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November 20th, 2012

Thankful to be an American

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The people who really know me can tell you that one of my goals in life is to live in London for at least more than the three months I spent there while in college.
However, I’d hate to think that because of that people think I’m not thankful for the blessing of being born in America.
Certainly, I may have been born in Louisiana — one of the poorest states and a state with one of the worst education systems (especially since I wasn’t lucky enough to be born in Lincoln Parish). But, that’s still better than a great number of places I could have been born.

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Take relaxed approach to lessons

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Question: What is an appropriate age for a child to begin learning a musical instrument? I’ve looked into lessons in my area and teachers accept children as young as 2 or 3 for violin and piano lessons.
My 3-year-old has asked to learn piano and while this is something we would like to pursue, we are wary of her beginning too young and/or being pushed or getting burned out.
On the other hand, most people I know of who are both proficient and truly love playing their instrument as adults started at a very young age. Can you advise?

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Suspect allegedly used counterfeit cash

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A man was arrested Monday after allegedly using counterfeit money to buy a puppy in the parking lot of Circle K on U.S. Highway 167 North.
Lt. Tim Parker, public information officer for Ruston Police Department, said Broderick Ellis, 24, of 2409 Roland St. in Winnsboro, was apprehended after a woman selling Yorkie puppies reportedly discovered that the bills he used to pay her were counterfeit.

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Lennie Grace Henry

Funeral services for Mrs. Lennie Grace Henry, age 83 of Dubach, will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Salem United Methodist Church in Dubach. Rev. Mike McConnaughey and Rev. Greg Tipton will officiate the service. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Notice is hereby given that the Lincoln Parish Police Jury will receive proposals for the following:
ADJUDICATED PROPERTY DISPOSITION SERVICES

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November 19th

Tech presidential interview schedule set

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Next week, the public will be invited to Louisiana Tech University’s campus to meet the two semifinalists for the school’s top leadership spot.
Tech’s own Les Guice, executive vice president and vice president for research and development, and Duance C. Hrncir, acting president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, will face public interviews by the Tech Presidential Search Committee on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Tech’s Howard Center Auditorium.
Guice’s interview will begin at 10:15 a.m., while Hrncir’s interview will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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La. Tech gains 326 alumni

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“Go forth and make a brighter future while remembering who granted you that opportunity” was the point of the message presented to graduates as Louisiana Tech University held its 302ndCommencement Exercise at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech President Daniel Reneau conferred 329 degrees on 326 graduates — there were three dual major graduates.

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Driving: Where texting, danger connect

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Teen’s video ranked 5th in nation
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Though services such as YouTube make it easier for teens to broadcast themselves, it’s not every day that a video made by a high-school student receives national attention and acclaim.
However, for New Tech @ Ruston junior Thristan Cecil, that’s exactly what has happened.
Thristan, who is a member of Ruston High School’s successful Future Business Leaders of America club, created a video about the dangers of texting and driving for a state FBLA competition. The video won first place at the state level before going on to win fifth place in the nation.

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Pets of the Week

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Sophie is a Terrier found on the side of the road. She gets along with all the dogs and sleeps with her best friend Kelsey, a pit bull. Sophie is white with some brown spots. She is up-to-date on shots and around 3 months old. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information or visit www.4pawsrescue.com. 4 Paws Rescue invites residents to see all the dogs at their new office, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call for an appointment.

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Fall and winter might usher in SAD

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part column about seasonal affective disorder. The second part will run on Nov. 26.
Do you feel as if you are going downhill every fall and winter? Do you feel deprived of daylight? This makes you feel very tired. Do you find it difficult to concentrate?
Are your sleep patterns all over the place? Do you wake up really early and then when you should be getting up, you just want to curl up and go back to sleep?

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