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A vigil for those lost

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DART remembers victims of domestic abuse
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The meeting room at the Lincoln Parish Library was overflowing with community members on Tuesday night who sought to recognize those lost in the fight against domestic violence in the area.
Terrie Queen Autrey, one of the founders of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and current community advocate, said that 12 years ago when DART first began displaying silhouettes representing those who have died as a result of domestic violence, there were only eight silhouettes. Today, there are 30 silhouettes, which represent 25 women one man and four children who have died as a result of domestic violence in the parishes that DART serves, which include Lincoln, Jackson, Union, Claiborne and Bienville.

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Trick-or-treating, pet show highlight events

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Downtown Ruston was packed with little cheerleaders, superheroes, pirates and other costume-clad children on Tuesday afternoon.
The annual Downtown Howl’oween, a partnership between the city of Ruston and Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, provided an opportunity for local children to trick or treat at downtown businesses and participate in various activities.

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MedCamps, FCA host 5/55 Challenge

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Event for cyclists, runners at Squire Creek Country Club

On Nov. 10, with staging from The Park at Squire Creek Country Club, North Central Louisiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes and MedCamps of Louisiana together will host the 5/55 Challenge, a new event for runners and cyclists.
The event is a fundraiser for MedCamps of Louisiana and FCA.

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‘Remember My Name’ project saddens, enlightens

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In preparation for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 12th Annual Candlelight Vigil, I went to the national registry called “Remember My Name.”
Started in 1994 as a joint project of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Ms. Magazine, “Remember My Name” seeks to list, by name, the individuals in each state who have been killed in a domestic violence incident. I recall the first time I saw this list. The appalling number of people killed, combined with their names, both chilled and moved me. It was bad enough that 46 people died in Louisiana one year. Knowing their names — Natalie, Kiesia, Bridgette, Tanya, Elizabeth, Chantal — somehow made it so much more personal. That is the purpose of the project: helping us to remember that it is people, not just numbers, who are dying in our country, in our states and in our communities.

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Tech ranks high in NCAA stats

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Bulldogs in Top 10 of five team categories
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Louisiana Tech University players may not place much emphasis on individual statistics, but the latest NCAA rankings unveil plenty of Bulldogs on the charts.
And also the team as a whole.
There are four different Tech players featured in the Top 10 of various departments of the latest national stat list.

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Creek No. 8 in state poll; home Friday

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Cedar Creek remains as a Top 10 state ranked team and will do so with a regular season finale at home rather than on the road.
The Cougars (7-1) are No. 8 in the next-to-last Class 1A Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll following a 35-0 loss to top-rated Ouachita Christian in Monroe last week.
Prior to that game which decided the District 2-1A championship, Cedar Creek had climbed as high as No. 5.

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UTSA: Another tough task Saturday

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After being halted by Utah State, Roadrunners face Tech

For the second straight weekend, the University of Texas-San Antonio confronts a mammoth assignment:
Dealing with another championship contender in the Western Athletic Conference.
Last weekend, it was Utah State, a consensus preseason pick to finish as the runner-up in the league race. The Aggies applied a 48-17 loss on the Roadrunners at the Alamodome in San Antonio last weekend.

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Jackson made huge impact on Tech track

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Louisiana Tech University’s loss in track and field is a huge gain for TCU.
Why?
After nearly 20 years of outstanding service, Shawn Jackson has departed from Tech to take his skills to Horned Frogs’ country as an assistant for their program.
Ask anybody — especially longtime Head Coach Gary Stanley — about the impact that Jackson made at Tech during the past 17 seasons and they’ll tell you that it was immense.

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Stay safe this spooky holiday

Halloween’s roots can be traced to the Celtic New Year of ancient Europe. Mostly ignored by early Protestant Americans, the holiday made its way into American culture and was celebrated as a secular occasion by the 20th century. Today, children and adults alike dress up to revel in the spirit of All Hallows’ Eve by taking a binge in sugary sweets and mostly harmless mischief.
Although good, clean fun is encouraged during this time of year, it is also wise to acknowledge safety concerns while little ghosts, goblins, witches and princesses make their rounds through neighborhoods seeking candy from residents.

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Cuban Missile Crisis revisited

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When I was in second grade, my mother kept the trunk of our car packed with clothes, blankets and jugs of drinking water.
Not that she anticipated the need to beat a fast path out of town, or take a quick trip to grandma’s house. Rather, she, like so many other moms and dads in the fall of 1962, was determined we were ready to hightail it to the nearest fallout shelter, should Russia drop “the bomb.”

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