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June 9th

Bill’s death slows state’s momentum

The bill represents a deep step forward in our “right to know” that empowers the media and individuals to question and criticize government beyond the powers that we currently enjoy.
The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee swatted down Waddell’s House-passed bill 3-2. Our district senator, Monroe’s Bob Kostelka, was one of the three voting it down, along with Sen. Mike Walsworth.
Walsworth has sponsored a bill that competes directly with the goal of Waddell’s.

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Sixty-five seek spots in parish classrooms

Each time Null rang a bell Thursday, the applicants would rotate to another table
to be interviewed for approximately five minutes by one of the nine local principals present. Principals received a copy of each applicant’s resume and will use them to help determine who to call back for a second interview.
Null said principals make a recommendation to her on who they want to hire and she brings the recommendations before the school board for final approval.

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June 6th

Events Center work should begin soon

Months of discussion and tweaking have come and gone since the library board came to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury in February and presented the architectural drawings of their first concepts of the center.
Months of wrangling between the Library Board of Control and the Police Jury about the center’s use for non-library events also seem to have burned out as members on both sides of the table see the benefits of working together and getting the project moving toward completion.

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Some hard lessons learned

People think that just because they are behind the wheel of a car with their hands on the wheel and feet on the pedals that they are in control, but they are sadly mistaken.
I know that I used to think the same way, but I found out the hard way that cars are very powerful and once you lose control of a car at a high speed, it’s almost impossible to gain it back.

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Ingram doubles academic success

Ingram was named to the first unit of the All-District 2-1A and All-Lincoln Parish teams in basketball and selected as a member of the top softball squads selected for the league and Northeast Louisiana. She was included as an honorable mention Class 1-A all-stater by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and as an All-Area club member by The Shreveport Times.

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Tech youth grid camp full of instruction, fun

Slaughter, the son of former Ruston High and Tech footballer Michael Slaughter, is one of approximately 60 campers between the ages of 8 and 14 enrolled in the daily sessions that begin each morning at 8 a.m. and finish up at 5 p.m.

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Burnett: Puzzling pro prospect?

Burnett wowed the major league organizations who sent in talent hunters to evaluate his techniques, marvel at his “heat” (near 100 miles per hour on the radar guns) and ponder his potential for the big show.
By the time he left the East Coast, the native Texan (Carthage) was being marked down as a first-round candidate for the 2008 big league draft and listed as the No. 1 prospect out of the Western Athletic Conference.
Well, that draft begins today and the jury remains out on Big Luke.

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Trash proposal worth salvaging

• Sutherlin brings a large amount of state and international expertise in trash, water quality, environmental issues and the nuts and bolts of government waste management and ordinance enforcement.
• Students from ULM’s burgeoning Social Science Research Lab are on board for the project, as well. That means the university will reap benefits from working with the Police Jury on the project, just as the parish would benefit with a solution to trash problems.

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Retirees evoke recollections

Watching my old first-grade teacher smiling and celebrating the end of her career, it was almost unbelievable that it had been more than two decades since I sat in her classroom.
In the years after I absorbed her reading lessons, I experienced the struggles of adolescence, learned to drive and graduated from college. Her life was undoubtedly filled with different kinds of challenges.

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Consultant offers trash help

Solving the issue, one that has led to persistent litter, illegal dumping and ugly dump sites, means understanding the system now, he said.
One outstanding problem is Dumpsters, he said, are holding much more non-household waste than household waste — mainly construction and demolitions debris and tree waste.
“The problems are pervasive,” he told jurors. “It’s all over the parish. Before we came in today, we surveyed sites all over, and it’s everywhere. I’m not convinced that you understand enough of the core issues of what you’re dealing with.”

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