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February 22nd

City fire department puts out photography

“He just came in and was taking some fun pictures,” Brazzel said. “We came up to use it as a marketing tool for the fire department.”
Hawkins said he was excited to take on the project.
“I had a discussion with the fire chief and said ‘I’d love to do something,’ ” he said. “He thought it’d be good for the public to see what it is they do and put some faces to the department.”

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February 21st

Tech nabs special speaker

Les Guice, Tech vice president for research and development, has worked with Elder during the past year in relation to the Cyber Command Center, which is located at Barksdale. Guice and Tech have pushed for inclusion in the developing cyber command through collaboration with the $100 million Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City.

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Ruston to host ‘Showcase’

Well, the inaugural “Ruston Showcase” scheduled for late April is made to order.
The Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced that the premier spring basketball recruiting tournament will be held at five different facilities in the city April 25-27.
Sponsored by Community Trust Bank in partnership with ESPN 97.7 of Ruston, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association-sanctioned event will feature traveling Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) style teams in the 17-and-under and 16-and-under age classifications.

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Keep an open mind year-round

These stories and the various programs scheduled throughout the area are good things. But even more important than these special efforts is the attitude we exhibit day in and day out to people of different races.
A parent’s comments and actions have a much greater impact on a child than any Black History Month unit in school.
We must constantly be aware of how our words and actions affect other people and influence our youth. We should guard against stereotypes and generalizations of all kinds of people.

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Artmobile accelerates learning

The chance to view such works is not only fascinating for adults, but also serves as an educational experience for children, especially if they enter the gallery with little prior artistic knowledge.
For the benefit of those who might want to explore this worthy venture with their children, I’ve compiled a list of art terms — courtesy of LPL teen coordinator Megan Davenport — that young people can use to identify types and aspects of art.
• Portrait — This type of painting or photograph has the likeness of a person and generally shows the face;

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Folk artist shares stories on canvas

“Sarah’s art expresses a lot about racism, gender roles, farming and small town traditions,” said Susan Roach, a professor of English at Louisiana Tech University and folklorist for the Louisiana Regional Folk Life Program.
“(It) definitely portrays the hard economic plight of farmers living in a small town in Louisiana.”
Albritton, a storyteller and self-proclaimed “history nut,” believes it is important to record events of the past.

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February 20th

Tech’s Love Field getting new looks

New and larger press box ... well, put a check mark by that in the next several months.
The press box that was originally constructed at Louisiana Tech University’s J.C. Love Field was recently dismantled to make way for a newer, much larger and better equipped area for members of the fourth estate and other game officials.
It’s one more phase of an ongoing “facelifting” for one of the most popular playing arenas in college baseball, one that will play host to the 2008 Western Athletic Conference tournament in late May.

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District should push creative outlet

At one time, Ruston High School offered a creative writing class, for example. This is the kind of outlet that is absolutely necessary for those who aren’t set to be engineers, scientists or doctors. And even for the technically-minded student, creative writing is the basis for an entire area of our culture — from plays, novels and poetry to journalism.
Superintendent Danny Bell said RHS at one time had a creative writing program, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside as other priorities took over.

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Let’s figure this one out

Latina Williams will never tell us why she entered a classroom and gunned down two students before turning the weapon on herself. We will likely never understand.
The latest act was at Northern Illinois University. This time it seemed to be carried out, to steal a phrase from a fellow, with a casual malice. It’s baffling. What is driving these people?

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‘We have lost a personal friend’

Corre Stegall, vice president for University Advancement at Tech, said Marbury made great feats in her life.
“Virginia Marbury was an extraordinary woman, one who was well ahead of her time as a highly successful businesswoman in an era when few women pursued professional careers, combining career and family,” she said.

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