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May 25th

Grads set for real world trek

Vaporized will be the cling-ons, as in the clothes piles that stalk your parents’ home during your weekend warps. Laundering and ironing will be combinatorial phasers set on stun, only disappearing when you realize that resistance is futile. Check off the balance in your checkbook as less than zero, and set your financial priorities at red alert, for careless missteps in your status report will undoubtedly raise the shields of countless creditors you will rely on the rest of your financial existence.

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Test success must continue

The LEAP, iLEAP and GEE tests are based on the state’s Grade Level Expectations and gauge students’ abilities in key areas of study, including English language arts, math, science and social studies. Minimum scores in these categories on the LEAP and GEE tests are required for students to be promoted to the next grade.
In Lincoln Parish, 82 percent of fourth-graders and 70 percent of eighth-graders passed the LEAP and will move on to fifth and ninth grade, respectively. This represents a higher number of students who passed the test than in years past.

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Cougars battle Parkway at ‘Joe’

And while the youth and defensive factors will receive their fair share of scrutiny, the 6 p.m. game against Bossier City Parkway High School will get an across-the-board evaluation before school turns out for the summer.
Cedar Creek began its spring rituals on May 4 and has gone on a once-a-day basis each week day since that time.

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Cedar Creek primed to take on Parkway

It was enough of a surge to help Creek reach the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state playoffs and take a win (21-6 over St. Edmund’s) before being eliminated in the regional round.
Coach Corwyn Aldredge and his assistants will get a good idea Friday night as to how much progress has been made this spring in preparation for the ’09 season.
The Cougars will have their annual spring game at Louisiana Tech University’s Joe Aillet Stadium starting at 6 p.m. against Bossier City Parkway High School.
Admission is $5 for all ages.

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May 21st

Lincoln LEAP scores make jump

Fourth- and eighth-grade students must pass the LEAP test in order to go on to the next grade. Students who don’t pass may attend summer school and retake the test. Students in the 10th and 11th grades must pass the GEE before they can earn a high school diploma.
Third-, fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and ninth-graders in Louisiana, meanwhile, take the iLEAP test to measure their academic progress. A certain score on the iLEAP is not necessary for grade-level promotion.

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Pitch in to keep Peach Fest ripe

The Lincoln Parish tradition is in its 59th year, and the event couldn’t happen without the volunteers who pitch in throughout the festival weekend.
Last year’s festival featured a date change, making it a true weekend event that ran Friday-Sunday. The success of the 2008 edition prompted festival organizers to keep the weekend schedule, with this year’s Peach Festival scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 26-28.

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One smoking bill up for vote

A federal health initiative earlier this year significantly bumped up taxes on tobacco products.
Now at the state level, legislators will consider a new law that would ban smoking inside bars and casinos.
House Bill 844, authored by Rep. Gary Smith, D-Norco, narrowly passed in the House Health and Welfare Committee and is slated to move on to the full House.
If approved, the law would be the state’s second in three years aimed at reducing the number of facilities where smoking is allowed.

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Tech: Five in a row over Hawaii?

Wade Simoneaux and his players hope to because a victory would mean a step forward in the annual league postseason tournament that begins today at — yes — the Rainbow Warriors’ diamond.
Tech will open up against Hawaii in the early morning hours of Friday, taking on the host school at midnight, with the action for all sleepy-eyed fans still up at that time to be carried by Ruston’s Z-107.5 FM station.
The Bulldogs (28-20, 13-11), the runner-up in the league’s regular season race, will
make their first appearance in the tournament since 2007.

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Skaggs to highlight 2009 Peach Fest

Gates open for the Skaggs event at 5 p.m. North Louisiana’s own Hank Staples and Thundercreek open at 6 p.m., followed by Skaggs at 8 p.m.
Skaggs, 54, began his professional music career at age 15. He’s won 13 Grammy Awards, and numerous other awards including the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year.
In 1997, Skaggs founded his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, and has since released nine albums.

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May 20th

Schools consider extended programs

Administrators at both schools will offer the program only to students whose parents want them to participate, he said.
“This is an idea that we are seriously considering. We are designing this program specifically for students who have performed poorly in school and use the free and reduced lunch program — those two criteria make them the most at risk, and that’s why we are targeting them,” Bell said.
According to the current proposal, both schools will offer extended school days to at-risk students from Mondays through Thursdays.

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