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April 12th, 2006

Sparta bills pass House

Opponents of the bill argued that rotating the meeting would mean less attendance in those parishes where there is little use of the aquifer.
Opponents also contend the Sparta Commission is being singled out with legislation that directly affects its operation. Other commissions throughout the state are not affected by this legislation and are allowed to select their own domicile without political influence.
Those supporting the bill claim the revolving meeting allows more people to become involved.

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Community invited to take back the night

Next week, the Ruston Police Department will offer its training and expertise by hosting a self-defense workshop at 6:30 p.m., April 20, at Tech’s Memorial Gymnasium.
Additionally, in support of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, many students choose to wear black T-shirts every Friday in April to support the survivors of violent crimes. Also, community activists and concerned students have donned white pins reading, “TBTN,” displaying their support for Take Back The Night, a rally, march and vigil which will take place at 7 p.m., April 26, at Tech’s Quadrangle.

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Bulldogs pour it on against G-Men

The Bulldogs (20-13) struck early, late and in between on the way to ringing up the milestone decision and scoring 20 or more runs for the second time in as many tries against the Southwestern Athletic Conference member this year; earlier in the season, Tech was a 21-1 winner at J.C. Love Field.

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Tax talk — Are dogs dependents?

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, for the second year in a row I join the group of taxpayers who still owe a little something to Uncle Sam — despite the large amount he absconds with every pay period.
The members of this group must forego the typical celebration associated with the day (no new play-pretties for me) and instead hang our heads as we miserably write out a check to the government.

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April 11th

Terry’s trophies for Tech

CHOUDRANT — For Terry Bradshaw, the memories of his college playing days at Louisiana Tech University are sufficient enough.
That’s more than enough for the former Bulldogs’ All-American quarterback who went on to NFL and Super Bowl acclaim with the Pittsburgh Steelers to appreciate the years he spent on the Ruston campus.
That’s why the “Blond Bomber” didn’t hesitate at all in donating a virtual “gold mine” of memorabilia to his alma mater here Monday.

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Terry’s trophies for Tech

CHOUDRANT — For Terry Bradshaw, the memories of his college playing days at Louisiana Tech University are sufficient enough.
That’s more than enough for the former Bulldogs’ All-American quarterback who went on to NFL and Super Bowl acclaim with the Pittsburgh Steelers to appreciate the years he spent on the Ruston campus.
That’s why the “Blond Bomber” didn’t hesitate at all in donating a virtual “gold mine” of memorabilia to his alma mater here Monday.

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Jury to look at insurance costs

“There is some thinking that perhaps some people take the coverage because the Jury pays it all,” Assistant Parish Administrator Dennis Woodward said. “They might have other insurance where their spouse works. We think that by having them contribute 10 percent of the cost, it will eliminate those who don’t really need the insurance.”
The 10 percent contribution by employees would amount to approximately $26 per employee, per payment period. The start date for when the employee contribution would take place, if passed, would be determined later.

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Three parish schools to see new leaders

Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell said principals are typically hired on two-year contracts and are rehired based on their work performances. He believes strong leadership skills and academic records are mandatory assets for principal candidates.
“You must be able to communicate and work with others and lead the school forward with the issue of accountability standards,” Bell said.
“With accountability, we must always have the philosophy of ‘What more can we offer these students so they can do better?’ You have to have a mindset of enthusiasm.”

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Tech, Grambling meet at Tigers’ field

Can Tech start over on the “W” trail this evening with a 6 p.m. Lincoln Parish battle against Grambling State University at the Tigers’ diamond?
“I keep preaching to our guys that today’s game or the next game is the most important, that whatever happened yesterday or last week or whenever, we need to forget about it and move on,” said head coach Wade Simoneaux. “We’ve got a lot games still left and each one is important, particularly those in the conference.”

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Never forget to savor moment

My mother literally took pictures of me every day of the first year of my life. She has this documented in several brown picture albums.
We have pictures of birthday parties, Halloween costumes, coming home from school on the bus for the first time (no joke), and my mom even has a very humiliating picture of me when I had the chicken pox.
She documented this carefully with various cameras over the years.
Her old Kodak one was her favorite, but we had several others, including a Canon and several throw-away cameras that were my favorite.

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