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June 5th

Bearcats have tough football slate

“Honestly, the As don’t mean that much when you’re talking about the caliber of programs in the state,” said RHS coach Billy Laird. “One of the best teams anywhere last year and for the past several years has been Bastrop and they’re in 4A.”
And the Rams are on the schedule for the Bearcats in 2009.
So are four other teams who ranked either in the Top 10 or Top 12 in their classifications in the final Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll. For 2008.

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Preparing for 20-year reunion

Yes, the intrigue of our cat and mouse dance-of-death with our high school pasts are rooted in transformative promise as well as the ability to lay checkmate on the people whose faces and personalities gave us hell long before the All-American Rejects did this spring. And speaking of rejects, if you were more Urkel than Zack Morris, and more Gabriella Montez than Kelly Kapowski, then you probably weren’t saved by the bell at all. Rife are the stories of de-pantsing in gym class, failed date attempts and inaccessible entry into the cool pool that ruled the school.

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Time for our community to go green

A contingent of concerned citizens wants to take their green efforts to the next level with the help of local government. These residents are pushing for a comprehensive recycling program, complete with curbside pick-up as well as drop-off locations for recyclables including paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, cardboard and more.

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Resident indicted on porn charges

Authorities in Kenner approached Ruston police last year with two warrants for Gabriel’s arrest. Kenner detectives arrested Gabriel in October and charged him with five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and one count of computer-aided solicitation for sexual purposes.
Kenner police said Gabriel had sexual conversations online with one of their undercover officers, who posed as a juvenile.
Police said Gabriel had child pornography on his computer in Ruston.

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June 4th

Battle to halt higher ed cuts intensifies

Jindal has said he would veto the bill in its current form, and a majority of House members have signed news releases promising to vote it down.
Tech and GSU have been at work for months to craft budget plans that would address cuts that will hit the two universities.

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Grambling No. 1 in men’s sports

Grambling totaled 71.5 points in gaining the award and captured titles in football and indoor and outdoor track and field. A second-place finish resulted in cross country and the tennis team placed No. 3.
In the overall Commissioner’s Cup for the top all-around program in the conference, Grambling finished No. 2 with 153.5 points, less than seven points shy of Jackson State University (160).
The latter school had 96 points in the women’s division and 64 points in the men’s department.

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Region full of things to do

Sunday’s edition of the Daily Leader included a special section with extensive information about historic sites and other attractions in Lincoln, Union, Bienville, Jackson and Winn parishes.
Through either my job or experiences as resident of the area, I’ve had the opportunity to visit several places described in the special section. Hence, below is a list containing perks of some of the attractions I’ve run across:
• Caney Lake — Located east of Jonesboro, this is a great place for those who want to grill with friends, swim or engage in water sports.

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Schools plan to aid at-risk students

Administrators want to begin the proposed new program in September, in time for the 2009-10 school year.
According to Willie Washington, Title 1 supervisor, these two schools have the highest number of at-risk elementary students in Ruston. Although both programs would be voluntary, families will be wise to take advantage of them if students are struggling.
With so much riding on students passing standardized tests and achieving grade level expectations, the Lincoln Parish School System continues to develop new and innovative ways to reach out to those who need a little more help.

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Occupational shape-up

“This is the kind of thing my business does and when I contacted the hospital, they were all for it,” Proctor said. “What better place to start this kind of program than a hospital? So we put together a boot camp program that we started in February. We did a full diagnostic work-up, and we’ll do periodical checkups — weigh-ins and things like flexibility testing every few months — and then we’ll do another full diagnostic work-up after six months and after a year, when the program ends.”

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June 3rd

Residents to rally for recycling

“The drop-off center took glass, steel, aluminum and paper, as well as hazardous materials,” Hooker said. “I was shocked when I came here, and there wasn’t even a drop-off. Everywhere else I went they had that, and I just took those things for granted.”
Today, Hooker is still holding onto a petition with 175 signatures she obtained to present to the city to launch a curbside recycling program, similar to one in the Shreveport area that picks up recycling materials in place of garbage one day a week.

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