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August 16th, 2013

Treat others like a child of God

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Have you ever had somebody you loved and respected very much teach you a lesson that you still remember to this day? I have. My lesson giver was my sixth grade teacher Ms. Flora Colvin. This was back in Dubach in the 60’s before the all-white schools had fully integrated with the all-black Hopewell schools.

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August 15th

Area troops to deploy Friday

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Local National Guard to leave in procession at 10 a.m.

It has been more than a decade since the War on Terror began.
And since then hundreds of local military personnel have served their country.
Capt. Robert Parker, of Ruston, along with other members of the 527th Engineering Battalion 844th Engineering Company, will begin their journey to Kuwait at 10 a.m. Friday.
“The guys going on this deployment are not only from Ruston, but also from West Monroe and Pineville,” Parker said. “They are college students, public works guys, local mill workers, policemen and firemen.”

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RHS band offers sneak peek

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After two weeks of hard work and practice, the Ruston High School Band showcased what they learned Friday at the band’s 2013-14 Sneak Peak. On the practice field, the band gave those in attendance a preview of what to expect throughout the year, including numbers from the pregame and away shows. The RHS band will also play at Bearcat Madness on Saturday at Hoss Garrett Stadium. The event will start at 10 a.m.

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A precious discussion

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TEA Party hosts Sparta panel
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There is trouble ahead in the future if something isn’t done about it now.
That was the main message conveyed Monday as experts involved with the Sparta Aquifer met with TEA Party members during their monthly meeting held at Ruston Country Club.
Ben McGee, of the U.S. Geological Service; Richard Durrett, of Waggoner Engineering; and Rick Hohlt, Sparta Commission member, served as panel team members to speak on “The Future of the Sparta Aquifer.”
McGee started the session explaining the history of the Sparta Aquifer and how it has been gradually depleted over time.

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LPFD helps out in Union

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At 4:22 a.m. Tuesday, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a house fire on Kuhn Road in Farmerville. Due to storming, a tree was knocked over and fell through the house starting the fire. The owner of the house was not injured, and there were no other injuries reported.
The Lincoln Parish Fire Department had six apparatus on scene, with nine volunteers and four career personnel responding. The incident was cleared and secure by 7:56 a.m.

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Learning the percussive arts

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Free drumming class kicks off Monday
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Coming from a musical background, the Waller family had talked about doing something similar to the new Percussive Arts Institute in Ruston.
“James is the musical mastermind,” Sarah said. “We’ve talked about doing something like this for some time and it has always been his dream.”

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College of Education programs at Tech earn accreditation

Two concentrations in Louisiana Tech’s College of Education received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP.)
CACREP granted accreditation to clinical mental health counseling and school counseling, which are both concentrations within the counseling and guidance master’s program.

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Lions club hosts Shadoin

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State Representative Rob Shadoin was a recent speaker at the Ruston Lions Club. Rep. Shadoin told the group of some of the travails of the recent fiscal session.

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Don’t let West Nile take a bite of your life

Last year, a number of people in Lincoln Parish and neighboring parishes contracted the potentially deadly West Nile Virus. The Centers for Disease Control said that 2012 was the largest and most deadly outbreak of West Nile since 1999 when it first appeared in the United States.
This year has been a little lighter on mosquitoes, but safety is still key in preventing mosquito-related disease. With sports seasons starting up, people will likely be spending even more time outside than they might have during the heat of the summer.

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Recognizing gestures of kindness

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Last week I wrote a column about my appreciation for the Lincoln Parish Library. About my memories there growing up and about my gratefulness for the programs they host and the standards they uphold to this day. For that I am truly appreciative, but this is not a sequel to that column, it’s more like a spin-off.
On Monday, I received an email in the Ruston Leader’s newsroom account from my elementary school librarian, Ms. Dawn Pinkston. In the email, she told me how much she enjoyed the column and that she would be looking forward to my future columns.

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