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Teachers, grads honored

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Three Ruston High School teachers and four graduates will be named the RHS Alumni Association’s 2011 distinguished educators and alumni on Oct. 14.
This year’s Distinguished Educators are current RHS mathematics teacher Elaine Johnson, retired history teacher and coach Norris “Bud” Alexander, and the late history teacher and vice principal Morgan Peoples.
Named Distinguished Alumni are Zane Skinner, Robert Lewis and Duddy Burkhalter Garrett.

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Program offers early education

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October is Head Start Awareness Month, and the Lincoln Head Start Child Development Program held a program Monday to kick off the celebration.
The event sponsored by the Lincoln Total Community Action Agency honored Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, along with Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell by giving the two the duty of cutting the ribbon to kick off the ceremony.
Hollingsworth said it is very critical to have children in programs such as Head Start.

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Owens running for PJ District 1

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Charles H. Owens III has announced his candidacy for the Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 1 in Grambling.
The primary election is scheduled for Oct. 22.
Owens served on the jury from 1984 to 2007.  During that period, he held leadership positions, including vice president and chairman of the Public Works Committee.

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Library board rejects desk bid

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A reference desk in limbo and staff pay raises were the main topics of discussion when the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control convened last week.
Library Director Vivian McCain said Grant Parish Library offered to pay $3,000 for the Norway custom-built desk purchased in 2004.
Board members, however, decided against selling the property for this low price. McCain said the desk, which was purchased as part of a package deal, runs about $27,000.

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Changes proposed for ‘rainy day’ fund

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Editor’s note: The Ruston Daily Leader this week is publishing information about each of the five proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Oct. 22 ballot. Details are provided by the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan statewide organization designed to work in the public interest to focus attention on important state-related issues.

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NCLAC teaches children about artists

North Central Louisiana Arts Council Arts Academy presents a brand new class, perfect for budding artists.
Little Masters is a mix of art history and art making for children ages 6-10.
Each Saturday, children will learn about an artist, then create a personal masterpiece in that artist’s style.

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ThinkFirst to hold alcohol awareness event

ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex, the leading injury prevention education organization, will partner with counseling services, athletics and the health and exercise science department at Louisiana Tech University to hold an Alcohol Awareness Event from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct.17.
This event will include vital information on how to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries.

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Learn about mental illness

Do you know someone with a mental illness. Perhaps it’s possible you know many but don’t realize it, because the signs might be subtle.
A few serious mental illnesses include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression.
As we observe Mental Illness Awareness Week, it’s a good opportunity to become more informed about such conditions and what resources are available.

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Think pink all year round

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You hear so many stories about cancer sneaking up on people. They have no family history of the disease, they’re healthy as a horse and they go into the doctor with a cough and come out with a cancer diagnosis (after several costly tests).
It’s enough to leave any of us terrified and thinking “Could it happen to me?” Not long ago, my mom told me that our family doesn’t get cancer. Heart disease, diabetes and other awful diseases — yes, but not cancer.

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Life's riddles and miracles

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I once read of an atheistic man (an ophthalmologist, by the way) who became a believer by simply being intellectually honest enough to consider a few irrefutable facts.
Namely: the “Law of Cause and Effect,” which says, “Something (the universe, etc.) is, so evidently something or someone has always been.”
The ophthalmologist became convinced, however, by merely gazing into the eyes of his 2-year-old daughter.

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