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Time changes a step forward

As the 2012-13 school year draws near, it seems like changes just keep popping up. Elementary school students across the parish will see school changes, teachers will be evaluated on a new system and certain students will preview a new curriculum.
Recently, it was also announced that there will be time changes for the elementary and secondary schools. Now, the secondary school students within the Ruston school district will go to school at 7:10 a.m., and their elementary school counterparts will start class at 8 a.m.

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Hiding problems creates more

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Growing up in Louisiana — a state that is definitely known for its passion for football — I have seen the cliché of “football first,” in more than quite a few instances in my life.
I first noticed that the great game on the gridiron took precedence over other things like academics when I was in elementary school.
The schools with the better athletic teams in my parish got better equipment than others — better may not be the best term as some schools had video boards that showed replays during the games while others had damaged lights and scoreboards and radio speakers that could barely be heard.

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Perspectives on health care

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We can all agree that the health care system is not perfect. No system created by human beings ever is. What we can’t all agree on is how to perfect — or at least, to try and perfect — this system. The Affordable Care Act is the Obama Administration’s attempt at fixing this problem.

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Remembering magical music

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A couple of weeks ago, I indicated there would be more to come about music’s “Renaissance” period, following the 1950s. I had forgotten what a daunting task this would be. Quite frankly, I am blown away!
My research has been more than a stroll down memory lane. This has become a marathon of infinite proportions.
As I leave 1960 to Ray Charles and “Georgia,” Bobby Rydell and “Volare” and Bobby Vee with “Devil or Angel,” I can’t close the door because here comes Fats Domino “Walking to New Orleans.” “Cathy’s Clown” is doing “The Twist” with Chubby Checker.

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Russ-Town Jazz sizzles in summer show

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Help welcome back Russ-Town Jazz to the Dixie Center for the Arts on Aug. 4, in a presentation reminiscent of the dance bands of the 1940s.
The band is directed by Lawrence Gibbs, associate professor of music at Louisiana Tech University and conductor to the Russ-Town Band.
A long-time supporter of the Dixie, Gibbs has many talented musicians, and music that will never be forgotten lined up for the evening.

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State Miniature Miss to compete in Vegas

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Chanley Patterson, 9-year-old daughter of Charles and Jeanne Patterson, of Ruston, and a student at Cedar Creek, is the reigning Cinderella State Miniature Miss. Chanley recently competed in interview, talent, formal wear and casual wear to win the title. She is competing next week in the International Cinderella finals held in Las Vegas, Nev. Young ladies from all over the U.S. and several other countries will be in Las Vegas for the international finals. The Cinderella pageant system is widely known for its large scholarship program for young girls.

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Griffin recent guest speaker for Lions Club

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Christian Community Action (CCA) Director Stephanie Griffin was a recent guest speaker at the Ruston Lions Club. Griffin spoke to the group about the recent renovations of the CCA facility, as well as the ongoing challenges faced by the agency.

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RHS’ Wilson on Showcase team

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A recent trip to Atlanta is being extended into other parts of the U.S. for Ivan Wilson, Jr.
The All-District 2-5A outfielder for Ruston High School’s 2012 league champions recently caught the attention of major league scouts with an outstanding performance at the annual Baseball MVP Showcase held in Atlanta, Ga.
So much that the 6-3 1/2 and 220-pounder will be flying out this weekend to participate in the USA Baseball Breakthrough Series in Cary, N,C., (July 22-26), then get right back on a plane a few days later to be one of 80 players invited to suit up for the prestigious East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase in Syracuse, N.Y. (July 31-Aug. 4).

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Diamond Dawgs end play

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FT. MEYERS, Fla. — Louisiana’s Diamond Dawgs have ended their play in the 18-under Perfect Game World Series with a 12-7 loss to the Naturals Florida on Friday.
The Eddie Parkman-directed Louisianians had earlier wins of 12-0 over Team Longhorns, 6-2 over East Cobb Astros, 4-1 over Pro Source Athletics, 7-5 over East Cobb Patriots and 6-3 over Florida Pokers 18-under White. Louisiana’s squad also had a 12-3 defeat to Cannons Baseball.

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Bulldogs’ Lee: Walker Award ‘Watch List’ slot

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Louisiana Tech University sophomore running back Hunter Lee was named to the Doak Walker Award preseason “Watch List” by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top running back.
The field of 52 candidates is highlighted by 2011 Doak Walker Award finalist Montee Ball from the University of Wisconsin.
Ball, a senior from Wentzville, Missouri, led the nation in rushing yards and scoring last season. Other nominees include 2011 semifinalists Rex Burkhead (Nebraska), Zach Line (SMU) and Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State).

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