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September 29th

NLW permit on city agenda

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New Living Word Church may finally be able to start building their additional two-story school building after Monday night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council.
During the 5:30 p.m. regular meeting, aldermen will consider action on a new conditional use permit allowing New Living Word to use the land to build an additional school building.
The building would house students for the church’s preschool through 12th grade school. The school enrolled 97 new students this year as part of the Louisiana Scholarship Program. The proposed building would house up to 400 students, which would allow for the school to grow.
Planning and zoning commissioners gave preliminary approval, but required that the plans include a minimum of four additional trees and some fencing along the back of the property to prevent children from wandering onto other people’s land.

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Choudrant welcomes Sanders back home

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A local soldier who was awarded a Purple Heart received a heartfelt homecoming when he arrived in Choudrant on Thursday evening.
Inside the high school, a crowd of friends, family, former classmates and acquaintances greeted, hugged and thanked Timothy Sanders, who just finished a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.
The paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in a limousine accompanied by Patriot Riders, who followed him from the Monroe Airport.

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A clucking good time

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Downtown Dubach was filled with food, fun and vendors as the small town held its 24th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival Sept. 29-30.
Vendors of all kinds aligned the streets, providing goods ranging from bloomin’ onions, to crochet hats, to donated Bibles.

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Renovations on La. Tech’s Memorial Gym nearly done

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After renovation initially started on July 30 to replace the original floor that came with the Memorial Gymnasium facility in the 1950s, the new state-of-the-art floor is less than two weeks away from final completion.
The classic look of the floor was designed to permanently honor former Louisiana Tech basketball coaching legend Robert “Scotty” Robertson — an eight-time Hall of Famer — and will serve as an alternate practice facility for the Bulldog and Lady Techsters basketball teams as well as for use by the health and physical education department.

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Tech ranked No. 1 in graduates’ salaries

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PayScale.com released its 2012-13 College Salary Report Thursday and has ranked Louisiana Tech University No. 1 among Louisiana’s public and private universities in starting salaries for recent graduates.
The report shows that Tech graduates with a bachelor’s degree, but no higher degree, and with two years of work experience, earn a state-best average of $45,900 per year. LSU was second in the state with $44,100 and Tulane University was third with $43,800.

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Support research for diabetes

It is believed that more than 3 million Americans have Type I Diabetes.
According to the American Diabetes Association, Type I Diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is a condition where the body does not produce insulin.
Those with Type I Diabetes take multiple daily insulin injections with insulin pens or syringes or an insulin pump. They must also monitor their blood glucose levels.

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BESE member: Reform is ‘trickery’

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As a member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), I am writing to express my disappointment in the deceptive practices that are being used to disparage our traditional schools and educators. I ran for the BESE position because I wanted to be an integral part of reforming schools in Louisiana. My campaign was based on reform. Shortly after being elected to the state board of education, I realized what is being offered up as reform is nothing more than trickery.

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Man says God’s vision is very conservative

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There are two visions for the future of this country. However, they are hidden behind the eloquent speeches and fanfare that we have just seen on television.  
There is God’s vision and Satan’s vision. God’s vision is very conservative and will not tolerate everything and anything. Satan’s vision is very liberal, and wants tolerance and acceptance of everything. Satan’s vision is for man to govern himself minus the laws of God. Satan doesn’t even want God to be mentioned. So, which vision do you want for America? I prefer God’s vision for America.  (Proverbs 14:34) Vote for those who support God’s vision.

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Always a field of dreams

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Well it’s just about time for playoff baseball again in America. It’s about the only time I watch baseball anymore. Baseball is one sport that is a whole lot more fun to play than to watch.
I also caught a little bit of the movie “Field of Dreams” on the TV the other night. I can’t explain why I always get a tear in my eye when Kevin Costner asks his daddy to have a catch. That scene ranks up there with Old Yeller — another well-known tear jerker.

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Some thoughts on voting

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Voting time. The right to vote is also a privilege with an obligation. This is treasured by most in this country. We have the obligation to be good citizens.
Some of this might sound routine, but right around the corner is one of the most important of elections on Nov. 6. In that there are some new voters or others who have not voted in a while, I take the opportunity this very week to remind people of the upcoming election. The reason I do this right now is that our law requires a person to be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. In this presidential election cycle, that makes the deadline to register to vote Oct. 9.  Stated differently, if you, a friend or relative wants to have a say in the presidential election, there is just barely more than one week left to register.  Maybe I should not have to share this, but I would like to think this is a way of contributing with this gentle reminder.  As some friends of mine jokingly said the other day, vote early and often. You can’t do this without being on the rolls.

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