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November 5th

Dangerous times remain

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Last week we mentioned one of the most frightening times in our nation’s history.
In the 1860s our nation was nearly destroyed. We still to this day are dealing with remnants of the Civil War. In the 1960s there was great tumult, and during that time our nation could have been destroyed. I do not reference the Vietnam War nor riots in the streets; the flashpoint in 1962 was the Cuban Missile Crisis. We still are dealing with the threat of danger from nuclear weaponry.

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Natural gas leak prompts evacuation

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The Ruston Fire Department received a report of a natural gas line ruptured around 8 a.m. Nov. 1 behind Irrigation Mart Warehouse.
Fifteen personnel responded.
“Firefighters arrived to a reported natural gas leak to find a two-inch gas line cut in half,” RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said. “Dirt construction crews were in the process of improving the drainage system behind Irrigation Mart when the machinery hit the gas line.”

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Positive behavior rewarded

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Ruston High School freshman counselor Kellye Ratcliff serves popcorn to members of the school’s Freshman Academy who were recently treated to a VIP trip to Celebrity Theatres. Academy Coordinator Alisia Thomason promoted the Lincoln ACHIEVE-sponsored trip for students who had no code of conduct infractions during the first nine weeks of the academic year. More than 120 students enjoyed a private screening of the entertaining and inspirational film “Here Comes the Boom,” and plans are under way for another initiative at the end of the first semester.   

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Adopt-A-School donations

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Ruston High School was recently the beneficiary of more than $1,000 in donations from Ruston Glass & Mirror. The Adopt-A-School partner provided $200 for the Spanish Club’s trip to Spain, $200 toward the Bearcat Belles state and national competitions, $200 for the student T-shirts on eighth-grade visit day, 12 different types of ink cartridges for teachers to use in their classrooms and five gift cards each from Sonic Drive-In and iTunes to be used as academic incentives. Several people were on hand to thank Ruston Glass for its amazing generosity and support of Ruston High School.

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First phlebotomy class graduates

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Career Technical College’s first phlebotomy class ended and all students who started the program completed it.
Sharounda Bens, of Crossett, Ark., Sara Harwood, of Simsboro, and Katherine Harwood, of Dubach, each completed the 11-week certification course.
“This is a fantastic start for our newest program,” said campus director Cheryl Lokey.

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Area schools to collect food

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The KTVE-KARD Christmas Cheer Food Drive is under way. This year’s goal is to collect 85,000 pounds of food. All food collected will be distributed by the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana to feed area families in need this holiday season.

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Students learn about fire safety, visit pumpkin patches

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We have had a wonderful September and October here at Emmanuel. Our children are enjoying regular trips to the Lincoln Parish Library for story time and checking out books for our classrooms. We are so fortunate to have access to such a great library, and we want our children to learn how to best utilize the resources there.

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Projects focus on Native American culture, carnival

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Fifth grade
The students in Mrs. Cyndee Albritton and Mrs. Sheree Allen’s fifth grade classes have been busy. In social studies, the students showed what they learned about Native American culture by creating diorama type projects. Among the projects were wampum belts, kachina dolls, masks, tepees, canoes, pueblos and longhouses.

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Russian, cake decorating amongst continuing education classes at Tech

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Louisiana Tech Continuing Education announces several community classes offered during the winter quarter. For more information or to register, residents can visit www.latech.edu/cedl or call 257-4433.
• CPR — The American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Course is designed to teach the skills of CPR and AED for adults, children and infants. Other skills include ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relief of a foreign-body airway obstruction. During the course students will watch the video and practice skills.

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Planning Priority No. 3: Pay self first

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Question: I am trying to put together a financial plan, and I am realizing how much there is to think about! Is one thing more important than another? Where should I start?
Answer: For the last couple of weeks, we have been examining the priorities involved in building an effective financial plan.
Step one must always be protection … because life happens.
Step two is cash flow control. As one wag has said, if your outgo exceeds your intake, your upkeep will become your downfall!
This week, let’s take up the third step, or planning priority — savings.

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