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June 6th, 2014

Ten reasons for doing right

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I’ve been thinking about these school shootings lately ­— wondering why it seems like all of a sudden troubled kids think shooting up their schools and killing their schoolmates is the solution to their problems.

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Help keep the local arts afloat

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It’s the time of year when we at the North Central Louisiana Arts Council hold our Keep the Arts Afloat campaign. We’ve been doing this now for more than 15 years, and many of you know “it’s time” when you see Board President Peter Jones walk in for a visit holding a stack of tickets. These tickets keep our organization afloat, and give you the chance to win $5,000.

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New York training yields paid internships at GSU

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Three Grambling State University students are heading to paid summer internships after a week of Dow Jones News Fund business journalism training in New York.

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June 5th

Boys, Girls Club sponsors Summer Food Program

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The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana has begun its annual Summer Food Service Program.
“This is a federally funded program that provides meals for kids ages 18 and under during the summer months,” BGCNCLA Director Eldonta Osborne said. “We recognize that many kids don’t get enough nutritional meals once school is out. The goal of the program is to make sure they do so they can continue to stay healthy.”

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Aiming for a cure

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Casen Ray Broussard, of Hayes in Calcasieu Parish, is currently undergoing treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Two-year-old Casen was recently diagnosed with Stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma, which is a rare form of cancer that affects about 650 children every year in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.

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Learn new skills through ‘Sunday Stitchers’

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Residents interested in learning to crochet or knit are in luck.
At 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lincoln Parish Library’s Lincoln Community Room, those interested in learning a new skill — or who simply love stitching — can take part in the library’s Sunday Stitchers program.
“Each month, Becky Knox, a local ‘stitcher’ teaches a new technique to the group and provides samples of projects and patterns,” Emily Arnold, library vents coordinator, said.

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Beta Sigma group celebrates Founder’s Day

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Top: Members of Laureate Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi attending  the Founder’s Day celebration enjoyed a buffet at Calvert Crossing Country Club.
Bottom: Wanda Wessels and Connie Kozar were the chairpersons for the Founder’s Day Dinner at Calvert’s crossing. Laureate Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi celebrated with members and spouses.

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Kicking the Alzheimer’s fight

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Louisiana Tech University’s Sigma Kappa Sorority recently held their “Kickin’ Grass to Cure Alzheimers.” They raised more than $5,000 in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.

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Jeffcoat considered for Tech

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The search for a new coach for Louisiana Tech’s baseball program remains ongoing, although a little home flavoring has been added to the mix of the potential candidates.
Mike Jeffcoat, a former standout pitcher for the Bulldogs and a former Major League Baseball player, met with Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland last week in Dallas to interview for the opening. Tech officials announced in mid-Monday that the contract of former baseball coach Wade Simoneaux would not be renewed.

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Ellis to direct Oklahoma State Super Regional

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College Baseball Hall of Famer Wilbert Ellis takes his knowledge of the game westward this week as he prepares to serve as director of the Oklahoma State Super Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma. California-Irvine (38-23) will take on Oklahoma State (48-16) in the best-of-three series starting with a contest at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

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