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February 8th, 2013

Making sense of finance and budgets

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Event offers local teens a dose of reality
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This week, Lincoln Parish 10th graders had a chance to get a taste of what the real world is like financially during the United Way of Northeast Louisiana Dollars and Sense Reality Fair.
All of the schools in the parish visited the fair on Wednesday or Thursday. Students were assigned a career at random, along with the appropriate salary for the job. Students were then tasked with visiting various booths to purchase housing, transportation, food, insurance and other items they needed. They also visited “Temptation Island,” which offered them a variety of things they might want to have.

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What’s in a percussion ensemble program?

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On Feb. 16, the Louisiana Tech University Percussion Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Howard Auditorium (corner of Arizona Street and Adams Boulevard). On Feb. 15, David Wolf (dmwpercussion.com) will present a masterclass/clinic in room 108 of the Band Building on campus (Mayfield Street across from the Natatorium). Both events are open and free.

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Choudrant, Ruston High Schools make the grade, celebrate with gala at Squire Creek

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The Lincoln Parish School District celebrated its place in the history books when it recently paused to honor its first “A” schools — or as the program proclaimed, “Schools of Academic Excellence.”
At a gala luncheon hosted by Lincoln ACHIEVE at Squire Creek Country Club, the instructional staff of both Choudrant High School and Ruston High School gathered together to bask in the spotlight of unparalleled achievement for the schools and district. It was a time to reflect on the exemplary performance of both teams while thanking them for a job well done.

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Bulldogs trip UTSA

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Tech reaches 20-victory plateau
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Louisiana Tech University’s Thomas Assembly Center was the next best thing to being at Mardi Gras on Thursday night.
Fittingly, the promotion for the Bulldogs’ Western Athletic Conference game on the Karl Malone Court was labelled as “Mardi Gras Madness.”
And the ’Dogs celebrated with a 74-49 wipeout of the University of Texas-San Antonio while 4,061 fans — well, “revelers” might apply here, too — applauded and cheered their approval of yet another milestone moment.

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New Living Word nearing 30 wins

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New Living Word School of Ruston is closing in on the coveted 30-win plateau.
The Lions moved closed to that victory total earlier this week with an 81-53 rout over Lincoln Parish and District 1-C rival Dubach.
Now 28-9 on the season heading into a home game tonight against Castor, New Living Word featured four players in double figures for points in the win over the Hornets.
Tops on the Lions’ chart was Lee Mason with 17 points, Ty Mason and Xavious Williams with 16 points each and Javier Roper with 14 points.

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State Poll

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The current Louisiana Sports Writers Association high school basketball polls:
BOYS
Class 5A
1-Scotlandville; 2-Ouachita; 3-Comeaux; 4-Brother Martin; 5-East Ascension; 6-RUSTON; 7-East St. John; 8-Westgate; 9-Byrd; 10-Bourgeois; 11-New Iberia; 12-Jesuit; 13-Dutchtown; 14-Natchitoches Central; 15-Woodlawn, Zachary.
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lass 4A
1-Peabody; 2-St. Thomas More; 3-East Jefferson; 4-Alexandria; 5-Huntington; 6-Washington/Marion; 7-Northside; 8-St. Augustine; 9-O.P. Walker; 10-Vandebilt Catholic; 11-Tioga; 12-Istrouma; 13-Salmen; 14-Minden; 15-Opelousas; 16-Neville, Tara.
Class 3A

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Shelton has big night

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Sophomore guard has 45 points in Techsters’ win
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SAN ANTONIO — Entering Thursday night’s contest between Louisiana Tech and UTSA, the Roadrunners ranked No. 1 in the Western Athletic Conference in scoring defense holding opponents to only 54 points per contest.
Lady Techster sophomore guard Kelia Shelton almost matched that by herself as she torched the nets and the Roadrunners’ defense for 45 points to lead Tech to a 79-73 victory at the Convocation Center.

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GSU teams home Saturday

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SWAC doubleheader set against Prairie View

GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s women will try and keep a late season surge going at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on Saturday with a 3 p.m. Southwestern Athletic Conference game against Prairie View A&M.
The Lady Tigers (5-18, 3-8) will be seeking their fourth win in the past six games, the most recent victory being 57-46 over Alcorn State University at Lorman, Miss., earlier this week.

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Cedar Creek boys roll, 77-44

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Cedar Creek High’s boys notched another District 2-1A win Thursday night by defeating Monroe St. Fredrick 77-44 at a packed “Brick House” in Ruston.
The Cougars started fast, taking an 18-3 lead at the first break, but the Warriors were not going away easy.
With some excellent shooting, St. Frederick cut the Creek lead to seven points at the half to set up what appeared to be a game that would go down to the wire.

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Work to help keep TASC funded, alive

Assistant District Attorney Andy Shealy revealed at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board that the local Truancy Assessment Service Center was rated as one of the best in the state.
Shealy and TASC Director Patsy Bullock also revealed some other great news on Tuesday night. Of the students referred to the TASC program, 87 percent see a reduction in unexcused absences.

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