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July 4th, 2013

Making the grade

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Local scores improve 4 percent; mathematics still area of concern

Even adding another test — United States history — to the mix, Lincoln Parish high schoolers have shown a 4 percent increase from 2012 in the number of proficient scores on their End-of-Course exams.
“We are continuing to show improvement in all the testing areas,” Donna Doss, Lincoln Parish school improvement and accountability coordinator, said. “From May 2009-May 2013 — five years of testing results — and adding a new test each year, we have improved our proficiency rate by 11 percent.”

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Ratcliff earns RHS honor

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Recipient of the school’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award
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Marley Ratcliff was the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award given annually to a Ruston High School graduating senior.
The award is given to a senior who has exhibited personality traits of tenacity, strength of character, adaptability and has earned the admiration and respect of the faculty of Ruston High School and Alumni Association.
A college scholarship of $1,500 accompanies the award.

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Fuller starts up Little League community baseball

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Lucious Fuller remembers when young people in Ruston spent their times on the field as opposed to running the streets and staying inside and playing video games all day.
Now he’s trying to bring that benefit of his youth to young people today.
Fuller started a new little league baseball team Tuesday at Duncan Park, on Arlington Street, near the old Lincoln High School Building.

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Area youth learn baby-sitting skills

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Leader News Service
Twelve youth learned baby-sitting skills during the LSU AgCenter Baby-Sitting Clinic. Cathy Judd, extension agent, said this nine-hour annual clinic teaches youth baby-sitting is a big responsibility.

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Local JA members attend annual education conference

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Giving Love, Growing Legacies was the message to members of Junior Auxiliary of Ruston at the 72nd Annual Education Conference held June 7-8 in Memphis, Tenn. More than 600 ladies were in attendance at this year’s event.

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Remember real meaning of Independence Day

The Fourth of July isn’t just fireworks, food and fun in the sun.
Independence Day is a reverent, joyous celebration of the freedoms we hold dear to our hearts living in the United States of America. This year, like the 236 others that have been marked since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we remember our roots and those who fought to give us our freedom.
The Declaration of Independence began as a document listing grievances Americans had with England, but it turned into a document of freedom that changed our country, as well as the rest of the world.

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Changes abound for Tech, GSU

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In the immortal words of Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”
That’s certainly been the case with our Lincoln Parish Colleges over the past few weeks as we’ve seen the Dan Reneau era come to a close at Louisiana Tech and the Percy Caldwell era end for Grambling State.
Reneau’s last official day as Louisiana Tech’s president was last Friday, with Les Guice set officially taking the reigns of the university on Monday.

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Ruston High School Connections For G-Men

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Left: Miller in GSU offensive interior — Justin Miller (74), a former all-district performer at Ruston High School, started in the offensive interior for Grambling State University in this year’s spring contest. Miller was among the members of the O-line that helped provide protection for D.J. Williams and other quarterbacks in the game and is set to be a starter when the Tigers kick off their 2013 season.

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RPAR Focus

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1. Who is your all time favorite sports player at Grambling and why?
Robert Carr. He was the seventh of nine siblings whose mother died at an early age, but that did not stop him from pursuing a college degree and becoming a great baseball player. He instilled in his four daughters the value of sportsmanship and athletic participation. He continues to share his athletic ability by having youth baseball skills clinics.
2. Name one rule change that you would like to see changed in any of RPAR’s sports and why? Every division should have the same amount of home runs in softball.

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Cobb still making news

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Ex-Tech track star featured in inspirational book
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Antoinette Cobb is still making big news for Louisiana Tech University.
One of the most successful track and field performers in school history in featured in an upcoming book about overcoming obstacles in sports and life.
“The players who fill our rosters today will be the people who run our nation tomorrow,” said Kathy Hogan, author of Take the Lead: Make Youth Sports What They Were Meant to Be. Hogan has seen it all from the sidelines.

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