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Parish teams: it’s ‘game week’

Grambling State heads eastward for a 7 p.m. Southwestern Athletic Conference matchup against Alcorn State in Lorman, Miss.
COACHING DEBUTS: For several members of the coaching fraternity, it’s not just another season opener this weekend.
It will mark the very first assignment for three head coaches of parish teams.
Derek Dooley starts his debut at Tech, Rod Broadway lifts off at Grambling State and Jamar Dorsey gets his career under way at Grambling High.
The parish’s mainstays at head coach are Billy Laird of Ruston High and Corwyn Aldredge of Cedar Creek.

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RPAR needs our help to coach kids

“Coaches are required to communicate with the RPAR office and parents, plan and conduct one or two practices, and oversee the team during the weekly games on Saturday afternoons,” Shell said.
Shell also gave a checklist to see if a person might qualify as a coach. The list included the following:
• Must be positive, honest and sincere with the players;
• Must be enthusiastic;
• Must have perseverance;
• Must have an even temperament;
• Must have a basic understanding and knowledge of the sport; and
• Must pass a screening process to work with kids.

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Fall into local activities

Ruston Parks and Recreation is getting ready for fall sports by offering registration from 3-6:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, at the McLane Recreation Center for youth soccer (U6-U14), youth flag football and a host of other activities that will keep kids moving during the fall season. YMCA’s tackle football, in its second year with RPAR, will also be another option.
The success of these sports at RPAR, since their inception, cannot be seen in statistics.

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RFD ‘boots up’ to fight MD

Firefighter Chris Reeves hit the streets for his third year, sporting an orange vest to make him more visible to drivers.
“It was really hot, but all the people were friendly,” Reeves said.

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Dove hunting dates scheduled

As important as it is to keep the dates clear in your head, the thing that could get your name in the paper as one forced to stand before a judge is the sometimes confusing regulations as to what is legal and what is not when you step into a dove field.

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Teamwork paves way for road repairs

You would think that it would be a simple problem to fix — just get whoever owns the road to fix it.
But therein lies the problem. No one knows for sure who owns the road.
Rep. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, said the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development once had jurisdiction over Tech Drive. But that changed in the 1960s when police officers were ticketing those who parked along the road’s edge near Memorial Gym during basketball games. Downs said Louisiana Tech asked for — and was given — a .35-mile section of Tech Drive, between Barnett Springs Road and Alabama Street.

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Visit to son sparks memories

The oldest, Mickey, is about to embark on a new career — one that includes Louisiana Tech. After spending nearly 10 years in the hotel business, Mick has decided to go back to school — at Tech — and enter the field of nursing.
That entry couldn’t come at a better time for a young man looking for opportunities in the job market.

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Tech Drive resurfacing in works

“L-Gap funds replaced the old rural development funds,” Downs said. “They really aren’t designed for major projects like road resurfacing, but more for smaller things like rural water systems.”
What has put a kink into resurfacing plans until now is ownership of the road. The state owns all of Tech Drive — except for the .35-mile stretch in question. Downs said that apparently years ago Tech officials asked for the state to turn over ownership of the road because police officers were writing parking tickets to motorists who parked roadside during home basketball games.

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