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August 16th, 2013

Arts sustain quality of life

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My earliest memory is of music — I’m in front of mom’s standing stereo, hands pressed against the fabric-covered speakers with the rhythm pulsing through my tiny arms. Music then became my closest companion and prevailing passion while inspiring a most glorious quality of life.

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Local scholarship winners announced

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The Louisiana DARE Officer’s Association held its 22nd annual training conference in Mandeville this summer. Two local seniors were chosen and presented with $1,500 scholarships by L.D.O.A. President Officer Darren Powell of the Mandeville Police Department. The “L.D.O.A Citizen’s Scholarship” was presented to Lori Richardson a 2013 graduate of Cedar Creek who plans on attending Louisiana Tech University.

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Football fan frenzy set for Saturday

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Area football fans wanting an early taste of gridiron goodness will get their chance Saturday as Ruston High School, Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University all hold meet and greet events to kick off the 2013 season.
Things will get a little crazy for the Ruston High School football team as the annual Bearcat Madness event will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hoss Garrett Stadium.

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’Dogs start shining up their schemes

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Louisiana Tech refined some mistakes from Wednesday’s mini-scrimmage and continued polishing its playbook installation as the football team practiced in shells for two hours at Joe Aillet Stadium Thursday evening.

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Fundraiser slated for former RHS football coach Reeder

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For more than 40 years former Ruston High School football coach Tommy Reeder has led his teams against tough opponents.
But now Reeder is squaring off against his biggest opponent of all — cancer.
Reeder served as a longtime assistant under Red Franklin at Haynesville High School and served as head coach for six seasons at Ruston, guiding the Bearcats to the 1998 Louisiana Class 5A championship game before losing to West Monroe, 32-14.

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Five added to Jackson Parish Hall of Fame

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The Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame held its fifth annual induction banquet recently in the Family Life Center of the First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.
Ryan Bond, Marty Booker, Lee Humble, Sam Ledbetter and Alden Reeves formed the Class of 2013, bringing the total membership to 27.
Bond was an all-district basketball player for three years at Weston High School, all-state two years, averaging 26 points and 14 rebounds a game his senior year.

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LPSO’s stricter stance against drunk driving

There is nothing wrong with taking a drink every once in a while. But making the decision to take control of an automobile while intoxicated is among the most selfish and reckless decisions that one can make. The second someone decides to commandeer a vehicle while drunk, he is instantly assuming responsibility for people’s lives on the road. No one should have that kind of power in their grasp, let alone during a time when he or she is inebriated to the point of not being able to make rational decisions.

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'Digital dementia' affects memory

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In this day and age everywhere you look a person can be seen with their head in a cell phone, tablet or other electronic device.
A recent study from South Korea found that individuals who rely heavily on technology may suffer a deterioration in cognitive abilities such as short-term memory dysfunction.
Dubbed with the name “digital dementia” the new cognitive condition has been discovered to be afflicting people in their teens and 20s.
I am guilty of being too absorbed in my phone as well, but not quite as much as my younger siblings or cousins.

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Treat others like a child of God

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Have you ever had somebody you loved and respected very much teach you a lesson that you still remember to this day? I have. My lesson giver was my sixth grade teacher Ms. Flora Colvin. This was back in Dubach in the 60’s before the all-white schools had fully integrated with the all-black Hopewell schools.

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Alicia Johnson Pesnell

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Funeral services will be held for Alicia Johnson Pesnell, age 49, at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Gibsland. The interment will follow at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday, August 16, 2013 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia.
Mrs. Pesnell was born November 24, 1963, in Shreveport, LA to J.R. and Bettye Kimball Johnson. She entered into rest on August 13, 2013. Mrs. Pesnell was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Gibsland. 

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