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March 19th, 2015

Mother thanks community

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Our family suffered a tragedy. An unspeakable tragedy. On Jan. 24, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. two representatives from Barksdale Air Force Base knocked on our door to inform us that our beautiful, perfect, fun loving, son, Jack Lindsey, had been killed earlier that day in a skiing accident in Keystone, Colorado. This is our second son we lost suddenly and tragically. Jack was a 2014 graduate of Ruston High School and a freshman cadet at the United States Air Force Academy.

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Buku excited with Johnny Jam

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Tickets were in hand.
Dedicated readers know my appreciation and love for music festivals and music as a whole.
Readers might remember my writing about my excitement about attending Buku Music and Art Project in New Orleans that occurred this past weekend, the first time I was to attend.
I was going to rock out with some of my favorite artists in the city I love.
Well … it didn’t happen.
I’m going to have to wait another year to walk my inaugural steps into the festival.
Unfortunately, a series of events that were out of my control prevented me from attending the festival.

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March 18th

LPSB continues search

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The Lincoln Parish School Board interviewed two more potential replacements for the superintendent position on Tuesday.
Byron Lyons, director of human resources from East Cleveland City School systems, and Jesse Winston, director of federal programs in Morehouse Parish, met with the public and interviewed in front of the School Board.
The remaining two will be interviewed today.
The School Board continued to interview the potential candidates in executive session, where they can talk about privileged decisions in private.

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Tech defeats CMU, 89-79

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The Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs basketball team thanks student supporters who were part of a crowd of 6,904 fans Tuesday night who cheered the Dunkin’ Dogs on to a 89-79 win in first-round action of the National Invitational Tournament at the Thomas Assembly Center. Tech will next travel to Texas A&M for a second-round game. The date and time for that game had not been determined as of press time. For more on Tech’s win see page 7.

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Events delayed

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, one weekend event and a main event set for April have been rescheduled.
The Lighten Up! Lincoln Parish 5K Color Dash scheduled for Saturday has been postponed until the fall. A new date will be selected, allowing for a much improved event and to avoid conflict with the Susan G. Komen Color Me For A Cure 5K.
Individuals who have already registered for the race at www.active.com, will be contacted this week.

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Bishop blesses office, pastor of Catholic Church

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Dedication ceremonies for the new Joe and Roger Luffey Catholic Life Center at Ruston’s Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic were held Saturday. Above left, Bishop Michael Duca, right, blesses the office of church pastor Father Frank Folino, left. Duca is bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Shreveport.

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Duplex development, school additions get nod

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission raised no objections Monday night to a developer’s plan to construct up to 50 high-end duplexes on acreage near the intersection of Kavanaugh Road and West Kentucky Avenue.
The panel also granted conditional use approval to the Lincoln Parish School Board for three school improvement projects that are part of a 2013 bond issue, plus sent to the Board of Aldermen plat approvals for a pair of commercial developments.

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Dunkin’ Dogs slam home win over CMU

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The Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs proved Tuesday night that they’re future remains bright — the future over the next week or two, and the future for next season.
Tech’s younger players turned in their best game of the season as they helped lead the Bulldogs to victory in an 89-79 shootout over Central Michigan before a crowd of 6,904 in first-round action of the National Invitational Tournament at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs move on to play at Texas A&M in the second round of the NIT. The time and date of that game had yet to be determined as of press time.

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Ruston’s Slaughter honored by NFF group

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Picture this scenario and file it away as one of the best success stories in Louisiana football lore.
Prior to his sophomore year in high school, Mickey Slaughter had never played a single down in the sport.
And then, when he did, he suited up as a 150-pound offensive lineman.
But by the time he had graduated from Alexandria’s Bolton High School, Slaughter was the starting quarterback and helped his team pull off a major upset of eventual state champion Lake Charles High.

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Johnny Jam raises funds for scholarships

Musicians from all around the region gathered Friday and Saturday to play in the 16th Annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam and raised more than $11,000 in donations for the Louisiana Tech University band scholarships.
Raffles, silent auctions and donations all helped to contribute for the scholarships at the event.
Two lucky students, one from the undergraduate program and the other for the graduate program, will now receive scholarship money to help enhance their music knowledge by joining the music school of Tech.

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