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December 14th

Local students not affected by upcoming changes

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Lincoln Parish students will not presently be impacted by the Board of Regents recent decision on how high school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment courses.
Lincoln Parish schools Superintendent Mike Milstead said in an email statement that the local school district’s dual enrollment classes are taught through Louisiana Tech University, which already has higher standards than those the Board of Regents want to implement.

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State tweaks dual enrollment courses

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — New rules will govern how high school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment courses.
The Advocate reported the Louisiana Board of Regents approved the new standards Monday.
Dual enrollment courses are supposed to mirror the classes taken by college students.
But higher education officials questioned whether the courses were rigorous enough.
Under one change, dual enrollment instructors who are not college faculty will have to receive training from the college on how to teach and grade the course.

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Tech shares holiday spirit

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Darlene Griffith holds on to Carlton Griffith as they ride the mechanical “reindeer” during the Tech the Halls event at Louisiana Tech University Tuesday.

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Chamber banquet nominations deadline set for today

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Today is the deadline to submit nominations for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s 98th annual awards banquet scheduled for Jan 16.
Award nominations still up for grabs are the Robert E. Russ Award, Young Business Leader of the Year Award, Rotary’s Bill Best Humanitarian Award and Junior Auxiliary’s Betty Robbins Volunteer of the Year Award.
The Robert E. Russ Award, named after the founder of Ruston, recognizes one individual for outstanding contributions to the Ruston-Lincoln Parish business community or overall economic development of the area.

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‘First in the state:’ NLMC installs Infant Safety System

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The Northern Louisiana Medical Center became the first hospital in the state to install the new and innovative Infant Safety System developed by CertaScan Technologies, according to a press release from the hospital.
“The proprietary system allows the hospital to capture high resolution newborn footprints which can be used for precise identification in situations like an abduction, lost baby or natural disaster,” Shonda Gray, director of the Women’s Center, said.

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Pet of the Week announced

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Garden of the Month

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COLORING CONTEST WINNER

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Dykes’ hiring presents twist for Bulldogs

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It’s been a roller coaster of a year for Louisiana Tech’s football team with three one-point losses combined with a double overtime loss not stopping the Bulldogs from earning a berth in next Wednesday’s inaugural Frisco Bowl.
But hold on Tech nation, the wild ride isn’t over.
Not only did the Bulldogs earn the right to play Southern Methodist in the Frisco Bowl. On Tuesday SMU hired former Tech head coach Sonny Dykes, announcing he’ll coach the Mustangs in the bowl game.
Dykes went 22-15 in three years at Tech before moving on in 2012 to take over as head coach at Cal.

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5 parish players set for All-Star game

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I-20 Bowl to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at L.J. ‘Hoss’ Garrett Stadium
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There will be plenty of Lincoln Parish flavor in the second annual I-20 Bowl to be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ruston High School’s L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Five parish players — three Ruston High Bearcats and two Cedar Creek Cougars — will showcase their skills on T.L. James Field as member of the East team led by Ouachita Parish High School head coach Jeff Fitzgerald.
Bearcats LB/DE/FB Tahj Samuel, RB DeAndre Marcus and WR Donald Johnson will be representing the Bearcats and will be joined by Cougars LB Tripp Marcus and defensive lineman Ben Slusher.

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