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June 26th, 2013

Celebrating National Park and Recreation Month

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In five days, it’s time to celebrate. July is National Park and Recreation Month. It is 31 days dedicated to celebrating unleashed open air recreation and encouraging everyone to explore our recreational facilities, parks and pools in honor of summer and the beauty of the outdoors.
Ruston Parks and Recreation operates and maintains 12 park sites that include athletic fields, outdoor basketball courts and playgrounds. In addition, we operate and maintain the Bobby James Gym, McLane Multipurpose Center, the Regional Sports Complex on Farmerville Street, J. C. Love Softball Complex, Municipal Tennis Courts and the Municipal Pool.

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Take precautions with pets during hot months

Until the last month of spring, the area experienced fairly mild temperatures. However, the hot, dry Southern summer is here and the mercury is only rising.
Most individuals realize the dangers of heat exhaustion and will seek water when feeling dehydrated or find a cool place to rest to avoid potentially serious health complications. Sadly, pets may not have these options and many will die this summer from extreme temperatures. Since the most common pets to roam the outdoors are dogs, and many owners take them along for everyday errands and even family vacations, dog owners should be especially aware of the potential dangers.

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Minimalist approach to cleaning

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Of all the wonderful things my mother was, an exemplary housekeeper was not one of them. Yes, she kept things clean and neat, the laundry done and good meals cooked, but Mama liked stacks of stuff: magazines to read, bills to pay, pictures she could use for art ideas.
Mama also liked things that attracted dust: dried flowers, baskets and most anything under the general header of whatnots. My mother came by these tendencies quite naturally. Her mother, my grandmother, was the same way.

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Race preferences rumble on

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The entrenched regime of racial preferences in American academia is a fit subject for study by the nation’s top psychiatrists.
It’s never OK to discriminate on the basis of race in American life, except when it is. Schools lionize the 1964 Civil Rights Act in their classrooms, and then violate it in their admissions offices. They will obfuscate, sneak around and lie, all to preserve their treasured preferences so they can make the admissions numbers look right — regardless of the consequences.
This system is bad for the moral fiber of academic institutions, bad for the ideal of race blindness in America, and bad, the latest research suggests, for the minorities supposedly benefiting. It is good only for salving the guilty, race-obsessed consciences of university administrators and appeasing the PC gods and the usual interest groups.

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Freedom vs. Security

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This is an era when every question seems to have an answer — and when that answer is as close as your phone, your laptop or your tablet. But these implements, which answer so many of the questions that we did not know we had, also have raised difficult new questions that we now know we cannot avoid.
Many of these critical questions have become part of the national debate in recent days in the wake of disclosures about how the new technology has opened up new avenues of government surveillance. Here are three questions suddenly dominating American civic life:
What is the balance between freedom and security?

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Jones: Finally, a call to Hall

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Ex-Grambling hoops’ star gets his due with state honor
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Larry Wright almost fell out of his chair.
Told about James “Jimmy” Jones being a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction class of 2013, Wright said:
“You mean Jimmy isn’t there already? You have to be kidding me. He should’ve been in there sooner.”

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Tech players named to C-USA team

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Kenneth Dixon hasn’t even played a down against Conference USA foes yet, but he’s already making quite an impression.
One of the nation’s top first-year players in 2012 has been selected to the first unit of the preseason All-Conference team announced by Phil Steele’s College Football Magazine for 2013.
And while the Louisiana Tech University running back won’t collide with a C-USA defense until Tulane comes into Ruston on Sept. 12, he will be entering the upcoming season with the most ground gaining yards of any player.

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Techsters sign juco post player

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Louisiana Tech University head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Tuesday that the Lady Techsters have signed junior college post player TyJae’ Chenevert to scholarship papers.
The 6-3 post player played her sophomore season at Diablo Valley Junior College in California and her freshman year at State Fair Community College in Missouri.

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Vyleria Mae Walton Dunn

Vyleria Mae Walton Dunn of Camden, AR passed away Friday, June 21 at parkway Health Center in Little Rock, AR. She is the wife of the late Rev. I.R. Dunn and mother of Othell (Maude), Israel Jr. (preceded her in death(, Luther and Gerald. Funeral Services will be Friday, June 28, 11:00 am at St. Paul B.C. in Camden, AR. The church is located at 896 S. Adams Ave. Burial is Saturday, June 29 at Mt. Zion #2 cemetery in Dubach, LA. Visitation prior to the burial will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 in the church. For more information contact Othell Dunn at 501-231-9437.

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INVITATION FOR BIDS

INVITATION FOR BID

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