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May 17th, 2014

NLWS beating odds despite controversy

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I have known Rev. Jerry Baldwin, headmaster of New Living Word School in Ruston, for over 20 years and believe him to be a man of extraordinary character, vision, courage, oratory, influence and industry. He possesses an indefatigable work ethic which I have rarely seen matched. He is a wonderful husband and father, an excellent coach and mentor of young people and he is ministering to and educating some of Ruston’s most needy.

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Unfolding mystery of the Bible

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How does your foot taste? Not literally; recall the adage “putting your foot in your mouth.”

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Alma J. Brown Elementary: Bowling to begin summertime

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Saturday Math Academy
Alma J. Brown’s Saturday Math Academy was a great success. Thanks to the parents who made the sacrifice to ensure that their child was present and eager to learn. Also special thanks to Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. who served as volunteers during one of the Saturday sessions.
Field Day Competition

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Choudrant High: Students experience a ‘Capitol’ success

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Eighth grade tours Baton Rouge, LSU, state capitol and more
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Baton Rouge trip
This has been a busy and exciting end of the year for our eigth graders at Choudrant High School. This was the first year that our students traveled to Baton Rouge to see our state capital. Our itinerary included a tour of the USS Kidd, touring the Capitol. We were hosted by our own state representative Rob Shadoin and his wife Carol , who has been in the capitol during legislative session. We also toured LSU campus, which included a visit to Mike the Tiger’s habitat, and closed out with a tour of the Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville.
WWII artifacts.

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Kiwanis help kids

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Club set on promoting summer reading
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Members of Sunrise Kiwanis recently gathered at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center for the club’s final reading session of the 2013-14 year. Armed with stacks of books, the group not only read with the children but also presented each student with two books for their personal home library.

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Grambling Lab’s Turner signs with Independence CC

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Grambling Laboratory High School’s Davauhnte Turner (center, signing paper) signed a Letter of Intent Friday to play college basketball for Indepedence Community College in Kansas, where he’ll join former Ruston Bearcat Jerry Melton. Pictured is Turner surrounded by his family and GHS coaches Antonio Hudson and LaShaun Johnson. Turner averaged 23.9 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior.

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Tech ends 2014 season with loss

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HOUSTON — Behind a stellar pitching performance by senior Richie Navari, Louisiana Tech held off the No. 14 Rice Owls for 10 and a half innings on Sunday, but a single to left field in the bottom of the 11th ultimately gave Rice a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs in the 2014 season finale.
With a runner on second and the game tied 3-3, Leon Byrd singled to left field in the bottom of the 11th to plate the winning run and seal the series sweep for Rice with a 4-3 victory on Senior Day.

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Buddy's Blog: ’Dogs linked to Piccolo Award

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Nearly 40 years.
That’s the gap that exists regarding Louisiana Tech University’s connection to the coveted Brian Piccolo Award winner.
Begun in 1970 to honor the late Chicago Bears’ running back by the same name, the prestigious award is presented to a rookie and veteran player on the NFL team. The Bears’ players vote amongst themselves for the rookie and veteran who best exemplify the courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication and sense of humor of Piccolo, who was a running back for the Bears from 1966 until his untimely death from embryonic cell carcinoma in 1970 at the age of 26.

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Catahoula Lake drawdown to help ducks in dall

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Catahoula Lake has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Once the waterfowl migration gets underway each fall and winter, the focus is on this sprawling body of water covering some 30,000 acres in LaSalle and Rapides Parishes because the lake is a stop-over site for millions of waterfowl on their way south for the winter.

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Visitors, stories from all around

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We’re having some really crazy weather. A few nights ago it stormed for a couple of hours. When I say stormed, I mean for real. My niece from New Orleans, Jane Newman, came in just before it fell apart. In fact, we were warned to take cover as a small tornado dipped down over our area. We had to spend a little time hiding out in the bathroom as the gusting winds threatened  and the storm roared around us. On the third floor of my building, we watched the treetops bend and sway outside my balcony. I was amazed that the lights never went off, but there was a deluge of rain.

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