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November 6th, 2014

NCLAC: ARToberfest a tasty success

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s fifth Annual ARToberfest was held recently at the Norton Building in what organizers deem a successful effort to raise funds for Holiday Arts Tour, set for Nov. 20-23. Jean Gourd, center, was the winner of the Devine Home Brewer Brewer’s Choice Award. Hayden Legg, right, and Brandy Winfree (not pictured) were the winners of the Devine Home Brewer People’s Choice Award. NCLAC offered thanks to the volunteers that worked, as well as the home brewers and local musicians who donated their time and talent for the event.

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Junior Guild

The Junior Guild met on Oct. 16 in the home of Mary Lou McKinney.
The guest speaker for the meeting was Jim Tuten. Tuten gave a presentation about the Lincoln Parish Detention Center. Many changes are being made, and Tuten explained the progress thus far.
He said the center is quite overcrowded and in need of many repairs, however the following programs have been put in place and are having great success — one being a garden, planted and cared for by the inmates.

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Sons of the Confederacy

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Several members of the Sgt. James W. Nicholson Camp No. 1478 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the 4th Louisiana Artillery Reenactment Group recently participated in a three-day event, Battle of Fort Crawford near Hallsville, Texas.
All proceeds from the event went to the Shriner’s Hospital in Shreveport. The Sons of Confederate Veterans is a heritage organization. Membership is open to any male descendant of a Confederate Veteran. Nicholson Camp meets every fourth Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Pizza Inn.

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Formula One drivers take the wheel of Tech’s Eco-cars

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Formula One drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen are experiencing a Louisiana Tech University brand of innovative engineering this weekend as they test the efficiency of the award-winning “Diesel Dawg” and “Hot Rod” eco cars by taking them around a demonstration track near the Circuit of Americas as part of the 2014 Formula One Grand Prix race in Austin, Texas.

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State changes affect testing

There will be some major changes implemented to end-of-year testing and teachers and principals aren’t happy about it.
Over the past several years the state has mandated change after change in curriculum, standards, scoring and testing.
Teachers, parents and principals are frustrated because they feel they cannot make concrete plans towards certain goals when the rules keep changing.

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GSU offers insight to mass comm

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I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know much about Grambling State University.
Aside from knowing it’s one of the more popular Historically Black Colleges and Universities and that it’s always been a few miles down Interstate 20 from Ruston, my experience has been limited.
Through work, I’ve met a few professors and administrators from GSU, but I have never had the opportunity to interact with the students.
That all changed yesterday.
I was invited to speak at the first “Mass Comm Day” held in the Grambling State University’s Washington Complex.

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Hillcrest: Students learn fire safety, raise cancer awareness

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A word Principal Hilton:

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Freshman Academy visits La. Purchase Zoo

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The Ruston High School Freshman Academy recently partnered with Lincoln ACHIEVE to provide a special incentive trip for members of the freshman class who had maintained exemplary behavior during the first quarter of the school year.

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Ruston High FFA takes state

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Congratulations to the Ruston High School Future Farmers of America Forestry Team for winning the Louisiana State Championship at the State FFA Forestry Career Development Event on Oct. 22 in Fields, Louisiana.
Winning team members are Owen Elllis, Katelyn Mall, Barrett Moore and Joshua Nalitt.

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RHS ranked 10th in state

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Ruston High School was No. 10 on a list of the Top 99 schools in Louisiana, with the majority of schools ahead of RHS being either magnet or lab schools.
“Best Public High Schools” ranks 14,431 high schools based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school is an exceptional academic institution with a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experience very highly.

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