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Mosquitoes in city negative for WNV

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Two residents infected, bug tests to continue through October

Despite two local human cases of West Nile Virus — one inside the Ruston municipal limits — this year, no mosquitoes to date have tested positive for WNV within the city.
Kellie Lowery, Delta Regional director for Vector Disease Control International, said around three mosquito samples were submitted to a lab at Louisiana State University last week to be tested. She has learned that all tested negative.

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Chicken Festival royalty crowned

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Eight new titleholders named
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DUBACH — The Dubach High gymnasium was filled with people ready to cheer on their favorite contestant in the annual Dubach Chicken Festival Pageant on Saturday.
This year, the pageant had 48 contestants all vying for a crown. The Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization committee members were excited about the interest in the pageant and enjoyed welcoming each person into the pageant. Chances were sold on the handmade quilt, festival T-shirts were sold and the audience took time to vote on the girls’ photos for their choice of People’s Choice.

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Wells’ childhood experience helped shape career path

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Many people may have memories of a near-death experience they encountered at some point in their life. And while some of those memories may shape who that person is, few can take that experience and turn it into something that shapes their career.
But for Grambling Fire Department Chief David Wells, it was a near-death experience at the age of 9, along with the work of his family, which he said ultimately led him down the path to fighting fires.

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Tips for burning wood during the cold

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As September days come and go, the rain and cooler weather conditions are becoming a regular occurrence in the region. 
These fall indicators are stirring up images of a cozy fire in the fireplace and many homeowners are stocking their firewood bins.  It’s not too early to be thinking of cutting or buying firewood. 
Actually, if one is cutting wood for burning this winter, it is too late to get the maximum heat value from this firewood.

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JA’s to award scholarships

The Greenville, Miss.-based National Association of Junior Auxiliaries Inc. is accepting applications for its Graduate Scholarship Program. Applicants must be pursuing graduate-level studies for one year in fields which address the special needs of children and youth.
Graduate fields of study include, but are not limited to, counseling, psychology, mental development, special education, speech pathology, exceptional children, remedial skills development, hearing impaired and gifted and talented. Scholarships are not awarded for graduate work in administration or in general education.

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ARToberfest approaching

Plans are under way for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s third Annual ARToberfest, which will take place at the Ruston Historic Firehouse from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 5.
Beer, food and live music make the evening a night to remember.
Marsala Beverage has offered to sponsor this year’s event which means a variety of beer to try for everyone. The theme for this year is “Celebrate the Craft.”

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Soccer team gives back

Louisiana Tech University’s soccer team has gotten off to a good start for its 2012 season, with one of its latest performances being a 1-0 home victory over McNeese State University this past weekend.
Not only was it a win against a solid opponent — the Cowgirls had won their previous four outings — but it also boosted the Lady Techsters’ unbeaten streak to five games and raised their overall mark to 8-1-2.

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Analyzing 2030 obesity predictions

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I read and watch a lot of things about health. The biggest reason is that I’m constantly trying to find ways to make myself healthier (something people may scoff at since I’m clearly not the picture of perfect health). The other reason is simply that I read a lot, therefore, naturally, some percentage of that ends up being articles and books devoted to one of humanity’s greatest concerns — health.

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Academics isn't everything

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Driving in Southern California recently, listening to talk radio, I heard a commercial for a Christian private school. The spokesperson went on and on about their very high test scores, the very high percentage of their students who go to top-rated universities and other very high academic statistics. Send your child to Very Hig-score Academy! We will bring out the best in your child!

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Tech adds to Big Ten woes

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Bulldogs’ offense impressive against Illinois
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Louisiana Tech University has now added the Big Ten Conference to its list of victims this season.
First, it was Conference USA, who had two of its members (Houston, 56-49; Rice, 56-37) tumble to the Bulldogs earlier.
Then on Saturday night in Champaign, Ill., Tech (3-0) added to the early campaign struggles of the Big Ten Conference by cruising past the University of Illinois 52-24.

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