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’Cats train hard

“It’s been a bunch of factors, but I think Coach Hall’s presence is definitely one of them,” Ruston coach Billy Laird said. “With that bald head and his size, he’s a pretty intimidating guy. He’s big and he’s tough, and the players know that if they don’t do something the right way, the way he expects it to be done, that there are going to repercussions.

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RHS, Byrd: A Top 10 showdown

The game matches up not only two teams ranked in the Top 10 of the current Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A poll, but also aspiring to unseat perennial power (and No. 2 ranked) West Monroe from the District 1-5A throne.
“As much as we want to try and erase what happened last year against Byrd, the most important thing right now is trying to go 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the district race,” said Coach Billy Laird of the Bearcats. “Our kids are aware of last year’s loss because we honestly got embarrassed over there. We don’t want to let it happen again.

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Grandparents' work grows

Grandma by no means took on a unique task in this country. According to the 2000 Census, 4.5 million children in the United States were living in grandparent-headed households, with no parents present in the lives of approximately 1/3 of the children. This situation could exist because the parents are deceased, incarcerated, mentally or physically ill, only teenagers themselves, addicted to drugs or other reasons.

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Find a way to give in October

These are afflictions that touch many of us quite personally. And, anything we can do to pitch in really does make a difference. Local opportunities to help these causes include:
• New downtown gallery Art Innovations is turning its grand opening into a fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. Proceeds from a silent auction at the gallery from 6-9 p.m. Saturday will benefit DART.

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It’s pumpkin season

According to DART literature, 21 percent of all emergency room visits by women are the result of domestic violence. All pumpkin sale proceeds benefit DART, and each year the organization receives about $3,000 from the pumpkin patch fundraiser.
“We appreciate the fund-raiser — every little bit helps,” DART community advocate Tiffany Lockett said. “This money goes for things grants don’t pay for, like rent deposits.”
Outside the Townsend House are thousands of miniature pumpkins and about 800 large pumpkins, with some weighing nearly 50 pounds.

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