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Parish teams face jamboree tests

Such is the situation for head coaches Billy Laird of Ruston High, Corwyn Aldredge of Cedar Creek and Jamar Dorsey of Grambling High over the next three nights.
The Kittens of first-year leader Dorsey start off the parish “jammin’” activities with a road trip to Sarepta tonight, followed by Cedar Creek’s journey to Natchitoches on Friday and then Ruston High’s short drive down I-20 and over to Monroe on Saturday.
Sizing up each of the jamboree for parish teams:
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Ruston must keep eyes bridges

But it’s one heck of a long list.
Being in the state’s capital outlay plan is encouraging, but the situation is backlogged at best, a quagmire at worst. And U.S. 167 over I-20 has been dropping chunks of concrete and showing significant signs of wear for some time. The situation is not dangerous at this point, the Department of Transportation and Development said, but that could change. It’s definitely a major artery, and working on a bridge over an interstate is a massive undertaking.
And the big question is always going to be the same: Where does the money come from?

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Technical school a good option

Edwards Barham, a Louisiana Community and Technical College System board member, said to meet projected regional workforce demands, about 20 percent of high school graduates need to be enrolling at a university and about 80 percent at a technical college.

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Fiddler bows his way into first

“I learned how to play when I was 13 years old,” Beavers said. “I couldn’t play much though.”
Beavers, 75, said playing the fiddle is a bit of a family tradition. His father, uncle and both grandparents played the fiddle. “I never got serious with it until I moved to Ruston,” Beavers said. Beavers said he once was in a band called The Old Time String Band, and performed at the Louisiana Folklife Festival. Beavers has also played at Sundown West and Follete Pottery, in Ruston, as part of the Dixie Jamboree.
Beavers said he doesn’t just play fiddles, but he can make them as well.

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