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Curriculum changes

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A new law passed during the 2011 state legislative session will make things a little different for those students seeking to earn a Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award for college.
Representatives Bubba Chaney and Hollis Downs, along with Senators Ben Nevers and Francis Thompson, authored Act No. 203, which amended House Bill No. 589 to makes changes to the curriculum required for students to earn a TOPS scholarship.

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SciTEC, IDEA Place survive summer fun

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A small crowd gathered on the first floor of the Louisiana Tech University Student Center to celebrate surviving a summer filled with educational camps.
Professors, educators, community members and volunteers joined together for the annual Summer Survivor Celebration party hosted by SciTEC and The IDEA Place.
Attendees enjoyed a barbecue dinner as a thank you from the organizations for helping to make the summer a success.

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Conveyor system causes fire

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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to one fire late Tuesday evening at the Roseburg Forest Products facility in Simsboro.
Jim Hilton, spokesman for the LPFD, said the particle board plant received no major damage during the blaze, and that fires, like the one Tuesday night, happen from time to time at the facility.
“Every now and then the conveyor system that moves wood chips and dust has a fire,” he said. “It always just takes a couple of hours to cool down.”

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Council to consider zoning switch

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The Planning and Zoning Commission recently took action on a few property cases that will come before Ruston Board of Aldermen in September.
One case is an application for rezoning from Superior Storage’s Reg Shurling, owner of the old Holsum Bread building on U.S. Highway 167 South and the warehouse behind it at 104 King Ave.

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Phi Alpha Theta recognized

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Louisiana Tech’s Lambda-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society has again earned national recognition in the society’s annual best chapter competition.
Phi Alpha Theta national executive director, Graydon A. Tunstall, said the Tech chapter has been officially recognized as best chapter for 2011 in Division IV, which includes colleges and universities with enrollments of between 10,000 and 15,000 students.

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Reduce your chances of falling victim

Ruston Police Department officers hope to solve many local car burglary crimes with their arrest of three teenagers last week.
Authorities believe the suspects, ages 15-17, are responsible for more than 20 area vehicle burglaries since the beginning of the summer. Items recovered reportedly ranged from iPods and cell phones to GPS systems, laptops and Playstations.

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Unsung heroes deserve respect

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Almost everyone you ask (as long as they are above a certain age) can remember exactly what they were doing when they heard that the United States appeared to be under attack on Sept. 11, 2001. And, I’m certainly no different.
I arrived at school, not even a month after starting the 10th grade. I was super excited because in just a few days (my birthday is Sept. 14) I would be having a party. So, that’s where my mind was on that fall morning.

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Young love is hard to find

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I must have been about 14, I guess. Young (and secretly romantic) and just beginning to become aware of those exotic, mysterious creatures called girls. I had taken special note of one who sat across the aisle from me during history class. Her name was Elizabeth, and I swooned inwardly every time I saw her.
She had lovely blonde hair that fell in short soft curls to her shoulders and the bluest eyes I’d ever seen.

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Mouth pieces protect during sports

With our youth soccer and flag football seasons about to commence, we want to make sure your child does everything to prevent injury, especially to their precious little faces. Accidents are bound to happen and a blow to the face or a fall while playing either sport can possibly result in chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage and in severe cases, tooth loss.

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Cub Scouts hold annual picnic

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Ruston's Cub Scout Pack 59 held their annual Back to School Picnic this Saturday at Cook Park. The families were introduced to new Cubmaster Derek Liston (back, left). Cub Scouting is open to boys from first through fifth grades and representatives from the Scouts will be visiting area schools Thursday through Sept. 8. Pack 59 will also be selling popcorn in front of Super 1 Foods on Sept. 10-12. If you are interested in more information about Cub Scouting, contact Derek Liston at pack59ruston@gmail.com.

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