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October 14th, 2013

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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Hays paces Tech runners

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Senior runner turns in third consecutive top five finish
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NATCHITOCHES — Mary Kate Hays recorded her third consecutive top-five finish as she led the Louisiana Tech women’s cross country team to a fifth place finish Saturday morning at the Demon Invitational.
Hays paced the team finishing the 5K course in 20:31. Hays has now recorded a top five finish in every event this season.
“A lot of hard work over the summer has enabled Mary Kate to have a successful senior season,” said Tech head coach Gary Stanley.

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Tech dominates tennis tourney

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NATCHITOCHES — The Louisiana Tech tennis team was unstoppable on day two, overpowering the field to the tune of four singles and two doubles flight titles Saturday at the Lady Demon Invitational on the hard courts of the Jack Fisher Tennis Complex.
Tech netters competed in seven total flights, winning flights one through four in singles and flights one and three in doubles.

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Techsters volleyball falls on road

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r trading sets back and forth, Louisiana Tech lost in heartbreaking fashion in five sets to the Pirates of East Carolina on the road, 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 9-25, 19-17), Friday night at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville.
Despite winning the first set and then holding a 2-1 lead over East Carolina (10-11, 1-3 Conference USA), Tech (7-13, 1-4 C-USA) failed to hold on late in the match as the Pirates fought back from behind for their first Conference USA victory of the season.

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Danny Gerald Vinson

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Danny Gerald Vinson, 72, of Downsville, formally of El Dorado, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2013, at Willow Ridge Nursing Home in Arcadia, Louisiana. He was born September 14, 1941 in Marysville, LA to Guy and Margie Nell Giles Vinson. Dan worked as an oil field sales representative and was a member of the Marysville United Methodist Church. Preceding him in death are his parents and a brother, Travis Jackson Vinson. Survivors include sons, Danny G. Vinson II of El Dorado and Kevin Stewart of Arcadia, LA; daughters, Donita G.

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Raising awareness of the blind

Here in Ruston, blindness, or at least blind people, is something we experience every day. However, to promote awareness Mayor Dan Hollingsworth issued a proclamation declaring October as Meet the Blind Month.
And to further Hollingsworth’s proclamation, the Louisiana Center for the Blind is hosting a variety of events to help educate the public.
The center is joining forces with Christian Community Action by collecting nonperishable food to support CCA’s Poor Man’s Supper set for Tuesday.

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