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October 14th, 2013

Durrett, Hammons to wed

Doug Durrett, of Simsboro, and Nancy Joyner Durrett, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Rebecca Lynn Durrett to Cody Allen Hammons, of Quitman.

Rebecca is the granddaughter of the Rev. Larry and Frances Joyner, of Arcadia and the late Orvil and Myrtle Durrett.

The bride is a 2007 graduate of Simsboro High School and received her Associates of Occupational Therapy in 2010 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She received her Bachelors of Health Studies in 2012 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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4 Paws celebrates shelter with fall festival

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4 Paws Rescue Inc. celebrated their new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Fall Festival on Saturday.
The event also served as a fundraiser for the volunteer pet rescue organization.
Above: A group of Chihuahua-mix puppies were the big hit of the day during the 4 PAWS Palooza event held Saturday at the organization’s shelter on Rodeo Road.

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Stomping out bullying

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Workshop focuses on helping keep today’s children safe
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In recognition of Bullying Awareness Month the alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. held a prevention and informational workshop Saturday.
Topics covered included cyber bullying, bullying and the law, bullying and suicide, as well as bullying intervention and prevention strategies.
Area law enforcement agencies participated in the workshop educating those in attendance about bullying.

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BGCNCLA audit findings announced

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Osborne: Club has made necessary changes to prevent future issues
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The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office has released findings on the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana that brought up internal control issues.
The findings stated that during the audit, it was noted that an employee authorized to make purchases with club credit cards and charge accounts had made various personal purchases during the period audited.
Reimbursements were reportedly made to the organization by the employee in a timely manner.

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Tech’s Homecoming week activities begin

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Louisiana Tech University’s Alumni Association, in conjunction with the university’s Student Government Association and various student organizations, academic colleges, athletics department and campus and community partners, has announced its official calendar of events for Homecoming Week 2013, today through Sunday.
For more information on Homecoming events and activities taking place on and around the Louisiana Tech campus, call the Marbury Alumni Center at (318) 255-7950 or visit www.latechalumni.org/homecoming2013.
Today
• 4 p.m., Paint the Town, Outside Tolliver

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Awareness Month brings education, events

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As I prepare for various domestic violence presentations around our community this month, I am discovering new and appalling information about the extent and the impact of domestic violence upon women, children and families.
One piece of information I found relates to the frequency and severity of domestic violence injuries to women in our country. A Majority Report of the Office of the Senate stated that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States — more than car accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

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AIAS promotes Park(ing) Day

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A little gray turned a little green for a few hours Sept. 23.
Louisiana Tech’s American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) participated in the worldwide Park(ing) Day, in which a local parking spot is turned into a temporary public park. The AIAS students chose an area near Tolliver Hall and placed sod and even a tree and a park bench for students to relax.
“The student response has been great,” said Samantha Raburn, a graduate architecture student and president of AIAS. “We’ve had people who have sat here and done their homework and then grabbed a plate lunch.”

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Wayne "Dick" and Carolyn Smith

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Welton “Dick” Smith 80 years of age, and Carolyn Fulton Smith, 77 years of age, of Lake Concordia, LA passed away on October 9, 2013. Welton Smith was born November 15th, 1932 in Morgan Town, MS.  Carolyn Smith was born May 27th, 1936 in Moss Point, MS.   Funeral Services will be held Saturday October 12th at 10:00 am at McNeely Road Church of God in Natchez, MS with Pastor Brian Monehan, Pastor Julius Roberts officiating.

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Library hosts Orphan Train

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Few people today know much about the largest child migration in history. Between 1854 and 1929 more than 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. Children were sent to every state in the continental United States; the last train went to Sulphur Springs, Texas in 1929.

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Netting a big soccer win

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Lady Techsters upset Middle Tennessee
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Sophomore Rosie Lethbridge came into today’s match with only seven shot attempts and zero goals this season, but her right foot catapulted Louisiana Tech to a 1-0 upset over Middle Tennessee on Sunday evening at the Dean A. Hayes Track and Soccer Stadium.
The score was nil-nil until the 64th minute when freshman Annabel Prior took a shot from 18 yards out that deflected off the left post. With a diving keeper out of line, the ball kicked to the right where Lethbridge rushed in to punch the ball into the empty net.

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