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October 22nd, 2015

Cedar Creek celebrates chemistry

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Students in Christy Mabou’s chemistry class celebrated National Chemistry Week by making their own “Dippin’ Dots” on Wednesday. James Palmer, director of biomedical and chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, provided the class with liquid nitrogen. Each student combined melted ice cream using a syringe with liquid nitrogen causing the nitrogen to react by immediately freezing  the ice cream into balls. The class is following the theme set forth by the American Chemical Society this year, “Chemistry Colors Our World,” for the rest of the week.

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‘A night to dismember’: LPL to host Zombie Prom

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“Are zombies real? But more importantly, do they dance?”
These are the questions that Kris Patrick, teen coordinator at the Lincoln Parish Library, has invited local teens to answer by attending the third annual Zombie Prom from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the library’s event center.
Other libraries have hosted this program and had success with teens, so she wanted to try it as well, Patrick said.
“Other libraries had done the same program and were successful,” she said. “My first year as teen coordinator was 2012 and I wanted to do something really big.”

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McAllister announces candidacy for state senate

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Vance McAllister has announced his bid for the Louisiana state Senate seat from District 33.
“After much encouragement from concerned citizens, business leaders and elected officials, together with prayers and consultation with my wife, Kelly, I made the decision to run for the Louisiana state Senate seat from District 33,” he said.
“As a former Congressman, I believe I have a unique perspective on the issues of our district and our state. Congress is a dysfunctional mess, with decisions based upon re-elections and money rather than solutions to the great problems facing our country.

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Grants viable to Farmers Market

Last week it was announced that North Louisiana Farm Fresh, the nonprofit organization that manages the Ruston Farmers Market, received a two-year grant equaling more than $47,000.

Jean McWeeney, the president of Farm Fresh, said the organization would use the grant money given by the United States Department of Agriculture to purchase needed equipment and “increase local and regional access to Ruston Farmers Market through expansion and promotion.”

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What I really know about reading

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As an adolescent literacy specialist I have watched with great sorrow the decline of simple pleasure reading among teenagers. For many adolescents, time spent reading means skimming and scanning digital media and text, not relaxing with a novel or a biography.
Sitting quietly and reading for pleasure isn’t a viable option when provocative and immensely accessible social media and technology await. The “real readers,” those with an established reading habit, are becoming increasingly rare. And the readers become the achievers, and the leaders.

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Child soldiers becoming an issue

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Call me spoiled, but when I was a child, my family loved me enough to fill two toy boxes worth of action figures, toy soldiers and other toys meant for boys.
I played with them all, but I always resorted to a little Spider-Man action figure I used to “make movies” with. I did not play with my toys; I made movies because it made me feel older.
A typical boy, I made action hero, crime and war films staring Spider-Man as the protagonist for everything.

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Students of the month announced

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the October Student of the Month awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their accomplishments at the Oct. 14 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their perspective school campus.

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LSMSA to host Exploration Day

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Prospective students and their parents will have an opportunity to learn more about the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Nov. 9, when the school hosts its annual Exploration Day.
The event is for eighth to 11th grade students. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. in the lobby of the High School building.
Exploration Day is held twice yearly and is designed to give an overview of the academic, social and residential life programs that LSMSA offers.
The winter Exploration Day will be held Jan. 18.

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PTA announces prize winner

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The Ruston High School PTA recently wrapped up its fall membership drive with a special prize drawing for all who signed up for the 2015-16 year by the end of September. PTA President Julie Kyte (left) and committee member Staci Stucki (right) congratulated winner Dawn Whitman (center) by presenting her with a special prize basket filled with two RHS T-shirts, four tickets to the homecoming football game, a RHS thermos, a $100 bill, and one dozen of Staci’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. For more information about the RHS PTA and how to get involved, contact Kyte at 255-8053.

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Halloween Program Planned

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A Halloween program and open house will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at The Autrey House Museum. The museum is located at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 151 and Louisiana Highway 153, one mile west of Dubach. This event will feature Jean Moore telling “spooky” stories for children from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and music provided by local musicians on the porch from 2 to 4 p.m.

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