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January 14th

Reforestation: Trees fill void

Twin Oaks Nursery planted the trees and installed an irrigation system along the city’s right-of-way on Maple Street near its intersection with Barnett Springs Street. The cost of the project was $6,500, Riggs said.
“It looks like a war zone now,” she said. “This is going to give us a better feeling as we drive along Maple Street. It hurts every time we go down that way. It makes us sad.”
The trees will grow to about 30 feet and will have white blooms in the spring and colorful fall foliage, said Jeremy Magee, landscape designer at Twin Oaks.

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January 13th

Barmore: A rebirth at Baylor

It was his stay at his college alma mater where Barmore staked his biggest fame to acclaim, spending 20 seasons as the head coach of the Lady Techsters and winning 576 games and an NCAA national crown (1988) in the process.
Then he hung ’em up in 2002 and went into the retirement mode, spending time with granddaughters Sophie and Ellie and getting in as many rounds of golf as possible.
All the while he was away from the game, though, Barmore was more antsy than a youngster waiting on his first buck in a deer stand.

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Jindal's northern exposure

Simsboro Mayor Willie Hendricks seems to have a pipeline to Baton Rouge. The small north Louisiana town played host to Rodney Alexander in a town hall meeting earlier this summer followed by Jindal last week.
“If you want to hear what the people are saying, you have to get out and listen to them,” Jindal said during his appearance at Simsboro. “Getting out and meeting the people gives me the chance to listen to their problems and ideas and gives me a chance to get my ideas out there to them, too.

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HabiTech students have done it again

Habitat for Humanity has successfully provided low-income families with safe and affordable homes for years. Once they’ve been approved through the application process, family members help build their house, investing their “sweat equity.” After the structure is complete, the family is responsible for making low-interest mortgage payments.

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HABITAT, TECH KICK OFF NEW YEAR

A team of fifth-year architecture students designed the mock-ups, which include three bedrooms, a living room and kitchen and front and back porches, among other amenities.
Those same students will put in a large part of the manual labor of constructing the house from the ground up, starting with laying grid lines and pouring a slab and working their way to a finished home.

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January 12th

This art show is one to see

Simultaneously, Brian Bishop, who draws in charcoal and paints fragments of snapshot photos, will greet people in the Main Gallery, where his work will be on display.
One look at both these artists’ Web sites, which can be found easily by a quick Google search, will assure art enthusiasts that this show is one to see. Since I’ve viewed Bishop’s work only online, and I don’t know much of his personal story, I cannot comment any further than by saying he is obviously talent.

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Jindal renews commitment to local issues

On his second trip to our area in less than a month, Jindal hit on two issues vital to life in Lincoln Parish — education and preserving the Sparta aquifer.
In a parish that houses two universities and a large public school system, hearing Jindal’s dedication to education was music to many people’s ears.

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This art show is one to see

I did, however, have the pleasure on Thursday of meeting Schwerd, an enthusiastic and personable individual who exudes an infectious excitement for craft. After sitting in on her hour-long lecture, a crush of students and I surveyed “Mourning Portrait,” a dark and mysterious display of mixed-media sculpture.

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Jindal renews commitment to local issues

Despite the budget shortfall the state is facing, it seems Jindal wants to protect Louisiana’s education systems as much as possible. Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University are in the process of trimming millions from their budgets this fiscal year, with additional cuts looming on the horizon for 2009-10. Hopefully, adjustments can be made at the universities to account for the belt-tightening without major disruptions to construction, upgrades or student services.
Jindal also renewed his commitment to the Even Start family literacy program on Friday.

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I-Bowl champs to be honored

Also on the schedule are a presentation of the game’s Most Valuable Player awards to Bulldogs’ members Weldon Brown and Phillip Livas by coach Derek Dooley.
Brown, a senior secondary member from Bossier City, was named as the Defensive Player of the Game, and sophomore wide receiver Phillip Livas was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year.
A proclamation will also be presented by Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and Ruston Civic Center Director Judy Burt on behalf of the entire city.

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