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August 9th, 2013

A new courthouse for Bienville Parish

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Open house set for Saturday
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A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday for the new Bienville Parish Courthouse.
Located off Gap Farms Road in Arcadia, the event is hosted by the Bienville Parish Police Jury — District One Bill Sims, District Two Jerry Roberson, District Three Darryl Ryder, District Five Tony Lawson, District Six Mike McCarthy, District Seven Raymond Malone, District Four Greg Wilson, president; Second Judicial District Court Judge Glenn Fallin; Second Judicial District Attorney Jonathan Stewart; Sheriff John Balance; Clerk of Court Jim Martin; and Assessor Jimmie Smith.

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Some Happening tickets still available

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Times are changing for Louisiana Tech University, and they’re changing for Tech’s Happening, too.
The Happening XXXII will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Monroe Civic Center with a more relaxed, tailgate-type atmosphere than in previous years.
And the new format means additional seating for even more alumni and friends than ever before, so there are some tickets still available.

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Forum focuses on digital safety

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Tuesday evening, the Lincoln Parish Library hosted part two of the Keeping Kids Safe Forum in the Lincoln Community Room.
Discussed during the event was information regarding the troubles of technology within the community, and how technology helps create problems with criminals and with our children in schools and churches. The speakers present were: Maj. Stephen Williams, of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office; Addie Smith, Ruston Junior High counselor; Logan Hunt, youth minister at Trinity United Methodist Church; and Josh Sanderson, Youth Minister at First Baptist.

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Recycling day set on Saturday

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Area residents will have a chance Saturday to rid their home of some hazardous materials and recyclables.
The City of Ruston and Lincoln Parish’s monthly Materials Collection Day is set from 8:30-11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month at 2609 Farmerville St. During this event, residents can drop off newspaper, cardboard, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, tires, appliances and furniture.
Camille Mize, Ruston’s environmental services manager, said there are usually between 50 and 60 residents that come out.

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NCLAC summer camps come to an end

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Art camps have filled our summer here at the NCLAC office. We held five-day camps in Ruston and Jonesboro, and for the first time this summer we offered Super Saturday camps in Farmerville, Arcadia, Chatham and Homer. Campers explored many concepts and materials this year, including installation art, collaboration, weaving, playwriting and stage combat.

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Visit LPL to celebrate book lovers day

Each month we celebrate a variety of holidays and from time to time we decide to celebrate something new.
Today is Book Lovers Day. Set aside for Aug. 9 and the first Saturday in November the day is meant for celebration of the written word.
Book Lovers Day encourages those interested to find a quiet place to relax with a good book.
There are several benefits to reading that cover all ages they include: mental stimulation, stress reduction, knowledge, wider vocabulary, stronger analytical thinking skills and even free entertainment.

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Healthier options for school lunches

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Growing up in a household where food staples were rice or potatoes, some form of meat — usually fried — and a vegetable, you can imagine the surprise when I decided to change my diet for the better.
Now — when I say diet, I do not mean something that is temporary. I mean a lifestyle change on what I eat day in and day out.
I love food, all kinds. From dessert and ice cream to raw vegetables to smothered fried potatoes, and I can cook across nearly all spectrums.

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Bulldogs battle forward

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Tech making preseason practice progress
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs beat the heat and continued making progress Thursday in their fourth day of preseason football workouts.
“We just finished Day Four in shells,” Holtz said. “I am pleased with the way they’re working and the effort out there. It is hot out there again, but that is what you expect this time of year. You expect that you are going to have a little bit of a drain, especially when you hit the fourth day, but some guys are really fighting through it.”

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Techster soccer begins camp

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Sherry’s young squad features 18 newcomers
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Louisiana Tech soccer coach Kevin Sherry welcomed in 26 players to campus Wednesday for a full day of dormitory and apartment move-ins, team meetings and a meet and greet with the soccer community, capped off with a ceremonial flipping of the switch on the new stadium lights at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
And on Thursday Sherry welcomed the team onto the soccer field as the Lady Techsters took part in their first fall practice of the year only 15 days away from the season opener.

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Registration open for Top Dawg baseball league

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Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Wade Simoneaux has announced open registration for his annual Top Dawg Fall Baseball League for players in grades eighth through 12.
The fall season is set to begin Sept. 15 and last six Sundays with the league ending Oct. 20 with Tech baseball players serving as the league’s coaches for each team.
The first 90 players to register will then be divided into six separate teams and compete against each other in the fall league.
Cost of participation in the fall league is $300 and jerseys will be provided for each individual player.

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