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Cleanup effort must continue year-round

Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful’s parishwide cleanup attracted community groups, individuals and families for the event that collaborated with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.
Having targeted events like Saturday’s is a great way to rally the community and make a dent in the litter that plagues our parish. But, the key is to keep clean year-round.

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Higher ed's defining moment

According to the survey, citizens in Louisiana value higher education, they believe our colleges and universities are doing a pretty good job and they don’t support major cuts to post-secondary education.
That said, 53 percent believe our colleges can absorb major budget cuts without affecting the quality of academic programs and two-thirds oppose the idea of reducing costs to higher education by consolidating programs or closing some campuses.

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Bulldogs outlast Nevada, 17-14

To do it, Tech overcame an 8-5 deficit in the sixth inning and then survived a four-run rally by Nevada in the ninth frame.
“That was a football score there and a long game, but our guys never quit,” said Bulldogs’ head coach Wade Simoneaux. “We get up 5-1, but then they get the lead and we could have easily hung our hats right there, but we kept battling.
“I think today, we learned something from the other team and that’s to keep fighting offensively just like they had the entire series.”

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Community gives roads a once-over

Camille Mize, Ruston’s environmental manager, tallied more than 250 names of volunteers who gathered after their morning of effort at Railroad Park before all were accounted for. KLPB put together a different kind of event this year than in previous cleanups, including a gathering with information booths and fun distractions for a lunch in the park.

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New coach brings level of excitement

Teresa Weatherspoon was a playmaker in college, and she’s a playmaker now. In the last few months, she has proven she has an amazing ability to inspire heart and determination in the players around her.
She carved out an enviable record with a team that could have easily given up and phoned in the rest of its season after former head coach Chris Long was fired.
The decision to move on was a good one, as painful as it is to remove someone who has been close to the program.

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Finding the marriage that is right for you

I want to be helpful but not overwhelm her with unsolicited advice. I want to keep my mouth shut and listen to her, but there are times I can’t help but comment. I want to relate my wedding experience to her without saying “At my wedding ...” 100 times in a single conversation.
It’s a fine line, I tell you, and crossing it could sting us both a little.

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Bulldogs stumble to Nevada

Making the Friday night game and Saturday’s opener even tougher to endure was that Tech had leads before the Wolf Pack rallied back for the victories. In the seven-inning finale of Saturday’s two games, Nevada featured an eight-hit pitching performance from senior righthander Derek Achelpohl and two runs batted in each from centerfielder Westley Moss (two-for-three) and third baseman Tyson Jaquez (one-for-four).

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Ex-NBA star aids effort

“Hopefully, I can help make an impact and get the message across as to how important it is for everyone in the parish to join together and keep the area free of litter,” Reed said. “Little by little, all of us can make an impact in keeping our parish clean.”
The first player in history to be chosen as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the All-Star Game, regular season and finals in the same season will appear at Railroad Park to help tip off the campaign.

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Tax election crucial for our schools

During last summer’s re-assessments, the Lincoln Parish School Board and many other governmental agencies worked in the interest of taxpayers by keeping millages at a reduced level after the mandated rollbacks. Those actions showed concern for the residents and understanding of the burden we bear as the taxpayers who support the operation of many governmental bodies within the borders of our parish.

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Debtor's prison part of life

Self-anointed financial fat cat Suze Orman decries the power of the plastic by encouraging Americans to go without their “I’ll get you next time” addiction, in favor of saving for rainy days so Mondays won’t get you down. I’m no carpenter by any stretch of the imagination, but it hardly takes an architectural digest to know that credit cards are the amazing saving grace of many families in today’s economical pit of hell.

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