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A soldier comes home

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“I just hope people could understand that I am doing this for a good cause and that it’s not like a video game when it comes to being here — there is no respawn button. You get killed here, you are gone. Game Over.”
That quote came from the journal of PFC Tyler McCann of the Army’s 2nd Division, 1st Battalion — 23rd Infantry — Alpha Co.
He posted it in his journal on July 25, 2012, as he served as a sniper and mortar gunner with his unit in southeast Afghanistan.
Little did the Ruston native know that his life would change only days later.

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Learning lessons

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Those walking into a classroom earlier this month at Ruston Junior High School might have thought it was for any other subject than math.
Students were gathered in groups, writing on small whiteboards and talking about things such as cleaning supplies and cheese.
These students were part of an onsite coaching lesson for their teachers. Mike Stevens, a Math Solutions OnSite Coach, visited two RJHS teachers to help train them how to use new interactive teaching methods. Financing for this training is provided through a grant from the Gates Foundation.

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Ruston resident to appear on ABC’s ‘Shark Tank’ on Friday

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Jessica Haynes, founder and owner of JesKa Shoe Company, will appear on Shark Tank at 8 p.m. Friday on the ABC Television Network. Jessica will pitch her product idea to Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary in hopes the investors will use their own money to turn her prototype into a profitable business.

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Traffic Summit set for Thursday

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Individuals who do a lot of driving for their jobs can learn a little more about how to do so safely this week.
From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission will present their annual Traffic Safety Training Summit at the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home Chapel, located at 904 Deville Lane.
Jenny Crume, LHSC Safe Communities coordinator, said individuals interested in attending should let her know by noon Wednesday so that enough food will be prepared for the free event, which will be catered by Ben Christmas.

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The many faces of the daffodil flower

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Driving around the city and countryside I have noticed many yellow, white and multi-colored flowers mingling within the browns and greens of the season’s landscapes.
You can find them in formal beds, scattered in the landscape and in groups inhabiting an old home place.  It is a comforting experience to find a patch of brilliant colors in an unsuspecting location alongside a rural road.

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NCLAC calls for artists for 2013-14 exhibition year

It’s time for NCLAC’s annual Call for Entries for the 2013-14 exhibition year. This year, the call is made even more exciting by the addition of new exhibition spaces. Running on a three month cycle, these shows offer opportunities for solo, small group and large group exhibitions.                                       

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Tech interior design students create ‘Discovery Hospital’

The Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum in Monroe just became even healthier.
Six interior design students, who graduated from Louisiana Tech University in spring 2012, designed a new exhibit called “Discovery Hospital,” which opened last month.
Led by Stephanie Carwile, chair of the interior design program, students Amanda Graf, Whitney Harmon, Kate Higgs, Emily Kinel, Sarah Reuther and Jessica Slawson helped create the hospital.
The exhibit features tools used in the hospital children can interact with and different posters for kids to read and learn.

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’Dogs deserve huge support from fans

Louisiana Tech University’s streaking Bulldogs close out their home schedule for the 2012-13 season this week.
If any team deserves a huge turnout of fans for two games to be held at the Thomas Assembly Center starting Thursday night and ending Saturday night, it’s the ’Dogs.
Tech is one of the top teams in the country with Top 35 rankings in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, plus remains atop the Western Athletic Conference standings with a 14-0 mark and is 24-3 overall.
Those 24 wins are the most for a Bulldogs’ squad since the 2009-10 season.

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Taking it one day at a time

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One hundred and sixteen pounds, or maybe it looks better like this: 116 pounds! That’s how much Smart Bodies participants have lost in four weeks! Twenty-eight people signed up to participate in the LSU AgCenter Smart Portions Program from Lincoln and Jackson parishes. They are challenging themselves to make small changes for big results.

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Pondering the value of college

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Every time a character in a movie or television show visits a college or university for the first time, it is always a magical place. They always seem to stumble into a philosophy class, which is theoretically the most collegiate, academic sort of class one can ever experience at a university.
Personally, I’ve taken some English classes that would make a philosophy class look like a math class, but the point remains the same. People don’t really go to college just to learn a skill. That is what two-year technical colleges and trade schools are designed to do.

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