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February 23rd

Diamond ’Dogs start out 2-0

Add on a defensive effort that had only one error (in Saturday’s contest) and it was about as complete a performance as coach Wade Simoneaux could hope for with his Western Athletic Conference team.
“Our guys did a good overall job,” Simoneaux said. “We had the bats working well both games and it was plenty to support the good pitching that we were able to get from several of our pitchers.
“We have a lot of respect for Grambling’s team and we knew we would have to come out and play well and sustain it for the full game.”

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It's a whole other world in Bunkie

And, it’s no secret that many here in north Louisiana have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to things like state politics, funding and tourism. Believe me, I know all of the important projects and people that are right here NOB, but getting that message down to Baton Rouge has always been a challenge.
Since my life has been split about equally between living both up here and down there, I feel like I have a fairly good feel for the differences that exist. While the distinctions are many, I think they can be broken down into a few main categories.
Mardi Gras

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Community has a stake in local schools

Over the past week, the Ruston Daily Leader has presented a thorough look at our local public schools. The unbiased, well-researched and thoughtful stories provided a realistic picture of education in Lincoln Parish. We have highlighted the highs and the lows, as well as the complex elements that make up any public school system.

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Tech football player arrested

Tech Coach Derek Dooley announced Melancon was dismissed from the team today.
Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes said Melancon first crossed paths with the department in November while in possession of a stolen laptop computer. Melancon is a resident of Hutcheson Hall, and the computer had been taken from a room in that residence hall.
“At that time, he provided the officer with information that he’d purchased it from someone he found in the parking lot,” Hermes said.

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February 20th

Parents: Get involved

Q: How important is parental involvement and what are ways a parent can be involved in a child’s education? What are indications a child’s parents are not involved?
A: Moore: Kids are our future. A teacher can only do so much at school, and it’s up to parents to reinforce the lessons learned when the child gets home. Parents should want to know what’s going on with that child. I think it should be a first priority. But some parents might not come to school events because their work hours prevent it or they can’t afford day care.

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Locals need stimulus project work

The possibility exists that our local area will see some benefit from the stimulus projects that have been proposed. Dozens from our area alone have been submitted to Washington, D.C. Of course, they’re competing against the nation, so there is that fact to consider.

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Mardi Gras tempts, intrigues

Who is this Marty Graw, and why is he so popular? Highways and interstates at this very moment are peppered with vehicles of revelers trying to find the very best he has to offer in NOLA. As a native Montanan, I admit that Marty Graw (oops, Mardi Gras) is a source of fascination for me, as well as the unique traditions it bestows. Let’s throw our cautionary beads to the wind and over the balcony and examine what Mr. Graw really symbolizes.

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Techsters keeping race scrambled

“Everybody is pretty jumbled up right now,” said Techsters’ interim coach Teresa Weatherspoon during a mid-week media conference. “That was a big win we got against Nevada last Sunday and that’s what we needed to get into the thick of this chase.
“Our whole deal is to finish strong and get in a good position once the conference tournament gets here.”
But first, the Techsters will face San Jose State tonight (9 p.m.) and then Hawaii on Sunday (7 p.m.).

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City looks for $8.5M in stimulus

“Those were projects that we have the plans ready and all we need is the funding,” said Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth. “The problem is we don’t know what’s going to work out on this stimulus deal. We don’t know who’s going to end up making these decisions.”
The Martin Luther King project would extend the existing roadway from its terminus on Farmerville Street to U.S. 167 to the west at a cost of about $2.5 million.
The Willow Glen Drive project would extend that roadway toward the new frontage road constructed south of Interstate 20, and it would run about $2 million.

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February 19th

Harsh reality of poverty exists here

There are, of course, success stories that boggle the imaginations of those of us who have lived above the poverty line. People continue to show they can come from modest or meager beginnings and progress into positive and stable lives.
We contend those kinds of stories are made possible at least partly by the services that are offered to help those with low income. Even Start family literacy programs are one example — helping parents and their children simultaneously to learn and foster an environment more conducive to that pursuit.

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