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Creating the ‘model’ athlete

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Grambling High product Chris Simmons becomes bodybuilding/fitness guru
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Chris Simmons has become a model of success to friends and former classmates at Grambling High School.
And now, he’s truly fulfilling the “model” portion of his career portfolio.
A Class 1A Louisiana Sports Writers Association Basketball Player of the Year, McDonald’s All-American and three-time All-District 2-1A performer during his stay with the Kittens’ program, Simmons continued his success at two more levels:

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Legislature passes new cycling laws

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As the city of Ruston continues to grow so do the efforts to make the city and state a more cyclist friendly place.
The recent legislative session passed House Bill No. 513 revising the provisions already set forth that are relative to bicycles and traffic movement.
Earlier this year, Louisiana received a national ranking of 24th in terms of being bicycle friendly.

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District 5 team heads for Big League World Series

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Another late July, another run at a national championship.
It wouldn’t seem like summertime without North Louisiana’s District 5 Big League baseball team playing in that league’s World Series, and it’s the same old story this year.
So for District 5, it’s on to the Big League World Series for the sixth straight year. The weeklong tournament begins in Easley, S.C., on Wednesday.

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Tainter gate project makes progress

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The Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District Commission learned that construction on a coffer dam at the Tainter gate site on the lake is 15-20 percent complete as it held its monthly meeting last week at the Union Parish Courthouse Annex.

“The project is coming along pretty well and is on schedule,” Project Engineer Ron Riley said. “The coffer dam is 15-20 percent along and is beginning to shape up.

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Learn more about depression

Every day is another opportunity for a person to experience new losses. As we age, loved ones die, hearing and sight eventually leave us and once-loved freedoms are often taken away.
That’s why Karen Kopera-Frye, professor of gerontology, sociology and political science at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is going to talk about “Depression, Grief and Loss” at the monthly meeting of the local chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Community Trust Bank Financial Center.

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Louisiana, Mississippi to hold summit

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A great opportunity awaits Louisiana residents when they attend the Miss-Lou Regional Tourism Summit in Oak Grove this year from Aug. 9-11 at the Jason Lingo Center.
This program is a joint effort between 16 Louisiana parishes, 17 Mississippi counties and their state cooperative extension services.
In the opening session, Holly Beaumier from Florence, S.C. will discuss “Tourism Clustering.”

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Wills and other arrangements

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(Last week I began a series concerning what some call planning for the end or “estate planning.” I prefer to call this “life planning.” After all, these concepts are a part of a different stage of life. I cannot overemphasize that these types of considerations should not be handled using boilerplate forms. We ended the discussion last week commencing a discussion of the reasons for possibly executing a last will and testament.)

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Avery Island in the Civil War

Shane K. Bernard, Ph.D will be the guest speaker for the Young-Sanders Center for the Study of the War Between the States in Louisiana at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Bernard serves as historian and curator to the McIIhenny Company and Avery Island, Inc., Archives of Avery Island.
He is the author of several books about south Louisiana culture and history.

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Gala to celebrate Grambling’s 110th anniversary and regional leaders

GRAMBLING — This Labor Day weekend is sure to be one to remember.
Gramblinites and friends of Grambling State University (GSU) will converge in the twin cities of Shreveport-Bossier City for the Second Annual Port City Classic.
Kicking off the weekend in style will be GSU’s Port City Gala taking place in the Captain Ballroom of the Shreveport Convention Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Many of Shreveport-Bossier City’s finest citizens, including business and community leaders, will be in attendance.

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Teachers develop new strategies for high-school classrooms

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BATON ROUGE — Nearly 30 Louisiana high school teachers gathered June 6-10 on Louisiana State University’s campus for the Marathon High School Teacher Engineering Awareness Program (HSTEAP). Sponsored by Marathon Oil Company, HSTEAP is intended to aid teachers in the pursuit of understanding, engineering and developing curriculum strategies that support and strengthen understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the high school classroom.

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