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October 27th

FFA, Tech forestry program educate through competition

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The Future Farmers of America and Louisiana Tech’s forestry program brought the agriculture industry to the classroom recently in order to give high school students on-hand experience of what it takes to be a forester.
Students from high schools all over northeast Louisiana along with Tech forestry students traveled to Tech to compete in the annual Area 1 forestry competition.
Students split up into teams and competed in basic forestry skills such as map reading, tree identification, pulpwood and sawlog estimation, compass and pacing and the thinning of trees to see who would advance to the FFA state competition.

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Tech nursing professors present at conference

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Two Louisiana Tech nursing educators attended the National Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Convention held in Las Vegas.
Nancy Darland, professor, and Tanya Sims, assistant professor, attended the convention, “Sharing Science: Finding Solutions.” It offered more than 70 concurrent sessions, paper presentations and panel discussions, 150 poster presentations and four general sessions that addressed all aspects of women’s health and newborn nursing.
“Attending the AWHONN 2010 Convention enhanced our nursing knowledge and skills, which will enable us to provide updated information for Tech nursing students and better care for our patients in the clinical setting,” Darland said. “We will be able to pass on much of what we learn to our colleagues in the Division of Nursing and to RNs on the units where we go for clinical experiences

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Warren: Backyard path to stardom

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GRAMBLING — Maybe it’s all of those backyard games as a youngster that is helping Frank Warren power his way to stardom for Grambling State University.
When the Tigers’ senior running back was growing up in Pleasant Grove, Ala., there was hardly a day that went by when a game wouldn’t be played in his family’s backyard.
“When I was little, we would be playing in the backyard all of the time, my five older brothers and myself,” Warren said. “They had a tough time tackling me, though. They would usually try and trip me because that was the only way they could stop me.”

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Dooley: Vols facing ‘D-Day?’

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Maybe his Tennessee team is having a rougher season than Derek Dooley thinks.
In speaking about the young and inexperienced Vols during a media conference earlier this week, the former Louisiana Tech University head coach used a World War II analogy.
He went so far as to compare his team’s struggles to that of the German forces during the Allies’ invasion of Normandy.

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White commits to Bulldogs

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Jon’al White is coming back home.
The former Ruston High School defensive line standout has verbally committed to continue his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech University.
White, a 6-1 and 300-pounder, has played the last two years at Jones (Miss.) County Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

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Lending an ear to help a friend

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Domestic violence does not only affect those who are being abused. Each day their friends, family and co-workers find themselves having to bite their tongues as they see obvious signs of abuse. These people are known by domestic abuse advocates as secondary victims, those who have to spend each day knowing that their loved ones are suffering.
Domestic Abuse Resistance Team advocate Debra Faircloth said for those of us living in Louisiana, it is a statistical impossibility that we don’t know at least one person who is being abused.
This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month and a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of those lost to domestic violence will begin at 6 p.m. tonight in the Ruston Civic Center. We’ve all heard quite a bit about how to recognize the signs of abuse, but I realized I didn’t know what to do with that information.

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Railroad safety could prevent tragic deaths

A 29-year-old Arcadia man was struck and killed by a train Monday. Sadly, this tragic accident could have been prevented. Police reported that witnesses saw the man listening to an iPod as he walked along the Arcadia railroad tracks. Though the engineer sounded the train horn, witnesses said the man appeared not to hear it. Unfortunately, listening to his music too loud and walking in dangerous territory cost the man his life.
Reports say the engineer also tried to break, but could not avoid hitting the man. To stop a fast moving train instantly is impossible. The website Operation Lifesaver says a 100-car freight train traveling at 55 mph will need more than a mile, or 18 football fields, to stop. This is why it is so important to be cautious when approaching railroad tracks.
Unfortunately, this is not the first incidence of a pedestrian being hit by a train in the area. To avoid another preventable tragedy, people should be aware of a few key safety facts concerning railroad crossings that apply to both motorists and pedestrians.

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LHSAA placing more emphasis on cheerleading, dance programs

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Cheerleaders, dance teams and pep squads have supported their schools’ athletic teams and enhanced the experience of attending high school sporting events for many years.
Cheerleading and related activities are in many circles, considered sports.
The time has come for all of us to recognize these student-athletes for the contributions they make to our schools and our communities.

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October 26th

DIATECH tackles diabetes, blood pressure

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SIMSBORO — Diet plays a major role in diseases like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
Louisiana Tech Human Ecology professor Mary Murimi and her DIATECH program are striving to make a healthy difference in Lincoln and Claiborne Parishes with what she terms a “community-based intervention” designed to demonstrate that lifestyle modification can help greatly reduce one’s risk of dealing with one of those illnesses.
Murimi and a group of Tech nursing and dietetic students working with her DIATECH program were in Simsboro Saturday, doing their final health screenings this year for a group of program participants at Fellowship Baptist Church.

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Emerson Centre seeks residents’ votes

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For the past several years, the Emerson Centre has offered an after-school program to local children. However, this year, because of a decrease in donations, the program was forced to close its doors.
But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. The Emerson Center, which offers services such as counseling and tutoring to children in north Louisiana, is one of three finalists for a Do-Gooder Grant of up to $50,000, which would help them fund another year of the after school program.
Jenae Emerson, grant writer and fundraiser for the Emerson Centre and daughter of the founder, said she decided to nominate the organization for the grant because of the loss of the after-school program.

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