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October 20th, 2014

Woodworking at the LPDC

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Woodworking was a tradition passed down from father to son for Manuel Fonseca.
Fonseca, an inmate at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for the past two years, credits his father for his love of woodworking.
At one time while he was a known artist, in California, he decided he needed to take a step back if he was to fulfill his dream.
“My sister was in that circle of people and I had made a piece for her,” Fonseca said. “Some of her friends saw it and it just kept growing.”
Now Fonseca spends his time woodworking in the shop at the detention center.

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Amendment No. 2 would affect hospital funding

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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. 2 will ask voters to decide on a proposal that would change funding for hospitals.
Current Situation

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RHS, GHS compete for concert, grants

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Ruston and Grambling high schools can use local residents’ help. 
State Farm is offering 10 $100,000 grants, and 90 $25,000 grants to high schools across the country that make the most safe driving commitments online now through Friday.
Not only do student “votes” or commitments count, but anyone in a community, or in any state, can go online and make their commitment in that school’s name. The national competition sponsored by State Farm is called “Celebrate My Drive.” Ruston and Grambling are both registered in the contest.

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Campuses to hold domestic violence awareness events

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Both Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities are promoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month by hosting events to increase knowledge and understanding of this issue. DART is pleased to collaborate with both universities on these projects.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, GSU is showing an HBO feature-length documentary called “Private Violence.” The film launches an awareness and audience engagement campaign, one which challenges many misleading assumptions people often have about domestic violence.

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Soup for the Soul combats hunger in area

It isn’t uncommon for us to claim to be “starving” when our stomach’s start to growl and it’s been several hours since our last meal. But, in reality, for the majority of us, hunger isn’t really something we understand.
However, 1 in 6 people in the United States do understand exactly what it means to be hungry. Some of those people live right here in our own community, and there is way for us to help.
On Tuesday night at the Ruston Civic Center the newly renamed Poor Man’s Supper — Soup for the Soul, hosted by the Christian Community Action will take place.

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Lincoln Parish lucky to miss storm

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The truth is, folks, one week ago today we were very lucky.
I know, because I know others who weren’t as fortunate and have witnessed the ordeal they are experiencing firsthand.
The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes struck Louisiana as a storm system pushed across the state on Oct. 13.
The most severe of the twisters stayed on the ground for nine miles, started at 11:16 a.m.
west of the West Monroe city limits. It moved through that city and into Monroe before lifting off at 11:27 a.m. Peak winds were 125 mph and its path was as wide as 300 yards.

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Techsters, USM play to 0-0 draw

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HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Despite recording a season-high 21 shots on goal, Louisiana Tech could not find the back of the net and played to a scoreless draw versus Southern Miss on Saturday afternoon.
The tie was the second of the season for Tech (10-5-2, 2-4-1 Conference USA), the first one coming in the opening match of the year at Central Arkansas.
“We did everything but score,” head coach Kevin Sherry said.
“In any sport you need a bit of luck, but today the shots were flying one inch outside the post when on another day one of them goes inside.

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N. Texas nets sweep over Lady Techsters

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North Texas had three players reach double-digits in kills, including recording two double-doubles, as the Mean Green shut out Louisiana Tech, 3-0 (25-14, 30-28, 25-21), on Sunday afternoon in Conference USA action at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Lady Techsters hit .203 as a team with 42 kills, but 18 errors combined with 52 North Texas (13-8, 4-4 C-USA) kills and a .347 hitting percentage gave the Mean Green the advantage in the match.

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October 18th

Let’s cool off some celebrations

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By now, it’s become as much a part of sporting events as tailgating and halftime acts.
Hardly does anyone give a second thought to it or, for that matter, voice their dismay over the latest “new” shenanigans.
I am referring to the celebrations that follow a touchdown, home run or slam dunk.
Or any play or moment that can be classified as momentum turning, record-shattering or heroic.
With each passing season or game, they get crazier, more innovative or more ridiculous, however one wishes to label them.

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Bulldogs outlast Roadrunners

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Louisiana Tech proved Saturday that sometimes a defense can be your best offense, especially when your “quarterback” is a turnover-producing linebacker.
In a tight defensive game, Tech turned three third-quarter turnovers into 21 points to help the Bulldogs hold on for a 27-20 victory over Texas-San Antonio before 18,071 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Tech (4-3, 3-0 C-USA) maintained its lead in the CUSA West Division standings heading into next weekend’s showdown at Southern Miss.

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