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January 19th, 2013

Riggs: Stop madness of gun violence

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The president took bold measures to help curb gun violence. We can show our support as citizens by letting our Congressmen know that we as a nation insist that this madness of gun violence must stop.  Please write our Congressmen to let them know we are serious about protecting our children and nation from the senseless murders that are taking place daily. Nine hundred people have died from gun violence since the Sandy Hook tragedy; more than 80 of the 900 have been children.  Below are a few measures Congress should take:
• Background checks must be made for all gun purchases.

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Schools up for an awesome 2013

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My friend Lisa gave me the most awesome book for Christmas. And its name says it all: “The Book of Awesome.” Well, it did until I read her inscription inside the cover —“Here’s to finding lots of AWESOME in 2013!” I don’t know about you, but I just like the sound of that. But then again, I just like the sound of that word —“awesome” just sounds awesome to me!
So as I started 2013 I placed this awesome book on my desk to remind myself daily of the awesomeness around me. After all, this book suggests that there are at least 14,001 things to be happy about even when things seem to be anything but awesome. I’ll bet if we each stop and think about it we could find even the smallest things in our everyday life that are grand, amazing, astounding, splendid and tremendous. In fact, we should truly be overwhelmed with the unsuspecting and simple awesomeness surrounding us.

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Field trip to the courtroom

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Through the years I’ve noticed that some of the occurrences in the court system are a microcosm of life.  Some of the cases produce the bizarre.  One might remember the old Art Linkletter series of “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” I suppose I could borrow that title and say “People say and do The darndest things.”

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Tech physicist: Recent solar activity could impact Earth

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An enormous and explosive mass of electrically charged solar plasma — known as a coronal mass ejection or CME — exploded from the sun’s atmosphere a few days ago and is moving closer and closer to Earth.
Although it sounds like a storyline of a sci-fi blockbuster movie, Lee Sawyer, a physics professor at Louisiana Tech University, says this activity is simply part of the sun’s cycle.
“The sun goes through a cycle of increased solar activity every few years and right now we’re in the middle of one of those cycles,” said Sawyer. “We’ll likely continue to see a lot of these events over the next two years.”

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SCHOOL NEWS: RUSTON ELEMENTARY

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December Students of the Month
Third-grade students of the month were Cohen Ballew, Katelyn Harvey, Meagan Walton, Kiona McAllister and Derrick West.
Fourth-grade students of the month were Destiny Richards, Nan Crews, Griffin McAllister, Emma Smith, Ontario Moss and Bryton Breeding.
Fifth-grade students of the month were Madison Soto, Gauge Parette, Coby Hayes, Damien Turner and Darriun Collinsworth.

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Chennault museum to host regional history day competition

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler and the staff of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum are announcing that the north Louisiana regional competition for the 2013 Louisiana History Day will be held at the museum from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. March 23.

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Health foundation elects new chairman

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Longtime Ruston anesthesiologist, Dr. Ben Haley, has been elected chairman of the Board of Lincoln Health Foundation (LHF).
Haley was recommended as an LHF Board member by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury in 2007. Prior to establishing a successful practice in anesthesiology, Haley served as a flight medical officer in the United States Air Force. He maintained his practice of anesthesiology for 34 years before retiring in 2004. Haley succeeds Dr. Shirley Reagan who has served as LHF’s board chair since 2007. Reagan will continue her membership on the board through Sept. 30. Other board members are John Belton, James Davison, Wilbert Ellis, Benny Denny, Dr. Allen Herbert, Fredric Hoogland and Jo Tatum.

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Costanza named project director

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Sam Costanza, of Hunt, Guillot and Associates, has been promoted to the position of project director over the Ruston Project Management Group. 
Prior to his transfer, Costanza was the lead project manager with the Program Management business unit within HGA with primary responsibility for overseeing the Katrina/Rita restoration contract and the Lincoln Parish Master Plan contract.

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Devon makes Fortune’s best workplace list for 6th straight year

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Devon Energy announced it has again been named to Fortune magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
This marks Devon’s sixth straight year to be included on Fortune’s prestigious list. Devon is ranked No. 27, up from No. 28 last year.

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Credit cards and college students

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Question: My daughter is going off to college this fall. Apparently she can get her own credit card now. What is the best credit card for her to get as a college student?
 
Answer: One with a low limit and a short leash.

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