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September 29th

Tourette's often misunderstood

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The gentle hum of the exiting moviegoers was quiet for an instant. The noise started again with a question, “Is there a dog in here?” a confused girl asked.
But, there was no dog in the lobby of the local movie theater. Instead, there was only the guy that will in seven short months be my husband quickly shutting his mouth with a surprised look on his face.
It wasn’t the first time he had ever barked, and it won’t be the last. Before you call the local mental health facility, my fiancé is a perfectly stable, productive member of society. However, he does have a neurological disorder called Tourette’s Syndrome.

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Domestic abuse has deep impact

A young woman wears long sleeves and sunglasses to cover her bruises and comes up with poor excuses for her injuries. A husband closely monitors his wife’s social interactions and permits her only a certain amount of time for her trips to the store.
Many people are familiar with the abuser-and-primary-victim dynamic of domestic abuse.
Some impacts of domestic abuse, however, are much more far-reaching than the two primary players.

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September 27th

New Tech @ Ruston emerges

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Traditional classroom learning is abandoned
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Imagine a classroom that seems more like a free study period where students have the freedom to listen to iPods, work on assignments for other classes or walk out whenever they feel it necessary. This is the reality for the 100 students participating in the pilot year of the New Tech @ Ruston program at Ruston High School.
Walking into Kim Goree and Lindsay Bolton’s combined English and World Geography classroom, visitors are met with a bustle of activity. Students are talking amongst themselves working on projects, but even talking quietly 40 students make quite a bit of noise.
Cathi Cox-Boniol, director of New Tech, said this is the first integrated course in the Lincoln Parish School District.

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Hundreds take walk to help find cure

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Around 300 area residents hit the streets of Ruston on Saturday morning to take part in the “walk of life.”
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation held its annual fundraising walk to raise money for a cure for diabetes on Saturday, and organizers feel it was once again a success.
“Obviously, based on the turnout, it’s one of our best ones yet,” said Cathi Cox-Boniol, who helped organize the event. “I can’t wait to see the totals with this kind of turnout. The weather has been incredible, and I think that helped.

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Drug bust nets two suspects

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Two suspected marijuana dealers were arrested last week at a Ruston residence.
At approximately 6 a.m. Friday, members of Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team made entry into a home located at 292 Clinton Circle after a search warrant was obtained.
Arrested were Abrian Bryant, 25, and Gymeshia McClain, 23.

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Haynesville Shale explored in film

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A screening of “Haynesville,” a documentary that explores the nation’s current energy situation and what the north Louisiana natural gas field could mean to the country’s energy picture, will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Louisiana Tech University’s Wyly Auditorium.
The event is free (seating on first-come, first-serve basis) and open to the public.
“Haynesville” Director/Producer Gregory Kellenberg and Producer Mark Bullard will be in attendance and will participate in a question and answer session following the screening. The event is hosted by Tech’s School of Architecture with support from the Louisiana Tech University Union Board, Department of Social Sciences and the College of Engineering and Science.

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Even a family of dogs is ‘fur’ever

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What’s that saying about children; they keep you young? Or is it that they make you old before your time? Many of you might be surprised to learn that I have children — two, in fact. But they’re not the kind who come home from school with bad grades, requiring a subsequent revocation of phone privileges. Instead, they’re the kind that lick your toes and beg for scraps under the table. They’re what I like to call “fur babies.”
My dogs Peanut “Butter” and Lulu “Jelly” Crowe have been with my husband Trey and I for the past four years. They are a constant source of mirth in our home. I’ve read more than once that people who have family pets live longer, and I believe it. My dogs are bad-mood banishers. They’re pint-sized “happy pills” without the troublesome side effects. After all, they say laughter is the best medicine.
As I’ve gotten older and have been married for more than five years, I’m often asked that inevitable question. “Do you have children?” I like to answer, “Yes, I do in fact have children — my dogs.” The typical response can be summed up as, “That doesn’t count.”

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Look out for pedestrian and cyclist safety

With Louisiana Tech University and Lincoln Parish schools back in full swing, there is a great deal more pedestrian and cyclist activity within the city of Ruston.
For drivers, this means extra caution is warranted.
Just last week, a Tech student suffered from a broken leg after he was struck by a vehicle on the campus. The student was reportedly walking on a crosswalk on Tech Drive when the incident occurred.

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Prepsters: A tough weekend

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Parish teams drop games to 0-3 opponents
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So playing winless teams is a good way to boost the won-loss record, huh?
In the case of Lincoln Parish high school teams this past weekend, it certainly wasn’t.
All three teams in the parish stumbled against opponents who entered the game with 0-3 records.

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Bearkittens take win

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Ruston Junior High’s eighth grade football team was a recent 22-20 winner over Monroe Ouachita Junior High.
Leading the offense for the Bearkittens were Chris Cage (touchdown, two-point conversion), Malik Hunter (TD), Darrian Cooper (two-point conversion) and Colby Beckwith (kickoff return for TD).
Defensive pacesetters included Isiah Buggs (forced fumble), Damien Cheffin (fumble recovery), Marcus Patton, Trevor Pesnell and Beckwith (interception).

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