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September 3rd

Feel pride on Labor Day

While many people think of Labor Day as an excuse to grill, miss work and stop wearing white, very few people take the time to understand the importance of the federal holiday.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, Labor Day was “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.”
The DOL states this tradition started when the first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882 in New York in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union.

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Man: Constitution needs protection

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Our American Constitution is under attack. It’s under attack from a president and members of Congress who violate it, courts who misinterpret it and the media who scorn it. They laugh at people like me who believe it is an inspired blueprint for our government.

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Back-to-School Bash huge success

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There are simply no words to express our deepest gratitude to this community for once again helping us pull off our Back-to-School Bash.
With everything from economic deterrents to Mother Nature’s sweltering temperatures to incredible logistical challenges, it seemed that we might have finally hit the wall. But thanks to the countless heroes throughout this region that persevered in spite of it all, we can proudly say that not only did the 5th annual event take place, but it was an incredible success!

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Vacation time tests patience

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Pssstt! All you younger parents out there; let’s talk.
It’s been a while since I wrote down these words; I was a younger father when I found this in my writings so I want to pass it along to you who have children, you know, the little people who live with you. Being at the end of summer, with our vacations now over, school has resumed. I came across something I wrote on one of our family vacations.

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Jesse Jackson joins Community Trust

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Community Trust Bank has announced Jesse Jackson, a Ruston native, has joined the bank as the senior vice president-external relations. Jackson will bring his 18 years of experience in the financial services industry to the position at Community Trust Bank.
In his new role, Jackson will be responsible for maintaining and enhancing the bank’s relationships with external partners.

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Tech researchers, NASA partner

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Team to conduct zero-gravity experiments

Researchers from Louisiana Tech University will be floating high above the Gulf of Mexico this month to conduct zero-gravity testing of an experimental DNA analysis instrument developed at Tech that could benefit future NASA astronauts.
Niel Crews, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Collin Tranter, a graduate student with the Institute for Micromanufacturing (IfM), say the instrument could be used to monitor the health of astronauts exposed to cosmic radiation beyond Earth’s protective atmosphere.

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Summer reading honors

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The above Cypress Springs Elementary students read 20 or more books over the summer and earned a surprise from Principal Doris Lewis. Pictured in the back row, from left to right, are Lewis, Jada Booker, Kierra Kitchens, Shacoriya McClain and Nashara South. In the middle row, left to right, are Pairyona Peterson, Clarissa Kimble, Jamela Bishop and Sarah Badar. In the front row, left to right, are Brooklyn Bays, Summer Bays, Alexander Yoshida and Kaitlin Wiley.

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RHS Speech and Debate: preparing to give the best

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The RHS Speech and Debate Team had students attend Summer Forensic Institutes around the nation.
What do students do at these universities?

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Careful choices — not credit cards — help in future

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Question: My brother is all into saving money and planning for the future. But life is short. Why save a bunch of money for the future when life is so short?
Answer: When you consider all the things you want to do, places you want to see and people you want to meet, life is short.

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Grandparents may need to balance gifts and goals

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Grandparents Day falls on Sept. 11 this year. While not as widely observed as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, Grandparents Day nonetheless serves a valuable purpose in reminding us of the importance of grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren. If you’re a grandparent yourself, you already know the joy your grandchildren bring you, and through the years, you have probably been generous with them in many ways. At the same time, though, you probably need to strike a balance between your heartfelt gifts and your financial goals.

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