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March 12th

’Dogs tip off WAC tourney play

“We’ll both be trying to stay alive,” said Tech coach Kerry Rupp. “Every game you play now is big because it’s either win or get ready for next season. Our guys aren’t ready for the season to be over. And I know Idaho’s aren’t, either. So both teams are going to come into this game determined to keep their season going and hopefully keep moving on.”
Although they lost their last regular season game, the Bulldogs will go into the tournament with one of the top performances among all league teams during the past several weeks.

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State puts up matching funds

The deal, brokered by Gov. Bobby Jindal, Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell and the Economic Development team, would include what Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain terms “major incentives’’ from the state.
Downsville Mayor Reggie Skains is in Washington, D.C. talking to legislators and other officials about ways to keep Pilgrim’s Pride workers and growers in north Louisiana and said he received an e-mail from Strain saying that Foster Farms had made an offer to buy the facility.

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March 11th

Weyerhaeuser wood mills will shut down

“The transition toward the indefinite curtailment starts this week,” he said. “We’ll probably have a 30-60 day period when we’ll continue to ship product. That will be determined by market demand; it could be a little longer than that.”
The company blames diminished demand for wood products for its decision to indefinitely close the two north Louisiana mills in addition to one in Alabama and one in Kentucky. The company also announced the permanent closure of five mills in other areas of the country. The decision will affect approximately 480 employees.

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Don't forget about north Louisiana

One step in the right direction came last week when Scott Angelle, head of the state Department of Natural Resources, was on hand in Minden for a discussion that rotated around water issues in our area. The Sparta aquifer, a long-standing focus here at the Daily Leader and for many in our community, was on the list.
We aren’t alone in our problems, though. The Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer in northwest Louisiana is another groundwater source that United States Geological Survey hydrologist Ben McGee said needs attention.

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Unemployment heat rising

Louisiana issues are threatening his base. The people who elected him are slowly turning against our young governor as he makes decisions that seem to be at odds with what could most help those in need now.
He recently rejected nearly $100 million in federal stimulus for unemployment benefits extension in what can be described as an ideological move to support conservative ideals. He believes that mandated changes to state unemployment laws that would come with the infusion of federal cash are bad.

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Techsters have familiar foe

The Techsters (19-11, 12-4) and Aggies (9-21, 5-11) will meet in a 10:30 p.m. (CDT) contest at the Lawton Events Center in Reno, Nev.
It will be the final game of a busy opening round for the tourney and one in which Tech and NMSU probably feel as if they just got through playing less than 24 hours ago.

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Police await stimulus funds

Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers said the funds would help immensely.
“That’s a big, big boost,” Rogers said. “Anytime we can get money, we’re excited, especially the way the economy is.”
Rogers could not specify how funds from the grant money might be used, although he suggested they might go toward equipment or technology.
Since the funds are not re-occurring, Rogers said he would be reluctant to use the money to hire additional personnel.

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March 10th

Bulldogs to face SFA twice

The Bulldogs are coming off of their second three-game sweep of the young season, having toppled Eastern Michigan University that many times at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park last weekend.
Tech won the opener 10-7, came back and squeaked out a 5-4 victory in the second game and then prevailed 10-0 in the finale.
It was the superb pitching of Dylan Moseley that helped power the ’Dogs to the latter win.

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Tylers big winners in my book

It’s not an easy life. The workload is heavy, but the thing is, the Tylers are trying to do what we all want to do — live out the American dream.
And for the Tylers, running a successful poultry farm is their American dream.
“This is what we want to do and the life we want,” Scott Tyler said. “It’s the country life. Hopefully we’ll be able to keep on doing this the rest of our lives and have the kids carry on after that.”

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Sports events are a win for Ruston

Local residents didn’t let the chance go to waste. For Ruston’s first time to host games of an LHSAA state basketball tournament, the city received glowing reviews.
That’s a good thing, too, because Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Kyle Edmiston has hopes this year’s event can open the door to future hosting gigs for the LHSAA.

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