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August 11th, 2017

Taking on a triathlon

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Ledford Hebert to compete in USAT Nationals
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When she starred as a long distance runner for the Ruston High track and cross country program, Linzie Ledford carried her family’s name well.
She an all-star distance runner among the most honored in Class 5A of the Louisiana High SchoolAthletic Association.
Now she’s doing so as Linzie Ledford Hebert, married to Edward Jones of Ruston sales representative and triathlon veteran Jeremy Hebert.
Linzie, whose college resume was compiled at Northwestern State University, will compete for the fourth time in the annual USAT national triathlon championships.

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Board members should not be meddlesome

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“How do you think he’s going to do?” “What do you think of him?”
The “he” and “him” cited above in the most commonly asked questions I’ve encountered over the last two weeks is Heath Murry, the new executive director at D’Arbonne Woods Charter School. Murry was chosen as director by the school’s board of directors at its meeting on July 24. His first day on the job was Aug. 1.
Perhaps folks thought I might have an opinion beecause I came here after working 10 years in Bastrop and Heath spent his career teaching, coaching and later administering at schools in Morehouse Parish.

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How to teach children to speak out against bullying

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From kindergarten to 12th grade, I went to the same public school in the small village of Florien.
I graduated with a small class of 40 — the second largest class that had moved on from that building. We saw each other every day and we knew all of our classmates names, as well as most of their siblings. That’s what happens when you grow up in a small town.
In those 39 other students, there weren’t strong lines that defined the popular kids, the cheerleaders, the geeks and whatever other labeled groups that larger schools tend to have.

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World Series: Huge for Ruston

Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker couldn’t stop saying how “huge” it was that Ruston won the bid for the 2019 Dixie Youth World Series.
“It’s huge because it’s the first major, major tournament we’ll have,” Walker said minutes after the youth baseball organization’s announcement Monday in Oxford, Alabama.
“This is a huge economic driver for our city,” he told the Board of Aldermen on Monday night. “This is huge for our city.”

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August 10th

Back to school: Students, teachers prepare for new year in Lincoln Parish

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Lincoln Parish students, faculty and staff are getting their school supplies in order, preparing for buses to arrive and begin the 2017-18 school year. 
All Lincoln Parish schools will soon be in session with the exception of Lincoln Preparatory School, which began Wednesday.
Lincoln Parish public schools will begin Friday while Cedar Creek School will begin on Wednesday.
Lincoln Parish schools superintendent Mike Milstead said he expects to have a “ great school year” where the school systems continues to “address the needs of the whole child.”

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Keeping the ring: GSU retains football title

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Grambling State University announced Wednesday that it will not have to vacate its 2011 football championship season, including the 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, as part of penalties due to NCAA violations the school announced.
In a communication GSU received from the NCAA Monday, the national athletics governing body clarified that the NCAA sanctions previously announced include the 2012-13 through 2015-16 academic years and therefore the “violations that occurred during the 2011-12 academic year are not included.”

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Grambling continues to wrestle with deficit

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Grambling Mayor Ed Jones said Wednesday his administration is trying hard to eliminate an inherited deficit in the city’s general fund, but that he’s no magician.
“It takes a long time because there were things that were neglected in the city,” Jones said.
The $415,913 deficit — one Jones contends is really less than half the size of what it was when he took office in 2011 — was listed as an “on-going concern” in a 2016 year-end audit of Grambling’s finances done by the Banks, Finley, White & Co. accounting firm of Jackson, Mississippi.

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Chief Hermes speaks to Lions Club

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Louisiana Tech University Chief of Police Randal Hermes was a recent guest speaker of the Ruston Lions Club. Chief Hermes briefed the group on some of the safety initiatives being developed at Louisiana Tech. Chief Hermes is in his 41st year in law enforcement.

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Louisiana Tech nursing graduates earn 100 percent pass rate on national exam

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It was aces all the way for highly recruited Louisiana Tech University nursing graduates meeting a critical need in the health care industry.
Louisiana Tech’s Division of Nursing reported a 100 percent pass rate for the National Council Licensure Exam by all of its 2017 nursing graduates.

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New school, new year, be kind to new students

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The new school year has arrived.
Teachers, staff and administration gear up for thousands of Lincoln Parish students heading to school for the first time since the final bell rang at the beginning of summer.
Lincoln Parish schools superintendent Mike Milstead said it best during the school board’s regularly scheduled meeting earlier this month.
“We get excited for a new year,” he said. “It’s a fresh start.”

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