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April 17th, 2017

Tech Division of Nursing earns state award for best program

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Louisiana Tech University’s Division of Nursing has been tabbed as the state’s top undergraduate degree program.
The award was presented during the 16th Annual Nightingale Awards Gala honoring excellence in nursing, held earlier this month at the at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge.
Sponsored by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation and Louisiana State Nurses Association, the gala saw Louisiana Tech’s Division of Nursing honored as the Nursing School of the Year for Undergraduate Degree Programs.

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Backus True Value to close its doors

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After nearly 40 of service to the community, Backus True Value is closing its doors.
Owner Jody Backus said that while the company has had the pleasure of serving Lincoln Parish in the hardware, sporting goods, rental and photo business, it is time for him to retire.
“The time has now come to start the next adventure of my life. I have been so blessed to live and raise my three boys in one of the best places on Earth,” Backus said. “I’m ready (to retire.) It’s going to be good.”

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Dubach woman faces manslaughter charges

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A Dubach woman is in custody today after she allegedly killed her boyfriend late Sunday night.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Malaysia Carter, 19, and charged her with manslaughter in the stabbing death of Melvin Peterson, 47.

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Garden of the Month

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The garden of Ida Grey Graham on Honeysuckle Lane is the selection of the Ruston Garden Club for Garden of the Month for April. The spacious garden is inviting and well maintained.

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GSU Orchesis Dance Company prepares for show

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By GSU Media Bureau
Grambling State University’s Orchesis Dance Company is preparing for its 10th year anniversary performance of the annual Dance His High Praise show in Shreveport.
The Saturday event will be held at the Strand Theatre at 7 p.m.
This year’s performance honors E. Edward Jones Sr., a civil rights leader and pastor of Shreveport’s Galilee Missionary Baptist Church for 57 years.

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Lending a hand: Why give to DART’s Radiothon?

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On May 4, shoppers at Super 1 Foods in Ruston will see a familiar sight. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day, DART staff and supporters will be set up in the front of the store, as we hold our annual Radiothon, broadcast live on the Q, 94.1 FM.
For the 16th year in a row, customers will be greeted by the friendly faces of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Louisiana Tech.
These young men defy any stereotype of fraternity life with their dedication to this project.

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The little birdie and the grave

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While enrolled in a college creative writing class, I penned a short fictional piece about a little boy who, in the vernacular, worshipped his father.
This boy wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, and literally tried to do that in his parents’ country garden. He’d tag along after his father, stretching his little legs so that his own steps would fit as closely as possible into the big impressions his father’s feet made in the dark, rich soil.
Then one day tragedy struck. At least, it was a tragedy in the little boy’s mind: He found a dead bird. The child was devastated.

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New honor: Being best is Tech tradition

We are excited — and proud — but not surprised. College Choice, a leading authority in higher education rankings and resources, has ranked Louisiana Tech University’s elementary education program No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in Louisiana in its list of “35 Best Elementary Education Degrees for 2017.” According to the College Choice rankings, Louisiana Tech’s program was recognized for a “tradition of excellence” and its commitment to “being a leader in education; a catalyst for learning, research and action.”

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Holtz contract extension is wise move by Tech

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Not so long ago, shortly before Texas-bred Sonny Dykes departed for the liberal turfs of Cal-Berkeley, Louisiana Tech University hired Louis Leo ‘’Skip’’ Holtz, Jr., to guide its football program.
On first review, at least to the inhabitants of Tech Nation, it was yet another bio line in the programs and media guides of an HC with a famous father.
The fourth in a row, in fact, which is likely a record of some sorts.
Holtz followed Jack Bicknell, Jr., Derek Dooley and Sonny Dykes with the well-known pedigree distinction.

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Softball playoff opening games for high school area teams

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Class 5A
No. 27 Southwood at No. 6 Ruston, 6 p.m. today
Class 1A
No. 23 Lincoln Prep at No. 10 Beekman Charter, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
Class B
No. 22 Slaughter Community Charter at No. 11 Simsboro, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday
No. 21 Bell City at No. 12 Choudrant, 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Class C
No. 14 Downsville at No. 3 Georgetown, 4 p.m. Thursday
Division IV
No. 14 Ascension Catholic at No. 3 Cedar Creek, 4 p.m. Thursday

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