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September 28th

Cashiers wade through chaos

Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case with all cashiers. I can think of several visits to large stores or chain restaurants where the workers have been inattentive and even rude. Observations include cashiers who:
• Chat for several minutes with people they obviously know who have already bought an item while others are still waiting in line;
• Without a word, leave the register unattended for a period of time as a customer or two is standing there;
• Become irritated or angry when a customer asks a lot of questions about a service or product; and

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U.S. 167 construction moving right along

Jones also gave projected completion dates for other segments between Ruston and the Arkansas line. They include:
• Ruston to Vienna — 54 percent complete, completed by June 2008;
• Vienna to Louisiana 822 — 17 percent complete, completed by November 2007;
• Louisiana 822 to Dubach — 1 percent complete, completed by October 2008;
• Dubach town limits — complete;
• Dubach to Bernice — 1 percent complete; completed by October 2009;
• Bernice town limits — 83 percent complete, completed by November 2006;
• Louisiana 2 to Lillie — not started, completed by 12, 2009; and

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’Cats open 1-5A play with victory

“No doubt, he’s a good athlete and a good player,” Laird said. “He’s a linebacker and they are supposed to be around the ball a lot and he is.”
Oakley said the run left his gasping for breath.
“I didn’t know if I was going to make it,” Oakley said. “I was just about dead. I can’t explain how it happened two weeks in a row; I’m just glad it did.”
Oakley’s score came with 7:04 left in the game and gave Ruston a 29-19 lead. On Huntington’s next series, the Bearcat defense again attacked.

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Voters should support road, bridge millage

Lincoln Parish fancies itself as the commercial hub of north central Louisiana. To maintain that status, it will be important to also maintain the roads and bridges in this area. If our roadways fall into disrepair because of a lack of funding, visitors will think twice before coming to this area.

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Game, trip brought slice of Americana

Anyway, as Mark Cramer, Joe Bleich and I rode together to Winnsboro for the football game between Franklin Parish and Ruston High, we managed to discuss most every sports topic imaginable, as well as solve most of the sports world’s problems. Along the way, I think my relationship with these two men grew from acquaintances with similar interests, to friends.
One thing that was interesting about our trip — and, looking back, it’s the same when Susan and I drive around — was we didn’t turn on the radio; our conversation was enough.

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Ruston WW II veteran makes donation

The Louisville first became famous when shortly after WWII began, on Dec. 26, 1940, it was ordered to proceed to Simmonstown, South Africa, where she received $148 million in British gold that was used to finance Britain’s war. The ship zigzagged across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City where the gold was then picked up and transported to Fort Knox.

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Candidates to voice views at forum

“It’s a forum where the candidates give their backgrounds and their platform. There will also be three questions the league will pose to each candidate.”
Candidates — who will answer the same questions as their opposition — will have two minutes to speak about themselves and one minute to answer each question.
After the formal presentation, Stokley said attendees will get an opportunity to speak one-on-one with candidates about their specific concerns.

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Education is key to success

Levy also pointed out that data shows more state students are enrolling at four-year and community colleges.
Other education improvements in the state include an increase in students ACT scores over the past decade from 19.4 to 20.7, and an 8 percent increase in the number of teachers who attain certification.

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‘Dogs tackle Nicholls State Saturday

While tonight’s soccer match between Tech and Arkansas State will officially christen the FieldTurf, the third-ever meeting against the Colonels (1-1) will mark the first-ever football game to be held on the highly touted surface.
“Our players are excited about getting out on the FieldTurf and actually playing somebody else,” said Tech head coach Jack Bicknell.
“It’s a great addition to the program here, and we are excited about it and looking forward to playing on it. It definitely adds a lot to the program and what we’re trying to accomplish at Tech.”

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Conservative, liberal strife could explode

“Ridiculous,” was the writer’s response.
Thus — much to my chagrin — giving credence to the previous writer’s claim.
Of course, Susan grabbed this ball and ran with it, claiming all conservatives want to start wars, kill whales and buy pistols.
Meanwhile, she said, the liberals couldn’t help it if most conservatives were Neanderthals.

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