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January 24th, 2013

State of the District

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Bell to discuss school successes, challenges
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Those hoping to learn more about the various positives and negatives that the 2012 calendar year had on the local school system are in luck as the third annual State of the District address is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Lincoln Parish Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell will give a presentation beginning at noon in the Community Room of the Lincoln Parish Library. Attendees are invited to arrive early for a meet-and-greet and refreshments.

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None injured in blaze

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Residents at a Ruston home were surprised to see flames coming from a vehicle under the carport, as a car fire spread into a home located at 109 Gilman at approximately 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.
“A Grambling State University student was on his way to class when he saw smoke and flames coming from an early 2000 model Chevy Impala. He turned around and alerted the occupants of the home,” Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department said.

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Teens charged with ‘sexting’

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Two female juveniles were charged this week with “sexting” for allegedly sending indecent photos on their mobile phones.
Maj. Stephen Williams, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said that two female students, ages 12 and 13, were charged with “sexting” after allegedly sending nude photos of themselves to a 14-year-old boy.

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Annual St. Jude Radiothon nears

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The region’s 32nd annual St. Jude Radiothon is just a couple of weeks away.
Sponsored by Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of the philanthropic group Epsilon Sigma Alpha, the Radiothon serves as a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tenn., which is a pediatric cancer research center in which children never pay for treatment not covered by insurance.

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Techsters face key WAC tests

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Home league battles set tonight, Saturday
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Ask a coach how important a game is and nine-of-10 times, he or she will say something such as “every game is huge.”
And indeed the next two are for the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech University.
Tonight, there’s a 7 p.m. home assignment against San Jose State.

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’Dogs start two-game league road trip

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The bull’s-eye on the back of the Bulldogs switches to out West this week.
Louisiana Tech University, starting to reap some attention in the national polls (No. 37, Associated Press) off of its 16-3 overall record and Western Athletic Conference-pacesetting mark of 7-0, has a pair of critical league games on the road starting tonight.

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Grambling women win over UNO, 76-44

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GRAMBLING — On Wednesday night, the Grambling State University Lady Tigers kept their turnovers to a minimum, executed well offensively, controlled the glass, and played stifling defense.
As a result, their four-game losing streak has ceased in a 76-44 victory over the University of New Orleans Lady Privateers in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Arena.

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Tech set for West division of C-USA

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MIAMI, Fla. — Louisiana Tech University will compete in the West Division in its inaugural season in Conference USA, league officials announced during its winter meetings Wednesday.
The Bulldogs will be in a seven-member West Division along with North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio. The East Division will include East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and Alabama-Birmingham. Tech will host C-USA games against North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane and Tulsa this fall while the Bulldogs will travel to FIU, Rice, UTEP and UTSA.

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GSU band impresses during inaugural parade

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Grambling State University “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band shook up Pennsylvania Avenue and left spectators joyful as 200 plus marched in black and gold along the presidential inauguration parade route Jan. 21.
The big band from a small school had a big impact. It was the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) performing in the parade, and was one of only two schools to return from President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration — and people noticed the one band representing Louisiana.

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Deadline nears for RPAR soccer

Friday is the deadline for Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Spring soccer season for ages 4 – 12. This year’s divisions will include Under 5, Under 6, Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12.
Those interested may either register in person at the RPAR office, located at 605 James St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., until Friday or go online at www.ruston.org/registration.

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