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February 27th

Incubators breathe life into business

NFT’s success is an example that can be held up. The firm’s head men like to say they are revolutionizing an industry, and broadcast television certainly seems in need of a revolution these days.
This is a Louisiana company. In its success, NFT carries the image of Louisiana Tech with it wherever it goes.
We hope that beacon will bring more minds with like focus to Lincoln Parish and Ruston, Grambling, Choudrant, Dubach, Simsboro and all of the beautiful country here.

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It feels quite presidential

So, to start again, I haven’t discussed politics much lately.
Save for the harried election-night phone calls to my political scientist of choice, Jason Pigg.
I called several times on the Saturday afternoon of this month’s Presidential Preference Primary, which was dominated by Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama.
Mr. Pigg was hard to reach that day. When I did find him, I grinned like a hyena.
“Go Obama!”

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Parish pushes in playoffs

Starting times will be 6 p.m. for the Simsboro-Simpson matchup and 7 p.m. for the other contests.
Save for Dubach, all of the parish teams finished in the top 10 of their classifications for the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll. Ruston was No. 6, Grambling No. 3 and Simsboro No. 4.
The Hornets, however, had the biggest upset during the first round, as they overcame their unranked position and a No. 23 seeding to stun favored Hackberry 51-49 on the road.

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February 26th

Artmobile open to visitors at parish library

From Michael Walker’s drawing titled “Madre Tierra” to a painting by Eddie Lee Kendrick labeled “Prayer Travels Across the Ocean,” the gallery is whirling with diverse works.
Referring to the “Healer” painting by Roger Bowman, art educator and tour guide Virgil Lawrence commented, “It has a surreal style. It’s kind of a narrative of constant renewal in nature — a metamorphosis of two life forms.”

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Bulldogs host Mavericks today

Meanwhile, Bulldogs’ pitchers held the Cowboys (0-3) to five runs and 16 hits.
Tech had seven home runs, including two each from first baseman Albie Goulder and third baseman Chris Kersten. Adding on each were outfielders Adam Cobb and Jericho Jones and infielders Drew Bunting and Kevin Winn.

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RES earns accolades for commitment

“We never use poverty as an excuse. We have very high expectations of the students,” she said.
The attitude of RES educators should be an example not only for local teachers, but also for teachers everywhere.
Just because their students may not have access to reading material at home, or cannot rely on help from their parents, or don’t have the learning experience that traveling brings doesn’t mean they are not able to do well in school and on high-stakes standardized tests.

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Hendricks — Mayor, visionary

But if you speak with him and inquire about this milestone, he’ll probably quickly, politely and humbly tell you the same thing he told me.
“I didn’t know it was history,” Hendricks said. “No one voted for me because I’m a black male. I was elected based on my merit.”

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State superintendent recognizes RES

This achievement has earned this school on Bernard Street and 19 other High Performing/High Poverty Schools recognition from State Superintendent Paul Pastorek.
“The Louisiana Department of Education looked at those schools with a high concentration of poverty that were near or above the state average, and a team visited our school back in October,” Walker said. “They stayed at the school almost all day interviewing me and the teachers and observing classrooms. They said we had good teachers and strategies.”

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February 25th

Tech startup playing in big time

By the end of the three seasons, the company will have broadcast nearly 1,000 sports games.
The startup was founded by Mike O’Neal, who is its current chief scientist and is the former chair of the computer science program at Tech. NFT pulled in its first big competitive grant — $100,000 from the National Science Foundation — last year, and the NSF put $500,000 more in the company’s coffers this winter.
“These AF2 broadcasts will be presented to fans using our successful Free-For-View model, which NFT pioneered with the Central Hockey League,” O’Neal said.

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Bulldogs sweep past Cowboys

But they weren’t through yet, going on to add another five runs in the bottom half of the eighth to prevail 17-0.
Combined with a 14-5 victory on Friday night and then a 13-1 triumph on Saturday, Tech wound up having a 44-5 run advantage over the Cowboys (0-3).
On the hit charts, the ‘Dogs held a 43-16 lead over their Lake Charles-based opponents during the series.

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