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July 4th

WAC baseball: Can FSU repeat?

So was the league’s No. 2 ranked hitter versus WAC teams only in New Mexico State’s Tyler Hardt.
But Ahmady, one of three players to slam the baseball at a .400-plus clip (.420) against in-league clubs only this season, leads a solid group of returning offensive players.
Teammate Eric Wetzel, a starting second baseman who batted .379, and shortstop Muno (.341) will both be back.

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Patriotism, fireworks ignite

A patriotic program inside the church precedes the fireworks display.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., the church’s 100-voice choir and 28-piece orchestra will perform patriotic favorites. Williams said songs that will likely pop up include “America the Beautiful,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “God Bless the USA” and “I am Thankful to be an American.”
Special guest is the Todd Allen Family from Michigan, who last performed at the church in 2006.

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July 3rd

Resignations are rampant

Sales and Use Tax Commission Administrator Jerry Moore said he’s worried about the next time the board needs a quorum.
Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Mickey Mays, Police Juror Skip Russell, Jim Kessler and Joe Mitcham from the Lincoln Parish School Board and Jim Pearce from the Ruston City Council all left the group.
The body is responsible for collecting taxes and distributing them to parish municipalities.

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Jackson bidding for WAC honor

Six of the top 10 ranked receivers are back and so are eight of the top 10 listed scorers.
Any one of those players, if they perform this season as they did in 2007, could win the award.
Here’s 10 players to keep in mind as the 2008 campaign nears as to being leading candidates for the top offensive honor in the WAC:

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Remember why we celebrate

Since this day more than 200 years ago, the U.S. population has exploded.
According to www.census.gov., it has grown from 2.5 million people in 1776 to 304 million today.
Soldiers and war veterans are frequently honored on July 4 for putting their lives at risk for their country. At Temple Baptist Church tonight, veterans are invited to participate in the Parade of U.S. flags.
Earlier this week, the Methodist Children’s Home invited Fort Polk soldiers and retired Air Force Col. Roger Taylor to their annual patriotic program to help the young people put faces with patriotism.

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Education advances in session

Louisiana has long been a place, as our governor so often reminds us, that college graduates leave. We’re tired of having to take a plane to visit our children once they graduate, too, governor.
And with two institutions in our backyard that train teachers to be highly qualified and highly desirable, is it any wonder that they have long viewed the compensation available to Louisiana’s teachers inadequate and moved away?

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Wandering bear taken to safety

John Hanks, a wildlife biologist with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said the bear was a 3 or 4 year-old male weighing approximately 140 pounds with an Arkansas tag on his ear.
The tag indicated he was from that area and either he or his mother had been caught before. Bears can travel up to 20 miles a day, and this one was likely in search of a home range, Hanks said.
“A lot of times they’ll leave (town) on their own, but he happened to go the wrong way,” he said.

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July 2nd

WAC baseball: Can FSU repeat?

Don’t feel too bad about what Fresno State could have returning for the 2009 season.
Although they lose eight seniors off of the lowest seeded club ever to win an NCAA title in any sport — men or women — they have a strong nucleus returning and are expected to have its best recruiting season under National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Coach of the Year Mike Batesole.

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Legislators, Jindal must move past pay

Rest assured, the actions of both sides now have the full, front-and-center attention of Louisiana’s sleepy electorate, who had watched much of the 2008 session roll by in a meditative state.
And we have the dubious honor of regaining national attention for something other than our governor’s presence in the vice presidential sweepstakes or natural disasters.
With all this in mind, Jindal should scale back on his rhetoric, or it could end up causing grief.

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Another set of pay raises

But, now that Jindal has put the kibosh on an indexed pay raise for state legislators that would have added millions to the state’s annual payroll, it’s high time to take a look at some of the others that, so far, the state’s public is fine with. The governor’s desk is littered with a whole slew of pay hikes that should be double-checked. Is working in a state office in Louisiana about money or public service?
Remember, Jindal has line item veto authority, so he is far from powerless.
Economic Development Deputy Secretary Steve Grissom is set for a $94,040 boost. Total salary: $237,500.

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