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January 23rd, 2013

The value of sense

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Volunteers needed for reality fair
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Sometimes financial lessons are learned the hard way, with ballooning credit card bills and loan sharks knocking at the door.
However, United Way of Northeast Louisiana wants to make sure that local students learn financial lessons before their homes and livelihoods are at stake.

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GHS cheerleaders make first trip to nationals

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After months of prepara­tion and determination, the Kittens are clawing their way at the door of cheerleading nationals. Grambling Labora­tory High School cheerleaders will be competing at nationals for the first time. Seven of the eight GHS cheerleaders will be competing.
This particular cheering competition is called the Speed, Strength and Agility Program. The competition is March 2 in Dallas at Rich­mond College. The national competition will consist of states from Oklahoma to Georgia. The Kittens com­peted in December to qualify regionally before getting a nationals bid.

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State receives a ‘C’ in teacher training

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The National Council on Teacher Quality today released its sixth annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook, with a special focus on the state laws, rules and regulations that shape teacher preparation. This 2012 edition of the Yearbook provides Louisiana with a tailored analysis, Improving Teacher Preparation in Louisiana, which identifies the teacher preparation policy areas most in need of critical attention, as well as “low-hanging fruit,” policies that can be addressed by Louisiana in relatively short order.

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Vacancy leads way to new salon

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In Lincoln Parish, there is no shortage of places to get one’s hair cut or styled.
One local hair and nail salon, Salon Envy, just opened its doors in November on Arizona Avenue.
Within the local area, the hair styling business is very competitive, said Tilman Sheets, a Louisiana Tech University psychology professor and co-owner of Salon Envy.

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Techsters deal with ‘road bumps’

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If it’s not the losses, then it’s the dreadful travel itinerary in the wide-stretching boundaries of the Western Athletic Conference that have tested the mettle of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters this season.
One game, the longtime power looked championship-like with an early season 82-77 win at Denver.
But the next, Tech lost (71-67) to a New Mexico State squad for the first time in early 20 lifetime meetings.

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Tech softball team preparing for season under new staff

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Louisiana Tech University head softball coach Mark Montgomery’s biggest challenge since returning from Christmas break hasn’t been getting his players to work hard in practice.
It’s been getting his players on the field to practice.
Montgomery and the Lady Techsters have been fighting Mother Nature for the most part since beginning official workouts as they prepare for their opening weekend at the Jimmy John’s Lion Classic, which will be hosted by Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond Feb. 8-10.

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Cedar Creek boys stop OCS

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Cedar Creek High’s boys had one of their best performances of the 2012-13 season on Tuesday night with a 58-36 home and District 2-1A victory over Monroe Ouachita Christian.
The Cougars (7-13, 1-1) had two double figure scorers in Tucker Smith with 11 points and from Shilo Perry with 10 points.
Also aiding the Creek’s win were Corey Kennedy and Sam MacIntire with nine points each.

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GSU women play at home against UNO

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s women will play the second of four straight games at home tonight with 7 p.m. meeting against the University of New Orleans at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Head Coach Pat Cage-Bibbs will send the Lady Tigers (2-16) will go outside of the Southwestern Athletic Conference with the game that will be against a Privateers’ squad that has one only once in 16 tries.

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Martin speaks to Lions Club

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Sue Martin, president of 4 Paws Rescue, Inc., was a recent guest speaker of the Ruston Lions Club. Martin told the Lions of the mission and emphasis of 4 Paws as well as the need for volunteers and contributions.

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Lower bills, help others

The cold weather has officially hit. Many locals can be seen sporting boots and jackets around town in an attempt to protect themselves from the low temperatures.
However, this drop in temperatures might be accompanied by a rise in some bills, as residents use central heating, space heaters or other means to stay warm.
According to energy.gov, there are multiple steps that can be taken to cut down on costs this time of year.

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