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March 24th, 2014

Dollars & $ense helps students

The United Way and Lincoln ACHIEVE are looking for volunteers to help host the Dollars and $ense fair April 16-17 in the Ruston Civic Center. There are many events locals can volunteer for, but not many have as much potential for fun as does this one.
The fair is designed to simulate real-world scenarios concerning budget dilemmas to sophomore high school students in Lincoln Parish. The “fun” part is volunteers can do a little acting along the way.
When students show up, they’ll be assigned an occupation at random. Some may get “burger flipper” while others may get “brain surgeon.”

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Local parks a spring treasure

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As area school children enjoy spring break this week, many parents will be looking for ways to spend that time.
And with the weather as beautiful as it is today, there may be no better time to take the opportunity to check out some of the biggest treasures we have in our area — our parks.
There are numerous parks in the area featuring all kinds of fun activities, with the crown jewel being Lincoln Park off of Louisiana Highway 33.

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March 22nd

GSU gets defensive in Black-Gold Game

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The saying goes that defense wins championships.
That must have new Grambling State football coach Broderick Fobbs feeling pretty good after Saturday’s Black and Gold Spring Game.
The Black team, consisting of the Tigers’ second-team offense and first-team defense, shut out the Gold squad in a 9-0 win at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.

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Lady Techsters top Middle Tenn. in DH

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — After starting the season slow on the road, Louisiana Tech has found its mental toughness the last few days as the Lady Techsters swept a Conference USA doubleheader over Middle Tennessee by the scores of 7-5 and 1-0 Saturday afternoon.
Tech (11-19, 2-6 C-USA) has now won three straight road games after dropping its first nine road contests of the season. The Lady Techsters will look for the series sweep when they face the Blue Raiders in a single game that starts at 12 p.m today.

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Tigers sweep past Southern

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Grambling State swept Southern in a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at Wilbert Ellis Field, winning the opener 9-7 in 11 innings and following that up with a 9-5 victory. Pictured is Johnathan Tineo (4) greeting Yariel Medina after Medina scored in game one. The final game of the series will be played at 1 p.m. today. The Lady Tiger softball team split the two games that they played on Saturday at the SWAC round up in Longview Texas, defeating Mississippi Valley State 6-5 in game one before falling by the score of 14-8 to Alabama A&M in game two.

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Tech tennis falls to N. Texas

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DENTON, Texas — All spring, Louisiana Tech has used its singles depth to wear down opponents.
For the second straight match though the Lady Techsters were without Joanna Nalborska, a first team all-conference and conference freshman of the year last season, and for the second straight match it proved difficult to overcome.
Conference USA foe North Texas took advantage, coming out strong to win 4-1 on Saturday evening at the Waranch Tennis Complex.

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Buddy's Blog: Bradshaw should be No. 1 on this list

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I love sports lists.
Well, not all of them, such as the one NFL Network featured recently on the Top 10 quarterbacks to wear jersey No. 12.
For the most part, I am in agreement with those who comprised this group, from Broadway Joe Namath to Aaron Rodgers, and from Randall Cunningham to John Brodie.
But it’s those top two rankings that bother me.
Tom Brady is ranked as the best QB ever to put on a jersey with “12” on it.
Terry Bradshaw is No. 2.
I would have switched those two spots.

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What a wonderful song

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A wonderful version of a Louis Armstrong classic Friday night led to Mark Faulker, of Ruston, being named the 2014 Dixie Enterainer of the Year.
Faulkner’s version of “What a Wonderful World” was deemed the best out of 18 total performances during this year’s talent search, which was held at the Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs win second-round NIT game

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This dunk by Michael Kyser accounted for the final points Saturday as Louisiana Tech defeated the University of Georgia 79-71 in second round action of the National Invitational Tournament in Athens, Ga. Tech jumped out to an 18-2 lead only five minutes into the contest and then held off a late rally attempt by Georgia. Tech will next face the winner of Monday’s Florida State-Georgetown matchup in quarterfinal action on Wednesday night in a game to be televised on ESPN. If Georgetown wins, the Bulldogs will host the Hoyas. If top-seeded Florida State wins, Tech will travel to Tallahassee.

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Common Core fight continues

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Louisiana legislators combating the implementation of Common Core may get their wish earlier than expected.
Originally, a national Common Core standardized test was supposed to have been implemented at the end of this school year (2013-14) but in November of 2013, the Louisiana Department of Education decided to postpone the new test called PARCC (developed by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

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