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Sweet Adelines set open rehearsal

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Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present a free sample of its regional competition package during Friends and Family Night at 7 p.m. Monday in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston. In addition to the two contest numbers, several other songs from the chorus repertoire will be performed, and two quartets from within the chorus will sing.

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Officials hope that seeing is believing

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Mock crash designed to sway students from drinking, driving
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If a picture is worth a thousand words, Ruston High School students received a “War and Peace” sized lesson Thursday.
RHS juniors and seniors viewed a vehicle mock crash put on by the school’s “Get Out There” team that was aimed at making them think twice about drinking and driving during upcoming prom celebrations.
Shattered glass, dangerous shards of metal and empty beer cans littered the ground as a girl lay motionless between a wrecked truck and car while a young man lay face down on the hood of the car, his body sticking through the vehicle’s broken windshield.

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2013 Dixie Horizon Entertainer search ongoing

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Calling all performers, of all ages, with any talent, the 2013 Dixie Horizon Entertainer search has started. For the seventh year, talent across the region will battle it out for the opportunity to be named the 2013 Dixie Horizon Entertainer.
“The DHE gives individuals the opportunity in our community and surrounding parishes to be on the Dixie Stage — to show us just what kind of talent we have right here in our own backyard,” CJ Matlock, director of the Dixie Horizon Entertainer show, said. “An artist who entertains at different functions but may have not received the recognition they deserve is one of the many reasons why we have the Dixie Stage. This is why we have this event every year.”

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Help spread MS awareness

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a disabling disease. MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. While the disease may be uncomfortable for some, it can be excruciating for others, as the severity of the disease is different for each person. With March designated as MS Awareness Month, it is important to know the facts.

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Man: Changing standards is a mistake

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This letter is in response to recent letters and editorials regarding women in combat assignments in the American military.
As a veteran with 35 years of duty in the Marine Corps and Navy, I can speak from experience about the wisdom of putting women in combat assignments. It would be foolish, and it would be wrong. Women were made as opposites to men for a valid reason.

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Ways to bolster bee population

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Dear EarthTalk: I’d like to have a garden that encourages bees and butterflies. What’s the best approach?
— Robert Miller, Bakersfield, CA
Attracting bees and butterflies to a garden is a noble pursuit indeed, given that we all depend on these species and others (beetles, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, etc.) to pollinate the plants that provide us with so much of our food, shelter and other necessities of life.

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Remembering 'Buddy' Napper

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Today’s thoughts engender feelings of grief yet comfort. The difficulty stems from the loss last week of a wonderful person, Buddy Napper. There is also comfort upon remembering his great life and example.

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Hillcrest class excited over new SmartBoard

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Lincoln Parish School Board Technology and Instructional Facilitator, Debbie Pender, made a “Smart” choice in selecting Hillcrest Elementary Kindergarten classroom as the location of the newly acquired Smartboard 885ix.
Pender was selected to receive a Smartboard by the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE), at their annual Conference in November 2012. The board was donated by DETEL, a technology provider for K-12 organizations in Louisiana and Mississippi. DETEL has been a strong supporter of the LACUE organization and their annual conference event, which provides three days of continuing education to educators and IT administrators from across Louisiana.

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SCHOOL NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE

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Emerging scholars honored at banquet

The Emerging Scholars Program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe recently held its annual banquet to honor freshman and sophomore students. The program targets motivated students seeking to perform research and become “junior colleagues” to ULM professors.
“I congratulate our scholars and thank the faculty and staff for facilitating this challenging program,” said ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno. 
“Allowing our students to conduct research with our faculty provides them with a very rich and rewarding academic experience.”
Each semester, students from all of ULM’s academic colleges are selected for this prestigious program. During the 2012 calendar year, nearly 120 students participated.
This number includes 41 students who participated through ULM’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute Lab Program.
Emerging Scholars began in the spring of 2003 as a means to bring together outstanding students and dedicated faculty members, who work on a variety of projects.

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New Tech visits El Dorado High

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Members of the New Tech @ Ruston Student Advisory Board recently traveled to El Dorado, Ark., to network and collaborate with the student leaders at the newly established New Tech school at El Dorado High School. NT@R partnered with EDHS during the 2011-12 academic year to help its administration, staff and community prepare to launch its New Tech program, which opened in August 2012.

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