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April 20th, 2007

Families of autistic youth not alone

A support group for families or friends has just started and is picking up steam. Its first meeting was held Thursday, and support continues to grow for this worthy cause.
Not only do parents get to exchange stories about their autistic children and learn from others’ experiences, but the siblings also get to interact and realize they are not alone. Plus, plans are being made to have a day out for the autistic children, the siblings and the parents.
Cole added she hopes parents who even suspect their child might have autism will come to the group meeting.

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Gallot to reintroduce gun bill

While there is a general ban on firearms and other dangerous weapons on school property, Gallot said it does not apply to a student who possesses a firearm in a dorm room or while going to or from a vehicle.
“After this was brought to my attention, I filed House Bill 143 of the 2003 regular session,” he said.
Gallot said opponents of his bill — which would outlaw all personal weapons on campus — successfully argued that the bill was an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
“I was unable to secure enough votes to get the bill out of committee,” Gallot said.

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Train travel still an option

I had the opportunity to experience this old transportation favorite when I went on a Amtrak trip to Wisconsin over Thanksgiving break. The trip was an over-nighter from Longview, Texas, to Chicago, which allowed me the full train experience.
After my numerous plane flights in the past year, I would have to say it cannot compare to the luxurious comfort of train travel. The train seats are spacious with two foot rests per seat, the aisles are not cramped and the view is not restricted by a two feet by one foot oval window.

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April 19th

Lady Bearcats on a mission

“We beat Airline 1-0 and I struck the girl out four times who had hit a grand slam off me in the prior game. One time for each point she got for that hit [in the last game],” senior pitcher Elyse Smith said. “We have finally came together as a team. We are playing as one instead of playing as individuals.”
To get where they are now, the Lady Bearcats had to get past Airline High School, Caddo Magnet High School, C.E. Byrd High School, Huntington High School, Natchitoches Central High School, Southwood High School and West Monroe High School in district play.

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Will drivers be on camera?

Charlie Buckels, a Redflex Traffic Systems regional sales manager, could have a new client if the first situation is the case. At the monthly town council meeting on Monday evening, Buckels introduced council members to a product offered by his company, which uses cameras to catch speeders. With a program known as Speed Solution, Redflex could deploy a mobile van — to be parked in various areas throughout Dubach — that uses line stream video to capture drivers on film.

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Choudrant bond election is nearing

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable value.
The second proposition is a 10-year-millage increase of 3 mills — totaling about $60,000 — for maintenance and operation, or upkeep, at both schools.
If these proposals pass, it could increase Choudrant homeowners’ property taxes anywhere from $25 to $725 per year depending on the assessed value of their property. Businesses could be paying between $750 and $7,500 per year depending on their value.

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Tech checks safety

King also said the “extraordinary situations” were a broad category and hard to define.
“The best preparation in my mind is proper training and commitment by all to be vigilant to report things that look out of the ordinary.”
Tech went through a unique scenario in 2005, King said, when hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit.
“The good thing about the higher education community is that we share information,” King said. “We share what we’ve learned, and the end result is the strengthening of all campuses.”
King said he is also confident in campus and local law enforcement officials.

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April 18th

Lady Cougars topple St. Mary’s

Cedar Creek singled St. Mary’s into oblivion, all but one of the Lady Cougars’ 13 hits going for one base.
But it was enough to overcome a two-run rally by the Lady Chiefs (14-13-1) in the final two innings (in which they scored one run in each of those frames).
“We expected some rust to be there today, but Meredith (Sanders, starting pitcher) and the defense battled through it and played really well,” said head coach Joey Adams.
“I thought we made a lot of plays out there tonight and especially up the middle by Marcus (Rachel), Ginn (Alese) and Gaston (Hayley).”

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Art education adds beauty

“This interaction between the young children and the college students who are interested in the arts — it’s that bridge between the very young, the young adult and the people from the community that I think is so important. It says to the young child that art can be used throughout their life,” she said.
More than 200 elementary students converged on campus today to explore different types of art, ranging from storytelling to hands-on arts and crafts. Such exposure is critical to the development of young minds.

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Dubach looks at extra traffic eyes

Buckels said if the van were deployed to Dubach, the town would be required to post signs on both ends of U.S. 167 outside Dubach alerting drivers that the technology is used in the area. Speed limit violators would not be pulled over but would receive a ticket through the mail. If Dubach chose to adopt the technology, a hearing officer would be needed for those who wished to contest their tickets, and the van — if left in a deserted area — could be manned by someone other than a police officer, Buckels said.

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