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Events Center plans evolve

A discussion was held Monday between members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control and project architect Mike Walpole, and minor suggestions from the jury’s April meeting were met positively on all sides, said Police Juror Skip Russell.
“As of this point, the architect is headed to the (Police Jury) meeting on (Tuesday) and will tell them he’s in the process of making changes on those plans,” Library Director Vivian McCain said.

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Tech out, but tourney goes on

All of which leaves an obvious question hanging in the balance as the third annual tournament nears:
“How will Tech’s absence affect the attendance for the three-day event?”
Head coach Wade Simoneaux is hoping that, even minus his squad being one of the six participants, local fans will show their support.

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Continue conversation on garbage

One thing that truly needs to happen, and that the Police Jury must find a way to bring about, is a consultation from an expert. As is the case in many complicated and specialized fields, the biggest problems — the significant internal hurdles that keep true and decisive action from coming about — almost uniformly require an outsider’s perspective to see.
We become wrapped up in the nitty-gritty of what makes one specific Dumpster site better than another or if a specific subset of individuals will suffer when the system is changed from the one they are comfortable with.

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School ideas grow on trees

In Lincoln Parish, there are several initiatives in place to help students who could fall behind. Some legislators and education advocates have named pre-k programs as an ideal path to ensure that each student is getting an early start on basic learning skills.
Additionally, tutoring and reading labs have been implemented locally to target trouble spots for those students at risk for not performing well on the LEAP, which must be passed by fourth- and eighth-graders to be promoted to the next grade level.

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Oliver proves multifaceted

But thanks to encouragement from her parents and some coaches during recreation league competition at that time, Oliver got the nod to start pitching.
“The coach on my rec team said I was the tallest player and most experienced player on the team and that I should be doing the pitching,” she said. “So I started hooking it up as a pitcher then and I’ve been doing it ever since.”
It was a good thing for that rec team, good thing for Ironwood High School and now a good thing for Louisiana Tech University.

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RHS cashes in on improvement

The money, however, cannot be used for salaries or stipends.
Also during the meeting, school board members approved a recommendation to move spring break from March 30 to April 20 in 2009 to accommodate the new LEAP and GEE testing schedule, which has been moved to April.
“I know (the spring break) is late, but it would be awfully embarrassing to have spring break before the testing,” Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell said. “The point of moving the test is to cover more material before testing.”

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Techsters seeking respect in WAC

Tech (31-27, 7-10) will begin action in the double elimination format against host Hawaii in Honolulu, where the two clubs will play the third game of today’s first round starting at midnight, CST.
But whether it’s midnight or high noon, the fact that the Techsters are being considered a “sleeper” or potential upset squad is a major turnaround from last year’s struggles (22-38 overall, 3-15 in league).

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North Service Road overhaul worthwhile

That confusion is going to make driving the north side of Ruston a little precarious for the next few weeks as people who are used to their previous two-way liberties navigate a new setup and begin mapping new traffic paths for their daily routines.
The work ultimately will help address traffic congestion issues that were beginning to mount around the interchanges at U.S. 167 and Louisiana 33, so we urge people to look forward from today’s confusion to tomorrow’s ease of movement.

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Economic 'stimulation' needed

It can’t come quick enough: I’m watching prices climb all around me while my purchasing power dwindles, literally, from the start of the day to the end.
It feels like our economy is a wet paper bag and we’re dropping oranges in it. And something about the moniker “economic stimulus” has a bitter taste, like calling a newsroom a “local information center.”
It’s a buzz word. It feels, to me, to minimize the monetary issues Americans are faced with — how does a one-shot deal right a ship listing from months of economic hardship?

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Interstate 20 bridge opens

“It’s a cluster,” said Lt. Curtis Hawkins, public information officer with the Ruston Police Department. “Until everyone gets used to the service roads being one way and gets used to using alternate routes, it’s just a mess.”
The North Service Road had been a two-way since it was built in the 1960s. On the other side of I-20, the South Service Road has been extended and reopened as a one-way going east so drivers turning onto it from U.S. 167 North can travel directly to Louisiana 33.

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