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January 5th, 2017

New Year comes with new goals

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I could go on about how awful 2016 was, but I refuse to.
That statement has become cliché.
I’d rather spend time on something entirely different.
I took a step back and journeyed through my year in 2016 and realized how much I could learn from 2016’s failures and work on fixing them in 2017.
Like a New Year’s resolution, but bigger.
For example, and I mentioned this in an earlier column, I would like to build a better relationship with my grandparents.

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Local officers deserve thanks

Ruston has had more than its share of crime news lately: two murders, one attempted murder, a rash of vehicle burglaries and, sadly, the list goes on.
But there is a bright spot among the heartbreaks. Area law enforcement agencies have partnered with each other to apprehend suspects that could lead to solving several of the crimes.
Cooperation between Louisiana Tech University police and Ruston city police resulted in the arrest of a suspect in three on-campus vehicle burglaries as well as other vehicle burglaries in Ruston.

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Techsters hit road to take on Lady Miners

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EL PASO, Texas — After winning its Conference USA opener against Southern Miss at home six days ago, Louisiana Tech will take to the road for league play for the first time this season when the Lady Techsters face defending C-USA champion Texas-El Paso at 8:05 p.m. today at the Don Haskins Center.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to host UTEP tonight

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The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team will don its red uniforms for the first time at home this season on when they play host to UTEP in the third annual Red Out game which tips off at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The matchup will be streamed live on CampusInsiders.com and Twitter will Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Darius Walker (analyst) calling the action in Ruston.
Tech (9-5, 1-0 Conference USA) is 2-0 all-time in Red Out games, a fairly new tradition that started in 2015 against none other than UTEP (2-11, 0-1 C-USA).

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January 4th

Another $1M to bail out UP jail

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Lanny Parker knew the numbers weren’t adding up.

He was convinced that when they were totaled, they would become another glaring red figure.
The Union Parish Police Jury voted Thursday night to transfer $1 million to balance the operating budget at the Union Parish Detention Center. It marks the sixth consecutive year revenue has fallen far short of expenses in operating the facility.

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Women experience depression more often than men

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Now that 2017 has arrived, it is a great time for self-assessment. If you are living with a mental illness, work toward a healthier and happier year; also celebrate daily victories. Learn as much as possible about your condition and its treatments.
Become an expert
Everyone experiences disappointment or sadness in life. When the “down” times last a long time or interfere with your ability to function, you may be suffering from a common medical illness called depression.

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Reader writes about Donald Trump

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Today, I am openly apologizing to the people of this state, and to the people of this great nation.
Although I was gravely ill, I knew how important it was to keep Donald Trump and his extreme billionaire agenda from getting anywhere close to the White House. Yet, I still used my illness as an excuse not to do all I could to help sanity reign in our government.
I am ashamed and embarrassed to admit that I let so many of my fellow Americans down. I failed to speak out; to stand up; and to call out the bigotry and hatred of our president-elect.

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If it's January, it's utilities

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Even before Mayor Ronny Walker settled into City Hall, he was dealing with utility issues.
On Dec. 13, 2014, about three weeks before Walker took office, the city’s computer systems crashed, causing the loss of about six weeks of utility billing data. For almost two months after Walker took office on Jan. 1, 2015, officials wrestled with the crash that resulted in delayed billing to a number of customers.

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Food drive shows we can help CCA

Lincoln Parish students continue to amaze.
The students collected more than 22,000 canned goods and other items for Christian Community Action to help replenish their pantry after the holidays.
As part of the Adopt-A-School’s annual food drive, 14 area schools — seven did not participate this year — hosted several can drives or community projects to help raise the donations.
As a result, an average of more than 1,500 items per campus were collected at the schools. Cypress Springs Elementary eclipsed an incredible 3,139 items collected for CCA.

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Sue Donohoe to be honored by state HOF

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NATCHITOCHES — Sue Donohoe, a Pineville native and former Louisiana Tech graduate assistant basketball coach who remains one of the college game’s most accomplished administrators of all time, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports Leadership Award presented by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

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