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January 26th

Reflecting on cafeteria nostalgia

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Sometimes nostalgia strikes when you never thought it would. Maybe when you are eating your favorite ice cream, reading and old book or perhaps when you are sitting at your daughter’s school attending a program in the cafeteria. It did for me, not only did I pass the gym and the office with a grimace, but the mere presence of the principal’s office and the coach standing outside of the lounge, was enough to bring those memories flooding through my mind.

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It's time to take a stand and act

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One of the main reasons that Louisiana has never realized its full potential, both in economic growth and quality of life for our citizens, has been due to the state’s traditionally poor public education system.
Though great strides and improvements have been made over the last decade, the state still ranks 47th in the nation for student academic achievement.
Recently, letter grades were assigned to public schools, and 44 percent received either a “D” or “F” grade, in a system using a relatively low standard. The data clearly show that the system serves some, but not all, students. Many citizens have given up on public schools and bailed out of the system, often leaving only those who cannot afford other options in failing schools. Too many of those students face limited opportunities for the future.

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Artwork published in magazines

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A Louisiana Tech assistant professor and his student will have their work published in upcoming art magazines.
Frank Hamrick, who teaches art, will have his photograph, “Dial,” published in Creative Quarterly Magazine this winter. The photograph was one Hamrick included in his exhibition this past fall at the Enterprise Center.

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Red oak tree planted

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In observance of Arbor Day, The Ruston Garden Club planted a red oak Shummardi tree at the Lincoln Parish Park in memory of deceased member Sigal Ory. Shown left to right: President Olitsa Robbins; club member and daughter of Ory, Lou Taylor; and club member and coordinator of the event Cathy Taylor.

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School improvement leads to Eagle Scout Award

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Glenview Elementary now has a new and improved courtyard thanks to the efforts of Joshua Crook, of Boy Scout Troop 35.

As an Eagle Scout project, the Ruston High School junior directed 11 scouts and adult leaders in the re-construction of an existing gazebo and replacing a hazardous gravel pathway with brick.

Glenview Elementary’s courtyard was intended for relaxation and education purposes, but has weathered beyond that use.

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Rotary honors January students of month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the January Student of the Month Award. Recognized by Rotarian Jim Tuten, each student was honored at the Jan. 18 luncheon and presented an award of achievement by incoming club president Stephen Williams. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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CYPRESS SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

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Wow! We cannot believe how fast this school year is flying by for Cypress Springs. After having a very relaxing Christmas and New Year’s Holiday, our students have returned to school ready to set our minds on the second semester.
Our first semester was full of fun and learning. Our PBIS program has been very successful with our many events and the behavior at CSE has greatly improved this year. Many thanks to all of our sponsors and parents who have helped us with everything we do.

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Tech, FSU: Showdown for ‘Bone’

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Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs have proved their mettle on the treacherous Western Athletic Conference trail.
Now, first-year Head Coach Michael White and his team want to do it at home.
The ’Dogs are back on the Karl Malone Çourt tonight for a hoops’ version of “Battle of the Bone,” one that matches up the young Tech squad against Fresno State starting at 6 p.m.

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Aldredge receives All-American honors

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NATCHITOCHES — Senior tight end Justin Aldredge has joined his grandfather, Corwyn Aldredge, on Northwestern State’s elite group of football All-Americans after being named a second-team selection on the Beyond Sports Network Football Championship Series All-America Team, while NSU juniors Derek Rose and John Shaughnessy received honorable mention recognition.
It’s the first time in school history two members of the same family have earned All-America honors among 42 players to have received that distinction in 102 years of NSU football. Corwyn Aldredge was a 1964 All-America pick as a defensive end.

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RHS co-captains honored

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Earning co-captain honors for the 2011 Ruston High School football team which held its annual postseason banquet earlier this week were senior defensive back Cyril Noland (left) and senior offensive lineman Joseph Brunson. Presenting the awards was RHS defensive coordinator J.P. Dunbar (right). Noland and Brunson were also recognized at the banquet for being honorable mention Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State members and on the first unit of the All-Lincoln Parish “Elite 22” and District 2-5A squads. Both helped RHS finish at No. 14 in the state poll for 5A.

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