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August 19th

Cell phone etiquette 101

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Although it may seem shocking to some of us 25 and older, it’s apparently common practice for many young people to type in and read digital phone conversations while simultaneously operating a motor vehicle.
But a new state law that went into effect Sunday has made it tougher for drivers to send cell phone text messages while cruising down the road. The law makes it possible for police officers to pull over and ticket drivers engaging in this behavior. Previously, police officers had to first catch the drivers doing something else — such as running a stop sign — to also issue them a ticket for texting while driving.
Fortunately, I’ve never ridden in a vehicle with anyone who thought it was appropriate to send text messages while driving. I have, however, encountered numerous people — it seems mainly within the last year or two — who need a few tips on cell phone etiquette, whether talking or texting on the device.

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Streets to be more chaotic starting Friday

Lincoln Parish Schools students’ first day of school is Friday — a half-day — which is why drivers should be more vigilant than ever.
Starting Friday, traffic will inevitably be more congested than it is during the summer months when school is out of session. That’s why motorists should be prepared to leave the house as early as necessary to get to work on time and avoid speeding, which could have potentially disastrous results.
Drivers must be cautious when backing out of driveways or parking lots, as children who walk or bike to school may be in the path. Also, don’t forget to slow down in school zones and watch for children crossing the street in neighborhoods and at school crosswalks.

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Columbine father to speak Saturday

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After sending students back to school, parents and other community members will have the chance to hear the story of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School massacre.
Rachel’s father, Darrell Scott, will share the tale at 7 p.m. Saturday at Temple Baptist Church. Scott will share his daughter’s story, which he has been doing since her death through an organization he founded called Rachel’s Challenge.
Larry Emory, pastor of Longstraw Baptist Church, asked Scott to come to the area. Because of the large crowd expected, Emory said Temple agreed to host the event.

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Union Jury eyes new district

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Human Service District would encompass 12 parishes
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The Union Parish Police Jury and its legal counsel are taking a closer look at a law that would establish a Region 8 Human Service District, which supposedly would give the 12-parish region more say in how funds are spent in certain areas now controlled by the state Department of Health and Hospitals.
Yakima K. Black, Human Services Interagency Council coordinator, gave the jury a brief presentation on how the district would work, but legal counsel, Assistant District Attorney Andy Shealy, said it appeared to him that the state Legislature is trying to abandon its responsibility.
He said the legislators don’t want to take blame because of the big budget cuts being faced by DHH over the next several years.

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Pre-k opening could increase congestion

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Drivers should avoid area
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Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers has a message for anyone who has a habit of driving on East Mississippi and Georgia Avenues, especially in the mornings and afternoons — expect delays from now on.
The new Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center, located at 801 E. Mississippi Ave., is scheduled to open next week in an area that is unaccustomed to having heavy amounts of traffic. Because of that, Rogers and his police officers expect mass confusion, he said.
“We would like to advise the general public to avoid that area. Don’t travel east on East Mississippi if you don’t have to. It’s a new school. There will be very young children, about 200 of them, all around the age of 4. This will be a learning process for parents and children as far as how traffic is to be directed,” Rogers said.

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Hydrovibe swims to greater fame

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Band nabs Japanese record deal, Yahoo front page
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Los Angles based rock group Hydrovibe, a band with Ruston ties, has gained worldwide notoriety in recent years, and they will return to their roots today when they perform in Ruston.
Heather St. Marie, who attended Louisiana Tech University, and Ruston native, guitarist / vocalist Mat Dauzat, formed the band, writing music via the Internet while Dauzat toured the world as Kelly Osbourne’s guitarist.
In 2006, upon Dauzat’s return from touring, he and St. Marie chose drummer Philippe Mathys (UPO on Sony/Nitrus Records) and bassist Eliot Lorango (former Hollywood session musician) to complete the band.

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Douglas Neil Worley

Memorial Services for Douglas N. Worley, 68, will be held at Clay United Methodist Church in Clay, La., on Saturday, August 21, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

A private interment will be held in White Pass, Wash., at a later date.

Doug was born March 26, 1942, in Yakima, Washington to James “Jim” & Dorothy Blair Worley. After a brief illness, he passed away peacefully on August 16, 2010, at Health South Hospital in Midland, Texas.

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Bobbie ‘Buddy’ Campbell

Funeral services for Bobbie “Buddy” Campbell, 76 of Ruston will be held Friday, August 20, 2010 in the chapel of Owens Memorial Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Brad Jones with burial following in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Choudrant. 

Mr. Campbell was born March 21, 1934 in Choudrant and died August 18, 2010 in Ruston. He had been a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Eugenia Campbell, three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife Marjorie Campbell of Ruston; stepchildren, Terry and husband Robert Bailey of Hot Springs, Ark., Kerry and husband Tim Parnell of Simsboro and Drew Nolan and wife Honda of Simsboro; Ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Family members will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be Thursday, August 19, 2010 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

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August 18th

Tech eases up with lighter workout

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Louisiana Tech had a shortened practice Tuesday to allow some players to nurse some minor injuries as the team worked out for just over an hour on the Tech practice fields.
Tech spent an hour on the practice fields going through special teams and other workouts as the physical toll on fall camp has worn the team thin at some positions.
The goal of Tuesday’s shortened practice was to allow the team to rest before today’s two-a-days session.

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A controversy at first ‘site’

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Aldermen, mayor tangle over web page
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GRAMBLING — Once again, Grambling’s City Council could be headed to court.
The City Council, during a special-called meeting Tuesday evening, passed a motion to turn over all documents and information regarding a city website to town attorney James Colvin’s office.
Grambling’s aldermen requested Colvin’s office look into filing a possible lawsuit against website developer Sheree Rabon and/or Mayor Martha Andrus for a $7,760 payment for work on the site that was paid against the council’s wishes.

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