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January 24th, 2013

Techsters face key WAC tests

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Home league battles set tonight, Saturday
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Ask a coach how important a game is and nine-of-10 times, he or she will say something such as “every game is huge.”
And indeed the next two are for the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech University.
Tonight, there’s a 7 p.m. home assignment against San Jose State.

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’Dogs start two-game league road trip

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The bull’s-eye on the back of the Bulldogs switches to out West this week.
Louisiana Tech University, starting to reap some attention in the national polls (No. 37, Associated Press) off of its 16-3 overall record and Western Athletic Conference-pacesetting mark of 7-0, has a pair of critical league games on the road starting tonight.

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Grambling women win over UNO, 76-44

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GRAMBLING — On Wednesday night, the Grambling State University Lady Tigers kept their turnovers to a minimum, executed well offensively, controlled the glass, and played stifling defense.
As a result, their four-game losing streak has ceased in a 76-44 victory over the University of New Orleans Lady Privateers in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Arena.

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Tech set for West division of C-USA

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MIAMI, Fla. — Louisiana Tech University will compete in the West Division in its inaugural season in Conference USA, league officials announced during its winter meetings Wednesday.
The Bulldogs will be in a seven-member West Division along with North Texas, Rice, Tulane, Tulsa, Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio. The East Division will include East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss and Alabama-Birmingham. Tech will host C-USA games against North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulane and Tulsa this fall while the Bulldogs will travel to FIU, Rice, UTEP and UTSA.

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GSU band impresses during inaugural parade

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Grambling State University “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band shook up Pennsylvania Avenue and left spectators joyful as 200 plus marched in black and gold along the presidential inauguration parade route Jan. 21.
The big band from a small school had a big impact. It was the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) performing in the parade, and was one of only two schools to return from President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration — and people noticed the one band representing Louisiana.

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Deadline nears for RPAR soccer

Friday is the deadline for Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Spring soccer season for ages 4 – 12. This year’s divisions will include Under 5, Under 6, Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12.
Those interested may either register in person at the RPAR office, located at 605 James St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., until Friday or go online at www.ruston.org/registration.

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Classes take trip to see ‘The Polar Express’ ballet

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Kindergarten news
The kindergartners at Glen View had a very eventful December! The Junior Auxiliary of Ruston came to Glen View to read a story to the kindergartners but they also brought a special guest, Santa! The children were so surprised and delighted to see Santa at their school. Santa greeted each child and each kindergartner left with a book and a candy cane.

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Students attend sock hop, honor roll list revealed

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Cypress Springs Elementary has been very busy with several activities recently. Parents were invited to eat Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner with their students.
Immediately following the holidays, we celebrated Rock and Roll Day by dressing up in 50s attire and having our first ever “Sock Hop.” Students really enjoyed getting to share their 50’s moves at the sock hop.

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Braille brings many benefits

Lincoln Parish is a diverse and multicultural community. With two universities within its geographic boundaries, the community is blessed with people of different races, religions and ethnicities. Amongst all the different demographics, there is also a learning institute that adds to Lincoln Parish’s variety: The Louisiana Center for the Blind. With January being National Braille Literacy Month it is important to remember our neighbors with little or no sight and the significant impact Braille has on their quality of life.

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Teachers and R-rated movies

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Last week, the Associated Press released a story about a teacher who was arrested after showing junior-high aged children R-rated movies.
A 30-year-old Arnaudville Elementary School band teacher faces six misdemeanor charges — exhibition of material harmful to minors — after allegedly showing movies that included “The Hangover,” “Ted” and “Horrible Bosses.”

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