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September 19th, 2006

Tech mistakes almost led to loss

 “Our first half turnovers were huge for them,” said head coach Jack Bicknell. “That’s the last thing you can do against this team by turning the ball over and we did it far too much in the first half. Fortunately, we did much better the rest of the game, settled down, stayed within our assignments and really finished on a strong note.”
Tech (1-1) was able to even its record and move to an all-time mark of 16-2 against 1-AA foes by putting together 17 unanswered points and a combined 24 in the second and third periods to prevail 31-21.

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September 18th

Bearcats’ offense explodes

“We didn’t come out as mentally sharp as we needed to be, but we responded well after they scored on us.”
The Bearcats had their share of contributors to the win, the second in a row of 30 or more points.
Running back Kevin Caesar rushed for 107 yards on 13 carries and scored on a 25-yard run.
Fellow running backs DeUndray Johnson (3-yard run) and Billy Thompson (2-yard run) got in on the TD count and wideout Lamar Haddox hauled in a 13-yard scoring throw from quarterback Ben Alsup.
There was more.

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Options abound for club

Last week I attended a meeting in which Eldonta’ Osborne, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, and Jimmy Williams, unit director of Ruston’s Boys and Girls Club, informed parents about the club’s purpose, what their children could receive as members there and programs that will soon be installed to further help their children.
“The reason why we are here is for the kids in the community, and we want to serve all of the kids in the community,” Osborne said.

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Golden pen leaves mark

Whatever national and international acclaim that Grambling State University enjoys in athletics today, you can trace it directly back to the Winnfield native, who passed away this past week at the age of 85.
He did it with a caring, compassionate and loving demeanor that earned him friends and admirers from New York to Los Angeles, from Tokyo to Houston.
The fact that GSU has four of its former players in the NFL shrine for greatness isn’t surprising.

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Jury works for Habitat

Juror Roy Glover lends a hand holding a board. Other jurors who helped were president the Rev. Eddie Allen, Annie Brown, Mickey Mays and Parish Administrator Dennis Woodward.

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September 14th

Bills not getting any cheaper

Ruston has had a contract with an outside power source since 2002.
Caraway said Ruston’s power plant has not been operational since then, due to skyrocketing gas prices.
“If (the power plant) had generated all of that power since 2002, it would have cost our citizens $22 million,” Caraway said.
“Gas is through the roof, and we can’t afford to generate it.”
Caraway said currently the city is searching for the cheapest, yet best, solution.
“The mayor has gotten together with many citizens of the community, and we’re discussing risk management,” he said.

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Parish prepsters face road tests

Cedar Creek will try and remain unbeaten, Grambling High will try and achieve its first win and Ruston High will try and jump past the .500 percentage level.
A sizeup of each of the games:
RHS VS. FRANKLIN
Kickoff time: 7 p.m., Friday.
Records: Ruston, 1-1; Franklin, 2-0.
Last week’s results: Bearcats 35, Ouachita 28; Franklin 20, Oak Grove 7.
The skinny: Ruston is coming off of a wacky, wild and offensive-loaded shootout with Monroe Ouachita, which remains a top 10 state Quad-A ranked club.

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Candidate forums offer opportunity

At 6 p.m., Tuesday, all candidates for the school board and Grambling’s mayoral election will speak again, this time offering information about themselves and answering questions from the Ruston-Grambling League of Women Voters at Ruston City Courtroom.
Candidates for Grambling’s City Council will also get an opportunity to answer questions and present their platforms.
On Sept. 25, the candidates for Grambling City Council get another speaking opportunity when they take their turn in Grambling Hall Auditorium at GSU.

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Police Jury plans first trash megasite

Juror Bobby Dowling reported during a Solid Waste and Recycling Committee meeting earlier Tuesday that preliminary studies estimated it would cost approximately $50,000 to set up each site. Included in the amount was land purchase, fencing, lighting and placing rock on the surface.
“We’re looking at two sites right now,” Dowling told committee members.
But Jury vice president Joyce Huntington recommended the jury experiment on land it already owned before spending any money to purchase additional land.

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Park represents the parish

I think these letter writers are on the right track.
Instead of badmouthing the bureau to their families or ignoring the situation in the hopes it will disappear, they are taking action. Hopefully, their efforts will reap some results.
In a parish which aims to market itself as an attractive place for college and high school students to reside, the presence of a good park is important.
Ruston voters in 2004 passed a $33 million bond issue to renovate the city’s schools.

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