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January 29th

A road well traveled

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Speeding, narrow street concerns residents of Barnett Springs Street
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A few residents living on Barnett Springs Street are concerned about pedestrians and cyclists who travel the roadway.
They say the state-owned highway is too narrow and hilly, and most motorists travel well above the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour.
“I would say the most significant problem is people speeding,” said Edward Bell, who has lived on the street for more than five years. “Almost all the time, cars are going 35, 40, 50 or 55 miles per hour. And probably 80-85 percent of the traffic does not slow down at all when they pass by pedestrians.”

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Tech, GSU facing potential program cuts

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Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities have seen their fare share of slicing and dicing to their budgets over the past two years due to the state’s financial problems.
Now they probably have to do a little cutting of their own, although not necessarily for budgetary reasons.
The Board of Regents announced earlier this week that more than 450 academic programs at Louisiana colleges are at risk of termination due to low-completion rates.

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Lincoln Parish firefighters battle brush fire

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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department spent much of Friday afternoon fighting a brush fire along Mitcham Peach Orchard Road that burned down this shed situated behind a residence. No homes were damaged in the blaze.

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City hoping to expand sidewalks

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Ruston Administrator Lewis Love said given a period of time, the city hopes to have sidewalks everywhere in Ruston.
This aspiration, however, could be a long time coming.
Love said U.S. 167 South and North are high on the priority list for sidewalk construction.

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Adding up to fun learning

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New Tech @ Ruston students bringing math to life
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New Tech @ Ruston students were charged — by a little animated talking cat — to make learning math grade level expectations a fun experience. Students presented their projects to classmates, parents and community members on Friday.
The cat, designed by their teacher Daryl Savage, told students they were to create children’s stories that teach several math concepts related to probability, patterns, trends and central tendencies. Students then combined those math skills with audio/visual techniques. Savage said the projects also required a great deal of critical thinking, because students had to find or come up with stories that demonstrate the concepts.
Some students used popular stories like “Cinderella,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” or “Hansel and Gretel,” while others came up with their own stories.

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Lincoln schools striving to meet new standards

At last week’s first ever State of the District meeting, Lincoln Parish Superintendent of Schools Danny Bell presented several goals the system would like to see accomplished in the coming years. Some of those goals include students entering fourth grade on time, being able to read by third grade, performing at or above level in both English and math by eighth grade and graduating on time.
School officials are working to ensure these goals are met, but they can’t do it alone. Parents and community members have to help ensure local students have all the resources they need to accomplish what is asked of them.

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Commitment the key to success

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It takes a combined effort from everyone within a school family to achieve success. That means it takes the involvement, encouragement and support of teachers, staff, students and parents working together for the benefit of student improvement. There can be no doubt that within a small rural school, it is even more crucial that ALL work together toward the common goal of educating our students.
Dubach High School is one of those small rural schools that has benefited tremendously from this type of dedication, something from which last year’s growth and subsequent School Performance Score resulted. In order to evaluate the gains realized, we paused to reflect on our overall process for the 2009-10 school year.

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Student Council has food drive, art students win contest

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Principal’s List (4.0)
• Seventh grade — Enausha Abney, Grayson Allen, Tahsin Bari, Rachel Brown, Sarah Cowell, Aubriauna Crook, Brandon Drewett, Akeria Lewis, Landry Monroe, Deandria Moss, Sierra Napoleon, Martavious Scott, Madeline Williams and Holly Wyat
• Eighth grade — Daniel Alford, Gabrielle Boyce, Christopher Broom, Gabriella Harpel, Erik Martinez-Rodriguez, Landon Sims, Michael Skipper, Taryn Stark, Valerie Thomas, Brooke Warren and Lovely Wilkerson

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Kittens keep rolling along

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Grambling boosts winning streak to 12
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Grambling High took care of another opponent in boys’ basketball on Friday night.
Make it 12 consecutive wins for the No. 1 ranked team in Class 1A of the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll.
The Kittens also reached the coveted 20-victory plateau and remained unbeaten in District 1-1A action with a 72-42 win over Ringgold.

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Dumpster dog finds a home

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First, there was the white pup. I found her abandoned at the dumpster down the road fifteen or so years ago. I couldn’t leave her shivering there in the cold. I mean, it was on Christmas morning and only Ebenezer Scrooge could do that. I brought her home and appropriately, Kay and Melissa named her Holly. Christmas, you know.
We kept her a couple of stress-filled week before a kind lady working at the Ruston Daily Leader wanted her and we breathed a sigh of relief when Holly changed hands.
Last year, there was June Bug, a friendly little mongrel left at a dumpster near our hunting camp. June Bug took a liking to our digs and promptly established our spot as her home. No real problem until JB started following us to our deer stands. Seeing trouble on the horizon, I wrote an article about our plight. Fran, a lady from Homer, read the column, responded and June Bug now roams the Claiborne Parish hills.

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