News 10/25/13

Homecoming activities ready for next week celebration

By Brenton Kludt
Roar Reporter

Queen Candidates Danielle, Shelby, and Natalie

Queen Candidates
Danielle, Shelby, and Natalie

Princess Candidates Kylie, Abby, Priscilla

Princess Candidates
Kylie, Abby, Priscilla

LHS Homecoming week is set for next week, with Homecoming Day set on Nov. 2.

Dress-up days will start on Monday. The specific dress codes will be as follows: Monday, Breast Cancer Awareness; Tuesday, Fandom Sports Day; Wednesday, Tie Dye/ Wild West; Thursday, Greek Day; and Friday, Blue and White Day.

This year’s princess candidates are as follows: freshman Kylie McGee, sophomore Abby Campbell and junior Priscilla Lopez. The queen candidates are seniors Natalie Wiley, Shelby Goldsmith and Danielle Duncan.

Candidates will be interviewed and put through multiple challenges, testing both physical and mental limits, taking their minds and bodies to the absolute extremes. All of this will take place next Friday.

After speaking with the candidates, each seemed very well up to the challenge. Danielle Duncan even added, “I’m bringing my competitors down!”

The pancake breakfast will be starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 2, free for all LHS students – sponsored, prepared and paid by Booster Club members. Breakfast for non-students costs $5.

The annual Homecoming parade lineup will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the parade following at 10 a.m. on Nov. 2. The parade floats will take the usual route, starting down Fourth Street and continuing through the downtown area.

The dance will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, in the LHS Gymnasium. Admission is $5 or $4 for students with an ASB Card.

Local tie-ins to shootings

By Dakotah Brandow

Roar Reporter

There have been shootings in neighboring towns recently with a couple local tie-ins.

The closest was a recent shooting at Eastern Plumas District Hospital in Portola. Around 12:48 a.m. Sunday the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from the hospital about a disturbance being caused by a 53-year-old white male who had checked into the hospital around 9 p.m.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Mariano Mauro had barricaded himself in a room, and then when confronted, attacked the deputy, even shooting the deputy’s gun while still in the holster. The deputy got the man out of the hospital corridors into the waiting room, where he shot him. Mauro was described as 6 feet tall and 250 lbs.

The deputy, whom hospital employees hailed as a hero, is on leave from his job pending a complete investigation.

An LHS tie-in to that story is that teacher Caleb Dorsey’s wife Donna worked the next shift at the hospital.

Another shooting was at the Bank of America Oct. 16 on South Virginia Street, when Charles Sperry, an 80-year-old man, attempted to stop Van McDuffie, the alleged robber, from completing the heist. McDuffie was attempting to leave with $13,000 when Sperry tried to recover the stolen goods, and then was shot in the chest by McDuffie.

The local tie to that incident is that LHS 2008 graduate Monica Von Tour works at Posh Salon, which is located next door to the Bank of America where the incident occurred. Von Tour said that employees witnessed much of the event transpiring and locked down the business.

There was also a shooting Monday at Sparks Middle School when a seventh grade boy brought a gun to school and shot and killed a teacher, then wounded two other students before turning the gun on himself.

Natalie Wiley said of the Sparks shooting, “I think it’s absolutely terrible that a 12-year-old would get his hands on a gun and kill people and himself.”

Brittany Morrison said, “There’s no reason for the kid to shoot people. If he had problems, he and his parents should have talked to the school and dealt with it.”

Any Loyalton students who would like to talk with someone about any of the area incidents could talk to principal Marla Stock or any teacher, who could arrange a meeting with the school district’s counselor.

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