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May 8th, 2014

I.A. Lewis: Rams ‘buck-up’ go-green

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Top left: We are very proud of our students, our staff and our community and business partners who helped us win the district grand prize in the Go Green Awards. Our students led a major recycling effort, planted a garden, cleaned up the surrounding neighborhood, won Louisiana’s top award in the Great American Can Drive and planted trees around the neighborhood and community.

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Lincoln Rotary hosts middle school awards

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The Lincoln Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of its annual Middle Grades Student of the Year Awards. Each student was honored at the May 2 luncheon and presented an award of achievement by club President Bob Myer and Lincoln Parish Superintendent Danny Bell, with an overview of their accomplishments announced by Rotarian Brady Dubois. Each awardee has maintained excellent grades, been active in extra-curricular activities and community service and served as a leader on their perspective school campus.

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The waiting game begins

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The next three days will one of the most nerve-wracking for former collegiate football players as the NFL Draft begins tonight.
Louisiana Tech’s Justin Ellis and IK Enemkpali are among two of hundreds of players hoping to have their name called soon.
Ellis and Enemkpali are the two Bulldogs that stand the greatest chance at getting drafted and achieving their dreams of playing professional football. Both were invited to the NFL Combine in February.

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Techster’s Tufi named to all-freshman team

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Louisiana Tech utility player Pauline Tufi was named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team on Wednesday by a vote of the league coaches.
Tufi was one of 11 rookies in the 13-team league to earn a spot on the squad.
The native of Anchorage, Alaska, batted .281 on the season with 43 hits, including 10 doubles, one triple and four home runs.
Tufi set a Louisiana Tech freshman single season record with 34 RBIs during the year while also scoring 16 runs.
She was 3-for-4 in stolen bases and led the team with 67 total bases.

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GSU softball falls to JSU

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DACATUR, Ala. — Grambling State University’s softball team fell 10-5 to Jackson State in opening round play of the Southwestern Athletic Conference softball tournament Wednesday.
The Lady Tigers (11-23) will next play an elimination game at 5 p.m. today against Southern University, which lost to Mississippi Valley 7-4 in first-round play on Wednesday.
Things were tied up at 3-3 Wednesday before Jackson State (27-27) pulled away with five runs in the bottom of the third inning.

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Tech duo win international composing contest

A Louisiana Tech University professor of music and senior music student were among the 15 winners in the Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Kenyon Wilson composer’s competition.
Because of their success, Joshua Mattison, a senior from Benton, and Joe L. Alexander, who also serves as head of theory, composition and low brass, will have their pieces performed at the 2014 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference.
The international conference will be held May 23 at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

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Numbers say Lincoln is the place to be

Since 2010, Lincoln Parish has received approximately $180,000 in grants from the Louisiana Office of Tourism.
Evidently, the state’s investment in local events is paying off. In 2012, the latest year for which figures are available, tourists spent slightly more than $27 million in Lincoln Parish, according to research done by the U.S. Travel Association.

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The history of Cinco de Mayo

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One of the largest celebrations in the Americas just took place, but most of us don’t know why — I’m talking about Cinco de Mayo.
The Hispanic culture has always intrigued me. Well, I say always. I was a Spanish major (also a journalism major) but, in truth, I hated Spanish in high school. Turned out, it had nothing to do with me not liking the language and everything to do with the particular teacher I had.
Anyways, Cinco de Mayo is a big part of a rich, vibrant culture I find attractive.

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May 7th

Local vet recalls war

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Humor is something that allows a person to cope with certain aspects of their lives. Ninety-year-old Ralph Tinsley has used humor as his tool to remembering his time in World War II.
Originally from Haynesville, Tinsley said he settled in Ruston upon serving his four years because his mother and his sister were living here in 1946.
And now decades later, Tinsley recalls back on his times in the Army and his family.

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Dardenne tours parish

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Last year was a record-setting year for tourism in Louisiana, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne told a group of Lincoln Parish business and tourism leaders Tuesday.
Dardenne was in Ruston as part of a four-day swing statewide tour celebrating National Tourism Week. The lieutenant governor heads the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
He touted recently released statistics showing Louisiana attracted 27.3 million visitors in 2013 — a 4 percent increase over 2012.

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