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July 30th, 2014

Ruston’s Cordaro takes over LSU-A hoops

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It’s always hard coming in as a new head coach to take over a collegiate basketball program.
But imagine starting one from scratch.
That’s the task facing Ruston native Larry Cordaro, who will begin his first season as head coach of the new LSU-Alexandria basketball program this fall.
Cordaro, who served as an assistant coach last season at Southeastern Louisiana, has been working non-stop for months to build the fledgling program. He credits his father Frank for giving him the initiative to take over not only a new team but a new program.

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Youth lend hand to help CCA

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The Youth of The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer collected and delivered items including canned/dry goods, children’s clothing, books and toys to Christian Community Action (CCA) to cap off their week of Vacation Bible School.

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Area native named head of Texas’ Meals on Wheels

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HOUSTON — Quitman native Timothy Stewart, director of community meals/transportation at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, was re-elected president of the Meals on Wheels Association of Texas (MOWAT) at its recent annual conference.
“We are fortunate to have Tim on our staff and the association is lucky to have him at the helm of the volunteer board,” said Joel Dinkin, executive vice-president of the ERJCC.
The MOWAT board also includes:
• Vice-President: Katherine Krause, Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Texas, Dallas.

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Mouton awarded P.E.O. scholarship

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Christie Mouton, center, a kinesiology major at Grambling State University, has received a Continuing Education Grant from the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an international Philanthropic Education Organization. This grant is need-based and given to women in the United States and Canada who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves and/or their families. Mouton will complete her degree in the summer of 2015. Pictured with her are (left to right): Jess Moore, MaryBelle Tuten, Frances Grafton and Gaye Ross, members of Chapter AO in Ruston.

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Lewis tapped to speak at international summit

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HATTIESBURG, MISS.-—Ruston native Stan Lewis, DBA, CPA, CFE, CCEA, was an invited participant and speaker at the 2014 China International Software and Information Service Forum and Entrepreneurs’ Summit of Conferences held last month in Dalian, China.
This year’s summit brought together internationally-recognized experts like Lewis as well as speakers from 237 additional countries who provided up-to-date business and technology information to participants from around the world.

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July 29th

Author reconciles abandonment

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Joe Dan Dry can tell story after story about Ruston as if he were the town’s personal encyclopedia.
Today, Dry gets his mail in Waynesville, North Carolina, but his roots are planted deep in the Ruston soil.
“My memories of Ruston are all great,“ Dry said. “My (adopted) dad Cliff Dry, taught agriculture at Ruston High, so on those Bearcat Friday nights I got to see Bert Jones play ball and I had a Grand Champion Angus Bull that won first place ribbons at the fair.”
At first glance, Dry’s nostalgic commentary reads as a simple anecdote reliving a man’s beloved childhood memories.

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McAllister reinforces VA care

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Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister has introduced legislation that he says will allow more veterans to receive treatment at VA medical centers.
The Rural Veterans Access to Care Act expands the VA travel benefits program to veterans of all service-connected disability levels. Current law requires veterans to be at least 30 percent service-related disabled in order to receive travel reimbursement to and from treatment.

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‘Big Event’ at GSU

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Topics geared toward community, leadership

Local residents will have an opportunity to hear about a variety of topics this weekend.
For the second time, Trailblazer Recycling and Development will host the Big Event in Grambling.
The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Favrot Student Union’s Black and Gold Room, on the campus of Grambling State University.
Olivia Ward, biologist with Trailblazer, said the event is free and open to the public.
Pre-registration is encouraged by Friday. Those interested can call 255-3554 or email dsandifer@trailblazer.org.

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Child support vital to community

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Child support in America was originally established for those who already had governmental assistance, but it soon became clear that the need reached further than lower-income families — it stretched across all social sectors.
“Child support started in 1975 to reduce the cost of welfare, but I think it grew from there because there were just so many people who needed it,” said Nan Crane, director of the local child support office for the 3rd Judicial District.

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More bang for the buck at Tech

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Money magazine ranks university among best values

Money magazine has ranked Louisiana Tech University as one of the nation’s best college values according to its 2014 Best Colleges list released Monday.
Of the nation’s approximately 1,500 four-year colleges, Money magazine ranked the top 665, placing Louisiana Tech at No. 154 nationally and second among all Louisiana public and private institutions. LSU ranked first in Louisiana and nationally at No. 95. Other Louisiana universities ranked include Tulane University at No. 555, Loyola University-New Orleans at No. 604 and Grambling State University at No. 637.

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