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September 30th

RHS makes big jump in poll

Acadiana (3-0) is the top ranked club in the 5A circles with six first place votes and 137 points, while West Monroe (4-0) is No. 2.
Ruston’s success so far has also resulted in one of the Top 10 power ratings in the state for the 5A ranks.
The Bearcats are now No. 6 with a mark of 14.75, up from last week’s No. 12 listing of 14.33.
Ruston is the highest ranked representative out of District 1-5A. West Monroe is next with a No. 10 ranking of 14.25.
Byrd (3-1, 2-1), which will play the Bearcats at James Stadium Friday night, is No. 17 at 12.75.

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GSU voters ready for election

The upcoming election has polarized much of the voting populace around the nation, but for a Historically Black College and University like Grambling State, the first presidential election with an African American as one of the top two candidates, especially as the country suffers through some of its worst, and largely self-caused, economic hardships ever, things are naturally leaning toward the Democratic left.
And for those looking for Sen. Barack Obama to become the first African American president in this country, GSU is doing its part to try and make it happen.

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If you're not registered, you can't vote

Nothing could be simpler; you don’t even have to leave home to register.
Go online to www.geauxvote.com. On the left-hand menu, select “Voter Registration,” then “Registration Information and Application Form.” Download the PDF file and print, then fill it out and mail it in no later than Monday.
Done.
It’s easy to be cynical and distrusting of politicians, but as American citizens, we can’t abandon hope. It’s what our country was built on — the hope that people can build a great life for themselves and that government can and should serve everyday Americans.

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Registration rush

Also on the ballot are three property tax propositions in Grambling, as well as a justice of the peace for Ward 3 in Lincoln Parish and the Public Service Commission’s District 5 seat.
The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election is Oct. 6. On the Republican ticket in that race are Arizona Sen. John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska. The Democrats are fielding Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and running mate Sen. Joe Biden, of Delaware.

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September 29th

GSU seeking offensive punch

It wasn’t until the final quarter that the Tigers made it in the end zone, courtesy of an 18-yard pass from quarterback Greg Dillon to wide receiver Nick Lewis.
Otherwise, field goals of 34 and 35 yards by junior placekicker Luis Leal supplied the points against the Lions (3-2).
“We’re not a very good team right now on offense,” said GSU coach Rod Broadway. “We’ve got a lot of work to do there and in all areas. Running, passing, catching, blocking. It’s not one thing. It’s everything.”

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Hungry children need help

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is doing what it can to curb the hunger felt by needy children in the region, and communities in northeast Louisiana should do what they can to offer support. During the school year, each Friday in Ouachita Parish, 115 students receive satchels loaded full of balanced foods to last them throughout the weekend.
With funding from one grant, provided by Feeding America, the food bank is now capable of serving only Ouachita Parish, but Guidry is optimistic about the future.

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Students will benefit from ag education

This wasn’t the case a generation ago — when many children were responsible for tending to the backyard garden or other agriculture-related chores. It’s a sign of the times, but it’s also a loss of valuable knowledge and tradition.
The Louisiana Farm Bureau realizes the impact of this trend, and it’s working to reverse it by bring agriculture education into classrooms across the state.
Right here in Lincoln Parish, where many people depend on agriculture for their very livelihood, there are children who don’t realize that ice cream starts with a cow.

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Celebration fills downtown

While people purchased food from various vendors, others grilled for a newly established grilling competition, the “BBQ Chicken Cook-Off.” Harold Watts arrived downtown at 10 a.m. to begin cooking chicken halves, which he said he brushed with Italian dressing and Lowery’s seasoning. Watts, who once cooked 452 chicken halves for the Chicken Festival vendors, chided his neighboring competitors and said with a wide smile that he expected to win.

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When Tech thrives, so does Ruston

As a college town, Ruston not quite the same when students are away from the city. It’s as if the city wakes up from its summertime slumber once Tech’s fall quarter begins.
And since the university employs so many Lincoln Parish residents, what’s good for Tech is good for us.

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Bridges get emergency repairs

Unique materials are being modeled on this project to extend the life of the bridges, which were shedding pieces of concrete, said John Kelly, DOTD district 5 administrator.
“Up to this point, small chunks of concrete had fallen on grass, but not on the highway itself,” Kelly said. “We were concerned that left unattended, it would get worse and start falling out there; so we led an emergency project to try to prevent loose concrete from falling.”
The reason the concrete is falling is not known, said Kelly, who added this is the only such case in the area of which he is aware.

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