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Bash opens community connections

The parish’s educators, administrators, teachers, parents, students, businesses and community groups are gathering for the annual Back to School Event, now in its second year and projected to be a long-term recurring bash, today at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.
Leave it to Project ACHIEVE and its energetic coordinator Cathi Cox for the driving force behind the effort to help better the relationships between the parish’s educational outlets and those they serve and influence.

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Directness could deflect trouble

I was recently talking with Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Advocate Debra Faircloth in regards to the growing trend of cyberstalking. Faircloth said a large number of domestic violence victims with whom she works have been stalked by their abusers at some point or another, whether it’s via phone, e-mail or text messages.
The problem with many stalkers, Faircloth said, is they are great with coming up with rationales for their behavior when cornered, and many female victims play right into their hands.

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Harris picked as WAC’s best

As a junior, he also had 9.5 tackles for losses, 3.5 sacks and 11 broken up passes.
“He didn’t get enough credit for his work in pass coverage and is a big hitter with tremendous speed for the run defense,” said CollegeFootballNews.com.
Harris is also rated as the fourth best player — offense or defense — in the WAC behind running back Ian Johnson of Boise State, quarterback Chase Holbrook of New Mexico State and running back Luke Lippincott of Nevada.

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Temple, Habitat give family a roof

With the home complete, Young has felt her financial burden lifted.
“It was kind of a struggle to pay the rent and all the bills that I had,” she said. “Now I don’t have to pay such a high mortgage.”
During construction, Young labored for 300 hours beside Habitat and Temple volunteers, with whom she said she formed lasting bonds.
“It feels good to have all the people come out and help,” Young said. “I just appreciate everything.”

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Tax credits, incentives are important

That would be a mistake. Ruston, for example, is built on a bedrock of a number of business interests, and without their continued support of our community, it would slowly fade.
Most of the popular media buzz has been centered on incentives and efforts to attract new businesses to the state, with our economic development officials and our governor putting their best face forward to attract steel manufacturers, automakers and other big-ticket types to make significant impacts.

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Boys and Girls Club needs you

But I’m not here to laud the amount of gold he’s got hanging from his neck like a lead weight.
If you’re like me, when Phelps started snagging serious karats at the Olympics this year, you looked him up.
As it turns out, Phelps was not a classic overachiever. He was a kid with issues, emotional and otherwise, who in dealing with them funneled a lot of energy into a diversion that became a path to success.
But, honestly, you wonder where he’d be without the mentoring that came from his coach, Bob Bowman.

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Prepsters face scrimmages

The 5-10 and 175-pound senior was an underrated part of the club’s high-scoring attack (30 or more points in eight games), finishing No. 2 in rushing with 628 yards and being runner-up in scoring with 38 points.
Brent’s brother, Branson, is the top returning tackler on defense and will lineup at a linebacker post after recording 58 stops and sacking the quarterback twice in 2007.
New head coach Cedric Sherrod has a major task to rebuild a Grambling High program that suffered through nine losses in 10 attempts last year.

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State leader gets feedback from industry

“The most important thing is to make Louisiana a better place for business to operate and to attract new business.”
Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry said Moret talked about similar business retention issues in a separate meeting with representatives from local manufacturers, including Saint-Gobain, Supreme Machine, Quality Truss, Weyerhaeuser and Network Foundation Technologies.
“He wanted to get feedback from local businesses,” Terry said. “He’s not sure what our issues are, so it was a fact-finding trip for him.”

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