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Bearcats perform at Howard Auditorium

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The Ruston High School Concert Choir performed in Howard Auditorium at the Louisiana Music Educators Association, Large Ensemble Festival-Choral Division on Thursday.

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UP 4-day week looks promising

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Schools hope to save money on gasoline, power bills

During February’s School Board meeting, Union Parish Schools Superintendent Steve Dozier presented a report on the four-day school week the parish has implemented this year.
And he hopes the report was positive enough to keep the four-day system in place next year.
“I think overall it showed that it helped save money in some areas and has resulted in higher attendance figures for both students and teachers,” Dozier said. “So far, I think the four-day week has worked out pretty good. We won’t have our test scores in before we set next year’s schedule, and those figures will be important. Hopefully the four-day week has increased focus the way it has attendance and we’ll see a rise in those numbers, too. ”

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2 teens are merit finalists

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Two Ruston High School students have become National Merit Scholarship Finalists.
Seniors Valerie Wheat, daughter of Richard and Robbie Wheat, and Elizabeth Sawyer, daughter of Lee and Carol Sawyer, are two of only 15,000 students in the United States to reach finalist status.
Ruston High School counselor Kay White said these two young women have received a great honor.

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Donor Drive set at TAC

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Yvonne Johnson’s battle with skin cancer has been well publicized this year.
The mother of Louisiana Tech senior forward Adrienne Johnson has been a mainstay at Lady Techster home games during the last four years, never missing a game despite her fight with the illness.
And thanks to her daughter’s public stage of playing college basketball for one of the most storied programs in the history of the game, Yvonne’s story has received press across the state.

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United Way celebrates excellence

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Residents exceed fundraising goals by $40K
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Lincoln Parish did its part to help United Way of Northeast Louisiana celebrate excellence in 2010.
The organization held a “Celebrating Excellence” awards reception at the Lincoln Parish Library Thursday to honor outstanding employee campaigns and individuals for efforts and commitments made to helping people and improving community.
Bill Hogan, 2010 Lincoln Parish campaign chair, said that the 2010 local goal was to raise $300,000.

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Tech teams split games

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Women halt Boise State, men edged by Nevada
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Outside and inside was the difference maker in Louisiana Tech’s 86-72 Western Athletic Conference victory over Boise State at the Thomas Assembly Center Thursday night.
From the outside, senior guard Brietta Thomas had a career-best 28 points.
From the inside, senior forward Adrienne Johnson totaled 26 points and 10 rebounds.

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Tech, GSU home for baseball action

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Home games are on the agenda for Lincoln Parish’s two university baseball teams.
Louisiana Tech University will begin a three-game series against Sun Belt Conference member Middle Tennessee State University tonight starting at 6 p.m. and continue with single contests on Saturday (3 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
Grambling State University has a three-game series against longtime Southwestern Athletic Conference rival Southern University beginning Saturday and concluding on Sunday; a noon doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday and a 1 p.m. single contest will be held on the final day.

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Kittens in quarterfinals

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State tourney berth on line at Varnado
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GRAMBLING — Head coach Fred Hearn of Grambling High School just might want to bend the ear of the Baton Rouge Southern Lab staff before playing in the quarterfinal round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 1A playoffs.
Granted, there’s been a longtime rivalry between two schools who have Kittens as their mascots, but the Lab crew has been perfect against GHS’ opponent tonight.
So, they should know something about how to knock off Varnado (22-7), which will host Hearn’s club starting at 7 p.m.

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GSU’s 1961 squad to be honored

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GRAMBLING — No telling how the stories will be “enhanced” when members of the famed 1961 men’s basketball team at Grambling State University gather here on Saturday.
Such is usually the case in reunions of outstanding teams whose legendary feats grow with the years.
That will likely be the case with the Tigers’ powerhouse squad of ’61, one that defied a No. 13 seeding to knock off No. 3-seeded Georgetown College of Kentucky 95-75 and capture the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national championship.

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RHS golf team captures title

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Ruston High School’s golf team got sub-40 scores from medalist Aaron Boersma and Mitchell Haddox and featured an all-round balanced performance in winning the championship of a recent six-school tournament at the Chennault Park Course in Monroie.
Boersma led the way with a 38, while Haddox ended with a 39.
Also contributing to the title effort were Kane Killen (42), Henry Thompson (44) and Evan Pickett (47).

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