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Finding community in the midst of strife

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Cancer. It is the plague of our times.
Possibly every one of us has been affected by cancer whether we have had it or know a friend or family member who has suffered from it. It hits people of every culture, race, age and gender, and it shows up to attack any part of our human bodies.

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Tech’s Prerna Dua featured on national medical group’s website

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The American Medical Informatics Association has selected Prerna Dua, associate professor of health informatics and information management at Louisiana Tech University, to feature nationally as part of their “Faces of AMIA” website showcase.
Dua, who also serves as director of the health informatics master’s degree program at Tech, is one of just 20 health and medical information professionals from around the United States to be highlighted on the AMIA homepage.

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Church News - February 1, 2015

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
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January 30th

Mills receives highest honor during banquet

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Drake Mills and Rob Lary were honored with the Robert E. Russ and Bill Best awards, respectively, at the 95th annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber Banquet.
The banquet, with an attendance reaching about 250, was filled with everyone from the parish to honor the award recipients.
Two of the top awards that were given were the Ruston Rotary Club Bill Best Humanitarian Award and the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Robert E. Russ Award.
The Robert E. Russ Award was given to Mills, president and CEO of Community Trust Bank.

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Couple hit by car

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Two pedestrians suffered minor injuries after being struck by a 2007 Ford Focus in front of the Ruston Civic Center as they headed into the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber Banquet on Thursday night.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams said Cary and Robyn Brown, of Ruston, were struck by William Wright, 52, of Ruston, at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday.
“Wright was traveling west on Georgia between Trenton and Monroe, just south of the Civic Center,” Williams said.

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Warrick decides not to seek GSU presidency

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After long and thoughtful consideration, Interim President Cynthia Warrick has said she decided not to apply for the permanent position of President at Grambling State University.
“While I am confident that my work during this important transition has made a positive impact at Grambling; I have decided that I will honor my agreement with the Registry not to apply for the permanent position,” Warrick said.

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Crawl to action

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The annual Diaper Derby serves as the kick-off event each year for the March of Dimes.
Set to take place from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Saturday at halftime of the Louisiana Tech University men’s basketball game at the Thomas Assembly Center, Nancy Darland said between 10 and 12 typically enter the event.
“Leah Beasley, former Tech athletics marketing and game management director and myself came up with the idea for the event,” Darland said.
She added that the event is a fun experience on the basketball court.

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Locals invited to ‘Grab a Hunk of Lightning’

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Dorothea Lange took the photograph “Migrant Mother “(1936) that still personifies the Great Depression in America’s visual memory. The American Masters series documentary “Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning” (2014) by five-time Emmy winner Cinematographer Dyanna Taylor, Lange’s granddaughter, will be screened from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Claiborne cookers celebrate Mardi Gras

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Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers held their first gathering of 2015 on Jan. 24. About 50 people attended, cooked, enjoyed the band and visited. The theme was Mardi-Gras, and all the cookers prepared Cajun dishes, which everyone sampled.
Among some of the dishes prepared were gumbo, dirty rice, Cajun potpie, Cajun sausage cacciatore, peach cobbler, corn bread, a Cajun vegetable medley and assorted desserts.

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Call local lawmakers about EPA burnings

The Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to burn 15 million pounds of M6 propellant stored at Camp Minden in Webster Parish has rightly receiving attention from Lincoln Parish residents.
Camp Minden, about 40 miles west of here, is the former Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant, and has faced environmental hazards since 1989, scientists and elected officials familiar with the region say. But the proposed open tray burn may be the most sweeping issue yet.

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