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February 14th, 2013

Tech physicist, NASA predict ‘close call’ with asteroid

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Lee Sawyer, the Charles and Newellyn Spreull Professor of Physics at Louisiana Tech University, and NASA are predicting that an asteroid, measuring approximately 150 feet in diameter and weighing approximately 130,000 metric tons, will fly closer to Earth on Friday than any object of its size ever has before.
Asteroid 2012-DA14 will pass within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface, which is closer than the orbit of most weather and communications satellites and is about one-tenth the distance between Earth and the Moon.
However, Sawyer says we have nothing to fear.

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Club News

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Ruston Garden Club
The February meeting of The Ruston Garden Club met at the home of member Rosy Bromell. Hostesses were Marlen Jimerson and Mary Russo. Karen Armstrong, a local orchid enthusiast, gave a talk on the varieties of orchids, with a report on the 20th World Orchid Conference. Slides were shown of many specimens with brilliant colors and styles.

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Hillcrest Elementary

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Students honored, work on reading, math
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Most Respectful

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SouthArk names dean’s listers

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South Arkansas Community College has announced its Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester.
Local students making the list are: Seth Smith, of Arcadia; Allison Matherne, of Bernice; Kathy Burns, Abbie Moon, Moira Reeves and Rhonda Williams, of Farmerville; Charissa McKinnie, of Marion; Bridget Kleman, of Ruston and Joshua Owen, of West Monroe.

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Creek’s Futch recognized

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Cedar Creek eighth grader Henry Futch, 14, of Arcadia, has been recognized as a state Distinguished Finalist for his community service by The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Futch has raised more than $4,000 since 2004 to benefit the American Cancer Society in an effort to help those battling cancer, as he did when he was a young child.

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Lincoln Achieve

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Parish prepares for Inaugural White House Dinner
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Lincoln ACHIEVE and a host of community partners are busy making the final preparations for the Inaugural Ruston White House Dinner scheduled for Wednesday in the Ruston Civic Center.
All fourth-grade students from Cypress Springs Elementary and Ruston Elementary schools along with their teachers and administrators recently engaged in a special “training” day to help them prepare for the unique event. 

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Brad Laird returns to sidelines

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Ex-Bearcat QB still had the ‘itch’ to coach again
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For Brad Laird, the coaching “itch” just wouldn’t go away.
Oh, he thought it might, but who’s kidding who, right?
His DNA wouldn’t allow it.
The son of Billy Laird, who had logged a plethora of seasons as a football coach at the prep and college level, probably realized deep down that he would have to scratch that “itch” sooner or later and return to the sidelines.
On Wednesday morning, he did.

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Techsters in ‘must win’ mode

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Shelton-led club have critical home tests starting tonight
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Kelia Shelton and her teammates on the Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball squad realize the task ahead of them.
With a fourth place record of 7-5 in the Western Athletic Conference, the Techsters are in one of those “must win” situations as the 2012-13 regular season winds down.

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Tech’s Hadnot earns WAC honor

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DENVER — Louisiana Tech University junior Trey Hadnot has been named the Western Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week after setting a new school record in the 200-meter last weekend.
Hadnot, who starred at Ruston High, set a new school record in the 200-m dash, as he finished as the top collegiate runner and second overall at the Tyson Invitational.

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’Dogs take win streak to Seattle

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SEATTLE, Wash. — After enjoying three double-digit victories on a three-game home stand, Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs hit the road, or rather the air, en route to Seattle, Wash., to take on Seattle University in the KeyArena at 9 p.m. (CDT) tonight.
Tech (21-3, 12-0 WAC) is riding the fourth longest winning streak in the country at 13 games, which includes six road wins.
The Bulldogs have spent the majority of their season away from the Thomas Assembly Center, playing in seven different states and winning in all four time zones.

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