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January 16th, 2015

Tech bowlers play today

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Louisiana Tech’s women’s bowling team will kick off the 2015 portion of its season today as the team is set to compete in the annual Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The three-day tournament is hosted by No. 3 Arkansas State and will be held at the Jonesboro Bowling Center. The invitational will feature 10 nationally ranked teams, including the host Red Wolves who are ranked No. 3 in the country heading into this weekend.

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Students out of school Wednesday

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Teachers to receive PARCC training

After only a couple of weeks back in school, Lincoln Parish students are likely celebrating the fact that they’ll see a three-day mini vacation next week.
The Lincoln Parish School system made the decision earlier this month to add an extra student holiday on Wednesday due to the need for additional teacher training.
Despite this additional day off, Chief Academic Officer Mike Milstead said students will still end the school year at the originally planned time.

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Fire chief will rely on experience of staff

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Womack: This isn’t about me
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Twenty-four years of service to the city of Ruston have paid off for newly appointed Fire Chief Chris Womack.
Womack, who has been with the department since 1990, received the nod from Mayor Ronny Walker and board of aldermen during a special meeting Tuesday night.
“My initial reaction was happy and anxious,” Womack said. “I’m now responsible for what happens at the entire department.
“I think everyone was ready to get it over with. The process had really been stretched. They opened test scores at the end of October, so it was a relief for it to finally be over.”

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GSU alumnus to display his work

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One of Grambling State University’s own graduates will be coming home to display some of his art beginning on Tuesday.
Kevin X. Rhodes, who received a bachelor of arts degree in studio art from GSU in 2009, will display his work in the university’s Dunbar Gallery from Tuesday through Feb. 26. Rhodes will present a public lecture providing insight into his work from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday and a reception will be held from 4:30-6 p.m. in Dunbar Gallery, located on Hutchinson Street, in Grambling.

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January 15th

Cox-Boniol named Louisianian of the Year

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Educator credits parents, others with her success
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Lincoln Parish’s own Cathi Cox-Boniol has been chosen as one of the eight 2015 Louisianians of the Year by Louisiana Life Magazine.

Cox-Boniol, along with the other seven recipients, is featured in the January/February edition of the New Orleans-based publication.

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Family tradition continues for Miss Tech

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It was 40 years to the day.
Joan Marie Edinger, interim director of admissions and associate director of daily operations in the admissions department at Louisiana Tech University, was crowned one of the most prestigious awards for the school: Miss Louisiana Tech.
On Jan. 8, her daughter walked across the stage competing in the same competition she won.

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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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