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August 19th, 2016

NAMI is here to help those in need

The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a “Healthy Mind and Body” mini-conference beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Parish Library Lincoln Community Room.
The conference will focus on giving the community information about how to get and maintain a healthy body and mind, Jerrilene Washington, NAMI Ruston chapter president, said.
If the conference is a success, she said, the NAMI staff hope to make it an annual event.

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Proud to call Louisiana home

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Southeast Louisiana is devastated. Thousands of homes are gone, and 13 people are dead due to the historic flooding.
Homes have been literally washed way. People have been left with the clothes on their back and maybe whatever they could fit in a small bag right before they were rescued from their rooftops.
There have been several stories in our paper in the last week about local residents gathering supplies and making their way into flooded areas to help those displaced from the storm.

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August 18th

Collaboration is the Key works with area professionals

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The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 16th annual Collaboration is the Key hosted 127 domestic abuse professionals from around the state to learn about abuse in a variety of life stages on Wednesday.
The annual event brought speakers to address issues such as shaken baby syndrome, child abuse, reporting abuse and elderly abuse.
Wanda James, DART’s legal advocate and rural program supervisor, said the event brings experts in the field to the community to share their knowledge.

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Universities help students affected by flooding

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Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University have begun the necessary preparations for incoming and out going students in the wake of recent south Louisiana flooding.
GSU is preparing for students coming to campus to begin school Monday, while Tech held summer commencement at 10 a.m. today.
GSU President Rick Gallot said registration prior to the first day of class continues through Friday, but the university will extend registration into next week to accommodate students and their families affected by the flooding.

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NAMI seeks to help, comfort community through conference

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The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a “Healthy Mind and Body” mini-conference beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Lincoln Parish Library Lincoln Community Room.
The conference will focus on giving the community information about how to get and maintain a healthy body and mind, Jerrilene Washington, NAMI Ruston chapter president, said.
The conference was conceived earlier this year when two of the speakers came back from the state conference with educational information, she said.

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Miss Louisiana prepares for Miss America pageant

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In hopes of being the next Miss America, Miss Louisiana 2016 Justine Ker will begin her quest to Atlantic City on Sunday.
A 22-year-old classical pianist from Choudrant, Ker was named Miss Louisiana in July.
“I am really excited to be competing at Miss America,” she said. “I am extremely honored to be representing the state of Louisiana as Miss Louisiana.
“This has been a dream of mine since I was young, and to finally have that dream realized and to finally be on the Miss America stage is something that I still can’t believe. I am just really excited right now.”

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Molly Butler exhibition at the Dixie Center

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce an exhibit of work by painter Molly Butler at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Butler, winner of Best in Show at this year’s Peach Art Exhibit, was awarded this solo exhibition as part of her prize.
Her exhibition will be on display from now until Oct. 28, in the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Butler is a junior in the School of Design at Louisiana Tech University, from Eros.

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Quota president attend international convention

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Quota of Ruston President Lynn Hutchinson, was selected to represent the United States by serving as the USA flag bearer at the Quota International convention in Brisbane, Australia. The convention was attended by Quota members from around the globe.

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Congratulations Tech graduates

Summer is over at Louisiana Tech University. It officially ended today when 266 students walked across the stage in the Thomas Assembly Center, accepted their diplomas from university administrators and joined ranks with the almost 100,000 men and women who are Tech alumni.
But as with every ending, beginnings are right behind. Even as Tech closed out it summer term today, it’s getting ready for the new term that begins Sept. 7.

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Good deeds help flood victims

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“It just kept coming.”
That’s how my friend described floodwaters rising to six inches in his Livingston Parish childhood home.
I have heard this chilling statement many times. In fact, it haunts me — as I’m sure it does many Louisiana residents.
A family friend said verbatim the same statement to me after Hurricane Katrina flooded her home. Another friend in Monroe described their house flooding earlier this year in the same way.
Here we are again.
More than 630 inches of rain passed through southeast Louisiana and Mississippi from Aug. 10-14 flooding thousands of homes.

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