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July 2nd, 2015

Nungesser visits Louisiana Peach Festival

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Lt. Governor candidate voices ideas to help state
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A former Plaquemines Parish president running for lieutenant governor said he is one of the “hardest working men” in the country who is trying to “make the state a better place.”
William “Billy” Nungesser said he has plenty of ideas to bring enhance the already booming tourism industry in the state.
“We have plenty of opportunities in the state to work on our tourism industry,” he said. “We’re called ‘Sportsman’s Paradise’ for a reason and I want to start fishing tournaments and bring in more sportsmen to this area.”

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LSU AgCenter teaches kids how to cook

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The LSU AgCenter and Trinity United Methodist Church sponsored a three-day Kids in the Kitchen workshop. The first day speaker, Eric Brazzel, public education officer with Ruston Fire Department, talked to the youth about kitchen fire dangers, how to prevent fires in the kitchen, and how to handle fires. He talked to the youth about how to handle cuts, how to stop the bleeding and how to handle different types of injuries. Brazzel demonstrated how to put out a burning fire with a fire extinguisher. Each youth practiced how to use a fire extinguisher by putting out a burning fire.

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Diabetic group begins at Tech

Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin.
It accounts for only about five to 10 percent of all causes of diabetes, which is about 200,000 to 3 million United States cases per year, according to WebMD.
With so few cases each year, it can be hard for some patients to find someone who can relate to them about their experiences or learn something new about their condition.
Several Louisiana Tech University students banded together to create a chapter of the College Diabetes Network — the first, in the state of Louisiana.

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Vaping is geared toward youth

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I want to comment on the prodigious advertising of electronic smoking devices, as well as the devices themselves. First, let me be clear about myself. I am a smoker. I have been smoking for 41 years. I have no respiratory illness, nor any cancers of any kind. Also, I have no intention of quitting.
That said, I am against these electronic devices. I feel as if vaping, as it is called, is just another way to sell tobacco products, but under the radar. I believe in truth in advertising and the countless commercials showing these products aren’t telling it all.

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The power of the peach symbol

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It is official.
I experienced my first Louisiana Peach Festival, and it did not disappoint.
Between hanging out with a band, witnessing a Guinness World Record and getting to hang out with family and friends, it truly is too hard to pick which part of my festival experience stood out the most.
In my mind, every experience I had during the festival went above and beyond the bar I set for the Peach Festival.
And then of course there were the stars of the hour: Ruston peaches.
Truthfully, peaches do not do it for me, as I alluded to in a previous column.

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GSU camp helps land commitment

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Grambling State University picked up a football commitment Tuesday as John Ehret senior defensive end Kerry Starks (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) announced his intentions to become a Tiger.
He was also recruited by Delta State, Nichols State and McNeese State.
Starks told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he picked the Tigers because of how the coaches treated him and how he felt a part of the team already when he went to a Grambling football camp held at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Tuesday.
Starks had 16 tackles and three sacks in seven games played last season at Ehret.

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Millsap gets money

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Former Tech standout doubles his NBA salary
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ATLANTA (AP) — Former Grambling Lab High School and Louisiaana Tech standout Paul Millsap became an All-Star in his first two years with Atlanta and helped lead the Hawks to their first Eastern Conference finals.
He’s back for at least two more years on a new contract which doubles his annual pay.
The Hawks have reached an agreement to re-sign Millsap, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person requested anonymity because the deal can’t be finalized until July 9.

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Willis a smash in wood bat league

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Bearcats’ pitcher/catcher keys national title win
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C.J. Willis is a young two-position contributor for Ruston High School’s traditionally strong baseball program.
All of which just might leave Head Coach Toby White with the nice problem of where Willis might fit in best for the future with the Bearcats.
This spring, Willis started at catcher for the freshmen.
But this summer, he’s proving to stand tall on the mound for a wood bat travel squad.
Willis was the marquee performer for the 14-under East Coast Sox Prime squad at the recent World Wood Bat Association tournament in Oemerson, Georgia.

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Camp sign-up proceeds

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Louisiana Tech’s Malcolm Butler and ESPN 97.7/ULM’s Nick White will team up for the second annual Live Mic Sports Broadcasting Camp presented by Barry Ricks M.D. Pediatric Associates.
The Ruston camp will be held at the Thomas Assembly Center on the Louisiana Tech Campus July 9-11 while the Monroe camp will be held at Ouachita Christian High School July 30 through August 1.. The camp is for boys and girls entering grades 7 through 12 this fall who are interested in gaining real-life knowledge and firsthand experience of the sports broadcasting business.
Cost of the camp is $175.

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July 1st

Students join forces

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Several Type 1 diabetic Louisiana Tech University Students joined together to create a chapter of College Diabetes Network at the university — the first chapter in the state.
President of the chapter and nursing student at Tech Aouicha Zorgati said several of her classmates with Type 1 diabetes banded together to make the group.
“Myself, Sarah Norton, who is the vice president, John Harris and our advisor, Dr. Donna Hood, founded the group for Type 1 diabetics to group together to support and learn from other Type 1 diabetics,” Zorgati said.

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