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July 10th, 2015

Curriculum better for students

A new hands-on/minds-on curriculum will begin in Lincoln Parish elementary schools this academic year.
The curriculum will teach a more in-depth understanding of their science concepts combining language arts, math, social studies and science.
Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said this curriculum’s concept will provide the opportunity for students to truly internalize their learning and take it with them.

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Participate in state politics

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The Louisiana gubernatorial primary election will take place on Oct. 24. Before then, I recommend becoming more familiar with each candidate and really getting involved in your state’s politics.
Governors are important in so many ways and your voice will matter in this election.
So far, the declared candidates are U.S. Sen. David Vitter, (R), Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, (R), Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, (R), and Rep. John Bel Edwards, the lone Democrat.

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Jazzland benefit concert next week

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The Boys and Girls Club third annual Jazzland benefit concert will take place at 7 p.m. July 18 at The Dixie Center for the Arts.
The concert will feature noted Southern-rock/soul artist Marc Broussard and open with a performance from Ruston native, Grant Terry.
I am so excited that our board of directors has chosen such talented artists to bring to Ruston. Our goal is to sell out the Dixie to support the amazing artists and to support the wonderful programs at the Boys and Girls Club.

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70th reunion held

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The class of 1945 held its 70th reunion on July 4th. The members met at Ryan’s Steak House for food and fellowship.
This class has the distinction of being the first to meet in the new RHS building which is being used today. They also starterd their freshman year the year World War II began and graduated the year it ended.

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July 9th

City survey says ...

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Citizens want sports complex, recycling

Ruston residents want curbside recycling and a multi-use sports complex. So say the results of a recent public opinion survey formulated by Mayor Ronny Walker’s office.
Some 607 people responded to the survey that also asked citizens to rate city departments and services.
Ruston Communications Director Kourtney Keim said she’s pleased with the number and quality of responses, especially in that the survey was the Walker administration’s first attempt to garner public opinion.

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Stone new Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association president

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone, right, was sworn in as the 70th president of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association’s this week by Western District of Louisiana Judge Robert James, left. Stone will serve for the 2015-16 term. Pictured with Stone is his wife Mariam, center.

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University sets record

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Louisiana Tech University reached record numbers for this year’s summer orientations.
Director of Orientation and Special Programs Andy Cline said Tech has more than 2,100 housing and orientation applications on file.
“Orientation and housing are our No. 1 and No. 2 prediction variables,” he said. “The previous two years we had a 20 percent freshmen growth of admissions, which is unbelievable. As our student population grows, it gets harder to reach that 20 percent, but I calculated about a 14 percent growth for this year’s orientation.”

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Potpourri of Music performance at library

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Jon Barker and Carlie Ann Toliver will present their fourth musical concert, “Potpourri of Music: Music That You Will Enjoy,” at 10 a.m. Friday in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
Lincoln Parish Library Administrative Assistant Sarah Creekmore said the Potpourri of Music originated as a part of the SELLS programs — Seniors Enjoying Life and Library Services.

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Tech shows off Davison Complex

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Building a first-class facility without going over the top — that’s the goal for Louisiana Tech University as it gave area media members an early glance at the Davison Athletics Complex and new field turf Wednesday at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Tech athletics director Tommy McClelland said the $22 million, 70,000-square-foot facility enclosing the south end zone is still on schedule to debut for the Sept. 5 opener against Southern.

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Allen competing in National Senior Games

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Former Tech star ranked among world’s top javelin throwers in age group
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Sometimes the ankles ache, the knees crackle and the back feels as if it had just been squeezed by a vise.
But for John Allen and an estimated 12,000 other competitors from throughout the United States this week, it’s all worth it.
The former Louisiana Tech University javelin thrower will compete in his specialty today at the 2015 National Senior Games being held in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
Allen is ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 3 in the world for the men’s 60 division with a best of 157-47.

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