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June 16th

Antiques keep the past alive

Since she was 12, Ferguson said, she has been collecting antiques. Over time, her house became cluttered with her collection and her daughters drew the line, saying she had to get rid of the overflow. Ferguson said she opened an antique booth, a second and a third.
Finally, in 1999, she and her two business partners, Melba Williamson and Ramona Caldwell, bought the Rialto, nearly an antique in its own right. The building was constructed in 1920 and served as a movie theater until 1974. It wasn’t until 1993 that it was lovingly remodeled and somewhat restored.

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Cyber training hits summer camp

“We’re just trying to expose them to as many things as we can and teach them the importance of different technology,” said Heath Tims, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Tech. “We like to think of cyber as the Internet, but it is anything in the electromagnetic spectrum — anything dealing with light, sound or wireless communication.”

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Grambling must resolve suit quickly

The pressure between the town’s public servants has been building for months.
Allegations have been fired from both sides, and the business of the town is not getting done efficiently or professionally.
Although it’s a shame the council felt it had to file a lawsuit in order to straighten out the mess, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Sometimes a little mediation is all that’s needed to clear the air and get everybody back on the same page. Hopefully, that will happen Monday.

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Wise words from Dad

It’s really not such a bad thing, though, to have a father who’s proud of you. I thank my lucky stars today and every day that he’s been here to embarrass us for our whole lives.
In between the moments in which we’ve hung our heads as he rambles on about some silly family news item, I know we’ve all learned a lot from Dad. Here are a few gems I know will serve me for the rest of my life.
Family comes first.

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Layden: Malone is special

“Sometimes, it’s hard to get a simple ‘thank you’ from them, much less a card.”
After reading the card from Malone, Layden got extra emotional. So did his wife. So did the Malones.
“Well, I’m crying and Barbara is crying and I am pretty sure Karl and Kay were crying,” he said. “The whole thing was so emotional, so from-the-heart that, well, you couldn’t help but cry.
“Again, how rare is it when a professional athlete gives his coach something or tells him how much he thinks of him?”

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Peach ice cream pops up for Fest

Now, the tradition rolls along at Tech Dairy, where the ice cream is made with commercial machines.
After the peaches are diced, Gordon Reeger, Tech Dairy manager, said they are pureed and mixed with sugar and stabilizers. It takes 50 gallons of puree to make one batch of ice cream, he said, and while they usually make two, he is hoping to make three batches this year. On the second day of production, Reeger said milk is taken from the dairy and added to base mix, cream, stabilizer, sugar, corn syrup and non-fat dry solids or skim powder.

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June 13th

GSU legends anxious for museum

Former Grambling State University and National Football League quarterbacks James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams have supported the project with contributions from their Foundation which recently hosted its third annual celebrity event in Shreveport-Bossier City.

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Carefully consider costs

Both are to be commended for working out minor kinks with the layout’s design and efforts to make the public fully aware of where millions of dollars of their sweat-and-blood tax money are going.
The jury showed more fiscal wisdom when blocking a preemptive replacement of the library building’s roof that was rolled in with the Events Center renovation plans in an effort to complete a two-for-one construction project.
Before the jury excised the roof replacement from the budget, $3.4 million was the project cost, excluding furnishings and the recurring costs of yearly operations.

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Being a real mom for kids

What is a mom? Moms make the world go around. If it weren’t for our moms and their moms — you could really go on and on with this — none of us would be here. We have a day dedicated to mothers for everyone to show their unconditional love for their moms. This day is called “Mother’s Day.” There is no other way to describe this day for mothers, a day where you give cards and cater to them.
It’s understandable why women want to become a parent. Parenthood gives you a chance to give unconditional love for someone, love that you couldn’t give to a husband or a dog.

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Summer camp kicks off

There’s a computer lab monitored by a technician where children learn to type, print and navigate the Internet while they are warned of the dangers of online predators.
Additionally, classes during the camp, which runs from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, focus on character building and life skills. Williams said the younger children learn safety and “stranger danger,” while pre-teens and teenagers are divided by gender and given a rundown on everything from peer pressure to what puberty entails.

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