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May 6th

A great teacher, a better friend

It took sitting down to lunch with him while trying to write a story about his impending retirement to make it clear that he is a figure shrouded in a lot of vague mystery — teaching isn’t about oneself after all, so his past does not figure in to his crafted style of instruction.
There’s a whole list of adventures that we can all read about thanks to the man’s pathological need to chronicle his life for others to devour in his column. There’s a lot more that lies under the surface.

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Road funding issues must be addressed

Still, his logic is easy enough to follow. With state-funded road projects fueled by surplus dollars from the past few budget cycles quickly becoming a thing of the past and the Louisiana TIMED road program wrapping up in the next few years, our state finds itself in a precarious position.

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‘We need this done now’

State Sen. Mike Walsworth, R-West Monroe, authored Senate Bill 283 and was slated to introduce it to the House Appropriations Committee today at 1 p.m. in Baton Rouge.
“This is it, now the push really begins,” Walsworth said. “I’ll present the bill to the Appropriations Committee and, hopefully, we won’t get too much resistance there, but you never know. But I really think we won’t have too much trouble in committee.
“If there’s a real fight, it’ll be on the floor (of the House of Representatives).”

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May 5th

Livas on national chart

He also ranked among the league’s Top 25 receivers.
And Livas did it on knees that were less than physically efficient, so much that he was held out of spring workouts for recuperation purposes.
The good news is that “Saturday Night Livas” is due to be 100 percent healthy and one of the main acts in the Bulldogs’ 2009 season.
He’ll also be one of the most-watched players in the country.
Livas has been named to the watch list for the Punt Returner Trophy and Kickoff Returner Trophy by The College Football Performance Awards.

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Flu fight worth all the hype

Louisiana has seven confirmed cases of swine flu, but five more suspected cases have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control for testing, Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday.
Jindal said four new suspected cases are children from Lafayette and the fifth is an adult in Gonzales. He said all five are being treated at home with antiviral medication.
State health officials are now awaiting word on 21 suspected cases sent to the CDC for testing.

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Livelihoods depend upon Legislature

But, it’s not just north Louisiana that will benefit from this bill. While some legislators from down south like to complain about the perceived unfairness of the deal struck between the state and Foster Farms to buy out the Farmerville plant, the simple truth is that all of Louisiana will be affected.
Massive job losses anywhere have a trickle-down effect. Plus, south Louisiana also has a hand in this game. Cold storage units used in the poultry industry are located south of I-10 and also would take a hit if the deal falls through.

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Local aid swells for United Way

Lincoln Parish raised $216,000 in 2008 primarily through local business employees who agreed either to make a donation or contribute a portion of their paycheck to United Way.
Leading the local effort last year was Community Trust Bank, which captured the highest honor given by United Way of Northeast Louisiana — the Cypress Award.
The award is based on a number of factors, including employee participation and contributions, said Janie Milby, director of campaign and marketing for United Way of Northeast Louisiana.

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May 4th

Cougars, Aggies on roll

Two common factors in the success for the Cougars and Aggies have been solid pitching and offense in recent weeks.
During its 10-game winning streak, Cedar Creek has averaged 11 runs and allowed the opposition an overall total of only five runs.
Choudrant has averaged 13.1 runs while issuing a total of 16 during its eight-game winning streak.
Further evidence of the stingy pitching of both the parish representatives is that Cedar Creek has recorded six shutouts in the past 10 games and Choudrant has registered “goose eggs” three times.

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Just how disastrous was it?

The sludge destroyed 12 homes, though no one was directly injured. However, an unprecedented fish kill occurred in the Tennessee River and area tributaries in the aftermath of the spill. According to John Moulton, a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority which owns the plant, a test of river water near the spill site found elevated levels of lead and thallium, both of which have been linked to birth defects and nervous and reproductive system disorders.

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Local giving sets example

At the outset of a fundraiser, many groups have been wary of what their totals will be. They know all too well the struggles Louisiana residents are facing in light of layoffs, furloughs and general belt-tightening as families try to preserve their lifestyles and plan for the future. Yet, our local nonprofits have not been disappointed. The community has rallied around groups like the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, which raised well over its $20,000 goal during its recent radiothon.

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