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August 26th, 2011

D.A.R.E. essay winner named

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The Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association top essay for the 2010 – 2011 school year for the state was written by Sarfraz Ahmed, a student at Cedar Creek School. Darby Hollingsworth is Sarfraz’s teacher and the Cedar Creek D.A.R.E. sponsor, and Lt. Sam Chrisman is Sarfraz’s D.A.R.E. officer. Sarfraz was presented the award by the Louisiana D.A.R.E. Officers Association at the annual conference in Lake Charles on July 14.

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Central air conditioning unit catches fire

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At approximately 6:45 a.m. Thursday, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a report of a mobile home fire on Country Roads Lane.
Country Roads Lane is a private street located off of Louisiana Highway 3005 south of Grambling. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said upon arrival of the first responding fire apparatus, the fire was already out. Investigation determined that there had been a fire in the mobile home’s central air conditioning unit.

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Man arrested for aggravated assault

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A Ruston man is in jail after being accused of hitting a woman and pulling a weapon on her.
Kendrick Kendell Owens, 32, of 203 Maple St., was booked in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center around 2 a.m. this morning on charges of aggravated assault and two counts of simple battery.
According to the arrest affidavit, Ruston Police Department officers responded to Maple Street in reference to a disturbance. The victim reportedly stated that the suspect attacked her and her friend. The victim and the suspect were arguing when Owens allegedly pushed her down, hit her in the face and dragged her by her hair.

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Take steps to prevent kitchen fires

In addition to grass and woods fires that have flared up in recent weeks due to dry conditions, there have also been a few structure fires as well.
Ruston firefighters’ investigation revealed that in two of these cases, the fires began in the kitchen and could be attributed to cooking accidents. In one case the stove burners were thought to be left on accidentally, and the other appeared to be due to unattended cooking.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel has said unattended cooking is the No. 1 fire starter. He recommends that while cooking, residents keep a spoon in their hand when they leave the room to remind themselves there is something on the stove or in the oven.

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Man: U.S. has reached 'tipping point'

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Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” Not only have we run out of our own money, but we have just about run out of other people’s money.  Socialism/progressivism has been creeping into our government since the beginning of the 20th century. The size and cost of the federal government has grown by approximately 25 percent during the last two years and 40 percent relative to the private sector (www.gpoaccess.gov). It is axiomatic that as the government grows larger, the less freedom and liberty the individual has.

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Preemies of the world unite

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I’m pretty sure I was a preemie.  I mean, that’s what my folks told me. However, Louisiana birthing authorities didn’t note that on my birth certificate.  I know; I went back and checked. It just has my birthdate, nothing on there at all about being premature.   
Unlike the monitors at the airport, they didn’t list me as an early arrival. They did however list mine as a live birth, which is a good thing.  That would be like the monitors indicating a plane landed early and safely as opposed to early and crashed.

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Nanosystems accredited

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Louisiana Tech University’s Bachelor of Science in Nanosystems Engineering — the first program of its kind in the United States, has become the nation’s first undergraduate degree program in the field of nanoengineering to receive accreditation from the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
ABET is recognized as the world leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology education. Tech’s undergraduate nanosystems engineering program was established in 2005 as an interdisciplinary degree program that provides students with the skills to work with functional systems at the molecular scale.

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‘Jam at Joe’: A full Saturday

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Ten area teams ready to meet on Tech’s turf
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At an early June press conference, David Franklin could have very well been speaking for all of the head coaches involved in Saturday’s “Jam at the Joe.”
Said the top boss at Haynesville High:
“We’re going to go over there to have fun, but we’re also going to use this time as an opportunity to see where we are as a team.”
The nine other head coaches for the biggest jamboree in the state will surely give a “thumbs up” to that statement.

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Tech soccer team off to solid start

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Louisiana Tech University’s soccer team is off to an unbeaten start and in a winning mode entering a road test against McNeese State tonight.
The Lady Techsters soccer team downed LSU-Shreveport 7-0 earlier this week at “The Swamp,” marking the third straight game in which the Lady Techsters have blanked their opponent.
The school record for most consecutive scoreless games is four, which occurred in the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

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Bulldogs’ defense tough

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Louisiana Tech’s defense dominated in the team’s final scrimmage of fall camp as the defense racked up seven sacks — Matt Broha led with four — as the Bulldogs closed out fall camp at Joe Aillet Stadium Wednesday night.
The seven sacks by the defense were a mixture of a strong defensive line and an offensive line that sat a few players during the mid-week session. The scrimmage was held at 9 p.m., the same late start time that Tech has when it opens the season at Southern Miss on Sept. 3 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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