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November 22nd, 2013

Lighten Up brings health issues to light

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State epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard has some advice for Louisianans: Change your lifestyle.
“Start having a healthy diet, lose weight, stop smoking, watch your blood pressure and watch the cholesterol,” Ratard told about 40 people gathered for the opening session of Thursday’s day-long Lighten Up Lincoln community health conference.
“Louisiana is the unhealthiest state in the nation,” Judi Null, CEO of the Health Hut, the conference’s organizer, said.
She said the goal of the conference was to play up healthy living and examine factors that cause poor health.

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New shop pops up downtown

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With the opening of Main Street Exchange this week, Ruston has joined the ranks of several big cities around the country with the latest shopping trend — occasional shops.
Only open a few days each month, Main Street Exchange will offer curated repurposed home goods, furnishings and more.
Owners Jane and Tucker Watts are both Louisiana Tech University graduates who have spent the majority of their life in the Jackson, Miss., area. However, in retirement, they are transitioning back to Ruston.

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Rapper Wale donates $5K to GSU

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A well-known rapper officially donated $5,000 to Grambling State University on Tuesday.
Wale, a musician from Washington, D.C., pledged to help the university’s football team with new uniforms and equipment during a Nov. 7 homecoming concert. In the midst of his crowd-pleasing performance, he announced to students and fans he wanted to help the historically black university.

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JFK captivates the nation after 50 years

Everybody who is old enough to remember knows exactly where they were and what they doing when they learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.
Kennedy’s death, at the hand of Lee Harvey Oswald, changed the nation and maybe the world. Today, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, even those who were unborn in 1963 are as caught up in the Kennedy magnetism as are those who watched the young president take office, and then so quickly, die.

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Practicing safe driving saves lives

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Everyday we go through the motions of getting ready for work or school just to get on with our normal day-to-day routine.
Most of us get in our vehicles to make the trek to work and whether the drive is only a couple minutes or for a full hour, we should all be cautious.
Fortunately, I am one of those lucky people whose round trip to work, which includes dropping the little one off at daycare and sometimes making another stop, barely totals seven miles.

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The Holiday Arts Tour continues on

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 16th Annual Holiday Arts Tour began last night, with evening shopping hours in conjunction with Main Street Christmas Open House. The Tour continues today, from 4-8 p.m., with 30 plus visual artists on site in stores all around downtown Ruston. Make your first stop at the Dixie Center for the Arts, where you can view a group exhibition of participating Holiday Arts Tour artists, as well as sample wines by Landry Vineyards. Grab a brochure with a map, and then set off in search of unique art gifts and quality entertainment.

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Tech alumnus displays photos in LSMSA gallery

The work of Jess Van Alstyne will be on display now through Nov. 30 in the Art Gallery of the Center for Performance and Technology located on the campus of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.
Van Alstyne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Louisiana Tech University in the spring of 2013. Her artwork has been exhibited at both the Mary Wilifred Moffett Gallery and the Enterprise Center Gallery in Ruston and the Downstairs Gallery in Monroe.

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Good Sams Club meets

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Cooler crisp days were present for the Caney Lake Sammers Oct. 23 – 26. They were welcomed by hosts Joe and Mary Lanning and Bill and Cindy Austin. Nine camper rigs participated, with several campers coming in to various events. Four couples who were Vickie and Fred Benefield, Pat and Joe Dickson, Carolyn and Hubert Estes and Janece and Louie Miller were on a mission trip for their church in West Virginia. Those present enjoyed the beautiful Lincoln Parish Park.

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’Cats, Cougars set for Round 2 of playoffs

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Ruston High and Cedar Creek enter round two of the playoffs today with the Bearcats hitting the road and Cougars playing a home contest.
The Bearcats travel south for a matchup with Destrehan for a Class 5A matchup while Cedar Creek is at home for a Division IV against Catholic Point Coupee after sitting out the first round with a bye.
Both games are set for 7 p.m. starts.
Ruston enters the game as the 13th seed in Class 5A while Destrehan is the No. 4 seed. The Wildcats stand at 10-1 on the season.

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Tech hopes to keep bowl dreams alive vs. Tulsa

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Louisiana Tech will honor its 23 seniors and close out its 2013 home schedule as the Bulldogs host Tulsa at 6 p.m Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play-by-play), Corey Chavous (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sidelines) calling the action.
Louisiana Tech (4-6, 3-3 Conference USA) enters the final two weeks of play needing to win both games in order to gain bowl eligibility. The Bulldogs meet a Tulsa (2-8, 1-5) team that dropped a high scoring affair at home last week in a 45-34 decision to Marshall.

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