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September 15th, 2015

RCT Announces Cast for ‘The Foreigner’

Auditions for Ruston Community Theatre’s next production, award-winning play “The Foreigner” took place at The Dixie Center for the Arts on July 25 and 27. “The Foreigner” opens October 8th and will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj and is sponsored by Northwood Medical Center. Ruston Community Theatre is excited to announce the cast:
• Charlie Baker —Anky Kiremire
• Sgt. Froggy LeSueur- —Rick Godley
• Betty Meeks — Nancy Wallace
• Rev. David Lee —Tim McCarthy
•Catherine Simms —Jane Wallace
• Owen Musser — Steve Harrell
• Ellard Simms —Kennedy Ford

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Bleeding Tech blue for a cause

Many Louisiana Tech University athletics supporters profess to bleed red and blue.
LifeShare Blood Centers is asking the Tech Nation to prove that claim as the LA Tech Bulldogs Blood Drive will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. all next week at Tolliver Hall on the Tech campus.
Booths to donate blood will be set up at those times from Monday through Sept. 25, with a goal of LifeShare receiving 45 units of blood per day.

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September 14th

Don Love passes at 81

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Long-time homebuilder and developer Don Love is being remembered today as a good friend, a man of faith and astute businessman who helped keep Ruston’s housing economy rolling for over three decades.
“He did as much as anyone could have done,” said Glen Neaville, a retired banker and friend of Love’s.
Love, 81, died Friday. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cook Baptist Church.
“He was the epitome of faithfulness,” Dr. Mike Holloway, Love’s pastor for the last 10 years, said. “He loved the work of the church.”

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Tech receives grant to bridge gap in STEM fields

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Braden Romer, assistant professor of kinesiology at Louisiana Tech University, and Mrs. Lindsey Keith-Vincent, director of SciTEC in Louisiana Tech’s College of Education, were recently awarded a $52,000 grant by the Lincoln Health Foundation to help develop a program to bridge the gap between physical education and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The program will facilitate the integration of kinesiology concepts, including sport and health science, into the eighth grade physical education and science curriculum in Lincoln Parish classrooms. 

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Board considers canceling contract

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Union Parish Schools superintendent George Cannon will ask the Union Parish School Board to consider setting aside the contract it has for improvements at Downsville Charter School.
He will present the recommendation to the School Board at its Sept. 14 meeting.
Cannon said he had hoped construction on $3.3 million in improvements at the school would be underway by now. Additional delays — this time in getting a cooperative endeavor agreement signed — have left the board little choice but to vacate the contract with Don M. Barron Con tractor.

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Local student in the running for top prize

Lincoln Parish continues to produce future leaders of the world, and it all starts at our area schools.
Cedar Creek School senior Brandon Carroll was selected as one of the 16,000 semifinalists for the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
The NSMC, a not-for-profit organization, will then select 7,4000 National Merit Scholarship award finalists to compete for more than $32 million worth of scholarship money next spring.

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Great week for Louisiana Tech

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Princeton University, Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford University and the University of Chicago are known as some of the top academic institutions in the United States.
Lincoln Parish can boast one of its own as being right up there with some of the top universities in the U.S.
For the fifth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University has earned a Tier One ranking among “National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges list released last week.

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Political season is underway

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Well, it’s upon us again — political season. Some, not me of course, think it should be lawful to take aim at politicians from a duck blind or maybe a deer stand. I disagree.
However, I do admit that the thought of occasionally thinning out their ranks, like we do in Louisiana, with alligators or nutria, does have its appeal.
I guess I inherited my humorous disdain for politics from my unconfirmed distant cousin — Will Rogers. He once said, “Democrats never agree on anything, that’s why they’re Democrats. If they agreed with each other, they would be Republicans.”

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The gentlemen of Grambling State

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I recently had the privilege of visiting with the Grambling State University football team, to talk to them about dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. My experience was unconditionally positive.

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Linnea Fayard Allen to speak at Marbury Lecture Series

Linnea Fayard Allen, cultural communications officer/social media director at Community Trust Bank, will present the 10th annual Marbury Lecture at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Cedar Creek School.
Before working at Community Trust, Allen spent seven years as the director of marketing/membership and website administrator at Squire Creek Country Club.
She has more than 25 years of stage and television experience, including a stint as sports director for KSLA TV in Shreveport and as a commercial spokesperson for numerous local, regional and national companies including Tabasco and United Way.

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