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September 21st, 2013

Obsession begins in the kitchen

Turner: I could watch Mamaw Turner cook all day
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When a person starts out thinking about what they are eating, most are a little farther along in life.
But for Sarah Turner a passion, or better yet obsession with cooking began at a very young age.
“I can remember standing on my Mamaw’s kitchen chair and helping her roll out and cut her dumplings and thinking it was the funnest thing in the world,” she said. “Mamaw Turner was the best cook, and best Grandmother.”
Turner said she would spend hours in the kitchen watching her grandmother cook and constantly eating.

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Finding relatives brings back memories

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We’re predicted to get down into the 80s.The heat has been brutal here. Looking forward to the change. Right?
As usual, this has been an exciting week. Thought I would get by with one completely free day, but not so. I just penciled in an appointment for Thursday — so, there it goes.
I need to say no, but it is so hard for me to miss anything.

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Tree limbs, a lesson in perfect timing

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Several months ago, there was a strong rainstorm that came through Ruston which left a small amount of work for me to do. The high wind caused a large hickory tree in my front yard to drop several large limbs onto the yard. I was not incredibly motivated to move them; but I knew that if I didn’t do something, the grass would begin to die underneath them. So Wednesday evening after church, I came up with a perfect strategy which involved my Sawzall power tool, work gloves and a Radio Flyer wagon to haul the branches away.

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Church News

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Assembly of God
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Baptist
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Cook
Cook currently offers a Sunday morning pick-up. Call the church office at 255-1318.

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Take a stand in order to see change

Today marks the 151st Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This preliminary address was delivered on Sept. 22, 1862, which said that on Jan. 1, 1864 all slaves in the “rebellious states” would be “forever free.”
The Civil War did not end until 1865, but the Emancipation Proclamation was, at the very least, a stepping stone to freedom for so many people. Lincoln’s proclamation did not, in fact, free a single slave, but it allowed a shimmer of hope for the people oppressed.

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Students achieve by structure

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Ah, the beginnings of fall. There’s nothing quite as liberating as those first cool mornings sent to remind us that the oppressive summer heat won’t last forever. However, there are elements of summer we will soon miss as Mother Nature blows her frosty breath across the area.
One of the things I will miss most about summer is water and all that goes with it — swimming pools, oceans, snorkeling, cruising . . . you name it, and I yearn for it. My husband calls me a “water baby,” and I do believe there’s some truth to that.

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September 20th

Glen View eyes a new library

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Reading is arguably one of the most important skills that students in lower elementary school are tasked with learning.
It seems no surprise then that the most exciting item on Glen View Elementary School Principal Lisa Mangum’s wish list for funds raised by the proposed millage tax extension — which will be put before voters on Nov. 16 — is a library designed to properly meet the needs of the district’s largest population of elementary school students.

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POW, MIA personnel never forgotten

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President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring today National POW/MIA Recognition Day. In recognition of this day members of the Louisiana Tech Air Force ROTC will stand in front of the Ruston Civic Center to remember those men and women who have been prisoners of war or who are missing in action.
“America remains steadfast in our determination to recover our missing patriots,” Obama said. “Our work is not finished until our heroes are returned safely to our shores or a full accounting is provided to their loved ones.”

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Tech hosts cyber security workshop

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Louisiana Tech University hosted a cyber security workshop at University Hall on Thursday.
Speakers included Kelley Dempsey, information security specialist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Corey Harris of the FBI’s InfraGard program.
The workshop was not just about cyber security, but also small business security. Dempsey covered the basics of security such as locks, alarms, lights, fences and guards.

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MCS celebrates first anniversary in Ruston

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Mortgage Contracting Services is celebrating the first anniversary of its 10,300-square-foot facility in Ruston.
The operations center has already added 70 new jobs to the area — well ahead of its anticipated creation of 90 jobs in five years.
The facility, which currently accommodates up to 90 employees with the ability to expand to hold 180 employees, opened in September 2012 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and officials from Louisiana Economic Development, the City of Ruston, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.

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