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May 20th, 2016

Keeping skin safe this summer

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. UV radiation can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma.

The good news? Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early.

Communities, health professionals and families can work together to prevent skin cancer or detect it early on.

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Citizens Academy helps area

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I watched as the jurors chatted with one another quietly, seated in the jury box in the large courtroom on the second floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
They quieted as the judge entered and took his seat.
He began to explain to those seated in the jury box what it meant to be a juror and why it was so important a part of the criminal justice system.
It was then that the mock trial — the final step in the inaugural Citizen’s Academy — began.

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NCLAC seeks donations, members

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Today’s Art Talk is a reprint of an article by Kathy Stone that ran in August 2014.
NCLAC is still here in 2016, as we have been since the late 1980s, working to cultivate the arts in our region, and we still need and appreciate the support of our community members.
While our membership drive will be underway in August, we are currently asking for support through our Keep the Arts Afloat campaign.
You may donate to Keep the Arts Afloat by calling our office at 255-1450, or by contacting Board President Peter Jones at 251-9468.
Now for a word from Kathy:

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Brewton speaks to Lions Club

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Cathy Brewton with Lifehouse Ministries was a recent speaker at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Brewton told the group of the ministry’s scope and focus.

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Tech’s Alexander selected in composer’s competition

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A Louisiana Tech University professor has been selected as one of 15 winners in an international composer’s competition.
Joe L. Alexander, professor of music in Tech’s School of Performing Arts, was among the 15 winners selected for the Fifteen Minutes of Fame: with Kenyon Wilson, tuba and Marcy J. Wilson, violin composers’ competition. As part of winning, his piece, “A Walk Through the Forest,” will be premiered at the 2016 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference June 3 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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May 19th

Citizen’s Academy celebrates graduation

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At 6 p.m. Tuesday evening, a jury of 12 citizens gathered in the large courtroom, located on the second floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse in order to decide the fate of a young woman accused of manslaughter.

However, these participants were not the usual jurors, they were members of the Citizen’s Academy.

Men and women played the part of a jury to witness the final step in the criminal justice system as part of the first Citizen’s Academy.

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Man arrested in Grambling murder case

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A second person has been arrested in connection with the April 16 murder of a Ruston man.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested Tyrone Lavell Singleton, 33, of 1221 Walter Road, Spearsville, on one count of murder — second degree.
LPSO Public Information Officer Maj. Chad Alexander said Singleton was arrested after investigators found sufficient evidence to tie him to the murder of Willie Earl Patterson Jr.
Jodi Adolphus, 33, was the original person arrested in regards to Patterson being shot several times in the upper torso outside the Legends Nightclub in Grambling.

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I.A. Lewis students prepare for RJHS

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More than 60 I.A. Lewis sixth graders participated in an event to discuss how the students will transition to Ruston Junior High School with their legacy in mind.
Students participated in healthy lifestyle activities, communication sessions and finished the day off with a Footprints activity with student volunteers from the Louisiana Tech University Kinesiology department.
Tammy Schilling, associate professor in the education department of Kinesiology, said the Footprints activity began with students choosing a color of paint.

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United Way does their part

United Way of Northeast Louisiana is focused on four key areas: education, income and health, as well as basic and emergency needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life.
In the area of education they increase local graduation rates.

READ.LEARN.SUCCEED., United Way of Northeast Louisiana’s education initiative, focuses on third grade students reading on grade level, with the ultimate goal of improving graduation rates. Studies show that students who cannot read on grade level by the third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school than those who can.

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Eco Car teams good for community

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The 2015-16 Ruston High School Bearcat Motorsport Team consisted of Casey Baxter, Nathan Hegab, Madison Wooley, Kendall Carter, Micah Williams, Justin Griffin, Devin Rowland, Aaron Freeman, Trevor Morris and Daniel Cheng.
Remember these names because they will be everywhere for years to come.
I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Bearcat Motorsport Team for a story in the Ruston Daily Leader.
This is the second straight year I have done so.

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