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February 28th, 2014

Appreciate Lincoln schools

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Take it from someone who knows, Lincoln Parish Schools have got it going on. I’ve only been in this parish a few weeks. I came from Union Parish, so I still feel like the outsider looking in, and when I see everything going on with the school system here I feel one primary emotion: jealousy. I’d like to tell you that I feel pride, but I haven’t been in this community nearly long enough to feel like a part of it. Union Parish is a different story.

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RES: Rep. Shadoin visits ALA third grade students

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Ruston Elementary and Lincoln Parish are pleased to announce Tammy Schales as a semifinalist for the State Teacher of the Year. Schales is a fourth grade ELA teacher who goes the extra mile to ensure student success. She serves as the RES teacher leader, as well as a member of various state committees.
Schales is very knowledgeable in curriculum and has helped our school become better informed about Common Core State Standards. As a semifinalist, the State Department of Education will send unannounced visitors to her classroom sometime between Feb. 24 and March 28.

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Downsville Charter: FBLA members place at district meeting

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DCS FBLA members attended the District II Meeting at ULM Feb. 5. Congratulations to the following members who placed in their events:
•Excellent in Current Events (team event): Reuben Mitchell, Tyler LaGrone, and Paxton Zeigler.
•Excellent in Banking and Financial Systems (team event): Sydney Eppinette, Emma Godwin and Morgan Rogers.
•Superior in Business Math and qualifying for State: Micheal Parker
•Superior in Introduction to Business and qualifying for State: Taylor Antley and Ashley Justus

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Downsville Charter: Local students win first place in science fair

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Louisiana Tech University recently held the annual Louisiana Region II Science and Engineering Fair in the TONK at the Student Center.
Pictured at right are first place winners Min Teng, McGuire Toncrey, Caroline Cooper, Keturah Albritton, Braden Jones, Anna Little, Jalen Penegar, Briley Kent, Caleb Granger, Joshua Thorson, Sahar Ali and Lauren Smith. Each winner is eligible to compete at state. For full list see Sunday’s edition.

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ODU defeats Lady Techsters

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NORFOLK, Va. — Old Dominion shot 54 percent from the field in the second half as the Monarchs overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Louisiana Tech 75-64 Wednesday night at the Tech Constant Convocation Center.
Trailing 29-28 at half, Old Dominion got back-to-back three-pointers by Tiffany Minor who scored 10 points in the first two minutes of the second half to lead the Monarchs (14-14, 7-7 C-USA) to a 38-31 lead, forcing Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon to call a timeout.

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Laying it on the line

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RUSTON — First place will be on the line Thursday night as Louisiana Tech plays its final home game inside the Thomas Assembly Center this season versus league-leader Middle Tennessee at 6:30 p.m.
Tech (22-6, 10-3 C-USA) and MT (21-7, 11-2 C-USA) have certainly made their presence known in their first year in Conference USA with the Bulldogs in a four-way tie for second place and just one game back of the Blue Raiders.
The two teams will collide though with conference title and double bye hopes as the regular season nears its end.

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UALR walks away with win over Tech

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The University of Arkansas-Little Rock took advantage of 11 walks courtesy of 12 Louisiana Tech pitchers as the Trojans defeated the Bulldogs, 11-2, Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
With a two-run lead heading into the seventh inning, three Tech (2-5) relief pitchers combined for seven walks in the top half of the inning, which eventually led to nine runs allowed by UALR (6-2) in the frame.
Nine runs and 11 walks is the most given up by a Bulldog pitching staff since the 2011 season.

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RHS playoff tickets on sale; Kittens to play tonight

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Tickets for Ruston High School’s boys bi-district playoff game against Jesuit are currently on sale in the RHS school office.
The Bearcats (20-9), seeded No. 12 in the 5A bracket, are set to play host to 21st-seeded Jesuit (14-10) at 7 p.m. Friday in first-round action.
Cost of the tickets are $6 each.
The Bearcats’ district rival Natchitoches Central is the No. 2 seed in Class 5A and will play host to Slidell in first-round action.

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Tech track headed to C-USA Indoor Championships

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The Louisiana Tech track and field programs return to the Birmingham CrossPlex for the third time this season but this time with hardware on the line as the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships begin Friday.
The two-day meet will mark the first C-USA Championship meet for Louisiana Tech but entering a new league is simply old hat for head coach Gary Stanley.
Currently in his 26th year as head coach, Stanley is guiding Tech’s program into its fifth new league.

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More than $500k raised in Lincoln/Union Campaign

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United Way of Northeast Louisiana hosted a “Celebrating Excellence” awards reception Tuesday in honor of the outstanding employee campaigns and individuals for their extraordinary efforts and unwavering commitment to helping people and improving the community.
The 2013 Lincoln-Union Parish Campaign was very successful with the community raising $500,100, which is a 15.23 percent increase over the 2013 campaign.

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