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May 20th

School test scores out

That means residents will know later this week whether Lincoln Parish students’ test scores surpassed or fell below the overall state average. Once the statewide results are released, residents also will know how Lincoln Parish students’ performance compares with students in previous years.
“We cannot release any information until Wednesday because the state superintendent (Paul Pastorek) has put an embargo on information until then,” Doss said.
Pastorek is scheduled to issue a statement on the test results sometime Wednesday, she said.

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May 19th

Choudrant sets events for Saturday in the park

So far, Sanderson said about seven teams have either signed up or are planning to sign up for the quarter-mile Outhouse Derby, which will be double elimination and take place in downtown Choudrant. During the derby, the outhouses will be driven forward by gravity, after up to two individuals push the competitors 40 feet before letting them loose downhill.

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Tech, GSU: Tourney time

In Birmingham, Ala., beginning at noon Wednesday, the Tigers (14-35, 10-13) have a first-round assignment against Jackson State (35-19, 15-9) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
“You just want to keep your season going as long as you can now,” said GSU coach Barrett Rey. “Every game you play from here on is a bonus for your players and program.”
The two Lincoln Parish teams wrapped up their regular seasons this past weekend.

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Poultry plant decision due

After a long ordeal of wheeling and dealing behind closed doors to bring about a deal Pilgrim’s Pride finally tentatively accepted, the bankruptcy court’s decision is expected to be in the affirmative.
The completed deal won’t come a second too soon. The closure of the poultry plant led the way to a 30 percent jump in initial claims for unemployment benefits last week in Louisiana, the Louisiana Workforce Commission said.

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Partnership gives students opportunity

The shock of the new university setting coupled with more intense classes and higher expectations can challenge some new college freshmen. For many students, having the chance to experience these types of classes while still in high school will allow the transition to a university to be that much smoother.
Some Ruston High students already are taking dual-enrollment classes on their own campus through the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, known as STEM.

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Teacher wins trip to ‘American Idol’ contest

The kindergarten teacher secured her tickets and expense-paid trip to the championship episode by answering a question about the show correctly and then winning a raffle drawing in a trivia contest hosted by Fox 14 TV and 98.3 FM radio.

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May 18th

Tech women win WAC title

Featured in the title performance were eight first-place finishes and a 21.5-point advantage over its closest competitor.
Tech also had the co-women’s Coach of the Year winner in Gary Stanley, who had won the award outright for the league’s indoor competition, and the Bulldogs’ Albert Fullwood was chosen as the men’s Track Performer of the Year.
In the men’s division, Tech had a third place finish for the third straight year, ending with 130 points and only points shy of a runner-up position.’

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What is nanotechnology?

Global nanotechnology sales have grown substantially in recent years, to $50 billion in 2007, according to Lux Research, author of the annual Nanotech Report. And the final tally isn’t in yet, but analysts had predicted 2008 sales to be $150 billion. The National Science Foundation says the industry could be worth $1 trillion by 2015, when it would employ 2 million workers directly.

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Don't forget the cost of irresponsibility

As the state continues to crack down on drunk drivers by beefing up enforcement and toughening penalties, Louisiana roadways continue to be deadly because of people driving under the influence.
May these silhouettes, each one representing a real person who was building a life here in Lincoln Parish, make potential drunk drivers stop and hand over their keys.
The representation of lives lost can inspire even those who aren’t planning on driving. If people speak up and discourage those with judgment impaired by drugs or alcohol from getting behind the wheel, our roads could be safer.

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Jindal: Truth is power

“We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country,” Jindal said. “We have good jobs available here and we’ll bring more. Louisiana is changing — the American dream is alive and well here.
“So we want you in-state graduates to stay here in Louisiana,” Jindal said. “And if you’re from out of state, we want you to stay, too. And if some of your parents don’t want their babies to move away from them, we invite them to come live in Louisiana, too.”

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