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August 19th

Smooth start rates praise

Parents, teachers, students and even residents without children in the system should be thankful for the smooth start to the school year. It’s kept our roadways flowing and our local students on track to a successful year ahead.
Mary Null, director of instruction and personnel for the district, attributes the success of the past few days to preparation on behalf of school administrators.
It’s true that planning and foresight pays off in virtually every area of life, but especially when coordinating more than 6,000 children who are coming back after a long summer break.

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Prepsters could be in spotlight

One of those catches, the one noted by the sideline observer, was of the ESPN Sports Center highlight variety, being made as Richardson pulled in the pass from quarterback Nick Rome while he was parallel to the ground.
“Cole is going to make the catches,” said head coach Billy Laird of Ruston High. “You get it near him, he’s going to make the catch.”
Richardson could also be making plenty of all-district, All-State and other postseason team voters take notice of his skills over the course of the upcoming season.

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Students dive into full day

Jake Kype, 13, said he is exited to begin his last year at A.E. Phillips before moving on to high school. “I’m looking for this to be a cool year,” he said. “It’s my last year here.”
Lauren Taylor, 13, also anticipated the new school year.
“I really looked forward to the eighth grade, because the teachers are the best,” she said.
The thing she is not looking forward to, however, is the LEAP test, which she said she will be studying hard for.
Kype anticipates eighth grade to be more academically challenging.

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August 18th

Bulldogs have tough foes again

On the schedule in 2007 were eventual BCS national champion LSU, Hawaii and Boise State. And near season’s end, Fresno State almost sneaked into the top 25.
Welcome to this season’s slate and, while toned down just a bit, there’s two teams that have been making the majority of the preseason top 25 lists: Kansas and Fresno State.
The Bulldogs will travel to Jayhawks country for a Sept. 6 meeting and then tangle with California’s version of the Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium on Nov. 1.

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Bored? You must be kidding

Luckily for us all, undergrads are not the only ones who can benefit from the activities at Tech. Non-collegiate membership to the intramural center allows access to the facilities and exercise classes, and tickets for concerts and performing arts shows can be obtained from either the Student Union Board, Thomas Assembly Center or the Howard Center Box Office. And, the rich array of continuing education classes offered are fit for another article entirely.

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Boys and Girls Club needs our support

The Boys and Girls Club provides an invaluable service to hundreds of area youth each year — a safe, positive place for them to spend the time after school that would otherwise be left to chance and possibly bad influences.
There’s a way we can all be a part of the effort to prop up the organization after Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto pen struck $30,000 from the state budget that would have flowed into the local organizations accounts, leaving Executive Director Eldonta Osborne and staff looking at ways to keep services robust.

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RHS electronics stolen

Milstead said apparently thieves tried to get away with more — printers and other equipment were found in a stairwell after the initial discovery of the thefts on the school’s third floor.
“We just feel personally violated,” Milstead said Friday. “Every principal especially feels that it’s ‘their school,’ and I know people who steal things don’t care, but they’ve hurt the kids, really. Obviously, though, the school board will work with us on this.”

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Parish rings in new year

Students across Lincoln Parish headed back to the classroom for a new academic year Friday.
Pre-k and kindergarten students and Ruston High upperclassmen were exempt from this half-day and will head back to school with other students for the first full day on Monday.
Lincoln Parish Schools Director of Instruction, Personnel and Special Programs Mary Null said all appeared to go smoothly Friday.

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RHS-Neville has air time

A two-year contract was recently signed by the National Football League team and the state’s prep governing organization.

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August 16th

Butterflies usher in new school year

Every year I was in school — including all four years of college — the butterflies would visit in the week leading up to that first day.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved school. I just always was hit by those first-day jitters.
When I say I loved school, I mean I absolutely adored it. I was never one of those kids who cooked up excuses to stay home or who cried as Mom dropped me off. Nope, that was my brother. He was the one who stayed home with a “stomachache” and who I had to drag into the kindergarten classroom — literally — as he cried and screamed so loud his face turned bright red.

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