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Ringing in a new school year

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Lincoln Parish schools began classes today with a half day.
Students and teachers face a great deal of changes this year, ranging from curriculum to school placement and schedule.
Some students in elementary school will see the new Common Core State Standards go live, as kindergarten and first grades are required to use the new curriculum this year.

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Rea encourages La. Tech’s summer graduates to support education

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Three hundred seven graduates received diplomas and a call to support education at Louisiana Tech University’s commencement Thursday.
Kenneth Rea, vice president for academic affairs and Garnie W. McGinty chair of history, served as graduation speaker and encouraged students to become a supporter and advocate for education at all levels. Rea is retiring at the end of the month after a 44-year career at Tech.

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DOTD to repair two roadways in Lincoln

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Today, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Sherri H. LeBas announced that the State Bond Commission approved a motion for the issuance of the solicitation for offers (SFO) related to the bonding of the Quality Surface Program.
The bonded funds, combined with State Highway Improvement Funds, provides $150 million for the state to repair and resurface nearly 80 road segments across Louisiana totaling approximately 360 miles. Today’s decision allows the Quality Surface Program to continue forward in the financing process.

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Wilson at Wrigley

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Ivan Wilson, Jr., will get a close-up look at the famous ivy on the walls of Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon.
That’s when the All-District 2-5A outfielder at Ruston High School will be among the participants in the 2012 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game to be held at one of sport’s most famous stadiums.
The game will begin at 12:30 p.m. (CDT) and air live nationally on the MLB Network.

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’Dogs to practice at Indy Stadium

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Louisiana Tech University’s football team gets an early feel for the artificial turf of Independence Stadium on Saturday.
The Bulldogs will have a 6 p.m. fall camp practice session at the site of their 2012 opening game on Aug. 30 against new Southeastern Conference member Texas A&M.
Following the workout, Tech players and coaches will be available for a “Meet and Greet” session with fans, who will also be able to watch the practice.

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Bulldogs have new WAC hoops’ foes

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New teams in a revamped Western Athletic Conference and familiar regional matchups highlight the 2012-13 men’s basketball scheduled announced by Louisiana Tech University head coach Mike White.
The Bulldogs will host two exhibition games against Arkansas-Monticello on Oct. 25 and Southern Arkansas on Nov. 2 before opening up their regular season slate just as the Tech football team does, against new SEC member Texas A&M.

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GSU-Alcorn: Another close encounter?

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GRAMBLING — Since the inception of the Port City Classic in 2010, the Grambling State Tigers’ football team has continued to attract large crowds and bring the tradition of playing regular season football games back to Shreveport.
This year will be no different, as Grambling will face Alcorn State University on Sept. 1 at Independence Stadium and will add to the history of the series.
While the Port City Classic has a history of its’ own, the Tigers have a history of playing in Shreveport dating back to the 1940s.

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B&B Theatre, NCLAC to present ‘Oleanna’

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Basket and Beverage (B&B) Theatre, in partnership with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, NCLAC, announces the production of David Mamet's “Oleanna,” a provocative drama about a university student and her professor who she accuses of sexual harassment.
This play has mature content and is intended for adult audiences. Critics have called Mamet's drama a tough and “unflinching play” with an ending that chills the audience “like dramatic ice.”

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New Tech seeking area volunteers

As high-school students begin to contemplate their future, they are often youthfully naïve. Many have no idea what chosen profession they may seek, while others are blissfully unaware about the day-to-day routines and obstacles their hopeful professions will encompass. In an effort to educate young minds about the “real world,” New Tech@ Ruston is seeking volunteers to share their thoughts and professional expertise with a group of Ruston High School students.

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Country music lyrics entertain

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In one of my journalism classes many years ago, we were given a simple one word subject and challenged to write as much about this subject as we could. This was always a very interesting exercise for me and really got those creative juices flowing. You would be surprised how many pages you can fill writing about a “ball” or a “truck.”
Having this background really made me appreciate the writers of the country song, “Red Solo Cup,” performed by Toby Keith. What started out as joke between songwriters Brett and Brad Warren and Brett and Jim Beavers, turned into a hit tune and video for Keith. To pen a whole song that makes sense about something as simple as a plastic cup is pure genius.

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