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January 22nd, 2013

Man booked on sex charge

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A Jonesboro man was arrested on Monday night after he was allegedly found engaging in sexual activity in a vehicle at Cook Park.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Ruston Police officer found a car parked in Cook Park at approximately 9:41 p.m. Since the local parks are closed after dark, the officer approached the vehicle.
The officer reportedly witnessed a male and female engaged in a sexual act. The male was reportedly identified as Donald A. Calahan, 20, of Jonesboro.

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President sworn in for second term

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication” to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

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Local man overcomes odds after brain injury

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Looking at Seth Hanchey today, no one would realize that in September 2011 his family wasn’t sure if he would share another Christmas with them.
On Sept. 28, 2011, Hanchey, who was 17 at the time, was on a 60-mile bicycle ride as part of training for the Ironman Triathlon, when he was struck from behind by a van driven by an 81-year-old woman.

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Shooting ruled an accident

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The Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Department has completed their investigation into the suspicious death of an 8-year-old Jackson Parish child.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, after an aggressive investigation looking into this, the office has concluded from all the evidence and information received that this fatal shooting was accidental.
The office will not pursue any criminal charges into this matter.

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Speaker encourages others to ‘be the dream’

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In honor of a man that greatly influenced the United States during the 20th century, Louisiana Tech University held the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Ecumenical Noonday Observance, which commenced Monday with special keynote speaker, Rasheed Ali Cromwell.
The Tech gospel choir, Souls on Fire, an institutional sponsor of the event, was also on hand to entertain the crowd with multiple musical numbers.

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Assessing accumulated ice damage to trees

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What a week! Three days of cold temperatures with precipitation, not a good mix when it comes to ice forming on tree and shrub branches. Ice storms are a major concern to homeowners with landscape trees and little can be done about removing ice from plants. Plant selection and proper maintenance are two options which can minimize ice damage to trees.

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The importance of choosing a primary care physician

As health care in the United States evolves, there is a lot of talk about having a primary care provider. Many people think that if they’re healthy, there’s no reason to have a primary care provider (PCP). But a main or primary doctor can serve as a trusted medical advisor and healer as he or she cares for one’s health over a long period of time — even a lifetime.
The PCP’s role is to:
• Identify and treat common medical conditions
• Provide preventive care and teach healthy lifestyle, nutrition and physical activity choices

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Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science honors distinguished alums

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science has selected recipients for its 2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards, which recognize individuals from each program or discipline in the College for their professional accomplishments in engineering and science as well as their service as outstanding ambassadors for Louisiana Tech.
The 2013 award recipients are:
• Jeffery Slade (’81), B.S. biomedical engineering — quality director for Merck Consumer Care Global Products and Projects: Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Local ex-prep grid stars in Pro Bowl

For any athlete in any professional sport, one of the ultimate honors is being selected to play in a postseason All-Star Game.
Kyle Williams of the Buffalo Bills and Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals will have that experience on Sunday when the National Football League stages its annual Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The two former local and area high school stars were recently added to the rosters of the American Football Conference squad that will meet the best players from the National Football Conference.

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Eating well and feeling great

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Families at Lincoln Head Start will get a chance to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles through an innovative program sponsored by the LSU AgCenter’s SNAP-Ed Family Nutrition Program.
On Friday, a Family Nutrition Night will be held at Lincoln Head Start, located at 421 Vaughn Ave. in Ruston. Families will have the opportunity through hands-on activities to learn more about steps they can take to eat well, be active and feel great!

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