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Students, teachers of the year recognized

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The Lincoln Parish School Board held their annual Student and Teacher of the Year Awards Gala on Monday evening at the Ruston Civic Center. The event honors the students and teachers chosen by each school, as well as the districtwide winners. Pictured are the districtwide student and teacher of the year winners. From left to right are Lloyd Bruner, of Ruston High School, high school teacher of the year; Alma Moegle, of A.E.

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Charitable changes

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Grambling council outlines revised gaming ordinance

Although the ordinance concerning indecent exposure or “sagging” mostly dominated the City of Grambling’s public hearing and subsequent regular council meeting, other measures were considered and brought before the council’s attention on Feb.7.
An ordinance to amend Grambling’s existing charitable gaming ordinance was brought before the council and public. The city had initially agreed to receive 20 percent of Coastal Bingo’s earnings to distribute amongst qualifying non-profit organizations.

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More schools slated for vouchers

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — More schools are seeking to participate in Louisiana’s voucher program next year, according to a list released Wednesday, in a sign that the number of students using taxpayer dollars to go to private schools likely will grow.
The Department of Education said 133 private schools have been approved to receive voucher students in the 2013-14 school year, up from 117 schools this year. A high-performing St. Landry Parish public school also will continue to take students seeking to leave lower-performing schools through the voucher program.

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Tech physicist, NASA predict ‘close call’ with asteroid

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Lee Sawyer, the Charles and Newellyn Spreull Professor of Physics at Louisiana Tech University, and NASA are predicting that an asteroid, measuring approximately 150 feet in diameter and weighing approximately 130,000 metric tons, will fly closer to Earth on Friday than any object of its size ever has before.
Asteroid 2012-DA14 will pass within 17,200 miles of the Earth’s surface, which is closer than the orbit of most weather and communications satellites and is about one-tenth the distance between Earth and the Moon.
However, Sawyer says we have nothing to fear.

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Club News

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Ruston Garden Club
The February meeting of The Ruston Garden Club met at the home of member Rosy Bromell. Hostesses were Marlen Jimerson and Mary Russo. Karen Armstrong, a local orchid enthusiast, gave a talk on the varieties of orchids, with a report on the 20th World Orchid Conference. Slides were shown of many specimens with brilliant colors and styles.

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Hillcrest Elementary

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Students honored, work on reading, math
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Most Respectful

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SouthArk names dean’s listers

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South Arkansas Community College has announced its Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester.
Local students making the list are: Seth Smith, of Arcadia; Allison Matherne, of Bernice; Kathy Burns, Abbie Moon, Moira Reeves and Rhonda Williams, of Farmerville; Charissa McKinnie, of Marion; Bridget Kleman, of Ruston and Joshua Owen, of West Monroe.

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Creek’s Futch recognized

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Cedar Creek eighth grader Henry Futch, 14, of Arcadia, has been recognized as a state Distinguished Finalist for his community service by The Prudential Spirit of Community Award, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
Futch has raised more than $4,000 since 2004 to benefit the American Cancer Society in an effort to help those battling cancer, as he did when he was a young child.

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Lincoln Achieve

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Parish prepares for Inaugural White House Dinner
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Lincoln ACHIEVE and a host of community partners are busy making the final preparations for the Inaugural Ruston White House Dinner scheduled for Wednesday in the Ruston Civic Center.
All fourth-grade students from Cypress Springs Elementary and Ruston Elementary schools along with their teachers and administrators recently engaged in a special “training” day to help them prepare for the unique event. 

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Brad Laird returns to sidelines

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Ex-Bearcat QB still had the ‘itch’ to coach again
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For Brad Laird, the coaching “itch” just wouldn’t go away.
Oh, he thought it might, but who’s kidding who, right?
His DNA wouldn’t allow it.
The son of Billy Laird, who had logged a plethora of seasons as a football coach at the prep and college level, probably realized deep down that he would have to scratch that “itch” sooner or later and return to the sidelines.
On Wednesday morning, he did.

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