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January 12th

Dixie week full of talent

There are so many groups and individuals who deserve credit for different roles in this project that it would be impossible to name them all.
One of the goals of those who virtually have dedicated significant portions of their lives was to provide a place for local talent of all kinds.
That was certainly achieved during the five-day extravaganza, which included such diverse groups as the Jazz Equinox Orchestra, the Talent Search for the Dixie Horizon Star Entertainer, the Ruston Community Theater, the Ruston Civic Symphony, Dixie Dancers, Sweet Adelines and Young Talent Showcase.

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School Board throws out Modified Block

School Board members voted to rescind a decision to fully implement the Modified Block schedule at Ruston High School for the 2006-07 academic year at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
The Modified Block, which entails students attend a traditional one-hour class the first period of the school day, followed by two 95-minute “block” periods, then two one-hour periods, is being piloted on RHS freshmen this year. The RHS upperclassmen are still on the Block Schedule, which offers four 90-minute classes each semester.
Bell said he wanted all parish schools to be on the same page.

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January 11th

Waiting on winter to wake up

That’s a good question. Everywhere in the continental United States, with the exception of the Colorado Rockies and the state of Maine, temperatures are well above seasonal averages.
Louisiana is averaging about 21 degrees over normal, but that isn’t the only story.
Reuters News Agency reported earlier this week that northern India is suffering its coldest winter in 70 years where a cold snap (26.6 degrees Fahrenheit) has left more than 100 people dead.

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RHS, parents partner up

The RHS Parent Teacher Association has formalized their meetings this year and is seeking sponsorship and greater parental participation.
The association members hope to recruit volunteers to serve on committees for reaching their goals. Some goals include the implementation of a biannual newsletter for RHS parents, coordination of parent volunteers in various capacities, the organization of Teacher Appreciation Week, a back-to-school breakfast for faculty and staff and a student scholarship.

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Ruston boys, girls stop Byrd

The way the Bearcats (19-6, 1-1) have been Bush-whacking opponents with their “D” these days, a District 1-5A title just might be in the making.
His team’s defensive effort went to the high premium level at the RHS gymnasium on Tuesday night, creating quick confidence and night-long woes for the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 1-2) on the way to a 70-48 win.

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RHS squads home tonight; Simsboro girls ranked No. 1

The boys’ team will go for its initial win against league foes.
That’s the scenario for the Lady Bearcats (15-8, 1-2) and Bearcats (18-6, 0-1) tonight when they play host to Shreveport’s Byrd High School.
The girls’ game is set for a 6 p.m. tipoff and the boys’ contest at approximately 7.
That’s the lone home appearance for any Lincoln Parish school this evening.
Grambling High travels to Monroe to take on St. Frederick, Cedar Creek goes to Oak Grove, Choudrant treks to Downsville, Dubach heads to Gibsland-
Coleman and Simsboro busses to Dodson in other action.

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January 10th

GSU layoffs tough but necessary

Although the cuts came at an inopportune time — the university waited until the employees returned from the Christmas holidays to tell them the news — there is no question the cuts had to be made.
Like every institute of higher education in the state, Grambling is staring at a major budget deficit due to the hurricanes. The original budget cuts announced in late October amounted to $25 million with nearly $1 million of that coming from Grambling.

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Tech continually improving

You survived a loss of funding. During fall break, the first 3.5 percent budget cut suddenly increased to 5 percent. Faculty feared for their jobs, students feared for their education and higher tuition rates. Tech president Dan Reneau assured students, “Our job at Louisiana Tech is to provide for students and to provide a high quality of education, and that is what I am committed to.”
Vice president of academic affairs Kenneth Rea also stated, “First and foremost, we must protect the classroom.” Throughout it all, the students remained top priority.

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Dance, vocal groups share stage at Dixie

The Dixie Dancers and the Sweet Adelines each turned in performances which drew enthusiastic applause throughout their programs.
Both Dixie Center Director Marlen Waters and Dixie Center Artistic Director Mary Fran Crook emphasized the diversity of talent which will be featured as the Center’s schedules are developed.

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January 9th

Dixie links Ruston generations

With its reopening this past weekend, the Dixie can now link the past to the future — this current generation with four generations before it.
Growing up, my mother told me stories about the Dixie Theater. Of course, at that young age I didn’t understand the significance of the theater’s history.
Since its opening in 1928, the Dixie has served as a place to build memories for Ruston residents young and old.

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