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Solutions to desegregation suit

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Public hearing to be held Monday

A special-called meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board is set for 6 p.m. Monday in the Ruston High School auditorium.
During this meeting, there will be a public hearing to discuss the status of the desegregation litigation in response to the federal court order in relation to the elementary school attendance zones in Ruston.
“There will be an overview that will be provided to the public that will bring forward options that have been reviewed and verbally approved by the United States Justice Department as acceptable options,” Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell said. “This is an opportunity for the community to view the options and also have the opportunity to speak — to ask questions or share any comments.”

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Cancer survivors share stories

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A downpour of rain did not dampen the spirits of hundreds who came out to Lincoln Parish Relay for Life last Friday evening.
The annual American Cancer Society fundraiser, initially planned at the Ruston High School track, was moved inside the gym of Ruston Junior High.
Inside the building, various groups sold snacks and sweets to raise money, and some made the trek around the gym while others socialized or talked about their experiences with cancer.
Retired Louisiana Tech Dean of Student Services Maribel McKinney was among more than 20 cancer survivors present at the event.

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Arts raffle has $10K jackpot

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Area residents have an opportunity to “Keep the Arts Afloat” for the coming year, plus the chance to win $10,000.
Those rewards will come to winners in the North Central Louisiana Arts Council annual Keep the Arts Afloat Benefit. Ticket sales started in March and will continue until the drawing on June 17 at the Peach Art Exhibit opening reception.
“We are deeply grateful for the area’s past support of NCLAC’s largest fundraiser,” NCLAC Executive Director Leigh Anne Chambers said.

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Voter drive at GSU

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Grambling State University radio station KGRM 91.5 FM is hosting a voter registration drive.
The event began at 10 a.m. today and will run until 4 p.m. at the court yard next to the Favrot Student Union on campus.
The drive organizers invite everyone to attend.

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Speaker focuses on North Korea

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The dim lighting and retrograde maroon plush chairs in Howard Auditorium on Louisiana Tech University’s campus was recently the setting for a lecture on an even dimmer subject for some: North Korea.
Thankfully, keynote speaker for the Shaping the 21st Century: Focus on Asia lecture series, Bruce Cummings, a professor at the University of Chicago, was able to shed some light on the country.

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Seasonal changes affect how lawns look

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When diagnosing a problem in a lawn several scenarios need to be considered.  A fact of plant problems that I try to teach is that only about 10 percent of plant problems are insect problems, 10 percent are disease problems, which leaves the final 80 percent of the problems to the environment. However, it is so much easier to make the diagnosis so an insecticide or a fungicide can be recommended.

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’Dogs regroup at home

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Struggling Tech welcomes return to own field
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Never has J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park probably looked so good to Louisiana Tech University.
The Bulldogs (17-22, 1-8) have lost six consecutive games, all on the road and in a pair of three-game Western Athletic Conference series.
And what those 0-3 marks each time have done is drop Tech into the basement of the traditionally strong WAC, where they will resume play in Ruston Thursday against current second place owner Hawaii. But first, there’s a 6 p.m. non-league assignment tonight against Arkansas-Little Rock.

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Taylor’s Topics

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High hopes for NFL draft selections
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It has been a few years since I have sat down and actually watched the National Football League Draft for longer than just the first round, but I am looking to change that this year.
In case you didn’t already know, the Draft is scheduled to begin Thursday and run through Saturday, and as an avid professional gridiron lover, I am pretty excited to see who goes where, what teams will make some moves and what picks will pan out.

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Tech soccer fest big success

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Youngsters, adults participate in community service event
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The Louisiana Tech University soccer team recently hosted their second annual “Fun Fest” along with the inaugural Faculty/Staff and Alumni games at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
“This was a very special day,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “I want to thank everyone for attending, playing with great spirit and helping make it a most wonderful day of soccer.”
The free event began with youngsters breaking into groups of 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13 years old and playing games with Lady Techsters refereeing the contests.

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G-Men to host Hawaii

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University will be the first of two Lincoln Parish teams to meet up this week with Hawaii on the baseball field.
The Tigers (17-19, 9-9 Southwestern Athletic Conference) will play host to the Rainbow Warriors in a single game at 6 p.m. tonight at Wilbert Ellis Park.
The Warriors (23-16) then head down the road to take on Louisiana Tech University in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series beginning Thursday at 6 p.m.

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