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February 10th, 2014

Lincoln Parish Schools to close for weather

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No classes on Tuesday, Wednesday

Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell said that schools in the Lincoln Parish school system will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday due to just released weather information.
"We participated in the National Weather Service webinar," Bell said. "We have made the decision to cancel classes tomorrow and Wednesday. There appears to be a significant threat of ice and freezing rain, especially along the I-20 corridor."
Bell said the school year has extra instructional minutes built into it in case emergencies such as this occur.

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St. Jude Radiothon continues through Tuesday

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Louisiana Tech University nursing students Richard Ballard, left, and Tony Jackson, right, are among the volunteers at the 33rd annual St. Judy Radiothon broadcast live today and Tuesday from Ruston’s Super 1 Foods. The broadcast, over Z-107.5, continues until 6 p.m. today and is from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday. Last year’s event raised more than $125,000. To pledge, call 1-800-787-5288.

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Wintry mix expected

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Winter weather advisory begins at midnight

Lincoln Parish emergency preparedness officials are watching the skies and the weather maps today as yet another winter storm, this one likely bringing freezing rain, heads toward North Louisiana.
“We’re in for a significant winter storm that may include ice,” Kip Franklin, director of the Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said this morning.

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LPPJ to discuss repair requests throughout parish

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will hold a Public Works Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Lincoln Parish Courthouse. Jurors will discuss several items on the agenda including requests from the City of Grambling, Town of Dubach and Village of Simsboro.

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Realtors get up-close view of proposed zoning code

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A group of Ruston realtors got an up-close look Thursday at a growing list of proposed changes to the city’s zoning code.
“We think you are a very integral part of the process,” Planning Administrator Pat Doane told the realtors.
The planning and zoning commission has sent a list of 52 suggested changes to Ruston’s Board of Aldermen for their possible adoption in March. Several more changes are expected to be presented to the commission when it meets Feb. 17.

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The real meaning of Valentine’s Day

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As the most romantic day of the year approaches, everyone’s mind turns to love. Symbols of it are everywhere right now: roses, chocolates, jewelry, cards.
But here at DART, and on our two college campuses, we are redefining love. At our dating violence awareness events at Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities this week, students will be asked to define love.
They will complete the sentence, “Love is …” on sheets of paper or white boards.

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Tips to help prevent suicide in those you love

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Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part column on suicide. The first column was in the Feb. 3 edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.
There have been numerous suicides reported in the national news. This article provide suggestions for recognizing and helping a suicidal person.
The following are suicide prevention tips:
Anyone who talks about suicide or shows other warning signs needs immediate help from a doctor or psychologist — the sooner the better.
Talk to the person about suicide.

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Tech softball wraps up tournament

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Following a pair of emotional games late Saturday night, Louisiana Tech was unable to rebound Sunday as Houston Baptist blanked the Lady Techsters 8-0 in five innings at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Kendall Stiefel recorded a perfect game for the Huskies, retiring all 15 batters she faced, while Houston Baptist capitalized on home runs from Shay Orsak, Kirsten Schwirtlich, and Kay Schroeder in the victory.

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Tennis Techsters net win over UCA

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CONWAY, Ark. — The Louisiana Tech tennis team turned in a solid performance on Sunday evening, posting a 6-1 victory over Central Arkansas.
“I am pleased with today’s performance,” said head coach Chad Camper. “A few things could have been better, but that’s what is good about early season matches. We can learn from it and improve even more.”
Doubles has been a big emphasis lately in practice and it showed as Tech (2-1, 1-0 C-USA) swept all three matches to open up the contest with the doubles point.

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Tech golf to open spring season today in Texas

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Louisiana Tech’s golf team was slated to open the spring season today in San Antonio, Texas as the Bulldogs face five top-75 opponents at the University of Texas-San Antonio’s Oak Hills Invitational.
That tournament, hosted at the Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio, will open a challenging spring season filled with six regular season tournaments with the goal of moving up high enough in the rankings to enter the discussion for an at-large bid to the NCAA Regionals.

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