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Kittens lose at home again

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GRAMBLING — Grambling High’s football team may want to think about scheduling the rest of its home games this season away from Robinson Stadium.
The Kittens (2-5, 0-2) have simply not been able to win on their own turf.
It happened again Thursday night when Grambling High fell to Plain Dealing 22-8 in a District 1-1A contest.

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Robertson: A big week at Tech

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Ex-Bulldogs’ basketball coach honored among top alumni

A big week for Scotty Robertson will continue today.
The former head men’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech University was recognized on Tuesday as the College of Education’s Alumnus of the Year.
Today, he’ll be among the honorees at the Alumni Awards’ Luncheon to be held in conjunction with Tech’s homecoming weekend.

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Tech soccer team has busy home weekend

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Louisiana Tech begins its final home weekend today against defending Western Athletic Conference champion San Jose State at 4 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Field.
The Lady Techsters enter the match with a 12-4 record overall and 2-2 in the WAC following a 1-0 win at Boise State on Sunday. The win was Tech’s first-ever conference road win and it also set a school record for the most WAC wins in a season as well as tying the school record for most overall wins in a season.
Junior Rachel King leads Tech and is tied for tops in the conference with 12 goals scored following her score at Boise State. That mark is also the sixth best in the NCAA. Senior Kiva Gresham leads the team and conference in assists with eight.

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Millages may fund RHS growth

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will discuss finances and recognize local principals at Wednesday’s 12:30 p.m. second regular October meeting at Ruston Elementary School.
The board is currently exploring options of how to use the 11.5 mill Ruston district capital millage to fund various projects at Ruston High School. These projects include building a new agriculture building, expanding New Tech @ Ruston into the old agriculture building and adding a freshman addition to the recently approved new field house.
Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell suggested during a finance and building and grounds committee meeting last week that board members consider extending the millage, which is currently scheduled to roll off the books in 2026, for another five years to expire in 2031. The proposal would not change the millage; it would simply extend the length of time property owners would be required to pay the tax.

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$20M grant fuels research at universities

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Faculty from Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science will play important roles in a major transformation of materials science research and education in Louisiana, thanks to a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the Louisiana Board of Regents’ EPSCoR program.
The grant will help create the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications, or LA-SiGMA, and includes faculty from Louisiana Tech, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Southern University, Xavier University and Grambling State University.
Ramu Ramachandran, professor of chemistry and associate dean for research for Tech’s College of Engineering and Science, serves in a leadership capacity as one of four co-principal investigators for the LA-SiGMA project.

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Area man burned to death

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Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley cautioned residents to observe the statewide burn ban saying that an elderly Marion man was burned to death over the weekend trying to extinguish a fire that he had set.
Joe Ollie Rivers, 87, who resided on Rivers Wayne Road near Marion, died Saturday afternoon reportedly while cleaning up around his residence, Buckley said.
A witness, who was helping Rivers, told deputies that he and Rivers were burning off grass around an old Lincoln parked behind the residence when the fire got out of control.

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‘Turn of the Screw’ screening set Oct. 28

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The Lincoln Parish Library and North Central Louisiana Arts Council will present a screening of Benjamin Britten’s operatic spooktacular “The Turn of the Screw” for their series The Art of Film at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Lincoln Parish Library meeting room.
This selection has been called a masterpiece of atmosphere, ambiguity and eerie foreboding. The film is based on the novella of the same name by Henry James. Details are available at www.imdb.com.
Attend the movie for a chance to help select next year’s films.

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Locals work to help Haitians in recovery

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There is sometimes a difference between a trip and a vacation. A trip is simply a physical movement to another location; a vacation has a connotation of an element of relaxation being involved.
I have no wild guess as to before last Jan. 12 how many people went to the partial island country of Haiti to vacation. Thereafter, devastation ensued and completely changed the history of that country.
The location is old by our terms. Occupying basically the western half of the island of Hispaniola, it was first visited in 1492 by, you guessed it, Christopher Columbus. Although being divided into five regions earlier, the island is now occupied by two countries, with the Dominican Republic on the east. Haitians speak French; the Dominicans speak Spanish. Language is not the only division, often bitter, between the two countries.

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Healthy habits during pregnancy

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All parents want their children to grow up healthy and happy, but when should parents start to take necessary measures to ensure they have the best chances of a successful future? Is it during infancy, toddlerhood? Parents can actually start their child down the path to a healthy life during pregnancy. Although not all birth defects can be prevented, by following practices such as eating healthy and avoiding dangerous habits, such as smoking and drinking during pregnancy, parents are giving their child the best start in life that they can give.
When talking to their health care provider, most mothers are given a guideline as to what foods they should eat, what they should avoid and how much weight they should gain. After talking to your doctor, the USDA’s My Pyramid has various resources to help mothers develop some healthy eating habits. During pregnancy it is important to remember that the foods you are eating are not only for you now, but for the baby also.
A healthy weight gain is often related to the health of the baby. The amount of weight you should gain often depends on how much you weighed before you were pregnant. A weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds is typical if the mother was in a healthy weight range before. If you are concerned about how much weight you should gain or if you think that you are not gaining enough weight, then you should talk to your health care provider.

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Foundation works to raise funds, educate

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The Sparta Groundwater Commission, which is the governmental committee designed to address the issue of the depleting Sparta Aquifer, recently developed a 501c3 charity devoted to educating the public about the need to practice water conservation. The Sparta Aquifer is the main source of water for Lincoln Parish, several other parishes and several areas in Arkansas.
The aquifer levels are declining between one and four feet per year due to overuse. In Louisiana, the aquifer is estimated to be overused by about 18 million gallons per day. Because of this overuse, the aquifer is incapable of replenishing itself at an acceptable rate.
This new charity accepts tax-deductible donations, which it uses to spread the word about the Sparta. The commission hopes that in the future, events such as Waterfest — which is slated to be one of the biggest educational tools for the foundation — will be fully funded through donations and funds raised through the Sparta Foundation.

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