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Bush’s bunch grabs ‘ugly’ win

To win it, the Bearcats (23-5) had to use four free throws from Davion Spivey and two each from Deandre Patton and Torrey Griffin in the final minute and 10 seconds after the Lions (16-13) had gone up 45-43 on a five-foot jumper from Jeremie Mitchell with just under two minutes remaining.
Spivey’s first deuce at the foul line put RHS ahead 48-45 before Nick Haywood got Ouachita to within 48-47 with 30.9 seconds to play, but four freebies in the last dozen seconds assured RHS of a “W” in their 2-5A season debut.

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Earmarks are key for our area’s health

Last year, Alexander said, Congress spent no more than was given to them in the executive budget.
Local agencies and projects benefited heavily from earmarks in the latest round of appropriations bills. The state saw $142 billion, more than $3 million went to Louisiana Tech, Grambling State University, Grambling, Lincoln Parish and the Union-Lincoln Water Supply.
These are not another “Bridge to Nowhere.”

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Eager for the annual jam

The Simoneaux Jam is exactly that: live, uncut and raw.
It’s coming up Feb. 22-23 at “the Down.”
I haven’t had as much fun as I had at the seventh annual Jam in ages. I missed last year’s because of work obligations for the paper I used to work for, but this year, I will not be deterred.
The lineup is promising. Anybody who has ever been at Sundown on a Wednesday or Friday night has probably heard one or most of the acts lined up to play at this year’s go-around.

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Alexander defends earmarks

In December, Congress approved a spending bill that included $142 million specifically secured for the state of Louisiana, including $3,292,500 for local projects like Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, the city of Grambling, Lincoln Parish and the Union-Lincoln Water Supply Initiative.
During his speech Monday, the president called for an effort to crack down on the pork barrel practices of Congress, saying he will veto any spending bill that does not cut in half the number and cost of congressional pet projects, known as earmarks.

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