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Archive - Dec 8, 2005

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Jaycees host Christmas parade

The parade will start at 6 p.m. today. Participants with floats, vehicles or walkers need to be at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex on Alabama Avenue at 5 p.m. From there, the parade will travel up Alabama Avenue, turn on South Trenton Street, then make its way along California Avenue before taking a left on North Trenton Street and circling back to the Police Jury Complex.
Anthony Jackson, the chairperson for the parade, said the parade should last about an hour and a half.

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End in sight for Sims trial

Prosecutor Hugo A. Holland Jr., assistant district attorney for the 1st Judicial District sex crimes unit in Caddo Parish, called Barbara Pepper, mother of Stephanie Pepper Sims, the victim of the January 2003 murder to the stand as his final witness.
Pepper told the court she and her daughter talked as many as four times a day on the telephone.
“I’m her mother — I was her mother,” Pepper said just before bursting into tears. “I was told I could not have children. We were married 10 years before we had Stephanie.”

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Lincoln General reduces work force

Tom Stone, administrator of Lincoln General, said the decision was made to reduce the hospital’s work force after an audit conducted by a national consulting firm.
“For the past five years, Lincoln General Hospital has experienced an erosion of our financial base and profitability,” Stone said Wednesday afternoon. “It is now necessary to implement some difficult cost-saving measures to ensure the long-term viability of the hospital.”

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’Tis the season for regifting

I’m among these people who frets over the toll high spending will take on my capability to pay bills, purchase gas, etc. With all the reminders from television commercials and early Christmas merchandise arrival in stores, it’s hard to forget the social pressures in U.S. culture to exchange presents. Growing up, however, I recall hearing that gifts from the heart mean the most. Keeping this in mind, I have put together a list of inexpensive-to-create gifts for anyone who has a little bit of time, a big heart and a small pocketbook.

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Pumpkin sale success

At the beginning of October, Townsend House began its sale of thousands of pumpkins for D.A.R.T. and had enough pumpkins left after Halloween that they continued the sale into November. Recently, Birch presented the organization with a check that was just pennies under $3,400. This is a great accomplishment for D.A.R.T. and the Townsend House, especially from only selling pumpkins.
The success of the pumpkin patch shows what can happen when area residents team up for the betterment of the community.

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Tech football grabs commitments

RECRUITING VERBALS: Louisiana Tech University’s initial verbal commitments in football won’t have to travel very far to the Bulldogs’ campus.
A pair of Monroe-based high school standouts have chosen the Western Athletic Conference NCAA Division 1-A affiliated program.
Providing verbals are linebacker Cardia Jackson of Wossman High and receiver/safety Jimmy Young of Ouachita.

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Lady Cougars gain Killgore win

Creek’s big three of Judith Hampton, Kate Barnes and Madalyn Allen combined for 26 points and 25 rebounds in the first half — led by Hampton’s double-double of 14 points and 12 boards — as the Lady Cougars raced out to a 30-6 lead at the break.
Then head coach Jack Thigpen’s three returning starters took the second half off, as some of the younger Lady Cougars saw their first significant action of the year.

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GSU message to A&M: 'Choose your poison'

From all indications, the high-powered offense for Grambling State University just might be far too much for even an improved Alabama A&M squad to overcome in the 1 p.m. battle from Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.

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