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August 22nd, 2014

Strength to see it through

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Commencement speaker encourages grads to persevere
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Find inner strength and embrace the search for meaning.
This was the message Pauline Leonard, professor and department chair in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education, delivered during the summer commencement address Thursday at Louisiana Tech’s Thomas Assembly Center.

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Qualifying for elections ends today

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Today is the final day of candidate qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary election. Qualifying for the 63 local, regional and statewide offices up for grabs began Wednesday and ends at 4:30 p.m.
Here’s the list of people who have qualified as of press-time today:
• U. S. Senate: Wayne Ables, D-Breaux Bridge; “Bill” Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge; Thomas Clements, R-Lafayette; Mary L. Landrieu, D-New Orleans; Brannon Lee McMorris, Liberatarian-Denham Springs; William P. Waymire, Jr., D-Gonzales.

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Grambling resident runs for school board

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Grambling native Susan Billups Wiley today announced her candidacy for the Lincoln Parish School Board District 1 seat.
District 1 is a small part of western Ruston and parts of Grambling.

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RPAR begins new tackle football program

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As the prep and college football season starts up, youngsters in the parish looking to knock helmets on the gridiron are in luck as Ruston Parks and Recreation will be offering tackle football for the first time this season.
“We did our research over the winter months last year of other park and recreation departments and realized we should be offering a tackle football program,” Ashlynn Shell, RPAR recreation supervisor, said. “It adds another dimension to our catalogue of programs.”

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Parish Press hosts exhibit

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Maggie Jones Boudreaux currently has an exhibit on display at Parish Press. An opening reception was held on Wednesday, where locals were able to speak with the artist and admire her work. Pictured above are Tim Parker and his fiancé Carey Norwood. Boudreaux’s work will be on display at the coffee shop through Oct. 23.

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RHS practices with Byrd

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Scrimmage ‘good experience’ for Bearcats
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SHREVEPORT — For Ruston High School football coach Brad Laird, it was all about the reps.
The Bearcats were hit hard by graduation, so with predominately new starters on both sides of the ball, Laird was more than pleased to travel to Shreveport Thursday to scrimmage against Byrd High School.
“You just get so much more out of that kind of scrimmage than you do a spring game or preseason practice,” Laird said. “At this point the kids are getting fired up about the upcoming season and they want to get out there and face someone else, not themselves.

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Bulldogs wrap up foreign tour

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’Dogs take 100-94 OT win
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NASSAU, Bahamas — Louisiana Tech completed the Summer of Thunder Classic sweep on Thursday night with a 100-94 overtime victory against the PJ Stringers inside Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The foreign tour and the 10 allowed practices leading up to it proved to be a huge success with the addition of nine newcomers to the Tech squad as they gained much-needed experience.

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Lady Techsters to kick off soccer season tonight

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The Louisiana Tech soccer team begins its 11th year as a program as the 2014 season kicks off the first weekend at 7 p.m. tonight at Central Arkansas before returning to Ruston for the home opener at 1 p.m. Sunday against Troy.
The veteran group of 18 returning letterwinners and nine starters, along with the dozen newcomers, has spent the past two weeks of fall camp gearing up for their second season as a member of Conference USA with the goal squarely on making the conference tournament.

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Event boosts local economy

Residents will have an opportunity to see a variety of items during the 2014 Gun, Knife, Coin and Boat Show set for Saturday and Sunday at the Ruston Civic Center.
Hosted by the Ruston Lincoln-Chamber of Commerce, the event is sure to have something for everyone.
In addition to bringing interesting items to the area, the event will also boost the local economy in several ways.
Chamber President Judy Copeland said this event brings dollars to the community. 

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Cost of children has good return

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The cost of raising children can be equated in more than just dollars.
And even though there are different parenting styles, I’m sure we can all agree that it takes a lot of time and money. But to me, the return investment is much more than parents put in.
The United Stated Department of Agriculture sent out a press release earlier this week saying the cost to raise a child born in 2013 is $245,340 ($304,480 adjusted for projected inflation) for food, housing, child care and education and other child-rearing expenses up to age 18.

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