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May 7th

Choudrant school tax fails

The second proposition was a 10-year, three-mill tax totaling $600,000 that would be used for repairs and maintenance for schools in Choudrant. Thirty-eight percent of voters were in favor of this proposition while 62 percent were opposed.
Choudrant High Principal Doug Postel attributed the failure to pass the bond issue to an “organized opposition” to the proposals which spread throughout the community and involved misinformation.

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Tech baseball in spotlight

Now, as the regular season draws to a close, the hype continues to circle around the Bulldogs.
“It’s good for the program and the recognition that we’ve been able to get,” said outfielder Brian Rike. “Our goal is to win the conference, but any kind of publicity or exposure that Tech can get, it is good.”
The junior from Richmond, Texas is a huge part of the attention that has been showed on the Bulldogs over the past several weeks and months.

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Reneau, Tech the perfect marriage

After the luncheon, the guests moved across campus to the new building for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. While the muggy conditions made things a bit uncomfortable, the rain that was forecast failed to materialize, allowing the parade to go on.
Tech’s Band of Pride began the festivities with pre-program music, and then offered their rendition of the National Anthem.

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Time now for healing

This issue became a Civil War of sorts in eastern Lincoln Parish, pitting neighbor against neighbor. On one side of the street would be a sign asking voters to support the tax, while across the street — or next door — would be a sign asking voters to oppose the tax.

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Tech studies small for big results

“Now we’re printing molecules — antibodies, proteins, drugs, nanoparticles,” DeCoster said. “By putting patterns of molecules on the surface, we can control where the cells grow.”
The instrument uses a laser to locate the surface, which has two reservoirs where these molecules can be placed. The reservoir is made of glass and is very fragile, DeCoster said.

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May 4th

Aggies have Zwolle at home

“But Zwolle came back on us and made it close. Fortunately, we were able to get out with a win.”
It just might be another close, down-to-the-final inning affair at the Aggies’ diamond this weekend, what with both clubs ranked among the state’s top 10 for ‘B’ members.
Choudrant (27-9-1) is No. 3 and Zwolle (19-6-0) No. 5 in the final Louisiana Baseball Coaches Association poll announced earlier this week.

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Ruston on the grow with businesses

One of the additions in the new 37,000 square foot development will have a special meaning to area residents because its owner and developer and his family have direct ties to the area which have been strengthened by their relocation here following a total family loss at the behest of Hurricane Katrina.
The business is the 32-state-wide WOW Wingery and Café-fast, casual cafe dining which will be highlighted by more than 30 flat screen television sets for dining pleasure and entertainment and by extensive collections of sports memorabilia.

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Worth a thousand words

But it came to mind more in the realm of what we see each day in the work from our community of local photographers than in any other aspect.
From time to time The Ruston Daily Leader publishes special sections which feature the cover and interior work of local photographers, and if my habit is any indication there are people who keep those far longer than the usual issues which lack this special work.

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Backus battles back from snake bite

The guys reached their spot, a creek that crosses U.S. 80 a couple of miles east of Choudrant. They quickly hit the water and began to cool off.
“Off to our left there was a beaver dammed area where the water was pretty shallow,” Backus said. “First we raced, then we started wrestling.”
Backus said he caught a tadpole in the shallow water and began walking along the water’s edge.
“I felt a sharp pain on my toe,” Backus said. “I gave my friend Aubrey (Hogan) the tadpole, sat down, looked at my foot and saw a couple of little pin holes.”

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May 3rd

Centers team up to aid victims

“You look back now and you wonder how the community went so long without these kinds of services,” he said. “I can’t imagine them not being there now.”
While the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault funds the rape crisis portion of the centers, Levy said they depend on money from the D.A.’s office as well as fund-raisers and donations to keep the centers afloat. Pine Hills will have its first big fund-raiser of this year with a golf tournament on Saturday in Arcadia.
Joanie Huffman, director of both centers, said at this point, a couple more teams can be still be added.

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