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August 21st, 2014

Qualifying continues for upcoming elections

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The number of candidates in the Nov. 4 primary election is growing. Qualifying for the 63 offices up for grabs locally, regionally and statewide began Wednesday and continues until 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Here’s the list of people who have qualified as of press-time today:
• U. S. Senate: Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge; Thomas Clements, R-Lafayette; Mary L. Landrieu, D-New Orleans; Brannon Lee McMorris, Liberatarian-Denham Springs; William P. Waymire Jr., D-Gonzales.

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Anders seeking to serve another term for LPSB District 10

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Lincoln Parish School Board President Otha Anders will once again be vying to keep his seat as the District No. 10 representative because he says he wants to “continue to help make a difference in promoting and providing the ultimate educational opportunities for all children.”
Anders has dedicated most of his life — nearly 50 years — to furthering education in Jackson and Lincoln parishes. He has served as a teacher, principal, administrator and, since 1997, a school board member. For the past 10 years, Anders has been elected as school board president.

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Bearcats to scrimmage Byrd

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Returning your top three rushers is always good news for a football coach.
Losing your entire offensive line isn’t.
That’s the dilemma facing Ruston High School head coach Brad Laird, who’ll get his first good look at a game-like atmosphere at 6 p.m. today when the Bearcats travel to scrimmage Byrd High School.
It will be a good test for the Bearcats as Byrd made it to the Division I state finals last year before falling by one point to Rummel, 23-22.

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Dunkin’ Dogs win close one

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The competition got much tougher on Wednesday night for the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team, but the Bulldogs were up for the challenge as they defeated the Providence Storm, 96-87, inside Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The Storm was coming off of an impressive victory over North Carolina just four days ago and it took everything Tech to keep the home team from pulling out another one.
Three seniors played a huge role in the win, starting with Raheem Appleby who dropped in a team-high 21 points.

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Bulldogs wrap up two-a-days

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Louisiana Tech’s offense may have struggled during the first scrimmage of fall camp but performance gave the team better insight on how close they are to clicking as a unit.
Work to continue building an offensive unit that has several new starters continued as Louisiana Tech entered its final day of two-a-day Wednesday with a morning practice in shorts to be followed by a full pads practice in the evening.

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Cheers: Taylor

Dumfries, VA — At their recent meeting, the Trustees of the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation voted to award a scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year to Nathan L. Taylor, of Choudrant. Nathan will attend Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, in the fall. He is the son of former FBI Agent Mark A. Taylor.

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Tech faculty member presents at Central American conference

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Stephen Webre, the Garnie W. McGinty professor of history and interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Louisiana Tech University, presented research at the 12th Central American Historical Congress in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Webre was one of about 600 scholars from more than a dozen countries who gathered at the University of El Salvador for the conference. During the five-day meeting, Webre presented “The Central American Encomienda in the Late Seventeenth Century.” 

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Counteracting cataracts

For many Louisiana residents, there’s nothing better than getting out in the sun. Unfortunately, in addition to upping your skin cancer risk, too much sun exposure can also damage your eyes and lead to cataracts.
August is National Cataract Awareness Month, and it’s the perfect time to learn more about keeping your eyes safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 17.2 percent of Americans aged 40 and older have a cataract in one or both eyes, while 5.1 percent have had their lens removed operatively.

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Caring too much can be good

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People amaze me — the way they can overcome, screw up, get knocked down, overcome again — you never know what life is going to throw at you. The wind can blow and suddenly, your life is moving in a totally different direction.
When I saw our current School Superintendent Danny Bell announce that he would be retiring at a back-to-school rally at Ruston High School last week, I later thought about how the tone of the meeting changed so drastically with the utterance of just one phrase.
It was like life — completely unexpected.
The crowd went from cheering to crying.

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August 20th

Clerk’s office filled with candidates

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Candidates for local and district offices literally lined the walls and the hall at the Lincoln Parish Clerk of Court’s office this morning as qualifying began for the Nov. 4 primary.
At one point, at least 15 would-be contenders, along with family members and supporters, waited for the sign-up to begin. Statewide officeholders qualify in at the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge. Qualifying continues until 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Here’s a list of who had qualified as of press-time today.

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