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July 19th, 2011

527th Engineering Battalion reunites

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More than 20 years ago, members of the Louisiana Army National Guard 527th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) deployed with great fanfare for Operation Desert Storm.
On Dec. 3, 1990, the Battalion received the alert notification and on Dec. 6, 1990, they were activated. They mobilized to Ft. Polk to the cheers of large crowds throughout Louisiana.

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RHS cheerleaders rock NCA camp

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The Varsity Cheerleaders from Ruston High School recently returned from a National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) summer camp.
The camp was held at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and attracted more than 500 cheerleaders from the surrounding states. It was a time for the team to learn new skills and routines and bond as a squad.

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Gardeners offer a hand to the needy

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Gardeners are friends of the needy. If we have a surplus, we try to find someone to give it to or if we see someone that is needy we try to give them something that they need.
In much of our area, I think that we have a needy situation that we can help. Many of our native plants are suffering and not blooming like they should this time of year. Many of our landscapes are suffering from the dry weather.

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Anthony bill to benefit parish

When Florida resident Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old child, Caylee, earlier this month, it angered many around the nation.
The fact that Anthony went a month without notifying the authorities that her daughter was missing helped sway the public’s opinion on the 25-year-old mother’s guilt. And it is this same issue that has prompted some states, including Louisiana, to propose new laws.

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4-H to showcase work at livestock show

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It’s livestock show time in Lincoln Parish again. It’s been several years since Lincoln has been able to host a livestock show and we’re all excited to see this come back. On Aug. 6, 4-H members from across the state will be unloading their cows, hogs, sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens at the North Louisiana Expo Center.

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Helpful tips for 'life planning'

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A few weeks ago some old friends asked that I speak to their club sharing some thoughts about what I like to call “life planning.” It’s not that I have any fear of discussing death, but the term “estate planning” just has a morose tone. Also, there are many decisions one can make which will help for many years while still here. Then I have noticed with summer trips there are many who come into the office before “getting on the road” — not a bad idea.

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‘5’ team bats boom in title win

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With tongue placed firmly in cheek, Norman Edison Parkman said his team had their opponent “right where we wanted them” during the early stages of Monday night’s Big League Southwest Regional championship game.
Well, that might have been a true moment of semi-jesting by “Coach Eddie,” because Louisiana’s District 5 squad trailed 8-0 to Texas East entering the bottom half of the third inning.

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Dent’s advice to players: Stay in shape

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Richard Dent has a three-word message to the locked out NFL players.
It’s “stay in shape.”
Maybe that sounds rather mundane and obvious, given the brutal physical nature of the sport, but the former four-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman mentions it because of the current questionable state of affairs in the league.

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NFL dispute ‘making progress’

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The NFL told club executives they could be schooled in the ins and outs of the new labor contract as early as Thursday, and the players’ association summoned its leadership for a potential vote — the strongest signs yet the lockout might be nearing an end.
Lawyers for both sides met 8½ hours in New York, including 3½ with a court-appointed mediator, to try to close a deal to resolve the sport’s first work stoppage since 1987. Talks were scheduled to continue Tuesday.

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Barnard paces BAC at district meet

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BATON ROUGE — Tatman Bernard led a contingent of eight Bulldog Aquatic Club swimmers to a solid finish at the recent district Swimming championships in Baton Rouge.
The 15-year-old Bernard finished first in the 200 freestyle then added three second-place finishes and a third at the event. He also posted three state qualifying times.

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