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RHS-Neville: ultimate prep rivalry

“It was good last weekend to have a game type of situation with a good crowd and all and it helped get us ready for this week,” Laird said of a game against District 1-5A and I-20 rival West Monroe at the ‘Bayou Jamb’.
“I am sure everybody is ready now to get things started with another season. It’s that time.”
A rundown on how parish teams will commence the 2006 campaign on Friday:
RHS VS. NEVILLE
7 p.m.
Tiger Stadium, Monroe
Noteworthy: Ask Billy Laird about his first game foe and he mentions “speed and quickness” several times.
Why not?

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New school a site for growth

Through a contract with the state’s Office of Youth Development, students drawn from Ruston, Grambling, Monroe and West Monroe will be referred to the school by probation officers or Families in Need of Services (FINS).
In addition to receiving G.E.D., LEAP and GEE tests preparation skills, students will sit down with their families and a counselor to develop an academic and behavioral treatment plan.
“We want to help (the students) work on their academic and social skills so they can stay in a public school or be able to keep a job,” Administrator of Schools Bridget Suire said.

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New state law not blowing smoke

She argued that these same people who smoked inside their vehicles would also light up inside their homes where the same children would be inhaling the secondhand smoke.
What would be next, she asked.
Would this law lead to another law banning smoking inside people’s houses?
The woman’s arguments seemed to have merit.
But I can see another perspective — one that paints a brighter future for adults and children alike.
With so many people trying to quit smoking, perhaps more restrictions are just what the doctor ordered.

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RES steps back into portable classrooms

When she received word from the fire marshal last week this was not the case, however, Lincoln Parish Schools Director of Auxiliary Services Charles Owens and his maintenance staff got on the job over the weekend.
“Owens had his people working this weekend, and we thought everything was fine,” Walker said.
“But Monday afternoon we got the other news. The fire marshal said (the classrooms inside one portable building) would not be occupiable (Tuesday) morning, so we moved the students to another classroom.”

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August 30th

Sparta Commission discusses funding

“I will see what I can do, but they’re very tight on funds,” Sam Little, representing Morehouse Parish, said.
Ruston and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury each budget $5,000 each year to go to the Sparta Commission, Jury Administrator Dennis Woodward said. In the past, he said that has funded a saltwater intrusion project study by the USGS.
During a presentation to the commission, Terry Emory, with the city of West Monroe, said the city’s pilot program to use wastewater to supply Graphics Packaging is on track.

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Cautiousness should never be forgotten

Most of the crimes reported were a result of a person not taking simple precautions, for example leaving vehicles unlocked or valuables in the car.
It is very important that people correct this lackadaisical approach to safety.
Vehicles should be locked, even in a driveway and valuables should be removed or placed out of plain sight.
Also, leaving a car window down could allow a thief to gain access into the vehicle.

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What is this man talking about?

“Keep on not worrying about it until they come and lock you up,” she said succinctly.
So, I called them back and finally got to the bottom of the problem.
Apparently, several entities were still looking for payment for the $700 check some thieves wrote to a Lake Charles casino, courtesy of my stolen checkbook, of course.
As humorous as the TV commercials are, identity theft is a serious matter.

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Champion gets his chance

“I know it’s against a great Nebraska team that had a good season last year and is being ranked in the top 25 of the preseason polls, but anybody who is a competitor wants to play against the best and that’s the way I am.
“It’s a huge challenge, for sure, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

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Temporary buildings ruled unsafe

Bell said the problems noted by the deputy fire marshal, Lloyd Peters, did not seem to him to warrant closing the temporary buildings.
“I’m learning a lot about code as we go along, but I really don’t understand some of their reasoning,” Bell said.
Gravel was placed at the foot of steps leading to temporary buildings and at the doorway leading from the rear of the main school building to the school grounds.
Bell said the gravel was placed to keep students from tracking in mud to their classrooms and to take better care of the students’ shoes.

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August 29th

Parish footballers near openers

Friday night’s action will include Ruston High at Monroe Neville, Cedar Creek at home against Delhi Charter and Grambling High at Arcadia; all of those games will start at 7 p.m.
The weekend begins a proverbially busy fall slate for parish teams, most notable being Oct. 13 when all three of the prep teams will be playing on their own turfs.
Ruston High meets up with Natchitoches-Central, Cedar Creek goes up against Monroe St. Frederick and Grambling High deals with Bernice on that date.
It’s not just the prepsters being in their backyard on that weekend, either.

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