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October 11th, 2017

LPPJ votes to help city with new animal control facility

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury voted unanimously on Tuesday to enter a cooperative endeavor agreement with the city of Ruston regarding site work and driveway construction for a new animal control facility.
Courtney Hall, parish administrator, said the agreement would only be for dirt work and driveway construction.

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Education officials tout continued success

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The Lincoln Parish education system continues to thrive as a result of the community’s support. That was the message from four of Lincoln Parish’s highest education officials said to more than 60 parish residents gathered Tuesday night for the first of four Lincoln Parish United Town Hall meetings.

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Over 30 chefs gather for North Delta Food and Wine Festival

WEST MONROE — Dozens of culinary, beer, spirits and wine purveyors will descend on the West Monroe Convention Center at A Rare Culinary Collaboration to celebrate the third annual North Delta Food and Wine Festival on Friday.
“We’ve got over 100 locally-owned restaurants in Ouachita Parish alone, and this is our opportunity to show the state of Louisiana what the Delta region has to offer,” said Regina Wood, festival chair.

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Jones receives AAFCS Distinguished Service Award

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DALLAS — American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences honored its 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipients at a ceremony during the 108th Annual Conference and Expo in Dallas.
Among those selected for the award is Ethel G. Jones, PhD, CFCS, director and associate professor, School of Human Ecology, Louisiana Tech University.
Jones has been a family and consumer sciences leader at the state and national levels within the profession, in allied professions, and in the communities in which she’s lived.

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Families can help those with mental illness

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Mental illness can strike anyone. Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.”
In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread.
If you think that someone you love has a mental illness, you are not alone. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, an estimated 60 million Americans, one in four adults, suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.
About one in 10 children lives with a serious mental or emotional disorder. These disorders are more common than cancer, diabetes or heart disease.

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Life will throw us changes when we least expect it

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When I was younger, I used to fear the unknown.
I fiercely loved the familiar and was quick to reject anything that seemed out of the ordinary.
I was so certain if I held fast to the things that made me feel comfortable, they could not slip away from me.
I refused to believe that change was inevitable or that some things were simply beyond my control.
During my senior year of high school, I was constantly warned of how different I would become after starting college. And with each warning, I rolled my eyes, certain things would remain constant.

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A tale of two sports complexes: Best, worst of times

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … .”
That oft-quoted opening sentence from Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” could fit the stories of Ruston and Shreveport as each municipality tries to enter the sports complex business.

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Fix GSU’s Woodson Hall

Grambling State University’s Woodson Hall needs to be restored.
The home to many of GSU’s departments, including the English and Foreign Languages Department and the television news station, continues to be a open sore on a university that is in the process of reshaping itself.
The building has been damaged by the rain and thunderstorms that have hit Lincoln Parish with historic proportions in over the past year.
The building sits on the lowest level on campus where flooding is preveland after heavy rain storms.

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Newcomers add depth to Lady Techsters post

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Louisiana Tech is in its second full week of official women’s basketball team workouts with head coach Brooke Stoehr and Co. continuing preparation for the Nov. 10 season opener only one month away.
Through the first nine days on the floor, Stoehr has been pleased with the everyday effort on the court from her young bunch.

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Bearcats win in straight sets

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Ashley Ambrose (above) turned in 15 assista Tuesday night to held lead the Ruston High School volleyball team, ranked No. 3 in the state, to a straight sets and win over Parkway. Reagan Lee led the Bearcats with 11 kills and three aces while Mya Terry added eight kills and four digs. The Bearcats (13-2) will next play Ursiline Academy (21-4) at 5 p.m. Thursday in New Orleans.

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