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December 11th

Boyles wins inspirational award

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Danny Boyles, center, a former Ruston resident, radio personality for KXKZ and member of the Wildwood Express, was part of the team that won the Station of the Year award from the Inspirational Country Music Association.

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Program designed to help teen drivers

Louisiana State Police, along with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles recently initiated a new program designed to prevent motor vehicle crashes among teen drivers through education and awareness of teen driving restrictions. 
The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program will provide parents and guardians with a simple and easy to follow plan that will assist teens in becoming safe and responsible drivers.

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Tech freshmen, seniors highly rate college experience

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Majority of students surveyed said they would choose Tech again
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Ninety-three percent of first-year students and 88 percent of seniors at Louisiana Tech University said they would rate their entire educational experience at the institution as “excellent or good,” according to the National Survey of Student Engagement’s “Bringing the Institution into Focus — Annual Results 2014” survey report.

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ALMA J. BROWN ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL

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Grambling State University’s Alma J. Brown Elementary Laboratory School has released the names of the students who achieved honor roll status for the second six-weeks reporting period.
Students are listed by academic achievement (minimum 3.0 grade point average) and grade level.
Principal’s List — 4.0 GPA
First grade — Kalia Jones and London Wright.
Third grade – Cheyenne Deloney and Dekota Deloney.
Fourth grade — Edward Ford.
Honor Roll — 3.0 ­— 3.99 GPA

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HILLCREST ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL

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Hillcrest Elementary School has released the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll list for the second six weeks grading period.
Principal’s List
First grade — Thalia Aguirre, Jamin Arreola, Aiden Bowden, Joshua Daulton, Emmanuel Gomez, Miracle Jenkins, Lilley Leggett, Kourtney Lockhart, Adriana Moffett, Vaterrilyn Rollins, Carlos Sanchez, Jermya Shivers, Layla Smith, Carigen Spencer, Sage Tolar, Jack Tomlinson, Luke Traylor, Marley Venzant, Emayshia Wiley, Jayden Winzer and Tamia Witherspoon.

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RUSTON ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL

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Ruston Elementary School has released the names of those students who have achieved the honor roll for the second six-week grading period.
Principal’s List
Third grade — Amelia Avery, Abagael Barmore, Itavius Brown, Kyle Caston, Matthew Daulton, Jonah Dumas, Joanna Fernandes, Preston Gray, Austin Guillory, Pondexter Howard, Khadija Karim, Jude Keen, Cole Magee, Jaliyah McWain, Annalynn Murray, Diamond Patterson, Amelia Roger, Earl Spencer, Preslea St. Andre and TyJai Ursin.
Fourth grade — Barbara Aguirre-Ramos, Asa Boyce, Ashlynn Cripps and Ginger Johnson.

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CenturyLink to connect teachers with technology with $10K in grants

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CenturyLink, Inc. is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program opened its application process Oct. 1 for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement.
Full-time PreK-12 classroom teachers in public or private schools in CenturyLink residential service areas are eligible to apply. Visit http://fsrequests.com/CenturyLinkGrant to apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is Jan. 2.

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December 10th

Reindeer run set for Saturday

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Quota International of Ruston wants area runners to begin what the organization hopes will become a new local holiday tradition.
The first Reindeer Run will be held a 9 a.m. Saturday at Ruston High School, with sign-in/registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. before the 5K run/walk starts 30 minutes later.
Registration will be $30 until Thursday and then will be $35 the day of the race. Participants can register at the Ruston/Lincoln Chamber of Commerce office or online at getmeregistered.com/QIRReindeerRun.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center.

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Color Run kicks off Thursday

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Preparations have begun for the second annual Color Me For a Cure 5K benefiting the Northeast Louisiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen.
This event will be held at the Ruston Country Club and is similar to a traditional 5K run/walk with the twist of being at night and having runners and the course glowing.
The 2015 Color Me For a Cure 5K Glo Edition is set for 7 p.m. March 21.

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LPPJ OKs new budget

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Meeting in regular session Tuesday night, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury approved multiple budgets including their own.
The LPPJ’s amended budget for the 2014 fiscal year totaled approximately $15.86 million for jury’s estimated revenue and other financing sources.
The general fund alone accounted for $2.78 million of that revenue, while the solid waste disposal fund accounted for $4.23 million and the library fund totaled $1.99 million.
Estimated expenditures for the 2014 FY totaled the same amount, creating a balanced budget for the jury.

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