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March 21st, 2013

Talking pups past and present

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As I prepared to attend Ruston Park and Recreation’s Department Furry Fun Walk, last week I started what has turned out to be a two-part column about the dogs I’ve been fortunate enough to have in my life.
We return to those thoughts talking about the black Chihuahua named People (because he thought he was) that my family got when I was about 15 years old.

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When ADD gets out for summer

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Today I stepped outside to a cool breeze blowing constantly right through as the sunny skies encroached warmth across my deck.
I remembered days like this. When I was teaching, these were the days after last recess, I would bring my class in long enough to complete our bell work on the board.
However instead of beginning the introduction for the next day's lessons, we would go back to the playground.
The kids would play, and I would sit on the swings and swing. It was some of the best time spent; our bonding time as teacher and students.

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Ruston High

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Ruston High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) proved once again to be a superior chapter as they led the district in district championships in February at the District II FBLA Conference at the University of Louisiana — Monroe. RHS had 12 members place excellent in 11 events, 25 members place superior in 20 events and six members place first (district champions) in eight events.

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LDOE visits New Tech

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The Louisiana Department of Education recently had a team visit New Tech @ Ruston on the Ruston High School campus where Ralph Thibodeaux, High School Redesign, was joined by Network 5 Team Leaders Gayle Sloan and Patrice Saucier. 
The trio was provided an overview of the New Tech experience by Director Pam Pruden, Assistant Director Catherine Letendre, RHS Principal Mike Milstead, ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol and New Tech Advisory Board member JoAnn Dauzat.

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Choudrant Elementary

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Kindergarten news
The Kindergarteners at Choudrant Elementary are very busy learning. We are reading words and sentences. We can write and illustrate our own sentences too.  We are counting, writing numbers, measuring and weighing objects.   
We just celebrated our 100th day of school. We read stories, made a 100th day crown, made a necklace with 100 fruit loops, made a snack with 100 items and counted to 100 by ones, fives and tens.
We also enjoyed learning about groundhogs and hope since he did not see his shadow that spring will come quickly! 

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Winners of talent contest to audition for ‘X Factor’

For the third year in a row, KARD presents Fox 14’s The X Factor Audition Pass Contest, sponsored locally by Bankruptcy Attorney, Sam Henry. This year’s acapella-style sing-off will be held on March 29th at Pecanland Mall in Monroe.
Categories include boys ages 12-25, girls ages 12-25, individuals older than 25 and goups. One winner from each of the four categories will be selected and receive a guaranteed audition in front of a show producer in New Orleans on April 14.

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Caney Lake Good Sammers

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Hosts Nan and Jimmy Colvin and Jerrel Huey just “loved” inviting the Caney Lake Good Sammers into the meeting room at Pavilion RV Park in West Monroe on Feb. 20-23.
Card games and shopping were the Thursday morning experiences. All the campers were then ready for the pot-luck lunch with ham, brisket, great casseroles and salads.
Hubert Estes, the Caney Lake Sams Chef and his helper Jerrel Huey, had a feast of pancakes and bacon waiting for the group the next morning. One even had their choice of blueberry, plain or a combination.

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Bulldogs, USM battle in NIT

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Louisiana Tech University and the University of Southern Mississippi will meet for a second time in men’s basketball this season.
And at the most important time, to be sure.
Now, it’s a matter of winning or begin looking ahead to next season for the future Conference USA rivals, who will try and advance in the National Invitational Tournament with a second round showdown in Hattiesburg on Monday starting at 9 p.m.

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Bulldogs’ bats stop Alcorn, 9-4

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Louisiana Tech University scored runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings for a 9-1 victory over Alcorn State Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
The Bulldogs took a 1-1 tie into the fifth inning before exploding for five runs off four hits and two errors committed by the Alcorn State (4-20) defense to lead 6-1 after five complete.
Tech (9-14) added three runs in the bottom half of the seventh to secure the win for its fourth straight victory.

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Lady Techsters lose to SFA, 2-0

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Carlie Thomas pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout as Stephen F. Austin defeated Louisiana Tech 2-0 Wednesday night at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tech (12-13) didn’t back an impressive performance by starter Anna Cross and relievers Janna Frandrup and Michelle Jones, who combined to allow only one earned run on four hits on the night. Cross (0-1), making her first career start in the circle, tossed 4.1 innings allowing only one earned run on four hits and two walks. A solo home run in the fourth inning by Shalie Day was the lone mistake that Cross made in the circle.

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