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October 25th

Animal cruelty should not be tolerated

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There are few things in life sadder than when a helpless creature is abused. The news that a dogfighting ring was discovered Thursday on Turner Street in Ruston is shocking and deplorable. Hopefully, those living in the neighborhood who suspected the crime ring had enough heart to call the authorities. Nevertheless, the Ruston Police Department stepped in and arrested the suspected dog handlers.
After the dogs were examined by a veterinarian, a Ruston Animal Control officer said the dogs were reportedly malnourished and had new and old scars from dog bites or dog fighting.
According to the article printed in the Ruston Daily Leader’s Sunday edition, six pit bulls and two other dogs were seized by Ruston Animal Control officers and will not be returned to the owners. This is in compliance with Louisiana State Statute 14:102, which prohibits dog cruelty and fighting.

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Tech produces distinguished alumni

The mark of a good school is having graduates go on to achieve great success while remembering their roots and where they came from.
And after the recent 2010 Louisiana Tech Alumni of the Year Awards Luncheon, the university should feel pretty good about where it stands right now.
Tech honored seven distinguished alumni on Oct. 15, with 1978 graduate Justin Hinckley being recognized as Alumnus of the Year.

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October 24th

Graftons celebrate 42 years marriage

Eddie and Hilda Grafton of Ruston will celebrate their 42nd anniversary Monday. The Graftons were married on Oct. 25, 1968. Their children are Scott and Jennifer Grafton and Mark and Chasity Grafton. Their grandchildren are Wyatt, Macey and Harper.

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Design exhibit to open at La. Tech galleries

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Examples of the best designed book covers of 2009, as decided by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, will be displayed at Louisiana Tech’s School of Art from Tuesday to Nov. 18.
On Tuesday, Wes McWhorter, AIGA president of the NOLA chapter, will speak at 4 p.m. at the School of Art, and a reception will follow at 5 p.m.
The selections in AIGA’s annual competition represent the best work across all disciplines of communication design and strategy, as chosen by a jury of design peers.

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Three charged with dog fighting

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Three men were arrested on animal cruelty charges for dog fighting on Thursday.
Billy Thompson, 22, Andre Moore, 21, and Keith Moore, 20, all of Ruston, were arrested and charged with dog fighting and cruelty to animals after officers were called to the scene of a fight Thursday morning.
At approximately 10:31 a.m. Thursday, Ruston Police officers responded to the 100 block of Turner Street in reference to dogfights. When officers arrived several subjects reportedly fled the area.

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October 23rd

It’s no treat to be tricked by scary investment moves

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If you have young children, or even if you just have some in your neighborhood, you know they will soon acquire large amounts of free candy, obtained by impersonating witches, vampires and other scary creatures. As an adult, of course, you’re unlikely to encounter too many monsters after Halloween ends. Yet, as you go through life, you will find some things that are truly alarming — such as scary investment moves.

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The five most important estate plan documents

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It may be the subject matter — death, incapacity and taxes — that causes us to avoid estate planning. However, the fact is that no matter what your age or how much wealth you’ve accumulated, you need an estate plan to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets — both now while you’re still active, as well as after your death. Having an effective estate plan is one of the most important things you can do for your family.

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Too little insurance could be costly in long run

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Question: I pay so much for insurance. but I’m not even sure if what I have is the right kind or amount. How do I lower my bill and make sure I have the right kinds of insurance?
Answer: Imagine coming out of Giganto-Mart one day and not being able to find your truck. After searching the parking lot 10 times, you come to the very uncomfortable realization that your truck is gone. Maybe you forgot where you put it, maybe some unsavory characters took it or maybe space aliens swooped out of the sky and ate it.

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Vote for best candidate

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The candidate was stumping for votes and happened upon a reservation full of Indians. He asked the chief if he could speak to the tribe and the chief graciously consented.
Mr. Politician got to talking and each time he made a point, a loud shout went up: “Oom Golla Golla.” He was pleased with the response he was getting, so he made other points and promises, and each time the response became louder and more animated. “Oom Golla Golla; Oom Golla Golla.”
Finally it was over and they all stood up, and without clapping, they were roaring the same refrain, “Oom Golla Golla; Oom Golla Golla.”

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Parish schools proud of SACS results

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For many, there can be no better feeling than when the Ruston Bearcats beat the Neville Tigers in football. What a time for celebration! Having just come off the big rivalry win, adrenaline flows wildly with the anticipation of more Bearcat victories down the road. Such wins tend to set the stage for greater things yet to come or at least so goes our mindset.
The great former Ruston football coach Chick Childress told me once that “how goes the football program is how goes the school year.” If you can establish a winning season, then everything else within the schools seems to go well. You know, he probably had a point. Within our mental framework are those triggers that help boost our spirit and keep us on the path of future success. Wins and other noteworthy successes drive our mental attitudes leading us to believe that we are invincible and can easily raise the bar for the next challenge.

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