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Parish park touted nationally

While he was here, McIlvain also visited five other parks and learned about an additional one. His article titled “Louisiana’s Magnificent Seven” came out in the January edition of the magazine and named Lincoln Parish Park as the best of the seven highlighted routes.
McIlvain wrote that the Lincoln Parish “trails are an absolute blast to ride.”
He wrote that he was impressed by the aesthetics of the trail, the natural amenities that Louisiana has to offer and a few extras Ramsaur has thrown in.

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Creek, Choudrant: Round No. 2

Hathaway is on the other side from the Lady Aggies and they were lodged in at No. 5 in the final rankings for Class B.
Thus, in order to survive and move on to the third round, Cedar Creek and Choudrant will have to register their biggest victories of the season.
The Lady Cougars (18-10) will face Southern Lab in Baton Rouge in a 6 p.m. tipoff and the Lady Aggies (27-11) will play at the same time at Hathaway.
Cedar Creek advanced into the regionals with a solid 63-50 victory over Gueydan at home.

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Students will be prepared for testing

That’s a lot of stress for our kids.
We have faith in our teachers and in our schools. We know they’ve worked from day one of this school year to prepare students for these tests, which have become so critical on both the state and national levels.
We also believe in our students. We know they’ll do their best. Let’s try not to put too much pressure on them.
Even with all the preparation that’s happening in the classroom, parents also have a role to play in their children’s testing success.

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Here's some food for thought

Proponents believe that farmers should be compensated fairly for their work, and they actively support farmers by connecting them with the public.
Though the nearest Slow Food organization is in Shreveport, the community soon will have the opportunity to collectively adopt a healthy, eco-conscious lifestyle when the Ruston Farmers Market opens for business in May.
Initially, the idea for the market was kicked around at a local book club meeting, where a gathering of friends found themselves wondering why Ruston did not have an outlet for local growers.

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Local artist draws a positive image

McLeroy’s students turned to him and said, “Coach, somebody ought to do something. Somebody ought to create a cartoon character that would be positive, that kids can look up to.”
So, that’s what McLeroy did. He created Lil’ Daddy’s Filosophies from Da Hood, a one-panel cartoon that features a 12-year-old black child named Lil’ Daddy and a positive message that spans generations and races.
“Lil’ Daddy is so positive,” he said, “and he can impact not just a child’s life, but anybody’s life, more than any other drawing could ever do.”
A good example

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Voters to decide on school taxes

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value over the homestead exemption limit of $75,000. Taxable value is 10 percent of fair market value, or assessed value.
An individual with $200,000 in assessed property with homestead exemption now pays approximately $120 per year for the two parish-wide taxes combined.

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Millsap : A ‘steal’ for the Jazz

“I had to do a lot of drilling and cutting.
“Mostly I was drilling boards together. It took awhile, but we accomplished a lot.’’
That’s a fit analogy for Paul Millsap’s career as well.
He may have gone virtually unnoticed on most 2006 NBA draft boards, lasting until the Utah Jazz snatched him with the No. 47 pick in the second round.
But already he’s accomplished a lot, in this case being only one of five players to be on both the Rookie and Sophomore teams.
Three of the  others, Andrea Bargnani, Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay were among the top eight picks.

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McLeroy’s message truly inspires

From the relatively brief amount of time I spent with him, McLeroy made such a positive impression on me that I can see why people think so highly of him.
He truly has a heart for children, and he is a passionate educator.
He came to be a teacher in a roundabout kind of way, though. After majoring in English and journalism in college, he graduated with the hopes of becoming a sportswriter. But when Ruston High School offered him the chance to be an assistant basketball coach, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. There was the small detail of having to teach in the classroom, however.

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Change is an opportunity for Tech

The importance of the millions of dollars that run through that facility each year in grants and research endowments from agencies at the state and federal level cannot be overstated.
The National Science Foundation and Department of Defense have regularly subsidized the center’s endeavors. That speaks volumes about the situation that the new director will have to adapt to.

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Tech IfM director moving on

In the meantime, the search is on nationwide to find a new director for the institute.
Stan Napper, dean of the college of engineering and science — Varahramyan’s boss — was quick to say that Varahramyan will be on board until he starts his new job July 1.

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