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July 19th

Aldredge ranked No. 1 in nation

The Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class A champion for 2006 has a top throw of 131-7 1/4, recently recorded at a USAT regional Junior Olympics’ meet held in Nashville.
That performance also advanced Aldredge on to the annual USAT National Junior Olympics to be held in Baltimore, Md., later this month.
As an eighth grader this past school year, the daughter of Cedar Creek High head football coach and former Natchitoches St. Mary’s national class javelin thrower Corwyn Aldredge finished No. 1 at all three LHSAA-sanctioned postseason meets.

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The beat, bass and all that jazz

One notable exception to this inattention was half time.
Whenever I spotted the green and white of the Wildcat band descending en masse on the field, I always made my way to the best vantage point so as to not miss a single move.
This band was no ordinary group — these Wildcats had flavor and could command the attention of any spectator from the first note to the last.
I was entranced with the drum majors, those vibrant virtuosos who were charged with leading the band through high-spirited movements and over-the-top theatrics.

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Awareness is first step

Along with information about combating drug abuse and descriptions of the physical and mental effects of drug usage, attendees will get an up close look at the parish’s most frequently abused substances in a glass-enclosed drug display board.
“If we don’t start to talk openly about (drug problems), we will have a really large issue with the costs of treatment and loss of work productivity,” Stone said.
With an estimated 80 percent of crime within our parish tied to drug-related issues, substance abuse awareness is a topic for learning which could be informative and useful to anyone.

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Drilling lease will surface in Dubach

“I expect, if they drill, it will be in the more open areas,” Mayor Margaret Rogers said.
“They have more drilling everywhere with the price of crude oil now.”

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July 18th

Meningitis vaccination needed for college

Jim King, vice president of Student Affairs at Louisiana Tech University, said the news was not really a surprise.
“We saw this one coming,” King said. “It’s been talked about in the media for a while, and it should not have caught anyone off guard.”
King said the university would check for the vaccination the same way it checks for a student’s MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination.
“While there is a way for a student to opt out of the vaccination if they want, we encourage all students to get the vaccination,” King said.

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Area woman springs inspiration

Well, you know I had to go to the Web site.
Reading Jill’s story and reading about a toddler in Africa who cried and cried but had no tears coming from his eyes because he was so dehydrated or the mother who held her tiny baby in her arms throughout the morning and knew she could not save her child because she had no water ... It’s heartbreaking. It’s absolutely heartbreaking when we have a plentiful amount of water ... and they have none.

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Domestic violence affects all

Many people picture domestic violence as this far away problem, something that only happens in larger cities, such as Shreveport, Baton Rouge or New Orleans. We want to believe Ruston is safe from people who prey on emotion and then throw it back in the form of a slap, a punch or vile words.

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Bearcats’ duo in All-Star game

Grigsby (6-4, 250) and El-Awadi (6-4, 245) were among the major contributors to the Bearcats’ defensive unit during the 2005 season.
A Louisiana Tech University signee, Grigsby was recognized with first unit All-District 1-5A honors after recording 58 tackles in regular season play.
He also had 12 tackles for losses, three sacks of the quarterback, a pass interception and one fumble recovery that went for a touchdown.

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Marine takes break from war in Iraq

“When I saw those guys coming home, I guess I wanted to go and do my part,” Gates said. “My dad was a Navy veteran and his brother was in the military, so I decided I’d join. Plus, I wasn’t going anywhere around here.”
It didn’t take Gates long to “go somewhere” in the Marine Corps. After boot camp and a couple of schools, it was off to Okinawa. Following that assignment there were stops in North Carolina, Maryland and
California.
Then there was Iraq.

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July 17th

Bulldogs: No. 86 in national poll

That’s a huge jump up from last year’s dubious distinction of having been included among the web site’s “Bottom 19” ranked clubs (at No. 109).
Reason for a tint of optimism for Tech fans despite a slate that opens with Nebraska and features later toughies such as Clemson and Boise State?
“Louisiana Tech had a major rebuilding job to do last year nad it overcame the loss of running back Ryan Moats, among many others, to put together a great season,” noted College Football News.com. “By comparison, this year’s task to retool the team isn’t nearly as tough.

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