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July 21st, 2014

Pet of the week

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Roscoe was thrown from a car at the shelter when he was a small puppy. He was almost hairless and had mange and was extremely thin. Now he is healthy and happy. He gets along well with all the other dogs and loves to play with balls and frisbees. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. See all the animals up for adoption at the 4Paws shelter, located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Shocking abuse right here at home

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The shocking headline of the July 16 Ruston Daily Leader caught my attention right away. “Man faces battery, drug charges ­— Suspect allegedly beat pregnant girlfriend.”
The story told of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies traveling down a local road and noticing a woman “in distress.” When they stopped her, they saw that she had blood on her right arm, bruises on her face, neck, arms and back, as well as a swollen jaw.

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CIS program builds lifelong skillsets

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a six-part series highlighting academic programs at Louisiana Tech University that are having significant impacts on the region and whose graduates are contributing to the growth of the economies, communities and competitiveness of north Louisiana.
College is just the beginning.
For students majoring in computer information systems (CIS) at Louisiana Tech University, what they learn in college will help them continue learning in the future.

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Dixie hosts Stephens’ work

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council announces a new exhibition by the artist Nina Stephens. Receptions will be held during the Dog Days of Summer events on from 7-10 p.m. July 30 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Stephens was born in Delhi, but spent most of her life in Natchez, Mississippi. Upon moving back to Northeast Louisiana Stephens pursued her passion for painting and began to make a collection of work.

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Tech tennis adds two

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Louisiana Tech tennis head coach Chad Camper has announced the addition of Haley Ballinger and Tarrannum Handa to the Lady Techster squad.
One more signee will soon be announced to round out the eight-person roster for the team.
Ballinger, who prepped at Ouachita Christian in Monroe, will provide depth for a LA Tech team who is coming off a 15-7 overall record and a seventh-place finish in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I southern region rankings, second highest among all Louisiana programs.

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Budke gets Hall of Fame nod

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Former Techsters coach headed to women’s hoops HOF
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Former Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball coach Kurt Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in 2011, along with four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie and four others have been announced as the 2015 women’s basketball Hall of Fame class.

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Ruston Dixie All-Stars fall

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Jacob Seal, right, and the Ruston Dixie 14-and-under Dixie All-Star baseball team lost Sunday night in an elimination game of the Dixie state tournament. The Ruston team finished 2-2 in state tourney action. The Ruston Dixie 12-year-old team will begin state tourney play next weekend in Haughton.

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Help students, donate school necessities

Slightly cooler mornings recently have likely made some residents dream of fall. For students who are enjoying their summer breaks, those fall days aren’t too far away, and with them will come the start of a new school year.
Unfortunately, for some members of our community, the idea of going back to school brings an added level of stress. While school supplies are expensive for all students, they are especially expensive for those students who are currently being served by the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.

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International issues not far from home

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Keeping an eye on international news can be a nerve-wracking experience right now, even here in the smaller town confines of Ruston.
Israel said it killed Hamas militants who entered the country today, while officials in Gaza said Israel shelled a hospital, killing several people. The latest violence, on the heels of the conflict’s bloodiest day, came as the United States and world powers stepped up their push for a cease-fire.
The Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza was hit by shelling, leaving four people dead, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

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July 19th

Dower’s death prompts need to love life

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At 7:45 p.m., on June 28, the text message began to appear on my cell phone.
It read simply:
“Buddy, where would we be without our friends and faith?”
On the previous day, Bobby Dower and I had chatted briefly.
Both of us, if you will, were swapping “war” stories about our current health challenges.
Bobby’s situation, though, was much more severe and daunting than mine was by any stretch of the imagination.

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