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May 6th, 2014

Building a place to stay

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Hotel developer upset over delays in Grambling

The board of aldermen for the city of Grambling met Thursday night in regular session with the topic of the Mainstay’s Suites Hotel as the main issue at hand.
In previous meetings, Jules LeBlanc, an attorney and developer, has come before the board to discuss bringing a Mainstay’s Suites Hotel to Grambling. The hotel would be located at Grambling Plaza and would also feature retail space.
As stated in previous meetings, the hotel would create nearly 200 jobs during its time of construction and once completed would create 75 permanent jobs for Grambling.

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Alternative plants for use in shady areas

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Not many plants can grow in the low light levels cast by large trees, including southern turf grasses. In most cases it is better to plant plants that are shade tolerant, like many ground covers or the signature shade plant of forests — the fern.

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RHS Bearcats back on gridiron

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Ruston fired up to begin spring football practices
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What a difference a year makes.
Coming off a 8-4 finish under then-first year coach Brad Laird last season, the Ruston High School Bearcats began spring workouts Monday with decidedly more intensity and an even faster tempo than they did during their first practice under Laird a year ago.
The Bearcats will be looking to reload in several areas, especially at receiver and in the defensive backfield, where RHS lost multiple key players from the 2013 campaign.

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Lange first Tech golfer to receive NCAA bid

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Regionals to start May 15 in San Antonio
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Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange made history Monday as he became the first golfer in school history to receive a bid to compete at the NCAA Regionals. Lange will compete at the San Antonio Regional at Briggs Ranch Golf Club on May 15-17.
Lange is one of 10 individuals selected for the San Antonio Regional along with 13 teams in the field. The top five teams and top individual not on those five teams advance to the NCAA Championships.

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Aggies fall in extra innings

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The Choudrant High School Aggies fell Monday night in a hard-fought, back-and-forth Class B baseball playoff game at CHS. The second-seeded Aggies were knocked off by No. 15 Simpson 7-6 in nine innings.

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Cougars on road for second round

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Austin McNeill and the Cedar Creek Cougars hit the road today to play a 4:30 p.m. Class 1A second round playoff game at East Beauregard.

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Lady Cougars beat odds

Congratulations to the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars, the queens of Class 1A softball after bringing home a state softball championship this weekend and winning a pair of games Saturday to win the title.
Getting the title wasn’t easy as Cedar Creek played the role of Cinderella, making history as the lowest-seeded team to win a Class 1A championship since the LHSAA switched to a seeded postseason system before the 2008 season.
Even better, the Cougars did so against a team that the Lady Cougars and Head Coach Julie Riser have a long history with.

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Livestock still popular among 4-H'ers

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Livestock is still one of the popular projects that we have in 4-H. One of the important things to realize is that a livestock project can be for anyone. It’s not just about teaching young people to raise animals. In fact, the primary purpose of the youth livestock program is to provide an opportunity for personal growth and development of a young person. Learning how to feed, fit and show an animal is a secondary purpose.

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May 5th

A meal at the White House

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Cedar Creek students learn etiquette skills
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Fourth graders from Cedar Creek School enjoyed the annual White House Dinner at Squire Creek Country Club on Friday.
The goal of the dinner, which is an annual event, is to teach students the proper way to cut meat, which utensils to start and end with, common courtesy, proper attire and other basic etiquette standards.
“Fourth- and fifth-grade social studies classes have a whole unit of government they learn at the end of the year and this dinner ties that all up,” Teacher Tracie Rugg said.

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Man charged with cruelty to a child

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Witnesses: Suspect struck boy’s head on vehicle
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A Ruston man faces charges of cruelty to a juvenile and aggravated battery in connection with a weekend incident involving a 10-year-old.
Walter Leshun Atkins, 38, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly choked a juvenile and then repeatedly hit the child’s head on the hood of a parked car. The incident happened at Green Acres Mobile Home Park after the child reportedly tried to get a soda from a cooler.

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