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May 17th

Bulldogs’ power display dumps ULM

The rule books came out, poised for a perusal and discussion by the umpires and head coaches Wade Simoneaux of Tech and Jeff Schexnaider of the Indians that lasted nearly 25 minutes. Or about as long as it might have taken for some impatient fans to leave J.C. Love Field, drive up to the Citgo convenience store, stop off at TCBY for a cup of yogurt and then return to discover the aforementioned individuals still evaluating the DH/pitcher guideline or whatever else was included on page 72, sections “A” and “B” in the Official Baseball Rules’ Manual.

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Involvement speaks to community

We applaud the architecture students for choosing to build a Habitat home as their senior project, and we also applaud the School of Architecture’s advisers and professors for having enough faith in their students that they would be able to undertake and complete this project and for giving them guidance along the way.
Austin and her family will not be the only ones benefiting from this house. These architecture students will remember this experience for the rest of their lives and will also take with them the spirit of giving back to the community, as they did this year.

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Arts and drafts: my expression

Also, it’s been about two years since I purchased a scrapbook kit, complete with almost every imaginable product, from which an amazing intricate collection of papier-mache and photographs should naturally spring with a modicum of effort.

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Dubach discussion strays toward dogs

Complaints from Dubach residents over the years have ranged from dogs tearing through garbage and starting fights with other dogs to appearances of puppies who are seemingly without parents.
“We get a lot of calls where people who don’t have dogs will have a litter of puppies born under their house,” Mayor Margaret Rogers said.
“It’s sad to see (dogs) run over or dying from mange or malnutrition.
Hopefully, if we go this route, they will be better cared for.”

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May 16th

’Dogs close out at home against ULM

“It’s the last home game for us and we want to finish out with a win,” said Ben Tabor, a senior designated hitter from West Monroe who crushed a game-deciding three-run home run in Sunday’s 12-8 league verdict over New Mexico State. “It’s always a big game against ULM and we want to try and get another win against them.”
The game will also mark a final opportunity for Tech fans to pay a Love Field tribute to a group of players who have a chance to post the most wins for the program since the 1989 season; in that year, the ‘Dogs totaled 38 triumphs.

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Assistance awards deserved

The staff of Lincoln General Hospital’s ER room and Lt. Stephen Beard, who heads juvenile investigations for the Ruston Police Department, were both touted on a state level at a meeting of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault for the help they give the Pine Hills Sexual Assault Center.
Joanie Griswold, director of the center, nominated both award recipients and said she was particularly thrilled because such state awards are not easily attainable, with only a few winners chosen out of many nominations made state-wide.

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Celebrating the end of a year

The fifth-year architecture students are finally finished with their amazing endeavor, which was to build a Habitat for Humanity home and finish it before graduation day. They have finished before schedule, and tomorrow will be the ribbon cutting.
They have accomplished something magnificent, and I think, with the house now completed, they are just beginning to recognize it.
Stephanie Seal, the sister of one of my husband’s best friends, is working on the project, and I talked with her for a few minutes about the impact she was making with this house.

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Habitat home complete

“The exterior is pretty much finished except for the canopy and front door,” Beach said. “Right now we’re finishing the countertops.”
The house itself is not the only thing going through a change.
The 33 architecture students have planted colorful flowers along the front of the house and built benches to put in the backyard.
“Landscaping makes a big difference,” Beach said. “The house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. April (Austin) has four kids from 4 to 9 years old. The two youngest daughters will share a room, but each has their own closet.”

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May 15th

Tech women tracksters No. 1

The Lady Techsters totaled 174 points and featured the Outstanding Performer and Coach of the Year award winners after finishing No. 1 at the league’s annual outdoor meet which concluded at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu late Saturday night.
Sprinter Donesha Spivey earned that Outstanding Performer award after sweeping to first places in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, plus running the third leg on the Techsters’ championship 4-by-100 meter relay squad.
Spivey clocked 11.82 in the 100 and 24.14 in the 200.

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Test scores show growth

Seventy-six percent of parish fourth graders who took the LEAP test for the first time met the exam’s criteria for grade level promotion — an improvement of 6 percent over last year’s number.
Also, those who took the GEE — 10th and 11th grade students — continued a trend that has shown improvement each year for the past four years.
In 2003, 24 percent failed, followed by 16 percent in 2004, 12 percent in 2005 and 10 percent in 2006.

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