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October 30th

Get into the Homecoming spirit for Tech

They need your support. We’ve been trumpeting that for months now, since even before the season started, and it has never been more true that the ’Dawgs need your warm body in the stands at Joe Aillet Stadium. A rough season has left the team clutching their home game wins as trophies. In a season of seven contests, Tech has three wins with an average of 36 points per game at home. On the road, they are winless, with an average of six points per game.

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Education faces obstacles

Maybe it’s because our parents were forking out money for lessons, but never in my four years at the gym was anybody told to quit — that they just didn’t have what it took to be a gymnast.
In our state, approximately 10,000 students each year are encouraged by teachers to drop their dreams of attaining a high-school diploma to pursue a GED because they do not have what it takes to earn a standard diploma, Louisiana Superintendent of Schools Paul
Pastorek told Ruston Rotary Club members at their meeting Wednesday.

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’Cats back home for 1-5A game

Otherwise, the Bearcats’ sometimes good and sometimes struggling offense has totaled only 11 points during this stretch.
“We just didn’t play well in any phase of the game,” summed up coach Billy Laird following the loss to the No. 1 state ranked Rebels. “We gave up too many big plays and we had mistakes in all three phases of the game.”
The Bearcats’ lone touchdown was on a 58-yard aerial connection involving quarterback Nick Rome and wide receiver Chase Patterson in the second quarter, the same period in
which the defense also recorded a safety.

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Local early voters turn out in droves

According to the Associated Press, Louisiana’s early voting records were shattered with more than a quarter of a million people casting ballots by Tuesday’s deadline.
Statewide, the seven-day total already doubled or nearly doubled counts in the 2004 presidential race and the 2007 governor’s race. State officials say that record tally doesn’t include all of the Orleans Parish early votes.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
Want to vote?

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Board of Ethics put to the test

It is a step forward for a body that has been absolutely crippled since the end of the 2008 legislative session.
At a board meeting Monday, Baton Rouge lawyer Frank Simoneaux was elected by the mostly new board appointed after a mass of resignations this summer.
The governor and the Legislature had to fill 10 of the 11 spots on the board in recent months.
Also Monday, seven administrative law judges were selected randomly to form a panel that will decide whether alleged ethics board violations have occurred.

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Aid for artists is quite timely

As a person who isn’t wearing a hat made out of money to work or lounging underneath a blanket woven from dollar bills, it’s an easy-to-understand issue for me. If you’re reading this, you are likely coming to the same understanding without a long explanation.
It’s even easier if you have people in your life whose abilities are more broad and creative than focused and technical. Broad and creative tends to be less fundamental than focused and technical. Focused and technical seems to be making the money these days.

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Creek, GHS face Top 10 foes

Cedar Creek featured two touchdown passes and a scoring run by Smith and two touchdowns from wingback Michael Nammour against Bernice. Smith threw for 206 yards and had TD hookups to freshman wideout Adam Van for 10 yards and to Nammour for 52 yards. Nammour also returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
Grambling High will confront an Arcadia squad that returned to the Top 10 following last week’s 42-13 victory over St. Frederick. The Hornets earned 33 points from the 12-member statewide voting panel.

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Professor goes to court Dec. 8

Gabriel’s arrest came after a sting operation by Kenner police. Det. Brian McGregor, a member of Kenner’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said Gabriel is suspected of cruising online chat rooms and having sexual conversations with an undercover officer posing as a juvenile. He said Gabriel, who used the screen name “rjg_pe,” contacted the undercover officer on five separate occasions between Sept. 30 and Oct. 8, and in each occasion invited the officer to view his Web cam. Upon viewing the Web cam, McGregor said detectives were confronted with images of Gabriel exposing himself.

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Drug, alcohol awareness averts useage

Lincoln Parish schools mark Red Ribbon Week this week, and many events are on tap to help raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention and treatment services.

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Park shines in cycling race

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts flocked to Lincoln Parish Park beginning Friday as it played host to Piney Hills XV.
The American Mountain Bike Club/Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association event draws some of the best bikers from all around the country to Lincoln Parish, and in its 15th year still seems to be growing on an annual basis.
“Gas prices may have cut down on some of the number of riders we’ll have competing, but a field of 350-400 is still pretty impressive, and that’s what we’re looking at for this event,” Park Superintendent James Ramsaur said before the races kicked off.

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