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January 17th, 2013

R and R for area women

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Conference set Feb. 9

Area women will have a chance to spend their Saturday hearing a spiritual message during the 16th annual Women’s R and R Conference.
Presented by Concord Union Baptist Association, the conference will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Cook Baptist Church this year.
Claire Carroll, publicity chairman for the refreshment and renewal conference, said the event is designed to give women an uplifting and encouraging spiritual experience.

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Service group to honor vets at annual MLK celebration

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In order to recognize the efforts of Martin Luther King and give thanks to those who have served in one of the branches of the United States Armed forces, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Psi Omega Chapter of Grambling will host a Sunday supper for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Celebration.
“We always do something every year for our sorority’s MLK Day of Service Celebration. In past years, we have donated school supplies, given food, given coats away or just helped out someone in need,” Annie Hamlin, chapter president, said. “But this is a first for us. We have never done anything of this magnitude.”

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Prepare students for testing

From now until the first round of high-stakes testing begins in midMarch, parish teachers and students will be hard at work ensuring they have learned the lessons needed to make the grade.
This year, students will take a variety of tests as they continue the transition to the Common Core State Standards, which will involve its own new assessments.
While teachers and students work during the school day, parents might be wondering what they can do to help their children succeed on these important tests, which could determine whether their child is promoted to the next grade.

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Protect against flu, other illness

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This week I took my baby to the pediatrician. One of the first things she did was to test my runny-nosed, feverish, coughing little 10-month-old for the flu virus.
Right before she administered the test, she commented on what had already been reported in the Daily Leader’s Sunday edition: The flu is attacking locals with a vengeance, and many who contract it have had a flu shot. The doctor told me the vaccination is preventing one strain of the flu, but not the other that is circulating.

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Gun control, schools, Obama

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Once again, another school shooting prompts President Obama to draw a line of principle affecting the nation. Letters from students were delivered to the president requesting him to take heed of their requests. Some of these letters you can recognize the lingo of a parent writing within.

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Parents show support for students

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Parental involvement
The third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Alma J. Brown Elementary School welcomed our parents for the Christmas Dinner prior to the holiday break. A large number of our parents came out to have lunch with our students. Thanks to our parents for the great parental involvement.

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Tech’s McNeail: ‘Mr. Clutch’

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Junior guard made big shots in conference road victory
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Kenyon McNeail had a dubious start to his 34-point explosion the other night.
The first 3-point attempt he had against Texas-San Antonio?
“It was an air ball,” grinned the junior guard for Louisiana Tech University.
After that, however, it was nothing but the net.

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Tech football squad honored at banquet

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Numerous players earn awards for aiding nine-win season
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Louisiana Tech University honored its 2012 football team and recognized the 2012 senior class this past weekend at the Ruston Civic Center, as the program held its annual banquet.
The program handed out team awards and recognized the team’s All-America, All-Western Athletic Conference, All-Louisiana honorees and the team’s two national award winners. Colby Cameron and Kenneth Dixon were recognized for being named the WAC and Louisiana Offensive Player and Freshman of the Year, respectively, while Ray Holley was recognized for being named the program’s first Capital One Academic All-America First Team honoree.

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RHS girls stopped

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Ruston High’s girls dropped a 48-31 District 2-5A contest to No. 3 Class 5A ranked West Monroe on Wednesday.
Keantra Wright was the leading scorer for the Lady Bearcats (11-12, 1-1) with n tne points.
Coach David Aguilar’s RHS squad entered the game with a four-game winning streak.
In the first weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll announced on Tuesday, West Monroe (24-2, 1-1) was ranked behind Shreveport Southwood and Natchitoches Central among 5A programs.

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Techsters: Tough road trip to Idaho

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There’s no easy way to get from Ruston to Moscow.
And that’s whether Moscow is located in either Russia or Idaho.
In the case of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters, it’s Moscow, Idaho, where the team finally arrived late Thursday night after a grueling, nearly 20-hour itinerary complicated by weather conditions and flight delays.

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