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August 4th

Roaf adds to Tech number in pro Hall

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Here’s a statistic that clearly defines Willie Roaf as one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen ever:
He appeared in 11 Pro Bowls.
That number puts him in first place for most appearances by a member of an offensive interior with two legendary figures in the sport: Anthony Munoz and Jonathan Ogden.
Little surprise, then, that Roaf was one of the six new inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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Locals recall Bobby Price

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Some people dedicate a large part of their lives to service and making an impact in their chosen career fields.
Such was the case with local community leader Bobby E. Price, who passed away on Aug. 1 following a battle with cancer.
The 74-year-old Henderson, Texas, native taught civil engineering at Louisiana Tech University for 32 years.

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Shoppers take part in state sales tax holiday

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With the state sales tax holiday, area stores and residents took advantage of the added four percent discount, as school supplies and other fall-related goods are quickly becoming essential.
“It’s been a welcome boost,” said Richie McKinney, owner of McKinney Honda. “We are probably doing three times the business we normally do this time of year. Many people are buying hunting equipment, lawn equipment, gun safes and hand-held power equipment. Everybody likes to save sales tax no matter what it is.”

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Locals work to preserve rights

One thing residents can always count on is the fact that newspapers — including the Ruston Daily Leader — will always be in favor of freedom of expression, which is why the issues brought forth last week when residents rallied together to eat at Louisiana Tech University’s on-campus Chick-Fil-A restaurant are important to consider.
Individuals across the country — at the suggestion of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s — all ate at Chick-Fil-A on Aug. 1 to show their support for Chick-Fil-A CEO Ron Cathy’s right to express his opinions.

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King gives thanks for support of sailor

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I would like to thank our great community for coming out at Trinity United Methodist Church and downtown to show their respect for our fallen hero, J.P. Fitzmorris. Even small children held signs saying “Thank You.”
My heart swelled with pride as I drove down Tech Drive and saw the firemen working on putting up a flag.

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Flournoy speaks out against abortion

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The recent killing of innocent people at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., was a horrible act. It is another indicator of America’s moral decline. A disregard for the value of life is being permeated within our culture. 
Look no further than the killing of 55 million babies since Roe V. Wade. 
Killing is evil in the sight of God (Exodus 20:13). Abortion is killing.

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Joe Pa, compromised principles

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Penn State’s beloved long-time winning coach, Joe Paterno, was worshipped by many. He taught countless young men to excel on the football field, and pushed them to excel academically. He was a role model to many, and Penn State University took pride in being honorably linked to him. Paterno died shortly after Jerry Sandusky, one of his long-time assistant coaches, was charged with sexual abuse of an unknown number of boys and young men on and off campus.
On July 22, a crew removed the statue of Paterno from the football stadium. Many PSU fans and students believe it is the correct course of action, some opining that the statue will conjure up, not his victorious football legacy, but the legacy of many young people whose lives were destroyed, or at least, adversely affected by the actions of one of Paterno’s most trusted assistant coaches.

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Support local football

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Football season is here. Buy your tickets. Now.
No, it does not feel like it outside, at least for the fans, but the players know that the hot, sultry two-a-days are about to start. Other than sharing my excitement, the purpose of today’s comments is in large part to urge you to buy season tickets, and also to encourage others to do so.
I am not on the faculty or staff at Louisiana Tech University, but I am a proud alumnus. I support our other area universities, but Tech is a point of refuge for my heart. For those of you who have not read this column in years past on Tuesdays, most of this pep talk may be new. For those used to hearing these words from your writer, there are even stronger reasons to consider the support of Tech this specific year.

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Streets packed to honor sailor

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Education may be your best investment

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Question: I am considering going back to school to get my MBA, but I know it will be costly. Is there any way to make sure this investment of my time and money will be worth it?
Answer: Patrick was an English boy abducted from his home to act as a slave in Ireland. When he escaped, he returned to England.
But years later, he had a vision from God, telling him to return to Ireland to spread God’s message.

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