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February 23rd

SREB president visits Lincoln Parish

“That’s not true, but it sounded good.”
Spence, a native of New York, has served as president of the SREB since 2005. He mentioned how lucky Louisiana is to have legislators such as Thompson and Rep. Jimmy Long Sr., who places a high value on education.
“I’ve enjoyed a long friendship with these two men,” Spence said. “They truly care about education in Louisiana.”
Spence said the biggest problem facing education today is a failure to adequately prepare students for post-secondary education.
“This is a nationwide problem, not just in Louisiana,” Spence said.

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February 22nd

Bulldogs still on mission in WAC

“For a team which was picked to finish seventh in the conference race, lost a professional player (Paul Millsap) and three seniors and which had a tough early non-conference schedule, it’s really amazing what they’ve done and what they could still be able to achieve,” Richard said. “To be able to finish in the top half (of the WAC standings) would be a tremendous accomplishment for this team.”
There’s still that chance and Tech has tonight’s game and then two more to pull off a feat which many deemed near impossible in Y.A.M. (Year After Millsap).

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Area service work rocks

In seeking business support and individual sponsors to pledge money, the students might not collect the high monetary amounts accumulated by some other local fund-raisers, but they will make a significant difference in the lives of a few children.
Children undergoing bone transplants who use Tricia’s Playroom, established by Tony and Gina Clark of Ruston in memory of their daughter who died from bone marrow cancer, must have all new toys because of their lowered immune systems.

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Pain catches up with fame

Was it Anna’s barely memorable acting roles, her modeling contract with Guess Jeans or her presumably gold-digging marital choice that qualified her to dominate so much of the news? With an explosion of attention given to this 39-year-old woman whose cause of death has not yet been determined, it can only be presumed that some people are fascinated by the life she lived and the drama that engulfed her.

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Ruston High students rock

“The playroom is for children who are undergoing bone marrow transplants,” said Ruston High School teacher April Winstead, who is overseeing the Rockathon. “All of their toys must be new and sterilized. Because of their lowered immune systems, they cannot come into contact with the outside community.”
The idea of the Rockathon emerged in Winstead’s honors biology classes, when Winstead decided the students needed to participate in some type of service project.

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February 21st

Bulldogs’ win streak now at nine

Defense, more than offense, won this one for head coach Wade Simoneaux’s hot club which will host the Colonels (0-5) again today at 3 p.m.
“The pregame speech was pitching and defense,” Simoneaux said. “We know we can swing the bat, but in order to be a championship club we have to pitch and play defense.”
The response from Tech players? Starting pitcher Jamey Bradshaw and relievers Andrew Alsup and Luke Burnett combined for a seven-hitter by issuing only one earned run and the defense had a solid performance.

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Make health a priority

Lewis said most of the symptoms include vomiting, nausea and fainting; the most common viruses have been the 36 to 72 hour varieties. Illnesses such as colds are also more prevalent during times of consistent weather changes.
Many illnesses and diseases are contagious, transmitted from person to person, so taking extra steps to protect yourself is an important aspect of staying healthy.
One thing that people can do year-round is to build up their immune system by drinking plenty of fluids, particularly water.

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Stepping back in time

I can’t quite remember what made me turn my back on the step team, never to return again, but I do know those simple routines were nothing like the shows modern-day colleges, universities and organizations are capable of putting on. Props, stunts and pyramids are step staples in these events which are often competitions for bragging rights and cash prizes.
Over the past year of covering Grambling State, I’ve gotten the opportunity to attend several such shows and recently got to delve behind the scenes for a feature.

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Street closes after water main break

Aillet said the water main that broke is probably between 50 and 60 years old.
“The main broke (beneath concrete), and the water caused the road surface to move, making an asphalt bubble,” Aillet said. “One of James Davison’s trucks ran over it, and when it burst, the asphalt ruptured, damaging the truck.”
The ruptured water main caused the asphalt road to “lift” off of the concrete base beneath, Aillet said.
When the transport truck traveled over the lifted surface at about 3:30 p.m., Sunday, it caused the road to pop like a balloon and sent pieces of asphalt under the truck.

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February 20th

Bulldogs on a victory streak

That’s an average of 16.3 per appearance.
From a “low” output of eight to a 21 and 22-run counts, the Bulldogs (9-3) have been flatout tenacious over the last week.
Head coach Wade Simoneaux and his crew hope the trend continues tonight, Wednesday and then again this weekend when five games will be held either at home or a 30-minute drive away from Ruston.

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