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May 3rd

Bearcats open 5-A playoffs tonight

At least that’s the evaluation that Bearcats’ head coach Tim O’Neal would present as his team prepares to host the Wildcats (16-16) in an opening round Class 5-A Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff game tonight (5 p.m.).
“That was earlier, plus they had some players out at the time,” O’Neal sized up about the third place team out of District 3-5A. “Their three and five-hole players, they weren’t with them at the time.”

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Underage drinking fight not over yet

Ruston Police Chief Randal Hermes said one thing that was particularly disturbing about the sting is that in at least one case, the seller looked at the ID and made the illegal sale anyway.
“The way the licenses are, it is very easy to detect if a person is under 21, so it kind of bothers us that a person has this much control over whether an underage person can purchase alcohol, and they’re ignoring the law and selling anyway,” he said.
We agree. The law is created for a reason and everyone, including bartenders and clerks, must do their part to make sure it is followed.

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Summer a time for growth

Gowns are being fitted, invitations are being addressed and final exams are pending.
Soon, it will be that magic, special time known to children everywhere as summer vacation.
No school, no tests, no homework— nothing but time.
Please, please find these kids something to do this summer.
Too often you see children just roaming the streets traveling in packs, with no destination in mind and too much time on their hands.
There is an old saying that idle hands are the devil’s playground.

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City to straighten intersection

Amethyst’s bid was $127,309.
“For years, we’ve been trying to straighten that intersection out,” said Lewis Love, the director of public works.
“We want to start when school lets out and end when school begins.”
Another order of business was to consider authorizing the sale of timber as a surplus property located on McDonald Street. The 26 acres were appraised at $45,200, and the Board motioned to sell it to the highest bidder.

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May 2nd

Choudrant smacks Monterey, 18-3

But that’s as close as the Wolves came to preventing the Aggies (25-8) from taking another step in postseason play.
In Choudrant’s half of that first inning, 11 runs were scored and that did it.
The rest was a “cruise control” 18-3 win for head coach Tony Antley and his traditionally powerful program, one that now awaits a quarterfinal game later this week against either Zwolle or Episcopal Acadiana; the latter two clubs tangle this afternoon to decide who has to deal with the Choudrant Express, one that had started postseason competition with a 6-0 win last week over Castor.

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Time to show support for ACS

Throughout the course of several months, I’ve had many opportunities to sit and talk with Christina Griffin, the American Cancer Society’s community representative, and Amanda Maxwell, a chairman for the Relay and also the community advocate for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (D.A.R.T.). I got to know them very well and saw the passion they displayed when talking about the Relay and raising money for research and education and to help cancer patients. They have a true compassion and true heart for this.

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4-PAWS deserves donations, volunteers

4-PAWS is a non-profit, local organization fully run by volunteers who will pick up those scared animals from the side of the road, get them medical treatment and care for them until the abandoned animal turns into precious pet.
On April 1, Follette’s Pottery helped 4-PAWS with a fund-raiser and gave the organization a check for over $600 last week. This money will go to cover vet bills, feed, collars and leashes and anything else the animals might need.
Lynn Bergenholtz, a volunteer for 4-PAWS, said a couple of dogs could now receive the medical attention they need.

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Wreck sends four to hospital

Miller, his wife, Carrie Miller, and their two unidentified children were transported to Lincoln General Hospital by Ruston Fire Department ambulance with minor injuries.
Brentley was ticketed for failure to yield at a stop sign. The investigation continues.

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May 1st

College of Education granted $600,000

“This is to get our college and the university to take active roles with schools that are need of work to build up their performance scores,” Dauzat said.
“Generally, these schools have higher dropout rates, and we are hoping that the university, in conjunction with these schools, can create reform.”
The two schools chosen are Monroe’s Wossman and Carroll high schools.

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City should ensure it gets the right guy

Additionally, Louisiana Tech University’s business incubator, as well as the work done at the school’s Institute of Micro Manufacturing, and the research that will take place at the soon to be completed Biomedical Engineering center will afford even more opportunities for local economic development.

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