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January 16th, 2006

Judson makes best move for GSU

Unlike some schools that made across the board cuts, Judson and his staff made the decision to spare faculty and the university’s programs, citing the need to protect both.
While this meant that some deserving employees lost their jobs, the end result was there was little effect on the students — the reason for Grambling State’s and every other university’s existence.
If given an option, Judson would have probably kept all of the school’s employees. But he was fiscally responsible, as was Louisiana Tech president Dan Reneau and University of Louisiana at Monroe president James Coffer.

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Fire breaks out in James building

Two Ruston Fire Department trucks and three Ruston Police Department cars closed the road between Vienna and Trenton streets and kept it closed until the fire was put out.
Kip Franklin, district chief with the Ruston Fire Department, said the fire broke out when a platform knocked out the electrical line on the east side of the building.
“There was a crew working on the outside of the building, and the platform lift swung into the electrical line,” Franklin said.

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LGH faces profitability problems

“This has been going on for five years, but the balance sheet really began to deteriorate in 2005,” CEO Tom Stone said.
Lincoln General stands to lose between $6 million and $7 million in net income in fiscal year 2005, Stone said.
Labor and technology represent the two biggest costs to the hospital, and Stone said measures have already been taken to reduce one of those areas. He went on to say the hospital had cut the equivalent of 100 full-time time positions.

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January 12th

’Dogs, Hawaii in WAC showdown

How about the Thomas Assembly Center tonight?
That’s where co-leaders Louisiana Tech University and the University of Hawaii will collide starting at 7 in an early and certainly important league showdown.
Tech is 2-0 against WAC opponents and ditto for the Warriors.
The ‘Dogs are coming off of two gut-check wins on the road, first a 75-72 thriller won on a last-breath three-point field goal by rebounding stud Paul Millsap and the other a five-point (66-61) squeaker against Idaho.

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Schools’ changes manageable

With the new system, all Lincoln Parish high school students will take seven 55-minute courses, adding about 25 minutes to the school day. This means less time for video games, sports and dates after school.
But as Ruston High School principal Kenny Henderson has pointed out, the new system might better serve young people’s attention spans. RHS freshmen and Dubach High students are currently on the Modified Block schedule, which uses a combination of 90-95 minute and hour-long classes.

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School Board throws out Modified Block

School Board members voted to rescind a decision to fully implement the Modified Block schedule at Ruston High School for the 2006-07 academic year at Tuesday night’s regular meeting.
The Modified Block, which entails students attend a traditional one-hour class the first period of the school day, followed by two 95-minute “block” periods, then two one-hour periods, is being piloted on RHS freshmen this year. The RHS upperclassmen are still on the Block Schedule, which offers four 90-minute classes each semester.
Bell said he wanted all parish schools to be on the same page.

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Dixie week full of talent

There are so many groups and individuals who deserve credit for different roles in this project that it would be impossible to name them all.
One of the goals of those who virtually have dedicated significant portions of their lives was to provide a place for local talent of all kinds.
That was certainly achieved during the five-day extravaganza, which included such diverse groups as the Jazz Equinox Orchestra, the Talent Search for the Dixie Horizon Star Entertainer, the Ruston Community Theater, the Ruston Civic Symphony, Dixie Dancers, Sweet Adelines and Young Talent Showcase.

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January 11th

Waiting on winter to wake up

That’s a good question. Everywhere in the continental United States, with the exception of the Colorado Rockies and the state of Maine, temperatures are well above seasonal averages.
Louisiana is averaging about 21 degrees over normal, but that isn’t the only story.
Reuters News Agency reported earlier this week that northern India is suffering its coldest winter in 70 years where a cold snap (26.6 degrees Fahrenheit) has left more than 100 people dead.

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RHS, parents partner up

The RHS Parent Teacher Association has formalized their meetings this year and is seeking sponsorship and greater parental participation.
The association members hope to recruit volunteers to serve on committees for reaching their goals. Some goals include the implementation of a biannual newsletter for RHS parents, coordination of parent volunteers in various capacities, the organization of Teacher Appreciation Week, a back-to-school breakfast for faculty and staff and a student scholarship.

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Ruston boys, girls stop Byrd

The way the Bearcats (19-6, 1-1) have been Bush-whacking opponents with their “D” these days, a District 1-5A title just might be in the making.
His team’s defensive effort went to the high premium level at the RHS gymnasium on Tuesday night, creating quick confidence and night-long woes for the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 1-2) on the way to a 70-48 win.

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