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October 13th, 2018

Blessing of the Pets

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In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer held its annual Celebration and Blessing of the Pets at 4 p.m. Oct. 7.

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Calling Columbus Day into question

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I’m confused. What day do we celebrate holidays?
 In some segments of society, there are lingering questions from some about whether we should even celebrate certain holidays.
As to “when,” I was raised “knowing” that Columbus Day was “always” celebrated on Oct. 12.  Growing up, this was a big deal among the holidays that were minor compared to Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  I recall history teachers stressing the importance of Columbus Day, “the day” that Columbus discovered America.

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Surviving the 'Mesa Avenue Blackout' of 2018

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As I watched coverage of Hurricane Michael’s assault on Florida over the past few days, I started thinking about the massive power outages in that area and the hundreds if not thousands of electric power company workers pouring into the area to assist in getting electricity in that area restored.
Many times we don’t realize how dependent we’ve become on electricity until we don’t have it. It’s not fun, as my family learned last Sunday during what I’m calling the “Great Mesa Avenue Blackout of 2018.”

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State needs focus on mental health

It’s time for Louisiana to start thinking clearly when it comes to mental health.
To take stock of states’ progress in enforcing the law, The Kennedy Forum, an organization working toward implementing lasting change in the way mental health and addictions are treated in our health care system, recently released a report on state parity statutes.
That report found that Louisiana scored a 51 out of a possible 100 points, ranking among the worst in the nation at promoting mental health care parity.

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October 12th

Helping to go green

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Ruston gets grant for Tech recycling projects

Leader News ServiceRuston has again been selected as a recipient of the Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the state’s anti-litter and community improvement organization.
This year’s $8,220 grant will enhance the “Blue and Red, Go Green” campaign at Louisiana Tech University, as well as the partnership between Tech and the city by bringing recycling bins and services to the university’s campus.

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Serving in times of need

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It started as a disaster relief effort in south Louisiana after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.
Seventeen years later, Ruston’s Rolling Hills Ministries disaster relief team is back at it after leaving at 5 a.m. this morning headed to Panama City, Florida, to lend a helping hand in the wake of the destruction of Hurricane Michael’s strike on the Florida panhandle.
The first team left with two feeding trailers that can produce 18,000 meals per day, a water purification unit from Mangham, and a 40,000- watt generator to power their site.

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Tech preps for Homecoming Luncheon

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The Louisiana Tech Alumni Association will honor its 2018 Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Alumni of the Colleges Oct. 19 at its annual Alumni Awards Luncheon.
The luncheon is set for noon in the Club Lounge of the Davison Athletics Complex. Tickets are $30 per person and $300 for a reserved table of eight. For tickets, contact Marbury Alumni House coordinator Barbara Swart at 318-497-7985 or barbara@latechalumni.org, or visit latechalumni.org, click on “Events” and register online.

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Florida: Grim search through ruined landscape

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MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Search and rescue teams looked for bodies through a ruined landscape of smashed homes and piles of sand today, while more deaths were reported in Virginia, 600 miles from where Hurricane Michael made landfall.
Michael, so powerful that it remained a hurricane for 12 hours after making landfall in Mexico Beach, thrashed the Carolinas and Virginia and was growing stronger again over the Atlantic, where the National Hurricane Center predicted it would eventually menace Britain with tropical-storm force winds.

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ART TALK

Hood to present show on Chet Atkins
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Richard Hood and I invite you to the Dixie Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 to enjoy “The Life and Music of Chet Atkins.”
It is the story of country music legend Chet Atkins’s life and his critically acclaimed music career in Nashville. The program also features Dennis Smith on bass and Jimmie Martin on drums. Hood is well known in this area for his guitar expertise and presents a highly informative and entertaining program for your enjoyment.

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Happy Gardeners officers installed

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Happy Gardeners officers were installed at the Sept. 13 meeting in the home of Linda Newton. Co-hostesses were Emily Baugh and Sarah Williams. Pictured from left to right are 2018-19 officers Maribel McKinney, historian; Brenda West, treasurer; Betty Fuqua; treasurer; Dianne Jefcoat, vice president; and Mary Ayres, president. Not pictured is Liza Humphries, parliamentarian. Each outgoing officer received a gift as a token of appreciation for their work serving as an officer last year. There were 18 members present with one guest.

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