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September 26th, 2014

Scriptures help assuage FOMO

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There was an article on the Internet that caught my attention the other day. It was an acronym that was new to me, and I thought it might be new to you as well.
The term is FOMO. Have you ever heard of it? It stands for “Fear Of Missing Out.” The web article tells us more of its meaning: “FOMO is the experience of worrying that other people are doing more interesting things than you, have more friends than you and are just all around living a better and cooler life.”

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Today is declared Mary Hammons McCorkle Day

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Local and state dignitaries have worked to make Ruston resident Mary McCorkle’s 102nd birthday a day to remember.
This week, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth declared today as “Mary Hammons McCorkle Day,” in honor of her 102nd birthday. Additionally, she received a special visit from U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, and his wife Kelly, in honor of her special day. The McAllisters brought McCorkle flowers and birthday wishes from the people of the 5th Congressional District.
Mary Hammons McCorkle was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Downsville and celebrates her 102nd birthday today.

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Cruising down memory lane in a yellow convertible

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Can you tell me where September went in such a hurry? And it is as hot as you know where. You truly could fry an egg on the sidewalk.
I have a special favor to ask of you. Pray for me. Tomorrow I will be having surgery on my teeth. I believe it involves four of them. I have an infection in my bloodstream that stems from under some very old caps and because of my heart problems, I have no choice.
When I was 62, I had to have extensive dental surgery. I went to a surgeon whom Dr. Jerry Johnston recommended, and the surgery went fine.

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Candidates court voters

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Candidates for Ruston and Grambling mayor, 3rd Judicial District district attorney and the Division B district judgeship pushed their platforms to about 60 local residents Thursday night during a political forum hosted by Christ Temple Baptist Church.
Ruston mayoral candidates Bill Elmore and Ronny Walker fielded questions ranging from race relations to economic development, while Grambling mayoral contenders Martha Andrus and Ed Jones talked about job creation and the possibility of a charter school in the city.

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Districting Grambling discussed

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Grambling residents voiced their opinions and asked questions about the possibility of districting the city on Thursday night.
Louisiana Sen. Rick Gallot was on hand to present information regarding the districting so that residents would be more informed on the topic.
More than 25 residents came out to the informational meeting organized by Grambling Alderman Cullen Jackson.
Through a PowerPoint presentation, Gallot informed the group that in order to district the city the population of each district would have to be equal, with no more than a 10 percent variation in population.

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Car show rides into town, benefits those in need of transplant

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Those interested in cars, trucks or bikes will have a chance to see some unique vehicles the first weekend in October, as well as give to a worthwhile organization.
The Second Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show will be held Oct. 4-5 at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center.
While the 2013 event brought in more than 60 entrants, Andy Curry, an event promoter, said $2,700 was raised for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency.
Andy Curry said the event began with his son — Tommy— who was born with polycystic kidney disease.

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GSU to open season with ‘The Shadow Box’

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The Floyd L. Sandle Theatre Company of Grambling State University will open its 76th production year with Michael Cristofer’s “The Shadow Box,” directed by myself.
The production will focus on how three distinctly different family groups and their abilities to handle death and dying. The psychological and emotional complexities of both caregiver and victim to be are explored in great detail.

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Tech to tangle with No. 5 Auburn

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Louisiana Tech will become the first team in the country to play two top-five ranked opponents when the Bulldogs kickoff at No. 5 Auburn Saturday at 3 p.m. CT at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama.
The game will be televised live on the SEC Network with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (analyst) and Maria Taylor (reporter) calling the action.
Tech, who faced No. 4/3 Oklahoma in the opening game of the season, now plays at an Auburn (3-0) squad that is coming off a tough road win at No. 20 Kansas State after holding the Wildcats to 40 yards rushing.

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Tech soccer to kick off conference play

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Louisiana Tech brings its high-scoring offense into the first weekend of Conference USA with a tough opening weekend, starting at North Texas at 7 p.m. today at the Mean Green Soccer Complex.
The Lady Techsters will then trek to Houston to face off against Rice at 1 p.m. Sunday at Holloway Field.
Tech (8-1-1) enters C-USA play with the best overall record and an average of 4.40 goals per game which is tops in the country, but their offense will be going up against two of the best defenses.

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G-Men looking for second straight win

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Chester Rogers (making catch at left) and the Grambling State Tigers will be fighting for a second straight win for the first time in four years when they take on Prairie View A&M at 4 p.m. in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. GSU stands at 1-3 overall and 1-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference while Prairie View is 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the SWAC.

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