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February 19th

Blooming love may have thorns

Unfortunately, domestic violence is nothing unusual in the parish. The police respond to calls every day where residents’ arguments with their former or current significant others get out of control. Disputes have led to everything from shoving and punching to black eyes and strangulation. The phenomenon penetrates every kind of neighborhood and is not restricted to one gender. Although many people think of a man as the perpetrator in domestic violence situations, local police have said a small percentage of their complaints are in reference to women assaulting men.

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Diamond ’Dogs begin Friday

The ‘Dogs will try and start winning those games this weekend when they lift off their 2009 campaign with a three-game series against Grambling State University.
Single games are set for J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park Friday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and at Grambling Saturday at 3 p.m.
Tech has 16 lettermen, one starting pitcher and five position regulars returning from last year’s club that went 23-31 overall and posted a 7-23 mark in the Western Athletic Conference.

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Gallot seeks U.S. Attorney job

“There are numerous qualified people who are interested in the U.S. Attorney position,” said Landrieu spokeswoman Stephanie Allen. “Sen. Landrieu is working closely with the administration on recommendations for all Louisiana positions and is still receiving valuable input from local leaders and elected officials.”
If appointed by the president, Gallot would represent 42 of the state’s 64 parishes including the cities of Monroe, Shreveport, Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Ruston.

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February 18th

Stimulus could help state

Men, if you think your wife says “This is why we can’t have anything nice” to you a lot already, just wait until you get yourselves into big debt with that 150-inch projection screen and recliner setup for your garage-based Monday night football shrine.
Then you really can’t have anything nice — those bill collectors can take your money out of your pockets before it ever gets acquainted with the dryer lint that lives in them.

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Stimulus bill's signing brings new chapter

It follows that many will look at this with trepidation and fear, and many will look upon this package unrealistically in the other direction, thinking it will be a panacea.
Bloggers, columnists and pundits for and against the package are fighting hard to control the message that is hitting the public. There is another option for information.

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Weatherspoon energy is contagious

Now that she’s the overall leader of the Lady Techsters, it’s become even more evident and not just to players who have been first-hand witnesses since he arrived last year as an associate head coach.
“I watched her against Nevada and I wanted to get out there and play,” said Techsters’ fan Robert Stewart of Minden. “She’s always in the game. You can tell that by just watching her and seeing how she reacts to what her team is doing and what is happening on the court.

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Funding sources add up

Around $31 million was generated from local sources, such as sales and property taxes, which are used to pay for everything from health insurance to school construction. More than half of the property taxes collected in Lincoln Parish benefit local schools. The parish has 10 different property taxes, including those specific only to Dubach, Simsboro and Ruston, from which the school system receives money. On April 4, voters parish-wide will be asked to renew one of the taxes.

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February 17th

A tale of two schools

The middle school teacher said her students do not have assigned seating and spend most of their time working in groups. Kelly said in some classes, the students are never at their desks, but either lying on the floor or drawing on the wall as they work on projects.

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Ensuring schools make the grade

Today, the Ruston Daily Leader launches a weeklong series of stories targeting the Lincoln Parish school system. Reporter Laura Bond delved deeply into the schools, scores, funding, challenges and opinions that make up the complex system put in place to educate our children.
At most recent count, there are 6,699 students enrolled in the Lincoln Parish School System. It has 965 full-time employees, and more than half of the property taxes in the parish are dedicated to funding our public schools.

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Time to turn ideas into real change

About six people, myself included, joined the event organizers at the Enterprise Center on a rainy evening for the public forum-turned-fireside chat. The scope of the meeting, moderated by Tech’s Technology Business Development Center Director Kathy Wyatt, ranged from personal efforts to go green to possible legislative action to encourage energy conservation.
The crowd was as varied as the subject matter — a handful of Tech students joined two Downsville residents who are in the process of creating an off-the-grid green park and village.

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