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September 18th, 2013

RPAR’s annual competition a success

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Punt, pass, kick event held Saturday
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There were plenty of dreamers at the Ruston High field adjacent to the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department on James Street Saturday.
And some may see their dreams of showing off their football skills in a professional arena realized.
Area youth ages 6-15 showcased their football skills last weekend as RPAR held its annual NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition.
A strong field of more than 50 participants competed in the free event, which divided participants into age groups of 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. Boys and girls competed separately.

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Junior nursing major named hercules scholar

Cameroon native seeking to help others in ICU recognized with 3.71 GPA
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Grambling State University junior nursing major Lionel Kilofonyuy-Sandjong is the second of four students to be recognized as a Hercules Scholar by the Tom Joyner Foundation on the Tom Joyner Morning show Sept. 12.

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Cheers: Hinton

Air Force Airman Spencer T. Hinton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Hinton is the son of Maureen Hinton of Ruston.
He is a 2012 graduate of Ruston High School.

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Library brief: LPL travels to the fabulous fifties

The Fabulous Fifties were a great era for poodle skirts, early rock-n-roll, and, of course, classic cars.
Re-live the Fabulous 50’s as residents ‘Rock Around The Clock’ on Oct. 5 at the Lincoln Parish Library with a full slate of activities for the whole family.
The day will begin with a Rollin’ Oldies Car Show held at 10 a.m. in the Library Event Center parking lot. The public is invited to come out and view the classic cars and vote for their favorite. The car show will run until 2 p.m. with awards being presented at 1:45 p.m.

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‘Fiddler of the Roof’ opens at Strauss

Fiddler on the Roof, a gem from Broadway’s Golden Age of musicals, comes to Monroe as the Strauss Theatre Center launches it’s 82nd season. It runs from Sept.19-25, with evening performances at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Fiddler on the Roof is a celebration of life and its challenges.
Trying to balance life — like a fiddler on a roof — main character Tevye attempts to hold onto his traditions despite sweeping social change that is upsetting his family values while threatening his town’s very existence.

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Be aware of childhood obesity

With the increase of technology use, children in our area have developed inactive and sedentary lifestyles.
As September marks Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, we should all encourage children to get outdoors and to become healthier individuals.
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is overweight or obese.
If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.

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AP scores get state recognition

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Every September as the new school year gets underway, I am back in Mrs. Garrett’s freshman advanced English class at Ruston High School.

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Tech brothers gain strength from family

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Greenwalts overcome tragic death of mother
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When Jon Greenwalt committed to Louisiana Tech in 2011 to be a member of the Bulldog family, all was well with the Greenwalt family.
Jon’s twin brother Rick, currently an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs, also agreed to play for Tech under then head coach Sonny Dykes at the time. Growing up in California, the two brothers were always on the football field together, literally — pee wee, junior high, high school and Riverside Community College the year prior and now at Tech.

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Lady Techsters net win over GSU

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Louisiana Tech defeated I-20 foe Grambling Tuesday in convincing fashion with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-16) straight-sets victory over the Lady Tigers Tuesday night in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (6-7) hit .423 to start the match and went on a 8-2 run to close out the first set before continuing to dominate Grambling (2-10) the rest of the way, while holding the Lady Tigers to a .000 hitting percentage at the end of three sets.

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’Dogs finish 15th at Golfweek Challenge

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Louisiana Tech shot a tournament-best round Tuesday as the Bulldogs wrapped up the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course with a 15th place finish.
Tech shot 300 as a team as Travis Wilmore led the final round with a team-best even-par 72. That allowed him to lead the team overall with a 9-over-par 225 (78-75-72=225) for the tournament as he was one of three Bulldogs to improve his score with each succeeding round. The senior from Alexandria finished tied-for-48th overall.

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