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January 17th, 2018

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness

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Although schizophrenia is often feared and misunderstood, it is a treatable medical condition.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects 2.4 million American adults over the age of 18. It affects men and women with equal frequency.
People living with schizophrenia have talents, goals, and feelings just like anyone else. But, if left untreated, their illness can have a profoundly negative effect on their lives, their families, and their communities.

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Techsters tennis duo takes title

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TROY, Alabama — The doubles duo of Sonia Chen and Karla De La Luz Montalvo picked up where they left off from the fall by claiming the Flight 1 championship on Monday as the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team got its spring season started at the Spring Kickoff Invite at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.
The three-day event was originally scheduled to take place in Pensacola, Florida, but was moved to Troy, Alabama, facing the host school Troy Trojans as well as Murray State and Central Arkansas.

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Tech bowler earns Junior Team USA spot

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LAS VEGAS – Louisiana Tech freshman bowler Kaitlyn Eder continued to add to her impressive rookie resume, as she earned an automatic spot on Junior Team USA 2018, after her stellar performance at the recent 2018 United States Bowling CongressTeam USA Trials.
Eder was one of just four players to earn automatic spots on the national junior squad and finished her qualifying rounds with 142 points— 11th-best among the 125 amateurs competing throughout the weekend.

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GSU’s Thomas tabbed SWAC Player of Week

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University senior guard Shirmane Thomas was selected the Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Thomas averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks in wins over Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern. The Homer, La. native scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the first half as Grambling State defeated Texas Southern for the first time in over 10 years on Monday night.

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Writer urges lawmakers to strengthen gun control

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Here are some facts. More than 33,000 people die each year from gun violence. That’s 19 people a day. That’s 4 times as many in one year than all casualties in 16 years of war in Afghanistan. Think about that. We kill more of our citizens at home than in a war zone we’ve been in for 16 years.

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Progress, yes, but how about goldfish?

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My Millennial coworkers love to hear stories about how we passed the time on Friday nights in downtown Ruston when I was kid.
They giggle — sometimes uncontrollably — when I tell them about watching the big goldfish swim around in the fountain in Railroad Park, window shopping at Lewis & Company on Park Avenue and my father driving us to the old Ruston Airport so I could watch the beacon flash red and green.

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The storm isn’t over just yet

Weather forecasting can be a precarious business. Sometimes, even with all the best technology and meteorological data, the forecast just doesn’t work out right.
Other times, it’s spot on. Like the winter storm that turned Monday’s 60-degree near springtime weather into a winter wonderland of snow and a bit of frozen precipitation by daylight Tuesday.
“It showed up just like they said it would,” said Kip Franklin’s Lincoln Parish’s director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

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Chamber banquet rescheduled

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce 98th Annual Awards Banquet, presented by First National Bank has been rescheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ruston Civic Center.
Judy Copeland, president of the Chamber, said the event was rescheduled because of the winter weather.
The banquet will begin with a wine-and-cheese social. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m.

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Deep freeze continues

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City, parish officials say area weathered storm well
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Lincoln Parish will remain cold and frozen at least another day, but city and parish officials say things are looking up.
“Tomorrow we should get back above freezing and start thawing out,” Kip Franklin, parish director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said this morning.
Classes will resume at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Ruston campus of Delta Community College. Spokespeople for Lincoln Parish public schools, Cedar Creek School and Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities said they would wait until later in the day to the make their decisions.

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January 16th

Snow makes tough sledding for parish

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Slush expected to refreeze tonight, worsening travel
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Travel in Lincoln Parish came to a near grinding halt today after the first winter storm of 2018 spread a wintery mix, following by an inch or more of snow across the area.
Parish public and private schools, along with Louisiana Tech, Grambling State and the Ruston campus of Delta Community College were also closed today and will be closed again Wednesday.
The parish is under a hard freeze warning from 8 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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