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September 11th

Parish has plenty of services

• Sandy Allen, Allen Learning Company — Young people who obtain this aid are treated by finding the cause of learning problems. One-on-one trainings are designed to improve underlying cognitive and reading skills for students ages 6 to adult. Call 255-4543.
• Jennifer Albritton, a licensed mental health professional with Ruston Mental Health — Residents who have major disorders such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can contact the agency to make an appointment for an evaluation. Based on income, some patients are eligible to receive medication free of charge. Call 251-4150.

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Collaboration is necessary for progress

We’re in favor of the Police Jury’s move Tuesday to put an agenda item on Monday’s special meeting to consider removing the rededication from the ballot on the Nov. 4 election. Further, the plan to have Attorney General Buddy Caldwell consider this situation to decide whether the reserve is a surplus that should be distributed by the letter of the 1974 sales tax proposition or whether it is a reserve that can be legally rededicated is a sound one. In the absence of specific law governing this particular instance, his opinion represents the law.

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‘Crowns’ mark GSU tradition

A few scenes in the play, Godwin said, are symbolic of Yolanda’s personal growth. An act titled “Good Morning” signifies her awakening, he said, while in “Rebel Dance” she flirts with rebellion by wearing socially unacceptable clothing.
“This is a right of passage for Yolonda, because in each segment of the play she experiences (growth),” he said.

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September 10th

Tax rededication may be pulled

Several mayors gathered in Dubach this week, discussing their view that the reserve, begun with a tax set up in 1974 and built through compound interest, should be split as is described in the original proposition for surplus funds.
Mays disagrees — the money, he said, represents growth of a reserve fund set up for equipment and liability at the Lincoln Parish Landfill, not a surplus, and should be put before voters for a possible rededication to address the parish’s aging courthouse.

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Knotts lands team MVP award

Knotts displayed good control throughout his stay with the Pittsburgh Pirates-affiliated Spikes, ending up with only nine bases on balls and having one stretch where he didn’t allow a walk in 14 consecutive innings.
He led the team in strikeouts with 51.
In relief work only that totaled 44 innings, he didn’t give up a home run.
Returning Bulldogs’ infielder Kevin Winn has been chosen to the second unit of the Alaska Baseball League All-Star team.

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Feds proud of work in Ruston

Hurricanes change a lot of things, so it would seem. In the span of one week, really, Louisiana Tech became a center of a lot of federal attention, and by association, Ruston became hosts for not only evacuees from Hurricane Gustav from Louisiana, but to emergency workers from across the nation.
I’d never stepped inside of a machine like what Memorial Gym became last week. A well-oiled federal operation can be impressive.

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Water system improvements protect future

The system’s president is worried about the strain on its resources.
The community has also been given approval on an emergency application for state cash it will use for well repairs. Whatever else can be done to keep the small community’s water needs met is being done, be it through flow controls or requests to limit use.
The USDA’s loan is not for immediate, short-term repairs. The USDA money is tabbed for long-term work: line replacements, drilling a new well, putting in pumps and more.

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Parish enjoys economic boost

“We’ve had some nice bumps, although one reason was because of an unfortunate incident,” said Kyle Edmiston, Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau president/CEO.
The trend that started at the beginning of the month is on course to continue. The threat of Hurricane Ike, which is projected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall somewhere between southwest Louisiana and Mexico, has prompted south Louisiana residents to again book rooms at local hotels. All Ruston hotel rooms are sold from Thursday through Sunday, Edmiston said.

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September 9th

Mayors protest plans for tax surplus

Voters would have to approve the rededication of funds from a half-cent sales tax, which originally was passed in 1974.
Mayors are protesting the action based upon the wording of the resolution.
“We’re asking them to do what was in the original document,” Dubach Mayor Margaret Rogers said.
“We’ve got to do the right thing,” Hollingsworth said. “It seems pretty clear to me that it belongs to all of us.”

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GSU seeks overall improvement

“We’re playing six freshmen on that side right now, but that’s still no excuse. Those are young players who are talented and who, in time, are going to be very good. But that’s no excuse in the way we executed at times against Alcorn State.”
He and his offensive staff hope for a positive turnaround this Saturday when Grambling (1-1) goes to Natchitoches to face Northwestern State University (1-1) in a 2 p.m. meeting at Turpin Stadium.

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