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September 17th

Tech, GSU kick off home action

All roads in Lincoln Parish will lead straight to either Joe Aillet Stadium or Robinson Stadium on Saturday.
That’s when Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University will kick off their home schedules for the 2010 season.
The Bulldogs will face Navy at 6 p.m. and the Tigers will take on Jackson State at 4 p.m.

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Art, creativity prevalent in parish schools

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After speaking with Lincoln 21 ACHIEVE coordinator Cathi Cox this week, I thought, “Wow! I wouldn’t hesitate for a second about sending my child to school in Lincoln Parish.”
Lincoln Parish schools are doing amazing things to enhance children’s educations. Programs like Lincoln 21 ACHIEVE, New Tech @ Ruston and STEM, a science, technology, engineering and math magnet program, are expanding children’s horizons in creative and innovative ways.
Lincoln ACHIEVE was the vision of Superintendent Danny Bell, who wanted to strengthen education at all grade and ability levels through community partnerships.

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September 16th

E-mail scam targets local residents

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Robyn Brown’s phone was ringing off the hook when she picked up my call around noon on Wednesday.
“No, I’m not in need of $1,000, and I’m not in the United Kingdom,” Robyn told me before I could mention the reason for my call.
The local realtor said she had already gotten about 15 phone calls in the last five minutes from friends listed in her e-mail contacts who were curious about the strange e-mail message they received from her.

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Always a good time to practice conservation

Parents of fifth-grade students more than likely received a reminder from their children this week about conserving the precious resources that are starting to dry up in our area.
For the past 10 years, fifth-grade students at local elementary schools have been introduced to the City of Ruston employees in charge of keeping water in their faucets and electricity in their homes.
Earl Albritton, assistant to the mayor, said Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth began this program toward the beginning of his tenure because of the need to preserve the depleting Sparta Aquifer.

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September 14th

Leadership club benefits teens

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As our teens begin to face the decision of what their plans are following high school, they need to be aware that whatever path they choose they will most likely be questioned about their experience in the areas of leadership and service.
If they are involved in 4-H, they will have no problem answering that question when it comes. 4-H already has in place many opportunities for teens to be involved in leadership and service. By actively participating in 4-H, teens will automatically gain memorable experiences in these two areas to the point of not really having to think that hard to answer the question that is sure to come as they head out into the “real world.”
One of the programs that will help teens gain these valuable leadership and service experiences is the Lincoln Parish 4-H Junior Leadership Club. 4-H Jr. Leadership Club is for 4-H members who are in seventh through 12th grade. They meet once a month after school and participate in many other activities throughout the month that will allow them to practice leadership and service skills and have fun doing it. These club members will have the chance to participate in things such as camp counseling, fun trips in and out of state, meeting teens from other areas, networking, scholarship contests and more.

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Flying and arrests suits

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Happy fall to you all. No, fall does not officially commence until Sept. 23 (according to my calendar), yet when this column appears we have already had our first local football games, Labor Day cookouts and celebration, classes commencing and a wisp of coolness (relatively speaking) in the air. This is my favorite time of year, especially with the advent of the football season and a break in the temperature level.
Before continuing with some funny stories, may I humbly remind us all to watch out for the school traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular. Drive more carefully; put down the blankety-blank cell phones; observe the slowing and stopped school buses; and generally, care and watch out for our students.
As from time to time it is appropriate to share news from the “lighter” side, I thought I would do so this week in sharing some funny stories from the legal world. I recall the lawyer jokes, but remember, it takes a client, not a lawyer, to file a suit. How ‘bout this one?

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Continue Tech, GSU game momentum

On Labor Day weekend, Lincoln Parish’s two universities played each other for the first time in football.
That was over in Shreveport in the highly-promoted “Port City Classic,” in which Louisiana Tech and Grambling State faced off in front of an estimated 38,000 fans at Independence Stadium.
On Saturday, the parish teams are back in action and this time on their own playing fields.

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September 13th

Want for more quells happiness

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I stuffed a fifth box today with my belongings in preparation for giving them away. It’s not that I’ve suddenly become altruistic, unless benevolence can also be defined as kindness to ones’ self. You see, I’m on a quest for what I’m sure is the most sought after thing in the world: lasting happiness.
So if I’m not donating things for magnanimity’s sake then why would I give heaps of my things away?
Before I answer that let’s revisit the reason why America is in a deep recession. Americans’ tendency for conspicuous consumption in which they strive to “keep up with the Joneses” led to the sub-prime mortgage debacle. Statistics have shown that American households have an average of at least $8,000 of debt, and around 45 percent spend more than they make.

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Much to like about Chicken Festival

Every year the residents of Dubach and surrounding areas take part in the Louisiana Chicken Festival by participating in competitions and browsing shopping booths.
It takes someone who understands the meaning behind the festival to really appreciate all it has to offer.
In May 1989, a group of Dubach residents met and decided to find a way to revitalize their economy. They founded the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, known to many as DRABO.

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Much to like about Chicken Festival

Every year the residents of Dubach and surrounding areas take part in the Louisiana Chicken Festival by participating in competitions and browsing shopping booths.
It takes someone who understands the meaning behind the festival to really appreciate all it has to offer.
In May 1989, a group of Dubach residents met and decided to find a way to revitalize their economy. They founded the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, known to many as DRABO.

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