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November 8th, 2018

THURSDAYS WITH DART

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DART continues to advocate for community
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What do I do? Where can I go?
When DART. started out almost 25 years ago, the first thing we addressed was the answer to those questions. If domestic violence is happening to you, what do you do?
We started with a crisis line phone number. We set up a small shelter. Counselors made themselves available, and volunteers took beepers, answered crisis lines and sat at the shelter. Little by little we expanded our services and with them, our mission.

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DEAR ABBY

Extra place set at the table helps combat holiday blues

DEAR ABBY: I read that there is a suicide somewhere in the world every 40 seconds. Numbers rise at holiday time.
Feeling like a child whose nose is pressed against a window, seeing others from the outside as they enjoy the warmth of the moment, can lead to thoughts of abandonment and despair. That’s why I have a mission — I set an extra place at my table. I can attest that it works.

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Goodwill Luncheon raises funds

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The Goodwill Luncheon met Tuesday in order for the group to discuss their Christmas Book Bag fundraiser. The ladies of the Goodwill Luncheon have provided Christmas assistance to more than 900 local children. They are funded entirely by local donations, and membership is open to all. For more information, contact Cherrie Sciro, president of Goodwill Luncheon at csciro@gmail.com.

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FEATURED EVENT

Traveling Vietnam Wall
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Today through Sunday
Noon today - 6 a.m. Sunday
Louisiana Tech Campus Greenway,
West Railroad Avenue and Tech Drive
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to honor and remember our veterans. The AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall is an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Wall is 360 feet long and includes every name from the permanent wall in Washington D.C. It arrived in Ruston Wednesday as part of the local Veterans Day observance.

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RHS prepping for Comeaux’s option attack

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Bearcats to play host to Spartans in first-round playoff action on Friday
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Consistency plays a big role in the game of football.
Ruston High School head coach Jerrod Baugh hopes that plays in his team’s favor starting at 7 p.m. Friday as his Bearcats play host to Comeaux in Class 5A prep football action on James Field at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Eighth seed Ruston enters the game at 7-3 on the season and is riding a four-game win streak.
Comeaux, the 25th seed, stands at 5-5 but did pull off a 30-27 road win at Sulphur in the regular-season finale.

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Tech volleyball set to wind down regular season

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The 2018 Louisiana Tech volleyball team will look to end its regular season on a high note, hosting Southern Miss and Western Kentucky in a pair of Conference USA matchups this Thursday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (noon.), respectively.
Tech (6-21, 1-11 C-USA) will be looking for a positive weekend against two teams ranked in the top half of the C-USA standings. Southern Miss (14-13, 6-6 C-USA) currently sits in seventh place in the league ladder, while the Lady Toppers (18-9, 9-3) enter the weekend in fourth place.

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Building a wall of remembrance

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Pictured above, Spc. Keaton Hightower (left) and Pfc. Brandi Powers (right) carry a section of the wall for assembly. The wall is an 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D. C. The traveling wall stands 8 feet high and is 360 feet long. Pictured below, The truck and trailer carrying the portable wall emerges from beneath the Kanas City Southern Railroad overpass on its way to the Louisiana Tech University greenway at the corner of Tech Drive and West Railroad Avenue where the wall now stands.

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79 kidnapped Cameroon students freed

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YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — The 79 students kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from a school in Cameroon have been released, but two of the three staff members abducted with them are still being held, a church official said Wednesday.
The students, aged between 11 and 17, were brought to a church near the regional capital of Bamenda, said Fonki Samuel Forba, moderator of the country’s Presbyterian Church.

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Simsboro election shows process flaw

Unfortunate, to say the least.
Those are our feelings about what happened in the Simsboro Village Board of Aldermen race where Gwendolyn Houston, who had filed to qualify in July and ran as one of five candidates in that election, found out she was ineligible to vote in the precinct in which she was running.
The problem came when Houston learned on Election Day that she actually lives outside village limits — by only a matter of feet.
In the election, Houston, a Democrat, came in last in the five-person race with 55 votes, or just over 10 percent of the 537 votes cast.

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The grain of salt

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Lincoln Parish voters: Don’t stop now!
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So, as everyone reading this column surely (hopefully?) knows, the midterm elections took place Tuesday. I voted. Many of you reading voted. In total, about 48 percent of the registered voters in Lincoln Parish voted on at least one matter.
That number in itself isn’t super encouraging, but building up voter turnout is a topic for another day (or perhaps for last week).

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