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August 7th

Families, take advantage of free shots

Goodness knows that ever-climbing costs all around us make the belt tighten around some of our less-vital priorities. For some families, individual health can fall by the wayside once the basic needs of food, clothes and shelter are met. It seems every day that we hear more stories of these kinds of tough decisions — better health or barely getting by?

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Education is best prevention

I reflected on this while visiting the Lincoln Parish Detention Center recently to conduct interviews for a story.
Some inmates could spend their entire time in incarceration playing the blame game.
Years roll by, and they might continue to build resentments toward police, the legal system or even acquaintances regarding how they got caught or the duration of their sentences.
Others, whose beliefs about right and wrong became blurred due to drug use while they were on the outside, could find a moment of clarity while they are locked up and make plans to change their lifestyle.

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‘Dos Amigos’ big for Bulldogs

“Those guys produce,” Dooley said. “They have all the qualities to be good. Both were part of our first signing class, and that’s something I’m proud of. Football is like everything else, it’s results-oriented, and at receiver you’re looking for guys who can consistently catch the ball and make plays.
“That’s Beck and Livas.”
But while Tech’s dynamic duo can be counted on, Dooley knows he needs more production from his receiving corps, and having one or two with solid size would be a good complement to Beck’s and Livas’ abilities.

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Area deals with debris

Parish Superintendent of Solid Waste Benny Cockerham said the amount coming to the Lincoln Parish Landfill is almost three times more than usual.

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Suspected shooter booked

Tucker is not a student at GSU, said Michael McKinley, executive assistant to GSU president Horace Judson.
As an alert was put out for Tucker on Tuesday afternoon, he called the Ruston Police Department saying his car had been stolen. An officer on the phone recognized the name and the fact that the caller had an outstanding warrant and asked Tucker to come to the police department to file a report, said RPD Lt. Curtis Hawkins.
When Tucker showed up to file the report, he was arrested on the Ruston charges with a $3,000 bond set. Tucker has a state probation hold, which has no bond.

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Renovations could bear two bonuses

Aesthetic appeal is an important part of any overall design, and downtown’s overhead power lines and up-and-down sidewalk layouts make for an uneven approach.
However, the downtown area is not the biggest of the city’s problems, and effort on other fronts would likely be appreciated. Even so, the money to go into the project is marked specifically for it, and the city is required to pony up comparatively little to make it a reality. It’s a bit of a bargain.

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First impressions — Tech Happening

Staring down at a salad fork, dinner fork and dessert fork in front of me at the recent Louisiana Tech Happening, the university’s 27th and President Dan Reneau’s 21st such affair, that strange feeling started tickling the back of my skull. I had assumptions of what to expect but was wary of the whole thing.
I hear the meal last year was good.
This year, I can say with authority, was a fine showing by the Aramark staff, personal dinner etiquette awkwardness aside.

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Bulldogs ready to put on pads

“You can only be so intense without pads on,” Dooley said. “So far we’ve just worked on fundamentals and put in our system.”
And putting on the pads can’t come quick enough as Dooley watches the countdown toward Tech’s Aug. 30 season opener against Mississippi State in Joe Aillet Stadium.
“This is different from spring practice because you have to get it right,” Dooley said. “If you see something wrong, you have to get it right because you don’t have months to think about it and work on it.”

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Police force to get a new home

City Public Works Director Lewis Love said there has been discussion about finding a new location for the police station for years because the City Hall location is largely overcrowded.
“It’s big enough for our current needs and to grow,” Love said of the new location, adding it was about triple the size of the City Hall location. “We’ve looked at a number of
different sites in town and negotiated with a number of different building owners.
Obviously the most cost effective way is to move into an existing building.”

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August 5th

Warren looks to build on last season’s performance

The 6-foot and 185-pound running back finished among the top five ground gainers in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, led the Tigers in the same category and was named as the Freshman of the Year in the league.
Warren ended with 901 yards and five touchdowns on 196 carries while helping the G-Men compile an 8-4 overall record and 8-1 Western Division championship slate in the conference.

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