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July 8th, 2013

Lifting up literacy

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Summer Day Camp promotes reading skills
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In June, Summer Literacy Day Camp was held at Glen View Elementary School for qualifying students entering first grade in Fall 2013.
The program was made possible due to a generous donation from the Ewing Foundation.
During each three hour instructional day, participants worked on sight word recognition and early literacy skills such as phonemic segmentation and decoding/blending.

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Ruston man missing

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Family asks for help in locating Verret
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A Ruston family is asking for help in locating a family member they say has been missing since Friday.
Jonathan Verret, 18, of Ruston, was last seen Friday in the northeast Los Angeles area. He was driving a red Honda Accord with Louisiana license plate number TKM-801. Family members said they are unsure whether he has returned to Louisiana or not.
Verret is 5-10 and 130-140 pounds with black hair.
Anyone with information on Verret is asked to call his family at 318-777-9900.

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Tech expands research partnerships

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Three Louisiana Tech University professors from the College of Engineering and Science joined dignitaries representing 157 universities from around the world last week, in Córdoba, Argentina to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC.)

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Delivering pet doctor

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Mobile vet rolls into Lincoln Parish
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Animal lovers who don’t have time to visit the vet are now in luck as Thomas Mobile Veterinary Clinic is in the business of making house calls.
After selling his nine-year-old veterinary practice in 2008, Tyler Thomas was visiting a veterinary conference in Las Vegas, Nev., when he saw a mobile vet unit.
“I thought about it for a year, and then purchased a mobile vet unit in January 2012.” Thomas said. “It arrived at the end of March (2012), and started in April (2012).”

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Leach to compete in Miss America in September

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The Miss Louisiana Organization is excited to announce that Miss Spirit of the Ouachita and West Monroe native Jaden Leach was crowned Miss Louisiana 2013.
The Miss Louisiana Pageant was held at the Monroe Civic Center’s W.L. “Jack” Howard Theater in Monroe with a record crowd witnessing the live show unfold as the rest of the state watched on television.
This year’s pageant marked the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Louisiana Pageant in Monroe.

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Scouts assist in flag ceremony

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Cub Scouts from Pack 59 (pictured in front) and Boy Scouts from Troop 45 (back), both based in Ruston, recently assisted VFW Post 3615 in a ceremony to retire more than 75 flags. The ceremony was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ruston on Flag Day.

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There’s no place like home

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Holtz prepared for long stay with Bulldogs
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Head football coach Skip Holtz has been on the job at Louisiana Tech University for six months and has been well received by Ruston and the entire community.
Holtz was announced as the new head coach in December 2012 and has worked nonstop ever since in preparations for the upcoming football season.
“There’s an unbelievable amount of positives about Louisiana Tech,” Holtz said. “The sky is the limit for what we want to accomplish here in Ruston.”

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Pieces slowly coming together for Pelicans

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First off let me start by saying I loved the New Orleans Pelicans selection of Nerlens Noel as their first pick in this year’s NBA draft.
Yes, I realize that Noel is probably a poor man’s Anthony Davis with added injury issues. And while those two would have made an imposing shot-blocking tandem, I also realize that Noel might have been the best fit for the young Pelicans at this point.

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Tech football tickets on special sale

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As part of the University’s continued celebration of its official affiliation with Conference USA, Louisiana Tech Athletics is offering a single game ticket special starting July 8 and running through the rest of the month.
Tech football fans can take advantage of the “C-USA SALE-ebration Special” by purchasing one ticket (east side general admission only) and receiving a second one for free to any of the Bulldogs four home league games this year against Tulane (Sept. 12), North Texas (Oct. 19), Southern Miss (Nov. 9) and Tulsa (Nov. 23).

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‘Family Day Out’ fun for everyone

There’s nothing like a summer “Family Day Out,” especially when there’s a giant crawfish involved.
Visitors to the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center at 10 a.m. Saturday will be greeted by such an enormous mudbug as part of the first “Family Day Out” event.
During the event, Dee Scallan will be on hand to read from the author’s books from her Crawfish Tales series and will be joined by lead character Moby Pincher.

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