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February 8th, 2006

When the best is not enough

Such was the case Tuesday when a home caught fire in a remote, rural part of the parish west of Vienna on White Lightning Road.
Katy Garland, 19, was asleep when a smoke detector went off shortly before 8 a.m. She quickly dialed 911, then used a garden hose in an unsuccessful effort to stop the blaze.
Parish Fire Chief Dennis Ford said his department managed to get one pumper truck to the scene, but a small narrow bridge across a stream stopped additional fire trucks from getting to the house.

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Simsboro boys seeking wins for ‘Huck’

That’s what is on the agenda of Simsboro High’s boys this week.
With first-year head coach Rick Huckabay fighting against cancer, the Tigers have a heavy heart going into critical District 2-B home games against Doyline tonight and then Spearsville on Friday.
A victory against the top 10 Class B Louisiana Sports Writers Association ranked Panthers could lock up a second place slot for the Tigers (21-11, 5-1). Then, a win against Spearsville later in the week could force a playoff meeting to determine the top finisher.

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February 7th

Simsboro boys seeking wins for ‘Huck’

That’s what is on the agenda of Simsboro High’s boys this week.
With first-year head coach Rick Huckabay fighting against cancer, the Tigers have a heavy heart going into critical District 2-B home games against Doyline tonight and then Spearsville on Friday.
A victory against the top 10 Class B Louisiana Sports Writers Association ranked Panthers could lock up a second place slot for the Tigers (21-11, 5-1). Then, a win against Spearsville later in the week could force a playoff meeting to determine the top finisher.

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Celebrate Valentine’s history

During our conversation, I mentioned that since my husband is going to be coming in late on Valentine’s Day, we had decided to attend Louisiana Tech’s Chamber Singers’ dessert theatre on Feb. 16. Not batting an eye, she replied, “I celebrated Valentine’s Day early by buying a present for myself: three pairs of pajamas.”
Oooh! Why didn’t I think of that?
It occured to me earlier this week that no one really knows why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s about love, right? Love between a couple. An item. A dating relationship. So ... what if you’re single?

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Celebrate Valentine’s history

During our conversation, I mentioned that since my husband is going to be coming in late on Valentine’s Day, we had decided to attend Louisiana Tech’s Chamber Singers’ dessert theatre on Feb. 16. Not batting an eye, she replied, “I celebrated Valentine’s Day early by buying a present for myself: three pairs of pajamas.”
Oooh! Why didn’t I think of that?
It occured to me earlier this week that no one really knows why we celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s about love, right? Love between a couple. An item. A dating relationship. So ... what if you’re single?

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D.A.R.T. stares at some major funding cuts

Previous cuts to the budget have forced D.A.R.T. to consider closing offices, but due to tremendous community support and fund-raising, no closures have taken place.
That was before the team found out about the upcoming cuts to its state grants program.
Executive Director Cathy Ayo said the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has told D.A.R.T. to prepare for a fifth of its grants budget to be taken away.

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Friedley files suit against CVB, others

Friedley, along with his wife, Debra, have field suit against a number of north Louisiana entitities — including The Ruston Daily Leader — claiming defamation of character, lost income, emotional and mental distress, humiliation and embarrassment.
Other defendants listed in the petition for damages and jury trial include the CVB, The (Monroe) News-Star, The Morning Paper, former CVB marketing director Leisha Deriso, and her husband Nick, an employee at The News-Star.

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D.A.R.T. funding cuts continue

“I don’t think our grant funding will ever be completely gone,” D.A.R.T. Executive Director Cathy Ayo said. “What we’re hearing from the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV), is that we can expect a 20 percent cut this year and after that — I just don’t know.”
D.A.R.T. currently receives $500,000 a year from grants which supports a shelter and five non-residential offices, Ayo said.
“A 20 percent cut would be $100,000 and that would be a substantial impact,” Ayo said. “We’re working with legislators to hopefully not have to undergo that large of a cut.”

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February 6th

Ward's drop a prelude to MVP performance

Remarkably, he dropped it.
No excuses. The Pittsburgh Steelers' top receiver flat-out dropped it.
"The great ones don't miss balls in the Super Bowl," Ward said. "And I want to be considered one of the great ones."
Before this Super Bowl ended, Ward would get more chances to prove he deserves to be counted among the greats. And, he wouldn't bumble those chances away.

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Ready for some commercials?

According to estimated figures, nearly 100 million people tune in worldwide.
Yet for most of those people, Sunday night wasn’t about the game. They didn’t really care whether the Steelers or Seahawks were crowned the 40th champion. Instead, it was more about the spectacle of what the Super Bowl has become.
For some, the halftime show was the draw. For others, however, it was the commercials — something the Super Bowl has gotten a reputation for.

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