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September 9th

Recovery effort still ongoing

The number of evacuees who stayed in our area was hard to miss early last week if you went to the store or a fast-food restaurant only to face much longer-than-usual waits in line.
Workers from area electric utilities also got in on the action as they were forced to make repairs throughout the entire state, including our area, in Gustav’s aftermath.
Soldiers from the 527th Engineer Battalion in Ruston are also playing crucial roles.

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Community leaders need to powwow

It is also helpful for individual officials to be tuned in to the actions and discussions of government bodies outside of their own. In a perfect world, every mayor, police juror and council member could attend the monthly meetings held around the parish. However, that simply isn’t feasible for reasons we can all understand: family obligations, scheduling conflicts, etc.
This is where a “council of governments” comes in. It would be beneficial to Lincoln Parish for all of our governing bodies to come together regularly to discuss and inform each other of the major issues in each district.

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Catalog exhibit opens

The display, put together by Tech professor of art history Saul Zalesch, features catalogs produced from 1874-1956. The catalogs can be viewed until Oct. 3. The Enterprise Center’s viewing hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 257-3890.

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September 8th

Ike puts Louisiana on alert

In Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Sunday for Ike and urged residents to get ready to head north again. He said so-called “hurricane fatigue” should not prevent people from evacuating their homes for the second time in 10 days.
“We are likely going to have to become accustomed to evacuating more frequently than when we were younger,” Jindal said.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Keys.

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Bearcats get on track early

“We got a little of the bit of the big head,” he remembered. “We won big the first two games, then got ranked.”
The earth, however, dropped back even with Ruston’s mindset during the next several weeks: three games in the league, three humbling setbacks.
First there was a 35-21 loss to Captain Shreve, then a 36-31 setback to Huntington and then a 35-14 tumble to Byrd.
What had started out so well suddenly transformed into a brakes stopping three-game losing streak and disappearance from the state rankings.
Bearcat Nation would rather not go through that again.

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Ruston discovers catalog love

Adults, students and children alike seemed to be intrigued with the works on display.
The artful catalog covers, many enveloped in the sheen of clear protective wrappings, had visual appeal and pop as they were exhibited on tables decoupaged with vintage veneered magazine pages.
I spoke with several people at the function, many of whom had good things to say about the uncommon display.

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Prepare to respond to another storm

The news has many of us dreading a repeat of the past week.
The silver lining, though, is that we know we can do what needs to be done.
Our parish successfully housed evacuated students at Louisiana Tech University, special needs patients at a federal-run facility and families fleeing Gustav in three Red Cross shelters.
The vast majority of our out-of-town guests had nothing but positive things to say about their treatment by local workers and volunteers.
That speaks volumes about our residents and our parish leadership.

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Grambling fans turn out for home opener

“This is actually a pretty small (tailgating) crowd as compared to usual,” longtime GSU tailgater Louis Wright said. “I guess maybe the storm kept some people from coming out.
“I’ve been here in this same spot for 17 years,” Wright added before pointing to a medium size oak tree outside of the stadium. “See that tree right there, it was a little bitty thing when we started, but it’s a big ole tree now. We’ve got a good-sized group now and will have 20 or 30 out here today, but it was just me and Lee Jones when we first started out here way back when.”

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City plans new I-20 exit

City Economic Development Administrator Stuart Clason said the purpose of the new interchange would be two-fold — to facilitate traffic flow and open up more land for commercial businesses, which owners typically prefer to plant in places that are visible from the from the interstate.
“If you have thousands of cars driving by the business on the interstate, then you have thousands of potential customers,” Clason said.
The interchange would also open up access both to the airport and to McDonald Avenue, Clason said, which is zoned for heavy industry.

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Tigers’ defense super in 29-0 home victory

The 29 points was the most scored by GSU since a 57-9 plastering of Texas Southern last season. Shutout-wise, it was the first blanking the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division champs had recorded since a 40-0 victory over Mississippi Valley in the fifth game of 2007.
“We’ll take a win any time we can,” said second-year head coach Rod Broadway. “But we have a lot of work to do. But it’s always better to go back to work after a win than it is after a loss.”

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