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August 29th

Please, fall, give us some relief

Beads of water condense on the outside of them from the sticky heat.
Time just stands still in the end of the summer, especially here in Lincoln Parish. The buildup just continues and continues. Sleep is a wink away but comes fitfully at night, when you can’t seem to get comfortable with a mixture of air conditioning and fans. Either too hot or too cold, the middle ground is hard to pin down.

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NASA honors Ruston native

The Silver Snoopy award is the astronauts’ personal achievement award presented for significant contributions to America’s space program.
F.J. Armond said he was proud of his son’s accomplishments.
“We really can’t put into words just how proud we are of Chad,” F.J. Armond said. “We appreciate the Ruston public school system and Louisiana Tech for preparing Chad for such an exciting career.”
Armond also spoke about the Ruston community.

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August 28th

’Dogs on a mission Saturday

“I’m sure once Friday and Saturday gets here, it will happen,” Dooley admitted when asked if there will be any nervous ‘flutters’ regarding his liftoff into the head coaching ranks. “But every day here so far has been an adventure and I’ve really been more concerned with making sure that we’re well prepared.
“When it comes to game time, however, I am sure I’ll start worrying a llittle more. Right now, though, my main worry is not letting our team down.”
Dooley has return to the college profession after a two-year stay as tight ends’ coach of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

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Tech, Reneau continue strong run

In other similar situations, local universities have spent months searching for what they hoped was a decent candidate. Some were successful in that search; others were not.
But Reneau once again pulled a proverbial rabbit out of the hat by convincing recently retired Ruston Police Chief Randal Hermes that he really didn’t want to be retired after all. In doing so, Reneau now has two veteran law enforcement officials on campus in Quinnelly and Hermes.

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Tuesdays with Beavers

Firstly, I realized years bring not only more wrinkles and birthday candles, but knowledge and experience as well.
Growing up, I feared getting old. Every birthday brought along new excuses to look for wrinkles in my face or little prayers beseeching eternal youth. These affairs were just the ridiculous concerns of a thirteen-year-old who had read too many beauty magazines. I got over my fears of looking older, but I still dreaded feeling older.

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Officials: Gonzales resigned

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was among those mentioned as possible successors. However, a senior administration official said the matter had not been raised with Chertoff. Bush leaves Washington next Monday for Australia, and Gonzales’ replacement might not be named by then, the official said.
“Better late than never,” said Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, summing up the response of many in Washington to Gonzales’ resignation.
Gonzales served more than two years as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general.

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August 27th

Parish teams: it’s ‘game week’

Grambling State heads eastward for a 7 p.m. Southwestern Athletic Conference matchup against Alcorn State in Lorman, Miss.
COACHING DEBUTS: For several members of the coaching fraternity, it’s not just another season opener this weekend.
It will mark the very first assignment for three head coaches of parish teams.
Derek Dooley starts his debut at Tech, Rod Broadway lifts off at Grambling State and Jamar Dorsey gets his career under way at Grambling High.
The parish’s mainstays at head coach are Billy Laird of Ruston High and Corwyn Aldredge of Cedar Creek.

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RPAR needs our help to coach kids

“Coaches are required to communicate with the RPAR office and parents, plan and conduct one or two practices, and oversee the team during the weekly games on Saturday afternoons,” Shell said.
Shell also gave a checklist to see if a person might qualify as a coach. The list included the following:
• Must be positive, honest and sincere with the players;
• Must be enthusiastic;
• Must have perseverance;
• Must have an even temperament;
• Must have a basic understanding and knowledge of the sport; and
• Must pass a screening process to work with kids.

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Fall into local activities

Ruston Parks and Recreation is getting ready for fall sports by offering registration from 3-6:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, at the McLane Recreation Center for youth soccer (U6-U14), youth flag football and a host of other activities that will keep kids moving during the fall season. YMCA’s tackle football, in its second year with RPAR, will also be another option.
The success of these sports at RPAR, since their inception, cannot be seen in statistics.

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RFD ‘boots up’ to fight MD

Firefighter Chris Reeves hit the streets for his third year, sporting an orange vest to make him more visible to drivers.
“It was really hot, but all the people were friendly,” Reeves said.

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