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May 4th, 2009

Cougars, Aggies on roll

Two common factors in the success for the Cougars and Aggies have been solid pitching and offense in recent weeks.
During its 10-game winning streak, Cedar Creek has averaged 11 runs and allowed the opposition an overall total of only five runs.
Choudrant has averaged 13.1 runs while issuing a total of 16 during its eight-game winning streak.
Further evidence of the stingy pitching of both the parish representatives is that Cedar Creek has recorded six shutouts in the past 10 games and Choudrant has registered “goose eggs” three times.

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Just how disastrous was it?

The sludge destroyed 12 homes, though no one was directly injured. However, an unprecedented fish kill occurred in the Tennessee River and area tributaries in the aftermath of the spill. According to John Moulton, a spokesman for the Tennessee Valley Authority which owns the plant, a test of river water near the spill site found elevated levels of lead and thallium, both of which have been linked to birth defects and nervous and reproductive system disorders.

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Swinging into postseason

But to reach Saturday’s round of action, the Lady Cougars (24-7-1) and Lady Aggies (27-5) must take care of business in quarterfinal play at Sulphur’s Frasch Park Friday.
Cedar Creek will take an eight-game winning streak into a 4 p.m. Class 1A duel against Oberlin (19-10-1) before Choudrant carries its 19-game string of victories into a 6 p.m. Class B meeting versus Grace Christian (12-13).

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Local giving sets example

At the outset of a fundraiser, many groups have been wary of what their totals will be. They know all too well the struggles Louisiana residents are facing in light of layoffs, furloughs and general belt-tightening as families try to preserve their lifestyles and plan for the future. Yet, our local nonprofits have not been disappointed. The community has rallied around groups like the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, which raised well over its $20,000 goal during its recent radiothon.

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April 30th

Schools look out for influenza

“We’re watching attendance. Ollie Tyler, the assistant state superintendent, e-mailed me information this morning that I’ve passed along. We’re trying to be as watchful as possible.”
Union Parish School District Superintendent Steve Dozier said his schools have also ramped up their vigilance.
“We have our nurses on the lookout for anyone who might be showing symptoms,” Dozier said. “We’re doing extra cleaning on things that have a lot of human contact. We’re trying to keep that alcohol-based disinfectant that just dries in your hands around.

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Bradshaw set for state award

The former Bulldogs’ All-American and Super Bowl champion quarterback will be one of five individuals to be recognized as recipients of the Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Network’s Louisiana Legends awards.
The gala banquet is set for the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge and will also include retired United Negro College Fund president and former Congressman William H. Gray, community leader and philanthropist Joe Nalty Hodges, longtime Louisiana legislator and educational leader Jimmy D. Long and former Wall Street Journal editor and acclaimed author Ken Wells.

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Not all students on same path

In the last few years, local public schools have tried to help students do just that. Career centers have been added so students might explore their options after graduation, whether it be going to college, joining the military or entering the work force. Guidance counselors are pushing students to make choices about potential career fields early in their high school years. But sometimes students fall short of completing their plans, get bored and give up.
But representatives at the state level have formulated a plan to hold students’ interest in education before they call it quits.

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Crash sends three to hospital

Thomas Evans, who was at the scene, said one driver disregarded a red light.

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May is full of beneficial, fun events

• A chicken spaghetti sale will help relieve some of the medical costs for Ryan Breen, diagnosed with cancer. Plates cost $10. Call 255-7440 by today to order yours.
• Sunrise Kiwanis will be serving up chicken and sausage jambalaya at the east entrance to Wal-Mart on Friday. Plates cost $5, and proceeds will be invested into the community. Find a Kiwanian and hit them up for the tickets.

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April 29th

Megafund bill OK ‘a good sign’

At stake is 1,300 direct jobs for plant workers along with the livelihoods for around 300 independent growers.
Pilgrim’s Pride filed for reorganization in December 2008 under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and in February announced plans to idle three plants, including the one in Farmerville, to cut costs amid what the company contends is a glut of chicken on the market.
Last month, the company said it had agreed to sell the facility to Foster Farms for $80 million.

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