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August 23rd

Technical school a good option

Edwards Barham, a Louisiana Community and Technical College System board member, said to meet projected regional workforce demands, about 20 percent of high school graduates need to be enrolling at a university and about 80 percent at a technical college.

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Fiddler bows his way into first

“I learned how to play when I was 13 years old,” Beavers said. “I couldn’t play much though.”
Beavers, 75, said playing the fiddle is a bit of a family tradition. His father, uncle and both grandparents played the fiddle. “I never got serious with it until I moved to Ruston,” Beavers said. Beavers said he once was in a band called The Old Time String Band, and performed at the Louisiana Folklife Festival. Beavers has also played at Sundown West and Follete Pottery, in Ruston, as part of the Dixie Jamboree.
Beavers said he doesn’t just play fiddles, but he can make them as well.

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August 22nd

Walls gives back ‘gift of life’

Most importantly, the special recognition will also provide a chance for the two former professionals, the Cowboys and the National Football League to increase public awareness of their new Gift for Life Foundation.
“We’re using you to help a lot of people,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently. “Y’all will never come close to making a play on the field that could even approach what this means.”
Walls, who starred as an All-American defensive back at Grambling State University under the late Eddie Robinson, came to the rescue of Springs earlier this year.

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Broiling days continue;

With the summer heat and humidity, the interior of a car can quickly reach a deadly temperature.
It’s important that over the next few weeks, as we await the arrival of fall and cooler temperatures, everyone be aware of the situation around them and help each other avoid becoming a victim of a heat injury. The following guidelines are offered to help lessen the chance of heat taking its toll:
• If possible, don’t work outdoors between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. — the hottest part of the day.

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Housing goes up, comes down

Financial problems and facilities deficiencies beset the aging institution on all sides when Judson took the reins, and it’s nice to see the physical transformation. Anyone who hasn’t visited the campus since Judson’s arrival, or even in the last year, is set for a shock when they see the housing complexes. They appeared almost overnight.

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Ford gives Dubach tax rundown

The tax would enable the fire district to add 5-10 paid firefighters to its current staff of six employees, who provide services such as fire control, trench rescue and public education to approximately 17,000 people.
Ford said the fire department relies heavily on its numerous volunteers, of which the average age of active members is 42. Ford said the department plans to keep all of the volunteers as well as seek new ones, but more young firefighters are needed to carry out the physical work associated with rescues.

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August 21st

’Dogs nearing end of two-a-days

“It’s getting to that point where all of us are ready to see somebody else on the other side rather than our teammates,” admitted senior quarterback Zac Champion. “I am sure every team in the country is feeling that way right now, with the first games getting closer and all and two-a-days about to end.”
Tech had a morning session and then will apply the wraps to the twice-a-day ritual this evening at 7:30.

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West Nile threat needs our attention

“Unfortunately, West Nile virus is here, and this is the time of year when we normally see activity pick up,” Aillet said. “Area residents need to be aware of this and take steps to make sure they do everything within their power to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

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Tapping into criminal minds

CSI’s Grissom possesses intricate knowledge at the tip of his tongue, and is an expert at a wide variety of topics that range from entomology to pop culture.
Crime scenes are not just a click of the remote control away. The concept of these shows is brilliant, if only real life criminals were as sloppy or creative as the ones featured in these shows.
If anything, these shows probably give real life criminals tips and ways to know how to do “their job” better.

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Area schools back in session; police encourage driver safety

Ruston Police Lt. Curtis Hawkins said every year toward the beginning of school, the RPD steps up patrol in areas around different school zones.
“We want to remind everyone ASAP when school starts that it’s back in, (so) people will pay attention and take a few extra moments to look for signs,” Hawkins said. “Now’s a great time of year for parents to remind their young, inexperienced drivers that school’s in, and they need to look out for school zones, pedestrians and school bus stops.”

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