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July 22nd, 2016

RDBA teams to begin World Series action

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9- and 11-year-old Dixie All-Star teams to start play today
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It’s going to be October in July for two teams in the Ruston Dixie Baseball Association starting this weekend.
World Series challenges are on the postseason schedule for the 9 and 11-year-old teams, with Regional WS action set for those representatives in Searcy, Arkansas, beginning today.
The 9-year-olds opened their competition this morning against Nacogdoches, Texas, and will face Pottsboro, Texas, at 4:15 p.m.
First-game action for the 11-year-old team will be noon against Hudson, Mississippi, and at 3 p.m. versus Cleveland, Mississippi.

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Tech predicted for second-place in C-USA West

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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech has been projected to finish second in Conference USA’s West division in a preseason vote conducted by a panel of media members that cover the league’s schools.
Coming off back-to-back bowl victories, the Bulldogs have compiled a 13-3 league record over the past two seasons and recently placed the most student-athletes of any school to C-USA’s preseason all-conference team with seven players honored. Among those seven, kicker Jonathan Barnes was voted preseason Co-Special Teams Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

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Expo Center gets new stalls

The North Louisiana Exhibition Center is one of the most booked venues in our area.

With an event held almost every weekend, it is no wonder the staff at the facility requested new stalls from the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

Angela Manning, commissioner of the expo center, said in order for the center to continue to provide its customers what is needed, as well as expand to new customers, new stalls had to be purchased.

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Never too young to learn to cook

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Something I learned a long time ago is that you have to find those small moments in life where everything seems to quiet and the only thing that really matters is whatever you are focused on at that moment.
I had a lot of those moments in the kitchen with my mom growing up.
I wasn’t always standing beside her with my own dish in front of me, sometimes I was just at the bar, watching her.
She cooked so much, I think, not because it was a passion or a love, but because she enjoyed the quiet moments that preparation allowed.

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July 21st

Expo Center prepares for new stalls

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Commissioner hopes to expand covered space
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Over the last 15 years, the North Louisiana Exhibition Center has grown into a continuously booked venue.

Angela Manning, commissioner of the expo center, said in order for the center to continue to provide its customers what is needed, as well as expand to new customers, new stalls had to be purchased.

“We have grown in the last few years to the point that in order for us to grow to the capacity we need to, we need new stalls,” she said. “We only have 179 stalls right now, and in order to have a show that would be considered a regional or national level we need 300 to 500 stalls.”

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Tech paves the way for new lot

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Construction crews began demolishing Louisiana Tech University’s old natatorium building Wednesday. Demolition of the old natatorium will pave the way for a new student parking lot.

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DART seeks donations of much-needed school supplies for local students

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Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Terrie Queen Autrey, community advocate for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, said helping children receive a good education is one of DART’s biggest goals.

“At DART, we know that one of the best ways to help the children who enter our program is to encourage and support a good education for them,” she said.

This happens in two ways, Autrey said, including comforting interactions.

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Expanding mentoring: John Belton to broaden program

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Even before he took his oath of office as district attorney for the Third Judicial District, John Belton knew he wanted to implement programs that provided opportunities for at risk students.
Taking office in January 2015, Belton implemented a program targeting students with discipline and attendance problems. But there was something missing.
Belton felt a need to offer mentoring to all students, regardless of whether they were having problems in the classroom.

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Bulldogs top C-USA preseason rankings

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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech placed a league-best seven football student-athletes on the 2016 Preseason Conference USA team, which was announced by the league office Wednesday following a vote by the conference’s 13 head coaches.
Among the seven Bulldogs selected, junior kicker Jonathan Barnes earned a share of Special Teams Player of the Year honors with Florida Atlantic senior punter Dalton Schomp, while deep snapper Darrell Travis also earned a spot on the preseason list.

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School returns in August

The inevitable is almost here.

In just three weeks, summer vacation will conclude for thousands of local students who will begin packing their backpacks and getting ready to get back to the books.

But before students spend any time in the classroom, parents should note a few important dates.

Many area schools will host preparation days and expect important objectives to be completed before the first bell of the 2016-17 school year rings.

Parents of public school students are encouraged to register their youngsters before Aug. 1 at the Lincoln Parish School Board Office.

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