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Ensminger takes over for Tech

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West Monroe product named starting quarterback for Bulldogs
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Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes announced Sunday afternoon that Steven Ensminger has been named the team’s starting quarterback.
Dykes made the announcement prior to Sunday’s practice.
“We felt like it was the best time to name him the starting quarterback,” Dykes said. “There is still a possibility that it could change but he has done enough to distance himself from the other quarterbacks. We need time to invest a number of reps in our starting quarterback and want to do that as quickly as possible. By naming Steven our starter now, he will have some extra time to make sure he is on the same page with the rest of our offense.

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Hunting for safety education

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Class mandatory for hunters age 40 and younger
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Louisiana residents who would like to give hunting a shot must take a special safety class.
The state Hunter Education Certification course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969.
Fortunately for locals, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office offers sessions of the hunter’s education class at no cost.

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Grambling aldermen eye lawsuit

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Questions arise regarding construction of town’s new website

GRAMBLING — It looks like more court time may be in store for Grambling’s City Council.
The City Council has a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday to discuss a potential lawsuit regarding a website being designed for the city.
During an Aug. 5 council meeting, Grambling’s aldermen expressed concern over Mayor Martha Andrus signing a check for $7,760 to pay for a website for the city despite the fact that work on the website has not been completed. The council also expressed concern that they felt Andrus, by authorizing the payment, had entered into a contract without their knowledge or approval.

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Look for Saints to make a few preseason moves

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The Saints preseason opener proved that a Two Dat won’t be easy for the Who Dats.
But then again, defending a Super Bowl championship is never easy.
The Saints knew that they had one glaring hole in the middle of their defensive interior, and the New England Patriots took full advantage of that in the preseason opener, gashing gaping holes through the New Orleans rushing defense.

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NAMI explores disorders in children

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Dealing with children who have mental and behavioral disorders can be a confusing situation for parents, teachers and friends.
The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer some assistance with their monthly educational meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at Community Trust Bank Financial Center located at 511 N. Trenton St. David Wheeler, a licensed psychologist and clinical director at the Methodist Children’s Home, will enlighten the public about the issues facing children with mental or behavioral disorders.
“I would like to present a holistic view of children’s mental and emotional disorders including not only biological factors but also other life events that can affect the way we develop,” Wheeler said. “Along with that, I’d like to include some ideas of how to manage the different factors that come into play in how a child functions.”

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Community art classes created

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Writing and acting skills also taught

Those who would like to expand their knowledge of the arts have a plethora of opportunities to do so now that the North Central Louisiana Arts Council has announced its first “Academy” classes for children, teens and adults.
Courses on acting, drawing, painting and writing are enrolling now and will be in session from Sept. 7-Oct. 25.
Qualified instructors, many who are active in the arts community, will teach a range of disciplines in this first seven-week class period.

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Winnie Elizabeth Allen Hatcher

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Winnie Elizabeth Allen Hatcher of Ruston, LA went to be with her Lord, Saturday, August 14, 2010 after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Winnie was born on June 10, 1937 near Springhill, LA to Luther “Pete” Allen and Bessie Berry Allen. Winnie, the wife of James Wayne Hatcher, Sr. lived in Ruston for 35 years.

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Lessons learned from ‘Eat Pray Love’

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The film “Eat Pray Love” premiered Friday, raking in $8 million. The movie title alone is enough to indicate to men that it’s geared toward women. Yet despite the “chick flick” theme, the film is peppered with shining nuggets of insight that anyone might reflect on and perhaps put to use.
The film, starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup and Javier Bardem, is based on Elizabeth Gilbert’s New York Times best-selling memoir that hit the shelves in 2006.
After her marriage crumbles, Gilbert jumps into another doomed relationship, spurring her on to a journey of self-discovery in Italy, where she eats; India, where she prays; and Bali, where she finds love again. By reckoning with a lifetime of poor decisions, Gilbert comes face to face with her flaws: Neediness, depression and a troubled mind.

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Learn signs of mental disorders

Mental and emotional disorders are not limited to those who are old enough to make their own decisions. According to the National Center for Mental Health Services website, studies show that at least one in five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder. At least one in 10, or about 6 million children and teens, have a serious emotional disturbance.
At the monthly meeting of the Ruston chaper of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, David Wheeler, licensed psychologist and clinical director for the Methodist Children’s Home, will provide the community with some insights into the types of issues children, parents and teachers may face when met with a child with a mental or emotional disorder. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Community Trust Bank Financial Center, located at 1511 N. Trenton St.
Wheeler said there are many causes and many treatment options for children faced with these difficulties. Parents or teachers who must deal with these issues can have hope.

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