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9:07am

Fri April 4, 2014
Local

Tartan Festival in Minden celebrates Scottish heritage in Deep South

Marcia Gordon McLaurin of Canton, Miss., celebrates her family heritage at the 2013 Tartan Festival.
Credit Scottish Society of the Louisiana Hielands

A farm pasture in Minden, Louisiana, will be transformed into a Scottish festival Saturday with food, music and activities that honor the land that’s famous for bagpipes and kilts. 

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9:11am

Wed April 2, 2014
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Kilgore, Texas author casts Sabine River in a new light

Photographer Jacob Croft Botter (left) and author Wes Ferguson captured life on the Sabine River in their new book.
Credit Submitted

A Kilgore, Texas, native is out with a book that unlocks the mystery of the murky Sabine River that snakes through the Piney Woods of East Texas. 

Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine” is an outgrowth of a newspaper series penned by then-reporter Wes Ferguson of the Longview News Journal. Ferguson, and photographer Jacob Croft Botter, traveled the river in a loaner boat, apprehensive of logjams and intrigued by the people who live on the water.

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12:11pm

Mon March 31, 2014
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Nacogdoches rallies private donors to build water park

The city of Nacogdoches erects a fundraising thermometer on the site of the future Splash Kingdom Waterpark, as private donors support the public-private venture.

A $2 million fundraising effort in Nacogdoches will secure a Splash Kingdom Waterpark for the city. Nacogdoches formed a public-private partnership with Splash Kingdom to build an $8 million water park. 

Private donors have stepped up to pay for a quarter of the cost through a charitable fund for this entertainment venue that will be built on city property. Nacogdoches doesn't have economic development tax dollars to make this project happen, according to Judy McDonald, president of Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and chair of the fundraising committee.

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9:34am

Thu March 27, 2014
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Shreveport principal supports 'medical model' training for teachers

Mary Harris, principal of South Highlands Magnet Elementary in Shreveport, is advocating for a residency model in education that parallels the path to becoming a medical doctor.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Shreveport elementary school principal was invited to Capitol Hill earlier this month to attend a brainstorming Congressional forum and give closing remarks. The focus was on how the path to becoming a teacher could be modeled after the medical profession. 

Teachers who graduate with four years of college are often thrown into classroom situations they're not totally prepared for, according to Mary Harris, principal of South Highlands Magnet Elementary School.

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10:16am

Thu March 20, 2014
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Brain injury meeting draws survivors, caregivers and medical experts to Bossier City

The Brain Injury Association of Louisiana opened its two-day conference Thursday in Bossier City, attracting more than 100 survivors, caregivers, and medical experts. 

The opening day presentations will focus on brain and spinal cord injury survivor stories, along with demonstrations of the latest assistive technology, according to association executive director Tommy Lotz. He says there is much to discuss about how the brain reacts to an injury, and he wants to convey that there’s room for optimism after tragedy.

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