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NCLAC summer arts camps come to a close

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North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s summer of arts camps has come to a close. It was an action-packed summer with six week-long camps in four parishes. Campers made pin-hole cameras, sock monsters, magnetic murals and shield puppets. They worked on musicals, wrote scripts and practiced choreography. It was a fun time for all involved — campers, teachers and volunteers.

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Tech restores pillars at original entrance

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The original entrance to Louisiana Tech University has been restored with original bricks from Hale Hall.
The four brick pillars along Railroad Avenue near the business building are more than a century old and mark the original entrance to Tech. Crumbling due to time and the elements, the 8- and 10-foot pillars were recently given an update, then capped and sealed to hopefully keep water out and extend life.

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No. 40 Bethlehem donates to CCA

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Bethlehem Chapter No. 40 recently donated boxes of non-perishables and canned goods to the Christian Community Action Center in Ruston. The Bethlehem Chapter No. 40 is adopted by MT. Tema Lodge No. 42 and affiliated with U.M.W. King George Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Louisiana. Pictured from left to right are Angelite Caldwell, Marvin Johnson, Beth Anders with the Christian Community Action Center and Tira Webb.

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Prepare kids for new school year

Local k-12 students will be back in the classroom in approximately two weeks.
After a long summer at camp, in childcare, on vacation or just hanging around the house watching television, students will be changing their routines.
To ensure a smooth school year, there are steps that parents can already be taking.

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Olympics spark enthusiasm

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You would think it would be hard to get excited about an event that happens only once every four years, but I found things to be quite the opposite Friday night as I sat through countless hours of the 2012 XXX Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.
From the queen’s “skydive” to the ceremony with current James Bond actor Daniel Craig to the parade of athletes from the more than 200 nations participating in the parade, I just couldn’t take my eyes off of the screen.

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The pains of a new phone

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Wednesday, Feb. 29, was a special milepost in my life. I finally could tear up the learner’s permit which I have been using to operate a motor vehicle for the past 48 years. I reached my 16th birthday and instead of making me wait another year, they “grandfathered” me and awarded my real driver’s license.
Good story, but way too much gray hair to be believable. I was born on Leap Year, though, so hitting my real age of 64 was less painful!

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La. Tech to receive $612,850 in grant money

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U.S. Sen. David Vitter announced recently that the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration will award two grants to Louisiana Tech University.
The first, a $112,850 award, will go to the University Center Economic Development program to fund the third and final year of the program. The second, a $500,000 award, will support the economic development partnership between Tech and the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development.

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Roaf set for Hall induction

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Ex-Tech star to be enshrined in Canton Saturday
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Imagine Willie Roaf being inducted this weekend in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame instead of that famous shrine in Canton, Ohio.
Well, don’t chuckle.
It just might have happened had the former Louisiana Tech University star kept playing hoops instead of putting on a football uniform.

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‘Jam’: Big deal for prep teams

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Whether it’s a team that has made it an annual part of their preseason calendar or one showing up for the first time, the “Jam at the Joe” is a big deal.
So it will be again Aug. 25 at Joe Aillet Stadium when eight area schools participate in the fourth edition of the grid fest that continues to grow in popularity and interest.
“It’s a great event and our kids loving coming to Louisiana Tech University and playing on their turf at Joe Aillet Stadium,” said Head Coach Joe Spatafora of Farmerville, which will meet Shreveport Calvary Baptist at 6 p.m. “We find out a lot about our team early each year when we play in it and it tells us what we need to work on before we play our first regular season game.”

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’Dogs earn national poll votes

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Louisiana Tech University’s football team is starting off the 2012 season like it closed out its 2011 campaign: receiving votes in the weekly USA Today coaches’ national poll.
The defending Western Athletic Conference champions who began reporting for fall workouts Thursday and will go on the field at 6 p.m. today for their first practice earned 10 votes to share the No. 36 position in the poll.
Tech earned a Top 40 listing in the final 2011 USA Today rankings after going 8-4 and reaching the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against TCU.

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