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September 19th

Miles making his mark with ’Dogs

No scorecard was needed to identify those players, all of whom were familiar with members of the fourth estate, even newcomer Bennett, who had transferred from Georgia Tech earlier in the year.
But Jared Miles?
“I figured I’d better show up just to make sure I was really on the interview list,” he grinned. “You know, y’all don’t ask for offensive linemen too many times?”
Indeed, members of the O-interior are usually asked to show up in the post-game press conference or for one of these “Media Day” functions about as often as Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton stay out of the tabloids.

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A donation to United Way will go far

Education, health and income are the building blocks for a new life, the organization asserts. We have to tend to agree — they are basic needs that, if not met, will hamstring individuals’ ability to make it in an increasingly tough world. It doesn’t take a whiz to realize things are getting worse, too.
Some of the goals and needs:
• Cutting the number of students who drop out by half requires improved readiness for kindergarten and closer attention as they move through our educational system.

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GHS revives football fever

And the crowds were good, too.
“We had great crowds then, especially for a smaller school,” Ferguson said. “It may have been more than 2,000 to 3,000 people per game. The whole town — the whole community was excited, and it was because the team was fun to watch, and they were winners.
“That’s the big thing. You see it on every level. If you want your crowd to come out, you have to win, or at least show you can play competitively and have a chance of winning.

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September 18th

Can RHS make it three in a row?

Here’s a sizeup of each of the games:
GRAMBLING HIGH
(1-1)

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New hires at GSU have work to do

Hiring Daarel Burnette as vice president for finance means the university finally has a permanent replacement for Billy Owens, who left the university in April 2007. The position is about handling the money that we, Louisiana’s taxpayers, and the students who pay tuition are putting into the university’s coffers, and a year and a half of interim leadership is too long.
Burnette comes to Grambling after a job in North Carolina at Winston Salem State University as interim chancellor for finance.

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Small sidekick offers insight

My cat, Hamlet — named after one of William Shakespeare’s tragically disturbed characters — has lived with me for more than a month now. Upon a friend’s recommendation, I visited the Ruston Animal Shelter before investing money in a pet. For the $50 adoption fee, Hamlet’s first set of shots, de-worming and health check were paid for, along with his neutering, to which he’s not looking forward. Although in some ways it feels I’m robbing Hamlet of his fundamental right to be a father, my bank account tells me my house will not be home to a slew of baby kittens any time soon.

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Can RHS make it three in a row?

Here’s a sizeup of each of the games:
GRAMBLING HIGH
(1-1)

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Pump price pains persist

Here in Ruston, one gas station owner is trying to inform the public that higher prices don’t mean a business is trying to take advantage of a bad situation.
Manuel Chinchilla, who owns the Super Tobacco House on the South Service Road, had to raise the price of a gallon of regular gasoline at his business to $3.99 over the weekend.
“Even at $3.99 a gallon, I still had a loss of over $3,000,” he said.
The outcry from customers led Chinchilla to decide to simply shut down his gas pumps once they run out, until the cost comes back down.

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September 17th

Kittens confident after victory

It was worth it.
“If the win means that much to these players, the school, the fans and the community, then I don’t mind if it was a little cold,” grinned the former assistant coach at Monroe Richwood High. “I’ve been a part of big wins before, but this isn’t about me. This is about the school and getting the program back to where it needs to be. I’m happy because everyone else is happy.”
Sherrod and the Kittens are hoping the happiness continues at Robinson Stadium Thursday night.

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Jury works for resolutions

The Events Center, oddly, hit a speed bump caused by a community member’s confused effort to try to get things moving. It’s been a huge issue since the beginning of this year — first facing tweaking by the Police Jury in a few areas to, in their minds, increase the utility of the overall complex, and then facing a kind of quagmire in the relationship between the Library Board of Control and the Jury that originated from those tweaks and suspicions of the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau’s meddling hand.

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