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June 11th, 2009

’Dogs have No. 55 national ranking

“This could be one of the ‘it’ teams of 2009,” said CollegeFootballNews.com in its analysis of the Bulldogs. “Head coach Derek Dooley is a high-riser who might only be around one more year if his team is as good as expected.”
The Bulldogs were ranked ahead of such other universities as Michigan (No. 57), Wake Forest (No. 59), Maryland (No. 62) and UCLA (No. 66).
Dooley’s club went from five wins in 2007 to a turnaround performance in 2008 that resulted in the program’s first postseason berth since 2001, when it entered the WAC.

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Budget woes offer insight

Kennedy said these budget shortfalls have been in the making for several years.
In 2005, he said the state’s budget was only $18.7 billion. But when the state was struck by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, revenue greatly increased and the state’s budget got fatter.
“Studies show billions flow into a state that is a victim of a natural disaster, which artificially stimulates the economy by sending sales and income taxes through the roof,” he said. “But it’s fool’s gold. What Louisiana is experiencing today was inevitable and very predictable.”

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Make room for a needy animal friend

Although the puppies and kittens are some of the cutest pet shelter residents, we also encourage people to consider taking home an older pet. Many times, these dogs and cats will be a little calmer and require less maintenance than the babies.
No matter what kind of pet you choose, it’s important to be a responsible pet owner. Keeping them safe, well fed, exercised and spayed or neutered is key to nurturing a happy and healthy pet that will be a loving part of your family for years to come.

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Camp hosts special guests

“Turn up the music. Are you kids enjoying camp?” he asks before he rotates his body in circles once the music starts.
The children aren’t reacting to a person — instead, they are reacting to a remote-controlled fire hydrant that has eyes, ears and a personality. The talking fire hydrant calls himself “Pluggie.”
A man holding a remote control nearby is the one who controls “Pluggie’s” movements and gives a voice to the fire hydrant.
The kids don’t know what is really going on, nor do they need to — they’re too busy having fun.

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June 10th

Camp hosts special guests

“Turn up the music. Are you kids enjoying camp?” he asks before he rotates his body in circles once the music starts.
The children aren’t reacting to a person — instead, they are reacting to a remote-controlled fire hydrant that has eyes, ears and a personality. The talking fire hydrant calls himself “Pluggie.”
A man holding a remote control nearby is the one who controls “Pluggie’s” movements and gives a voice to the fire hydrant.
The kids don’t know what is really going on, nor do they need to — they’re too busy having fun.

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Center accused of acute abuse

“In our report … we highlight seven instances of abuse of serious neglect that occurred at the Northeast Supports and Services Center in Ruston, Louisiana within the past 14 months,” Simpson said. “Northeast Supports and Services Center is one of six such centers in Louisiana that are supposed to care for their vulnerable clients and help them reach their highest potential. It is a gross understatement to say that Northeast missed its mark.”

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Lyons: A grand finale in track

And while Lyons will feel the proverbial “butterflies” that she experiences before every meet, she is more intent on making sure she fulfills the discipline, passion and work ethic that has defined her entire athletic career.
“Yes, it will be my last time to compete in this collegiate track and field meet, which I’ve committed so much of my time and energy to,” Lyons said. “But I’m not going to focus on that, that it’s my last one. I’m going to remember what I was taught when I first stepped on to the track or the court at Ruston High.

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The old clock stopped at 4:27

According to the Dec. 4, 1995 edition of the Ruston Daily Leader, ninth- and 10th-grade students at the school were scheduled to attend an assembly at the school’s auditorium the next day.
A Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputy named Mike Stone, who has since moved on to bigger and better things, was scheduled to speak about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Stone, however, never got the chance to speak to the students, at least not on the following day, and certainly not in the school’s then 60-year-old auditorium.

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Small steps being made in Grambling

The importance of the city’s books being in good working order cannot be stressed enough. For months, the council and mayor have been operating without solid knowledge of the city’s financial state. Even though getting the software up and running is only the first small step toward reconciling the many problems that exist in Grambling City Hall, at least it is a move in that direction.

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Principal nabs regional honor

Milstead, who took over as principal at Ruston High three years ago, is humble about winning and said he prefers not to talk about it.
“It’s an honor to me, but no honor is achieved in a vacuum,” Milstead said.
He said he much prefers to accept the Region 8 award on behalf of the entire school, not just himself.
Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell nominated Milstead for the award because of his work with the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program and for helping to increase the number of advanced placement classes at the school.

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