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October 5th

Changes proposed for ‘rainy day’ fund

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Editor’s note: The Ruston Daily Leader this week is publishing information about each of the five proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Oct. 22 ballot. Details are provided by the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan statewide organization designed to work in the public interest to focus attention on important state-related issues.

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NCLAC teaches children about artists

North Central Louisiana Arts Council Arts Academy presents a brand new class, perfect for budding artists.
Little Masters is a mix of art history and art making for children ages 6-10.
Each Saturday, children will learn about an artist, then create a personal masterpiece in that artist’s style.

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ThinkFirst to hold alcohol awareness event

ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex, the leading injury prevention education organization, will partner with counseling services, athletics and the health and exercise science department at Louisiana Tech University to hold an Alcohol Awareness Event from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct.17.
This event will include vital information on how to prevent brain, spinal cord and other traumatic injuries.

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Learn about mental illness

Do you know someone with a mental illness. Perhaps it’s possible you know many but don’t realize it, because the signs might be subtle.
A few serious mental illnesses include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression.
As we observe Mental Illness Awareness Week, it’s a good opportunity to become more informed about such conditions and what resources are available.

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Think pink all year round

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You hear so many stories about cancer sneaking up on people. They have no family history of the disease, they’re healthy as a horse and they go into the doctor with a cough and come out with a cancer diagnosis (after several costly tests).
It’s enough to leave any of us terrified and thinking “Could it happen to me?” Not long ago, my mom told me that our family doesn’t get cancer. Heart disease, diabetes and other awful diseases — yes, but not cancer.

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Life's riddles and miracles

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I once read of an atheistic man (an ophthalmologist, by the way) who became a believer by simply being intellectually honest enough to consider a few irrefutable facts.
Namely: the “Law of Cause and Effect,” which says, “Something (the universe, etc.) is, so evidently something or someone has always been.”
The ophthalmologist became convinced, however, by merely gazing into the eyes of his 2-year-old daughter.

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Parish football begins to heat up

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Louisiana Tech University returns to the road, Grambling State University takes a weekend off and Ruston High, Cedar Creek and Grambling High kick off their district seasons.
Those are the main items on the Lincoln Parish gridiron menu for this weekend.
On the college scene, the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-1) continue their Western Athletic Conference schedule with a 4 p.m. meeting against the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

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Across the pond to play ball

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The closer that it draws to Nov. 1, the more that National Basketball Association fans bite their nails. The reason for that is because this is the date that regular season basketball is to be played, but there are no hopeful signs from above that suggest this will be the case.
The lockout situation has plagued our television screens and work water cooler talk since summer.

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WAC apologizes for Tech game delay

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Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson apologized Tuesday for the delay in Saturday’s Hawaii-Louisiana Tech game in Ruston that was caused when an instant replay review took 22 minutes to conduct.
The review occurred early in the second quarter following a punt by Hawaii.
During the preceding series of downs, a timeout was called by Hawaii, as a third down play was being run.

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Tech golfers No. 2

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CHOUDRANT — Louisiana Tech University’s golf team finished as the runner-up and eight strokes behind champion Southern Mississippi at the annual Tech-Squire Creek Invitational that concluded at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club course on Tuesday.
Tech trailed USM by three strokes going into the final round. The Golden Eagles capitalized on the par-five holes to win the title with a four-under-par 284, while the Bulldogs shot one-over-par 289.

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