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May 17th, 2006

Dubach discussion strays toward dogs

Complaints from Dubach residents over the years have ranged from dogs tearing through garbage and starting fights with other dogs to appearances of puppies who are seemingly without parents.
“We get a lot of calls where people who don’t have dogs will have a litter of puppies born under their house,” Mayor Margaret Rogers said.
“It’s sad to see (dogs) run over or dying from mange or malnutrition.
Hopefully, if we go this route, they will be better cared for.”

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Arts and drafts: my expression

Also, it’s been about two years since I purchased a scrapbook kit, complete with almost every imaginable product, from which an amazing intricate collection of papier-mache and photographs should naturally spring with a modicum of effort.

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May 16th

’Dogs close out at home against ULM

“It’s the last home game for us and we want to finish out with a win,” said Ben Tabor, a senior designated hitter from West Monroe who crushed a game-deciding three-run home run in Sunday’s 12-8 league verdict over New Mexico State. “It’s always a big game against ULM and we want to try and get another win against them.”
The game will also mark a final opportunity for Tech fans to pay a Love Field tribute to a group of players who have a chance to post the most wins for the program since the 1989 season; in that year, the ‘Dogs totaled 38 triumphs.

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Assistance awards deserved

The staff of Lincoln General Hospital’s ER room and Lt. Stephen Beard, who heads juvenile investigations for the Ruston Police Department, were both touted on a state level at a meeting of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault for the help they give the Pine Hills Sexual Assault Center.
Joanie Griswold, director of the center, nominated both award recipients and said she was particularly thrilled because such state awards are not easily attainable, with only a few winners chosen out of many nominations made state-wide.

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Habitat home complete

“The exterior is pretty much finished except for the canopy and front door,” Beach said. “Right now we’re finishing the countertops.”
The house itself is not the only thing going through a change.
The 33 architecture students have planted colorful flowers along the front of the house and built benches to put in the backyard.
“Landscaping makes a big difference,” Beach said. “The house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. April (Austin) has four kids from 4 to 9 years old. The two youngest daughters will share a room, but each has their own closet.”

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Celebrating the end of a year

The fifth-year architecture students are finally finished with their amazing endeavor, which was to build a Habitat for Humanity home and finish it before graduation day. They have finished before schedule, and tomorrow will be the ribbon cutting.
They have accomplished something magnificent, and I think, with the house now completed, they are just beginning to recognize it.
Stephanie Seal, the sister of one of my husband’s best friends, is working on the project, and I talked with her for a few minutes about the impact she was making with this house.

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May 15th

Tech women tracksters No. 1

The Lady Techsters totaled 174 points and featured the Outstanding Performer and Coach of the Year award winners after finishing No. 1 at the league’s annual outdoor meet which concluded at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu late Saturday night.
Sprinter Donesha Spivey earned that Outstanding Performer award after sweeping to first places in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, plus running the third leg on the Techsters’ championship 4-by-100 meter relay squad.
Spivey clocked 11.82 in the 100 and 24.14 in the 200.

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Test scores show growth

Seventy-six percent of parish fourth graders who took the LEAP test for the first time met the exam’s criteria for grade level promotion — an improvement of 6 percent over last year’s number.
Also, those who took the GEE — 10th and 11th grade students — continued a trend that has shown improvement each year for the past four years.
In 2003, 24 percent failed, followed by 16 percent in 2004, 12 percent in 2005 and 10 percent in 2006.

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La. Newspaper of the Year

Eighty-four newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers submitted 4,765 entries.
In addition to Newspaper of the Year honors, The Ruston Daily Leader also captured the sweepstakes award in the editorial competition and earned a first place award in the General Excellence category.

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The writing’s on the stall

This week on the wall of my favorite bathroom stall is a flier with information about a body acceptance and self-esteem group that meets every Tuesday in the Counseling Services Office on Louisiana Tech University’s campus. It also asks the following question: “Do you: weigh yourself several times a day, practice unsafe weight control methods, feel that food and thoughts of eating control you, base your self worth on the size of your clothing?” Next to that flier is another filled with statistics about disordered eating and eating disorders — what they are, who has them and how to get help.

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