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August 14th, 2014

Dunkin’ Dogs get early jump on season

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Having nine newcomers joining the team this season, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs were in need of a little jump start to get the players up to speed and all on the same page.
And the Summer of Thunder’ Classic in Nassau, Bahamas,” will help them do just that.
The Bulldogs completed practice No. 8 on Wednesday afternoon, including an intrasquad scrimmage, in preparation for the ‘Summer of Thunder’ Classic, which Tech will begin play in on Monday against the Pyramid Food Rockets.

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RHS set for Bearcat Madness

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Head coach Brad Laird and the Ruston High School Bearcats were hard at practice Wednesday preparing for the upcoming season. RHS fans will also get their first chance to get an up and close and personal view of the team and their new field turf as Bearcat Madness will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium. Introductions of RHS football players, spirit squads and the Bearcat band will begin at 11 a.m.

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Bulldogs’ O-line making strides

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Through two practices on Wednesday at Louisiana Tech, the offensive line is continuing to sort itself out among a unit that has lost seven starters in the last two years.
Despite having one of the most difficult jobs in the country in rebuilding a unit that lost four starters after the 2012 season, offensive line coach Matt Moore is overseeing a group that is quickly becoming a well-oiled unit on the field.

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Torrential rain, safe driving a necessity

With significant torrential rainfall in the past several weeks, residents have experienced abnormal driving conditions for our area.
While driving in some areas with standing water is inevitable because of the way in which our roadways are designed, there are several tips that residents should take heed of when driving in such conditions.
The Weather Channel gives their Top 10 things to know about flood safety and driving. The highlighted points that can apply to us include:

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This frivolous American life

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We as Americans enjoy a certain amount of frivolity. In fact, I would venture to say we enjoy a large amount of frivolity and there’s no better time to be excessive than during the vacation season.

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Colvin: A Hall of Fame coach

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Authors note: Coach Doug Colvin passed away recently. Those whose lives he touched would fill a train from Choudrant Station clear to Monroe. This is something I wrote about our beloved “Daddy Doug” some years ago. May he be welcomed into the arms of our loving Savior.
Even though he hasn’t swung a fungo bat or pitched batting practice since the mid-60’s, he still commands the respect and attention of those who once wore his team’s uniform.
After all, he did win four state titles and 300 games in a job that paid him $600 additional dollars a year as Dubach’s baseball coach.

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August 13th

Bell set to retire after 2014-15 school year

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A back-to-school rally touting 2014-15 as “The Best Year Yet” took an emotional turn when Lincoln Parish School Superintendent Danny Bell announced that the “best year” will be his last.
Bell, who has been an educator for 40 years and LPSD Superintendent for nearly 10, said he believes his decision is best for the school district.
“Having fresh (ideas) is sometimes best — getting someone with a fresh perspective and a new sense of purpose,” he said.

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A twist on hospitality

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Many Southern women pride themselves on providing the best Southern hospitality they can offer to any guests who enter their home, and sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.
At 6 p.m. Thursday in the Lincoln Community Room, the Lincoln Parish Library will host “Fancy Folds: A New Twist on Hospitality.” Community members are invited to learn how to fold towels and toilet paper in unique ways that will impress their guests.

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Intersection relief soon?

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LPPJ to ask DOTD to help with Hwys. 821, 33 crossing

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury approved a resolution urging the Department of Transportation and Development to “provide greater safety to the motoring public as needed.”
The jury met in regular session Tuesday night to discuss a plan of action to enhance the safety of the intersection of Louisiana Highways 821 and 33.
Juror Randy Roberson said several severe accidents and even deaths have occurred at the site.
“We are working towards encouraging a solution,” Roberson said.

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Milstead takes on newly created position at LPSB

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Former Ruston High School Principal Mike Milstead is starting the school year out on a different page. In fact, he’ll be starting a new book altogether because the position of chief academic officer has been newly created for Milstead to assume at the Lincoln Parish School Board.
“The position of CAO was created to provide for improved continuity of academic programs and support for the local schools,” School Superintendent Danny Bell said.

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