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June 3rd

Jericho Jones earns promotion

The National League franchise elevated the 6-5 and 215-pound outfielder from its extended spring training program.
In 2008, his first as a professional, Jones led all Cubs short-season affiliates with a .340 batting average during 43 appearances in the Arizona Rookie League.
Prior to earning the promotion to Daytona, the native of Lewisville, Texas, had compiled a .300 average in the extended spring training program. He had his moments of inconsistency, but Cubs’ officials are hopeful the move into the high Class A league can result in production similar to that of last summer.

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Colleges must promise safety

It’s a complex issue, and I will comment on it no further. I will say, however, that college officials everywhere should do something about the students who, with good reason, appear threatening to faculty members and other students.
Ten years ago, one kooky college classmate of mine at Louisiana Tech told a professor that the Columbine shootings were necessary. Bullies made a sport of him in high school, he said, so he supported the shooters in Colorado getting even with their own tormenters execution style.

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Residents can weigh in on tax proposal

This time around, Choudrant’s Save Our Schools group is taking a different tactic — proposing a smaller tax and actively soliciting community input.
The committee’s dedication is obvious, and it’s encouraging that they are listening to feedback from residents and tailoring a new tax proposal to achieve their goal of funding school improvements at a level most people can live with.
So far, two proposals have been discussed: A 21-mill, 20-year tax and a 10-year, 3-mill property tax.

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Poolside training

But it wasn’t all play for the firefighters — there was some learning involved, too.
“You’d be surprised how good this is for young firefighters,” said District Chief Schuyler League, who was on hand for the pool opening. “I’ve got two young men out here with me today, and they’re getting a lot of hands-on training in the process.

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June 2nd

Bulldogs on national list

Dageford is on the lengthy list of candidates in the outfield, Kersten is one of 32 nominees at shortstop and Winn is one of 23 candidates at second base.
The final ballot for the All-American team was recently sent out to members of the national writers’ organization that covers collegiate programs and maintains a statistical and biographical data base for players and coaches.

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June is special in these parts

Festival organizers say the city’s Juneteenth Heritage Festival is Louisiana’s oldest, beating out New Orleans, Shreveport and Baton Rouge. Juneteenth is traditionally known as the United States’ oldest celebration of the end of slavery.
One early highlight of Juneteenth is the “Conversations Under the Tent” event that follows the prayer meeting during opening ceremonies.
“This is fabulous,” Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce President Barbara McIntyre said. “It’s a great opportunity to hear about the history of Grambling.”

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Gun bill defeat will help keep campuses safe

The state’s commissioner of higher education, college presidents, several campus police chiefs and college student leaders all voiced strong opposition to this bill for two years in a row.
This year was not the first time legislators were faced with the decision about whether to allow firearms on college campuses. Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chasse, the author of the bill, also raised the issue during the 2008 legislative session. Let’s hope that this year’s rejection of it puts the issue to rest for good.

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City recognized for strong tree care roots

“There are trees everywhere, and we have power lines everywhere,” Caraway said. “The limbs grow out over the road and over the power lines. Power outages happen when limbs fall (on the lines). And if the branches are not trimmed, they are closer to the power lines and squirrels are more likely to climb on them.”
Squirrels are the No. 1 cause of power outages in Ruston, Caraway said.

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June 1st

Festival treat to fill freezers

The problems with the national economy and the impending budget cuts at Louisiana Tech won’t affect production of the peach ice cream, he said.
The ice cream flavor is only available during the Peach Festival.
Tech’s budget cuts, however, might affect production of the other ice cream flavors. Those other flavors are available year round, Reger said.
“The economy is affecting us in at least one way, because we are going to have to cut down on the number of cows we use to produce the milk to make our ice cream,” he said.

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’Dogs picked No. 3 in WAC

“If Tech continues its solid ground game, the Bulldogs are worthy contenders,” the magazine states. “Offense could use a little big-play capability to keep from being one-dimensional.”
Tech finished with an 8-4 overall record and went 5-3 against WAC opponents in 2008 before taking a 17-10 victory over Northern Illinois University in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.
The ’Dogs were the only conference school to capture a postseason victory.

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