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March 1st, 2014

Common Core unveiled

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State representative Rob Shadoin is one of several Louisiana legislators trying to pass a bill to either slow down or stop the implementation of Common Core Standards in the state’s public education system.
“I don’t think we should stop Common Core altogether,” Shadoin said. “We just need to slow it down so our educators aren’t overwhelmed.”

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Pastor shares her journey of changing paths

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For nine years, Edith Hill has served as the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. But being a pastor wasn’t always the plan.
Originally from North Carolina, Hill said she studied accounting in her undergraduate educational career.
“As graduation grew closer, I wasn’t really sure if that was what I wanted to do,” she said. “So I went back to school to get a masters in Christian Education.”
After graduating, Hill said she married and worked as a Christian educator for many years.

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City aldermen to vote on proposed amendments

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will vote Monday evening on a package of more than 60 proposed amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance.
The board convenes at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.
Prior to voting on the amendments, aldermen will take another round of public comment — the third since the revision process began early this year.
The suggested updates are part of a periodic review promised by city officials when the zoning ordinance was enacted two years ago. All of the modifications lessen restrictions in the existing code.

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Malone, Green era Bulldogs still the best

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With 20-plus wins and honorable mention votes in the national polls in recent weeks, Louisiana Tech University’s men have been attracting large crowds at home and well-deserved media attention.
Plus, this question from long-time followers of the program: how does this club rank among the school’s best ever?
They make the Top 10 and possibly the Top Five, depending on how this season plays out.
The best teams I have ever seen and covered at Tech spanned nearly 15 years apart.

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Bearcats battle back for win

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Holtz’s big trey leads Ruston to first round playoff win over Jesuit
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It’s never easy facing a basketball team that plays with a totally opposite tempo.
But that’s the task the Ruston High School Bearcats had at hand on Friday night at the RHS Gym.
And despite trailing for most of the contest, the Bearcats finally decided to pick up the pace on Jesuit High School’s slow-down game, with the move paying dividends in the second half.
Ruston, the No. 12 seed in the Class 5A playoffs, overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit to pull off a late 42-39 comeback win over the 21st-seeded Blue Jays.

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Perry leads Techsters to victory on road

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DENTON, Texas — Lulu Perry came off the bench to score 19 points, including 14 in a 25-3 first half run, to lead Louisiana Tech to a 67-54 victory over North Texas Saturday afternoon at The Super Pit.
After North Texas (12-16, 6-9 Conference-USA) opened the game by scoring the first nine points, Perry ignited the Lady Techsters, hitting four 3-pointers and leading the Lady Techsters (9-19, 4-11 C-USA) to its second road win over the year.

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Tech men finish second, women fourth

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Despite projected to finish seventh and only score 52 points, Louisiana Tech’s men’s track and field team was led by Trey Hadnot’s two gold medals and Jermey Hicks’ all-star performance as the Bulldogs finished second at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the CrossPlex Saturday evening.
Hadnot broke his own Conference USA record in the 200m and Hicks was named the league’s Freshman of the Year as the Bulldogs recorded their highest finish at a conference meet since placing second at the 1999 Sun Belt Indoor Championships.

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Birds and ice make something nice

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A couple of weeks ago, area television weathermen were facing the real likelihood of having to wipe egg off their collective faces when they predicted that north Louisiana was about to be encased in a winter wonderland.
We rushed to the store and emptied the shelves of bread, milk, water and batteries and made sure our generators were gassed up and ready to go when the snow and ice encapsulated us.

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Fishers of Men kick off their 2014 season

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The North Central Louisiana Division of Fishers of Men kicked off the 2014 season with a frigid start on Feb. 8. As anglers gathered at Kel’s Cove on the shores of Lake Claiborne in Homer, the last flurries of snow from a winter front that pushed through the area in the days prior fell to the ground. With the front keeping air temperatures near freezing for most of the week and water temperatures in the low 40s, the field of 38 teams faced a daunting challenge for the eight hours of fishing that lay ahead.

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Decision could impact city

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen is on the verge of making a decision that could impact the way the city grows for years to come.
The board is scheduled to vote Monday night on a package of more than 60 changes to Ruston’s zoning code — changes that relax the code’s restrictions and could foster economic development.

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