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March 27th

Country singer ropes in thousands at Rabb’s

With a total of 3,300 ticket purchases, it was the largest turnout for a performer at Rabb’s Steakhouse since the concert area was added approximately five years ago.
Admirers of the popular singer came from as far away as California, Oklahoma and Virginia to stand outside and cheer Allan on. Rabb’s Steakhouse owner Larry Rabb estimated about 50 percent of the concert attendees were from out of state.

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First shot fired in trash war

When that same little girl meets a brick wall when she tries to find out what could be done about picking up the trash, the problem moves from severe to extreme.
“I saw how trashy our highways were,” Avery Woodard, a student at A.E. Phillips School, said. “I tried calling a lot of places and no one knew what to do.”

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Office death toll still zero

Consider yourself lucky if that’s all that happened; it could have went like April 9, 2004, went for Private First Class Jeremy Church.
At the time, Church was a driver for the 724th Transportation Company, a U.S. Army Reserve unit on active duty in Global War on Terrorism in Iraq. As Church and the rest of his unit moved in a convoy that day, they were ambushed by more than 150 insurgents.
According to the citation that accompanied the Silver Star Church was awarded for his actions on that day, here is what happened next.

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Eugene wows ’em on Wonderlic

But this one doesn’t center around the on-the-field success that the Grambling State University quarterback enjoyed over the past several years.
It deals with a written test used by the National Football League for evaluating prospects for its annual draft.
The Wonderlic.
It’s a short-term intelligence test that measures a player’s ability to think on his feet, follow directions and make effective decisions under pressure.

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Parish agencies launch war on trash

Judge Cynthia Woodard, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone and Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark joined Lincoln Parish Police Juror Bobby Dowling in announcing an all-out war against litter, beginning April 1.
“The Great America Cleanup is scheduled for the week of April 1-8,” Dowling told a group that included mayors Dan Hollingsworth of Ruston and Margaret Rogers of Dubach. “We want to clean up every bit of Lincoln Parish that week.”
The anti-litter campaign will also coincide with what’s become an annual cleanup effort by Louisiana Tech University students — the Big Event.

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March 24th

’Dogs get progress report Saturday

That’s when the Bulldogs set up for their first scrimmage of spring workouts, beginning at 9:20 a.m.
The Western Athletic Conference member which finished in a tie with Fresno State for third place in the league standings in 2005 will evaluate the progress of its team since kicking off spring drills last Wednesday.
It’s been a busy week for the ‘Dogs, as the heavy rains of last weekend forced the team to schedule four straight days of on-the-field appearances.

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Scribe-Courier at Large signing in

I am practicing in this life, and I would like to offer a number of warnings to those who have by no fault of their own made their way onto my list.
• Expect your communique to be much longer and much mushier than could ever be justified. In business, the rule is short and straight to the point. With me, the rule is long and search for the point.
• I am absolutely convinced that those on my hit list will be so thrilled to hear from me that instead of offering my business to the United States Postal Service, I become a Personal Courier Service.

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Sparta still in grave danger

For too long, we’ve sounded the alarm about how quickly the Sparta Sands are being depleted, then eased back and waited a while, before sounding the alarm once again. It should come as no surprise that some folks actually argue that the Sparta Aquifer is not really endangered.
Know this: the Sparta Aquifer is in grave danger, and unless drastic conservation measures are taken, our children’s children might need to locate another source of precious drinking water.

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Sparta efforts wash down to area youth

Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, delivered more than 7,000 water conservation tip sheets to Lincoln Schools Superintendent Danny Bell Wednesday to distribute to area students.
“I started thinking about what the Legislature could do to get out the word that the Sparta Aquifer was endangered and that we needed to do everything we can to conserve water,” Downs said. “I thought that if we could reach every student, then they could in turn reach their families and hopefully we could make some progress in restoring the Sparta.”

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March 23rd

Redheaded nuns prefer whiskey

For some reason, my editor believed this description closing out my last column requires further explanation.
I thought the liquor-slurping spiritual figure seemed a pretty routine backstage event in the theater world, but what do I know?
Well, now that I think a little harder, she was not really a nun and I’m not even sure the bottle contained real alcohol.

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