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May 25th

Cedar Creek primed to take on Parkway

It was enough of a surge to help Creek reach the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state playoffs and take a win (21-6 over St. Edmund’s) before being eliminated in the regional round.
Coach Corwyn Aldredge and his assistants will get a good idea Friday night as to how much progress has been made this spring in preparation for the ’09 season.
The Cougars will have their annual spring game at Louisiana Tech University’s Joe Aillet Stadium starting at 6 p.m. against Bossier City Parkway High School.
Admission is $5 for all ages.

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May 21st

Lincoln LEAP scores make jump

Fourth- and eighth-grade students must pass the LEAP test in order to go on to the next grade. Students who don’t pass may attend summer school and retake the test. Students in the 10th and 11th grades must pass the GEE before they can earn a high school diploma.
Third-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in Louisiana, meanwhile, take the iLEAP test to measure their academic progress. A certain score on the iLEAP is not necessary for grade-level promotion.

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Pitch in to keep Peach Fest ripe

The Lincoln Parish tradition is in its 59th year, and the event couldn’t happen without the volunteers who pitch in throughout the festival weekend.
Last year’s festival featured a date change, making it a true weekend event that ran Friday-Sunday. The success of the 2008 edition prompted festival organizers to keep the weekend schedule, with this year’s Peach Festival scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 26-28.

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One smoking bill up for vote

A federal health initiative earlier this year significantly bumped up taxes on tobacco products.
Now at the state level, legislators will consider a new law that would ban smoking inside bars and casinos.
House Bill 844, authored by Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, narrowly passed in the House Health and Welfare Committee and is slated to move on to the full House.
If approved, the law would be the state’s second in three years aimed at reducing the number of facilities where smoking is allowed.

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Tech: Five in a row over Hawaii?

Wade Simoneaux and his players hope to because a victory would mean a step forward in the annual league postseason tournament that begins today at — yes — the Rainbow Warriors’ diamond.
Tech will open up against Hawaii in the early morning hours of Friday, taking on the host school at midnight, with the action for all sleepy-eyed fans still up at that time to be carried by Ruston’s Z-107.5 FM station.
The Bulldogs (28-20, 13-11), the runner-up in the league’s regular season race, will
make their first appearance in the tournament since 2007.

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Skaggs to highlight 2009 Peach Fest

Gates open for the Skaggs event at 5 p.m. North Louisiana’s own Hank Staples and Thundercreek open at 6 p.m., followed by Skaggs at 8 p.m.
Skaggs, 54, began his professional music career at age 15. He’s won 13 Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards including the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.
In 1997, Skaggs founded his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, and has since released nine albums.

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May 20th

Schools consider extended programs

Administrators at both schools will offer the program only to students whose parents want them to participate, he said.
“This is an idea that we are seriously considering. We are designing this program specifically for students who have performed poorly in school and use the free and reduced lunch program — those two criteria make them the most at risk, and that’s why we are targeting them,” Bell said.
According to the current proposal, both schools will offer extended school days to at-risk students from Mondays through Thursdays.

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Grambling begins SWAC play

They’re all 0-0 right now.
“The best thing about being in postseason play is that everybody starts out the same,” said GSU coach Barrett Rey. “Everybody has the same chance to win the tournament.”
The Tigers (14-35, 10-13) began tournament today with a noon battle against Jackson State (35-19, 5-9), the No. 2 seeded squad for the Eastern Division. Grambling is the No. 3 seeded club for the Western Division.
Action began this morning with No. 3 Eastern Division seed Alcorn State (25-17, 12-9) meeting No. 2 West seeded Arkansas-Pine Bluff (20-23, 13-11).

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It feels good to be back home

Upon turning around, I see two elderly men staring at me with mean, unhappy and cantankerous looks on their faces.
I could think of only one thing to ask.
“Shouldn’t you be up on the balcony heckling the Muppets?”
(OK, I didn’t ask that question — my mama always told me to respect my elders)
According to these two men, it was time for me and my co-worker to remove ourselves from our seats.

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Stay vigilant to keep kids safe online

Unwitting children can quickly become victims if they don’t know what to do to protect themselves.
National statistics show that one in seven kids between the ages of 10 and 17 have received a sexual solicitation online. One in three have experienced unwanted exposure to sexual material on the Internet.
Sheriff Mike Stone offers these tips to keep children safe online:
• Put the computer in a common area where you can see what your children are doing online.
• Spend time online with your child and establish rules for Internet use.

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