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March 1st

D’Arbonne lake drawdown on schedule

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The D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission held its monthly meeting last week, with reports being given on the lake alternative spillway addition and the 2012 lake drawdown project.
Commission President Noel James said that while recent weather has slowed the alternative spillway project, that delay is not expected to affect the timeline for completing the project.
“We’ve had a lot of rain that’s slowed things down,” James said. “But there was good progress made before the weather started and it looks like things are still on track to get things completed on time.”

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Lambright center nearing completion

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Sports center enters final phases of construction; set to open April 2

Whether for running, swimming, climbing or lounging pool side, Louisiana Tech’s Maxie Lambright Intramural Sports Center will be available with updates beginning April 2.
The newest addition to Lambright is entering the final phases of a lengthy construction project.
Lambright has served as a place for Tech students and the people of Ruston to get fit and strive for a healthy lifestyle since opening in 1981.

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Cane’s raises money for 4 Paws

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The Ruston Raising Cane’s Restaurant raised $271.53 for 4 Paws.
Furry friends across the country are enjoying some holiday cheer well after the decorations have been put away thanks to a pet-loving chicken finger chain and its customers.
Raising Cane’s announced its annual Raising Cane’s Holiday Plush Puppy campaign raised more than $20,000 for animal welfare this past year.

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Lola teaches conservation, marine life

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Her name is Lola. She is a … sea turtle?
Why, yes, she is.
Senior Ruston High School students in Amy Guerin’s marine science class last year created a replica of a sea turtle, named Lola that was recently donated to Louisiana Tech’s IDEA Place to help students who come through their doors learn more about conservation.

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Students serve special guests at new school

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Kindergarten news
The kindergarteners at Choudrant were very busy during the month of February. We celebrated our 100th day of school with many fun activities. We made 100th Day posters with 100 items and shared them with our classmates. 
We made 100th Day crowns to wear throughout the day, 100th Day necklaces made with Fruit Loops and we made our snack with 100 yummy snacks.

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FBLA team brings home wins

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Open house set
Lisa Bastion, principal at Choudrant High School, is pleased to announce an open house from 2-4 p.m. April 15. The new construction and renovation of our facilities is nearing completion; most teachers have moved out of portable buildings into the new building adjacent to the original structure and into the new ag building behind the school. The auditorium is being renovated, and the cafeteria has been enlarged. The original building and outside areas have received a facelift, and the grounds are being improved as construction materials are removed.

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Honor Women’s History Month

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month.
The national recognition is intended to pay tribute to generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.
Opportunities for women have come a long way in our country over the last couple of centuries.
It was not until 1920 — fewer than 100 years ago — that women in the U.S. were granted the right to vote through the 19th amendment.

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A penny saved, a penny earned

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Some people rely on their banks to tell them when they have spent too much, or if they have a little extra as a result of rewards. For me, I am one of those people always trying to save money. My children notoriously ask me, “Mom, give me some money for this or that?” If I feel like it is something they “need,” then I find the way to make the purchase. It may not be that day, but it comes. As for the children, they ask for it. If I tell them it is rather expensive, and that item is not a necessity, then I tell them “no.” They then go through the begging and pleading stage. It then comes to the question, “Mom, do you not have it, or do you have it in your rat-hole money?” I am not a mean parent, but I try to buy things based on a rewards system.” I watched people and asked others this week “How do you save money when you shop?” What I got was both ways to save money normally and not so normal ways to save money.

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The baggage of higher gas prices

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President Obama addressed a cheering crowd of supporters in Miami recently on the less than cheery topic of rapidly rising gasoline pump prices. One might think that such a serious topic of concern to voters might have been addressed in the Oval Office instead of in a campaign-style setting, but that wasn’t the case.
The president brandished one of his favorite themes in his speech in Miami: that a problem (in this instance higher gasoline prices) isn’t his fault and he should not be assigned any blame for it. The buck in the current Oval Office always seems to stop elsewhere.

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Students awarded for science, writing excellence

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Upcoming Events
• 8:30 a.m. Friday — Peek at Pre-K
• 10:30 am. April 20 — Open house and campus tour
Regional Science Fair
Congratulations to the high school science fair team for their accomplishments at the Regional Science Fair at Tech on Feb. 16.
The team members were Hannah McNew, Carley Bowman, Brock Blackwell, Kay-Lynn Klug, Erik Eklund and Sam Rudnicki. The following awards were received: Sam Rudnicki, third place in medicine and health; Erik Eklund, third place in physics; Kay-Lynn Klug, third place in engineering-materials; Brock Blackwell, second place in chemistry and Carley Bowman, first place in biochemistry. Several students were given the following special awards: Erik Eklund, the Air Force Award; Kay-Lynn Klug — the I-SWEEP award; and Brock Blackwell, the American Scientific Award and the National Ocean and Atmospheric Award.

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