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February 15th

Bicknell joins Chiefs’ staff

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Ex-Tech head coach will direct offensive linemen
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Former Louisiana Tech University head football coach Jack Bicknell, Jr., is changing addresses in the National Football League.
After serving the past three years of the staff of the recently crowned Super Bowl champion New York Giants, Bicknell was announced Tuesday afternoon as the new offensive line coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Unconfirmed reports had circulated in New York earlier in the day on the move, but were then officially announced by both the Giants and Chiefs late Tuesday afternoon.

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Tech softballers begin home slate

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Head Coach Sarah Dawson has received a quick, “impact statement” for her 2012 Louisiana Tech University softball team.
How about four solid games in last weekend’s LSU Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, where Tech had a deceiving 1-3 record.
In addition to winning 4-2 over Penn State, the Lady Techsters pushed Big 10 toughie Michigan to the brink of defeats before being edged 5-4 and 7-6.

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Cedar Creek girls, New Living Word boys gain wins

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Cedar Creek High’s girls reached the conveted 20-win plateau on Tuesday night with a 42-32 victory over Choudrant High.
The Lady Cougars (20-8) featured the scoring of Ruby Richie with 18 points, Morgan Lolley with 11 points, Victoria Pardue with seven points and Blair Bennett with six points.
Pardue also ahd six rebounds and Richie came through with four boards and Bennett and Lolley had three rebounds each.

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Money lessons to benefit all

The most recent national budget, which was released earlier this week, shows that even our government has lost sight of the simple practice of not spending more money than it has.
Luckily, last week local high-school seniors were given a reality check when it comes to personal finances. United Way of Northeast Louisiana, in conjunction with Lincoln ACHIEVE and many other community organizations, organized the first ever parishwide Dollars and Sense Reality Fair.

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Take a break from technology

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There is absolutely nothing to do in Martin, Tenn.
At least not when I went there for a journalism conference this past weekend held at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The town is in northern Tennessee right next to the Kentucky border, and aside from three hotels, a few eating places and the university, there was not a whole lot to choose from.

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The Health Hut continues to give

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All Leonel Lacayo wants is for small businesses to accept the gift he wishes to give them.
Lacayo, a Ruston gastroenterologist who’s the founder and medical director of The Health Hut, a mobile clinic that provides free care to the parish’s uninsured, wants to take that free service a step further. He’s proposing a wellness program for small businesses that don’t offer health insurance to their employees.

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February 14th

Working toward success

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CSE, RES principals discuss action plans
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State-mandated, high-stakes testing is little more than a month away, and after last year’s School Performance Scores were released, only two schools — Cypress Springs and Ruston Elementary schools — were dangerously close to a failing grade.
So, principals from the two schools were present at the Feb. 7 Lincoln Parish School Board meeting to lay their plans for improvement on the table.

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‘Designed’ to win

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Simoneaux T-shirt drawing offers cash prize
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The Johnny Jam T-shirt Design Contest will be held from now until March 5. The winning entry will receive a $100 prize along with having their design made into T-shirts to be sold at the John Simoneux Memorial Jam.
Designs can be submitted on either 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch or 11-inch by 14-inch paper. Entries must be black and white drawings and feature a flying guitar with wings, preferably a Fender Stratocaster. Writing for the design will be added later by the event organizational committee.

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Locals share lovely plans

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Valentine’s Day means different things to different people, so in celebration of the traditional day of love the Ruston Daily Leader asked community members how they planned to celebrate the holiday and what it means to them.
Parish residents had various answers for how they plan on spending the love-focused holiday today.
Grambling resident Trinity Johnson said she plans on celebrating Valentine’s Day the old fashioned way, with dinner and a movie.

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Talent show benefits MOD

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Hockenjos family finds way to give back to community
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One local family will help do their part to raise money for the March of Dimes.
The grandmother to two of Lincoln Parish’s Ambassadors, Cindy Hockenjos has put together a fundraiser to benefit the March of Dimes, for research and education efforts to decrease premature births and infant mortality.
“Ten years ago, (March of Dimes) knew how to save babies, but they didn’t know how to save the mommas,” Hockenjos said. “But March of Dimes was able to fund the research needed to save the babies’ mothers.”

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