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November 14th, 2017

Creek’s Poulin takes state again

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It’s been a winning week for Cedar Creek senior Gabe Poulin. On Friday, Poulin signed scholarship papers to compete for Mississippi College. And on Monday, Poulin (above) captured his second straight individual Class 1A cross country championship in Natchitoches. The Cougars’ boys team finished second in the championships while the girls team finished third.

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G-Women down Warhawks

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GRAMBLING — Shakyla Hill scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the first half as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team used a big second-half run to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 61-52, on Monday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

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Bulldogs pull off OT victory over SEMO

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Jalen Harris and DaQuan Bracey may be sophomores, but they played like experienced seniors Monday night.
Louisiana Tech was in a battle with Southeast Missouri for the entire game, a game that needed five more minutes to decide a winner. That winner ended up being the Bulldogs as the duo combined for 46 points to help pull out a 96-95 victory inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Parish schools celebrate rating, brace for changes

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On the heels of the Lincoln Parish School District earning an “A” District Performance Score for the 2016-17 school year, the Louisiana Department of Education is increasing expectations for student and school performance. The Every Student Succeeds Act replaced the No Child Left Behind Act on July 1 as the nation’s federal education law.
The new ESSA plan ushers in changes and improvements in the state’s accountability system and formulae for calculating district and school performance scores.
The improvements include three major shifts in the design of the accountability system.

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Importance of dormancy and pruning for trees

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every plant we purchase matured into the perfect size and shape for our landscape? Unfortunately, this is often not true. Most trees and shrubs require periodic maintenance to be at their best. This maintenance includes pruning — a multifaceted topic. There is no absolute set of rules to govern the pruning of all trees and shrubs. Each plant must be considered individually.
Most trees should be pruned while dormant. This is the period in which buds are not growing or seeds are not being produced.

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Tech athletes winning in class

It’s always important for collegiate student-athletes to succeed academically as well as in the sport they play.
And the Ruston Daily Leader congratulates Louisiana Tech’s athletics department and student-athletes for making that happen.
Tech’s student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate above 80 percent for the fifth straight year while also graduating at a higher rate than the student body, according to the NCAA’s 2017 Graduation Success Rate data released last week.

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November 13th

Martha Evelyn Davis

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Martha Evelyn Davis, 87 of Ruston passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017. She was born September 9, 1930 in Dodson, La and lived most of her life in Ruston. She was a graduate of Louisiana Tech and an elementary school teacher at schools in Jena, Minden, Lake Charles and Ruston. After retiring from teaching, she worked for several years at Louisiana Tech. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church for over 70 years.

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Jerry Whittle

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January 10, 1947- November 10, 2017
Jerry Whittle was born on January 10, 1947 in Seneca, South Carolina, and passed away on November 10, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Delzie Cleo McGuffin Whittle and Ambus “Pat” Whittle; his sister, Patsy Louise Whittle; and by his first wife, Karin Winkle Whittle.

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Charles Willis

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Funeral services will be held for Charles Willis, age 65, at 3 p.m., on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia. Bro. Stephen Beard and Bro. Jeff Sykes will officiate. The interment will follow at New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

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Nancy Sue Holland Pyles

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Nancy Sue Holland Pyles of Quitman passed away in her home Saturday, November 4th, in the presence of her beloved family at 80 years of age.
Sue was the only child of Price & Johnnie Holland of Jonesboro and the beloved wife of Charles Ray Pyles for 58 years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

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