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October 17th

Moats feels right at home,'Dogs cruise past SMU

Just ask Ryan Moats.
He was rockin' in Big D again, just like he used to do as an All-State running back at Bishop Lynch High School.
In fact, there were times here Saturday when the junior running back at Louisiana Tech University was zipping past defenders as if they might have worn high school jersies.
Another big day for Mr. Moats, another Western Athletic Conference victory for the Bulldogs.

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Sparta faces political fight

On one side stands the Sparta Aquifer, its pristine waters bringing critically needed clear, safe drinking water to an area that includes northern Louisiana and southern Arkansas. On the other stands legislation that could doom our precious resource.

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Senate candidate forum gets personal

State Sen. Bill Jones, D-Ruston, the incumbent, opened the forum by saying he wasn’t going to focus on how the state needs to continue its work on improving education and creating jobs.
“My record shows that I have been active in both areas, and that I’ve made a positive difference,” Jones said. “Every election involves us in a decision-making process where all of us compare and contrast the candidates. I think it’s time we did that. The contrasts between me and my opponent are stark.”

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Simsboro woman dies in Saturday wreck

Kimberly Madden, 39, of Simsboro, was pronounced dead on the scene and two juvenile passengers were transported to LSU Medical Center via LifeAir. The conditions of the two passengers in unknown.
According to a statement from the Louisiana State Police, Troop F, "Madden's vehicle entered the road from a private drive and she made a wide turn and left the center lane and was hit by Vehicle 2."

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School tax slated for April 2

Monday's decision came after months of heated discussion about how the local school system will balance future budgets and upgrade schools in the area.
This year, the system faces a shortfall of about $400,000, which is expected to grow each year if additional sources of revenue are not found.
Spearsville Board member Mike Holley, one of the major opponents of the tax, said he does not believe the people of the parish will support this tax. He said local citizens want a long-term solution.

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Fraternity donates gifts to Methodist Children's Home

Louisiana Tech University's chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity made Christmas a little brighter for some residents of the Methodist Children's Home. The fraternity presented the kids with gifts and pizza at 5:30 p.m. last night at their house. Pat Charette was on hand to add Christmas spirit dressed as Santa Clause.
Several members of the fraternity are employed with the Methodist Children's Home, which gave them the idea for the event.

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Area students tackle IOWA, LEAP

Testing began on Monday and will continue until Friday except for the first and second grades who will be finished Thursday, Kay Huffman, coordinating teacher at Hillcrest, said.

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Groundbreaking to be held for new fire station

Jeff Mitchell and Ben Rauschenbach of Balar Engineers and Surveyors of Shreveport said the new complex would include the fire station, community center, open-air basketball court, playground, ball field and fountain.
"Phase one is the fire station," Rauschenbach said. "It's getting the latest and greatest technology. We really feel like it will provide a boost to the community and really be a good asset to the town. Phase two is doing something with the existing facility and rehabilitating that."

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Search for new library director continues

"We posted our job qualifications with the Louisiana Library publication and they have posted it on Web sites, Sam Williams, LP Board of Control president, said "I haven't seen the applicants, but I know we have maybe five.
"As far as I'm aware, the library is functioning as we want it to, and we will take our time in trying to find a new director."
The board voted to keep the same elected officers for the upcoming year. Williams will remain president and George Byrnside will remain vice president of the LP Board of Control.

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Afghan author visits Squire Creek

Afghan author Farah Ahmedi asked the crowd of guests in her "southern" voice at Squire Creek Golf and Country Club Wednesday. Ahmedi, author of The Story of My Life: An Afghan Girl on the Other Side of the Sky, was the guest speaker at the 2005 Squire Creek Peach Festival Luncheon hosted in the Main Dining Room.
All tickets sold to the event benefited Ahmedi's education, James Davison, Ruston businessman and philanthropist, said.

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