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August 23rd, 2013

Remembering little ones growing up

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News flash — God answers KNEE mail.
Not original, but just had to share someone’s brilliant thought.
I was really, really hoping to be in Ruston for Sarah Sanderlin’s wedding on this weekend. She is very special to me, although I’ve had very little contact with her through the years. It’s sort of like relatives you hold dear, but seldom see.
I remember when her mom Fran and dad Ken started dating. Her grandparents, Harold and Maydell, and my Wes and I spent many evenings in each other’s home.

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Bearcats get early jump on season

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Ruston High makes most of work in scrimmage vs. Byrd
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At this point in the season, first-year Ruston High football coach Brad Laird just wants to see it over and over again.
So he must have liked much of what he saw Thursday night as his Bearcats scrimmaged against Byrd at Hoss Garrett Stadium.
While Byrd had the only score in the timed portion of the scrimmage on a 39-yard burst off tackle, Laird liked the fact that his Bearcats got to line up against another team and that they got when he says they need most — plenty of reps.

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Letter to the Sports editor

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Tech's McClelland asks for fan support to start new school year

As I complete my first official month on the job as Athletics Director at Louisiana Tech, I wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out to me since the press conference in mid-July. My family and I have been so touched by the incredible response we have received from the Louisiana Tech Family, and we are proud to be a part of such a first-class institution and community.

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Tech soccer to open season

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The Louisiana Tech soccer team has the honor of opening up the 2013-14 athletic season for the Lady Techsters as they travel south to face the Lady Tigers of LSU at the LSU Soccer Stadium on at 7 p.m. tonight.
The squad, slam-packed with 18 freshmen, has only had two weeks of fall practice to cram in as much work as possible.
Through several two-a-days, team building exercises and community service, head coach Kevin Sherry is pleased with how far his team has come now only one day shy of kicking off the season opener.

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Arts classes to be held for area students

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Everyone is in back-to-school mode right now ... young students, college students, educators and parents alike. Here in the NCLAC office, we are scheduling this year’s Arts Academy classes, which is our arts education program that coincides with the academic calendar. NCLAC often holds classes for students during school breaks and weekends to give parents a suitable child care option that is fun, educational and affordable.

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DART training informs residents

For the past 13 years the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has put on the annual “Collaboration is the Key” seminar.
This year’s event hosted the Louisiana Department of Justice’s Domestic Violence Program project titled “Behind Closed Doors: Preventing Juvenile Crime and Family Violence.”
The one-day training was open to law enforcement, clergy, social workers, teachers, advocates and counselors, among others.
There were six different speaking sessions at the annual event held at the Ruston Civic Center on Wednesday with more than 125 people attending.

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Immunizing important for children

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Having a little one at home has made me rethink a lot of things that I hadn’t necessarily thought of in quite some time.
For starters since he was a tiny baby we have been getting shots or immunizations for everything from polio and pertussis to chicken pox, among other things.
I can’t remember the last time I even had a tetanus shot, much less anything else. I am even the rebel who has all but refused to get a flu vaccine — my reasoning behind that one is easy though. Until earlier this year I’d never had the flu, so I never saw the need. I rarely get sick, so I just avoided it.

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Normalcy until the U-boat showed up

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In the early 1940’s, long before Ms. Dorothy Jeanne Sallier (Dot) Colvin was our school librarian, she was a teenager growing up Port Sulphur. Located in the heart of Plaquemines Parish, Port Sulphur was a company town built in the 1930’s for the employees of the Freeport Sulphur Company.
For ease of transporting the sulphur out, the town of roughly 2,000 people was located alongside the Mississippi River some 50 miles south of New Orleans. For you readers not from Louisiana, yes, there is dry land 50 miles south of New Orleans and even 50 miles below that.

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Rising from the ashes

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Construction workers recently began work on rebuilding a 6,000-square-foot building, including a 2,000 square foot flea market and office spaces, located at 1414 W. California Ave. that was partially destroyed in a fire on May 3. The crews had demolished the structure, which has been standing for many years, before beginning the rebuilding process.

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An extra long recess

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Electrical issue sends RES students to playground
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Students at Ruston Elementary School are back in class today after a blown electrical transformer forced them to spend most of Thursday afternoon sitting on the playground.
Ruston firefighters arrived at school, located on Bernard Street, shortly before 2 p.m. to find the approximately 380 youngsters and their teachers had evacuated the building after fire alarms sounded.

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