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February 28th, 2013

School bus fight leads to arrest

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A 19-year-old male was arrested for aggravated assault and carrying a weapon on school transportation yesterday afternoon, following an incident that resulted in a 911 call.
According to reports, Demarcus Dewayne Mattox, of 102 Terrill, tried provoking a fight with others on the bus, when the bus driver pulled over and removed Mattox from the bus. Mattox then allegedly pulled a knife and began hitting the bus.

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Parish NAACP works for residents

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Members say joining offers guidance, chance at scholarships

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final story in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
As February draws to a close, so does the national celebration of African-American History.
However, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, both nationally and locally, continue observing, learning from and protecting the history and rights of all African-Americans throughout the year.
February serves as the organization’s big push for new members, but that doesn’t mean its too late for residents to join the local branch.

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Battling stress at work

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Most all of us feel a certain amount of stress at work. It could be your workload, long hours, swing shifts, difficult co-workers or just a demanding boss.
Regardless of the type of work you do, at some point you will encounter stress on the job.
Situations arise in the work environment, just as they do in life. There are many aspects of your work environment that you have no control over — but you can take action to manage work-related issues as a result of that stress.

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RES caution commended

Lincoln Parish Schools Superintendent Danny Bell said it best.
“The Ruston Elementary staff is to be commended as well as the emergency response officials who came out,” Bell said after an incident that occurred Friday at RES. “Everything was handled in a calm manner and the parents of the students were notified and met at the hospital by school board officials.”
The incident started Friday morning after four RES students ingested what apparently ended up being Easter egg dye tablets.

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Armed Forces deserve our respect

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Sometimes lessons learned can be forgotten.
And that’s not good.
Prior to the Vietnam War, Americans traditionally showed great support and respect to our Armed Forces. Soldiers returning to the states from World War I, World War II and the Korean Wars were treated as heroes with the utmost respect being shown to them.

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FBLA, chess competitions a success

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FBLA
The Choudrant High School Future Business Leaders of America club participated in the District II FBLA Conference in Monroe on Feb. 6.
Students competed in a variety of competitive events, which resulted in significant Superior winners who will compete in the state conference March 24 — 26.
These students made history for the CHS FBLA club by placing a record number of students in Excellent, Superior or First Place Award standing. A total of 17 students qualified for the state competition in Lafayette this year.

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Tech journalism earns awards

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Five students from Louisiana Tech University’s journalism department found their writing niche as they received awards from the Southeast Journalism Conference Feb. 21-23.
The Southeast Journalism Conference consists of eight participating states and has a yearly conference with a Best of the South competition, where students submit work prior to the conference, and an on-site competition.

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Students recognized for various accomplishments

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Admissions
Cedar Creek will be having several opportunities for families interested in attending in 2013-14 to learn more about the school.
Upcoming events include Peek at Pre-K, Friday; kindergarten screening, March 22; open house and tour, April 11; kindergarten screening, May 3; and open house and tour, May 16.
All events start at 8:30 a.m. and are on the school campus.
For more information, contact Susan Everett, director of admissions, at 255-7707 or severett@cedarcreekschool.org.
Technology

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Ruston Community Theatre’s ‘Anybody Out There’ to begin March 7

The first performance of Ruston Community Theatre’s “Anybody Out There?” will begin at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts. The play, written by John Patrick and produced with special arrangement from Dramatists Play Service, will run through March 10.

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’Dogs square off against Aggies

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Tech has key WAC battle at home tonight
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In the week that they made it into the Associated Press Top 25 poll, it is only fitting that Louisiana Tech University will be going after season victory No. 25 at the Thomas Assembly Center tonight.
But that mark, plus a 16-game winning streak that now ranks as second best in the nation, is the least of the concerns for Head Coach Michael White and his Western Athletic Conference-leading club.

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