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March 11th, 2014

Insurance changes?

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LPPJ to consider several committee appointments

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury Personnel and Benefits Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss recommendations for board and commission vacancies before the LPPJ’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m.
The committee will recommend James Pilgreen for a five-year term on the Library Board of Control, Keith Barnes for a five-year term on the Greater Ward One Waterworks District and Winston McVea for a five-year term on Waterworks District No. 2. All recommended personnel are incumbents of their respective positions.

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Learning more on Common Core

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TEA Party hosts experts on educational changes
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A member of the Ruston TEA party accused the speaker for Monday night’s Common Core forum and the director for Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) Keith Courville of using “buzzwords” to try and embellish the purpose behind Common Core Standards.
Courville spoke on behalf of Common Core during the forum but said he cannot publicly endorse the standards nor any of the national assessments associated with the standards such as PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

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Search set for Dixie Entertainer

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Johnny Mohawk and his famous pup will lead the search for the 2014 Dixie Horizon Entertainer at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
“(He is) someone who has shown ability to draw a crowd, someone who people young and old want to see and someone who will be fun,” Melinda Thigpen, event coordinator, said. “This year’s emcee is Johnny Mohawk and Austin the Fly N Lion. He has been an emcee at the Margaritaville Club in Florida and Austin, and an entertainment director at Club Med in Cancun, Mexico, as well as many parties, parades and other functions.”

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It’s time for early spring vegetable gardening

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It seems like this winter will never end. The weather conditions have kept most gardeners inside for the majority of February, and March is not starting off any better.
Many gardeners have not planted their Irish potato patch, English peas or many of the cole crops. It is late for these cool season plants, but if planted now these plants will produce a spring crop. Yields may be smaller but still worth the effort.
Patience is the key word for vegetable growers during this month. Remember, on the average, the last frost date is from March 16-21 for the northern parishes of Louisiana.

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Tech journalism scores big at SEJC

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Louisiana Tech journalism students won top awards this past weekend at the Southeast Journalism Conference held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Universities from eight states compete in SEJC, which consists of a yearly Best of the South competition, where students submit work prior to the conference and an on-site competition.
In the Best of the South competition, which ranks the top ten students in each category, the journalism department brought home the following awards:

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Lady Techsters to start C-USA tourney

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Tipoff against North Texas set for 6 p.m. tonight in El Paso, Texas
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EL PASO, TEXAS — Although Louisiana Tech might be the No. 14 seed in this week’s Conference USA Tournament in El Paso, Texas, the Lady Techsters also might be one of the most dangerous teams.
Tech (10-19, 5-11 C-USA) enters the tournament having won two straight conference games with wins over North Texas and FIU, and the Lady Techsters have added a piece to the puzzle late in the season in junior guard Kelia Shelton.

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Smith, Hamilton make all-conference team

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After helping lead Louisiana Tech to a share of the Conference USA regular season championship in its first year in the league, junior guard Kenneth Smith and sophomore guard Alex Hamilton were selected to the all-conference teams by the league head coaches and media members.
Smith earned first-team all-conference honors while Hamilton earned third-team all-conference honors.
This marked the second consecutive year Smith has been a member of the first team all-conference. Last season, he was selected to the first team All-Western Athletic Conference.

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NLW set for Class C semifinal play

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New Living Word tips off semifinal play of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class B boys’ basketball championship today as the second-seeded Lions take on No. 3 seed Atlanta at 2:30 p.m. at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
NLW head coach Jerry Baldwin has guided the Lions (31-8) into the boys’ basketball Class C semifinals for the third year in a row. They’re riding a 13-game win streak into the contest and have four returning starters who have seen semifinal action more than once before.

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Tech golf shoots season-best round

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LAFAYETTE — Louisiana Tech shot a season best round of 9-under-par Monday as the Bulldogs sit in fourth place entering today’s final round of the 29th Annual Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.
The Bulldogs finished the day one stroke ahead of Tulsa and only six strokes behind host UL-Lafayette. No. 9 Illinois leads the tournament at 27-under-par (279-270-—549) while No. 33 LSU is in second place at 14-under-par (280-282—562).

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Tech tennis nets win

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ARLINGTON, Texas — For the third time in the last four matches, Louisiana Tech found itself quickly down by losing the doubles point.
And once again the Lady Techsters overcame it with their singles depth to come out on top as they defeated Texas Arlington, 4-2, on Monday afternoon at the UTA Tennis Center.

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