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July 18th, 2017

Dressing appropriately: What to wear to a wedding

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In the long ago past, if a wedding was after 6 p.m., it was formal unless otherwise noted.
That meant that you wore a long gown and your escort wore a tuxedo — period. That was “proper etiquette” right out of the book.
A proper wedding invitation does not ever mention the dress code. You are supposed to know according to the time of the event.
It is easy to tell the tone of the wedding by just looking at the invitation. If it is engraved in black ink and formal looking, you have a good clue what to wear.

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Trio of coaches joining Diamond ’Dogs staff

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Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Lane Burroughs has announced that Austin Knight, Jonathan Washam and Marshall Boggs will be joining the Bulldog Baseball staff for the 2018 season.
Knight will come to Ruston as the volunteer assistant coach, replacing Travis Creel who was promoted to the Bulldog hitting coach and recruiting coordinator last week.

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Tech duo voted preseason All-CUSA

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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech had two representatives named to the 2017 Conference USA Football Coaches Preseason Awards as O’Shea Dugas and Jaylon Ferguson both made the list, which is voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Ferguson has already been named to a pair of watch lists this summer with both the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy committees naming the defensive lineman as one of the nation’s top players to watch heading into the 2017 season.

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Getting your children ready for back to school

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Where did the summer go? School is starting soon. Are your children excited? There are a lot of concerns children have about their first day of school — riding the school bus, meeting new children, new teachers and other unpredictable worries.
Parents can ease their worries with these eight tips modified from the “Family Fun Magazine:”

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Preseason congratulations

Preseason congratulations are in order for the Grambling State University football team.
After winning Southwestern Athletic Conference and Historically Black College and University championships last season, the Tigers have been tabbed to make it to the top again this season.
Not only did Grambling lead the SWAC with 14 G-Men chosen as preseason All-SWAC selections, senior quarterback DeVante Kincade was voted the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

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July 17th

Outlying schools receive security upgrades

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Editor’s note: This is the first story in a two-part series updating the community about upgrades to parish schools.
After Ruston city schools completed security upgrades on all campuses last year, Choudrant High School, Dubach Elementary and Simsboro Schools have begun to complete their security updates before the beginning of the school year.

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Designs for Bulldog Project to be selected Thursday

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As the deadline for sponsors and artist submissions passed Friday, the Ruston Cultural District Board’s Bulldog Project is officially past stage one.
Haley Perot, president of the board, said she is proud of how many artists decided to participate in the project.
“Extending the deadline was well worth it,” she said. “By doing that it opened up a whole new group of people that didn’t know about it.”
Organizers don’t yet know how many artists they have because mail-in applications are still arriving, Perot said.
More sponsorships have also come in.

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MedCamps celebrates 30 years of smiles

There’s nothing quite as fun as spending part of the summer break at camp.
Between the freedom of living in a cabin amongst your friends, to participating in activities such as swimming and archery, summer camp is as much of an American pastime as is baseball.
That’s why we think every child should have the opportunity to particiate in the camping experience.And that’s where MedCamps of North Louisiana comes in.

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OK, we need to be frank about writing

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A devoted female fan wrote me not too long ago to suggest I improve my writing by adding more descriptive adjectives and adverbs. After I looked up those terms; I decided to give it a try.
Here’s how I write now: Frank sat down on a damp park bench and got his butt wet. He ain’t right.
That’s 16 words. Now here is how I might lengthened the word count by using her suggestion:
It was a cold gray morning of a cold gray day in a cold gray city. Another day filled with abject loneliness and despair that only comes when one has lost the love of a lifetime.

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Young girls should keep looking to the future

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I recently had the chance to go home and see family that I have not seen in a long time. It is always weird going home and seeing cousins who were so young when I left for college all grown up. They have always been my younger cousins, and now they are growing into young adults.
I was also able to see the four girls I used to babysit throughout high school. The two oldest girls are about to enter seventh grade and their mom asked me to talk to them about growing up and dealing with mean girls.

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