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August 13th, 2014

Benefits abound for baby, mother

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We celebrate many things every year and while there are still many that are overlooked, one in particular stands apart.
A task that should come as natural as breathing for those just entering into the world is being celebrated.
National Breast-feeding Month was first developed in order to raise awareness of the natural task that occurs between a mother and a child.
Although this is a hot-button issue for many people in today’s society, the one thing that cannot be debated are the benefits of breast-feeding.

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Leaders frustration begins to show

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Here’s a question for you. What do aquifers and interstate highways have in common?
Knee jerk answer: Nothing. Real answer: A lot, especially if the aquifer is the Sparta Aquifer and the interstate is I-20 through Lincoln Parish.
Just ask any of the Lincoln-Union Parish delegation that went to Washington, D.C., in July to talk with the area’s congressional delegation about funding for projects to lessen the drawdown on the Sparta and upgrade of interstate access in Ruston.

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Tech QB Sokol showing swagger

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College coaches love to see controlled confidence behind center.
The Louisiana Tech football coaching staff has said it will not announce a depth chart until the week of the Bulldogs Aug. 30 season opener at Oklahoma.
That leaves the starting quarterback role up for grabs, although redshirt sophomore Ryan Higgins, who played in nine games last season, and senior transfer Cody Sokol are by far the two frontrunners for the first-string role.

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GSU’s Scott moves on to Colorado State

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Grambling State senior guard Antwan Scott has decided Colorado State is where he’ll wind up his collegiate basketball career.
Scott, who graduated from GSU in May, announced his intentions via Twitter Monday night, less than a week after announcing he would not return to GSU.
The Coloradoan newspaper reported Tuesday that Scott made an official visit to Colorado State University on Saturday and, along with Tennessee, picked the Rams over Arkansas and Memphis.

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Tech baseball sets walk-on tryout date

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Louisiana Tech’s Bulldog Baseball team will hold walk-on tryouts for the upcoming 2014-15 season at 3 p.m. on Sept. 4 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Participants interested in trying out for the Bulldogs must be enrolled as a full-time Louisiana Tech student in the upcoming fall quarter and meet all NCAA Clearing House requirements beforehand.

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8-U travel team tryouts scheduled for Friday

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Tryouts for the District 5 8-and-under travel baseball team will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Little League Complex.
Baseball players ages 7 and 8 and eligible.
For more information, call Eddie Parkman at 318-243-2294.

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August 12th

RPD’s Loyd throws punches for charity

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Its been several years since one of Ruston’s own has mustered the courage to step foot inside the boxing ring.
On Saturday, the 10th annual Battle of the Badges, a charity boxing match between police and fire, was held at the Fant Ewing Coliseum. Competing on the 2014 fight card were 30 individuals, 15 from fire and 15 from police.
Among the fighters was Kayla Loyd, an officer with the Ruston Police Department.
“I went last year to see the fights and it was a lot of fun,” Loyd said.

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McAllister holds town hall meeting

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‘Legislation must have transparency’
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Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister said Monday he anticipates a return of congressional earmarks, but with tighter regulations and a new name.
“These rural communities are starving without it. It’s a desperate need,” he said about the now-banned practice that allowed senators and representatives to provide federal funding for projects in their districts.
McAllister’s comments came during a sparsely attended Ruston town hall meeting. He also talked about immigration and U.S. involvement in Iraq.

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TEA Party hosts candidates

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Ruston mayoral candidate Bill Elmore and U.S. Senate candidate Bob Maness took their campaigns to the North Central Louisiana TEA Party on Monday night.
The two men talked about jobs, their philosophies and what they believe sets them apart from their respective opponents. Elmore, a Republican, is running for the post being vacated by retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth.
Maness, also a Republican, wants to unseat long-time Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat.

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GSU professor named LRA Educator of the Year

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Loretta Walton-Jaggers, a seasoned educator at Grambling State University was recently named Louisiana Reading Association’s Educator of the Year. Jaggers is a professor of Education Curriculum and Instruction and is the founder and coordinator of the annual Spring Reading Conference promoting university, school, and community partnerships at Grambling State University since 1995.

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