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October 15th

The beauty of literacy

My experience volunteering with that literacy program showed me firsthand the challenges some adults in our country and our state face because they can’t read. Many people in these kinds of programs aren’t immigrants, they were born and raised here and never learned to read.
Last week, I had the chance to visit Lincoln Parish’s Even Start program, which is also determined to break the cycle of illiteracy.

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Ruston remembers ‘Gravy’

“Yes, this is a tough day for me and a lot of other people who loved ‘Gravy’.”
Pat Patterson died Thursday after shooting his wife, Glenda, and then turning the gun on himself at The Arbor and Terrace in Ruston. He was 73, she was 71.
“The thing about ‘Gravy’ was that, after you became friends with him, he never forgot you,” said Collins via a telephone interview from Longview, Texas, where he now lives.
Patterson was the head baseball coach at Tech for 23 years, serving from 1968-1990. He retired with a Louisiana college record 741 wins.

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October 12th

‘Gravy’ was everybody’s friend

Simply because he was a friend to all.
The “friend” tag could have easily been placed right alongside his official title of “head baseball coach” during his 23 years of service to the Bulldogs’ program.
Or right by that interim athletic director’s name plate he had when the school’s department was going through various transitional stages.
Or by the interim head football coaching role he had during the turbulant season of 1973 and the university had to find a fill-in for the departed Larry Beightol.

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Even Start deserves state funding

This week, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu and state Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, toured the Even Start facility and saw firsthand the progress being made there. The small campus in Lincoln Parish consists only of three full-time employees and two buildings, but the program is changing lives in Lincoln Parish, and the legislators noticed.
Both men pledged to be advocates for Even Start, and both said that if more legislators would take the time to visit with the program directors they wouldn’t hesitate to dedicate the necessary funding.

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Tech homecoming radiates

I’ve always enjoyed Homecoming since I was in high school. The abundant opportunities for interaction, leadership, school spirit and fun all break up the monotony of the day and just seem to make classes a bit more bearable.

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Ex-Tech coach kills wife, self

Police said no one else was injured.
Glenda Patterson had checked into the Arbor, an assisted living facility, located at 4518 U.S. 80, about two weeks ago with an advanced case of Alzheimer’s disease, Harris said.
Sheriff’s investigators are continuing to gather information about the situation, he said.
“Gravy” Patterson was the head baseball coach at Louisiana Tech for 23 years. At the time his career ended in 1990, he was the winningest coach in Louisiana collegiate baseball.

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October 11th

Even Start appeals to state leaders

The program enables participants to earn their GED, and in many cases graduates have continued their education at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University.
In Louisiana, Even Start has been funded by a federal grant that may run out in July 2008. Even Start programs across the country have experienced severe cuts, with the national budget dropping from $250 million in 2000 to $77 million this year.

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RHS not looking past any foe

“We are not in a position to take anybody lightly,” said Bearcats’ head coach Billy Laird. “Our backs might not be against the wall as much as they were before we won (against Ouachita) Friday night, but they’re still close to that wall.”
Ruston (3-3, 1-3) kept its chances of earning a playoff berth in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s 5-A circles alive last week with a 34-7 dismantling of Ouachita.
Now, they’ve got a struggling Bossier City Airline High squad on the radar for Friday night at Vikings’ Stadium.

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Parish needs guidance on development

This presents an opportunity for the parish leaders to work together to attract and sustain economic development across Lincoln Parish. If economic development is a priority — and most people would agree that it is — then we need to be smart about the way we handle it.

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Start career plans early

Of course, geography also can play a role when browsing career options. Although movie directing or acting might seem like ideal career fields for talented young minds, a person who wants to stay close to family in Lincoln Parish might be challenged to find steady income in these areas.
And finally, don’t forget the fun factor. Some jobs look intriguing when others are doing them but prove to a big bore when one tries his hand at them.

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