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July 25th, 2014

Making space for the future

To witness the unfolding of technology can be an amazing thing and the new concept of using a “makerspace” to advance education is something beholden to such amazement.
A makerspace is essentially a lab that houses digital devices with which to create art.
Some of these devices are Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) routers, cameo silhouettes, sewing machines and MakerBots.
Out of those devices, the average person would probably only recognize one — the sewing machine — but all of these are geared towards propelling innovation in the classroom through creativity.

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Heroes in a half shell are back

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I should have known better than to attempt to take both boys grocery shopping with me on a Saturday morning.
But I’ve done it before, and I am sure I will do it again. This trip however made me realize just how much of my childhood is coming back.
I was on a mission to see what new items the scarce baby section of our Walmart had, when my 2-year-old starts begging for a turtle cup.
“What’s a turtle cup?” You might ask. Well it’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sippy cup.
I caved, “Ok you can have it.”
But then it was as if turtle everything was in sight.
“Momma I need this.”

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Finding God through faith, not fear

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One morning several years ago, I found myself driving a van loaded with flowers to be delivered to florists in North Louisiana.
It was early morning and my eyelids were struggling like the tired beams in an aged, dilapidated house.
At 60 miles per hour on a two-lane highway, everything went dark — for a moment.
I fell asleep at the wheel and had crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic.
Just before crashing into a blue truck in the opposite lane, I heard someone scream, “Raymond.”

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July 24th

Summer Bridge Program comes to a close at GSU

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Grambling State University’s 2014 LA GEAR UP Summer Bridge Program, “College Success Scholars — Bridges to Achievement” focused on various bridges or program components to expand and enhance students’ college and career readiness skills.
The bridges were designed to increase awareness and expectations of college while developing and enhancing knowledge and skills for academic achievement and career success.
This program has operated every year since its inception in 2005.

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Sentencing set for Snow

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The man responsible for stealing more than $50,000 from Louisiana Tech University has entered into a guilty plea and will face sentencing on Aug. 26.
Randal Chance Snow, 25, of 147 Louisiana Highway 3061, has entered into a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office.
According to recent court records, Snow changed his plea of not guilty to guilty on July 17.
Snow told the court that he understood there would be no further trial of any kind and he was waiving his right to trial by pleading guilty.

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Grambling approved for FY 2014 block grant

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The city of Grambling has been approved for the fiscal year 2014 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant.
The city was approved for funding up to $695,923. The project this money will be used for extending the sewer collection system to approximately 60 households within three target areas in the city.
This grant award is contingent upon the state’s receipt of FY 2014 LCDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In a letter sent from the Governor’s office, it stated an authorization to incur costs letter will be sent in the future.

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Whataburger to host CCA fundraiser

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On July 31, Whataburger customers can show their support for Christian Community Action by enjoying their favorite menu items, and 20 percent of Whataburger’s sales from 5 to 8 p.m. will be donated to the organization. Funds raised will go toward clothing, food and school supplies.

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Beat the heat with precaution

When it comes to children and summertime, safety is a must.
And although parents try their utmost to be as protective as necessary in today’s society there are still hidden dangers that many may overlook.
Most residents are forced to commute at least a few miles each day in their vehicles, and with many commutes children are involved in some way.
Whether it be directly — taking children to childcare, or indirectly — seeing children at the convenience store, there are several areas where all residents should take head.

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Wake up and smell the reform

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul (KY) and a few certain colleagues are paving the way to reform the criminal justice system — and there’s no other state that needs this more than Louisiana.
Louisiana has a lot of claims to fame, but being the prison capitol of the world is not one that should particularly makes us swell with pride. Our state’s incarceration rate is nearly five times Iran’s, 13 times China’s and 20 times Germany’s, according to NOLA.com.
There’s obviously a problem here, but Louisiana is only a small part of what seems to be a nationwide trend in overcriminalization.

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Cheers: Walker

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Raymond D. Walker graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

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