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May 28th, 2016

First of kind interns graduate

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The College of Education’s Clinical Residency Research Center had its first cohort of TEAM Model clinical interns graduate from Louisiana Tech University’s spring commencement.

This was the second year pilot of the elementary clinical residency program and the first pilot year to have full-year clinical residencies, formerly student teaching, at the secondary level.

Amy Vessel, Director of the CRRC, said the establishment of education clinical residencies is growing rapidly across our country.

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Remembering local veterans

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Madden L. “Buddy” Nelson never saw the light of day the entire three years he was stationed in the European Theater of World War II.

As a member of the Army Air Corps 416th Night Flight Squadron, the Lincoln Parish native literally worked nights readying aircraft for the nighttime missions designed to counter enemy activities under cover of darkness.

Back stateside, Mary Joanne Cavender decided the best way she could serve her country was to join the U.S. Navy WAVES.

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Ruston Junior High School adds new classrooms, gym

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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series on the ongoing construction of Lincoln Parish schools.
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Construction at Ruston Junior High School on additional classrooms and gym are moving along quickly and expected to be finished by September.
James Payton, Lincoln Parish schools transportation coordinator, said the project is split into two areas: south and north sides of campus.
On the south side, a new ag shop and classroom, family consumer classroom, art classroom, special education classroom and science lab are currently being built.

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Honor those who have fallen in war

Memorial Day to many is the transition from the blooming flowers of spring to the hot days of summer.

School is out and most businesses are closed Monday, which means trips, barbecues and quality time with the family for the weekend.

However, past the memories made with family and the one extra day off, there is a more important meaning to this holiday weekend.

According to www.syracuse.com, since 1775, when our first wartime casualty was recorded, almost 1.2 million people have laid down their lives for our country.

Let us not forget this federal holiday for what it really is.

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A Memorial Day for all of us

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There was a stark contrast between my Dad’s war and mine. They had Rosie the Riveter, Glenn Miller, Bob Hope and Betty Grable. We had Jane Fonda, Muhammad Ali, Abbie Hoffman and Country Joe and the Fish. They had Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima and ticker tape parades. Our returning soldiers had dog feces thrown on them and were spat on.

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Celebrating veteran sacrifices

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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.”
— General George S. Patton
Did you know 28 burials occur each weekday at Arlington National Cemetery? Or did you know that more than 300,000 of the 1,196,93 total war casualties are buried at Arlington?
Probably not.
Men and women alike have been paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom for hundreds of years.
Yet there are some of this new generation of Americans that have gone on to stomp on a flag that thousands have died for.

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How to fight fair about family finances

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Question: Money is a pretty touchy topic between my wife and me. It just seems we argue more than anything. Can you address some ways we can overcome that?
Answer: I’m no marriage counselor, but I’ve seen my fair share of family feuds over finances.
My friend Bob Livesay turned me on to a helpful explanation of the widely divergent ways we deal with conflict — about money or anything.

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Social Security from a woman’s perspective

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Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, Social Security will not — and was never designed to – provide all of the income you’ll need to live comfortably during retirement. At best, your income from Social Security will supplement your other sources.
If you are factoring Social Security into your retirement plan, you should learn all you can about how to enhance your benefits, and how much income you may need from other sources, to be financially comfortable during your retirement years.
For women, however, there are some unique factors to consider in the equation.

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13M victimized by identity theft

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Identity theft is a big problem. How big? Consider this: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized, with a total fraud amount of $15 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. That’s a lot of victims, and a lot of money. How can you protect yourself from becoming a statistic?
Here are a few suggestions:

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Fish deep for post-spawn crappie

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“OK,” said Matt Loetscher, “We’re on top of the brush pile. Drop your shiner straight down and you ought to get a bite.”
Loetscher’s comment was directed at me and I did exactly what he suggested. The shiner had no sooner descended to the brush pile when I felt the bite. Setting the hook, I hauled the chunky crappie to Loetscher’s waiting landing net.
This was one of more than 40 crappie our party of four outdoor communicators hauled aboard in little more than two hours of fishing Toledo Bend recently.

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