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February 16th, 2017

Expo Center events scheduled

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The North Louisiana Exhibition Center has the following events scheduled for February and March: Saturday and Sunday – Deep South Little Britches Rodeo; Feb. 24-25 – Northeast High School Rodeo.
March 4 - Barrel Race and Sorting; March 5 - Wilder Productions Team Roping; March 11-12 - Deep South Little Britches Rodeo (admission applies); March 18-19 - Cotton Country Open Horse Show; March 21-22 – Big Top Circus (admission applies); March 24-26 - Northwest High School Rodeo (admission applies); and March 31-April 1 – River Cities Cutting.

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LAFCS to hold conference

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Louisiana Tech University will hold the Louisiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences annual conference today and Friday. The conference will be held at University Hall. Pre-registration is open through Monday.
Tickets are $75. Discounted tickets for students, early childhood educators and Family and Consumer Sciences educators are $25.

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Applications for scholarship

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First National Bank is offering a $1,500 Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship for the 2017 year.
All graduating seniors from schools in Lincoln Parish are encouraged to apply. The annual scholarship honors the memory of Jackie Woodard Whitlock, who worked in the Lincoln Parish school system for over 20 years.
Applications are available at First National Bank and all Lincoln Parish High Schools. The selection of the recipient will be made by a group of retired Lincoln Parish educators. Deadline for submission is April 7.

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Louisiana Tech civil engineering students earn scholarships from DOTD

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Ten Louisiana Tech University students majoring in civil engineering have each earned $1,000 scholarship awards from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
Cameron Broussard, Cody Abshire, Hunter Calhoon, Lane Brister, Matthew Upshaw, Ryan Barton, Stetson Keen, Taylor Cappe, Tyler Bridges and Victor Seth Bivens were selected from a highly-accomplished pool of applicants from across the state.
They received the scholarship awards from DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson at a ceremony held at the DOTD headquarters in Baton Rouge.

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State needs to get act together

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I do not want to underrepresent the financial problems of Louisiana — it’s not pretty.
The Legislature is currently in a special session called by Gov. John Bel Edwards to deal with how to close the state’s $304 million deficit.
But the governor and some of the lawmakers differ on how to close the gap.
Edwards, a Democrat, calls for cutting $60 million from state agencies, using $120 million from the rainy day fund and tapping into $120 million in other available financing to fill holes. Senate leaders backed that approached.

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Annual financial fair benefits local youth

More than 560 Lincoln Parish high school sophomores were introduced to real-world finances this week as United Way of Northeast Louisiana hosted their annual Dollars and $ense Reality Fair at the Ruston Civic Center.
The fair is a financial education simulation during which students actively learn how to make better financial decisions and gain knowledge of budgeting, saving and spending.
Beginning on Wednesday, the Ruston Civic Center was filled with students from Lincoln Parish schools who were ready to receive their simulated jobs for the day and begin their “new” lives.

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No. 7 LSU tops Tech 5-0 on softball field

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BATON ROUGE – LSU scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning and Tiger ace Carly Hoover threw a complete-game no-hitter as the No.7-ranked Tigers defeated Louisiana Tech 5-0 at Tiger Park Wednesday night.
Tech (5-1) fell victim to some defensive miscues in the bottom of the second inning that ultimately cost the Lady Techsters four runs, giving Hoover and the Tigers more than enough breathing room the rest of the night.

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Techsters to begin Florida road swing tonight vs. Owls

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BOCA RATON, Florida — Louisiana Tech will put its three-game winning streak on the line when the Lady Techsters travel to FAU Arena to face Florida Atlantic at 6 p.m. today.
The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show set for 5:30 p.m. Fans can hear a free audio broadcast online at espn977.com or by uploading the Red Peach Media or Louisiana Tech X mobile apps. A live video stream of the game can be obtained through a paid subscription to CUSATV.com.

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Surging Dunkin’ Dogs to host FAU

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Louisiana Tech looks to extend its four-game winning streak and keep its sights set on a first round bye in the league tournament when they face off against Florida Atlantic at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
Tech (18-8, 10-3 Conference USA) is currently in second place in the conference standings, two games back of first and two games in front of third, with five remaining league games to go. Like in previous years, the top four seeds get a bye into the quarterfinals.

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Prep girls set to start playoffs

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All six Lincoln Parish girls high school basketball teams will begin playoff runs this week in the expanded Louisiana High School Athletics Association postseason brackets were released on Monday.
This year’s playoff will include five more divisions to award state championships as select and non-select championships are awarded.
Ruston is the No. 14 seed in Class 5A and will be at home in the first round against No. 19 New Iberia at 6 p.m. on today.

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