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June 19th

Magic, knights to be revived

Of course, whoever is busy tonight can catch this month’s Historical Happenings on Thursday with Louisiana Tech University professor Jace Stuckey. Presenting “The Knights Templar: History and Myth,” Stuckey’s lecture will focus on the medieval and modern myths that surround the Knights Templar order, from the Holy Grail to the Freemasons and the Da Vinci Code. This is an opportunity that all can enjoy, and the program, which, too, is free, begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Winn gets his chance at pros

“I’m excited to have the opportunity and get the chance to play pro ball. I get to play against some former teammates and experience something new which is exciting,” Winn said. “Ever since you can remember playing Little League, I know it sounds cliché, but you really do work a long time for this. Whether you can make a career out of it or not, you don’t know, but I worked hard to get there and I’m ready to get out there and start playing.”

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Still Dad's precious darling

Rarely is there a day that goes by that I don’t talk to my dad, whether he’s off working or sitting at home with my mom. He wants to know everything: from what I did at work to whom I saw and interviewed to how many stories I had in the paper that day. He asks how Kyle’s doing, how my in-laws are faring, what my puppy has done that day.
He’s interested in every facet of my life because he loves me more than his own life.
That’s a real dad there. Some of you may need to take notes.

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Graduation rate on the rise

Both Louisiana and Lincoln Parish School District have shown vast improvement over the last decade in the area of graduation rates. Whereas the national average only improved four percentage points between 1995 to 2004, Louisiana improved almost seven and Lincoln Parish has gone up more than 15 percentage points.
“It’s all a matter of schools trying to hold onto the students,” Bell said. “I think (the increase is due to) the programs we have put in overtime to keep up with their skills.”

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June 18th

Work to begin on D’Arbonne study

Scott Terry, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, asked how long the study was expected to take.
“We anticipate it will take about 15 months,” Waggoner said. “We want to get a good idea of the results each step has on the next step, plus we want to check how the lake will be affected during each season.”
Waggoner also gave jurors an update on the Lincoln Parish Transportation Initiative.
“There is approximately $15 million of project activity under construction at this time,” Waggoner said. “In October, another $6.5 million should begin.”

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$2M secured for Sparta

The Union-Lincoln Water Supply project is designed to improve infrastructure in north Louisiana due to significant restrictions of the Sparta Aquifer, which supplies water for 16 parishes in north and central Louisiana. The Union-Lincoln Water Supply project seeks to identify alternative water supplies to decrease this dependence on the aquifer.
Hollingsworth said this $2 million was a stepping-stone.
“If we can get that, it may be the door to future funding,” Hollingsworth said.
Vitter said this study would help the area.

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Edwards leads GSU honors

By the time his career comes to a halt following the 2007 season, the hard-to-corner wide receiver will be ranked among the Tigers’ best records and accorded due recognition on the all-time statistical lists.
Consider a junior season in which Edwards totaled 56 catches for 789 yards and 11 touchdowns, numbers that made him the No. 1 ranked aerial target not only for the team but for the entire Southwestern Athletic Conference.
He was either No. 1 or No. 2 in four different receiving departments for league players.

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Plunge into pool safely this summer

• Learn to swim. The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone.
• Swim in areas supervised by a lifeguard.
• Read and obey all rules and posted signs.
• Children or inexperienced swimmers should take precautions, such as wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) when around the water.
• Watch out for the “too’s” — too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.

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Tech welcome was 'present'

Apparently, new student orientation is underway because the university was buzzing with kids pushing suitcases and looking a little lost.
Orientation allows these soon-to-be Bulldogs the opportunity to see what the university has to offer with workshops, meals, entertainment and various activities while allowing them to independently explore the campus they will likely call home.

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Centanni to share experiences

They were freed on Aug. 27 after a video was released that showed both journalists wearing beige robes and reading statements that said they had converted to Islam.
In the video Centanni said, “Islam is not just meant for some people; it is the true religion for all people at all times.”

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