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December 13th

Perception of blindness problem

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I occasionally babysit my good friend’s 10-year-old daughter; nothing special, just helping her with homework, making sure she gets a bath, eats dinner and gets in bed. My friend is taking doctoral night classes at Louisiana Tech University. Her classmates had lots of questions for her when they learned her daughter is blind. But they stared at her with open mouths when she told them that most of the babysitters including me are blind as well. “Are you serious” they asked in utter disbelief. This negative response came from educated graduate students studying here in Ruston where it is all too common to see blind people active around town.

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Newly renovated auditorium put to use

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Student council
The Choudrant High School Student Council participated in Choudrant’s annual Christmas in the Village on Dec. 8.
The event was a huge success, with record high
attendance.
Student council members provided Christmas crafts for the children to make; a special thanks goes to those members who were involved in this
event.

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Students help those in need, excel at spelling, science

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“Pack the Pantry”
In November, the Cedar Creek chapter of the National Junior Honor Society joined with the Middle School Student Council to host their annual “Pack the Pantry” food drive for the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe. The entire school participated in donating food, paper goods, office or play supplies and money. The NJHS and MS Student Council members donated a hand-held vacuum to the House as a special gift.

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Book character parade, science fair focus in December

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Second-grade news
Those of us in second grade at CES are waiting anxiously for Christmas to get here. We have been making Christmas ornaments and Christmas presents for our parents. We have also written letters to Santa. Our music teacher Mrs. Roberts has taught us some new Christmas songs that we performed for our parents this past Tuesday.

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Shelton keys Techsters to win

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A combination of Kelia Shelton’s offense and the team’s late game defensive toughness helped Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters survive against McNeese State University on Wednesday night.

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Holtz, Nutt on Tech ‘wish list?’

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Former high-profile college coaches latest to enter ‘race’

Louisiana Tech University’s search for a new head coach in football may be taking yet another different turn.
Enter: Houston Nutt, Jr., and Skip Holtz.
Two well-known names in college coaching, both of whom are currently off of the sidelines, are reportedly among the latest candidates to succeed Sonny Dykes as the leader of the Bulldogs.

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Dykes part of a ‘what if?’ scenario in Lubbock

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New Cal coach would have likely been in running for Texas Tech job
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When opportunity knocks, it’s sometimes best to open the door.
That was surely one of the factors figuring into Sonny Dykes recently taking the University of California head coaching job.
But no way in the world that he’s not also wondering just what might have been had he waited about a week-to-10 days later in exiting from his three-year stay as the top coach at Louisiana Tech University.

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December 12th

Plan called ‘bold’

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The Louisiana Department of Education is holding up Lincoln Parish’s freshly approved teacher compensation plan as an example of an exemplary plan for the rest of the state to follow.
Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell explained that the state believed Lincoln Parish’s plan was the best plan they had seen so far.

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Motorcyclists raise $3K for Toys for Tots

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Residents out and about on Saturday morning may have noticed a larger number of motorcyclists riding through the parish than normal.
More than 150 motorcyclists joined the 2012 Toy Run, an event put on by the local chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education. Bikers gathered in the parking lot of Lowe’s in Ruston to take a ride through the parish, enjoy some food and spend time together.

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