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February 25th

Shots are key to keeping all of us healthy

There are any number of disease agents surrounding us at any moment. Infection is as simple as forgetting to wash your hands before eating or drinking or rubbing your eye. The discovery of germs was one of the biggest forward advancements in the field of medicine, and as such, coming up with ways to combat their spread through intravenous injections was a breakthrough.

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Shot requirements for students boosted

Sonja Cardwell, also a nurse in Lincoln Parish schools, said this shot — in addition to at least a dozen already required for entry into pre-k or kindergarten — may protect children from a disease that can in some cases be fatal. In some instances, Cardwell said, chickenpox can lead to more serious conditions, such as Reyes syndrome and encephalitis.
“Statistics show one out of around 1,000 people who get chickenpox will have complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis,” Cavender said.

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February 24th

Reed on Wheaties’ box

“I didn’t realize they had come into the area yet,” Reed told the Ruston Daily Leader Monday. “I had heard about them coming into the Dallas area in recent weeks, but I’m glad to hear that they’re starting to get into the local area.”
Then the man who guided the New York Knicks to world championships in 1970 and 1973 chuckled:
“I guess I better get out to Wal-Mart and pick some up before they disappear.”
The new package, which was initially unveiled in New York City recently, continues the Wheaties tradition of honoring renowned African-American athletes during Black History Month.

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Take me to the Mardi Gras

Music is one of the foundations Mardi Gras is built on. It’s that second line drum beat in the distance and the occasional wail of a siren letting you know that a parade is approaching.

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Businesses set example for parish

They, along with all the others who recycle, compost, unplug appliances not in use and walk instead of drive, are helping to make Lincoln Parish cleaner, more efficient and less wasteful.
Trailblazer Resource Conservation and Development also has played a large part in making recycling more accessible for local businesses. Trailblazer provides newspaper, office paper, phone book and aluminum can recycling in an eight-parish area. Without them, we would have no local recycling service.

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The good times roll out at Ruston’s Mardi Gras ball

Those in attendance also benefitted the North Central Louisiana Arts Council with a silent auction as well as a public auction of a Krewe of Allegro necklace.
Before the announcement of Queen Allegro X, King Jim Mize led a second-line dance through the tables and across the dance floor to the stage with nearly all in attendance joining in as the Harmon Drew Supergroup segued from The Meters’ “They All Asked For You” to Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya.”

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February 23rd

Not goodbye; see you later

Although I write for the Tech Talk, Louisiana Tech’s newspaper, covering stories in the real world is quite different. I went from being sheltered to learning how to deal with various types of people. During this internship, I learned a lot about the city and the people of Ruston. I feel every moment shared was worth the effort.

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Healthy habits start early

Children need to learn at an early age how to make smart food choices and to place a priority on regular exercise. This can be a challenge for families who have picky eaters and for families in which parents are not setting a healthy example for their children.
Stepping up to fill in the gaps are Louisiana Tech kinesiology professor Tammy Schilling and her graduate students. They are targeting some of Lincoln Parish’s youngest students and educating them about exercises they can do at home and how to make food choices that lead to good nutrition.

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’Dogs sweep parish series

“We showed patience at the plate today,” Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. “Grambling State started a tough lefty that threw soft. Those kinds of pitchers can ruin good hitting. Our hitters countered his pitching style by keeping their head on the ball and not opening up their hips.”
Featured in yet another offensive explosion for the Western Athletic Conference team were home runs by third baseman Chris Kersten and outfielder Devin Dageford.

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Stimulus funds stall in Baton Rouge

He said the plan will have to move quickly once it is reconsidered — the Department of Transportation Development has only 120 days to get bids for the work.
Some of the largest projects included work on Interstate 10 and other south Louisiana roadways and bridges.
The U.S. 167 project, set to reconstruct about 6.2 miles of roadway between Quitman and the Lincoln Parish line, was tabbed at about $7 million. Fannin tried to assuage fears it could be deleted from the list.
“I will do everything I can to make sure U.S. 167 stays in,” he said.

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