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May 5th

Officials should work on solutions

Monday, the jury and mayors will meet to brainstorm on ways to improve the system. Dumpsters are not working as they should: the sheer amount of garbage on parish roads could be greatly reduced with a bit of planning, concentrated effort and analysis.
This will be a test of the jury’s desire to see a change come about. Experts have said that Dumpsters contribute to the parish’s issues with litter, and a system of at least some curbside pickup could help alleviate some of the unsightly refuse that is obviously on parish roads.

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Talented Art takes limelight

“I love it,” said June Ponder, a Ruston resident whose grandson’s art was on display.
“To think these children are so young and do this. I like the pencil drawings. I guess that’s what catches my eye the most.”
The Talented Art Program is the artistic equivalent of the schools’ Gifted and Talented Program for academically exceptional students. Started last year, the program has grown to include approximately 60 students parish-wide in grades five-12.

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May 3rd

Sewerage progress clogged

The three bond sales, awarded through the USDA and Department of Environmental Quality, were originally made in 1970, 1993 and 1995 and total about $2,800,000 worth of debt. Monthly payments have paid down the balances.
“It’s important that you understand (the new bonds),” Dixon said. “Because you (would be) committing your city to a 40-year repayment.”
Councilman Roosevelt Bryant had called for the council to add items to the agenda to discuss the city’s financial statements and disbursements, continuing a months-old request from the council to update city financials.

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Simsboro streaks on line at state

If that isn’t enough, she also hopes to play a key role in the school’s 4-by-100 relay squad finishing No. 1 in the event for a fourth year in a row.
Randle will run the anchor leg on the unit that also features lead runnr Katega Critton, Khristal Holland and Silynda Coleman.
At last week’s regional 1-B meet held at Ruston High’s James Stadium, a 52.40 first place time was clocked by that team.
Randle was a three-event champ at the regionals with times of 12.43 for the 100-meter dash, 25.78 for the 200-meter dash and 1:01.84 for the 400-meter dash.

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The public has right to know

However, the governor’s top lawyer says the bill limits existing public records exemptions.
The full Senate is set to debate the issue, but the arguments on both sides hinge on how existing law is interpreted.
Jindal’s executive counsel said the public records exemption for the governor covers not only everything in the governor’s immediate office, but information in the custody of other state agencies the governor oversees — a lengthy list of more than 60 agencies, boards and commissions.

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Are our children missing out?

me of which is practical and some of which is esoteric, but all of which is worthwhile.

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GHS teen goes for 3rd MVP award

“They had tryouts and were picking one more member,” Peterson recalled. “There was a 100-meter dash, and it was all about running for time to see who would get picked.”
Peterson didn’t make the cut and lost out to Sharika Spivey, who would go on to have an excellent career at Ruston High School.
“Would you believe she’s my cousin?” she said, now able to grin and bear it over the loss to a family member. “Every time the team left for a meet that year, I would look out the window and cry, knowing I should have been there. It really hurt.”

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May 1st

Creek excels in javelin event

It doesn’t matter.
Cedar Creek has been one of the most successful schools in the state — regardless of the classification — for hurling the javelin this spring.
Sophomore Ashley Aldredge has Louisiana’s best mark in the event and is two-for-two for first places in postseason competition.
Ditto for Josh Cox, only a freshman who has also ruled both district and regional competition during the past two weeks.

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Even Start well worth keeping afloat

Our area universities are more than up to the task of auditing the program and presenting the facts to the state, but with time running short on the strapped program, any more study should be done with all speed.
Federal funding for Even Start programs has slipped dramatically in recent years, putting the onus on the state to help prop the program up and keep it from disappearing entirely, which is a real possibility. The state’s budget can handle a little investment: millions in tax cuts on are the table for serious consideration, showing a level of budgetary flexibility.

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Summer not a time to be idle

One option worth looking into is the summer reading program at Lincoln Parish Library. Named “Get Reel @ the Library,” it gives students in grades six-12 a chance to earn incentives for the fall while potentially making new friends from neighboring schools.
Participants are asked to read 2,000 pages on any topic and attend at least half of the scheduled activities to have their names included in a drawing for a laptop computer.

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