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August 24th, 2016

First-round winners announced

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Choudrant Elementary School was among the first stops throughout the parish as Lincoln ACHIEVE recognized the first round of winners in the Lincoln Parish School Board 2017 Pacesetter Campaign to support United Way of Northeast Louisiana. Following gatherings at 16 sites within the district, winners were selected among those making pledges of any size the day of the presentations. Whataburger goody bags were then presented to those participants.

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Parkinson’s program aims to help

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The Ruston Parkinson Support Group will host a special meeting to gain community interest on a program called Rock Steady Boxing.
Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness routine, which is proving to improve the ability of Parkinson’s disease patients to live independent lives, according to the program’s website.
Two Louisiana Tech University certified trainers will speak about the program during the meeting at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 in the Community Room of Origin Bank on North Trenton Street.

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Professor receives grant to advance brain research

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a team led by Dr. Leonidas Iasemidis, the Rhodes Eminent Scholar Chair and professor of biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, a $6 million grant over four years to investigate the origins and impacts of brain seizures associated with epilepsy.

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Prayer leaders gather at GSU

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Members from local churches recently gathered in the parking lot of Grambling State University’s Eddie G. Robinson Stadium to begin a walk through different points on campus for the purpose of praying for GSU leaders, faculty, staff and students. Participants in the event were Minister Barry Calahn and Mary Mayfield, both of Victorious Fatih Church of Grambling; Grace Tatum, of St.

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How to recognize major depression in adolescents

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Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part column on recognizing the signs of depression in teens.
Adolescence is a time of many challenges. Developing bodies and social and academic stresses can be difficult.
Major depression in your teenagers can be serious. If left untreated, depression can lead to devastating consequences. Ongoing problems in school, at home and with friends; the loss of critical developmental years; increased risk for substance abuse; involvement with the juvenile justice system; and suicide can be the results.
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School supply donations shape children’s future

I.A. Lewis sixth grader Fred Payne, 12, appreciated Ruston Parks and Recreation and the fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi for donating school supplies because of one reason.
“It helps prepare me to go to college,” he said.
Hopefully that’s the mindset of the other 89 children who recently received pens, tablets, pencils, glue and other school supplies at the second annual Back-to School All-Star Game.
A partnership between RPAR and the Louisiana Tech and Grambling State Universities and grad programs chapters of Omega Psi Phi lead to this annual event.

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Good news may make task harder

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You almost have to feel sorry for the Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative.
For 14 years now, they’ve faithfully made repeated trips to Baton Rouge and Washington, D. C., in search of money for $100 million for a pipeline project aimed at relieving some of the stress on the Sparta Aquifer.
The ULRWSI wants to transmit water from Lake D’Arbonne, in Union Parish, to Farmerville and Ruston. That way, the two municipalities can get off the aquifer, thus reducing by 6 to 8 million gallons per day the amount of water pumped out of the giant underground formation.

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Tech duo on Senior Bowl Watch List

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Louisiana Tech seniors Trent Taylor and Xavier Woods joined a list of over 400 college football players to be named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s 2017 Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.
The Senior Bowl is an annual showcase event for college football’s top seniors and held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl. This year’s senior bowl is slated for Jan. 28, 2017 at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, with the game being nationally broadcast on the NFL Network.
Taylor and Woods are two of 18 total players from Conference USA to be named to the watch list.

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August 23rd

Grambling State University begins classes

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Top row, from left, Tarah Cox, a Grambling State University senior criminal justice major, Keiontay Jones, a senior kinesiology major, Ebony Rushing, a senior psychology major, and, bottom row, from left, Kendrea Jones, a senior biology major, and Jhazzman Martin, a social work grad student, check their schedule for the first day of classes at GSU Monday.

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Murder suspect arrested in Ruston

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A Rayville man was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on charges as a fugitive fleeing another jurisdiction following the fatal shooting of a woman Monday in West Monroe.
Local authorities arrested Isaac Gee, 29, near Tarbutton Road on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Laquintina Qualls at a Shell gas station on Louisiana Highway 546 in West Monroe, said Glenn Springfield, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

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