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October 17th, 2017

Fire destroys Head Start Center

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State and local fire investigators are continuing their efforts to determine what caused a blaze that destroyed the Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center this morning.
The building, located at 1400 Oakdale St., housed a mostly federally-funded pre-school program for children ages 3 through 5 from low-income families. About 215 students were enrolled in the program, Executive Director Clotill Smith said.
“Right now, we’re just trying to pull ourselves together,” Smith said.

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Leadership Lincoln hosts Health Care and Social Services Day

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The Leadership Lincoln XXXI October “Heath Care and Social Services Day” was sponsored by Northern Louisiana Medical Center. The day included visits with Christian Community Action, Life Choices of North Central Louisiana Ruston Regional Specialty Hospital of N. LA, Northern Louisiana Medical Center, Boys and Girls Clubs NCLA, The Health Hut, Rolling Hills Ministries, and a prescheduled ribbon cutting ceremony at IFun Family Fun Center

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Helpful tips when you go out dining

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Your napkin goes in your lap as soon as you sit down at the table. Wipe your fingers as often as necessary. You may also use a corner of your napkin to blot your lips as needed.
Avoid talking or drinking with a mouthful of food. If you need to respond to a conversation, swallow your food, put your fork on your plate and speak before you resume eating.

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Dunkin’ Dogs Bracey named preseason All-CUSA

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Conference USA is doing things a little differently heading into the 2017-18 basketball season.
The league C-USA will announce two student-athletes (one to the men’s and the other to the women’s squads) named to the league’s annual preseason teams in a series of releases that began on Monday
Last season’s C-USA Men’s Freshman of the Year, Louisiana Tech’s DaQuan Bracey, is the first player selected to the men’s team in a vote by the conference head coaches.
Bracey is only the fourth Bulldog in program history and the first since 2012 to be named Conference Freshman of the Year.

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Cougars strong running long

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Cedar Creek’s boys cross country team finished strong once again this weekend, taking third place at the Holy Savior Menard Invitational on Saturday.
The Cougars finished third overall, paced by third-place individual finisher Gabe Poulin.
Cedar Creek’s girls varsity team came in seventh.
The Cougars’ John Davis Vessel finished first overall in the boy’s Junior Varsity Race with teammate Cade Williams coming in third.

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Peterson trade win-win move

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Addition by subtraction. It all added up for the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals.
The Saints traded future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to the Cardinals last week, and days later running backs from both teams had their best games so far this young season.
Peterson, a seven-time Pro Bowler who had only days to try and pick up Arizona’s offensive system, finished his game with 26 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his debut with the Cardinals.
Meanwhile in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, the Saints’ Mark Ingram II and rookie Alvin Kamara ran wild.

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Start planting 'native plants' for our ecosystem

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If you spend any time gardening you have likely heard the term “native plant,” a buzzword in gardening circles. Finding a single clear-cut definition for native plant is difficult. Therefore, I made my own derived from various sources.
According to me, a native plant grows in a particular area or ecosystem without human intervention and grew there before Europeans settled the area.
With this tentative definition, we need to decide why natives are important to our ecosystem.

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Congratulations to GSU’s ‘Last Chance’ duo

The Ruston Daily Leader congratulates a pair of Grambling State University defenders who have made the most of their “last chances” at playing collegiate football.
On July 29, 2016, entertainment company Netflix produced and released the first season of “Last Chance U,” a series that focused on all aspects of the East Mississippi Community College football team that won three Junior College National Championship titles over five years.

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October 16th

Grambling State theatre presents ‘Flyin’ West’

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Beginning on Tuesday, the Grambling State University Theatre will present “Flyin’ West,” by Pearl Cleage in the Recital Hall, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.
“Fleeing the South to avoid oppression and racism after being freed, four black women find refuge on their own land of Nicodemus, Kansas,” said Mary Crook, associate professor of stage and theatre management in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at GSU. “Between the harsh winters to the brutal abuse, Cleage portrays each characters struggles to find their own freedom.”

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Tech engineering program named most affordable

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Louisiana Tech University’s Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management program has earned the University accolades, both as one of the most affordable online degree programs in the United States and as one of the best value programs.
The SR Education Group ranked Louisiana Tech fourth in its rankings of “2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges” and in its rankings of “2018 Top Online Colleges for Value” in the master’s degree in engineering management category.

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