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Voting in the future

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Technology impacts Secretary of State’s office
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With technological advancements being made every day, Secretary of State Tom Schedler said that online voting is likely inevitable.
Schedler spoke to the Lincoln Parish Rotary Club on Friday morning and detailed the duties of his office. One of the biggest parts of his job is to serve as the chief of elections.

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What’s ‘Happening’ at La. Tech

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Approximately 1,000 students, alumni and friends of Louisiana Tech University gathered in the Monroe Civic Center Arena to take part in the Alumni Association’s The Happening XXXI on Thursday.
Billed as the “Future of Louisiana Tech: From Academics to Athletics,” guests socialized at a reception held prior to the dinner portion of the evening.

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Tackling football skills

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For a group of around 50 youth at the Ruston High School practice football field on Saturday morning, learning the basics about the sport came a little easier with the help of RHS Head Coach Billy Laird, his staff and players.
“I really look forward to doing this every year,” Laird said about teaching the group of 7-12 year olds the game’s basics such as tackling, agility and blocking. “This really helps kids as they grow up learn the game better. It makes them better football players in the future.”
Laird said the clinic has been put on right before the school year starts for the past four years, and it all came about as a way to help the local YMCA recruit and teach more children about the game of football for their league.

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New Living Word ready for kids

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School’s plan for influx of voucher students approved
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Nothing stands in the way of New Living Word School taking in an additional 165 students when classes begin next week.
Reports last week suggested that plans the school had to utilize their chapel and the second floor of their gymnasium to accommodate the extra students had not been approved despite the fact that school is scheduled to start in eight days. Don Zeringue, chief architect with State Fire Marshal Chief Butch Browning’s office, said that is not the case.
“They have filed the appropriate paperwork,” Zeringue said. “We’ve performed our plan review, and they are approved.”

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A new place to house sheriff’s office?

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Jury to consider land agreement, committee appointments

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury committees and full jury will meet on two different days this month.
On Monday, three committees will meet.
At 5 p.m., the Public Property and Buildings Committee, chaired by Juror Hazel Hunter, will consider a cooperative endeavor agreement pertaining to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office proposed Public Safety Complex.

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Community honors J.P. Fitzmorris

Many times when people pass away, they do so quietly with only a few family members or close friends paying tribute to their life.
In other instances, the circumstances of a person’s passing are such that numerous individuals step forward to acknowledge the loss.
This was the case after Navy Aircrewman J.P. Fitzmorris was killed in a helicopter crash on July 19 in Oman.

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Man praises New Living Word School

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My name is Van Osborne, father of Diogenee Osborne. Diogenee attended New Living Word School (NLWS) in Ruston for three years. She earned state honors twice in track and field (discus), she went to regionals twice in shot-put, was a three-year starter on the girls basketball team and elected captain her senior year. She also found time to be a cheerleader and graduated as valedictorian with a 3.9 GPA.

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Memories of Cleddie Harris

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If you ever watched or played baseball in North Louisiana in the 1960s and ’70s you probably saw Cleddie Wallace Harris. For many years, he was in the Ruston High baseball dugout keeping their scorebook. I first met him when he kept the records for our American Legion team — the 1972 Louisiana state champion (had to get that in there) T.L. James Contractors.
Cleddie always kept his belt buckle closer to his right hip than his middle. He walked real slow, almost at a shuffling pace, always holding his clipboard, wearing a shirt with a pocket full of pencils and his team’s baseball cap.
Cleddie could get animated, real animated. Once during every game he would walk out of the dugout between innings, spell and shout out C-O-N-T-R-A-C-T-O-R-S to the fans.
Cleddie didn’t drive, so our star leftfielder Corbett Best picked him up and drove him to the ballpark. Somewhere along the line they developed the content of the Corbett and Cleddie Show.

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Olympics quite a story

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The Summer Olympics are nearly over.  At least in the world of sports, recently much focus has been directed to the London games. The United States and China have more or less dominated the other countries in the accumulation of medals. Maybe of more interest, though, are a few stories that have not been given international coverage, noting that there was actually a distinct “local” flavor to the London games.
I had been aware that one alumna of Louisiana Tech was one of the participants in the women’s long jump. Chelsea Hayes, of New Orleans, a Tech track star, competed in the long jump for women. Although she did not quite make the medal round, she did jump quite a way, 20 ft 3/4 inch, only a mere 1 1/4 inches from the medal round. That is quite an achievement for Hayes, Tech and its track program. Congratulations are certainly deserved. There were also two other alumni from Tech who competed although for other countries. This is not an unusual occurrence for former university students from the United States to compete for their native countries.

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Don’t worry over changing bond prices

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When you own stocks, you know their prices will always fluctuate. To help ease the effects of this volatility on your portfolio, you could add other types of investments, such as bonds. Yet bond prices will also rise and fall.
But there may be — in fact, there should be — a big difference in how you view the ups and downs of stocks versus those of bonds.

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