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Not goodbye; see you later

Although I write for the Tech Talk, Louisiana Tech’s newspaper, covering stories in the real world is quite different. I went from being sheltered to learning how to deal with various types of people. During this internship, I learned a lot about the city and the people of Ruston. I feel every moment shared was worth the effort.

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Healthy habits start early

Children need to learn at an early age how to make smart food choices and to place a priority on regular exercise. This can be a challenge for families who have picky eaters and for families in which parents are not setting a healthy example for their children.
Stepping up to fill in the gaps are Louisiana Tech kinesiology professor Tammy Schilling and her graduate students. They are targeting some of Lincoln Parish’s youngest students and educating them about exercises they can do at home and how to make food choices that lead to good nutrition.

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’Dogs sweep parish series

“We showed patience at the plate today,” Tech head coach Wade Simoneaux said. “Grambling State started a tough lefty that threw soft. Those kinds of pitchers can ruin good hitting. Our hitters countered his pitching style by keeping their head on the ball and not opening up their hips.”
Featured in yet another offensive explosion for the Western Athletic Conference team were home runs by third baseman Chris Kersten and outfielder Devin Dageford.

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Stimulus funds stall in Baton Rouge

He said the plan will have to move quickly once it is reconsidered — the Department of Transportation Development has only 120 days to get bids for the work.
Some of the largest projects included work on Interstate 10 and other south Louisiana roadways and bridges.
The U.S. 167 project, set to reconstruct about 6.2 miles of roadway between Quitman and the Lincoln Parish line, was tabbed at about $7 million. Fannin tried to assuage fears it could be deleted from the list.
“I will do everything I can to make sure U.S. 167 stays in,” he said.

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Diamond ’Dogs start out 2-0

Add on a defensive effort that had only one error (in Saturday’s contest) and it was about as complete a performance as coach Wade Simoneaux could hope for with his Western Athletic Conference team.
“Our guys did a good overall job,” Simoneaux said. “We had the bats working well both games and it was plenty to support the good pitching that we were able to get from several of our pitchers.
“We have a lot of respect for Grambling’s team and we knew we would have to come out and play well and sustain it for the full game.”

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It's a whole other world in Bunkie

And, it’s no secret that many here in north Louisiana have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to things like state politics, funding and tourism. Believe me, I know all of the important projects and people that are right here NOB, but getting that message down to Baton Rouge has always been a challenge.
Since my life has been split about equally between living both up here and down there, I feel like I have a fairly good feel for the differences that exist. While the distinctions are many, I think they can be broken down into a few main categories.
Mardi Gras

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Community has a stake in local schools

Over the past week, the Ruston Daily Leader has presented a thorough look at our local public schools. The unbiased, well-researched and thoughtful stories provided a realistic picture of education in Lincoln Parish. We have highlighted the highs and the lows, as well as the complex elements that make up any public school system.

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Tech football player arrested

Tech Coach Derek Dooley announced Melancon was dismissed from the team today.
Tech Police Chief Randal Hermes said Melancon first crossed paths with the department in November while in possession of a stolen laptop computer. Melancon is a resident of Hutcheson Hall, and the computer had been taken from a room in that residence hall.
“At that time, he provided the officer with information that he’d purchased it from someone he found in the parking lot,” Hermes said.

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