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February 15th, 2013

Kupcakes raise funds for St. Jude’s

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“Kupcakes for Kids,” a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, was a complete sellout Valentine’s Day. The event, held in the lobby of Community Trust Bank, featured more than 3,000 specialty cupcakes. Pictured above are Wyonia Williams (left) and Brittany Williams filling up a tray to help St. Jude’s cause of helping children with cancer and other terminal illnesses.

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CERN votes Tech as full member for ATLAS work

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Louisiana Tech University has been voted in as a full member institution of the ATLAS detector collaboration, a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Although Tech has been working on the experiment since 2005, its participation has thus far been through a joint agreement with Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.

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Property dealings

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury finally has a plan for selling adjudicated property following Tuesday night’s LPPJ meeting.
The jury passed a motion to accept a proposal from Gilmore Auction and Realty Company based out of Kenner for adjudicated property disposition services in Lincoln Parish.
Each May, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office holds a tax sale to sell the property, whether a structure or simply land, of people who did not pay their property taxes the previous year. Normally, there are about 200 structures in this group according to Tax Collector Jerry Smith.

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Management trainer Shepard heads to Ruston

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Internationally-known management trainer Glenn Shepard will be in Ruston on Wednesday to present a seminar aimed at educating managers.
The seminar, sponsored by Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon, and will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 1000 W. Woodard Ave.
The cost is $129 per person for Chamber members, and $149 per person for non-members.

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RPAR needs volunteers

Ruston Parks and Recreation Department needs you!
More importantly, the children of Lincoln Parish do, too.
RPAR is breathing a sigh of relief after filling their final two open coaching spots on Thursday for the upcoming spring season that begins on Feb. 23.
But summer youth basketball is coming soon as well as fall soccer and flag football along with spring soccer.

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There are jingles on the mind

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There is a Freudian explanation for many, if not all of the strange morsels that leak from our minds, I’m sure. Every now and then, a tune, like a thought, will pop into my psyche.
Why on earth does my memory bank cash into the Red Goose Shoe jingle? Do they even make these kid shoes any more?
“Half the fun of having feet is Red Goose Shoes!”

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Brazil may lead corn exports

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For the first time in history, Brazil may eclipse the United States in corn exports.
Despite early weather issues for South America, such as a lingering drought in Argentina, their neighbors have seen crop estimates continue to rise as harvest there draws near. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber said last week that with such a big harvest looming and world stocks driving down prices, many countries may be looking for cheap grains coming out of South America.

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NCLAC thanks donors for support

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On Feb. 2, we at the North Central Louisiana Arts Council held our annual Silent Auction in conjunction with Ruston Civic Symphony Society's Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball. This fundraiser is always an important event for NCLAC, as it provides support for our upcoming Summer Arts Camps. We must say a huge thank you to our dedicated donors who provided artwork, goods and services to make the event possible. Thanks also to the buyers who took advantage of the great deals that were offered.

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Tech men win, women stumble against Seattle

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There were mixed results for Louisiana Tech University basketball teams against Seattle University Thursday night.
One good, another not so good.
The good came up in Seattle, where the streaking Bulldogs (22-3, 13-0) continued their first-place performance in the Western Athletic Conference with a 64-58 victory over the Redhawks (7-17, 2-12).
But at the Thomas Assembly Center, the Lady Techsters (11-13, 7-6) suffered their second loss in as many tries this season against Seattle with an 87-74 defeat in front of an estimated 2,400 fans.
Capsuling each game:
BULLDOGS

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Dameron to be Bulldogs’ new defensive coordinator

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A final piece in the Skip Holtz Jr. coaching “puzzle” at Louisiana Tech University has fallen into place.
Kim Dameron, a veteran of more than 20 years in the coaching ranks, will be the new defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, according to multiple sources close to the soon-to-be Conference USA-affiliated program.
The Rogers, Ark., native whose stops on the coaching circuits have ranged from the University of Louisiana-Monroe to Cincinnati and various sites in between, was one of several candidates being considered by Holtz to fill the D-C vacancy.

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