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September 6th, 2014

Preparing yourself for the unexpected

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Are you ready for this? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month seeks to educate Americans on preparing for natural disasters and other types of emergencies. But you’ll also need to prepare for unexpected events in many other areas of your life — particularly those events related to the financial security of you and your family.
Here are some of the most important of these events, along with possible preparations for them:

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Neville storms past Ruston, 47-7

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The bombs fell often and early Friday during the annual season opening war between Neville and Ruston High Schools.
And by the time the smoke cleared, the Bearcats were on the losing end of a 47-7 decision at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Ruston coach Brad Laird wasn’t pointing any fingers following the frustrating loss.
“This one was on me — I take responsibility,” Laird said. “I just didn’t get this team ready enough for this game. The effort was there — our kids played their hearts out. It just got away from us early and we couldn’t never get enough going to get back into it.”

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Cedar Creek falls to Loyola Prep, 14-7

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Cedar Creek watched a tight game get away in the fourth quarter Friday night as the Cougars opened the season with a 14-7 home loss to Loyola Prep.
The Class 1A Cougars realized they’ll have to give a young offense time to grow, and the Class 4A Flyers had too much returning defensive experience to allow Cedar Creek to find any sort of offensive rhythm.
Wes Gresham put the Cougars up 7-0 early on with a one-yard touchdown run, but the Flyers were saving their best for last.

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Red River tops GLHS

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Quarterback Jalen Ferguson (with ball) and the Grambling Laboratory High School Kittens dropped their season opener Friday, falling 38-30 at Red River High School.

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Buddy's Blog: J.R. still standing tall as local legend

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He could have chosen any one of three sports to excel in, but James Rodney Richard opted to choose ...
Well, all of them.
At least during his high school career, that is.
And after that, it was a no-brainer.
It was all about baseball then and J.R. went on to become one of the best pitchers in major league history, albeit a career tragically cut short by a heartbreaking mixture of health issues and injuries.

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Fall fishing good on Lake Claiborne

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One of the most exciting times of my life was the period in the late 1960s and early ’70s when I lived in Homer and experienced the 1967 birth of Lake Claiborne.
I remember on several November mornings when I walked out in the middle of what is now 25 feet of water to shoot wood ducks around the potholes that would eventually fill and spread to form the lake.
Once the lake filled, green willows grew in the middle of Beaver Creek. In summer, tossing a Tiny Torpedo next to the willows at daybreak was a pulse-quickening experience.

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September 5th

DART annual training event draws crowd

More than 125 attended 2014 ‘Collaboration is the Key’ event
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DART’s largest training event of the year, “Collaboration Is the Key,” recently brought in a crowd of more than 125 people to the Ruston Civic Center.
The 14th annual statewide training event has grown in reputation and expanded in its targeted audience since Wanda James, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s legal advocate and rural program supervisor, began organizing the session.

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Club News: Birthday Fellowship Club recognizes members

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Top left: Pictured is Queen James, the winner of the Birthday Fellowship Club’s Fan Drive in June.
Top right: Pictured is A.P. Butler, chairman of the Birthday Fellowship Club’s Benevolent Committee. He was recently chosen as the Fellowship’s member of the month.
Bottom: Pictured, left to right, is Lt. William Douglas, Joseph Capers Sr. and Lt. Don Gibbs. Capers was recently presented a proclamation from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Department on behalf of his work and dedication as president of the birthday fellowship club.

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EMMS Youth prepare for heading back to school

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Tiffany Currie Lewis, a Lincoln Parish elementary school teacher, was the trainer at the most recent Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers youth group workshop.
Lewis used the phrase “Back to School” on a chart to help teach students spelling skills. She had students name all of the vowels and consonants, and then she had them make a list of as many words as they could using only the vowels. Then, the students made a list of words using only the consonants.

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Understanding our love languages, using them in life

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I am a hugger. Most of the time and for most of my life, I have greeted people with a hug, or a pat on the back.
For those of you who know me, you already know this about me — and you have probably heard me say that everyone needs at least 12 hugs a day. This is a “fact” that I learned in junior high school at Ceta Canyon church camp in Texas, from a minister.
I clearly remember her saying that every human being needs to be touched in a safe way of a side hug or a hand shake every day, 12 times per day, in order to remain psychologically healthy.

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