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September 8th, 2006

Fire truck slams into car

Ruston Police spokesman Lt. Curtis Hawkins said the fire truck, driven by Dustin Baker, 25, of Ruston, was headed east on West California Avenue when the automobile, driven by Antonio Tomas, 31, of Carthage, Miss., pulled out of the parking lot of Hong Kong Buffet into the path of the truck, resulting in the collision.
Tomas was transported to Lincoln General Hospital and admitted with serious injuries.
An unidentified passenger was also transported to LGH, treated for minor injuries and released.
No citations were issued, and Hawkins said the investigation continues.

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Stands need a little filling up for team spirit

And that should be at its height when there is a live crowd to cheer on each team.
With the football season in full swing there is no better way to support our local universities than to support them in their home and away games.
Any games — especially the home games — provide great opportunities for creating traditions for young people.
Those may begin at a very early age as part of family activities, and they may be carried into teenage years as group activities where friends enjoy gathering for the games.
At any age, attending games of any type is appreciated by the players.

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September 7th

First-time iLEAP exam results are in

According to a release from the Louisiana Department of Education, iLEAP scores present a good indication of how well a child will perform on the LEAP exam, taken in the fourth and eighth grades.
Lincoln Parish Supervisor of Testing, Evaluation and Curriculum Eric Carter said the iLEAP is part norm-referenced and part criterion-referenced.
“Certain test questions are classified as norm-referenced, some are linked to GLE’s and some get counted for both,” Carter said.
“A child could score very well on one part and then poorly on the other.”

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Bearcats: another tough Quad-A foe

The Lions (1-0) will come into James Stadium for Friday’s 7 p.m. meeting as the No. 4 listed squad after having turned back No. 6 Double-A ranked Sterlington 28-13.
And check the first weekly Ken Ramsey.com power ratings for all Louisiana High School Athletic Association members and you’ll find Ouachita No. 2 (21.00) and Neville No. 3 (20.00) for their classification.
For sure, it’s back-to-back Friday nights of tough, athletic opponents for the Bearcats.

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LTCA steps outside Tech, community

Among the shows scheduled for the LTCA’s 2006-07 season are the following:
• State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara’s production of “Carmen,” a ballet by Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson;
• Inca Son offering a taste of the traditional music and dance of the Andean Culture;
• Anonymous 4 with special guests Darol Anger and Scott Nygaard presenting “Long Time Traveling,” which features lyric folk songs, religious ballads and gospel hymns;
• The Acting Company’s production of “Jane Eyre,” an adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s story; and

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Dreams flow from trash bins

Trailblazer Resource Conservation and Development, which serves an eight-parish area, is encouraging people to act before they thoughtlessly toss aside valuable resources by recycling newspaper, office paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, phonebooks, ink jet and laser printer cartridges and cell phones.
Recycling means less water is required to make paper, which ultimately affects Sparta Aquifer conservation.

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September 6th

Economic district expansion approved

The aldermen also voted to allow the city to enter into an agreement with PCS 2000 for engineering, design and field engineering services related to relay systems at the city’s Trenton Street utilities substation.
“This is the next step in a long series of events,” Darrell Caraway, head of electric utilities said.
This is a very good company in relay design; we want to make sure we get this right.”
In other action, the aldermen:

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Draining the democratic process

There were many new members along with some familiar faces. There was much discussion about all the activity this past year. Many on the committee were quite satisfied with the progress of saving our Sparta.
Rep. Jim Fannin, D-Jonesboro, informed the commission members of the progress of his legislation. But I would not call Fannin’s work “progress.” What Fannin’s legislation has done, in fact, is dictate his desires and “concerns” in spite of public opinion in north Louisiana. Fannin has performed a frontal lobotomy on Sparta’s democratic mindset without anesthesia.

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Tech’s FieldTurf in spotlight

Written by Peter Keating in his regular column called “The Biz,” the nearly 1,000-word article notes that “the latest generation of FieldTurf features UV-protected, paintable blades that stick up through an infill of rubber bits that are layered over sand (which workers have been doing over the past week or so at Joe Aillet Stadium).
“Each square foot of turf contains about 10 pounds of infill; the layering means you can wriggle your toes deep into the field. It also provides better protection for noggins.

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Avoid hook of phishers

Usually, the scammer will ask you to “confirm” personal information for a variety of reasons and scenarios — dealing with an existing bank account, credit card or established retailer.
A recent phishing scam that has come to light involves jury duty, whereas the identity thieves will call up an unwary resident and intimidate the person by claiming to be a court official and that the person has a warrant out for his or her arrest because of missing jury duty.
They then ask for the supposed juror’s Social Security number and birthday for verification purposes.

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