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August 15th, 2013

Tigers slow things down for a bit

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GSU works out at indoor walk-throughs while preparing to up the pace

The Grambling State Tigers conducted a second consecutive day of indoor walk-throughs Wednesday, easing things up a bit before making a big push toward the start of the 2013 season.
“The rain on Tuesday pushed us inside and then we already had the walk-through planned for (Wednesday) to give the guys a bit of break,” Tigers head coach Doug Williams said. “They’ve been working hard in a lot of heat, so they deserved that kind of break. You can still accomplish a lot of things during the walk-throughs, especially things like putting in packages and schemes, and things like that.”

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Laird satisified with RHS progress

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The Ruston High School Bearcats continued preseason workouts Wednesday under the watchful eyes of first-year head coach Brad Laird.
“They’re working hard right now and making progress, and that’s all we can ask for at this point,” Laird said. “It’s still early on. We’re not nearly ready to line up and play a game at this point, but that’s what preseason practices are for. We have a long way to go, but we’re taking things step by step and the guys will be ready by the time the start of the season rolls around.”
Laird said the team reported to preseason practice in solid condition.

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Tech tailgate plans announced

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Louisiana Tech fans wishing to participate in tailgating prior to the five home games at Joe Aillet Stadium this year are encouraged to begin making plans now as the Bulldogs begin their first year as a member of Conference USA.
Skip Holtz and Co. will open the home portion of their schedule Sept. 7 when the Bulldogs host Lamar at 6 p.m. The additional four home games include Tulane (Sept. 12), North Texas (Oct. 19), Southern Miss (Nov. 9) and Tulsa (Nov. 23).

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Kittens shaping up for season

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The Grambling Laboratory High School Kittens closed out Wednesday’s practice by running wind sprints. The Kittens open the season at on Oct. 6 against Red River.

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Holtz hypes up The Happening

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz joined Tech President Les Guice and new Athletics Director Tommy McClelland as speakers at The Happening XXXII Tuesday night at the Monroe Civic Center, getting fans pumped up about the upcoming season and spreading a few laughs around in the process.
“I’m glad to be working here because I sure as heck couldn’t have gotten into school here,” Holtz joked after Guice spoke of Tech’s academic success over the past year.

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August 14th

Money raised benefits library

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Area residents had the opportunity Saturday to participate in National Garage Sale Day at the Lincoln Parish Library. Proceeds raised from booth and table rentals totaled approximately $1,100 and went to the Friends of the Library. Programming Coordinator Emily Arnold said the money raised will bring in Riders of the Orphan Train, from Austin, Texas, on Oct. 22. The presentation will include music drama and a multimedia presentation.

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Happening XXXII

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The changing times for Louisiana Tech University permeated the air Tuesday night as the university held its “Happening XXXII” at the Monroe Civic Center.
Instead of a formal banquet as in all the previous events, the Happening XXXII was a much more casual affair featuring a relaxed atmosphere organizers set to be like a football tailgating event, allowing for more mingling among attendees, which numbered more than 1,000.

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Board discusses Simsboro track, benefits of LHF

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The August meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board was focused on getting students back in classes and getting supplies to schools.
Board members unanimously — with the exception of Trott Hunt who was absent — approved the revised Pupil Progression Plan. This plan, which defines how students are promoted and progress through school until graduation, is required to be updated each year in accordance with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines.
Paula Pardue, secondary academic coordinator, assured the board that this new plan meets those standards.

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RCT holds auditions

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‘Christmas Belles’ to ring in December production

With one production under their belt for the season, Ruston Community Theatre is now gearing up for their next production.
Directed by Nancy Wallace, the cast of “Christmas Belles” will take the Dixie Center for the Arts Stage Dec. 5-8.
Auditions are set to be at 6 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 22.
“This is the second part of a trilogy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and James Wooten,” Wallace said. “The first was performed a few years ago — ‘Dearly Beloved.’”
Wallace said there are four characters available to audition for — two males and two females.

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Ways to tackle childhood obesity

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Childhood obesity in the United States continues to increase. And, the trend toward obesity worldwide is rising with one in three youth overweight or obese. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, between 1970 and 2004, the prevalence of overweight individuals almost tripled among U.S. preschoolers and adolescents and quadrupled among children aged 6 to11 years.

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