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September 7th

Community tackles breast cancer

Today, area schools will be selling “Bulldogs Tackling Breast Cancer” T-shirts and taking donations from those who would like to give them. Tonight, a breast cancer blitz will be held at Community Trust Bank on Trenton Street.
Saturday, as the game between Louisiana Tech and Hawaii looms large, volunteers will be waiting at the gates to sell more T-shirts and collect donations.
The objective — curing breast cancer — seems so far from our grasp, but each bit of charity goes toward achieving it.

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Freshmen begin new era

He said learning opportunities present themselves everywhere, not just in classrooms.
Daniel Lewis, student government association president, said his journey in college is almost over, and throughout it he has had many successes and many failures, but has learned from all of his experiences.
“Enjoy your time here because this is the time you get to live for free,” Lewis said. “Try to get involved and enjoy the journey.”
Football head coach Derek Dooley also addressed the new students.

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Creek vs. JHHS: ‘a natural’

Granted, they’re in different classifications (Cedar Creek, 1-A; Jonesboro-Hodge, 2-A), but this appeared to be —again — “a natural.”
“When I’ve heard our fans talk about how excited they are about this game Friday, it was hard to believe that the two schools had never played each other before,” said Aldredge, head coach for the Cougars. “We’ve gotten a lot of calls about it and I’m sure there’s going to be a great crowd there Friday.”
Kickoff time is set for 7 p.m. in one of two games set within Lincoln Parish on that night.

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Help for survivors in reach

Serving Lincoln, Union, Bienville, Claiborne and Jackson parishes, the center provides counseling services for sexual assault victims and their families and assists in investigations of abuse by providing forensic interviews, which may be presented as evidence in a courtroom.
In the short time the center has been in existence, trained therapists have interviewed children from ages two to 14 or older about instances of suspected abuse at the request of law enforcement or OCS.

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Pilot program seems to have promise

So often, once a young student begins to slip and fall behind in their course of study, the discouragement and difficulty that inevitably follow further upset their futures. Dropping out can follow quickly, and at least a high school education — often more — is required to see a measure of success in life.

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City hires attorney, passes $65M budget

“I was in hope that at least we would try to keep or maintain minorities on staff,” Mayfield said.
Green is white. Mayfield said that though he and the public are told hirings are conducted based on a person’s qualifications, he has trouble believing it.
“Thirty-five to 37 percent of the city is not being represented in your administration,” Mayfield said to Mayor Dan Hollingsworth before the vote. “There has to be a reason other than the fact they’re qualified. And I know the buck stops with you.”

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September 5th

RHS, Creek have home tests

Now, with that opening contest in the books, the Bearcats move straight into the 1-5A campaign with a 7 p.m. Friday night home battle against Natchitoches Central.
“We beat a very, very good football team,” said RHS head coach Billy Laird of the 82nd meeting between the two traditionally successful programs located 30 miles from each other. “They were ranked No. 4 in Quad-A, had played West Monroe very well in the jamboree and have a lot of talented players on both sides of the football.

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Register, be sure to cast vote Oct. 20

Those of you who have not put your name down on the rolls need to get to the courthouse and do so. You’ll lose your chance to have your voice heard if you procrastinate.
Parents, take your eligible offspring downtown and get them signed up. Let them know how important voting is.
A myriad of state and local offices are up for grabs, including local representatives and state senators, the governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, and other statewide offices, as well as the U.S. representative’s seat of Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman.

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Keep an eye on the officials

There’s a fine balance to be struck. Thinking of what is happening in front of you as events that affect your life and discovering how they will do so is part of the joy of it.
To those who have never taken the time to attend a meeting of Ruston’s Board of Aldermen or the parish police jury, I say this: take part in your government by keeping your eye on them.
Many don’t look past the end of their iPhone, iPod or iWorld-at-my-fingertips to see the world happening around them these days, and that’s unfortunate.

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Law raises ‘protected person’ age

James said these exceptions for protected persons permit prosecutors building their cases to obtain the witness or victim’s statement by either allowing them to testify in a separate room from the accuser and jury while the statement is broadcast or enter into evidence a videotaped statement taken during a forensic interview.

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