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October 27th

Tech sweeps awards in WAC cross country

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Louisiana Tech University’s Alwayne Green and Mary Kate Hays have been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s cross country Athletes of the Week, respectively.
Green, a junior from Oxford, Jamaica, won the recent Demon Invitational with a three-mile time of 15:15.5 to claim Tech’s first individual title in a men’s cross country meet this year.
Green’s top time helped pace Tech to a team win as well.

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Students focus on being green, helping others

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October is ending, and our wildflowers are fully engaged in all things fall. Our preschool students have been busy learning about land, air and water, and the animals that belong in each area. They’ve also been exploring solids and liquids. Fall has swept in with many discussions of seasons, why our leaves change colors and why cooler weather is on its way. We learned about Columbus, and are continuing to learn about the planets, specifically our planet, Earth. We’ve created some beautiful self-portraits, and are eager to decorate pumpkins next week.

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First-graders express their love for school

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First grade
Students in Ms. Fernandez’s class wanted to share how they feel about school.
Geordan writes, “My favorite thing at school is the computer lab.”
Xavion writes, “My favorite part is the sentences.”

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Elementary prepares for school science fair

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October Calendar
• Monday — Cheerleader practice
• Today, Monday — Basketball practice
November Calendar
• Nov. 1 — Teachers’ meeting
• Nov. 1, 3, 8, 15 and 17 — Cheerleader practice
• Nov. 1, 3, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15 and 17 — Basketball practice
• Nov. 4 — Free dress day

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Signs, prevention for stroke, heart disease

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Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health.
Heart disease and stroke are among the nation’s top causes of death and disability. Although, one disease affects the heart, and one affects the brain, these conditions actually have a lot in common.
Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, account for more than one-third of all deaths in the United States, and disability in nearly 3 million people annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You begin to worry about health concerns later in life: In 2006, of the approximately 800,000 Americans who died of cardiovascular diseases, 151,000 were younger than age 65.

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October 26th

City meter project advances

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In recent weeks, thousands of Ruston residents have received new electric meters as part of the city’s Smart Metering System.
City Public Utility Manager Darrell Caraway said crews are first changing out the meters of the approximately 10,000 residential power customers and will then move on to the approximately 1,000 meters for commercial customers.
The meter change-out takes approximately 30 minutes for each customer. Electric usage will cease during the 30-minute installation period.

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Blazing battles

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Area fire departments had a busy afternoon Tuesday after sparks from a crew working set a group of old mobile homes on fire on Louisiana Highway 33, starting a more than three-hour battle with the flames.
Lincoln Parish Fire District spokesman Jim Hilton said the group of approximately seven old, abandoned mobile homes, located on a lot directly across from Scott’s Catfish on La. Highway 33, burned down.
“I think there used to be a mobile home dealer there, or something like that,” he said. “They were old, junk mobile homes.”

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Residents dining for a good cause

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The Ruston Civic Center was packed on Tuesday evening with residents seeking a simple meal, opportunities to socialize and a way to help their fellow man.
Each person who walked in to be greeted by the meal of vegetable soup and crackers at the Poor Man’s Supper purchased a $5 ticket and donated a can of meat, with proceeds and food going to Christian Community Action.
On one side of the room, there was a large table set up that held more than 50 items — donated by local businesses and individuals — for the fundraiser silent auction. Attendees wrote down their bids for framed posters, a teeth whitening package, jewelry, artwork, tools and even a large, decorative mirror.

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Volunteer coaches make a difference

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Millions of children in this country play youth sports. Right here at Ruston Parks and Recreation, hundreds of children play youth sports throughout the year.
While playing sports, children are staying active and learning about teamwork and sportsmanship. With hundreds of youngsters coming through the RPAR leagues also comes the increasing demand for more volunteer coaches.

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JA receives donation

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Holidays in CedarTown recently gave a donation to the Ruston Junior Auxiliary representatives. Pictured, from left to right: Blair Walpole, Junior Auxiliary president; Tara Smith, Junior Auxiliary Christmas Clearing House chair; Sunny Moon, Holidays in CedarTown chairman; Lynda Steed, Cedar Creek School director of development; and Jill Myers, Holidays in CedarTown advertising chair.

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