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I.A. Lewis thinks pink to honor Best

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Students, teachers and community members gathered at I.A. Lewis School on Friday to participate in the Think Pink Walk.
The event was created to honor the memory of the late I.A. Lewis math teacher Charlene O’Neal Best who died of breast cancer last year. The event was also used to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen foundation, which works toward the prevention and cure of breast cancer.
Students spent the week learning facts about breast cancer and raising money to help in the fight. Principal Sonja Walker said students have learned about the negative aspects of breast cancer, the benefits of self-examination and the importance of encouraging family members to make sure they’ve been checked.

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Amendment 2 approval could mean millions

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If Louisiana residents say yes, a constitutional amendment up for vote on Nov. 2 could pour millions of dollars back into Lincoln Parish.
Constitutional Amendment No. 2, introduced through legislation by Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, proposes to increase the cap on individual parishes’ share of funds the state collects from severance taxes for oil and gas exploration.

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Tech students go to prison seminar

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On Oct. 7, Louisiana Tech journalism students participated in the first-ever prison journalism seminar at Angola.
Louisiana’s criminal justice system, like its institutions of higher learning, is staring at a severe budget crisis. Yet, unlike education, it can’t simply let people go in a pinch.
Louisiana needs journalists who are advocates for fixing its social and economic ills, according to Burl Cain, warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, who addressed a group of Tech journalism students.

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ROAR Store teaches students the value of savings

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Paw Points
Students at Ruston Elementary had a blast using their Paw Points in the ROAR Store. Students have the opportunity to earn Paw Points when they are caught being good. The ROAR Store had items such as candy, books, games, toys, balls and all other sorts of things. The students enjoyed Mrs. Kilgore explaining how much each item was worth, and they realized that they would have to save their Paw Points for the more expensive items.
We would like to thank our Adopt-a-School Partners, Walmart and Henderson Financial, for helping us stock the ROAR store and for also helping out with teacher appreciation gift cards.

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Main St. money

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Ruston was one of only seven Louisiana Main Street communities to receive a Redevelopment Incentive Grant for the 2010-11 fiscal year.
Eighteen projects competed for the FY 2010-11 grant support from Louisiana Main Street. The funds will offset total statewide commercial district building improvements exceeding $400,000 in immediate work.
Winning project locations were Ruston, Franklin, New Iberia, Crowley, Natchitoches, Springhill and St. Francisville. Four projects received $10,000 each, and three received $2,500 each.

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Algebra class gets hands on

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Ruston High School freshmen Garrett Allen, Jermiran Spivey, Katie Sawyer and Alexis White, test catapults they constructed during the “Hit or Miss” project in Daryl Savage’s New Tech Algebra I class. Students participated in a catapult tournament, firing at seven targets then determining the absolute and relative error for each. Afterward, student groups determined the accuracy and precision of the catapult they developed and compared their data with other groups in the class.

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Prep season winding down

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It’s “stretch run” time for Lincoln Parish high school football teams.
Only two games remain on the 2010 regular season schedule, starting on Friday when only one of the parish squads will be appearing on their own field.
That will be Grambling High (2-6, 0-3), which will face Arcadia in a battle of District 1-1A teams at Robinson Stadium starting at 7 p.m.

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Students construct remotely operated vehicles

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Ruston High School STEM Marine Science students Kate Warner (left) and Meagan Hammons are seen using the class’s 55-gallon tank to test the remotely operated vehicle units that they constructed. Under the direction of teacher Amy Guerin, the students completed a study of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and investigated how the ROV’s were used during the disaster. Students experienced what it was like to control the units while exploring concepts that included ballast, buoyancy and Archimedes’s Principle.

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Ugly loss leaves Saints standing at crossroad

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What was that?
After last week’s dominating win over Tampa Bay, it looked like the New Orleans Saints had finally turned the corner on the 2010 season.
We didn’t realize a brick wall was waiting on the other side.

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Techsters win over Hawaii in WAC soccer

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Goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke recorded her sixth shutout of the season as the Louisiana Tech soccer team won at Hawaii 3-0 on Friday.
Updyke’s shutout tied her with teammate Cat Buchanan for the school record for most shutouts in a season, but more importantly improved the Lady Techsters record to 14-5 overall and 4-3 in the Western Athletic Conference.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of soccer, but it got the job done,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. Hawai’i was a very tough opponent.”

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