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January 16th, 2013

Help protect resources for abuse victims

On average, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team serves more than 700 new men, women and children each year, on top of the carry-over clients.
This area program, which offers shelter, advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence, might soon be serving fewer people if something doesn’t change.
DART was recently hit with a $63,000 midyear budget cut from the state. Although that figure would not be significant for some entities, it makes up almost 16 percent of the organization’s total funds from the state.

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Losing the people in the debate

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Whoopee! No more state income tax. Now I can pay for Christmas without having to dig into two bank accounts to do it. All that extra money in the pot, one less deduction from my paycheck, what will Gov. Bobby Jindal think of next?
Heck, he’s a shoo-in for re-election now. But wait, he’s a lame duck. He can’t be re-elected, unless he jettisons the term-limit law, too. Never mind. He’s running for president anyway, right? When the rest of the country sees how progressive Louisiana will be with no personal income tax and fewer business income taxes, Jindal is sure to win the White House.

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The evolution of the game of softball

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You might think softball was derived from baseball, but you would be incorrect.
The game of softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. A group of about 20 college men gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in order to hear the outcome of the Harvard-Yale football game. After Yale’s victory was announced and bets were paid off, one of the men picked up a stray boxing glove and threw it at someone who hit it with a pole.

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Residents of the Arbor learn about fire safety

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Eric Brazzel, public education officer for the Ruston Fire Department, talks with residents at The Ruston Arbor about fire safety.

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Bulldogs’ foes: Pick the poison

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“Beware of the bench.”
That may start to become a regular mantra for Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs.
And well it should, given the contributions that the Western Athletic Conference-leading squad has received from its ready corps of reserves and across-the-board depth.
There are no super stars on this team that will enter Thursday night’s 6 p.m. home league game against Idaho with a 14-3 overall record, 5-0 WAC mark, in-season victory streak of six and overall Thomas Assembly Center win string of 10 (best in the WAC, by the way).

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WAC football receiving national attention

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The Western Athletic Conference’s football life is on its last breath.
There won’t be that wide-ranging league as we know it, thanks to a mass exodus of members and rearranging of the NCAA’s landscape in the past year.
But this conference isn’t exiting just yet without enjoying some major attention from the national media.

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Whitworth added to AFC Pro Bowl roster

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The “old guy” of the Cincinnati Bengals is finally going to the Pro Bowl.
Andrew Whitworth, a former standout offensive lineman at West Monroe and LSU, was added to the American Football Conference’s roster for the NFL’s postseason All-Star game to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 27.
It will mark the first time for Whitworth, who is married to the former Melissa Clark of Ruston, to be on the Pro Bowl roster after having been a candidate in previous years.

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Dr. Lucy J. McIntosh

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Funeral services for Dr. Lucy J. McIntosh, 91, of Grambling, LA will be at 12 noon
on Friday, January 18, 2013 at the New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling, LA with Reverend Julius R. Sumler officiating. Burial will be at Grambling Memorial Gardens under the direction of King’s Funeral Home of Ruston. The Family Hour will be from 5:30 to 7:30pm on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at King’s Funeral Home, 1511 W. California Avenue, Ruston, LA.

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Charles Wayne Morrow

Funeral services for Charles Wayne Morrow, age 68 of Dubach, are scheduled for 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Ruston. Reverend Gerald Nelson will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Henry Cemetery in Dubach under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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Max Mosley

Graveside services will be held for Max Mosley, age 80, at 2:00 p.m., on Friday, January 19, 2013 at Campground Cemetery in Bienville, LA. Visitation will be Thursday, January 18, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Max Mosley was born June 21, 1932 in Bienville, LA to Barney and Anna Lou Mosley. He entered into rest on Sunday, January 13, 2013, in West Monroe, LA. Mr. Mosley was a member of Bienville Baptist Church. He retired from the U.S. Air Force. He was a manager of CFI Federal Credit Union in Hodge for 14 years.

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