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January 24th, 2014

Peach Festival design entries now open to all

With a cold front coming in, it might seem like it’s far too early to start thinking about the sweet, juicy peaches that have tantalized Ruston — and made it a summertime tourist destination for many — for more than 60 years.
But, the Louisiana Peach Festival is a serious undertaking that requires a great deal of forward thinking. And, right now, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is looking for the perfect design to adorn the coveted Peach Festival T-shirts and posters.

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Vaccinating kids is advised

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At just Green Clinic’s main location there have been 297 confirmed cases of the flu since September 2013.
That is nearly 300 in less than four months. Lab Director Tammy Singleton keeps track of how many cases are reported day in and day out.
For the month of December there were 164 cases and thus far in January there have been 105 cases.

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Male dancers battle prejudice

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This past summer, I assisted a friend with preparing a few dancers for a competition. My job was to critique each of the kids’ performance and do a mock interview.
The first couple of dancers (girls) went through the process effortlessly. The third one was a 15-year-old boy who had trained since the age of 11. I had seen him perform before and knew he was amazing. He did very well with the first few questions. Then I said, “Tell me what your male friends think about you dancing.” There was silence.

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January 23rd

Techsters rally past Fla. Atlantic

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RUSTON — After leading for the first 34 minutes of the game, Louisiana Tech found itself trailing by seven against Florida Atlantic with just under five minutes to play in the game Wednesday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (6-12, 1-4 C-USA), which had dropped it last five games, showed some moxie, using a 16-3 run over the next four minutes to recapture the lead.
However, it wasn’t until junior forward Whitney Frazier sank two free throws with 5.6 seconds to play that the Lady Techsters could breathe easily.

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Bulldogs to host Charlotte tonight

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In the three times this season Louisiana Tech has come off a loss, the Bulldogs have bounced back the next game in winning fashion.
Now the Bulldogs will look to do so again coming off its first Conference USA defeat as they return home to face Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. tonight inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (15-4, 3-1 C-USA) and Charlotte (12-5, 3-1 C-USA) are in a five-way tie for second place in the league.

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Bearcats football banquet tickets currently on sale

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Tickets for the annual Ruston High School football banquet are on sale and can be purchased from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. this week from Virginia Rainwater in the RHS athletics office.
The tickets will be on sale through Friday and must be bought in advance — no tickets will be sold at the door.
Ticket cost is $20 each.
The annual Ruston High School football banquet, sponsored by the Ruston High School Booster Club, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.

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Rotary names January students of the month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the January Student of the Month Awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Jan. 15 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement with concluding remarks provided by Rotary President Angie Biscomb. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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Sixth graders excel at reading, complete DARE

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Sixth graders at Choudrant Elementary School are soaring into the fourth sixth weeks of school. They are reading abundantly using Accelerated Reader and the common core approach to reach their required points and percentiles.
DARE
The sixth graders have finished their DARE program presented by Deputy Phil Soileau and have graduated. They are proud of the DARE school-color shirts and the certificates of achievement they received.
Science and Social Studies

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HILLCREST ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL

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Hillcrest Elementary School has announced the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll for the third six-week grading period. They listed by grade.
First Grade
Principal’s List: Garner Allen, Jai’Lynn Allen, Payton Bell, Talan Billberry, Drew Brennan, Grantham Cline, Chauncey Davison, Jackson Frederick, Sariah Johnson, Logan Kimbell, Luke Maestrini, Nolan Martin, Jackson McKaskle, Lexi Revels, Sophia, Roberson, Braden Soto, Trisha Tewari, Makayla Walls and Natalie Watkins

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DUBACH HONOR ROLL

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Dubach School has released the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll.
Principal’s List —
All A’s on Report Card: Nathan Castle, Sue Howell, Emily Otwell, Ariahana Valle, Caitlin Badgley, Cinthya Hernandez, Aeryn Jones and Jesus Salazar

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