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January 15th, 2015

Judge sentences LP man

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SHREVEPORT — United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Ruston man pleaded guilty to bringing methamphetamine into Louisiana for sale.
Gale Allen Schoonover, 55, of Ruston, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote for one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

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Tickets available for NAACP banquet

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The NAACP annual scholarship banquet is set for Saturday night.
Rickey Burton, scholarship chairperson for the Lincoln Parish branch of the NAACP, said there will only be two recipients this year.
Shamirika Session, a freshman at Northwestern State University, and Da’Juan Newton, a freshman at Delta Community College, are the 2015 recepients.
Coordinator Angelite Caldwell said the guest speaker will be Bishop Dwight Pate, of Baton Rouge, where he has a radio ministry called Bishop Pate’s Radio Ministry.

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Raise awareness for National Mentoring Month

Each year there are dozens of youth who fall through the cracks. However, through mentoring these adolescents residents can find a way to give back and to make a difference.
Fortunately in Lincoln Parish there are organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, United Way of Northeast Louisiana and even places such as the Lincoln Parish school system and Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, where residents can volunteer their time to mentor youth who are struggling in one way or another.

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Coming soon: Rustonia Fest

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Fun fact: I am named after Eric Clapton’s former band, Derek and the Dominoes, and Jimi Hendrix’s chosen first name, James. His birth name was John, but he later changed it to James.
Just from the heritage of my name, it’s obvious my father, who was allowed to name me because I was a boy, was a music lover.
I’m blessed with this name because a) it’s always a conversation starter and b) had I been a girl, my mom wanted to name me Bianca, which is an atrocious name to me. No offense to all of the Biancas out there.
Their originality was something to take note of.

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Bulldogs expected to name Baker DC

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Looking to maintain some sense of continuity in a defensive unit that led the NCAA FCS in turnovers last season, Louisiana Tech University head football coach Skip Holtz is reportedly set to promote safeties coach Blake Baker to the position of defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs.
Bleedtechblue.com and Coachingsearch.com reported that Bulldogs team members were informed of the decision on Monday.
Baker will take over the reins of Tech’s defense from former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who accepted the same position at Mississippi State last week.

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Dunkin’ Dogs set to host UAB

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It is only two weeks into Conference USA play, but Louisiana Tech and UAB are two of the three teams still undefeated.
The Bulldogs look to remain atop the early league standings when they collide with the Blazers at 7 p.m. today in the Thomas Assembly Center.
The contest will be televised live on the American Sports Network with Lyn Rollins and Joe Cravens calling the action.

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Former GSU coach Bowles lands with NFL’s Jets

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“I’m loving it!” said Doug Williams Wednesday afternoon and he wasn’t referring to the latest McDonald’s commercial.
The former Grambling State University quarterback/head coach had just received the news that Todd Bowles had been named as the new head coach of the New York Jets.
“This is big news,” Williams said.
Indeed, it was and not solely because of a personal connection.
In being selected as the successor to Rex Ryan, the 51-year-old Bowles also adds a couple of other new lines to his impressive resume.
He becomes the fifth African-American Head Coach in the NFL.

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Surging Lady Techsters hit road to take on Blazers

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —After winning back-to-back games for the first time this year, Louisiana Tech will put its modest streak on the line Thursday night when the Lady Techsters travel to face UAB at Bartow Arena at 7 p.m.
Tech (7-7, 2-1 Conference USA) defeated UTEP 90-72 and UTSA 79-74 in its last two outings after dropping its Conference USA opener to Southern Miss 79-77 in overtime. UAB (7-7, 1-2 C-USA) snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 68-45 road win at FIU.

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Ram stars, good behavior students honored

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Ram Stars
Ram Stars for November Students of the Month have been selected by our teachers.
Teachers say Lindsay Adair works extremely hard, studies, is always prepared and is very helpful.
Phillip Wesley has a great attitude and work ethic. He makes good choices and participates in class.

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Retired teachers recognized

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Twenty-nine retired teachers from Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita and Union parishes were inducted into the Retired Teachers’ Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Calhoun. The event took place on Jan. 4.
The Hall of Fame, in its third year, commemorates the laudable careers of teachers who, due to the era in which they taught, were not adequately appreciated for their outstanding contributions to the field of education.

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