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May 15th

The writing’s on the stall

This week on the wall of my favorite bathroom stall is a flier with information about a body acceptance and self-esteem group that meets every Tuesday in the Counseling Services Office on Louisiana Tech University’s campus. It also asks the following question: “Do you: weigh yourself several times a day, practice unsafe weight control methods, feel that food and thoughts of eating control you, base your self worth on the size of your clothing?” Next to that flier is another filled with statistics about disordered eating and eating disorders — what they are, who has them and how to get help.

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La. Newspaper of the Year

Eighty-four newspapers, publications and college/university student newspapers submitted 4,765 entries.
In addition to Newspaper of the Year honors, The Ruston Daily Leader also captured the sweepstakes award in the editorial competition and earned a first place award in the General Excellence category.

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May 13th

Clean city title boosts city’s image

When Margaret Simpson, Ruston’s clean city chair and secretary of the local Sunset Garden Club learned of the judges’ decision to award Ruston the title over Alexandria, Houma and Hammond, she could barely contain her excitment.
“We are ecstatic,” Simpson said. “We want to thank everyone who helped, and we’re very glad Ruston came through again.”
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said the award was a wonderful honor for the community.

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Time to honor moms of all types

Those of us who had such a mother owe them more than we could ever give them and one day a year seems so insignificant compared to the amount of time they gave. So, Mom, happy Mother’s Day. I love you.
The same could be said for those of us who are married. Granted, Susan always reminds me that she is not MY mother, but she is the mother of our son Justin, and she made those same sacrifices mentioned above for him. Although Justin is a typical young man — meaning he forgets a lot — he’s good about giving Susan a call on Mother’s Day to thank her for all she’s done for him.

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Choudrant falls short

Striking early with three runs in the first inning, then adding on what turned out to be a victory-assuring four runs in the fifth, the ‘Dogs halted the Aggies 10-3 in the Class B Louisiana High School Athletic Association championship game.
It marked the first-ever state title for upstart and Cinderella-labeled Forest, which was making its first appearance in the tournament in 21 years.

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Area youth call out

“All of the area churches in Ruston and near Ruston wanted to take a stand for our generation,” Witt said. “Too long the world has said what we should think and act. We want to share God’s love and not allow the media to tell us what to believe.”

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May 12th

Tech expects $400,000 grant

“The congressman called us last night,” Guice said. “They’ve worked really hard to get this in the bill, and we’ve been really pleased with how well they’ve worked with us for this. We can’t take this for granted.”
The money has only been earmarked in the House of Representative’s bill and still must wait for final approval.
“Once it makes it through the subcommittee and appropriations process, it’s usually considered a done deal,” Alexander said.
“We feel comfortable that it’s going to make it through and meet final approval.”

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Choudrant: a repeat title?

In order to get into position on Saturday to defend its Class B Louisiana High School Athletic Association championship, Choudrant (26-8) will need to get past arguably the hottest team in the state during semi-final play this afternoon.
Runnels (18-9) checks in for the 1p.m. (ESPN 99.3) game at Alexandria’s Bringhurst Park with a four-game winning streak, 13 victories over the past 14 games and eight contests in which they flattened their opponent by no fewer than 11 runs.
In four of their wins during this streak, the District 8-B champions

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JA, Darland play vital role in community

This year’s recipient is Nancy Darland. She shares many of the characteristics of the outstanding JA member for whom the award is named.
Darland is an advanced practice registered nurse and a professor at Louisiana Tech University. Her emphasis is on pediatric and maternal
nursing.
The Ruston Junior Auxiliary focuses its efforts on children, and Darland is the epitome of a deep concern for the children both in our community and our nation. She shows that concern through her volunteer activities which include Epsilon Sigma Alpha philanthropic sorority,

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The finer things of real life

There are so many occasions in which the proper etiquette will equip a person for just about any type of human exchange in any type of situation. Those begin from the cradle and end with the grave.

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