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April 17th

Department shows signs of training

“One of the reasons we wanted these signs is so that the community would know we’re having a drill,” RPD’s public information officer, Lt. Curtis Hawkins, said. “We don’t want them to be alarmed or concerned that there is an actual event in progress.”
Hawkins said the police department approached public works with the request and Randy Snow, who is in charge of all city signs, designed and manufactured the signs.
“Both Lewis Love (director of public works) and Randy have been very accommodating and very helpful as to any request that the police department has made,” Hawkins said.

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April 15th

Bulldogs bust out brooms

Thanks to super pitching from Matt Lacy, a home run by Jericho Jones and an outstanding defensive effort, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 victory at J.C. Love Field Saturday afternoon to complete a perfecto of the Western Athletic Conference series.
Before the series began on Thursday, Tech (24-13) was in back of FSU in the league race.
Now, they’re No. 1 with an 8-3 record, 1 1/2 games ahead of the California ‘Dogs.
“It was a huge weekend for us and it’s great to get these three wins,” Lacy said. “It’s got to do loads for our confidence.”

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Mega-sites offer solution to cleanliness

Each site will have a compactor and will be opened during yet-to-be-determined daylight-only hours. In addition to household trash collection, the site will also be able to take limited quantities of metal and yard debris.
The new system will take some adjustment on the part of area residents.
Currently there are 125 trash bins spread out along nearly every major
roadway in the parish. One hardly has to travel more than a mile before encountering a trash bin.

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Son’s clothes fit for a bonfire

Most of you know my son Justin from this weekly column.
The 2000 graduate of West Ouachita High School joined the U.S. Army, went through infantry, airborne and pre-Ranger training at Ft.
Benning, Ga., was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment and deployed to Afghanistan, returned to Ft. Stewart, Ga. and was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, then deployed to Kuwait where he was on hand when Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off.
Justin, who at one time considered a career in the military, decided two wars were enough, and instead chose to pursue a civilian career.

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Lacy, ‘Dogs rally again

Lacy was also the last inning hero in an earlier 13-12 win over Mississippi State.

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April 14th

Invasion strikes Linville home

The teenage grandson was taken outside and the men later came back inside and said they had killed him, demanding money and valuables.
The boy was later brought back inside and tied up along with the male occupant. The female resident has a medical condition and was not restrained, Buckley said.
The suspects stayed in the house for about an hour, leaving on foot with jewelry, weapons, computers and cash.
Police received a 911 call shortly thereafter from the female resident and a patrol deputy was on the scene within minutes to untie the two males, Buckley said.

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Rally ’Dogs edge Fresno, 5-4

A big win it definitely was, coming in the first of a key three-game weekend Western Athletic Conference series against a California Bulldogs’ club that remains atop the standings, however precarious the edge might be after last night’s thriller.
“It’s just one game, but I’ve always believed that winning the first one in a series like this is the most important one,” grinned Lacy.
“It puts you up 1-0 right away and gives you some momentum. And right now, we’ve got the confidence and momentum going.”

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Fraternity sets example

The end result is that many people believe a large number of today’s university students are more interested in partying instead of acquiring an education.
But a group of Louisiana Tech University fraternity brothers are doing their part to change that perception. The boys from Kappa Alpha have just completed their annual “See-Saw-athon” to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Every member of the fraternity participated in the event, rush chairman Tucker Kifer said.
“We do it all day and all night,” he said. “We don’t stop.”

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Writer scores high every time

All of that changed when I picked up last Sunday’s copy of The Ruston Daily Leader. Good grief — did you see the Sports Section? I have always been a Buddy Davis fan but his artistry with that Sports Section has made me a diehard sports fan. My goodness — I think I would be willing to watch just about any type of event without even understanding exactly what it takes to win. I could just judge the progress of each team by the screaming of the fans.

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Alexander speaks up about fuel, forestry

Alexander said he felt one of the biggest concerns was the continuing rising price of fuel.
“Sixty percent of the petroleum products (that we have) we buy from countries who hate us, and we think they’ll give us a good price,” he said. “This is foolish when we have the technology to convert timber and sugar products to fuel to burn in our vehicles.”
He added, however, that he felt things were soon going to change.

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