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October 16th

Andrus moves toward second term

Andrus said since four of five councilmen were re-elected, there won’t be a big transition period, and they can focus on continuing to work on economic development.
The city has most recently been in talks with two development consortiums — headed by LATH International and Blue Liaison. The ideas that have emerged from those discussions have run the gamut of improvements from new construction of student housing and a hotel to the renovation of a community center.
“I think the hotel will come to fruition very soon,” Andrus said.

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Caesar, Aldredge tough to corner

All the way to a bunch of yards and touchdowns, no less.
Combined, quarterback Justin Aldredge of Cedar Creek and running back Kevin Caesar of Ruston High had a total of 500-plus yards on the ground while helping guide their teams to important district victories.
Aldredge had 284 yards and TD runs of seven and 10 yards on 24 trips in a thrilling 49-43 overtime District 2-1A verdict over St. Frederick.
Caesar galloped for 268 yards and had TD runs of five, 10 and 15 yards in a 41-27 District 1-5A decision against Natchitoches Central.

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Our students need more than money

Two of the solutions offered by the Southern Education Foundation of Atlanta, the company that produced the report, were to redesign and reform high schools to decrease dropout rates and spend more time and resources on the students who need the most help.
What this report does not mention, yet what most every teacher will tell you, is that the majority of students who do poorly in school or dropout of school are those who have very little support at home. It doesn’t matter how much money you pour at the problem in the
classroom, if it is not being reinforced at home, it’s money wasted.

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Halloween is about what you wear

Looking back on my career as a Halloween enthusiast, my favorite costume had to be the time I dressed as a zombie. I must have been about 15. My best friend and I spent all afternoon creating strategically placing drips and dirt stains that would make any poor soul think I’d just crawled out of a grave. My face was covered in pale white paint with black paint around my eyes. We even went as far
as to smudge dirt and draw dripping lines of red blood on my face.

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Tech alumni honored at award luncheon

• W. Rufus Estis, of Houston, in the College of Administration and Business;
•Bobby J. Neill, of Magnolia, Ark., in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences;
•Jason C. Owen, of Ruston, in the College of Education;
• Roberts W. Upchurch, of Houston, in the College of Engineering and Scin Karen W. Gordon, of Fairview, Texas, in the College of Liberal Arts.
“This is a huge honor,” Phillips said. “When I found out, I thought, ‘Wow. This is unbelievable.’”

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Funding may help reshape education

In its report, the SEF proposed several means to produce more high school and college graduates and decrease the dropout rate. Among them were the following:
•Expand high-quality pre-k programs to help ensure that long-term gains can be sustained over a generation.
The report states only 20 percent of 4-year-olds in Louisiana are served by a pre-k program. Romig said previous SEF reports compiled for Maryland, South Carolina and Arkansas have resulted in improved pre-k programs.

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Cougars outlast St. Frederick 49-43

Leading the Cougars on the night was senior back Justin Aldredge, who ran 24 times for 284 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime. Aldredge also completed two passes for 26 yards.
On the other side of the ball, senior quarterback Justin Mailhes led the way for the Warriors, with 169 rushing yards for three touchdowns, while throwing for three more scores on 195 passing yards.

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War on terrorism hits home in north Louisiana

Wiley Hilburn, head of Louisiana Tech University’s journalism department, wrote a column last week for another publication in which he bemoaned the fact that a large number of Tech students had little idea what was going on with the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the two of us discussed the column during the week, Hilburn said he found it hard to believe that college students weren’t more aware of world events.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Hilburn. “It was almost as if they didn’t care.”

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Park support must continue

The CVB says it needs meeting space and breakout rooms in order to attract conventions to Lincoln Parish. That makes sense, as it would be difficult to hold meetings without meeting space. Currently, Community Trust Bank has a community meeting room, the library has a conference, the Police Jury has a conference and each of our hotels has a conference room. But those are spread up and down Interstate 20.

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Watch your step; it’s Friday the 13th

“I watch horror movies all day,” she said, a sheepish grin on her face.
Travis Jackson says he’s also a bit superstitious on Friday the 13th.
“There’s got to be some kind of truth to it,” Jackson said. “They aren’t just saying it; I’ve been hearing about Friday the 13th since I was young.”
Jackson said he would watch his back during the day, but that other superstitions like black cats or walking under a ladder don’t bother him.
“The only way I’d be afraid of a black cat would be if he came at me with fangs covered in blood,” Jackson said. “I wouldn’t hang around then.”

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