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April 23rd

Space is too big to ignore

We may never know — the speed of light, our ultimate limiter, the fastest we can hope to travel (if we ever figure out how) is slow when you think of the distances between stars.
Even so, Dad’s scope gets more use today than it ever has, regardless of the growing and utterly pessimistic call for people to keep their eyes Earth-bound. NASA, the linchpin of our desires for a future that includes more than the planet we’re currently destroying, has been a popular target for cynics these days.

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Debate gets messy

Reasons given run the gamut from cost — curbside would be too expensive, some say; it would be impossible to enforce billing, according to others — to the difficulty of getting a trash can to the end of long private driveways, which trash trucks could not go down.
Police jury member Bobby Bennett is a strong supporter of keeping Dumpsters.
“It’s the most cheap, most economical way of gathering garbage,” he said.
A door-to-door system would create hardships on the elderly, and trash cans could blow over into the road, he said, becoming hazardous.
“It’s not very handy,” he added.

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April 22nd

Bradshaw likes Tech’s direction

“Pride is a very powerful and emotional tool to get people inspired to do more things. As for myself? I’m very excited about where Tech is going and what they’re trying to do. I’m just one voice, but I want to be a voice and help lead this parade, so to speak.”
The NFL’s No. 1 draftee in 1970 who donated a large cache of Pro and College Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl memorabilia to Tech two years ago has spent the past several days in the north Louisiana area, dividing time between visiting his parents (Bill and Novis Bradshaw of Shreveport) to touring the Tech campus.

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'Showcase' offers chance to impress

Thanks to the many volunteers who spruced up our parish Saturday — our guests will see our community at its best.
Residents are urged to reach out to our visitors this weekend and make them feel welcome. The organizers of the “Ruston Showcase,” including Community Trust Bank, ESPN 97.7 FM and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, have worked hard to attract an event of this magnitude to the parish. They’re counting on all of us to help make it a success.

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Don’t let the night stay scary

Fortunately for me, after about three seconds I realized who this potential attacker was, yelled at the top of my lungs and had him run up and hug me rather than attack me. At first, he was a little confused as to why I was so afraid, but soon he understood.

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A trashy history

“Large landowners would find people dumping on their land,” Dowling said. The solution to that issue, hammered out in the mid-1970s, was passing a sales tax, founding a landfill and dropping Dumpsters in key points in municipalities and in outlying areas. The system as it stands has become problematic, as well, Dowling said.
“It’s evolved to a point where people are illegally dumping in the Dumpsters,” Dowling said.

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April 21st

GSU: Room for improvement

Pass interceptions from backs Derrick Wilhite and Bruna Foster and three sacks by lineman Christian Anthony helped key the way for “bragging rights” between teammates until fall training camp kicks off in August.
“We pretty much knew that the defense could have a day like this because they’ve been playing well this spring,” said head coach Rod Broadway. “They did a nice job overall, but we also gave up some big plays that we can’t have happen in a game situation. That’s an area we’ve got to improve on. We’ve got to be more conscious of giving up the big plays.

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Preventing drunk driving protects us all

As the state continues to crack down on drunk drivers by beefing up enforcement and toughening penalties, Louisiana roadways continue to be deadly due to people driving under the influence.
May these silhouettes, each one representing a real person who was building a life here in Lincoln Parish, make potential drunk drivers stop and hand over their keys.
The representation of lives lost can inspire even those who aren’t planning on driving. If people speak up and discourage those with judgment impaired by drugs or alcohol from getting behind the wheel, our roads could be safer.

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Getting exotic close to home

Fortunately for myself and the work-bound people of Ruston, the art community and others have lately offered vicarious travels sans mileage. And what with the cost of fuel these days, I’m sure many of us can appreciate that.

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Lincoln’s dirty fight

He’s worked up ordinances, management plans, code enforcement initiatives and permitting requirements for garbage regularly since becoming a solid waste consultant in 1994.
In his opinion, the first step still hasn’t been taken. Lincoln Parish has never formally scrutinized its waste stream to figure out what it’s dealing with — what can be recycled, what can’t, where it’s coming from, who the offenders are.
Consultants have come to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury with proposals for an analysis but have never been approved because of the cost.

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