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April 20th, 2016

BESE members visit Ruston

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The Believe and Prepare program at Cypress Springs Elementary School was visited by two members of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Fifth District Member Gary Jones and BESE member at-large Lurie Thompson were on hand Monday to see the program in action.

Believe and Prepare is a program where school systems partner with preparation programs to help student-teachers grow.

The Louisiana Department of Education launched the program in spring 2014.

Lincoln Parish schools created a yearlong program in a partnership with Louisiana Tech University.

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Police arrest suspect

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The initial suspect in the Saturday shooting that resulted in the death of a Ruston man has been apprehended by police.

Jody Adolphus, 32, of 214 Murline Drive, Grambling, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team for drug distribution.

Adolphus was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for two counts of distribution of schedule I drugs. His bond has been set at $100,000.

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RCT’s ‘Murder’ to take the Dixie stage

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The Ruston Community Theatre will present “Monday Always Leads to Murder” beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
“Set in the film noir 1950’s, Harry Monday is a Sam Spade private eye wannabe who is very busy trying to solve the mysteries his clients bring him while at the same time writing a murder mystery play about the very same thing,”Satish Bharadvaj, the director, said.

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Local club awards scholarships

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Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana members (from left to right) Loreno Casto of Choudrant High School, Trent Ellis of Cedar Creek School, Morgan Gainous of Grambling Laboratory High School and Michael Washington of Ruston High School were all presented with scholarships on April 9 at the organization’s Pro Day 10th anniversary luncheon. Not pictured is Grambling Lab senior Antallia Ross, who was also awarded a scholarship.

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Techsters’ Stoehr: ‘We’re not broken’

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Taking over a Lady Techsters basketball program that has seen a turbulent month of April, Brooke Stoehr emphasized Tuesday that the past is in the past and she’s focused on moving her new team forward.
“We’re not broken,” Stoehr said. “I want everyone to understand that. We’re moving forward and we’re going in the right direction.”
Stoehr was introduced as the Lady Techsters head coach during a press conference Tuesday afternoon Tech following Tyler Summit’s resignation on April after acknowledging he had an inappropriate relationship with one of his players.

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Father of Mike McConathy dies

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John McConathy, the father of former Louisiana Tech University basketball star Mike McConathy, passed away early Tuesday morning.
He was 86.
The elder McConathy, known as “Hound” and “Big John” to his friends, made a major impact on sports and education in North Louisiana.

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Guidelines for outdoor fun

With spring comes the time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, and what better way than with some fun-filled activities that are sure to spark interest across all spectrums.

Activities such as planting something green, having a picnic at the park, taking a walk or jog outdoors, taking a hike, sitting outside at a café and playing softball are a few among the many that residents could enjoy here locally.

Lincoln Parish Park, located off Louisiana Highway 33, allows residents to take part in more than one of those activities and a few more that weren’t even mentioned.

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HB 11 is a no brainer for Legislature

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As an environmental toxicologist with more than 48 years of experience, I am advocating and supporting the passage of House Bill 11 that will abolish the open burning of hazardous waste in Louisiana. The topic of open burning of Hazardous Waste is a serious concern of mine due to the harmful effects to citizens and the environment. Open burning is a waste disposal method where the waste is placed on large metal trays and set fire. As the waste burns, chemicals in the waste decompose and create toxic airborne particles which are breathed by humans.

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Cut the categories, give the aid

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When you need help after a natural disaster, you need it in a hurry. But when you’re waiting on the federal government to be the helper, you might as well kick back and relax as best you can.
Just ask the city of Ruston, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, the village of Choudrant or any of the homeowners or businesses caught in the disaster assistance bottleneck that followed the March flood.
Everybody knew better than to think the multi-layer bureaucratic process of attempting to qualify for damage reimbursement would be easy. Past experience from ice storm damage affirmed that.

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Finalists selected in TOP DAWG competition

Judges for the preliminary round of Louisiana Tech University’s 2016 TOP DAWG New Venture Championship have selected seven teams to progress to the final round competition which is scheduled for Friday in the auditorium of University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus.

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