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August 17th

Grandma was a stripper

Last Thanksgiving, my family got together, passed rolls and shared stories over our deep-fried turkey, green bean casserole and mirliton dressing.
I had gotten onto the subject about past jobs asking people what they had done with their life to make a buck before I was around.
I asked a few people before I came to my Grandma Vidal, and all the answers before her had been ordinary and run-of-the-mill.
And so, not realizing that time was about to stop I asked her, “Grandma, what was one of your first jobs?”
To which she replied in her thick New Orleans accent, “I was a stripper.”

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Cobb named local LTC director

In addition to acting as Lincoln Parish Schools superintendent for 15 years, Cobb’s local education experience includes serving as principal both of Ruston High and Simsboro High. At the state level, he was at one time director of secondary education as well as executive assistant to State Superintendent Kelly Nix.
Edwards Barham, an LCTCS board member, said Cobb is an excellent choice.
“He’s got a tremendous background in education,” Barham said.

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August 16th

Tech ‘D’ super in scrimmage

“I said after our last scrimmage that our biggest concern with our defense was a lack of tackling and not playing with any toughness,” said head coach Derek Dooley. “That wasn’t the case today. The defense didn’t give up a single offensive touchdown, ran to the football and tackled well, didn’t give up any long runs and maintained really good pressure on the pocket.”

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Don’t mess with the heat

The Red Cross gives information about heat ailments on its Web site at www.louisianaredcross.org and is a good resource if you have questions.
Exposure to full sunshine and high humidity can increase what the temperature outside feels like by a full 15 degrees.
What to watch for as signals of heat emergencies:
• Heat exhaustion — cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache, nausea or vomiting; dizziness or exhaustion.
• Heat stroke — hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. Sweat may or may not be present.

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Diversity a tool for schools

Baldwin, however, did raise a few issues that are worth thinking long and hard about. He noted some parents wanted their children to remain at New Living Word instead of returning to school because of issues with “cultural differences” in the latter. He then went on to talk about the need to battle an epidemic where many African-American students — particularly boys — are falling through the cracks, making up the majority of those who are expelled.

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Jury tables 4-mill fire tax

The savings are secondary to the true motivation, Ford said.
“I’m looking to have a progressive fire department, not a regressive one,” Ford said. “We’re here to ensure the safety of the parish.”
The millage would generate about $444,000 annually, Ford said, and he anticipates the revenue would allow the district to tack on another five to 10 firefighters.
The need is there, Ford said, and the district needs to realize the services offered by firefighters have expanded.

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August 15th

Bulldogs dressed up for season

The world’s largest seller of sporting goods equipment famous for that “swoosh” logo is now hooked up with the Western Athletic Conference program after new head coach Derek Dooley negotiated a contract with the Beaverton, Ore.-based company.
“It went on for about three or four months and I was pretty persistent about it,” said Dooley. “They’re a great company and I thought it was the way we needed to go to make sure our team is outfitted in the best way.”

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Spend a night out and grow

As Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone put it, the effort either strengthens or begins a bond between law enforcement and communities that will help in sharing information vital to the fight against crime.
It’s also plain common sense — if you get to know your neighbors, who so many of us tend to just be cordial with and then ignore, you build communities.

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Planet, hospitality in orbit

Moore, a graduating senior at Tech, proudly displayed the painting “Misty Hospitality,” at Art Melt. When Daniel looks at this creation named after a fictional story he wrote, he envisions the mass of colors to be what a character in his story embodying the spirit of a deceased man sees. A couple of his friends, however, have a different perspective.
“Some say they see bunny rabbits in the painting,” the 29-year-old artist commented.
Well, art remains subjective.

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Grambling decides to halt GSU project

The head of Louisiana Facilities Planning, Jerry Jones, the University of Louisiana System, and the Attorney General’s office have said that no fees are owed on the project. Grambling continues to pursue the issue despite those opinions.
The call for the meeting itself is in question, as the town failed to submit notice in advance to the Ruston Daily Leader. The Daily Leader has requested notification of upcoming meetings, and according to Louisiana statues, the required notice of the special meeting should have been sent to media. It was not.

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