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November 26th

Be thankful for all of our blessings

There are still jobs to be had in our area. Our colleges are still turning out well-educated and workforce-prepared graduates with an eye for making positive changes in the world around them, and they can still find opportunities to stay local with a job market that still has openings.

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Prepsters look to next year

To have reached this week’s quarterfinal round, they would have had to defeat Destrehan, the state’s defending 5A champ which was on a 25-game winning streak.
“Sooner or later, we would have had to play them,” Laird said. “We didn’t win, but we played those guys off of their feet. We put everything on the line.”

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Tech twines design, culture

As part of their fall studio class, professor Vibhavari Jani’s design students organized the group Olathe Designs, which functioned similar to a design firm. Jessica Alleman, third-year interior design student and Olathe Designs’ publicity and marketing representative, said the group chose the word “Olathe” for its Native American translation, “beautiful.”
In their exhibit, Alleman said, the students are bringing green design to the forefront with images that depict how the Natives lived conservationist lifestyles.

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November 25th

Harris: Special player, person

The four-year letter winner totaled nearly 300 tackles in his Bulldogs’ career, has been selected twice to the All-Louisiana squad and was a Rivals.com all-league representative as a junior.
As a student-athlete and contributor to not only the university, but also the city?
You might want to pull up a chair and digest this story a little more closely because it takes a while to chronicle the achievements that Harris has compiled since entering Tech and becoming a part of the community in 2004.

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Enjoy the holidays safely

Many of these children haven’t lived the greatest lives themselves, but that hasn’t stopped them from seeing the true meaning of the Christmas season and giving back to those in need.
Not only did the children of the MCH decorate the gift shoe boxes, many of them sacrificed $5 or $10 from their monthly allowances to purchase goods such as hygiene supplies, school supplies, hard candy, winter clothing and toys.

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State to get hurricane relief funds

Thankfully, when the politicians in Washington, D.C., took a moment to focus their attention on issues other than the financial meltdown, they realized that Louisiana has some pressing needs.
Hurricane Gustav, with Hurricane Ike on its heels, brought devastation across the state in September. Areas of southwest Louisiana, still struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Rita, were submerged again by storm surge. Even in north Louisiana, heavy rains flooded homes, businesses and farmland, causing major setbacks in the local economy.

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Teachers’ checks come just in time

Lincoln Parish School Board business manager George Murphy said these figures were up 25 percent from last year’s “13th check” due to sales tax collection increases from oil and gas extraction and construction of a gas pipeline in the parish.
Employees are expected to receive another supplemental check in June, which Murphy said is typically higher than the November check. At one time, employees received one large supplemental check in the summer, but in 2000, school board members divided the supplements into two checks, so part of the money might be utilized for holiday shopping.

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November 24th

Tech: A Hollywood ending

With their team trailing 31-28, Jenkins and Livas hooked up for a 68-yard touchdown pass that powered Tech (7-4, 6-2) to a 35-31 victory in Las Cruces.
Fittingly, it was the first receiving touchdown of the season by a wide receiver at Tech and couldn’t have happened at a better time.
“That was the time to pull out the trick play to the wide out,” said Tech coach Derek Dooley. “We might run it again the next game.”

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Blogs a good waste of time

So for those of you out there who have previously gotten the wrong idea, no, blogging is not listing what you ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I went on to tell her about the friendships I’ve forged in the last three years with several women who live from Wisconsin and Portland, Ore., to the United Kingdom. We share parts of our lives and encourage and support one another. We send gifts by post and exchange lengthy e-mails about life’s ups, downs and everything in between.

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Peach Festival shines in national light

With a plethora of festivals in our state alone, not to mention in the entire United States, the fact that the Peach Festival has been singled out shows how special it is.
The family-oriented festival offers something for everyone, and this year’s scheduled change made it more visitor-friendly.
Hosting the festival from Friday-Sunday, rather than the Thursday-Saturday schedule of years past, was a good decision by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, which puts on the festival.

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