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Tech grads, speaker define success

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When Holland, Pa., graduate Ann Marie Dickson walked across the stage to receive her diploma at Louisiana Tech’s graduation ceremony Saturday, she was not the first in her family.
“I will be a third generation Tech graduate,” Dickson, a general studies graduate, said. “My grandfather and dad went to Tech. Also, my aunt and two uncles. I will be the sixth brick.”
Dickson transferred to Tech in 2010 and said though she hasn’t been at Tech long, she still feels home.
“I have been looking forward to this day from the first day I set foot on Tech’s campus,” she said. “I have only been attending Tech for a year and a half because of transferring, but I feel as much a part of the Tech family as if I had started as a freshman.”

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Budget woes continue

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An attempt to restore funding to a couple of agencies that recently had their budgets slashed failed last week during a meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Finance Committee.
Earlier this month, jurors proposed making some steep cuts to several groups for 2012, but on Thursday evening committee member Roy Glover proposed restoring the annual allocations the jury distributes to three groups at the 2011 level.
Among the three groups were the LSU Extension Service (facing a $4,600 cut from 2011), Lincoln Total Community Action (a $500 cut) and the Department of Veterans Affairs ($1,408 cut).

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A season for art

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Ruston and Lincoln Parish were packed with residents Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the 14th annual Holiday Arts Tour at more than 20 parish businesses and studios.
Approximately 50 artists and musicians from around North Louisiana had their work on display, and many for sale, at the various spots that were all marked with a yellow sign that said, “tour stop.”
“It was a great day to just walk around outside and see what all the area has to offer artwise,” Ruston resident Tony King said. “You really couldn’t ask for any better weather in the middle of the day.”

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Pet of the Week

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Daisy Mae is a young retriever mix that is spayed and current on shots. This girl is looking for a forever home, and she loves to play outside. Call 251-DOGS for more information.

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’Cats keep season alive

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For the first time in five years, Ruston High will have to practice during Thanksgiving week.
But that’s just fine with Head Coach Billy Laird and his Bearcats, whose slow start-fast finish season remained alive after a 28-19 Class 5A regional round Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff victory at Baton Rouge Central this past weekend.
“If you’re still playing on the Friday after Thanksgiving, then it means you’ve got a pretty darn good team,” Laird said.

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Robbins, Phoba lead BAC squad to No. 2 finish

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SHREVEPORT — The Bulldog Aquatic Club posted a second-place finish among the seven teams at Shreveport recently.
Thirteen Bulldog swimmers tasted their first short-course competition as part of a 36-swimmer local contingent competing at the event. Nineteen local swimmers posted Top 5 finishes along with nine relay teams.
“This was a fine meet early winter season meet for our swimmers,” said Bulldog Aquatic Club head coach Paulette Crawford.

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Help spread the adoption news

With a plethora of parenting options available for couples looking to procreate, one option seems to be sitting on the backburner.
While in-vitro fertilization and surrogate mothers are both options becoming more and more viable every day, the process of adoption is slowly becoming more and more of an archaic way of being a parent.
With more than 140 million orphans worldwide, there is sure to be at least one child out of that number that would fit in perfectly to a family looking to expand.

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Thanksgiving meal cost rising

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The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner, including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased about 13 percent this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.
AFBF’s 26th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.20, a $5.73 price increase from last year’s average of $43.47.
“The cost of this year’s meal remains a bargain, at just under $5 per person,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman, a rice and cattle producer from Texas.

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Avoid reverence in parenting

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A young mother who identified herself as a practitioner of “attachment parenting”  recently told me that “children should be approached with reverence.” If the rest of my conversation with her was indication, I don’t think she used those words loosely.
Full disclosure: I do not believe any human being of any age, no matter his or her station in life, is worthy of being approached with reverence. Respect, yes. Admiration, yes. Reverence, no.
I told her I disagreed. Adults should not make idols of children. That helps no one, especially the children in question. I proposed instead that adults should approach children with compassion, love and respect. She didn’t think there was a difference, but the difference is night and day.

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Minnie Estelle Methvin Skinner

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Funeral services for Minnie Estelle Methvin Skinner, age 97, will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston with Debra Brazzel and Rev. Jerry Hilbun officiating the service. Interment will follow in Antioch Cemetery in Simsboro, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral of Ruston. Visitation will be 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Monday, November 21, 2011 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home.

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