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March 12th, 2014

Sports Briefs

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Tech golf finishes fourth
LAFAYETTE— Victor Lange shot a 1-under-par 71 Tuesday as he led Louisiana Tech to a fourth place finish at the 29th Annual Louisiana Classics at Oakbourne Country Club.
Lange’s round marked his second sub-par round of the tournament as the Bulldogs clipped 47th-ranked New Mexico State by seven strokes.
Tech finished the tournament with an 8-over-par score of 872, only four shots from host UL-Lafayette as the Ragin’ Cajuns placed third after a 4-over-par 868 score.

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Help the HHS spread awareness

Most people don’t think much about their colons, and it’s not something most people talk about in polite conversation.
Considering that colorectal cancer is the nation’s second leading cancer killer, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to change that.
March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
According to HHS, more than 52,000 Americans died from colorectal cancer in 2010, the most recent year for which statistics were available.
The disease causes a great deal of suffering for more than 137,000 adults each year.

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Clock ticks for mayoral candidates

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Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth hoped his announcement last week that he’s not seeking re-election would have immediately spurred more entrants into this fall’s mayoral race.
So far, it hasn’t. Businessman and Lincoln Parish Police Juror Ronny Walker remains the only announced candidate. Walker is making all the appearances that any mayoral contender should make at meetings and other gatherings around town.

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GSU student gets multiple journalism opportunities

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Tierra Smith doesn’t live an ordinary college student life. The energetic junior from Houston has determination, dedication and discipline, and it doesn’t stop.
Her average days include classes, time in the campus newsroom, time with the university’s public relations office and time with the Student Government Association.
This self-described busybody has recently learned that she’ll be quite busy this spring and summer, landing multiple journalism opportunities in a few months that some students don’t get in an entire college career.

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March 11th

Whitley walks her way to healthy

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Each morning, Jackie Whitley rises long before the sun peaks over the horizon. She laces up her trainers and heads out to the Louisiana Tech University football stadium, where she walks until long after most people have started their work day.
Nearly four years ago, Whitley was told she had Type 2 diabetes. That day, she went home and cried. Not long after, she strapped on her walking shoes and hasn’t put them down yet.

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Insurance changes?

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LPPJ to consider several committee appointments

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury Personnel and Benefits Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss recommendations for board and commission vacancies before the LPPJ’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m.
The committee will recommend James Pilgreen for a five-year term on the Library Board of Control, Keith Barnes for a five-year term on the Greater Ward One Waterworks District and Winston McVea for a five-year term on Waterworks District No. 2. All recommended personnel are incumbents of their respective positions.

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Learning more on Common Core

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A member of the Ruston TEA party accused the speaker for Monday night’s Common Core forum and the director for Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL) Keith Courville of using “buzzwords” to try and embellish the purpose behind Common Core Standards.
Courville spoke on behalf of Common Core during the forum but said he cannot publicly endorse the standards nor any of the national assessments associated with the standards such as PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).

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Search set for Dixie Entertainer

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Johnny Mohawk and his famous pup will lead the search for the 2014 Dixie Horizon Entertainer at 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
“(He is) someone who has shown ability to draw a crowd, someone who people young and old want to see and someone who will be fun,” Melinda Thigpen, event coordinator, said. “This year’s emcee is Johnny Mohawk and Austin the Fly N Lion. He has been an emcee at the Margaritaville Club in Florida and Austin, and an entertainment director at Club Med in Cancun, Mexico, as well as many parties, parades and other functions.”

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It’s time for early spring vegetable gardening

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It seems like this winter will never end. The weather conditions have kept most gardeners inside for the majority of February, and March is not starting off any better.
Many gardeners have not planted their Irish potato patch, English peas or many of the cole crops. It is late for these cool season plants, but if planted now these plants will produce a spring crop. Yields may be smaller but still worth the effort.
Patience is the key word for vegetable growers during this month. Remember, on the average, the last frost date is from March 16-21 for the northern parishes of Louisiana.

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Tech journalism scores big at SEJC

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Louisiana Tech journalism students won top awards this past weekend at the Southeast Journalism Conference held at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Universities from eight states compete in SEJC, which consists of a yearly Best of the South competition, where students submit work prior to the conference and an on-site competition.
In the Best of the South competition, which ranks the top ten students in each category, the journalism department brought home the following awards:

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