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February 6th, 2014

Tech composer’s 500th composition performed

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Joe L. Alexander, a professor of music at Louisiana Tech University, recently had his 500th original composition performed, since joining the Tech faculty in 2001.
Alexander’s pieces “Sammy’s Suite” and “Soundscapes” was performed at a Mid-South Chapter concert of the National Association of Composers, USA. The concert was held on the campus of Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Miss.
“Soundscapes” is the 500th piece.

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Local woman elected to LouisianaChildren.org board

Carole Carson, executive director of Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for LouisianaChildren.org — the umbrella association for Louisiana CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and CAC (Children’s Advocacy Centers) Louisiana.

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Bethlehem Chapter No. 40

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Bethlehem Chapter No. 40, adopted by Lucas Lodge No. 12, fellowshipped with Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Ronnie Washington, of Grambling, on Jan. 19. A small token was given to the church’s youth program, for they are future leaders. In attendance, from left to right, were members of Bethlehem Chapter No. 40 Sis. Hazel Baker, treasurer; Sis. Tonya Jordan, associate cond.; Worthy Matron Sis. Angelite Caldwell; Sis. Sabrina Smith, asso. matron; and Sis. Veronica Bell, secretary.

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February 5th

GSU receives $50k

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Grambling State University welcomed a national radio show host to campus Tuesday.
Tom Joyner visited the university to present a $50,000 check to GSU for winning the Allstate Insurance Quotes for Education competition in 2013.
In January when GSU was announced as the winner of the $50,000, GSU University President Frank Pogue said he wanted to help as many students as possible.

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Ruston mayor awarded

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More than 200 local residents gathered at the Ruston Civic Center on Tuesday night to recognize the best of the best in Lincoln Parish during the annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Gala.
The annual event gives various organizations an opportunity to recognize those who have gone above and beyond in an effort to serve the community.

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LPSB discusses school improvements

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The Lincoln Parish School Board and Building and Grounds Committee met Tuesday night to discuss new lighting at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium, among other things.
Architect Mike Walpole said he has collected data to show the current lighting on the field is less than half of the recommended lighting measurement for high school football.
“The existing field level is 20 (foot-candles) and the recommended level is at 50 so we’re considerably less than that,” Walpole said.

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Simsboro holds meeting

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The village of Simsboro board of aldermen met in regular session Monday.
The council approved minutes from the Jan. 6 regular meeting and the Jan. 29 special-called meeting.
The minutes from those two meetings were approved unanimously.
Mayor Willie Hendricks said he would put together a document on water works issues for the council members to review.
The board of aldermen for the village of Simsboro meet on the first Monday of each month at 6:15 p.m. in Simsboro Town Hall.

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Tech softball tourney starts Friday

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For the first time since 2008, Louisiana Tech will open the season at home as it hosts the three-day, six-team, 15-game tournament starting Friday and running through Sunday at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tickets for the Lady Techster Invitational are $10 per day for adults ($5 for youth age 3-17) and $20 for a three-day, all-tournament pass ($10 for youth). Tickets can only be purchased at the facility on days of competition with CASH ONLY. Credit cards, debit cards nor checks will be accepted.

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Cedar Creek falls against Haynesville

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Cedar Creek Cougars’ head coach Kyle Kavanaugh has watched his class of 2014 seniors grow since they were in eighth grade.
“With the exception of (Sam) McIntire, who started playing basketball his sophomore year, I coached these guys since (Amateur Athletic Union) their eighth grade year,” Kavanaugh said.
Seniors Garland and William Pipes, Shilo Perry and Jordan Williams were the first freshmen Kavanaugh coached when he joined Cedar Creek four years ago.

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Lady Cougars scratch out district win, 30-25

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Head coach Katie Eagles and her Cedar Creek Cougars are as close to solidifying a playoff berth as you can get.
The top 32 in 1A girls basketball power ranking fill up the playoff spots. They are number 33.
The Cougars improved their odds last night by defeating district rivals Haynesville Golden Tornadoes in a nail bitter, 30-25, for Senior Night.
“(Our girls) executed our game plan well,” Eagles said. “We struggled to make our shots and it made it a closer game than what we wanted it to be.”

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