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March 7th

Pick up, pitch in

This campaign is intended to send a strong message from law enforcement agencies that littering has consequences. Fines for littering can range from $50 to $5,000 and can also include community service; some penalties double for habitual offenders. The most common litter items are cigarettes, fast-food bags, candy packages and drink containers.

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Game behavior to boo about

On one hand, I have witnessed to what heights school spirit can raise a team; that’s an important part of that often-touted home field advantage — playing in an arena that is almost certain to be filled with cheering fans gives teams an essential boost of confidence.
Signs and face painting, along with other accessories, are a physical expression of that school spirit, pick-me-ups that can be picked out from the crowd even when all of the voices are mingled into one indistinguishable roar.

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Grand jury indicts former teacher

“We didn’t want to do anything piecemeal; we wanted to get all of the information together and make sure we’re thorough,” Stone said midway through the investigation. “These types of complaints, by their nature, take time.”
According to the LPSO, Cardwell is reportedly out of town and is to be arrested on the charges upon his return to Lincoln Parish later this week. Six of the counts are felony offenses and the distribution charge is a misdemeanor.
Bond on the charges has been set at $90,000.

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City lays down law on modular homes

Lewis Love, public works director, added this was something the city could not ignore.
“This is a growing new industry,” Love said. “The problem is, how do you know the good from the bad? This is a stab at that so we have some legislative control of what is happening.”
Love said modular home companies build less expensive homes.
“This is how other communities we talked to have addressed the problem,” he said. “It’s a process to allow a way for (modular homes) to come in.”
Mayor Dan Hollingsworth agreed that an ordinance was needed.

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March 6th

Tech tries to refuel against Rockets

Result: losses of 4-2 and 7-5 sandwiched in between a 13-5 victory, one that occurred on Saturday in which head coach Wade Simoneaux was hoping might carry over into Sunday’s finale.
But for the third time in the series, Tech left 10 or more runners left on base and didn’t mount a serious threat until the late innings.
By then, Sac State had built up enough of a lead to enable them to leave north Louisiana with an early season, confidence-building series conquest.

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Students spread joy to elderly

The students used the experiences as part of their healthy aging course and were able to get hands-on work as part of the class.
Stephanie Morris, management assistant at the Russ House, said the events were well-received by the residents.
“It’s such a big deal to get the (residents and students) to interact,” Morris said. “Most got involved with this, and it turned out well.”
Not only was it a good treat for the residents, but the students also benefited from being around the seniors.

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Genetics don't control destiny

Take Ishmael Beah, for instance. A native of the war-torn country of Sierra Leone, Beah was abducted and transformed through brainwashing and drugs to become a child soldier in his teens. If anyone has a reason to blame his environment, it is Beah.

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Practicing for the real deal

Other departments taking part in the 40-hour class were Ruston, Choudrant and Grambling.

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March 5th

SB focuses on accountability

In addition to these scores, the Louisiana Department of Education will also release two district responsibility indicators and a ranking tables report.
“We will receive district responsibility indicators for teacher certification and eighth-grade persistence,” Wall said. “This is something new all the school districts are getting. What they are looking at (besides teacher certification) is how many children actually stay in school and go to the ninth grade.”

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Extra, extra: Read all about it

I felt accomplished because I’d actually read every word in the roughly 200-page book, which seemed like a lot back then. I knew the characters and had followed them on their journeys. It was like knowing a secret.
Knowing that there are stories as funny as this one kept me reading through elementary school to high school and beyond.

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