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February 7th

Volunteer firefighters are needed

LPFD Chief Dennis Ford said his department has a colossal need for volunteers.
“Our numbers are down this year,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of college kids move away and some health problems have caused some people to not be as active as they were.”
Ford said a variety of people can contribute to the department in different ways; he is seeking people of all ages, as well as both men and women.

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Breathe out some anger

That was also an instruction passed on to emergency responders during a seminar on how stress and adrenaline affects our bodies. In both situations, our bodies have similar responses — an increase in temperature, faster heart beat, shallow breathing, etc.
Even the second graders in the classroom recognized these signs, and they talked about how they dealt with these symptoms — some calmly and some with violence, slamming a door, for example.

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City council discusses abatement issues

“I’m asking for 90 days so we can get it up to snuff. I can assure you it will be done,” he said. “We want to demolish it ourselves.”
The council responded positively to Spencer’s request and decided to give him the 90 days and then hear a progress report at the end of that time.
“He is going to try and put forth an effort to get it done,” said Alderman Elmore Mayfield. “My feeling is as long as the property owner will come to the hearing ... I think (he) should be given a chance.”

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February 6th

Tech sets bone marrow drive record

Robin Garcia, director of recruiting for the National Marrow Donor program, said Monday’s total at Louisiana Tech set an all-time record for college bone marrow donor drives.
“We had more people come through in this college drive than at any of the other schools where we’ve held marrow donor drives across the nation,” Garcia said.
“This was bigger than Yale, Harvard, NYU (New York University) or any of the other Ivy League schools we’ve done.”
Garcia said she was honored to spend the day in the Ruston community.

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Tech, GSU ready for signing day

Derek Dooley of the Bulldogs and Rod Broadway of the Tigers will be involved in their initial “high profile” event for the Lincoln Parish programs less than 48 hours from now.
Both were selected over the past two months to guide the fortunes of their university’s gridiron squads.
Now, they’ll soon see some of the fruits of their early labor.
Tech added several more “tune-ups” to tomorrow’s big day by receiving verbal commitments from four highly touted high school players:

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Relay needs our support

• The Look Good/Feel Better program, which is a free service for women suffering with cancer that teaches them beauty techniques to help enhance their appearance and self image during treatment;
• The “tlc” magazine/catalog which combines helpful articles with products for women coping with cancer treatment;
• Various support programs and networks for those who have cancer and their families and for survivors;
• Numerous research studies for cancer prevention, behavioral research, national and international projects, and more; and

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Love is in the air at Tech

Of course, if acting if your forte, don’t be discouraged. The comedy “Dearly Departed” will be performed today through Saturday and from Feb. 13 through 15, which gives couples plenty of options to choose from. Heck, go on Valentine’s Day and laugh the night away. Laughter is always a good indicator that the date is going well.

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Man wounded in Waffle House shooting

“When our officers responded, they observed a group of people in the parking lot, some hysterical and running in many different directions,” Hawkins said.
“One of the bystanders pointed to a car and said there was a male inside who had been shot.”
Derrick D. Bradford, 19, was located sitting in the car with a gunshot wound to his left shoulder.
He reportedly told officers that he exited the Waffle House and was walking to his car when a male seated in another nearby car got out and started a verbal altercation.
Hawkins said Bradford said he did not know his attacker.

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February 5th

Colts ride high as NFL champs

“It means probably more to him than it does to any of us,” Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney said. “He has waited a long time.”
The weather was the worst in Super Bowl history, with steady rain from start to finish, and it suited Dungy and his Colts just fine. When the slick ball forced them to rein in their potent passing game, their defense and running game assumed a championship-caliber share of the load.
“We showed we could win many ways,” Dungy said.

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Women key to advances

College of Engineering and Science Dean Stan Napper points to an active chapter of the Society of Women Engineers as one reason for Tech’s high percentage of women graduate students. He said chapter members served as mentors and provided motivation for the students.
Like other employment fields, Napper said those looking to hire engineers are seeking a more diverse workplace. Napper said Tech’s graduates have resulted in early, multiple and lucrative job offers.

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