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March 7th

Children mix fun with studies

Walking inside the building, I immediately spotted two children dressed up with crowns on their heads: Queen Amber Williams and King Aaron Darby.
The third graders at the school were putting on a Mardi Gras parade Friday afternoon, and they were all dressed up — as were their teachers.

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‘Out on the Town’ expands to two nights

Founder and Director of Louisiana Delta Ballet Missy Crain said it takes an immense effort to turn the Ruston Civic Center into the combination of tables for diners and floors for dancers required to stage a professional and memorable evening.
“We have been planning this conversion for months,” she said. “We have to have special lighting, we have to have special flooring and we have to have the right arrangement of everything in the room. All of that will come together to create just the environment we need. The key is that we must have all of the plans in place in only one day.”

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March 6th

Bulldogs grit out tough win

With crucial seeding implications for the Western Athletic Conference postseason tournament on the line, the Bulldogs overcame that deficit with a gritty defensive performance — holding Hawaii to just 12 points over the final 20 minutes.
“We had a tremendous second half defensively,” Tech head coach Keith Richard said. “Unbelievable. We played with great energy here tonight.
It was nice to hold a team to such a low total in the second half.”

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Taking a trip down memory lane

In the past week and a half alone, I (or my wife) have driven roughly 2,000 miles. Next week that total will continue to grow.
All of that time spent in a car has allowed me to take a trip down memory lane to some of my college road trips.
I’ll be the first to admit I have no claim as the “King of Roadtrippers.” However, I did develop a slight reputation for being willing to take off at a moment’s notice.

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Techsters, ’Dogs honored in WAC

The rookie head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters hasn’t wasted any time in earning a prestigious award as the leader of one of the most successful basketball programs for women in the country.
On Sunday afternoon, Long was announced as the Coach of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference after guiding the top 20 nationally ranked club to a regular season league championship and No. 1 seed in this week’s postseason tournament.

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LGH hosts health fair

Martha Vail, LGH’s director of marketing, said mainly the vendors were in the health care industry, though the booths ranged from blood screenings to assisted living services to health insurance.
“Anything that has anything to do with health care we try to offer. The Lincoln General staff enjoys doing this every year. It’s a good service for the community,” Vail said. “It promotes good health and good awareness for the community.”
Vail said 50 to 60 of Lincoln General’s employees either helped organize the fair or were working at it on Saturday.

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March 5th

Techsters have ‘perfect’ night

The club’s three seniors all scored in double figures.
Two of those made it into the program’s record book, too.
But most importantly, the 91-52 romp past Hawaii (18-9, 9-7) gave the Lady Techsters (23-4, 15-1) the outright regular season championship in the Western Athletic Conference.
“We’re selfish,” admitted point guard Tasha Williams, one of those seniors bringing the curtain down on her home career. “We didn’t want to share the championship with anybody. We don’t even share our food, much less a trophy.”

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Lady Techsters prove ‘experts’ off the mark

First-year coach Chris Long saw his team drop out of the Top 25 polls for the first time in recent memory, and there was talk that the Lady Techsters were in danger of missing the NCAA tournament for the first time — ever.
Some writers even intimated that Tech could no longer compete against the “big girls” of college basketball.

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Sleep clinic saves lives — in more ways than one

Perhaps this calls for more of an explanation.
For years I’ve been a snorer. Not just a sometimes snorer, but a full-fledged seven days a week jackhammer-sounding snorer who kept neighbors awake at night and confused shift workers into leaving work early at the paper mill in West Monroe.
I was very loud. Toward the end of my military career, I was not allowed to deploy to the field. My commander was afraid my snoring would bring the enemy right to our location.

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D.A.R.T. receives state award

Eleanor Shirley, program manager for the Governor’s Family Violence Program, was on hand to present the award to the organization for its “excellence among community-based service providers.”
“I am pleased to present this award to D.A.R.T. for their outstanding service as a Family Violence Program,” Shirley said.
D.A.R.T. Executive Director Cathy Ayo said the award recognizes three programs in the state each year; this is the second year it has been given and the second year D.A.R.T. has been recognized.

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