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May 6th, 2009

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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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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