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October 25th, 2012

Risk factors for breast cancer

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I was either in high school or college the first time I learned of a local woman dying from breast cancer. It was a shock. Until that point, my assumption had been that the condition was not fatal.
Years passed, and I heard of a few more lives lost to breast cancer. The seriousness of the condition became clear, and a fear began to grow of being diagnosed with it myself.
A couple of years ago, I attended a seminar where a medical doctor provided some pretty disturbing information about risks for breast cancer. It was very surprising to discover some things that were linked with this dreaded condition.

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Spending is a bipartisan obsession

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If you engage with government long enough, as I have, it is hard not to become cynical. Then again, cynics often see an unfiltered version of the truth. At this moment, politics weigh heavily upon voters who care. In a few weeks, we will determine who will occupy the White House and Congressional seats for the next four years. Here in the Bayou State, a tumultuous legislative session looms in the spring. The nexus of much of the turmoil in both Baton Rouge and Washington has to do with the desire to spend money greatly in excess of the amount available to spend.

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Once a T.L. James Contractor

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Note: I thought the golf outing and reunion for Ruston American Legion baseball players went well. As Ms. Ruth Delony used to say in her Dubach Doings column: “A good time was had by all.”
My father and I wanted to have a son for the same reason — so we could teach him how to play baseball. Teach him how to break in a glove, how to stand at the plate, how to hold the bat, how to throw a curve ball. Baseball is a natural bridge between fathers and sons, between the young and old.

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Super 1 Foods, students honor veterans

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Students across the Lincoln Parish School district recently teamed up with Brookshires/Super 1 Foods to help a group of World War II veterans make the trip of a lifetime.
Twenty-four veterans from Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas boarded a charter bus for Dallas, Texas, along with 20 Brookshires/Super 1 volunteers and guardians before flying out for a special trip to Washington, D.C. Part of the nationally known Heroes Flight program, the trip provided the veterans an opportunity to visit the memorial erected in honor of their military branch or war of service. Each veteran was selected based on applications that were turned in to the Brookshires corporation.

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Penguins, Louisiana, technology among lessons at CSE

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Third grade
The second six weeks already has the third graders busy with learning their math facts, brushing up on their subtraction facts and adding four digit numbers.
In reading, the students read about penguin chicks and how they survive in Antarctica. The students wrote postcards to Jean Pennycook in Antarctica telling her what they learned about penguin life. Now we are all counting the days until she answers our postcards!

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PTA awards basket at Open House

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Recently RHS parent Dave Meng was the Open House Gift Basket Winner. The PTA draws a name from all the members that have joined them this year and then the winner receives a gift basket containing RHS sweatshirts, T-shirts, two football tickets and a $100 gas card. As of now, 120 RHS families have joined the PTA.

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Fundraiser winners recognized

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Jim Taylor Ford stopped by Ruston High School to present $100 cash awards to the student and teacher winners following the first Drive 4 UR School event sponsored by the Ruston business. Recently named Business of the Year by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Jim Taylor provided an opportunity for students and teachers to place their name in a drawing for every participant they had come test drive a new Ford vehicle and help raise funds for the school.

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FBC to host fall festival

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Watch for the lights, cameras and action at First Baptist Church’s parking lot, 300 S. Trenton St. in Ruston, from 5-7 p.m. Sunday.
Local and area residents, along with their children, are invited to participate in games, festive treats, music, sponsored booths, animated balloons and surprises galore, including the “parade of miniature horses”— all ingredients for an autumn Octoberfest for area families.

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Fundraiser set for Saturday

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A Flapjack Fundraiser to raise money to help area needy families is scheduled from 8-10 a.m. Saturday by the Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. The women's philanthropic group will use the funds to help area residents at Christmastime.
Event chair Cindy Tait said, "We'll be serving up short orders of pancakes for a tall cause."

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Creek, OCS: First place on line

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Two the top five teams in Louisiana’s Class 1A ranks will decide who sits atop the District 2-1A standings after Friday night.
It’s No. 1 Ouachita Christian playing host to No. 5 Cedar Creek at the Eagles’ stadium.
No shocker: these two rivals on Interstate 20 have collided in other seasons to determine who takes outright ownership of first place in district play.

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