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December 10th

Remember to enjoy the simple things

One year into this new life, my mindset is beginning to shift. Instead of focusing on all the things we can’t have or can’t do because he is in school, I’m starting to just let it go.
Our situation is forcing me to do something I realize I should have been doing all along: Simplify.
After all, aren’t the simple things in life the ones that end up meaning the most to us? In five or 10 years, we may not remember what gifts we received this holiday season, but surely we will remember the conversations, feelings and experiences that took place.

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Candy, floats fire up festivities

Ruston residents weren’t the only ones in attendance at this year’s parade. Connie Parks, of Hico, came out an hour early to find a spot to support her son, who participated in Bethel Baptist Church’s float. She said the weather wasn’t even a factor to her.
“We had to have a good seat,” Parks said. “I’m about to burn up right now. I’ve been hopping around, yelling for cups and candy and embarrassing my kids.”
Parks attended the parade with other members of Hico Baptist Church, which placed first in last year’s Christmas parade. Despite not being in the parade, she said she enjoyed it.

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December 7th

Techsters at home against USM

Tech wouldn’t mind another such performance at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night when the Lady Golden Eagles (6-3) will provide the opposition for a 7 p.m. meeting.
Not only will Tech will be seeking a third consecutive victory over their visitors from Hattiesburg, but also for this season.
Tech sneaked past Alabama 62-62 on Wednesday night and was an 82-60 winner here last weekend against Stephen F. Austin to forge its second two-game victory streak of the young campaign.

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Take time to remember Pearl Harbor

The power of Pearl Harbor is in the men and women who died there, the men and women who gave their lives in the years that followed and those who can still tell what happened during that time.
Today is a day of reverence and remembrance. As the years go by, they take many of our country’s veterans with them.
The World War II veterans still among us have valuable insight to share and heart-wrenching stories to tell. We admire their dedication and service, which still provides inspiration for citizens across the nation.

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Walk for a healthy heart

My mom always made sure I was active when I was younger. I would roller skate down the road while she walked, and when I was in high school, I took jazz class and played tennis. However, it’s amazing how quickly those good habits faded when I was on my own.
I’m trying to pick them back up, though, not just for my sake, but for the sake of the children I will have in the future. I want to set a good example for them and help them realize that their hearts are precious and need just as much care as any other part of the body.

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Professor recognized nationally

“Of course, all these activities make our university more visible and more famous at the national and international stage,” Lvov said. “And, as a result, at national surveys on nanotechnology in the last years, we are placed among first 10 universities among MIT, Caltech, Cornell and other big brothers.”
The winners from this year will be printed in the journal’s January 2008 issue.

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December 6th

Techsters win, ’Dogs lose on road

Alabama then went the length of the floor after a timeout and turned the ball over as time ran out.
“I wanted Shanavia to have a big night,” said Tech head coach Chris Long. “But I’ll be honest, she came out and started really slow on both ends of the floor. She had a lot of people here and I think that might have affected her.
“She was only 3-of-13 from the field. However, she stepped up at the end. Jo missed the shot, and Shanavia was right there to put it in. She hit the big shot when it counted.”

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Recognition another bonus for Tech

It actually feeds into work he did in recent years that helped garner Tech two other Small Times’ honors, one in education and one in the commercialization of nanotechnology ideas.
The technique itself hinges on layer-by-layer nanoassembly, which basically is a method of coating very small particles with other very small particles in layers to change the substance’s properties. It has been used before to improve recycled paper by increasing its strength and the amount of recyclable material that can be used in its creation, for example.

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Teaching tech-savvy students

The current STEM course, as well as the additional ones in the planning stages, is a means to build this work force.
“We believe it’s important to begin working with k-12 schools to prepare students to be successful in college, so we can support those companies,” Guice said.
When I went to observe the STEM class this week at RHS, a mixture of reactions hit me. First came awe, followed by concern as the STEM students watched a video showing robots making bricks, sorting potatoes and cutting lumber.

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School Board OKs tax election

“The district gets rewarded based on the effort they put forth locally,” Murphy said. “If these (tax renewals) do not pass, we will be penalized.”
He said the two parish-wide renewal taxes are for 4.94 mills, and each generates more than $1 million annually to pay for minor school repairs and maintenance, fuel for buses and school employee salaries and benefits.
One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value.
The 10-year tax up for renewal in Dubach is for 3.25 mills and generates about $95,000 annually.

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