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November 10th

Techsters going for 900 wins

Western Kentucky went 27-7 overall, a perfect 16-0 on their own court and 12-2 against Sun Belt Conference opponents last year.
And off of that squad returns 11 of the 12 players who were listed on their final scoring charts from 2005-2006.
Among them: Crystal Kelly, a 6-3 junior forward who is on a preseason list for the 2007 Wade Trophy presented to the college game’s top performer and on the John R. Wooden Award watch list as a candidate for their All-American squad.

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Scholarship leaves lasting benefits

Recently one of the most outstanding graduates of Louisiana Tech University’s College of Administration and Business died in a tragic auto accident.
Amy Leigh Myers, a 1999 honor graduate with a degree in computer information systems, was pursuing a master of business administration degree from the University of Houston.

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I am now really, really scared

The notice reads as follows:
“The next meeting of the SPARTA Water Commission is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Jonesboro, Louisiana, at the Jonesboro Community Center (182 Industrial Drive just off U.S. 167, south of Wal-Mart).
“This commission should be the driving force to save the Sparta Aquifer. However, legislators and bureaucrats in recent years have not accepted some of the recommendations of the Sparta Commission.

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Jurors unable to agree on insurance

Allen had stated in an earlier Insurance Committee meeting that he was in favor of having employees pay a portion of their insurance.
Currently, the Police Jury pays 100 percent of employees premiums and 50 percent of family members.
“I’ll work with all the jurors to get the employees to participate in paying some portion of their insurance,” Allen had previously said.
However, when it was proposed that employees pay 20 percent of their premium, offset by an accompanying raise to offset the increase, Allen was opposed. He was also opposed to a 10 percent employee contribution.

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November 9th

RHS, Mandeville collide on Friday

The Bearcats (7-3, 5-1) will be one of two entries out of District 1-5A to reach postseason play, the other being No. 1 ranked West Monroe (9-0), who will play host to West Jefferson (4-6) on Friday night.
Ruston is seeded No. 15, Mandeville No. 22 in the power ratings that are used to determine who makes it into a “Second Season.”
“Wherever you’re seeded, you’ve got to play because everybody at this point of the season is good,” Laird said. “I like where we are in the playoffs. I like the bracket we’re in. Now, we just have to go out and play and get the job done.

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Spending check locally is beneficial

In the 2005-06 academic year, Lincoln Parish teachers ranked No. 24 in pay out of 68 school districts in Louisiana. However, their salaries still ranked below the state’s average for teachers.
For this check, along with the “13th check,” to increase next year, it is important that teachers use these checks to keep their dollars circulating in the parish. When preparing to buy Christmas presents in the coming month, they can think about shopping locally and keeping dollars in Lincoln Parish to help build a well-staffed, stronger school system for our children.

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Boys, girls play, learn separately

So is a boys-only or girls-only environment more conducive to learning? One of my co-workers points out that although distractions might be minimized, separating the male and female students might rob them of valuable chances to begin socialization with the opposite sex.
And as RES teacher Sheila Stepp notes, the students might benefit from mixed classes because of peer tutoring. As boys learn more with hands-on activities and girls more by discussion, Stepp said, the students may miss opportunities to grow in their weak points.

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Alexander elected to third term

“It’s been mean out there, especially at the national level,” Alexander said. “I thank you for standing behind us.”
While support for Alexander was expected to be strong in his home area of north central Louisiana, Hearn had counted on support from her home base of central Louisiana. However, Alexander collected 64 percent of the vote in Rapides Parish — Hearn’s home.
Nationally, Democrats wrestled control of the House of Representatives away from Republicans, and if they could capture two hotly contested Senate races, they would also control the upper chamber.

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November 8th

'Dogs: Hawaii will offer big test

The task for Tech: try and find way to slow down a Warriors’ squad that is dominating offensive statistics within the Western Athletic Conference and ranked among the leaders in the NCAA’s 1-A division; Hawaii is the country’s most prolific scoring (45-plus points per game) and overall offensive club (500-plus yards each contest).

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Honor vets this Saturday

Veterans Day is observed officially on Nov. 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls, and denotes the end of World War I. The war officially ended June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France. However, fighting had ceased Nov. 11, 1918, when a temporary cessation of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect.

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