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November 30th

Working to have fun

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Students focus on key skills, take break in day
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For 25 minutes each day after lunch, Lincoln Parish middle school students are kicking back and having fun, as long as they’re not behind on homework, need to make up a test or simply need some help figuring out a new concept.
Students at Ruston Junior High School, Simsboro School and I.A. Lewis School are all participating in the new Intervention Before Enrichment (ib4e) program. After lunch, teachers pull students who need an extra hand or who have fallen behind on work back into the classroom to catch up.

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Tech partners with SouthArk

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Colleges seek to meet student needs
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In the midst of making plans for Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldog football team’s trip to San Diego for their first ever Poinsettia Bowl, Tech President Dan Reneau and staff were busy in Ruston continuing their efforts at keeping the university as the top in North Louisiana.
On Tuesday afternoon, those efforts got a little stronger as Tech partnered with South Arkansas Community College to provide undergraduate opportunities and transfer and advising support for students who may attend both institutions.

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Offering a helping hand

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Seminar to assist divorcees during holidays

The holidays can be a wonderfully cheerful time. Unfortunately, for many it can also be one of the most heartbreaking times of year.
Janet Wilson, who has been through a divorce herself, said the holidays can be one of the worst times.
“It’s the worst time for people that are going through separation and divorce,” Wilson said
“You really grieve during this time. Holidays revolve around family, and if you’re not with your spouse anymore, everything’s different. It’s an incredibly hard time.”

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NFL PLAY 60 celebrated

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As friends and family gathered this past weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving, the NFL continued its tradition of encouraging children to be active during special NFL PLAY 60 themed games throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. NFL PLAY 60 is a league wide effort to fight childhood obesity by getting children active for at least 60 minutes a day.
You might have noticed that, in support of the NFL PLAY 60, all Thanksgiving weekend games raised awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic and showcased the NFL and its clubs’ commitment to help reverse this dangerous trend. In the coming weeks of football games, teams will designate a home game as an “NFL PLAY 60” game. If y

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Quota Club wraps up hearing screenings

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The Quota Club recently completed annual hearing screenings for Lincoln Parish school children. Club members volunteered to check the hearing of 1,771 children in nine Lincoln Parish schools. Eighteen children were found to have a hearing deficiency and were referred to professionals for additional testing. Pictured are club members Lynn Hutchinson and JoAnn Cardwell preparing the audiometer for the screenings.

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WWII ephemera exhibit set

The Enterprise Center at Louisiana Tech will host an opening reception for the latest gallery exhibition, World War II Ephemera, curated by Art History professor Saul Zalesch from 6–8 p.m. Friday.
The Enterprise Center is located at 509 W. Alabama Ave. in Ruston.

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Tech, GSU football squads see big success

Don’t pull the curtain down just yet on the 2011 football season for Lincoln Parish’s two universities.
Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University have one more game on their schedule for what has already become one of the most memorable seasons in both schools’ history.
The Bulldogs have captured an outright championship in the Western Athletic Conference and earned a berth in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, to be played in San Diego, Calif., Dec. 21 against an opponent to be announced this weekend.

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New limits on the Internet age

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In my short span on this Earth so far, technology has made enormous leaps.
I remember playing Oregon Trail on Apple Computers that were less snazzy than the smartphone in my pocket and the iPod I have in my purse.
I also remember the excruciating two-week wait between taking pictures and seeing them (unless you had one of those nifty Polaroid cameras). Being a horrible photographer, at least half the roll of 35mm film was pretty much worthless. Now, I can take a picture, instantly see if it’s worth keeping and delete it if it’s not.

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The memories of springtime

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Lying in bed during a thunderstorm and listening to the raindrops pounding our old tin roof like thousands of miniature hoofbeats, as peals of thunder reverberated across the hills and hollows. There were times then that I would have been terrified, except for the fact that I knew Mom and Dad were nearby and everything was going to be all right.
A pair of bluebirds flitting industriously from one garden fence post to another, searching for a hollow one that’s just right for building a nest and a home for their little ones. Suddenly, they alight near me and cock their heads saucily as if to say, “Hi there! It’s spring! So don’t just be a lazybone, start weeding the garden!”

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Football: It’s been a fun season

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Tech, GSU, preps have supplied plenty of excitement
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A half-dozen good reasons why 2011 will live in the memories of Lincoln Parish football fans:
• Incredible turnarounds by three teams: Ruston High, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State.
The Bearcats lost three of their first six outings, but bounced back to take wins in their final four regular season games, then in the first two of the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs.
The Bulldogs dropped four of their first five contests, but won their last seven and wrapped up an outright Western Athletic Conference championship and berth in the Poinsettia Bowl.

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