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Safe trick-or-treating goes downtown

“This has been going on for several years. It’s an effort to provide a safe environment for kids to trick-or-treat, and it’s a nice way to get people to come downtown who don’t often get a chance to look in the shops. It also allows the merchants to give back to the community,” Terry said.
Brenda Hudson, co-owner of Schermann’s Pet Shop on Mississippi Avenue, said even though they have only been open for six months, they are ready to get in the Halloween spirit.

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Watts, Darden: Denham Springs duo picks Tech

“They’re getting two good young men,” summed up Mark Carroll, the head coach at the Class 5-A Louisiana High School Athletic Association-affiliated program. “Cody and Frankie are both good athletes and good students and they’re the type any college coach would want for his program.
“It’s great that Tech is getting them. I know Wade (Simoneaux, head coach for the Bulldogs) and ‘Tree (Brian Rountree, pitching coach) are going to enjoy having them there, just as they’re going to like playing for those coaches.”

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Safe tips for fun treats

To help provide a safer trick or treating area, Ruston’s downtown merchants have joined forces to present “Safe Halloween Downtown.” Kids can go from business-to-business, on well-lit streets with sidewalks and collect their fill of goodies.
Additionally, several churches sponsor their annual fall carnivals or festivals at this time, offering alternatives for those who might be a bit scared of ghouls or night time traffic.
Whatever your choice this Halloween, we urge you to be safe and offer these tips:

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Preparing for some sweet treats

While trick-or-treating on Halloween can be a fun way to get free sweet loot, it has the potential, with hundreds of kids milling around coupled with increased traffic on the streets, to become a little frightful.
Recent reflections of Halloweens past have led me to a question: Why did people start trick-or-treating?
Think about it.
A ghoulishly dressed figure shows up on your doorstep after dark demanding treats and possibly even singing about it (“Trick or treat, smell my feet ...”). On any other day of the year this might seem socially strange.

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Housing renovations expand in Grambling

This recent Housing Preservation Grant is the second one that the city and university has been awarded. Benedict N. Nwokolo, professor of construction technology at GSU and project director, said they received over $189,000 in 2003 from the USDA that renovated nine low income housing units.
“We’ve been working over the years with the city to make a difference in the community,” Nwokolo said. “Part of GSU’s mission is to help the citizens of the community.”

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Jury finds accused dealer guilty

Franklin’s attempts to discredit the informant and prove his own innocence did not sway the jury, who delivered the final verdict after less than an hour of deliberation.
Third Judicial District Attorney Bob Levy praised the officers involved in this case for “identifying and making the case against yet another individual responsible for the distribution of illegal drugs in Lincoln Parish.”

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’Dogs slammed by Spartans

Want some worse news?
Davis was suffering from the flu. He left the game after the run, although he did return briefly in the second half.
So what does it say about Louisiana Tech that it allowed 199 yards rushing on 16 carries to a guy with the flu? That it allowed (unofficially) the longest play from scrimmage in school history?
It says this season is quickly getting away from the Bulldogs.
“We just didn’t play well,” quarterback Zac Champion said.
It was a thought echoed by his coach.

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Lift a voice, cast a vote

Additionally, voters in the Fifth Congressional District, which includes Lincoln Parish, will make their choice for who represents them in the U.S. House of Representatives. The list of candidates include incumbent Rodney Alexander (R-Quitman), Gloria Williams Hearn (D-Pineville), Brent Sanders (L-Alexandria) and John Watts (I-Bastrop).

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Elected officials should serve voters’ interest

While on the surface, this might seem like an intelligent move, sometimes we might need to reconsider what we’ve done.

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City firefighters douse area apartment flame

Chanakya Sharma, who lives in Apt. 215 at 620 Henderson St., said he woke up Thursday morning and something didn’t smell right.
“It smelled like something burning,” Sharma said. “Then I saw smoke. I called the Louisiana Tech Police Department, and they told me to call the fire department. A few minutes later the firemen were here.”
Tornabene said firefighters used a Thermal Imager to assist in locating the source of the fire.

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