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February 29th

Bearcats host No. 3 ranked foe

To reach Lafayette and the Cajundome — that’s the host facility for the week-long hoops’ fest — the Bearcats (31-6) will have to get past East Ascension in a quarterfinal round showdown here tonight.
The two teams tussle in a 7 p.m. meeting and have been ranked in the top 10 of the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association state poll throughout this season; in the recently announced final poll, the Spartans (32-2) were listed No. 3 and the Bearcats No. 6.

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State disclosure law ranked No.1

“It shows that we were aiming high rather than average,” Gallot said. “We knew that there would be considerable movement.”
The closest competition, Washington, has a disclosure law score of 93.5, said Gallot, D-Grambling, chair of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee that handled much of the reform. Texas is ranked third at 88.

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Multi-parish group key to development

This group, consisting of Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Union and Jackson parishes, certainly has a large territory to survey and consider. With a cohesive and unified plan to market the region as a whole to business interests, the level of success is almost certainly more favorable than any individual parish or municipality going to the bargaining table solo.

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Re-evaluating role models

Not so long ago, I was engaged in a discussion of famous film actors with a colleague of my generation. This conversation occurred in the presence of a Louisiana Tech University sophomore. We mentioned Katharine Hepburn because we both had enjoyed her performance in The African Queen, a classic film from 50-plus years ago. The sophomore asked, “Who is she?”
“You know,” I answered. “She was the actress alongside Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen.”
The sophomore had a blank look on her face. “Who’s he?” she asked.

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Jindal praises local lawmakers

Gallot and Kostelka each chaired powerful committees that spearheaded the ethics reform effort in the state legislature during the session, Gallot on the House side and Kostelka in the Senate.
“They heard dozens of bills,” Jindal said. “But we had to be ambitious; we had to be aggressive. It’s not enough to move from 50th to 49th.”
The ethics reform agenda was not just about moving those rankings in indexes like that of the Better Government Association and the Center for Public Integrity, Jindal said, it was about making opportunities through improved public image.

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February 28th

Bearcats’ balance big key to success

The two top 10 state ranked clubs (RHS is No. 6, East Ascension is No. 3) will collide in a 7 p.m. showdown at the Bearcats’ gymnasium, with a trip to next week’s “Top 28” state tournament on the line; tickets are $5 and can be purchased by contacting the RHS office at 255-0807.
Brown, who had scored 31 points in a 73-54 first round victory against Lake Charles Barbe High, ended up with 11 against St. Paul’s and had only four by halftime.
“They were concentrating on stopping Josh and when you do that, we’ve got other players who can contribute for us,” said RHS head coach Chris Bush.

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Grambling set to benefit from tourism

As the town of Grambling works to spruce itself up in preparation for the opening of the Eddie Robinson Museum, it can expect to see increased tourism from this statewide trail.
Grambling’s efforts to reinvigorate its downtown area, known as The Village, include creating a Walk of Fame. This sidewalk path will give supporters of the town and its university the chance to fund improvements while leaving a permanent mark of support.
The state’s recognition of Grambling and the other locations on the new trail shows that Louisiana’s diversity is a true selling point.

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School to work a big switch

Surely there’s a more efficient way for young people to transition from school to work. Actually, there is.
Over at Lincoln Parish Career Academy, several students are learning how to fit in when they enter the work world through the school-to-work program. They spend the first couple of months of the year learning about interviews, positive attitudes and appropriate work behavior and conduct. After a few months, they venture out during school hours to fill part-time positions at businesses in the community.

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Grambling steps out with ‘Walk’

The Eddie Robinson Museum, set to fill the old women’s gym on the campus of Grambling State University, will be the head of a walking trail to run through downtown to Martin Luther King Street. “The Village,” as town leaders call the suffering downtown area, is the focus of a community sponsorship effort to raise funds for renovations.
City engineer Dean Dick said the money raised will be used to fund burying overhead lines in the Village. Grambling has a Department of Transportation grant of $175,000 for use in the sidewalk project.

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February 27th

Parish teams stay alive in playoffs

Ruston will now play host to East Ascension (33-2) in a quarterfinal round battle at the Bearcats’ gymnasium on Friday night; tipoff time is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live via Ruston’s KLRQ-FM (94.1) station.
To make it one step further in postseason play, however, the ‘Cats had to overcome a sluggish start.
“We came out lackadaisical and were just too relaxed,” said head coach Chris Bush. “It’s all right sometimes to be calm and composed, but we didn’t have a chip on our shoulder at the beginning of the game. We got it back on in the second half.”

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