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Date

August 29th

Red Cross sets evacuation plans

“We’re going to be ready,” Burt said. “The Red Cross has brought cots, Aramark (food service) has been contacted, there are lots of people calling to volunteer.”
Ten of those are Hurricane Katrina evacuees who planted roots in the Ruston area and wanted to help in the effort to ride out Gustav, Burt said. She said she is worried that people will be eager to get out of south Louisiana as the day wears on, and the city could see its first influx of evacuees by Saturday. A family reunion planned for the weekend at the center has been cancelled.

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Strap in for

Gustav is set to make a turn toward the northwest later today, which will bring it back out over open waters and toward the Cayman Islands. The storm will likely regain hurricane status as it continues to tap the warm Caribbean waters.
Preparing for this storm in advance by looking at available resources and needs is absolutely imperative. The parish’s officials have learned that much from their experiences with hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which left evacuees in our area for weeks and tested all of us.

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What about the caps and lids?

Many municipal recycling programs throughout the U.S. still do not accept plastic lids, tops and caps even though they take the containers that accompany them.
The reason is that they are not typically made of the same kinds of plastics as their containers and therefore should not be mixed together with them.

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Jackson has something to prove

“It’s just great to be back and playing full-time,” he said. “I sat out the entire spring and it was excruciating at times because I wanted to be out there helping my teammates. But the off-season went well, I got over the injury and now I’m ready to do my part to help us have a good year.”
The 5-10 and 203-pounder will, of course, be a vital part of whatever success the Bulldogs can reap over the course of a 12-game schedule.

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Parish readies for evacuees

Julie Roberts, gate supervisor at Lincoln Parish Park, said she is referring people to an Oak Grove RV park, to the town of Simsboro and anywhere else she can find them a spot because the park has already filled. James Ramsaur, director of the parish park, said Oak Grove has 155 spaces available and 30 50-amp water and sewage sites.
Ruston’s Fairfield Inn and Suites and Holiday Inn are completely booked, mostly with evacuees. Yvette Moss, Hampton Inn’s general manager, said the hotel is full to capacity with about 80 percent of rooms being reserved by evacuees.

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Get good look at Tech gridiron action

With ESPN2 broadcasting, it can be easy to ask why it’s necessary to go to The Joe and sit among the crowd on the likely hot late-August afternoon, eating popcorn and drinking fountain drinks or beer. You can just see it at home, right?
Wrong, you get the cameraman’s view.
That’s never the best one, and in a game like this, something that took incredible wrangling from Tech athletic leadership to even make happen, you don’t want to fall prey to commercials, production difficulties or anything else. You want to see this game up close and personal in living color.

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Sports bring bruises, lessons

The karate instructor is one of several individuals contracted through Ruston Parks and Recreation for his expertise in a given area. Along with the seasonal soccer, flag football and softball programs, adults and youth are able to sign up for year-round activities at RPAR during registration this week.
Cheerleading, cheernastics, dance, voice and guitar lessons and aerobics are among the pulse-quickeners that can be tackled.

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Beck bound to have fun for Tech

“But I believe we can have a good season. All of us have been working hard and we believe in Coach (Derek) Dooley and the other coaches are doing. I know they’re expecting a lot more out of us and we expect more out of ourselves.
“Now that we’ve been together a year, we know what to expect from each other.”
Expect this from Beck: the potential of reeling off a big play, be it by punt returns or receiving.

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TECH GEARS UP WITH FRESH LOGOS

“A new complete line at a national store like Academy is a big thing and shows the progress we’ve made. And then when you have someone like Steven Vessel take a chance and open the TechTeamShop.com downtown as part of Mitchell’s (Pharmacy), it shows how much potential these new logos have,” he said.

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International efforts benefit universities

Grambling State University’s international outlook is a refreshing effort to break away from that. The university already has a strong reputation of pulling students from all over the country with its storied name, and current leadership is working toward making that reputation extend across oceans.
In all, 165 new international students joined the university’s group, bringing it to a total of 500. They’ve enjoyed the strongest growth in the state this year.

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