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August 7th, 2014

AP advancing students’ future

Ruston High School students have one more thing to smile about with the recent results in Advanced Placement scores.
RHS scored highest out of all schools in the Northeast Louisiana Region — beating out West Monroe and Neville High Schools.
According to the Department of Education, 64.1 percent of students at RHS scored a passing 3, 4 or 5 on the test out of a total of 142 tests taken. The final score was over 12 percent higher than any other school in the region.

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Technology: Are we better off or not?

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I’m old enough to remember the days when we didn’t have cell phones and I find myself wondering now, “how did we make it through life without them?”
Sure, I remember not having them and somehow life going on as it normally does. I don’t remember anything being particularly more difficult, but when I imagine life without my phone now, I think it would be hard to make it through a day.
I rely on it for news, emails, phone calls, messages, events, work, schedules, social interactions, driving directions, the weather forecast, my morning alarm — you name it.

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Bearcats hit ‘Field of Dreams’

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Ruston High thrilled about new artificial turf at ‘Hoss’ Garrett Stadium
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Any time a high school football team hits the field for the first preseason practices, it’s always an exciting time.
Multiply that by 10 for the Ruston Bearcats this week.
That’s because the Bearcats began heat acclimation workouts on Tuesday on the newly installed artificial field turf on James Field at “Hoss” Garrett something.

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Tech dons pads for first time in spirited practice

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Louisiana Tech was able to wear shoulder pads in practice for the first time this fall and the players responded with an added level of excitement and enthusiasm as the first opportunity to hit someone presented itself.
The ability to wear pads and to hit someone overshadowed the hot temperatures for most of the players in the two hour session out on the Tech Practice Fields.

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Millsap cut from US team

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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. men’s national team has cut John Wall, Bradley Beal and former Louisiana Tech standout Paul Millsap, leaving the roster at 16 players.
With Paul George lost to a broken right leg, the Americans will have to drop four more players before the World Cup of Basketball starts later this month in Spain.
The Americans made the cuts that had been planned for Saturday but delayed after George’s injury.

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August 6th

Promoting kindness

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After years of ridicule and bullying from other students, a Washington state native is speaking out.
Sonja Provost, now of Ruston, said she was bullied as a child and ended up moving twice in high school.
“Bullying doesn’t just go away,” Provost said. “I was bullied by both boys and girls when I was in high school. At one point it was so bad my mom pulled me out of school and I switched to another high school. The other time I moved was because as a family we moved, but the bullying was still there.”

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Man faces drug charges

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Suspect allegedly found with 4 pounds of cocaine
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In a traffic stop east of Ruston, deputies with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team confiscated more than four pounds of cocaine.
At approximately 12:25 p.m. Tuesday, deputies stopped a vehicle after it crossed the center line three times.
Jeffery Donnell Moore, 39, of 13185 Highway 43, of Forkland, Alabama, reportedly said he was tired when police made contact.

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Teen accused of ‘jumping’ man

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On Tuesday afternoon, a woman allegedly “jumped on” a man, taking more than $50 in the process.
Ruston Police Department responded to a simple robbery call at the East Side Mini Mart at approximately 5:42 p.m. Tuesday.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim who stated a woman had “jumped on him” and hit him.
According to the report, the victim identified the suspect as Star Ayannah Kimble, 17, of 2001 W. Alabama Ave., No 10. Kimble reportedly grabbed money the victim was holding in his hand and left the scene in her vehicle.

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Parish excels in AP scores, grad rates

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The Lincoln Parish School Board began Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting with a congratulations to Ruston Elementary School teacher Tammy Schales for being named Elementary teacher of the Year for the state of Louisiana.
ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol presented Schales with a plaque and a $500 gift certificate for her achievement.
The process of being selected for the title entailed many factors and LPSB President Otha Anders said it was, “always rewarding for this system to recognize, applaud and salute outstanding achievements.”

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LSMSA offers 48 courses online

Natchitoches — As an approved Supplemental Course Academy provider, the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts Virtual School offers 48 online high school and Advanced Placement courses to any middle and high school student in Louisiana for high school credit. Courses may be taken through the SCA allocation program or registered for privately.

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