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Remembering the sacrifice

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Forest Lawn Cemetery and Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home held its 21st annual “Field of Flags” display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Fit for summer

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Zumba classes expanded
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As the temperatures rise, more skin will show. Summertime has a funny way of sneaking up and if residents are one of the countless number that are not particularly ready to show their “beach body,” the Ruston Parks and Recreation department may be able to help.
This year, RPAR is offering Aqua Zumba and Zumba Gold. These Zumba classes are also designed to help with health and fitness goals.

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Teachers explore Common Core

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The final bell of the school year rang May 22, and then it was time for the teachers to go to class.
A Lincoln Parish Schools districtwide training session for the new Common Core State Standards was held on Thursday morning. This was in preparation for the fall when the standards will take effect for kindergarten and first grade students.

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Know the signs of an abuser

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Recently, I spoke to a school group about the warning signs of batterers. During my presentation, a young man spoke up, “Why does everything on your handout say he?”
At this presentation, just like all my other presentations, I’d begun by explaining that all of us at DART recognize that women sometimes batter, too; however, because the vast majority of perpetrators of interpersonal violence are male, it’s just easier to say he. Studies of this issue vary, but most experts who study family violence say that anywhere from 85 to 95 percent of perpetrators are male.

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Pet of the Week

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BooBoo is a young Labrador Retriever Mix who is spayed and current on shots. BooBoo enjoys going for walks, playing outside and hanging out with other dogs. Call 251-DOGS for more information about BooBoo. His adoption fee is $50.  

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Club News

Genealogical & Historical Society

The NELA Genealogical & Historical Society met May 13 in the Louis Locke room of the main library on Stubbs Avenue in Monroe.

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’Dogs made super turnaround

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After losing opener, Tech showed grit in WAC tourney
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Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team almost had a Cinderella script in sunny Arizona this weekend.
As the annual Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament progressed, the “glass slipper” began to get a good fit with the Bulldogs.
Tech immediately had its back to the wall with a 4-3 loss to Nevada in the opening round on Wednesday.
No problem, even if the No. 6 seeded Bulldogs (27-28) had to win or else thereafter in the double elimination format.
Well, that’s exactly what they did for their next three games, starting with a 9-6 victory over Hawaii on Thursday.

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Tech women set school record

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Relay team clocks 44.11 in 400 meters at East preliminaries
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Louisiana Tech University punched two more tickets to Des Moines as Kim Francis and the women’ 400-meter relay team advanced to the NCAA Championships, as action concluded at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville Saturday evening.
A school record relay time and another great race by Francis gives Tech six women advancing to the NCAA Championships in four events on June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Think of lives lost this holiday

Today many have the day off in observance of Memorial Day. Many have plans to barbecue, go to a lake or river, spend time lounging by a pool or plan to visit with friends and family.
Although completely acceptable forms of recreation for a day off, individuals across the nation should take a minute to reflect on the meaning of this holiday.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs more than 42 million Americans have served during wartime and more than a million gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.

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Memorial Day brings reflection

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I’m fairly young, but I am of the generation who saw the Twin Towers go down. That day changed the lives of so many people, from those on the plane and on the ground, to their families, and those across the country and even some around the world. It was horrific.
Nevertheless, it was months later that then President George W. Bush sent troops into Afghanistan and consequently Iraq. The generation that had experienced the gilded, carefree age of the 1990s had entered the bleakness of a war era.

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