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July 18th, 2014

Pre-WWII sentiments different than expected

No. 1 pre-war song was ‘I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier’
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August marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Triggered by the assassination in Sarajevo, Serbia, of Austrian Archduke Ferdinand, the War was a tragedy of incompetence, arrogance and miscalculation resulting in carnage with few parallels in history. The vindictiveness of the treaty that ended it then all but guaranteed World War II.

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Taking care of physical, spiritual health

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As I told you last week, my whole being was focused on my little turnaround trip to Ruston this weekend and at one point it appeared I wouldn’t make it, so I gave myself a pity party.
Then I  read my daily devotion from Sarah Young’s  book, “Jesus Calling,” which Ree Pearce gave me many years ago, which began, “Self pity is a bottomless, slimy pit. Once you fall in you tend to go deeper and deeper into the mire.”

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Shedding light on art

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Students place in statewide watershed competition
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Several students from Lincoln Parish were recently honored at the Governor’s Mansion for their participation in the 12th annual Louisiana Environmental Awareness Student Art Contest, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
“In April my students submitted their work for the contest,” said Gifted/Talented Art Teacher at Ruston Junior High School Crystal Pye. “The theme this year was Watersheds.”

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Wreck results in fatality

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A Ruston woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a wreck early this morning.
Ruston Police Department received the 911 call of a single motor vehicle accident at 1:08 a.m. today at the intersection of Goodwin Road and Kentucky Avenue.
Upon responding, officers reported the driver to be Annie Smith Carrier, 34, of 1803 Corely St. The Lincoln Parish Coroner pronounced Smith dead at the scene.
This accident is still currently under investigation.
RPD Chief of Police Steve Rogers said at this point all that is known is the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

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Health unit dwindling

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Short staff risks STD’s increasing

Employees of the Lincoln Health Unit are doing everything they can to combat the rapid growth of sexually transmitted diseases in Lincoln Parish. But, until the state restores the two-thirds of the employees the health unit recently lost, the battle will be uphill.
“When the Lincoln Health Foundation conducted a health assessment in 2008, STD’s were one of the top concerns on the list,” said LHF Chief Executive Officer Norman Hanes.

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Drug bust arrests 3

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Traffic stop yields meth, marijuana
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Multiple residents were arrested Thursday on drug-related charges.
Tony Deland Eley, 43, of 1239 Oil Field Road, Dubach, was arrested on one count possession with intent to distribute schedule II drugs and one count possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a gray GMC truck, which showed to be flagged for no insurance.
The arresting officer reportedly advised Eley, the driver, of why he was being stopped.

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NCLAC wraps up arts-filled summer

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This summer has been an eventful one for us here in the NCLAC office.
We’ve had a team of eager interns who have helped us in our endeavors, and since the summer is almost over, their internships will end as well.
Tess Stickney has been working for us with our exhibition-related programming. She has been the friendly face in the lobby of the Dixie Center at each of the Dog Days of Summer Art Crawls. She has written press releases and blog posts, and has assisted with summer arts camps and farmers market projects.

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Children’s tools products of interdisciplinary collaboration

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Speech, communication, typography and storytelling are all merging together for three Louisiana Tech University professors’ interdisciplinary research focusing on fostering children’s development.
Todd Maggio, an associate professor of art, and speech faculty members Kerri Phillips and Christina Madix, are the creative minds behind LMNOBeasts, an educational and therapeutic tool that, as Maggio said, is “also a load of fun.

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Emergency responders recognized

Just because a blaze isn’t seen doesn’t mean there isn’t an emergency.
The Ruston Fire Department and the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 go a long way to maintain a safe environment for all residents.
These men and women are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing invaluable services.
RFD Chief James Austin said many times people in today’s society still associate the whole process of firefighting or emergency response with just the title of firefighter, fire trucks and fire.

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Turning hate into success

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines hate as “intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger or sense of injury.”
By this definition, I hate to succeed — that is I channel what is normally seen as a negative emotion to fuel my success.
Let’s flashback to 1996 when an 8-year-old boy was auditioning for a role, any role, in a local theater’s production of the “The Wizard of Oz.”
He had been convinced to tryout by his mother, who thought acting would be a great avenue for her oldest son to explore.

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