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October 23rd, 2014

Awareness helps to prevent cancers

According to the United States Surgeon General, approximately one in 15 American homes contains high levels of radon, a naturally-occurring and odorless radioactive gas that is estimated to cause more than 20,000 lung cancer deaths each and every year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designated Monday through Sunday as National Radon Action Week to raise awareness of the leading cause of lung cancer for nonsmokers.

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The quadruple whammy from state to schools

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Be forewarned: I’m about to rant. If you’re not into it, don’t read this column.
Because the state has taken a slapdash approach to school scoring, two of the elementary schools’ overall scores in Lincoln Parish were blighted — causing the district’s overall score to decline. It’s nothing new, but it needs to end.

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Caricature artist to visit Friday

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Jim Tindall, caricature artist, acrylic landscape artist and Arkansas native will be at the Lincoln Parish Library from 2-6 p.m. Oct. 24.
Tindall, best known for his ability to sketch in permanent ink a likeness of anyone of any age, will be in the lobby drawing free caricatures for the public.
Tindall can finish a caricature sketch in a minute or less on 11-by-15-inch caricature acid free art paper in permanent ink.

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Tech earns Military Friendly School designation

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Victory Media Inc., the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning to civilian life, has named Louisiana Tech University to its Military Friendly Schools list for the second consecutive year.

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50-plus leaders to go behind bars for MDA

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More than 50 business and civic leaders from throughout the Ruston area will be “arrested” and put “behind bars” for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraiser on Oct. 28 at Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln Dealership.
Accused of having big hearts and being heavily armed with kindness, the “jailbirds” volunteered to be part of MDA’s Lock-Up in order to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, coworkers and business contacts to make contributions to MDA that will directly benefit families in and around Ruston living with progressive muscle diseases.

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Bearcats, Lions to square off tonight

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Senior wide receiver/kicker Jordan Raggio (with ball) and the Ruston High School Bearcats and Ouachita Parish High School Lions will meet in a District 2-5A showdown at 7 p.m. tonight at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium. Both teams stand at 4-3 overall and 1-1 in district play.

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Tech ready to face USM aerial attack

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Louisiana Tech’s defense expects to face a fierce passing attack when the Bulldogs hit the road to face Southern Mississippi in a 2:30 p.m. Conference USA showdown Saturday to be televised on the American Sports Network.

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RHS swimmers make waves

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Ruston High School swimmers captured a team first in the second annual Bulldog Aquatics High School Invitational held at the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center on the campus of Louisiana Tech University Oct. 11.

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RHS teams split with Neville

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Ruston High School lost a junior varsity game but won the freshman contest in a doubleheader played Monday at Neville High School in Monroe. Running back D’tallion Dade (22, pictured above) and the junior varsity fell in their contest while Tekiren Evans (41, pictured below) and the freshman team won their game 14-6.

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Local educators host panel for Tech

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The Lincoln Parish School District recently had several of its educators serve on a special panel for teacher candidates enrolled in Julie Holmes’ Classroom Management course in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University.The university students posed questions to the gathering of veteran educators who serve in various capacities throughout the district and have been recognized for their excellence in leadership and instruction.

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