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October 11th, 2014

RPAR athletes show pigskin prowess

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Top Left: The LSU Tigers talk things over during a Ruston Parks and Recreation Department 7-8 year-old tackle football game Saturday at Ruston Junior High School.
Top right: A rusher (No. 1 at right) for the Louisiana Tech looks for yardage as LSU defenders close in during the Bulldogs’ 37-18 win over the Tigers Saturday during a 7-8 year-old tackle football game.
Middle Left: A ball carrier for the Southern California Trojans (carrying football) picks up yardage against the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday during a 9-10 year-old tackle football game.

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Outhouse Grand Nationals continue on

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The fifth annual Outhouse Grand Nationals were held Saturday in Choudrant despite weather conditions. More than eight outhouses entered in this year’s race, with Bowl Movement being named as the victor. The outhouse was driven by Craig Bryan. Mayor Bill Sanderson had an announcement during the event that everyone should come back around midday Wednesday because actors from the No. 1 rated show on cable television would be present.

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Residents will quiz candidates

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Area residents have the opportunity to quiz candidates for the 5th District Congressional seat Monday during a forum sponsored by the North Central Louisiana TEA Party. The forum begins at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Country Club located on U.S. Highway 167 South.
The congressional race is one of a number of local, regional and state races on the Nov. 4 ballot. Contenders Ralph Abraham, Harris Brown, Zack Dasher, Clyde Holloway, Ed Tarpley and incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister are expected to participate, TEA Party leadership team member Bob Flournoy said.

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DART serves community for 20 years

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For a long time, residents of Lincoln Parish facing domestic violence had to rely on the kindness of a small band of strangers.
For more than three years, Terrie Queen Autrey, who currently serves as the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team community advocate, had her own home phone number listed as the domestic violence crisis line. Later, when more people had joined the fight, Autrey and a small group of individuals had a beeper for victims to call, she received a call.

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LP a model for state's success

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State Superintendent of Schools John White said he always looks forward to discovering something "inspiring, innovative and new" within the folds of the Lincoln Parish education system, which is why he and his staff visited with a diverse group of administrative, established and up-and-coming educators at Glen View Elementary School Friday morning.
"It wasn't a surprise when we started this idea of Believe and Prepare that (Louisiana) Tech (University) and Lincoln Parish stepped up and I'm thrilled that it's happening," White said.

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Support DART, raise awareness

More than 20 years ago, Lincoln Parish residents who needed to escape a violent relationship didn’t have many resources.
If they knew where to look, there were individuals willing to help, though, and eventually in 1994, those individuals finally secured the funding and resources to create the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.
DART began with only one full-time staff member and one part-time staff member, and at that time only served Lincoln Parish. Now, 20 years later, the organization serves seven parishes, has 21 employees and has a shelter that can house 12 individuals.

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A warrior for the wounded

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I first saw this on the backroads of Lincoln and Jackson parishes.
The warriors were the brave Veterans. On these backroads as a young child I was a passenger riding with one of them. We traveled at night, seemingly always during a hot or freezing night. We rode in a “luxury” car — a 1950 Dodge. The green rattle trap had no air-conditioning. The driver was my dad, Dr. LaMoyne Bleich.

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Muslim beliefs on women revealed

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During the 1960s, I was assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a military pilot.  The country of Iran was a dedicated friend of the United States.  
There were always young Iranian  officers attending different phases of flight training at Rucker.  
Local American young ladies found most of them tempting prospects for dating.  It was not unusual for some couples to get married.  
All went well while the couple remained in the states.  When the couple arrived in Iran, the women found life very different.
The following information can be found with the Google search engine.

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Reading of importance for all

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October always has been and likely always will be my favorite month.
While the calendar shows that fall officially starts in September, let’s just be honest. In Louisiana, fall doesn’t even think about poking it’s head out to play until October.
Fall is my favorite season. It’s cool, but warm enough to be enjoyable. Not to mention all the lovely things like Halloween candy, hot chocolate (even if I don’t plan on partaking in some of those things this year) and cool mornings.

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Should righting wrongs in your will be done?

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Question: Many years ago my son stole some money from us. He got caught and has since turned his life around. He’s now married and has a wonderful family. He’s a good person. But he has never paid us back the money. The subject just never comes up. It isn’t a great deal of money and if we never get it back we’ll be OK. Should I just write a provision in our will to withhold that amount if he never pays us back?
Answer: You need to carefully consider what you are trying to accomplish.
Unintended consequences are just as real as the ones you meant.

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