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September 29th

Jindal visits town of Dubach

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Governor focuses on economy, corruption, education reform
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DUBACH — Governor Bobby Jindal visited Dubach on Tuesday to give a speech on the terms of the economic future of Louisiana.
Jindal said that Louisiana has the second best economy in America, and Louisiana is said to be the third best state in the country for creating jobs.
“I said on my inauguration day that we would work together to create a new Louisiana,” he said. “I told you we had to stop exporting our greatest assets. Our greatest exports are not the crops, not the oil we drill, not the products we make. Our greatest exports for too many years have been the sons and daughters of Louisiana who have been leaving to pursue their dreams in other states.”

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Mayor Andrus speaks about allegations

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GRAMBLING — Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus held an open forum Monday at the Grambling Community Center, taking the opportunity to explain the often-turbulent times experienced during her second term in office.
“I’m here to try and get some information … objectives and goals out to you, and answer any questions you might have,” Andrus said.
And the 18 or so Grambling residents in attendance did have questions.

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Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames to open at FBC

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Several local residents will take on acting roles while delivering a religious message next week at First Baptist Church.
With a little outside help, church members are set to present Heaven’s Gates & Hell’s Flames in the building’s sanctuary.
FBC Music Minister Wayne Bridges said Reality Ministries, which wrote and produced the religious drama, will bring in people to set up the scene and provide drama scripts, CD music and narration and a director for the show.

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Ruth Holland

Ruth Holland, 84, died Sept. 25. Visitation will be at 5 p.m. on Friday. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Springhill Baptist Church in Simsboro. Burial will follow at the Springhill Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Adam Berry Cochran

Adam Berry Cochran, 30, of Grant Parish, died Sept. 28. Funeral arrangements are incomplete under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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Alpha Imogene Rhodes Johnson

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Funeral services for Alpha Imogene Rhodes Johnson, 93 of Ruston, will be held on Friday, October 1 at 2:00 PM in the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, Pastor Edith Hill officiating.

Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson was born March 22, 1917 in Junction City, AR and passed away on September 27, 2010. She was devoted member of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston for 62 years and a member in good standing of the Magi Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star since 1940. She spent her life in the loving and nurturing care of others, be they family, friends or strangers and relished the beauty of her gardens.

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Tech research on ‘green’ concrete on display

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Building material will be featured in exhibition at Detroit Science Center

Geopolymer concrete, an innovative and environmentally-friendly building material being researched at Louisiana Tech University’s Trenchless Technology Center, will be featured in a transportation exhibition taking place at the Detroit Science Center.
Erez Allouche, research director for the TTC, and his team, have been developing innovative uses for geopolymer concrete, which is an emerging class of cementitious materials that utilize “fly ash,” one of the most abundant industrial by-products, as a substitute for Portland cement, the most widely produced man-made material on earth.
“Presenting geopolymer concrete at a widely-attended public exhibition provides essential exposure to this emerging green construction technology,” said Allouche. “If the public is aware that there are more sustainable ways to construct our highways and bridges, it will expect its government agencies to explore and promote these ‘greener’ technologies.

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Wildlife photo winners named

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Carla Johnston of Ruston took two top honors in the Wildlife Photo Contest held by the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce last week.
Winners were announced during the Lake D’Arbonne Country Sportsman’s Expo, where all 82 photo entries were displayed.
Johnston’s photo of a young fawn won first place in the Amateur Adult category and was chosen the “People’s Choice” favorite by Expo visitors. Judge for the contest was Ed McGuire, nature photo specialist with the North Louisiana Camera Club.

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Festival Quilt show winners announced

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The 2010 Piney Hills Quilt Guild of Ruston’s Quilt Show was held during the Louisiana Chicken Festival in Dubach. Winners were announced:
• Mayor’s choice — Ann Lewis for Boots and Horses
• Best of Show — Linda Hammons for Black and White and Red all over

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Tech professor to study gender stereotypes

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NSF grant will be used to look at men, women in science

Eric Deemer, assistant professor of psychology in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education, has been awarded a $312,000 National Science Foundation grant to investigate the relationship between stereotype threat and achievement motivation among women in the science disciplines.
“Women are often subjected by others to the stereotypical belief that they are incapable of being scientists,” said Deemer. “This may be because, for instance, they are assumed to lack the mathematical ability needed to perform scientific tasks.
“It is thus possible that the absence or presence of stereotype threat cues in the laboratory classroom can determine the types of achievement goals women adopt, in turn leading to changes in scientific motivation.”

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