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October 9th

Gutsy ’Cats didn’t waver in key win

New grandson, second league victory.
It doesn’t get much better than this for Laird, who called the win over the Vikings “huge because of it being an important district game and the way we were coming off of an embarrassing loss the week before.”
That loss of 46-14 the previous week against Bastrop is now forgotten, forever placed in the archives after the wild decision over Airline High in which the lead changed hands five different times before the
‘Cats wrapped it up with just under a minute to play.

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Agencies’teamwork pays off

The information about the case came to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office at about the same time, D.A.
Investigator Alfred Calhoun said. While they started their investigations separately, the two agencies soon pooled their resources.
“Without the Sheriff’s Office, this case would not have been successfully solved,” Calhoun said.
A third agency became involved when Third District Judge Wayne Smith learned that the suspect had been using his name in Texas. Smith informed Calhoun, adding another piece to the puzzle.

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Phone etiquette sets bad tone

At this point in the researching process, I have nothing left to do but wait on the jingle jangle that is due to bring good news. That or another addition to the Celebrations column. Sure I’ll work on other stories and talk to people who are more apt to pick up the phone. And I’ll complain, of course. I’ll even make visits to other interviewees who are more willing to talk. But when I return, I’ll click over to the Word document containing the story lacking comment and pretty much just be sad about my life because it isn’t complete. And I’ll stare at the phone and wait.

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Bulldogs, community to kick off Homecoming events

“The Alumni Awards Luncheon is the premiere event,” Richard said.
“We’re looking forward to honoring these outstanding members of our Tech family during that day.”
John D. Caruthers Jr., of Shreveport, has been named Alumnus of the Year, and Brandon L. Phillips, of Houston, was named Young Alumnus of the Year.
Jason C. Owen, of Ruston, was named Distinguished Alumni of the College of Education. Other Distinguished Alumni were Bobby J. Neill, W. Rufus Estis, Robert W. Upchurch and Karen W. Gordon.

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Haddox TD grab gives RHS 1-5A win

The Bearcats found themselves trailing Bossier City Airline High 24-20 with 1:46 remaining in a key District 1-5A contest held at Vikings’ Stadium.
But even with such little time remaining and one last opportunity to get into the end zone, RHS wasn’t about to panic.
After quarterback Zachary Glass (35 carries, 181 yards) gave Airline the four-point advantage with a 12-yard run at just under the two-minute plateau, the Bearcats were itching to get the football back.
“We’re going to win this!” yelled one RHS player as he paced the sidelines.

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CVB should accept park responsibility

The Jury is making a strong effort to help generate tourism dollars for Lincoln Parish. The recent purchase of three sets of portable bleachers for more than $100,000 will help facilitate larger crowds at the North Central Louisiana Expo Center. Those bleachers were in use this weekend for the annual Ruston High School Rodeo, a three-day event that CVB Executive Director Kyle Edmiston called a “significant” tourism draw for Lincoln Parish. That draw equates to hotel rooms being filled and dollars being spent to grow our local economy.

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Criticism of our Congressman is not deserved

While one might understand calling for Hastert’s head, what is not understandable is why there is a cry from the Democrats for Alexander to step down. If you look at the how the sequence of events played out, Alexander did exactly what anyone in a position of responsibility would do. Upon learning from one of his staffers that the youngster had received a couple of unwanted emails from Foley in the wake of Hurricane Katrina last fall, Alexander contacted both the House leadership and the young man’s parents.

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October 5th

Suits cripple progress

• Allowing Owens to make decisions that were not his to make;
• Terminating employees who did not provide financing for “pet projects;”
• Not following protocol in hirings, firings or merit raises;
• Punishing whistle blowers; and
• Destroying the morale of GSU and its relationship with the city.
What the lawsuits failed to mention were the improvements made to student housing, progress on the Eddie Robinson Museum, higher admission standards and the addition of an endowed chair.
NAACP State President Ernest Johnson addressed the issue at the state conference this weekend.

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Mock Crash creates shock waves

As the mock crash shows, this decision is a fatal mistake. Student council members portray teens arrested, killed or airlifted to a hospital as a result of a two-vehicle collision that follows.
With the mind power of the North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention, Ruston Police Department and the Louisiana State Police, the scenario depicted all of the obstacles that must be overcome by rescue and law enforcement workers following a serious accident.

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‘Mock crash’ a good move

A crowd of RHS students watched Wednesday as rescue workers used the jaws-of-life to break into a vehicle to save an accident victim. They also witnessed another student carried off to be airlifted by a helicopter and the vehicle’s driver given a field sobriety test.
Other students were lying on the ground covered with what appeared to be blood.
The mock crash demonstrated how the consequences of bad decisions can range from financial loss to shattered dreams to death.

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