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Field house bids up again

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The ball may finally start rolling on the Ruston High School Field House project after the Lincoln Parish School Board Meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the School Board Room.
Bids on the project are set to be open at 2 p.m. Tuesday and the findings will be discussed at the meeting.
In May, the board voted unanimously to reject the bids provided for the project because they came in well above the budgeted $3.1 million. The lowest bid at the time was $3.4 million.

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Students brush up on math skills

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More than 60 students took a break from their summer to stop by A.E. Phillips Elementary School and brush up on their math skills last week.
The annual math fair offered in conjunction with the Louisiana Tech University Elementary and Middle Grades Math Methods class allowed students to garner a hands-on refresher course on math skills before returning to school in a few weeks.
Julie Holmes, assistant professor of education at Tech, said that 41 first-third grade students showed up on Tuesday and 24 fourth-sixth grade students showed up on Wednesday.

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Child, 8, caught driving

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Livingston Parish — Shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop A received a call from a concerned motorist traveling west on I-12 near Holden.
The motorist advised that a green Chevrolet pick-up truck was driving erratically and also that a child appeared to be the driver. Troopers immediately responded to the area and conducted a traffic stop on the pick-up with a Mississippi license plate on I-12, just west of Louisiana Highway 447 in Livingston Parish.

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Baseball camp swings community outreach

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The Wilbert Ellis baseball camp is designed to teach youth about the game of baseball, and more importantly, life skills.
But sometimes life has a way of turning things around.
Ellis was only able to attend the opening of Saturday’s third annual camp at Fraser Field before having to leave to go speak in Bastrop at the funeral of a close friend.

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Dugdemona Photo Contest winners announced

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Trailblazer congratulates the winners of the Dugdemona Photo Contest.
The purpose of the contest was to raise awareness and appreciation for the quality of water in the Dugdemona River. This river holds much recreational and sentimental value for the people of North Louisiana as some of the winning photos captured. There were many pictures to choose from and Trailblazer is pleased to announce the winners.

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Pet of the week

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Meet Missy. She is a 1-year-old, 10 pound terrier mix that is up-to-date on routine shots. She’s not a large dog but has a lot of heart. Missy loves to play with other dogs and especially with kids. Call 251-DOGS for more information about how to make Missy part of the family.

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Youth learn about giving

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It is not very often that some get to see the happiness that comes from giving, but it’s that time of year again at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Annually, for a week in July, Unit Director Sabrina Love and youth members decorate the club in snowmen, ornaments and even a Christmas tree.
“We decorate the club to set the mood for the season. The lights and tree really bring out the holiday cheer,” said Love. “Christmas in July allows youth to experience the joy of giving.”

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La. Tech professor named ASA fellow

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James Cochran, Bank of Ruston-Barnes, Thompson, & Thurman Endowed Research Professor in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business, has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA).
The ASA, recognized by academic and industry leaders as the nation’s preeminent professional statistical society, is honoring Cochran for “notable research contributions in methodological and applied statistics, exceptional service to the profession, sustained excellence in statistics education and mentoring of graduate students, and ongoing efforts to improve the quality of statistics and mathematics education and applications in developing nations.”

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Advocacy center accredited

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Pine Hills Advocacy Center is proud to announce official accreditation by the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault (LaFASA), the state’s sexual assault coalition.
The accreditation process, which includes complying with uniform standards, ensures that centers around the state are providing quality care and using best practices to help victims of sexual assault become survivors.

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Funding touted at Tech, GSU

Everybody likes to get new clothes to get spruced up for a new school year.
Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities are no exception.
Walk around either campus and one quickly realizes how much work has been done on both in recent years. But the new looks for both schools aren’t completed yet.

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