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November 23rd, 2016

Share these mental health facts with those in need

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Mental health can affect everyone, regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.
During this season of thanksgiving and sharing, there is an abundance of mental health facts that you may share with your family, friends, colleagues, churches, and communities.
Remember: These statistics represent real people.
Overview
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning.

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Happy ‘unThanksgiving’ to all

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This is not your usual Thanksgiving column. I’m not going on about what I’m thankful for, or even what other people say I’m supposed to be thankful for.
Nor am I going to point out — again — how the Pilgrims get short shrift between way-too-smiley jack-o’-lanterns and way-too-jolly St. Nicks. Nope, done with all that.
History doesn’t change anyway, right? So why bother with the same old thing? This year, let’s put a new spin on this Turkey Day stuff.
So, as we prepared to belly up to way more food than any of us need, let’s talk about what we’re not thankful for.

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Early voting: It’s a good choice to make

Just when you thought elections were behind us, here comes another one.
Early voting for the Dec. 10 general election begins Saturday.
And, while the items on the ballot may not be getting as much hype as did this month’s presidential contest, they’re important nonetheless.
Top on the list: the statewide U.S. Senate runoff between state Treasurer John Kennedy, a Republican, and Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, a Democrat.
The men are vying for the seat held by retiring Sen. David Vitter (R-Metairie). The winner becomes Louisiana’s junior senator.

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Lady Techsters fall to Clemson in OT

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CLEMSON, South Carolina — Nelly Perry scored 23 points to lead Clemson to its fifth straight win to open the season as the Tigers defeated Louisiana Tech 79-68 in overtime Tuesday afternoon at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Tech (1-2) overcame an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime, but Clemson (5-0) scored 19 points in the five-minute extra period to pull out the win.

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November 22nd

Tech, CenturyLink partner for regional robotics event

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Faculty from Louisiana Tech University and CenturyLink employees recently welcomed students from Louisiana and Arkansas for the inaugural Northeast Louisiana Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit hosted at CenturyLink headquarters in Monroe.
The event, which was developed as an extension of the Bossier RARC competition developed and hosted by the Cyber Innovation Center’s NICERC division, featured more than 20 teams that competed in elementary, middle and high school categories.

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Weyerhaeuser brings regional office to Ruston

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Weyerhaeuser forest products company is relocating its regional timber management offices to Ruston.
The announcement, made jointly by the city and the North Louisiana Economic Partnership, came late Monday afternoon. The relocation will bring approximately 20 jobs to the Ruston market.
“We commend the city of Ruston’s leadership, innovative thinking and business friendly approach that were instrumental to making this project a success,” Scott Martinez, NLEP’s president said.

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Submitted photo Tech women’s soccer team lends 4 Paws a helping hand

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The Louisiana Tech University women’s soccer team has helped 4 Paws this past month. From raking the yard, fixing shade cloths, scooping potty, to bathing puppies, these ladies have made the workload on 4 Paws Rescue so much lighter, according to 4 Paws. The team also cleaned and reorganized the agency’s storage shed.

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Robinson lecture series winning move for GSU

It’s always good to see a high-profile graduate give back to their university.
And it’s for that reason The Ruston Daily Leader commends former NFL and Grambling State quarterback James “Shack” Harris.
He was at GSU last week, where the 1969 graduate spoke during the inaugural Eddie G. Robinson Leadership Lecture Series.

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Bulldogs pleased for bye-week break

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After playing 11 straight games this year and heading into fall quarter finals week before playing the regular finale at Southern Mississippi, last weekends bye for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs came at just the right time.

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November 21st

Tax renewals on December ballot

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will have a renewal of two 4.41 mill operating taxes for road construction and road maintenance on the Dec. 10 general election ballot.
The taxes, in place since 1957, provide funds for the construction, maintenance and improvements to parish roads and bridges.
Each of the millages would bring in about $2.02 million in revenue, a total of $4.05 million.

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