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August 8th, 2014

RHS students getting college-ready

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Advanced Placement scores highest in region

Ruston High School was recently named No. 1 in 2013-14 Advanced Placement testing scores — beating out all schools in the Northeast Louisiana Region and placing among several magnet schools throughout the state, former principal and Chief Academic Officer Mike Milstead said.
“It’s not unusual for our students to leave with one to two years of college credits,” he said. “I’m very proud of the program and we had some great teachers to help make it happen.”

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Maggie Boudreaux to exhibit at Parish Press

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NCLAC is excited to announce an opening reception at Parish Press for local celebrated artist Maggie Jones Boudreaux from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 20. Maggie is a Ruston native and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University. She currently works as an art educator, as well as on her own abstract body of art, ranging from dynamic collages to colorful paintings that play with the idea of overlapping shape and color.
This is what Boudreaux has to say about her “Current Works” show that will be on display at Parish Press:

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Growing pains for Tech offense

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Bulldogs’ defense ahead of the game in early preseason practices
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Defense usually trumps offense early on during preseason football camps.
And those issues are generally much more pronounced with an inexperienced offense.
That was something Louisiana Tech University’s football team faced Thursday afternoon as the Bulldogs practiced for more than two hours in shells.
Still trying to learn the system, Louisiana Tech’s offense continues face growing pains early in camp. That showed as the defense got the offense to bite with some bad snaps and some false starts and offsides calls during team drills.

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Tech soccer kicks off preseason workouts

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The 2014 fall season officially kicked off today for the Louisiana Tech soccer team as players reported for camp just a mere 15 days out from the first game on the pitch.
Despite having 18 freshmen and seven sophomores make up 90 percent of the squad and the steep learning curve last season, head coach Kevin Sherry and the Lady Techsters were able to make some waves with four league victories while going up against the stiff competition of Conference USA.
This year, Tech looks to make even bigger strides with the return of 18 letterwinners and nine starters.

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Landfill does a good, dirty job

The Lincoln Parish Landfill is not a popular topic of discussion but it does provide a vital function to our area.
The landfill is located off of Highway 33 to the west. Dump truck drivers, landfill employees and hundreds of residents visit the landfill every day to drop off trash. But where does it go after that? What happens to it? Some people may not realize it, but the technology, environmental factors and governmental restrictions can get pretty complicated when it comes to landfills.

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Life and all the ups and downs

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Spending six hours under the August sun of Louisiana fixing my Jeep was not how I planned my Wednesday.
Then again, I didn’t plan on the radiator bursting and the replacement being a not so “exact fit” for my Jeep.
Here’s the thing, it’s hot. Shocker, I know, but it almost isn’t fair how oppressive the sun can be in Louisiana.
It is 98 degrees right now which means it probably feels like it is actually 160 degrees.
What’s the point?

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Investing without ‘losing lotsa cash’

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I enjoy reading the investment articles written by Randy Fallin and Bobby Conville. They reminds me of some investment advice I received some years ago.
The good news is I’m only seven years away from retirement. The bad news is, according to my calculations, I need 40 more quality earning years to be able to retire comfortably. I know comfortable is a relative term, but since I don’t have any rich relatives who would feel comfortable leaving me their possessions, I’m going to say comfortable is my having enough money to keep the water running in a used one-bed travel trailer.

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Small slip can be big problem

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Bubonic plague. Malaria. Small pox. Yellow Fever. Measles. Influenza. Cholera.
And now Ebola.
These diseases have killed hundreds of thousands of people through the years, not only in the United States, but worldwide.
With the most current — and the most widespread — outbreak of Ebola in Africa and the death toll rising to nearly 1,000, one would think this is a serious enough disease and the powers that be would exacerbate all efforts to keep the virus contained.
But that’s not true. In recent days there have been two people enter into the United States with the disease.

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August 7th

Farmers market wraps up season

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The Ruston Farmers Market will close for a short break after the 8 a.m. to noon Saturday market day until early October 2014. The market is located in the public parking lot on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and South Monroe Street in downtown Ruston, provided courtesy of the city of Ruston.

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State laws revamped

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In the 2014 Legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers revamped several laws affecting motorists.
Laws affecting everyday drivers include a school zone cell phone ban, Louisiana Litter Law updates and vehicle inspections that can now be conducted in the rain.
Although not all schools are within the city limits, Ruston Police Department Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer, said RPD officers will be working school zones actively during the new school year.

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