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Center plans call for $3.34M

Police Jury President Mickey Mays cooled the room by pointing out that some members of the jury, whose terms began in January, hadn’t been on the jury as long as Walpole had been drawing plans.
“We appreciate what you all have done for us,” Mays said. “But you caught a partially new jury, so be patient with us.”
Mays questioned the events center’s layout and whether the 11-foot by 20-foot prep kitchen was adequate space to serve both a set of three breakout rooms and a large meeting area that would encompass more than 10,000 square feet of floor space together.

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Techsters start ‘second season’

“Nevada is a tough team led by a very good player in Dellena Criner. She impacts the game with her defense and her scoring ability.”
A first team All-WAC pick, Criner is the chief assignment for Tech’s defense in today’s game. She had 29 points in that loss at the Thomas Assembly Center earlier this month and is the leader of a nasty, pressure-forcing defense that has forced an average of 23 turnovers per game.

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Maintenance projects need support

For students at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University, we have to get in line with the ULS in hoping that the bill, amended to $75 million, makes it from committee to the floor and then the governor’s desk with as little wear and tear as is possible in this fast session.
The two local universities, each with its own aging infrastructure issues to consider, definitely need the boost.
Tech, while it boasts some of the most modern facilities around, also is home to some structures in need of much more than a little tender loving care.

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Sidewalk project not enough

Hardship has taken its toll on the once-thriving downtown and the small town’s sense of self-worth.
Native David Wright, whose name is synonymous with education and soul food through his affiliation with schools and his Blue Light Café, had insight on the town.
“There’s a lot of old folks, now,” Wright said. “Two-thirds of the houses are vacated. Kids are leaving to get jobs.”

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Testing takes off

Fourth and eighth graders take the LEAP and must score at least Basic on either the English or math portion and then at least Approaching Basic on the other to be promoted to the next grade level.
At Ruston Elementary School, students who achieve Mastery or Advanced on the exam will take a spin in a limo to a local yogurt business. All who score at least Basic will get their names thrown in a raffle drawing for a chance to win one of seven gift cards to area stores.

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