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May 26th, 2014

Honoring Gibbs’ passion for MedCamps

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Virginia Gibbs, of Monroe, pauses at the waterfall in the new pavilion and memorial garden located at Camp Alabama in Choudrant, and named after her late grandson, Larkin Gibbs. Dedication ceremonies for the Larken Gibbs Memorial Pavilion and Garden, built by Louisiana Tech University School of Architecture Design Build program students. were held Friday. Camp Alabama is the site of MedCamps of Louisiana’s summer camping program. The barrier-free pavilion is designed to facilitate camp activities. Larkin Gibbs was a MedCamps counselor. He died in 1999.

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Bearcat baseball team honored

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Ruston High School held its annual baseball banquet last week to honor the Bearcats for their outstanding season and Class 5A playoffs run. Pictured above from left to right are Gage Heard and Garrett Hipp, who shared the Bearcat Award, Ben LeBlanc, who won District 5A Player of the Year Award, and David M. Burkhalter, who was named the Brearcats MVP Award for the 2014 season. Pictured below is Assistant Coach Dan Gressett presents the Coaches Award to Shane Giddings.

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Take time to honor fallen soldiers

Today is Memorial Day and events are taking place across the parish to honor our deceased service men and women.
But what are the origins of Memorial Day? Why on this day, the last Monday of May, do we take a special time-out to for our veterans?
Memorial Day began after the Civil War to honor fallen soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies.
The reason it is called “Memorial” Day is because the day was meant as a time to visit the grave of a passed soldier and place flowers, or something else considered sentimental, on the grave — hence, a memorial.

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Realize significance of holiday

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Maybe it’s because I’ve had so many family members serve in the military, but for whatever reason, Memorial Day has always held a special significance for me.
My grandmother’s brother Leon died on a battlefield in France during World War I, the “war to end all wars.” My uncle Willie served in the Battle of Bulge during the next one, World War II.
While he didn’t go overseas, my father taught paratrooping at U.S. Army bases during the Korean War. And I had two cousins very much like older brothers to me serve during the Vietnam War, one in the Air Force and one in the Army.

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Tech student is Grand Challenge Scholar graduate

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The National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program (NAE GCSP) at Louisiana Tech University added another graduate to its exclusive ranks at spring commencement Saturday when Brittany Copponex, a mechanical engineering student from Prairieville, became just the 11th student from Tech to complete the national program.

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Stroke, osteoporosis screenings coming soon

Residents living in and around Ruston can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. Grace United Methodist Church will host Life Line Screening on June 9. The site is located at 3401 N. Trenton St in Ruston.
Jo Anne Ehrhard, of Bush, attended a Life Line Screening and said, “Life Line Screening saved my life.”
Four key points every person needs to know:
• Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability.
• 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke.

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NCLAC offers arts camps to BGC

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to have a new partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Ruston this summer. NCLAC is offering a five-day arts camp for 35 Boys and Girls Club students, incorporating music, visual art and drama.
The camps will be free for the students, and will be taught by James Waller, director at Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston; Adrian Gipson, talented art teacher in Ouachita Parish; and Beckie Huckaby, English/Speech/Drama teacher at Cedar Creek. Teachers will be assisted by Boys and Girls Club staff and NCLAC volunteers.

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Club News: Long Leaf Pine Chapter DAR

Long Leaf Pine Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at 1 p.m. May 6 at Trinity United Methodist Church with nine members present.
Regent Melissa Wiygul conducted a memorial service for two deceased chapter members, Alyce Colvin and Barbara Land. A memory candle flanked by vases of flowers was lit in their names and members recalled stories about each lady.
Treasurer Anne Hough gave her report.

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May 24th

Cedar Creek diamond teams rule 1A ranks

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Think of all the high school athletic teams across the country that have never won a state championship in any sport, much less just one.
No telling how many have that dubious distinction.
All of which makes what Cedar Creek recently did even more remarkable and amazing.
Within the span of only two weeks, Creek captured two Louisiana High School Athletic Association state titles on the diamond.
First, the Lady Cougars finished atop the Class 1A softball bracket with a 7-4 victory over Catholic-Pointe Coupee.

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Tech holds Stole Ceremony

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Twenty-seven Louisiana Tech student-athletes from 13 different sports gathered in the Waggonner Room of the Thomas Assembly Center on Friday morning to take part in the athletic department’s 2014 Stole Ceremony, which honored spring Bulldog and Lady Techster graduates.

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