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Church of the Redeemer Vestry chosen

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Greg Hennigan, Linda (Dixie) Griffin and John Kyte (left to right) were recently elected to the Vestry of the Church of the Redeemer for a three-year term. Other Vestry members include Bill Hogan Sr., warden, Dave Hill, clerk, Lou Taylor, David Osafo, Joan Couch and Doug Davison. Members leaving their stations this year were Bob Price, Kathy Sutton and Scott White. Henningan was elected junior warden. The Rev. James G. Benbrook is rector.

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Tech reunion: ‘Family time’

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Women’s national title winners made friends for life
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The calendar numbers might have said “30,” but the friendships and memories remain as strong as ever.
Numerous representatives of Louisiana Tech University’s three national championship teams in women’s basketball celebrated anniversary No. 30 on Saturday, reminiscing about their milestone-producing success and exchanging hugs and handshakes as if they had just walked off the court with another trophy.
“Gosh, it seems like just yesterday, doesn’t it?” said Sonja Hogg, the first-ever head coach of the Lady Techsters and a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. “Maybe the years have gone by, but there were so many relationships made and so many great things that all of us will remember for the rest of our lives.

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Lady Techsters cruise past Nevada, 67-43

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Maybe it was the celebration of the program’s three national title-winning teams or maybe the enthusiasm displayed by the crowd of 2,249 fans.
But whatever, Louisiana Tech University (13-5, 5-0) made a quick dispensal of Nevada (13-5, 2-3) in a Western Athletic Conference game at the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday night.
With head coach Teresa Weatherspoon clearing her bench, the Techsters took a 67-43 victory to increase their winning streak to six games and maintain a tight hold on to first place in the league.

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RHS, Creek girls capture wins

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Cedar Creek High’s girls got back on track Friday night.
After having lost 50-29 to District 2-1A rival Oak Grove earlier in the week, the Lady Cougars (18-4, 4-1) stopped Delhi Charter 56-28 in a league home game.
Liz Carroll had 14 points, four rebounds and two blocked shots and Sarah Pate finished with 12 points, six boards and three blocked shots as the individual leaders for the Lady Cougars.

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Techsters built major dynasty during 1980s

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Yeah, it sure was a dynasty, make no mistake about it.
I’m talking about Louisiana Tech University’s dominance in women’s basketball from 1980 until 1988.
Nobody was better. Case closed, seal the envelope, turn out the lights.
Get this: the combined record of the program’s three national championship teams who were honored this weekend was 101-3.

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LPSB to present ‘State of District’ report

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Lincoln Parish residents will have a chance to learn more about the Lincoln Parish School District when Superintendent Danny Bell presents the first “State of the District” report.
The event, slated for noon Tuesday at the Historic Ruston Fire House, is to be the first report in collaboration with the city master plan Ruston 21 initiative.
Rusty Woodard, co-chair with Jo Ann Dauzat of the Ruston 21 Education Committee, said the event was something suggested by the Ruston 21 Committee.
“The reason for the recommendation was that all of the (School Performance Scores and individual test score) results are all very metric or number oriented as with other school districts in the state,” Woodard said. “What Ruston 21 recommended — and what I’m really glad the school board has adopted — is a plan to have a public meeting and let the public know how Lincoln Parish stands in relation to other districts in the state as far as test results and School Performance Scores.”
But, Woodard said that’s only half of what Tuesday’s meeting will be about.
“The second purpose is for the superintendent to talk to the community about what the superintendent and the school system need us in the general public to do,” Woodard said. “Unless the community totally supports our school system, it would be unfair for us to say we want the best system in the state but that we’re not willing to do what we need to do to help them to get there.”

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Andrus cleared on ethics charge

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Former Grambling Mayor Martha Andrus has been cleared by the state Board of Ethics in a claim filed by three city employees.
Mike Dupree, deputy general counsel for the board, said Friday that a higher standard of proof required for convicting public officials of ethics violations led to the dismissal of the charges, in which the employees claimed Andrus retaliated against them because they were “whistleblowers.”

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A laugh between friends

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Former Lady Techsters basketball head coach Sonja Hogg, left, and Louisiana Tech University Vice President for Advancement Corre Stegall, a longtime supporter of the Techsters, shared a moment during a Saturday luncheon at Squire Creek honoring Louisiana Tech’s three national championship women’s basketball teams. For more, see page 9A.

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LPFD Chief Ford: Fire prevention is working

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The Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 has released their annual report for 2010, and for the most part Parish Fire Chief Dennis Ford said things were looking better.
Of the fires the parish responded to, the structure total loss percentage dropped drastically from nearly 27 percent to 4 percent.
“Look at our loss ratio,” Ford said. “Since we opened the station in Simsboro, we’ve been able to get there quicker and that’s a plus. That’s one thing that I was preaching was if we get people around the clock we can save more in the structure fires.”

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Elected to danger?

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Officials ponder issues of safety while working
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The recent shooting of U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 other people at a community outreach event in Tucson, Ariz., has left many wondering what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the tragedy.
The incident involving suspected shooter Jared Loughner left six dead and the others, including Giffords, wounded. National news reports indicate Giffords was the intended target.
On the local and state levels, elected officials are mulling over the situation and what it means to them and those like Loughner, who is suspected to suffer from significant mental health issues.

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