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May 8th

We can't thank you enough

Women bear the severe and humbling gift of creation, yet accept the responsibility of knowing they are the progenitors of their children’s futures. And in the nine months of bonding with the infant, there are inestimable connections to the child the father will never share.
If you are reading this, and your mother is still living, you are one of the fortunate souls who are still able to make the phone call, to write the letter informing your mother that every day of your life is possible because of hers.

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Council’s need shouldbe supported

Right now, the local agency finds itself in an intriguing predicament, and as this community has proven so many times in the past able to help its members in need, we should take a look at this situation and see what we can do.
A generous board member bequeathed enough resources to the agency to move its offices out of the current location in the old Police Jury complex on Homer Street. A new location next to Cypress Springs Elementary on Saratoga Street will become the Council on Aging’s new base of operations.

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Injured Teacher Returns to Classroom

The wreck took place as Cantrell was traveling to work on La. 146. According to reports, he crossed into the westbound lane and into the path of another vehicle to avoid rear-ending a car that was stopped waiting to make a left turn.
The paramedics on the helicopter transporting him after the wreck were reportedly unsure he would live through the trip to the hospital.
But after four blood transfusions and the insertion of a rod in his leg, Cantrell woke up at the hospital a couple of weeks later.

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May 7th

Tech alumni join funding fight

“Dr. Reneau said that he’d been cut something like 15 of the years he’s been at Tech,” Allen said. “And this is by far the largest cut ever. The discussion just kind of grew out of that —  contacting legislators to find another place to cut other than the university level.”
He said filing complaints and concerns is necessary to get action on the issue.

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Parish track teams go for titles

Both have been on their “game” this spring, unleashing the best throws for their classification as well as being among the top performers in the country.
Figure on the trend continuing at the state meet, where Friday’s competition will also have schools in Class 2A going for awards following Thursday’s round consisting of Class B and C; the three-day meet will wrap up Saturday with events in 5A, 4A and 3A.
Aldredge and Cox will be two of Lincoln Parish’s leading candidates to bring home first place trophies.

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Lessons not learned in jail

So even though the local jail doesn’t look like a torture chamber, I can’t imagine it would be too many people’s first choice for a place to live. But it seems the threat of a few months in jail is not a deterrent for some people when it comes to doing what they feel like doing. Prisons and parish incarceration facilities are often filled with repeat offenders. Sometimes they commit additional offenses while they are out on bond still awaiting their court date for a first offense.

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Keep effort going to save Pilgrim's

We can’t afford the mistake of allowing ourselves to feel like this deal will sail through the Legislature. While even some of the critics of the bill were OK with it once it came time to vote on it in committee this week, there is no telling what kind of political games could await on the House floor. We know our representatives are aware of the impact that Foster Farms’ buyout could have in keeping the area’s agriculture and economy robust.

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May 6th

New festival T-shirts on sale

Jhola McGee with Lewis’ Boutique said an out-of-town customer came in on the first day the store had its shipment of shirts in and asked about them.
“I told her it was the Peach Festival T-shirt, and she said she just had to have one to commemorate her visit to Ruston,” McGee said.
Nancy Bergeron, communications manager for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said the aim is to keep people’s interest building up to the main weekend of the festival, June 26-28.

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Foster’s plant deal clears committee

Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, chairs the House Appropriations Committee and made his support for the bill clear to fellow members.
Walsworth’s bill, which already has full Senate approval, is slated to move to the House floor on Thursday.
If approved there, Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would sign it immediately, making it the first passed bill passed of this session. It would then next week move on to the Joint Budget Committee, which would consider appropriating $50 million toward the sale.

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Techsters start WAC tourney play

Still, Tech will once again go into this week’s league tournament as the No. 4 seed and considered as one of the “other picks” to made a deep move into the double elimination format.
Sarah Dawson, in her seventh season as coach, realizes the situation she and her team find themselves in again when they start off tourney play tonight (9 p.m.) against Hawaii in Fresno, Calif.

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