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January 16th, 2014

Be a mentor, spark opportunity

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No matter the prominence we have in the community, we all have an opportunity to be a role model or a mentor to someone.
Something I have learned throughout the course of my life — first when working in a day care as a senior in high school and now that I work with older children and teenagers — is that there is always someone watching us to see how we react to what the world hands us.
From the arrest page in the Ruston Daily Leader to the front page “hoorah’s” for local dignitaries, all of those people know someone who looks up to them.

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Three-car accident congests traffic

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At approximately 12:59 p.m. Wednesday, Ruston Police Department officers responded to a call for a three motor vehicle accident at North Trenton Street and West Mississippi Avenue.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer for RPD, said law enforcement officers on the scene reported a van driven by Terri Johnson, of Ruston, was backing up from a parking space on the west side of North Trenton Street.
Johnson told officers that after backing up from the parking space, her foot slipped off of the brake causing her vehicle to again move backwards.

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Lessons from the ‘Great War’

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Speaker to observe 100th anniversary of WWI tonight

At 6 p.m. today in the Lincoln Community Room, the Lincoln Parish Library will observe the 100th anniversary of the “War to end all Wars.”
Ralph Brown, professor of history at University of Louisiana at Monroe, will be the speaker for this month’s Historical Happenings, which is focused on World War I.
“I will be discussing the consequences and the causes of World War I, focusing on long term and immediate European causes of the conflict,” Brown said. “There will be a
question/answer period after the talk, and audience questions are encouraged.”

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Emmanuel named as GSU Business Dean

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GRAMBLING — One Grambling State University professor received a promotion with the start of the new year. Tsegai Emmanuel has been selected as the new dean of the College of Business. He is a former professor of management in the Department of Management and Marketing.
“This was a national search, well organized and we had a strong field of candidates,” GSU President Frank G. Pogue said. “The finalist pool was impressive. I heard nothing but good things from faculty, staff and students except for one thing — asking how we’re going to choose from such a strong batch.

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Yard man, wind initiate fire

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At approximately, 12:39 p.m. Wednesday a grass fire broke out from a simple leaf burning at the home of Skip Russell.
Russell said he had a yard man raking leaves into a pile.
“I didn’t tell him to burn the leaves, but he went ahead and started to burn them,” he said.
“Once the fire started and the wind picked up, the fire jumped the gravel road to the pasture.”
Russell said he called and spoke with the owner of the pasture about the incident.
“He said this meant his field would be extra green come spring,” Russell said.

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Ruston Junior High

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Drama Club
Ruston Junior High School Drama Club members performed the childhood story “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” for elementary students at Glen View and Ruston Elementary School. 
Another performance was held for parents, administrators and special guests at RJHS before school let out for the hollidays. 
The cast of both seventh and eighth grade students consisted of many “who’s” of who-ville, the Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who and the Grinch’s dog Max! The RJHS Talented Art program created and painted sets for the show. 
Student Council

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SIMSBORO ELEMENTARY HONOR ROLL

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Simsboro Elementary School has released the names of those students who achieved honor roll for the third six-week grading period.
“A” Honor Roll –
First grade: Khidan Brantley, Levi Cash, Kaleb Coldiron, Anabel Dison, Jayden Eagle, A’eja Franklin, Dillon Kitchens, Kayla Mitchell, Hayden Rabo, Iva Sibley and Mariah Sims
Second grade: Richard Canterbury, Dimitri Carr, Bo Collinsworth, Harley Dowing, Taylor Hill, Steven Holstead, Grisham Locke, Brooklyn Roberson, Jon Robert Scheer, Kwuntaevion Shine, Kirah Spivey, Stormy Tartar, Luke Waldron, Amayah West and Will Young

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Rice cooks up win over Tech

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HOUSTON — Jessica Kuster scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Rice shot 54 percent from the field to down Louisiana Tech 82-68 before 426 fans at Tudor Fieldhouse Wednesday night.
Tech (5-11, 0-3 C-USA) came out of the gates fast.
Junior guard Chrisstasia Walter scored the first five points and when junior Whitney Frazier scored off the glass with 16:55 to play in the opening half, the Lady Techsters led 9-4.
The lead was short-lived as the Owls used a 17-2 run to erase the deficit as the Owls built a 39-23 halftime lead.

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’Dogs look to ride out Green Wave

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Tech men feature 10th best scoring offense in nation
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When Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White was a freshman at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, he lived on Tulane’s campus and practically in its basketball arena as well, shooting hoops up to four hours a day since his dad was the athletics director of the university.
At 8 p.m. tonight, White will be able to relive old memories of Devlin Fieldhouse as he leads the Bulldogs into a conference road contest versus the Green Wave.
The game will be televised on Cox Sports with Tim Grubbs calling the play by play and Tom Penders as the analyst.

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Tech student publishes prize-winning research

According to research published recently by Louisiana Tech University history graduate student Brittany A. Coffinbargar, the end of World War II brought major changes to Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, as Tech was known from 1921 to 1970.
Coffinbargar’s article, “The G.I. Bill of Rights and Physical Plant Development at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, 1946-1951,” appears in the most recent number of “North Louisiana History,” the quarterly journal of the North Louisiana Historical Association.

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