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March 28th, 2013

Working toward literacy

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Early grades reading program impacting lives
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For the past several weeks, Hillcrest Elementary School second grader Chelsea Kelly has spent some time on Wednesday afternoons reading with retired librarian Marsha Armond and retired teacher Ellen Breed.
“I like to read,” Chelsea says, holding up a book called “Young Billy Goat,” which she said has been her favorite so far.
When asked why, she answered that the authors David and Pat Sargent had come to the school to speak.

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Coroner: Bruises on adopted child

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DALLAS (AP) — Russian officials expressed disbelief recently with an American grand jury’s decision not to charge a Texas couple in the death of their 3-year-old adopted son from Russia after a prosecutor concluded his fatal injuries were accidental.
The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to a continuing “general line of leniency” that they say American authorities give to adoptive parents. The ministry’s statement came hours after Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said no charges were brought against Alan and Laura Shatto, the parents of 3-year-old Max Shatto.

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Equinox Jazz concert on tap

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Jeremy Davis and the Fabulous Equinox Quintet will present a jazz concert at 6:30 p.m. April 9 in the Library Events Center. Admission is free; however tickets are required and are available at the Lincoln Parish Library.
North Louisiana boys Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson front the 18-piece Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, now based in Savannah, Ga. They will be bringing their quintet home to Louisiana for a tour through their home state.
Their rhythm section is considered the backbone of the group and will be featured throughout the Louisiana leg of their tour.

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Ruston Cub Scouts take trip to the Space Center Houston

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Members of Ruston’s Cub Scout Pack 59 spent the night at Space Center Houston, part of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, on March 16.  The scouts conducted hands-on experiments as part of their Scientist Badge.  The scouts learned about Bernoulli’s Principle, Pascal’s Law and learned the effects of air pressure before retiring for the night among the space capsules and exhibits at the center.

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Tech quarterbacks struggle

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Inconsistency marks position in first spring scrimmage
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No surprise, but one of the most asked questions about Louisiana Tech University’s football team this spring revolves around the quarterback position.
That would only be expected, given that the Bulldogs will have to replace 2012 Sammy Baugh Award winner Colby Cameron.
If the first scrimmage of the spring on Wednesday night provided any measuring stick, the ’Dogs have a long ways to travel before deciding who becomes his successor.
The quarterbacks had a tough day at the scrimmage which was used for perusing personnel rather than brushing up on offensive or defensive schemes.

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Techsters stop NSU, 8-0

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Louisiana Tech University’s softball team readied for a weekend home Western Athletic Conference series on Wednesday night with an 8-0 win over Northwestern State University.
Anna Cross led the win with a run-rule shortened one-hit shutout of a Lady Demons’ squad that entered the game with 24 wins.
Cross (2-2) had a perfect game through the first four innings before NSU catcher Cassandra Barefield roped a single to left field to lead off the top of the fifth. However, Cross worked around a fielding error and registered three straight outs as she picked up her second win of the season.

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RHS teams dominate Garrett meet

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Ruston High School’s track and field teams made it four meets with as many championships this season by capturing the top awards in the annual L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Relays.
The Lady Bearcats totaled 256 for first place in the girls’ division and the Bearcats had a total of 186 points for the No. 1 position in their division.
Featured in Ruston High’s domination of the meet were a combined 23 first places, including 14 by the Lady Bearcats.
Devin Price of the Bearcats had three individual first places, while teammate Dominique Cheffin had two first places.

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Simsboro softball squad captures two wins

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Simsboro High made sure they had enough runs to defeat Summerfield High and Monroe St. Frederick High recently.
The Lady Tigers rolled up wins of 15-1 and 11-3, respectively, against the two area opponents.
Amber Holloway had a triple and Brenda Olguin an inside-the-park home that produced two runs against Summerfield and also featured the contributions of Alison Alexander, Maritsa Olguin and Brittany Porter.
Samantha Eckert, Kylie Gates, Landon Bourgeois, Holloway, Alexander, Porter and M. Olguin were key performers to lead the Lady Tigers past St. Frederick.

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Being aware of Parkinson’s

The month of April has been designated as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and the Ruston Parkinson’s Support Group will present Dr. Richard Zweig as its guest speaker during its April meeting.

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Springing into weather woes

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Yes, Mother Nature has been as fussy as usual and has even gotten Punxsutawney Phil in trouble.
You see, Spring officially arrived a couple of weeks ago. And while it’s warmer today, recently the temperature has been lower than average for this time of year with a heavy frost weighing on area trees and roofs earlier this week. And it’s not over, more colder weather is expected next week.
Punxsutawney Phil on Feb. 2 predicted an early spring. Mother Nature’s tomfoolery has not gone unnoticed, causing one Ohio attorney to sue Punxsutawney Phil.

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