisiana’s top marksmen shaking their heads in disbelief.
I had never seen anything like him. Days later, I’m still amazed.

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Smooth start rates praise

Parents, teachers, students and even residents without children in the system should be thankful for the smooth start to the school year. It’s kept our roadways flowing and our local students on track to a successful year ahead.
Mary Null, director of instruction and personnel for the district, attributes the success of the past few days to preparation on behalf of school administrators.
It’s true that planning and foresight pays off in virtually every area of life, but especially when coordinating more than 6,000 children who are coming back after a long summer break.

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Prepsters could be in spotlight

One of those catches, the one noted by the sideline observer, was of the ESPN Sports Center highlight variety, being made as Richardson pulled in the pass from quarterback Nick Rome while he was parallel to the ground.
“Cole is going to make the catches,” said head coach Billy Laird of Ruston High. “You get it near him, he’s going to make the catch.”
Richardson could also be making plenty of all-district, All-State and other postseason team voters take notice of his skills over the course of the upcoming season.

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Students dive into full day

Jake Kype, 13, said he is exited to begin his last year at A.E. Phillips before moving on to high school. “I’m looking for this to be a cool year,” he said. “It’s my last year here.”
Lauren Taylor, 13, also anticipated the new school year.
“I really looked forward to the eighth grade, because the teachers are the best,” she said.
The thing she is not looking forward to, however, is the LEAP test, which she said she will be studying hard for.
Kype anticipates eighth grade to be more academically challenging.

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