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This art show is one to see

Simultaneously, Brian Bishop, who draws in charcoal and paints fragments of snapshot photos, will greet people in the Main Gallery, where his work will be on display.
One look at both these artists’ Web sites, which can be found easily by a quick Google search, will assure art enthusiasts that this show is one to see. Since I’ve viewed Bishop’s work only online, and I don’t know much of his personal story, I cannot comment any further than by saying he is obviously talent.

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Jindal renews commitment to local issues

On his second trip to our area in less than a month, Jindal hit on two issues vital to life in Lincoln Parish — education and preserving the Sparta aquifer.
In a parish that houses two universities and a large public school system, hearing Jindal’s dedication to education was music to many people’s ears.

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This art show is one to see

I did, however, have the pleasure on Thursday of meeting Schwerd, an enthusiastic and personable individual who exudes an infectious excitement for craft. After sitting in on her hour-long lecture, a crush of students and I surveyed “Mourning Portrait,” a dark and mysterious display of mixed-media sculpture.

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Jindal renews commitment to local issues

Despite the budget shortfall the state is facing, it seems Jindal wants to protect Louisiana’s education systems as much as possible. Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University are in the process of trimming millions from their budgets this fiscal year, with additional cuts looming on the horizon for 2009-10. Hopefully, adjustments can be made at the universities to account for the belt-tightening without major disruptions to construction, upgrades or student services.
Jindal also renewed his commitment to the Even Start family literacy program on Friday.

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I-Bowl champs to be honored

Also on the schedule are a presentation of the game’s Most Valuable Player awards to Bulldogs’ members Weldon Brown and Phillip Livas by coach Derek Dooley.
Brown, a senior secondary member from Bossier City, was named as the Defensive Player of the Game, and sophomore wide receiver Phillip Livas was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year.
A proclamation will also be presented by Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and Ruston Civic Center Director Judy Burt on behalf of the entire city.

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Sounds of success

“What’s so important this time, for this event, is that we’ve played big events before that has brought us worldwide attention,” GSU Band Director Larry Pannel said. “But this is so historically important because not only is this the inauguration of a president, it’s the inauguration of the first president of color.
“History books will tell the story as it was. And no one will be able to write the Grambling State Tiger Marching Band out of the history books, because that’s what we’re about to do — we’re about to become a part of history.”

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City needs immediate changes

Residents are wondering how much longer this farce will be allowed to continue. When the mayor is changing the locks to offices at city hall, municipal workers are bringing bodyguards to council meetings and residents are heckling councilmen as they try to conduct the city’s business, it becomes clear that few if any people are taking the city of Grambling seriously.

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Anticipating headlines for this year

In the spirit of optimism that January brings, last year I wrote a headline wish list for 2008. These were the headlines I wanted to write for the Ruston Daily Leader in 2008. It was my hope last January that once the headlines were out there, maybe the news would follow.
Let’s see how I did with my headline predictions:

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Parish leads Hall class

“This seems to me to be one of the more fascinating classes chosen for induction,” said Hall of Fame Director Doug Ireland. “The football players have amazing credentials, even in our football-rich state. Coach Hogg is the architect of one of the iconic programs in her sport. Hal Sutton is one of the predominant figures in his era of golf. Carrice Russell Baker is clearly among the greatest high school coaches in any sport in our state’s history. Marty Broussard was the heartbeat of LSU athletics, in the eyes of many of the athletes themselves, for five decades.

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Consultant intertwines humor, parenting tips

While teachers were helping children in a back room with their homework, local parents listened to Pierson’s humor-filled tips on effective parenting and fostering strong relations with a student’s teachers.
Accompanied by her two children, Angelina Gilbert registered for the event at a row of tables set up inside the Ruston Civic Center.
“I heard they had a good motivational speaker tonight, and I wanted to see what she had to offer to education,” Gilbert said.
Tanika Ally and Natoria Womack — both parents of pre-school children — showed up together for the event.

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