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August 26th

‘Jam at the Joe’ attracts 10 teams

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Avid fan William Lantrum of Farmerville gets his wish this weekend.
High school football will be back in the area.
And in a big way, too.
For the second straight year, 10 teams from the North Louisiana area will gather on the FieldTurf of Joe Aillet Stadium at Louisiana Tech University to participate in the “Jam at the Joe.”
The largest preseason gridiron event sanctioned by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will begin at noon and continue into Saturday night.

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A lunch date with the football team

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CHOUDRANT — For the second year in a row, “Pigskins and Pearls” was a sold-out event at Squire Creek Country Club.
Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes and wife Kate hosted the event on Thursday, which featured Pierre Ingram, running back coach, Kevin Curtis, cornerback coach, and Hunter McWilliams, head of football operations. The event is put on so that women in the community are able to learn about football, so that more interest in the program is generated.

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NCLAC to host a fall for the arts

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Though the heat continues, summer is officially coming to a close for most. Vacations are over, kids are back in school, Tech’s orientations are over and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council is gearing up for an exciting fall lineup.
Plans are already under way for our 14th annual NCLAC Holiday Arts Tour set for Nov. 18-20. We are so excited to hear that some of our local artists have been preparing new bodies of work for the tour, and we are now accepting artist applications. Updated artist and business application forms are available for download on our blog: nclac.wordpress.com.

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D.A.R.E. essay winner named

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The Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association top essay for the 2010 – 2011 school year for the state was written by Sarfraz Ahmed, a student at Cedar Creek School. Darby Hollingsworth is Sarfraz’s teacher and the Cedar Creek D.A.R.E. sponsor, and Lt. Sam Chrisman is Sarfraz’s D.A.R.E. officer. Sarfraz was presented the award by the Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association at the annual conference in Lake Charles on July 14.

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Central air conditioning unit catches fire

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At approximately 6:45 a.m. Thursday, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a report of a mobile home fire on Country Roads Lane.
Country Roads Lane is a private street located off of Louisiana Highway 3005 south of Grambling. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said upon arrival of the first responding fire apparatus, the fire was already out. Investigation determined that there had been a fire in the mobile home’s central air conditioning unit.

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Man arrested for aggravated assault

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A Ruston man is in jail after being accused of hitting a woman and pulling a weapon on her.
Kendrick Kendell Owens, 32, of 203 Maple St., was booked in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center around 2 a.m. this morning on charges of aggravated assault and two counts of simple battery.
According to the arrest affidavit, Ruston Police Department officers responded to Maple Street in reference to a disturbance. The victim reportedly stated that the suspect attacked her and her friend. The victim and the suspect were arguing when Owens allegedly pushed her down, hit her in the face and dragged her by her hair.

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Take steps to prevent kitchen fires

In addition to grass and woods fires that have flared up in recent weeks due to dry conditions, there have also been a few structure fires as well.
Ruston firefighters’ investigation revealed that in two of these cases, the fires began in the kitchen and could be attributed to cooking accidents. In one case the stove burners were thought to be left on accidentally, and the other appeared to be due to unattended cooking.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel has said unattended cooking is the No. 1 fire starter. He recommends that while cooking, residents keep a spoon in their hand when they leave the room to remind themselves there is something on the stove or in the oven.

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Man: U.S. has reached 'tipping point'

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Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Not only have we run out of our own money, but we have just about run out of other people’s money.  Socialism/progressivism has been creeping into our government since the beginning of the 20th century. The size and cost of the federal government has grown by approximately 25 percent during the last two years and 40 percent relative to the private sector (www.gpoaccess.gov). It is axiomatic that as the government grows larger, the less freedom and liberty the individual has.

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Preemies of the world unite

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I’m pretty sure I was a preemie.  I mean, that’s what my folks told me. However, Louisiana birthing authorities didn’t note that on my birth certificate.  I know; I went back and checked. It just has my birthdate, nothing on there at all about being premature.   
Unlike the monitors at the airport, they didn’t list me as an early arrival. They did however list mine as a live birth, which is a good thing.  That would be like the monitors indicating a plane landed early and safely as opposed to early and crashed.

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Nanosystems accredited

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Louisiana Tech University’s Bachelor of Science in Nanosystems Engineering — the first program of its kind in the United States, has become the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in the field of nanoengineering to receive accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
ABET is recognized as the world leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education. Tech’s undergraduate nanosystems engineering program was established in 2005 as an interdisciplinary degree program that provides students with the skills to work with functional systems at the molecular scale.

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