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May 28th

Aldredge: A busy summer ahead

“It’s a very competitive schedule and important in terms of the rankings.”
The four-time 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state champ will begin her postseason competition June 6 at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
It will mark her second consecutive appearance at that meet, where she was the runner-up with one of the event’s Top 10 all-time marks in 2008.

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Aldredge: A busy summer ahead

“It’s a very competitive schedule and important in terms of the rankings.”
The four-time 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state champ will begin her postseason competition June 6 at the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.
It will mark her second consecutive appearance at that meet, where she was the runner-up with one of the event’s Top 10 all-time marks in 2008.

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Motorcycle safety rides on law

However, Faircloth’s argument must have sounded convincing to members of the House Transportation Committee. Without objection, they approved House Bill 639, sponsored by Rep. Jim Morris, which repeals the mandatory motorcycle helmet law. If this bill becomes law, only Louisiana residents under age 21 would be required to wear a helmet when they drive or ride a bike.
The bill now heads to the full House for consideration.

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Activities keep students busy

• The Boys and Girls Club summer camp provides a safe and fun environment for kids whose parents work full-time. Registration for the camp ends Friday. Summer camp session I will be June 8-July 2. Session II will be July 6-July 31. Camp runs from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, call 255-2242.

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Businessmen decry cuts to universities

“Higher education is the single most important economic development unit for the state of Louisiana and it must not be allowed to be destroyed,” the letter read.
“A recent economic and community impact study contracted by the University of Louisiana Systems proved that higher education returns nearly $8 for every dollar provided by the state — an enormous return on investment!”
Davison said the move comes down to finding the lesser of many evils.

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May 27th

GSU turns around diamond season

When the teams lined up to play in the recent league postseason tournament in Baton Rouge, Grambling was among the participants.
And the Tigers let it be known that they weren’t just making a token appearance.
They were still hanging around in the late night hours of last Saturday, pushing eventual champ and longtime nemesis Southern University to the edge of elimination.
A 12-inning marathon that GSU radio sports network announcer Santoria Black called “one of the most exciting games in school history” wound up 10-9 in favor of the Jaguars.

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Ruston police learn a lost art

His neighbors are concerned for his welfare and call police (probably because you can only listen to your neighbor loudly singing “Here’s a quarter, call someone who cares” so many times without going bonkers­ — no disrespect to the real Travis Tritt­ — I am a fan, after all).
The responding officer is uncertain about what type of person he’s dealing with, but he strongly suspects that “Tritt” is mentally ill. The officer treats the man with kindness and respect and even goes along with the man’s delusions, but only to a point.

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Cell phone ban would make streets safer

Today, Louisiana House members are set to debate a proposed ban on the use of hand-held cell phones by motorists.
Rep. Austin Badon, a New Orleans Democrat, is sponsor of the bill that would make it illegal to talk on a hand-held phone while driving. Hands-free devices like Bluetooth would be allowed under the proposed legislation.

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May 26th

Higher ed must be spared

Their hours of long work and creative thinking helped save the plant and those workers. Just how important a win was it? Ask the number of growers in our area who provided chickens for the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plant in El Dorado, Ark. That plant is now closed and was not sold, so those workers and growers, including some living in our area, are now among the unemployed.

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Help kids have a fun, safe summer break

Friday is the official last day for Lincoln Parish public schools. After suffering through just a half-day that day, thousands of local kids will be free for those blessed and much anticipated summer months.
While many parents are planning their best to pack in educational and entertaining activities to keep their students occupied this summer, undoubtedly there will be times when kids are left to their own devices.
It’s important for families to have at least a general schedule for the summer, as well as guidelines for behavior and safety.

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