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May 30th, 2013

Local teens ready for the state pageant experience

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After a year of talent rehearsals, dress fittings, mock interviews and physical fitness preparations, two Lincoln Parish teens are currently competing in the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Monroe through Saturday.

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Teens, tweens to kick off summer

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The Teen Summer Reading Program offers a way to keep teen minds sharp over summer downtime. This summer’s theme is “Beneath the Surface.”
Things will kick off with a “Survive the Summer” event at 6:30 p.m. today. This will be a night based on the popular TV show “Survivor,” where participants will be doing relays and challenges to see who comes out the ultimate survivor.
Teens can sign up and pick up “survival” packs needed to complete the program at this event or any time at the library.

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Parish teachers gather for professional development

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Secondary science teachers from the Lincoln Parish School District recently gathered for a full day of professional development focused on “The Future of STEM: Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.” Hosted by Lincoln ACHIEVE, the day was coordinated and presented by Chris Campbell (Einstein Fellow from Simsboro High School), Missy Wooley (New Tech @ Ruston) and ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol.

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Reading: A cure for boredom

With school out for little more than a week, some parents have already begun to hear the sighs of boredom begin to fill their homes. Children whose minds are constantly engaged through the school year can quickly become bored when summer hits.
According to an article published on the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education, studies indicate that children who don’t read during the summer see their reading abilities decline or stagnate. So, reading during the summer is not only good for keeping kids entertained, but will also help them stay on task at school.

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Freeman, Smith to unite in matrimony

Jim Freeman, of Clay, and Sharon Freeman, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Ashley Brooke Freeman, of Quitman, to Jason David Smith, of Kennewick, Wash.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Clarence and Verine Freeman, the late Jefferson ‘Rusty’ Garcie and the late Lorena and Dean Goss. She is a 2004 graduate of Quitman High School and is employed with Washington River Protection Solutions as a health physics technician in Richland, Wash.

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No more Jammin' at the Joe

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I realize that many might view this as a sports column, but the subject matter goes beyond the world of sports.
We’re talking about something that will affect Lincoln Parish and especially Ruston economically — in a negative way.
Wednesday news spread that a NCAA regulation passed last year will cause at least a temporary end to what’s become an annual economic boon to the area.

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Learning to wake up with a smile

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Are you the “night owl,” who goes to bed, when others are waking? Are you that cheerful “early bird” others find obnoxious when you “hum” into the office in the mornings? Can you change? Do you need to change? It can be done. Even if it has to be done, and it is not with your best intentions. You have to do some manipulation of your own mind and body.

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Bearcats on All-State squad

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A district championship, 30 overall victories, Top Five state power ranking and three different streaks of at least eight straight wins.
Not a bad 2013 season for Ruston High School’s baseball team, to be sure.
And the honors are still arriving.
The Bearcats (30-6) had the most representatives of any team in District 2-5A on the 2013 Class 5A All-State squad announced today by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Ruston High placed four of its players on the postseason team, splitting up with two on the top unit and a tandem on the honorable mention list.

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Dawson retires from Grambling staff

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Leslie “Chuck” Dawson took the long route to get to his own party Wednesday night.
It wasn’t his idea, but that of fellow Grambling State University athletic staffer Charlie Lewis.
“Charlie told me about this great new restaurant in Monroe that we needed to check out and he would come pick me up,” Dawson said. “But then when I asked him why we were going in the wrong direction and wound up at the National Guard Armory in Ruston, he said he had to pick up Wanda (Currie, of the GSU athletics’ staff).”
Well, Wanda was at the Armory, for sure.

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‘Jam at Joe’ scratched by NCAA

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Scratch the “Jam at the Joe” for Ruston High and other area schools for the 2013 season.
Because of new NCAA guidelines, the highly popular season football preseason event that has been held at Joe Aillet Stadium since 2009 won’t be played this year.
The “Joe” isn’t the only jamboree getting chopped by the national collegiate governing body. Also canceled is the “Bayou Jamb” in Monroe, where the event has been held since 2006.
Combined, those two jamborees will have 16 schools scampering to fill a late August preseason date.

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