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August 15th, 2008

Family rearranges priorities

George, who is a straight A student, will play sports throughout the school year, but Crook said study time comes before all other activities and her son, who is service minded, rarely asks for assistance with his homework.
“He’s very helpful with his teachers,” she said. “He’s very helpful to his friends.”

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Barmore going into another Hall

This one is fittingly known as the “Sports Hall of Champions,” one that includes legends in athletics from the Ark-La-Tex area.
And Barmore, the former leader of the Lady Techstersí nationally-prominent hoopsí program, is truly among the regionís most successful and famous contributors in the sports world.
He will be honored along with four individuals in ceremonies set for the Shreveport Convention Center on Saturday starting at 7 p.m.

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Collaboration can stop abuse

“Police can be the first-responders, but we can’t be the only responders,” Coker said. “We need other people — mental health providers, judges and social services.”
Coker said a person in a relationship might have reason to worry if he or she cannot answer yes to the following three questions regarding a relationship:
• Can you trust this person?
• Are they committed to the relationship?
• Do they care about you as a person?

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Career Center bolsters youth's opportunities

The MCH Career Center offers valuable certifications in areas like carpentry, general construction and hairstyling that can provide them with a link to the world outside the juvenile system. The job training and internships available to MCH residents through this center are not to be taken lightly. Statistics show those involved in the juvenile system, be it incarceration or removal from negative environments, have an uphill battle to succeed in education and in the work force, often continuing a negative path toward further time in a state detention facility.

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Coleby: Big upside for Bulldogs

”His upside is as big and as great as any prospect in the United State. He’s just cracked the surface.”
Ranked as one of the country’s top collegiate prospects by Rivals.com and Scout.com, Coleby has averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots per game during his prep career.
He has been one of the major forces on the powerful Canada Grassroots squad that won this yearís inaugural ìRuston Showcaseî tournament held at the Thomas Assembly Center, plus the coveted adidas Super 64 tournament held this summer in Las Vegas.

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Job training program lives on

The majority of young people residing at MCH are in the custody of the Office of Youth Development or Office of Community Services. Some have been in trouble with the law and others are victims of neglect and abuse.
At the Career Center, MCH residents and others in state custody can earn certifications in carpentry, general construction and hairstyling and are placed with local contractors for on-the-job training.

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August 13th

Bennett, Jenkins: Who’s No. 1?

There’s no rush or urgency on the part of head coach Derek Dooley and the Tech offensive staff to quickly designate a starter against the ’Dogs from Starkville.
“There isn’t going to be any early decision,” Dooley told the media at the recent ‘Fan Fest’ held at the Thomas Assembly Center. “This might not be determined until the week of the first game. We’ll just see. Right now, nobody is ahead. We’re just pleased, right now, with the progress of both quarterbacks.”
In “both”, Dooley means sophomore Ross Jenkins and fifth-year senior Taylor Bennett.

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Goodbye to a bad memory

It was about 11:30 a.m. On my way back from a news conference with Louisiana Tech’s ranking elite that detailed information about their plans for a huge campus expansion, I peeked toward my house on the way back to the Daily Leader, anxious to transcribe some of my notes and get cranking on one of the better stories of recent weeks.

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Weather hinders road work

Shapiro said the ramps have been closed since late July.
Another DOTD project involves the closure of lanes on U.S. 167.
Shapiro said, weather permitting, the inside lane of U.S. 167 South on the bridge will close today to resurface the deck.
“The closure is expected to last 3-4 days,” Shapiro said.
Resurfacing on the right lane was complete Friday, he said, and in a week or less resurfacing will begin on either the right or left lane of U.S. 167 North on the bridge.

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Plan ahead for your commute

Work on both the U.S. 167 bridges and the Interstate 20 ramps at La. 33 will continue, at least for the time being, and that means congestion, longer commute times and possibly irritable motorists. La. 33 is also undergoing work on the extreme north side of the city, which puts long-range commuters to and from the Union Parish area in a bit of a sticky spot.
There’s work that will continue to cut off Everett Street into the university, as well and more north of the interstate at Chautauqua that is taming the flow of traffic there.

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