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Dowdell named MVP in WAC

“It’s truly a deserving honor for Shanavia,” said Tech coach Teresa Weatherspoon. “She has played very well the entire season. I’m so proud of everything she has done and that she will continue to do in order to make us a better basketball team.”
Dowdell becomes the sixth player in Tech history to earn the award, and she put up solid numbers to do so. She was No. 1 in the conference for scoring with a 16.0 average, finished No. 2 in rebounding with 9.7 per game, connected on 53 percent of her field goals and had a league-leading 16 double-doubles.

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Jindal stance on stimulus makes waves

“We have a governor who has his eyes on the White House three years from now. Gov. Jindal needs to take care of our house now and worry about the White House later,” Rep. Rickey Hardy, D-Lafayette, said recently.
In national interviews, Jindal talks glowingly of Louisiana’s ability to work across party lines. By striking a partisan tone and becoming one of the poster children for the national GOP, Jindal — often mentioned as a future presidential contender — isn’t exactly practicing what he preaches.

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Community can't tolerate teen drinking

Traffic crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens, and more than one-third of teen traffic deaths are alcohol-related, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
Lincoln Parish is not immune to these deadly incidents, and people of all ages — younger than 21 or not — need to realize the consequences of drinking and driving.
Prevention is key to keeping kids safe, and parents, teachers and mentors all have a responsibility to keep alcohol out of the hands of teens.

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Underage drinking issue persists

Amanda Dennis, who has worked the door at Rabb’s since 2006, said when Louisiana Tech begins a new quarter, she typically catches four-five people a night trying to get inside the club with a fake ID. Most of the IDs have been altered or belong to someone else.
“They may borrow their friend’s ID who they think looks like them,” Dennis said. “But we learn what to look for. We will note facial structure and eye color.”
Rabb’s has a book containing hundreds of fake, altered or borrowed IDs that have been confiscated through the years from underage drinkers attempting to appear older.

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College cuts still coming

“We have been anticipating a budget reduction for the coming year,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen. “We expect to learn the final details of the governor’s budget when it is officially released on (Friday).”
The higher ed money was part of $2.4 billion in stimulus that the Jindal administration agreed to last week.
The University of Louisiana System, which oversees Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University, worked in January and February to prepare for cuts as deep as $116 million for the system.

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Bulldogs clip Eagles twice

Two runs by Tech (6-3) in the bottom of the eighth inning were enough to hold back the Eagles (3-8), who scored two runs in the top of the ninth. But reliever Casey Jones got the save and the ’Dogs got their second-ever victory against an EMU squad that has been on a tour of the South in recent weeks.
The two teams wrap up their series with a 1 p.m. single game today.
Anderson gave up six hits, two earned runs and a bases on balls en route to gaining the win in the opening game.

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Learning the fine art of quilt-making

When I moved out, Julie moved into my old room, and when my sister Carolyn moved out, Julie took over her room, too. She turned it into an art studio, a space dedicated to her various photography, mixed-media and other art projects.
Julie was sitting pretty for a while, with her tables and supplies and loveseat and stereo arranged just the way she liked them. That is, until Mom rediscovered quilting.

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Federal funds could be life preserver

Not everyone agrees that stimulus cash is a good thing. At least in the case of higher education, the possibility of fending off crippling cuts for long enough to come up with a better restructuring plan is priceless.
Brutal cuts of up to 30 percent would destroy entire colleges and programs if made too quickly. Universities are a fragile thing — some say too needy of money. They aren’t light switches that can be turned off and then turned back on, though.
Given little time, leaders would have few options but to viciously cut.

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Residents check into health

Another NLMC-run station, the nutrition and food service booth, let residents test their body fat percentage and Body Mass Index, while providing some helpful nutritional information.
Megan Davenport, teen coordinator for the Lincoln Parish Library, was on-hand getting positive information about her body from NLMC’s Misty Walker. The results put a smile on Davenport’s face — she said she’s been watching her health quite a bit in recent years.
“A lot of people in my family developed diabetes, and I felt myself going down that path,” Davenport said.

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Saint-Gobain vital for area

Terry said the Chamber began work with the Simsboro plant some time ago to try to make sure that its considerable economic impact in our area stays that way. However, the trend in the market facing Saint-Gobain is eerily similar to that which faced Pilgrim’s Pride and undoubtedly led to the decision to shutter the Farmerville plant.
Suspicion is that Pilgrim’s Pride will stay closed in Farmerville in an effort to artificially raise the demand for chicken by lowering supply. That is a business decision based on low prices at the market.

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