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January 27th

Barrel racing event this Saturday

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Area residents can see action race forward at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center this weekend.
Beginning at noon Saturday and running until about 7:30 p.m., participants will ride in for a National Barrel Horse Association event.
“These are people who are members of the NBHA, and this is one of their regional shows,” NLEC Director Angela Manning said. “Some will come from Arkansas, but most are from within a 150 mile radius.”

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NCLAC calls for student interns

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council, a 501c-3 nonprofit, is currently taking applications for a variety of intern positions for 2012-13. There are both paid and unpaid internships available. Positions may begin as early as April, and continue throughout the summer into the fall. There are internships available in graphic design, promotion/marketing, arts administration, educational outreach, grant writing and gallery management.
NCLAC’s intention is to provide opportunities for student interns so that they gain practical and professional experience, or so they may simply have an outlet for helping the community we serve. Russell Pirkle, former grant writing intern, said of his experience, “My internship at NCLAC was extremely beneficial to my career goals. I learned so many things that I have used and will continue to use. Also, with NCLAC I was able to build a well-rounded resume and make valuable connections with professionals in my field.”

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Local author to sign book

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Mary Cheatham will sign her new inspirational historical romance at the Avenue Bibles Books and Gifts, 207 N. Service Road E. No. 1, Ruston, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11. The Avenue is located between Stage and Old Mexico.
Cheatham, who signs her work as Mary Lou Cheatham, has lived in Ruston more than 30 years. She worked as a teacher at Bethel Christian School and then as a registered nurse at North Louisiana Medical Center. She is the widow of Robert Cheatham, who taught music and served as associate band director at Louisiana Tech Univeristy. Christie, her daughter, now lives in Texas.

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’Dogs: Another WAC-ky finish

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Gibson’s last-second shot edges FSU, 59-58
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Close games have become the calling card for Louisiana Tech’s “Cardiac Bulldogs” this season.
The eighth youngest team in NCAA men’s basketball left their faint-of-heart fans fluttering with another razor-thin margin Thursday night, this time in even more of a dramatic fashion than 10 previous games decided by four or fewer points.
Hold on to the edge of your seat when reading the final score of this Western Athletic Conference battle against Fresno State University: 59-58, in favor of Tech.

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Malone family gives plenty back to Tech

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Latest gesture: providing title rings for women’s basketball
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The “Mailman” has his stamp all across the campus of his college alma mater.
There is the Karl Malone Court at the Thomas Assembly Center and the Karl Malone Weight Room in the Charles Wyly Athletic Center/Joe Aillet Fieldhouse.
Ånd then there’s some little-known handprints left by the former Louisiana Tech University and NBA star, such as a recent ceremony at the TAC revealed.

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Brice picks Tech

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Kentrell Brice will stay at home after all to continue his football career.
The honorable mention Class 5A All-State defensive back for Ruston High this past season announced a verbal commitment to Louisiana Tech University on Thursday.
Earlier this week, it appeared that Ole Miss would be gaining his services after The Oxford Eagle had reported a commitment by Brice to the Southeastern Conference program.

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NELTC training advantageous

With the way the economy has been over the past few years, many old enough to be out on their own seek to have some type of job lined up so they can make enough money to pay for the everyday aspects of life.
Whether it be working the night shift at a fast food restaurant after balancing a day full of classes, or working 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at an office, people are out in the world doing what they can to pay the bills.
Many people in these situations often get stuck in a rut, finding it harder and harder every day to deal with the activities that constitute as their vocations.

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Tax issues need addressing

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In the State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama continued his quest to keep his job in line, and while many — including myself — found the speech a lot better than expected there were plenty of things to look at from his words to see just exactly what will unfold in 2012.
From war to overseas issues to jobs, Obama took on every major subject he could during his 65-minute speech to Congress Tuesday, and the uncomfortable looks of House Speaker John Boehner showed just how bad at acting like a good sport most Repbublicans are. Between shots of John McCain awkwardly smiling after Obama mentioned something about illegal immigrants, to shots of Boehner looking as if he may pass out after the President uttered anything, it was hard to see anyone thinking non-partisanly.

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The high cost of being a tiger mom

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American women are both incredibly dogmatic and anxious about our mothering.
When Amy Chua described her intense efforts to push her two daughters into high achievement in school, in music and, hence, in life, she caused an uproar among many Americans who consider her methods bordering on child abuse. (What? No playdates!?)
Two new studies do point out that there are costs to tiger mothering.
A study by professor Desiree Qin and colleagues was published this month in the Journal of Adolescence and is titled, “Parent-Child Relations and Psychological Adjustment Among High-Achieving Chinese- and European-American Adolescents.”

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Diabetes could be wake-up call

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Norway suffered from a nationwide butter shortage last month. Meanwhile in America, as Stephen Colbert put it, we have so many types of butter “that we have produced a product called I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, because if you pick up any random object in the United States, there’s a good chance it’s butter.”
Paula Deen has been the butt of butter jokes since her rise to fame on the Food Network in 2002. It doesn’t help that she has a recipe for fried butter balls that includes two sticks of butter and two ounces of cream cheese. This recipe is just one of dozens known for their high grease, sugar or fat content.

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