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March 29th, 2014

Hatcher, Williams reteam with Redskins

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Jason Hatcher now has the best of several worlds.
The former Grambling State University star added some lucrative digits to his paycheck by signing as a free agent with the Washington Redskins.
Not only did the Jena native bag the biggest contract of any NFL free agent landed by the franchise this year, but he is reuniting with his college head coach. Doug Williams, who recruited Hatcher out of Jena High School, was recently hired as a member of the Redskins’ front office.

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Tech tennis to host NSU

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Much of this spring season has been spent on the road for Louisiana Tech so it’s no surprise the Lady Techsters are enjoying a stretch of three of four matches at home.
Today at 1 p.m. they return to the Tech Tennis Complex to take on in-state foe Northwestern State.
If last year is any indication, this could be another marathon battle between the two schools.
“NSU has improved as have we since last season when we won 4-3 at their place,” said head coach Chad Camper. “We have new players and they have new players so it will be a different challenge.”

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It takes teamwork to tag a turkey

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As I’m sure you’ve surmised by now, I’m a turkey hunter.
Nothing gets me quite so worked up as to be standing on a hill in the gathering light of a spring morning and hearing the rattling, throaty sound of a boss gobbler announcing to all female turkeys within earshot that he’s awake — he has his mojo on and he’s ready to play.
Once you experience going one-on-one with a wild turkey gobbler, you won’t look at spring mornings the same ever again.

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Raising DART awareness

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Whether residents like eating, sports, music or conversation, there’s a way for everyone in the parish to enjoy themselves and help a good cause this week.
The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 14th Annual Radiothon is set from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday.
DART has been serving this community for 20 years now, and this week is a chance for the community to help DART.
“Since this is DART’s 20th anniversary, we hope that the community will celebrate our work with more donations,” said Pam Dance, DART radiothon chair.

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McCain turns up the heat

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Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories about women fulfilling nontraditional roles in honor of Women’s History Month.
When there is a fire, usually the firefighters who are called to the rescue are men, but that’s not always the case in the Lincoln Parish Fire Department.
Sherree McCain is a local volunteer firefighter for LPFD, and is a proud wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
She is a long-time resident of the Ruston area and her family is well-known in the community.

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Patient numbers increase

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Larry Lambert knows what it’s like to fall through the health care crack.
Once up a time he had insurance, but then Lambert, a graphic designer for a Ruston T-shirt business, developed diabetes and a heart condition.
“Eventually, health insurance went up so much I had to drop it,” Lambert said.

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Exhibit to premiere

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Beginning Thursday, the Lincoln Parish Library will serve as the premiere North American location for a new Anne Frank exhibit.
Emily Arnold, program coordinator for the library, said everyone is excited about the exhibit stopping in Ruston before touring the rest of the country.

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Celebrating a community of great women

For the past several weeks we have read about the remarkable women in our community.
Some are career women. Some are artists. Some were mothers. Some are even your local handy-women.
But what they all have in common is the ability to inspire our young women to reach their full potential. Being a woman does not mean that you must be a mother or a career women. As we read through their life stories it was easy to see that many, if not all made the decision to do both, and for that they should be commended.

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Preparing for the prize, glory

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Someone recently asked about the first time I saw Elvis, and I gladly waded into the events of that spectacular March afternoon in 1975.
We had great seats in the Monroe Civic Center mezzanine. Though a fair distance from the stage, I knew that I would be able to get a pretty clear look at Elvis. However, when the lights went down for Elvis to take the stage, something came over me.

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Significance of Easter revealed

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Easter season is fun. It is sacred. There are four weeks left. Families, traditional and universal, celebrate. We have Easter egg hunts, eat chocolate (at least I do) and dress well for church. We might explain the bunny. Easter is celebrated by the Christian family.
Today and the next three weeks, I write of the significance of Easter, both from a spiritual and historical standpoint.
I say now and will repeat later: Easter is the most significant time in history. This might sound bold; I will share more on Easter.

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