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November 14th, 2017

Bulldogs pull off OT victory over SEMO

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Jalen Harris and DaQuan Bracey may be sophomores, but they played like experienced seniors Monday night.
Louisiana Tech was in a battle with Southeast Missouri for the entire game, a game that needed five more minutes to decide a winner. That winner ended up being the Bulldogs as the duo combined for 46 points to help pull out a 96-95 victory inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Parish schools celebrate rating, brace for changes

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On the heels of the Lincoln Parish School District earning an “A” District Performance Score for the 2016-17 school year, the Louisiana Department of Education is increasing expectations for student and school performance. The Every Student Succeeds Act replaced the No Child Left Behind Act on July 1 as the nation’s federal education law.
The new ESSA plan ushers in changes and improvements in the state’s accountability system and formulae for calculating district and school performance scores.
The improvements include three major shifts in the design of the accountability system.

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Importance of dormancy and pruning for trees

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every plant we purchase matured into the perfect size and shape for our landscape? Unfortunately, this is often not true. Most trees and shrubs require periodic maintenance to be at their best. This maintenance includes pruning — a multifaceted topic. There is no absolute set of rules to govern the pruning of all trees and shrubs. Each plant must be considered individually.
Most trees should be pruned while dormant. This is the period in which buds are not growing or seeds are not being produced.

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Tech athletes winning in class

It’s always important for collegiate student-athletes to succeed academically as well as in the sport they play.
And the Ruston Daily Leader congratulates Louisiana Tech’s athletics department and student-athletes for making that happen.
Tech’s student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate above 80 percent for the fifth straight year while also graduating at a higher rate than the student body, according to the NCAA’s 2017 Graduation Success Rate data released last week.

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November 13th

Florian of New Christie Minstrels to perform at parish library

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Residents may not recognize the name William Florian, but if you love 60s and 70s American folk music, you may remember The New Christie Minstrels, the group where he wrote and performed as lead singer.

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Boys and Girls Club gives youth care, attention

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Editor’s Note: This is the first part in a two part series about the creation, focus and future of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
In 1997, a group of locals came together in an attempt to give local youth the proper care and attention they needed after school — the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Bill Autrey, one of the founding members of the club, recalled the first time he realized there was a need in the community for constructive after school activities for young people.

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Police Jury to vote on Enterprise Zone endorsement

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury is expected to vote Tuesday on endorsing an Enterprise Zone request for a family entertainment center in Ruston.
The decision is one of several items the jury will consider during the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
The jury will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse and is open to the public.
Among other items on the jury’s agenda:
• Consideration to authorize police jury President Randy Roberson to execute a interagency cooperation endeavor agreement for the Lincoln Parish GIS System;

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Two Ruston men shot after party

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Two Ruston area men were airlifted to separate hospitals early Sunday morning after being shot during an argument at a rental cabin at Lake D’Arbonne State Park near Farmerville.
One of the two men, Dana Cross, is thought to be the brother to the suspected shooter who is being sought by the Union Parish sheriff’s deputies. The suspected shooter has been identified as Louis S. Cross, 30, of Ruston.
Sheriff Dusty Gates identified the other wounded man as Terrance Cortez Rollins. He said both of the wounded men are in their mid to late 20s.

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Rapid Lube lends helping hand

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Rick Breen’s Rapid Lube ​has donated $10 dollars from every oil change at its Ruston location from Oct. 30 through Nov. 4 to benefit relief efforts for the Paul E. Slaton Head Start in Ruston.
Fire destroyed the center on Oct 17.
Since then Head Start administrators at Ruston’s Zion Traveler Baptist Church had have reached an agreement to house the classes at the church through the end of the school year.
In total, $2,750 was donated by Rick Breen’s Rapid Lube as a result of the fundraiser.

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An outpouring of gratitude: DART gives thanks

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Editor’s note: This is the second part in a two part series of DART thanking the community.
Last week I began a column in which I tried to thank literally thousands of people who stepped in to help the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team in a variety of ways with over a dozen projects and events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Naturally, I soon realized that I would need to divide our outpouring of thanks into two columns.
In part one, I wrote primarily about the Pumpkin Patch and the Candlelight Vigil, our two official events of the month.

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