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Chamber says yes to road millages

“This ensures the money for infrastructure is there.”
The resolution reads as follows:
“Whereas the Chamber’s mission statement is ‘to cultivate a healthy business environment’;
“Whereas the business community desires quality roads, bridges and other forms of reliable infrastructure;
“Whereas the owners, managers and employees of the three hundred eighty-seven members of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber rely on quality roads and bridges throughout Lincoln Parish for work and pleasure;

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’Cats, Rams: big battle at James

It’s a game that will not only receive local coverage from north Louisiana media outlets, but also regionally; the Cox Sports Television Network will beam its cameras into the facility for live action that will stretch from east Texas to northern Florida, the telecast being available to an estimated 1.5 million viewers.
“Our No. 1 goal is to go out and win this game,” said Ruston head coach Billy Laird. “The fact that the game is going to be televised live and all is nice and great recognition for the teams, schools and cities, but our main focus is to get a win.”

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Hinton, Bearcats kick Franklin 38-6

“What a performance he put on tonight,” Ruston coach Billy Laird said. “I don’t know that I’ve even seen a performance from a high school kicker like that. What a great weapon he is for us.”
With Ruston clinging to a 21-6 lead near the end of the third quarter, the Bearcats faced a fourth-and-27 at the Winnsboro 35-yard line. Laird called a timeout to discuss the team’s options.
“He (Laird) was just standing there, thinking,” Hinton said of his coach during the timeout. “He finally said, ‘Field goal. I was surprised.’”

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’Cats, Rams: big battle at James

It’s a game that will not only receive local coverage from north Louisiana media outlets, but also regionally; the Cox Sports Television Network will beam its cameras into the facility for live action that will stretch from east Texas to northern Florida, the telecast being available to an estimated 1.5 million viewers.
“Our No. 1 goal is to go out and win this game,” said Ruston head coach Billy Laird. “The fact that the game is going to be televised live and all is nice and great recognition for the teams, schools and cities, but our main focus is to get a win.”

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Adults, youth can conserve resources

Whereas educating young people is a great way to encourage the formation of good habits, it is also good for adults to set an example. Among some of the actions adults can take to conserve the area’s resources are the following:
• Put grease in a bag and dispose of it rather than pour it down the sink where it might harden and cause drainage problems;
• Plant trees in places where they will not grow into or break and fall into the path of a power line;
• When leaving the home, do not turn the air conditioner off, but place it on a low setting to save electricity;

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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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