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August 23rd

Arrest not the whole story

Part of the population has already held an impromptu trial and have found Karr guilty of the 1996 murder while others firmly believe in his innocence.
As is witnessed by other high-profile criminal cases, even the court rendering does not always sway public opinion.
For instance, years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder, many people still have no doubt in their minds that he was guilty of that crime.
While these infamous cases attract a lot of national attention for various reasons, the same justice course can be seen daily on a local level.

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Candidates provide plans, perceptions

“Several people have indicated to me that they would like to see a possible change,” said Jones, a Democrat and elder at Alabama Presbyterian Church in Sibley.
“Since I’ve been here my entire life and I’m interested in education, I wanted to get involved. I view a school board member’s role as to represent the opinion of the people.”
Republican Phillip Wheelis, a former CHS baseball booster club president, is also vying for the District 5 spot.

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August 22nd

Tech schedule rated toughest

Unless you’ve been holed up at a monastery over the past several months, the ‘Dogs play a milestone-achieving 13 games between early September and early December.
The opener is on Sept. 2 at Lincoln against Nebraska and then later includes additional top 25 preseason listed squads in Clemson (Sept. 30) and Boise State (Oct. 7).
Also on the agenda: Nevada and Fresno State at Joe Aillet Stadium on Nov. 18 and 24, respectively, and at Texas A&M on Sept. 23, all of those teams having received honorable mention votes in various preseason national polls.

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Runners aid key society

Butler is running in the name of Josh Sanderson, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1985 and lived through it.
Sanderson is now 24, married and an active Choudrant resident.
Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson said his son’s survival has given him a positive outlook on the chances of surviving with leukemia and a desire to help those fighting it.

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I’m glad I’m not a new grad

This was the third Tech graduation I attended besides my own and my husband’s.
I listened carefully to Eugene Callens Jr., the keynote speaker, as he discussed why graduates should realize that they are entering the workforce at a prime time.
We are at the pinnacle of society with health care, human rights, etc. This is great news, sure, but there are some pitfalls that I don’t think anyone but a fresh graduate understands.
Most new graduates are alone.
As I entered the workforce with my “real” job three months after graduation, I felt somewhat like a fish out of water.

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Candidates prepare for SB elections

“I would be a good person to represent (District 2) because of the experience I have in the school system, with more than 20 years as a principal and assistant principal,” Ludley said.
“Knowing what it takes to deal with that gives me an advantage in knowing how this school system is run.”
Ludley, a Democrat who is retired from the Bienville Parish School System, has two opponents who are also registered as Democrats — Eddie Milton Jones and George M. Hamlin.

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August 21st

Get ready for football

The players and coaches have done their part to prepare for the season by putting in countless hours of study, conditioning and practice.
The coaches have designed plays and worked up game plans to give our young warriors the best chance of winning.
The players have spent most of their time working to make sure they have the plays down pat as they sweat in the hot, humid Louisiana summer, gearing up for their season’s first coin toss.
It’s now time for fans to do the same.

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It is simply a matter of choice

Of course I realize that many of our Ruston candidates for positions such as mayor and alderman are running unapposed, but it’s nice to know that I will have the option of grabbing my voter registration card and ID and running out to the polls.
Or not.
I say “or not” because I know I have an apathetic streak that always comes out around election time.
Often times, in local elections as well as in national elections, the winning candidate or idea is clear to me, and therefore my getting off of the couch to vote seems unnecessary.

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Bradshaw: It’s about giving back

“I mean, I say this without hesitation or question that the greatest four years of my athletic life were spent at Tech.
“Not just athletics, either. So many lessons in life were learned while I was going there. It was just a tremendous experience that I will always cherish.”
The former Shreveport Woodlawn High School two-sport star (he once held the national prep javelin throwing record at 244-11 1/2) will certainly apply a major exclamation mark to that love for Tech on Tuesday.

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CVB’s 2007 budget cuts park funds

A cooperative agreement between the CVB and the Policy Jury that’s been in force since the park was built called for the CVB and the park to share the 3 percent hotel/motel tax collected at the time — the CVB getting 2 percent and the park 1 percent.
Since then, the tax has increased to 4 percent, with 3 percent going to the CVB and 1 percent for the park.
Based on the CVB’s tax collection projection of $410,000 for 2007, that would mean a total of $102,000 for the park.

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