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September 28th, 2013

Locals to raise funds for JDRF Saturday

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Evan Bernard was only 5-years-old when his life changed forever.
“Evan had been potty trained at the age of 2, but during the summer before the start of kindergarten he began wetting the bed and he was always thirsty,” Michelle Bernard, Evan’s mother, said. “I had a friend who has a child with Type 1 diabetes, and she said those were two telltale signs of diabetes, that I should have his sugar checked.”
So, when Michelle Bernard took her son to his wellness visit before kindergarten, she asked the nurse to check his sugar.

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Tech hosts entrepreneurs

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Joel Garland knows how to make a pine tree profitable. He cuts lumber from the logs, turns the shavings into poultry bedding and transforms wood pellets into a renewable energy source.
“Our goal is to use the pine tree to the fullest extent,” said Garland, founder and CEO of Ouachita Biomass.
Garland was one of 13 area entrepreneurs who participated in Louisiana Tech University’s I-20 Top Twenty business showcase Thursday. The event spotlighted technology-based start-up companies that are part of the I-20 Regional Corridor Accelerator project.

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Support our local theatres

Ruston is fortunate enough to have several venues in which residents can enjoy and experience the arts.
The Dixie Center for the Arts plays home to the Ruston Community Theatre, Stone Theatre to Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Theater and the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre to Grambling State University’s Department of Theatre Arts.
Each of these locations host numerous performances throughout the year and even hold auditions for cast members — who usually are community members as well as students.

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Finding a way to reduce crime

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It is frustrating and sad to see the arrest reports and photos of people in each Wednesday’s Leader. People have made bad choices. The crime situation is critical. Ask any police officer; they see it every day by putting their life on the line.
We have a serious problem in our community. Every community has problems. The question is “How are we going to help correct these problems and solve the problems?” There are no easy simple solutions.

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Women must become advocates

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“Because you’re worth it,” was a phrase coined by L’Oreal over 40 years ago, following President John F. Kennedy’s approval of the Equal Pay Act of 1963. Recent data released by the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the gender wage gap and compensation for women in the workforce continues to lag their male counterparts. This naturally begs the question, “Are we worth it?”

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Gear up for Oct. 16 election

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We have an upcoming election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Congressman Rodney Alexander effective this past Thursday the 26th. The election is scheduled for Oct. 19. The runoff is Nov. 16. That’s right, as if we never have any elections in Louisiana, this special one goes to ballot three weeks from yesterday.

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Tigers start strong before falling to Lamar, 27-16

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State interim head football coach sounded a lot like the late basketball coach Jim Valvano Saturday following his team’s frustrating 27-16 loss at the hands of in-state foe Lamar at Robinson Stadium that dropped the Tigers record to 0-5 on the season.
“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up,” Ragsdale said. “That’s what we preach to the players and that’s the way they played tonight.

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‘Buddy’ Davis: Back in the saddle again

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I’m back.
Well, kinda sort of.
Princeton Place, located on White Street in Ruston, is my current base of operation. It’s not the cluttered surroundings of my office at the Ruston Daily Leader on Park Avenue.
But it doesn’t matter where I write.The main thing is that I’m back to writing. I am writing it out first and then dictating it into a voice recorder (to be transcribed). But so be it.

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Army ground attack pushes past Tech

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DALLAS (AP) — Weather delays were the only things that stopped Terry Baggett and the Army Black Knights on Saturday.
Once the lightning and rain quit, there wasn’t much Louisiana Tech could do.
Baggett rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns, and the Black Knights rolled up 414 yards on the ground in a 35-16 victory that was twice delayed by storms Saturday.

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Chicken Fest a success

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The 25th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival was held Friday and Saturday with large crowds in attendance both days.
Area residents were able to enjoy a variety of vendors on Saturday, along with the Hank Staples Thunder Creek Band Saturday night.
Attendees enjoyed several events such as the Drumstick Eating Contest, Strut, Cackle and Crow Contest Dog Show and Pickin’ on the Porch.
Dubach Restoration and Beautification Vice Presidents Judy Beavers said she was very pleased with the attendance of all the events.

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