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April 30th

Tech wins series over SJSU

The Bulldogs received the perfect mixture for a winning recipe against the Spartans, who had taken the series opener on Friday before then falling 12-9 on Saturday and then in the finale at J.C. Love Field.
It was an extra important series for Tech to win, what with road journeys to Fresno State and then Nevada before returning home for a May 15 for a single game against Northwestern State University.
“If we didn’t win this series, it probably would have cost us a chance to win the conference,” said head coach Wade Simoneaux said. “It’s the same way at Nevada.

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Make summer fun for kids

An active, healthy lifestyle that includes plenty of physical activity is becoming more and more important as obesity among our children continues to increase.

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Seeing the big picture

Drivers were splashing through the large puddles that accumulated because of overnight storms a little after noon that day. While sitting at the red light on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Trenton Street I was thinking about what a dreary, awful day it was. All I wanted to do was go home and curl up under a blanket and stay there possibly forever. Finally traffic in front of me started to edge forward as the light turned green.

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Area residents take stance

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value over the homestead exemption limit of $75,000. Taxable value is 10 percent of fair market value.
Gene Posey, a Choudrant property owner who helped initiate the planting of “Vote No for Unfair Taxes” signs, said he supports the schools but is opposed to the proposition.
“I’m 100 percent against it,” Posey said. “The tax base in Choudrant is small. I don’t see how the taxpayers can survive under this particular tax, which totals 50 mills.”

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Lady ’Cats: Champs!

The Lady Bearcats (28-6-1) completed the greatest run in the program’s history, hoisting a title banner for the first time ever in the sport and becoming the third girls’ athletic squad to gain an LHSAA crown at the school (girls’ track and cross country were previous champs).
And it wasn’t without a little suspense, either.
Ruston had a 3-1 lead entering the seventh and final inning at Sulphur’s Frasch Park, but Airline (29-10-1) loaded the bases with no outs and appeared to be on the verge of either forcing a title and extra innings or squeaking out an 11th hour triumph.

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Voters to determine fate of schools

It is also apparent that additions are needed at the elementary school. The building was designed for about half the number of students who attend classes there today, and that number will grow with the plethora of new homes being constructed in and around Choudrant.
Additionally, the traffic situation around the elementary school is extremely dangerous. Cars line up well in advance of the afternoon school bell and it takes most of the school’s teachers acting as traffic cops to get students to their rides safely.

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A lifetime of love for teachers

Anyway, once when I was home on leave from the Army, I found out Mrs. Pearce was in an old folks home. Since she had shielded me from many a whipping from our principal, I stopped by for a visit. Her daughter met me at the door and told me she very seldom recognized anyone anymore, not even family. I went in, said hello, and she responded, “Well, hello there, Chuck. How have you been?”
Her daughter was shocked, but she hadn’t spent nine months shepherding me.

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A step to remember Robinson

Calling Robinson a “true Alpha man,” the steppers wore a piece of black tape with “Rob” written in gold. The show was part of GSU’s annual Tigerfest, which will wrap up tonight with a block party in front of the Student Union.

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April 27th

Grambling seeks ‘impact’ funding

“The system is in disrepair now. Once all of these buildings come on-line, I don’t know if it can handle it.”
She said the resolution, which in parts criticized the hiring and firing practices of the university, seeks some kind of “impact” money to offset the additional “burden” the city will face, especially considering the city is not collecting money from building permits involved in the construction, since state buildings are exempt from such fees under law.

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’Dogs end home WAC slate

All of those facts are noteworthy, but head coach Wade Simoneaux and his squad are much more concerned about one other major area: winning a conference championship.
Consider his analysis after taking four-of-six WAC games on a recent trek westward:
“A lot of people will tell you that winning four of six is great. It really should have been five because I think we gave that game (against Hawaii) away on Friday. I’m tired of coaches telling me that we’re the best team they’ve played. I’m ready to start playing like we are the best team they’ve faced.”

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