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Changing the Middle East

In foreign policy, where external events have a way of driving the agenda, change can be extremely hard to effect. How much difference will it make to the world who sits in the White House? Sen. Hillary Clinton has derided Obama for his inexperience, and if you look at the Cuban missile crisis under John F. Kennedy, or the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan under Jimmy Carter, the perceived inexperience of an American leader can certainly encourage international power plays.

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Police Jury must choose leader wisely

Also on tap today is the selection of the parish president.
A member of the Police Jury, he or she will be nominated and selected tonight in a decision left up to that group of representatives we elected last fall.
The president’s duties are extremely important. Not only is this person going to be responsible for maintaining order and providing leadership for our parish governing body as it conducts the business of the parish, he or she also will have the responsibility of
controlling emergency response here if the worst happens.

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Techsters regrouping again

In a twist that Tech fans aren’t used to, the team has struggled actually more on the TAC floor than away from it. The loss to the Broncos was the fifth of this season at home and fifth over the past seven games.
“We’re going to continue to battle and work hard,” said third-year head coach Chris Long. “What we’ve got to do is improve in every area.”

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Ashram strengthens spirits

Betty Childs, from Winnsboro, has been coming to the Ruston ashram for 32 years.
“It’s about the best thing I know happening all year long. It’s a spirituality strengthening process that gives me growth each year that I hunger for,” she said.
As he dined among a roomful of Methodists and Christians of other denominations, William Hutchinson contemplated the meaning behind the gathering.

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Police Jury to pick new president

“Part of the reason you do that is to get state aid,” Woodward said.
The process for voting in a new president for the police jury is rather informal, Woodward said.
“Each juror is free to nominate whoever they want,” he said. “Then they take a vote, usually a show of hands.”
A runoff will be held if more than two candidates receive votes, he said.

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Annual exam key to staying healthy

It was not a good week for me in the health department.
While I’ve read about all the ways to get healthy and stay healthy, sticking to a plan has been a challenge for me. I’ve gone through phases when I’d go to the gym every day, but once I miss one or two days, it completely throws off my schedule and I feel like I can’t get back on track.
I’m the kind of person who needs — and thrives on — routine. If I can get into a routine of good eating and exercising, I can stick with it. But without a routine, I’m doomed.

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Gov. Blanco’s contributions will live on

While we’re all for new ideas and a different perspective on state government, we hope not all of the previous administration’s priorities are hauled off with Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s belongings.
There’s no denying Blanco’s contributions to Lincoln Parish, specifically in the realm of education. In 2007 alone, Louisiana Tech received 100 percent formula funding and the promise of $25 million for the university’s research park.

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Creek gymnastics making big leaps

Scratch meant finding a place to practice as well as some basic equipment to work with.
And Cecil wasn’t afraid to get creative.
“We began with a cookie dough fund-raiser and the girls raised more than $6,000 doing that,” Cecil proudly reflects.  “Then I used that money and got on E-bay to find things that we could order and work with.  One of the parents recalled some sort of gymnastics program at the school more than 20 years ago so we rummaged through the P.E. storage area and found three beams that were still in good shape.

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Tech plugs away at construction

Also on tap is a new track surface, replacing the current, worn-out blue track that sits along Tech Drive. Tech building official Tom Sisemore said that surface was quite old, and
the replacement was more than overdue.
“I think it’s great, it’s going to help our programs tremendously,” he said. “From a competition standpoint and recruiting standpoint, it’s something that we desperately need.”
Bids for the project open Jan. 25, Sisemore said. Crawford said that project will hopefully wrap by the end of this summer.

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