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Election of president on Jury agenda

“We’ll try again then,” Levy said.
Other items on the February agenda include:
• Appointing members to the Northeast Louisiana Human Services Authority and Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1;
• A public hearing on the proposed abandonment of Mill Creek Road;
• A report on the Lincoln Parish Detention Center;
• Committee reports from the Jury’s Public Works, Solid Waste and Recycling, and Public Property and Buildings committees; and
• Actions on bids for railroad tank cars used in bridge repair and replacement.

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Valentine's Day revisited

Think about it. Couples get all gussied up to go to some overpriced restaurant just to squint at each other through the candlelight and try to be romantic. Often, singles are left out of Valentine’s Day festivities all together and wind up sitting at home watching a Lifetime movie and crying into their Kleenex.
The Saint Valentine from the old myth about secret marriages during a time of war probably wouldn’t like to see any of that.

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Jurors need to make a decision

Third Judicial District Attorney Bob Levy, who moderated the election attempt, advised Allen to retain the position for one more month, and then asked that the election be placed on the February meeting’s agenda.
Jurors have had a month to work out their differences and work toward some type of solution to break the stalemate and elect a president for 2007. The residents of Lincoln Parish — who elected the jurors to their positions — deserve to have a Jury that can work through problems and come up with a candidate that is agreeable to everyone.

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Bulldogs take finale over UTA

Aaron Lorio earned the win for Tech throwing the final three innings and did not allow a hit in the effort. Coach Wade Simoneaux said he was proud of how his team battled on the road to win the series.
“When you’re down like that you have to do whatever it takes to tie or take the lead,” Simoneaux said. “I pinch hit for my last catcher in the eighth with Brady Bascle. Brady’s never caught before, but we needed a big at-bat and he came away with it there.”

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Habitat for Humanity kicks off drive

Bordelon said the average price to build a Habitat home is $35,000. The organization is completely funded by private donations.
To help raise some much-needed funds for Habitat, Ruston Newspapers, Inc. is matching donations for the north Louisiana chapter’s drive.
Rick Hohlt, publisher of The Ruston Daily Leader, announced that the newspaper is donating $500 to start the campaign and will match other donations dollar for dollar until the $10,000 goal is reached.

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Airways open for St. Jude donations

This year’s radiothon goal is $145,000, and Mary Poe, the public service director for the Radio Center, said last year the radiothon’s total funds raised were more than $151,000.
“There are a number of children in the area who have been or are St. Jude’s patients,” Poe said. “We care about kids in the area, and we want to help as much as anyone else. We want to wipe out catastrophic diseases.”
The Radio Center’s station, Z-107.5 FM, will broadcast the radiothon live from Super 1 Foods from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Daddy sang bass, Mom was soprano

To help us learn to read music and at the same time introduce us to new songs, Dad would sign us kids up for singing schools that passed through the Woodlawn Community in Ouachita Parish about once a year. Those schools taught attendees how to read shape notes and lead a congregational song. They also gave you plenty of opportunity to overcome any stage fright you might have, I always had a good time at those schools, as well as the state singing convention, which followed a similar format.

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Help raise money for local Habitat

These families would have never been able to afford the type of home provided by Habitat for Humanity. The current home under construction is three bedrooms, has walk-in closets, washer/dryer hookups, a pantry and new refrigerator and range. Local Habitat for Humanity volunteer Allen Tuten said the Whirlpool Company donates a new refrigerator to every Habitat home.

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Techsters halted by Hawaii

But senior guard Shan Moore was never able to get into position to attempt a possible 11th Hour game-winner, two Hawaii defenders blocking her way and then time running out.
“It was disappointing that they got a block call at their end (the one that sent Christian to the line) and then nothing happened on the next possession,” said Tech head coach Chris Long. “But if we had made the plays, then it wouldn’t have had to come down to this.

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Efforts to save Sparta stay afloat

“Representatives from different police juries asked if Trailblazer could get involved in Sparta conservation efforts. The juries contributed to the Trailblazer Sparta Fund and formed a working team to develop proposals for acquiring funding.”
Out of that partnership was born the “SOS” — Save Our Sparta — program, Simmons said.
“We created 2,000 SOS kits to educate the public about the necessity to conserve the Sparta Aquifer,” Simmons said.

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