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October 24th, 2014

Douglas offers wellness insight

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During the second annual Lighten Up! Lincoln Parish, keynote speaker Lucy Douglas informed attendees about health issues.
Douglas, who has been in the medical field for more than 15 years, said she wanted to help people be fit and fabulous at any age.
“I feel we were put here for a purpose,” she said. “I want to help people fulfill their destinies.”
Douglas went on to discuss the various health concerns most prevalent in the United States ­— obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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Believe and Prepare grant helps student teachers

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Louisiana Tech University student teachers are spending their days immersed in public education thanks to a pilot program provided by the Believe and Prepare grant.
“It makes it more realistic and makes me realize that this is what I’m going to be doing every day,” said Kyndal Cawthon, a senior education major.
Cawthon, along with several other education majors at the university, has volunteered to be part of a pilot program sponsored by the state in conjunction with Tech’s College of Education.

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Hot Halloween set for Saturday

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The eighth annual Hot Halloween will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ruston Fire Department’s Headquarters on Georgia Ave.
Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the purpose of having an event like this revolved around Fire Safety Week earlier in October.

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Grambling panel aims for new leader

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Goal for new president set for April

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The search committee established to pick Grambling State University’s next president hopes to have the selection made by sometime in April.
The timeline approved Thursday in Baton Rouge includes a Feb. 13 application date, semifinalist interviews in March and finalist interviews and selection in April, according to a report. The search firm Hollins Group has been selected to conduct a national search for the successor to Frank Pogue, who retired in June.

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Amendment No. 6 involved NOLA millage caps

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment No. 6 will ask voters to consider raising the Orleans Parish special millage caps for police and fire protection, allowing New Orleans to levy additional mills with voter approval.
Proposed Change

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Late FG lifts Bearcats over Lions

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The start of Friday’s game was anything but special for the Ruston High School Bearcats.
But the ending was oh so sweet.
After two RHS special teams miscues gave Ouachita Parish High School an early 14-0 advantage, the Bearcats roared back in the second half with Jordan Raggio’s 33-yard goal with 2:05 remaining lifting Ruston to a 17-14 win at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett” Stadium.
Ruston now stands at 5-3 overall and 2-1 in District 2-5A while OPHS fell to 4-4 and 1-2 in district action.

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Henderson out as LHSAA leader

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After seven years serving as executive director of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, Kenny Henderson no longer has that role.
It was announced Thursday that Henderson, former principal at both Ruston High School and Cedar Creek School, and the LHSAA have agreed to part ways effective today.
LHSAA President Vic Bonnaffee of Central Catholic High School read a statement that brought an abrupt end to Henderson’s run as head of the state’s governing body for high school sports.

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Tech, USM set for C-USA showdown

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The “Rivalry in Dixie” will be renewed at 2:30 p.m. Saturday as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The game will be telecasted on the American Sports Network.
Tech’s series against Southern Miss has trended toward close, wet games with three of the last four meetings decided by one possession and the last three games played in the rain.
Southern Miss leads the series 31-14, but Tech won 36-13 last year in Ruston.
The Bulldogs enter the game at 4-3 overall and 3-0 in Conference USA while USM is 3-4 and 1-2 in CUSA play.

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Cougars at home, Kittens on road

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Cedar Creek School will be at home tonight while Grambling Laboratory High School will play on the road.
The Cougars stand at 1-6 overall and 0-2 in District 1-5A and will play host to Louisiana New Tech (Plain Dealing), which stands at 6-1 and 2-0 in 1-1A.
Grambling Lab is 2-5 overall and 1-1 in 1-1A and will play at Arcadia, which stands at 1-6 overall and 1-1 in 1-A.

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Tech soccer to start home stand

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After being on the road for three straight games, Louisiana Tech will now finish out the regular season on a three-game home stand starting with a matchup against Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. today at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
Tech (10-5-2, 2-4-1 C-USA) will turn around and host Marshall on Sunday at 12 p.m.
The Lady Techsters are currently tied for 11th place in the Conference USA standings with seven points after picking up one point in a scoreless draw versus Southern Miss last weekend.

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