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Thoughts on life and death

Her experience got me thinking about death.
Death is something that to most young people is little more than an abstract thought that occasionally flits through their minds.
As we enter middle-age, death becomes more personal. By then many of our school chums have departed, but we somehow, like the youngsters, think death is a long way off and tend to ignore it. Whether death comes by cancer or some mysterious disease or even a violent car crash, it always happens to the other guy — at least in middle age.

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Budget for education looks secure

After taking in more than 500 displaced students from hurricanes Katrina and Rita this fall, Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell, along with several others, was concerned about a strain on the system’s budget.
After the arrival of evacuees, the transportation system received greater utilization as buses were used to both transport displaced students to school and evacuees living in shelters to facilities where they could shower. Additionally, more teachers were hired to accommodate the increased ratio of students to teachers.

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Grambling sweeps Creek

“Ten years, 11 years?,” pondered the Kittenettes’ head coach. “I just know it’s been a long time.”
Well, the time came for Grambling High (6-7, 3-2) to finally end their string of losses against their Lincoln Parish and league rivals, the Kittenettes escaping the Creek gymnasium with a 36-33 overtime District 2-1A win Tuesday night.
Free throws down the stretch did it for Grambling, which overcame early deficits of 10-6 (after the first quarter) and 18-10 (halftime).

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Baylor recognizes Barmore at game

This time, it was in Waco, Texas.
Barmore, the Hall of Fame coach who guided Louisiana Tech University’s nationally famous program for 20 years as head coach, was in attendance to watch one of his former players guide Baylor University’s defending NCAA national championship squad in a Big 12 Conference showdown against Oklahoma.
The Lady Bears (13-3, 3-3), who have been in the nation’s top 10 throughout this season, dropped a narrow 73-70 decision and had its 25-game home winning streak halted.

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RHS teams face big district games

First, a road trip to Natchitoches-Central tonight and then back home on Friday to meet up with West Monroe.
How the league race turns out and how the Bearcats (22-6, 4-1) and Lady Bearcats (17-10, 3-4) fare could be determined by the outcome of those games by week’s end.
In particularly the case of the Lady ‘Cats, it’s more “must prevail” situations.
Ruston is still clinging to hopes of a postseason berth after splitting two 1-5A games last week, losing to Bossier City Airline 61-53 before winning over Shreveport Huntington 53-38.

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Our time here is just a vapor

Then I realized even more miners were trapped, underground, with little chance for survival.
Now, I will be the first to admit that I don’t know anything about mining, what all of the dangers are, how to prevent them and how to recognize them. But, with West Virginia miners and their families facing this tribulation twice in one month, I think something needs to change. The oxygen canisters the miners are sent down with oxygen tanks that only produce about an hour of oxygen.
That’s not quite enough.

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Hurricane forum gives opportunity

“We want to keep the discussion open and encourage dialogue,” Hankins said. “I want people to open up and tell their stories. Part of this is part of the rebuilding effort for Hurricane Katrina.”
“In the Cross Hairs: Louisiana’s Hurricane Experiences”, Hankins’ three-part lecture, places its main focus on Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History — a book by Erik Austin about the 1900 hurricane in Galveston, Texas.

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Katrina mystery illness may have a name

The disease is nicknamed “Katrina Rash” and the “New Orleans Crud,” and has affected at least three Ruston-area first-responders who went to New Orleans to help in rescue and recovery efforts.
A Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputy, an Emergency Medical Technician and a Louisiana State Trooper all came down with variations of the ailment.
Missy Staples, a licensed vocational nurse from Glasgow, Ky., became ill after caring for a patient with similar symptoms. She says the ailment could become an epidemic.

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Library’s hurricane lectures continue

Jeffery Hankins, a history professor at Louisiana Tech University, will lead interested attendees in a discussion about hurricanes and the book Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson, which deals with the Galveston, Texas, hurricane of 1900.
Hankins said last week’s program went well, and he was expecting more people to attend the next two.
“We talked about meteorology, and I had a power point program on how hurricanes form,” Hankins said. “I introduced the book, and we will pick up on that tomorrow night.”

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