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February 9th

Camp Ruston makes impact

I loved learning new facts about the war each year and reading books like Friedrich by Hans Richter and memoirs like Night by Elie Wiesel and The Diary of Anne Frank.
These works of literature actually deepened my respect for those who suffered through World War II.
Reading books and watching documentaries about the war made me thirsty for more.

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Techsters’ rally falls short

Speaking of four in a row, that’s how many weekend series in the league that Tech has dropped since WAC competition tipped off last month. The Techsters were hoping to pin down their first sweep after outlasting Idaho 70-60 at the TAC Friday night.
But Boise State outscored their conference rivals 7-2 in the final 30 seconds to win their third game in a row against Tech in Ruston.

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Black educators’ spirits shine

Before taking on this job, Lewis, who was named KTVE Educator of the Week in December, served as the first female principal at Lincoln Center Elementary, a local alternative school.
As Lewis makes time to provide counsel and encouragement to individual students, she gives a listening ear, lots of hugs and a lesson in the importance of hitting the books.

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Hope remains even during tough times

Slowly but surely, homes are selling at a quicker pace and for a higher average price than in years past. That’s not news you’ll read in many newspapers, but it’s happening here in Lincoln Parish.
Fortunately, our local economy has been buffered from the worst of the global economic meltdown that is shuttering manufacturing plants and sending workers in all professions home with pink slips in hand.
Although Lincoln Parish by no means is immune from the crisis sweeping the nation, we have been spared the worst of it so far.

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Now more than ever, lend a hand

And, after months of relative insulation from the recession that has been pummeling the nation, Ruston and Lincoln Parish are starting to get that bitter taste of anxiety.
There’s talk of cuts up to 30 percent at our local universities. Area businesses are taking a hit, although many not as badly as in other markets. If you’ve noticed that your newspaper has been considerably smaller in recent months, that’s a direct result of fewer businesses buying advertising.
Everyone is cutting back, either by choice or out of necessity, and it’s no fun.

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Lady Techsters stop Idaho

“The team fed off of Tarkeisha tonight,” said coach Chris Long. “She was everywhere, defending and keeping the basketball alive for us and really energizing everybody on the team. It was good to have her back out there.”
Wysinger had been “day-to-day” with her recovery from an early season knee injury, but had practiced during the week and was listed as “probable” to play as game time neared.
Then, when she did get out on the court, one could sense an immediate uplifting from her teammates.

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Krewe turns to Tech

“We were approached by the krewe because they knew we were architects and designers,” Brooks said. “They asked if we’d be interested, and we said we’d be absolutely interested.”
It started in late August with models, sketches and a presentation to the krewe’s leadership, and the pro bono job began once a design was set.

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February 6th

Projects getting under way

It is advantageous to get these projects started in the winter as things heat up quickly in the summer, both literally and figuratively.
The Romanian Army company and my team occupy a girl’s school and we want to return it to the people of Shajoy and be able to move closer to the Afghan battalion’s headquarters.
To spend our tax money properly I’ll get three bids on the project, that sounds so simple but nothing in Afghanistan is simple — nothing.
Contractors have to worry about their safety if they are seen working for the U.S., NATO, and even the Afghan army.

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A life longer than miniskirts

Counselors and public defenders will litigate that youth is a public right, and age is a public nuisance. Demographics will hardly disagree, and humans resort to shocking acts of behavior to conceal evidence. As children, when parents needed leverage in setting the maturity example, we were told to “grow up” and “act our age.” Yet as adults, we seem to want to put the car in reverse at full speed, even if it risks blowing out the transmission. European and Asian cultures have embraced age, viewing it as wine that ages with a flavor of sophisticated nuance that only betters with time.

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Every little bit helps kids at St. Jude

It’s a harsh reality that they are, and it’s a reality that has a long reach. Families can be devastated by the suffering and loss cancer causes in those among us who are most vulnerable.
Thankfully, there is something that can be done to address the issue, and it’s as simple as a phone call. With an option like that available to us, we’d be silly to pass it up.

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