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Art lovers gather at bistro

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The “Shades of Gray” collaborative fine art photography exhibit on Wednesday organized by 102 a bistro and North Central Louisiana Arts Council was anything but dull.
The restaurant was packed with guests who mingled and perused the selection of works while sipping cocktails and snacking on free appetizers provided by the restaurant.
The featured artists of the second ever bistro/ NCLAC exhibit were Dean Dablow, retired director of the Louisiana Tech School of Art, and Frank Hamrick, assistant professor and head of the photography department in the SOA.

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Locals prep for state sales tax holiday

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Exemption applies to first $2,500 of purchase

Anyone who needs to purchase anything from school supplies to hunting gear might save a little money if they buy those items this weekend.
Louisiana’s annual sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
State officials will exempt most retail purchases from the 4-percent state sales tax. The exemption applies to the first $2,500 of the cost of most items that aren’t for business use.
The sales tax break doesn’t apply, however, to local taxes collected by parishes, towns and other taxing entities.

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Girls cheer up for Pepette mini-clinic

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Dances, spirit intertwine
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More than 80 local girls are showing their spirit during the Pepette Cheer Mini-Clinic this week at Ruston High School.
Girls from pre-k to sixth grade have spent the week learning cheering techniques and dance moves from the Ruston High cheerleaders.
Heather Reeder, Pepette coordinator, said the event is a tradition that offers RHS cheerleaders a chance to give back.
“I came to this when I was little,” Reeder said. “It gives younger girls a chance to get to know the high school girls and hang out with them. It’s also a great way for my girls to give back to the community.”

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Grambling family mourns loss of Hunter, Johnson

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No sooner had members of the Grambling State University athletics family recovered from one knockout punch, another was delivered less than 48 hours later.
On back-to-back days, the news quickly circulated through Tiger Nation.
First, James “Hound Dog” Hunter passed away at the age of 56.

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Cage-Bibbs due for more Hall of Fame honors

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Ex-Grambling State women’s coach building impressive resume
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Patricia Cage-Bibbs hasn’t made her last Hall of Fame.
Before her outstanding coaching career in basketball comes to a close, the Lincoln Parish native figures to be having her resume updated with several more such honors.
One of 15 individuals recently recognized with enshrinement into the GSU Legends Hall of Fame, Cage-Bibbs is among the future “leading candidates” for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

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Ark-La-Tex Hall adds parish legends

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Robertson, Garrett, Hinton to be honored Saturday in Shreveport

Lincoln Parish’s tradition for turning out some of the most successful athletes and coaches in Louisiana continues on Saturday night.
That’s when the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions will induct five new members during ceremonies set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Three of the inductees made an indelible imprint on their careers while playing or coaching within the parish: Scotty Robertson, head coach for the men’s basketball team at Louisiana Tech University; Tom Hinton, lineman at Ruston High and Tech; and the late L.J. “Hoss” Garrett, legendary head gridiron coach for the Bearcats.

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The gender entertainment gap

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Kate Dykes recently organized a football lesson-luncheon to not only promote her husband’s career and passion, but to encourage better communication between the sexes.
The wife of Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes launched “Pigskins and Pearls” in hopes of educating interested women about the sport through demonstrations and literature.
“Usually, it’s just men involved in football, but it can be a lot of fun for women, too,” Kate Dykes said.

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Don’t let summer fun turn into tragic situation

When a young person — a child — dies, it’s terrible news.
But when six die at the same time — in the same needless way — it’s an unimaginable tragedy.
North Louisiana faced such a tragedy this week with the deaths of six Shreveport teenagers, who drowned after falling into a sinkhole while playing in the Red River.
None of the children, ranging in age from 13-18, knew how to swim. Neither did any of the adults there with them.

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Two named state teachers of year

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State educators have named two Lincoln Parish teachers as among the top educators in the state.
They recognized Jenny Blalock of A.E. Phillips Laboratory School as the 2011 Elementary School Teacher of the Year late last month. They also recognized Ruston High School teacher Julie Stephenson as the 2011 High School Teacher of the Year. State officials honored both teachers, as well as several others, at the Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium Celebration in Baton Rouge.

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Students get ahead with High Ability

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GRAMBLING — Some of the most talented high school students in the country got an early start to college as they recently completed Grambling State University’s 2010 Summer High Ability Program.
GSU wrapped up this year’s High Ability Program with an awards ceremony/luncheon in the Black and Gold Room of the GSU Student Union.
The program gave 44 students, limited to the top 10 percent of incoming seniors at their respective high school, the chance to experience college life and earn college credit during a five-week course. The students earned three hours each in Freshman Composition I and Calculus I and one hour in First Year Experience (freshman orientation).

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