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October 21st

Disaster planning a community project

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You may have experienced those kind of slow motion seconds in which the brain somehow resolves itself to accept disaster. A few days ago as I was driving down Louisville in Monroe, an SUV of three 18-year-olds sailed through their stop sign on the perpendicular street practically sweeping me and my little convertible off the road. The seconds before the impact feel like hours in a dream that you’re trapped in. In the hours after the crash, meeting the parents and filling out paperwork, I sat on the back of a tow truck flipping through all the “what if” questions. At the caboose of the thought train there’s an unsettling resolution that it is impossible to get away from our attachment and dependence on the body, our health deteriorating every day and the dissolution of the materials that keep us functioning.
The very next day I attended a conference on crisis assessment in communities in which methods for planning for and responding to disasters were discussed. University of New Orleans sponsor CHART — the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology — a team of professors and graduate students traveling around north Louisiana to investigate and implement disaster recovery programs. Their mission is to partner with local communities and identify ways to mitigate risks. In the five-hour conversation-style presentation, they asked several questions about what it means to be prepared for the next disaster. They postulate that for an organization to be resilient, it must be able to achieve its core objectives in the face of adversity. Naturally after the previous night, I was feeling a little skeptical about the ability to prepare for the unexpected.
Under the roof of the Ruston Civic Center, we had the opportunity to discuss the value systems in communities and the structural and practical support of these values. These rely on the tangible systems, supporting the intangibles. Wired to mostly filter and compute things with the right side of my brain, it is a constant struggle attempting to marry it to the left — the practical and the theoretical, ’till death do us part.

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RCT play serves up tasty treats

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Hours after departing the Dixie Center for the Arts, a question floated around in my head.
Which was sweeter? The red cake or the live theater production? It was a toss-up. I wasn’t in the line to receive a serving of the cake created by Sam Wheat, the winner of the local Red Velvet Cake Contest. But the cake I did sample — one of nine entered into the competition — was delicious. The dark-red-colored treat was sweet and filling. Just one slice, and I was full.
As for the show — the Louisiana premiere of “The Red Velvet Cake War” — there were also many tasty segments.

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Troopers urge seat belt safety

The importance of buckling a safety belt cannot be overstated.
Failure to wear a seat belt contributes to more fatalities than any other single traffic-related behavior, including drunken driving, according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Wearing a seat belt, however, reduces the risk of fatal injury to vehicle passenger occupants by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
Buckling up just takes a little effort, and it might not only save the driver from death or severe physical injury, but also influence the decision of others on whether to buckle up.

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Dance line collects ‘Coins for Cancer’

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Cedar Creek Varsity Cheerleaders and Emerald Entertainers participated in “Breast Cancer Awareness” month by wearing pink and collecting coins during the Cedar Creek football game on Friday. The girls, along with the Cougar Football Team, will continue to collect for the “Coins for Cancer” during the Cougars vs. Delhi Charter game Friday. All proceeds will go to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Coins can be continually be deposited in the pink pumpkins located around Cougar Stadium.

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La. Tech Stone Theatre’s ‘Richard III’ tickets on sale

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The Louisiana Tech University Theatre announces tickets for the fall quarter production of “Richard III” are on sale. Paul B. Crook, assistant professor of theater, will direct.
Performances of “Richard III” will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Oct. 30 and Nov. 3-6 in Stone Theatre, located in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts.
The Box Office is located in the lobby of Howard Auditorium and is open from 1:30 – 4:45 p.m. Monday – Friday. The Box Office number is 257-3942.

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’Cats at WOHS, Creek stays home

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Grambling has tough road test against Haynesville Friday
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A short work week for Ruston High will lead to an equally short road trip on Friday.
The Bearcats, whose super second half rally fell short in a 44-41 loss to No. 5 state ranked Bastrop last Thursday, will take a quick bus drive down I-20 to play West Ouachita in a District 3-4A contest.
It will be one of two road games for Lincoln Parish programs on the eighth playing date of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association season.

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Grambling No. 1 in national poll

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GRAMBLING — Listening to Rod Broadway, one would never know that Grambling State University’s football team has been voted No. 1 among all historically black colleges and university programs in the country.
But the Tigers’ top position in the weekly Boxtorow.com poll announced Wednesday is partly due to their head coach’s penchant for taking care of business in the proper way.
“To be a champion, you have to be consistent in the things you do,” he said. “We’re still not where we need to be in order to be considered a true champion. We have to take care of all areas of the game.

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Piney Hills Classic set for Lincoln Parish Park

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All bike trails will lead straight to Lincoln Parish Park this weekend.
One of America’s top-rated offroad adventure sites will be the host for the annual Piney Hills Fall Classic starting on Saturday and concluding on Sunday.
An estimated 500 participants from throughout the country are scheduled to be entered in the event that serves as a regional qualifier for the American Mountain Bike Championships series as well as supplying entries for Junior Olympic events.

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October 20th

Warren storming past defenders

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GRAMBLING — A “Warren Warning” has been going up all across the Southwestern Athletic Conference this season.
Beware of a fast-moving “storm” cloaked in a black and gold jersey with the number “23.”
Catch him if you can.

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Techsters tabbed No. 2 in WAC poll

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Fresno State won the Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball regular season title last year. Louisiana Tech claimed the league’s tournament title. Both programs competed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
On Tuesday, the WAC released its preseason polls and according to the conference coaches and media, those same two programs will be battling once again for top honors.
In the coaches poll, Fresno State received seven first place votes and 63 total points to edge Tech, which garnered the remaining two first place votes and 57 points.

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