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July 29th, 2015

Ruston High class of 1965 celebrates 50th reunion

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Members of the Ruston High School Class of 1965 recently held their 50th reunion. Attendees were Kathie Richmond Farmer, George Smith, Marion Hilburn Hazlip, Joy Hinton Telford, Track Kavanaugh, Diane Monroe Volentine, Rebecca Walker Laschinger, Susan Squires Rasbury, Candice Stewart Nolan Edmonds, J. B.

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Preparing for the ACT

Standardized testing can be the deciding factor for many young students about to embark in higher education ventures. 
Lincoln Parish Schools’ 2014-15 average composite ACT score was 20.3, and there was a difference in 54 seniors scoring 18 or more from 2011-12 to this year.
Whether it is pursuing a degree or attending a trade school, an ACT score determines admission or scholarships toward studies. Lincoln Parish school officials understand this.
That is why parish schools ranked in the top 10 in Louisiana for highest composite ACT scores. 

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Sizing up the race for Lt. Gov.

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Let’s face it. Being Louisiana’s lieutenant governor isn’t the world’s most heralded political job. Heck, it isn’t even the glitziest political job in Louisiana.
The state didn’t have a lieutenant governor for the first 31 years of its existence. The office isn’t a stepping-stone to becoming governor.
Only six lieutenant governors have ascended to the state’s top job, the most recent, former Lt. Gov. then Gov. Kathleen Blanco. Until 1986, when the lieutenant governor became head of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, mostly what he or she did was sit around and wait.

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July 28th

Parish ACT scores top in state

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Lincoln Parish Schools ranked first in the north side, above Alexandria, of Louisiana and tied eighth in the state for high schoolers earning scores of 18 or higher on the ACT.
Accountability, Testing and School Improvement Coordinator Donna Doss said Lincoln Parish Schools 2014-15 average composite score was 20.3, and had a difference in 54 seniors scoring 18 or more from 2011-2012 to this year.
“It is quite the accomplishment being ranked so high,” she said. “Since they started regulating scores, we have typically always ranked high in the state.”

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Local shows artwork at Goff Building

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Local artist Laila Al-Agha was born in Manhattan, Kansas, but has lived in Ruston since the age of 3. She attended Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University. She currently works as the head graphic designer at Sue Paperie. In her free time, she creates personal art, some of which is currently displayed at the Goff Building in downtown Ruston.
“I’ve dabbled in a lot of things over the past few years,” Al-Agha said. “I started out doing acrylic paintings. After that, I tried my hand at watercolors and that’s what I’ve been doing primarily for the past couple of years.”

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OWL Center offers activities for the public

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The Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center, located at 1301 Louisiana Highway 563 in Dubach, is 800 acres in the piney hills of North Louisiana and has been established to provide an outdoor educational training environment for children, families, youth and other groups.
Patrick Blanchard, the marketing and program coordinator for the OWL Center, said the main mission of the OWL Center is to help children from the United Methodist Children’s Home.
“The mission of the OWL Center is to support the mission of the Children’s Home,” he said.

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Mural exhibition by local at Parish Press

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council announces a mural exhibit by Louisiana Tech University Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Design Nicholas Bustamante.
Bustamante began his mural work in 2012 with a handful of students as a class in Homer.
From there his murals quickly flourished across northern Louisiana, bringing art, history, and a sense of town pride to every community that his paintings have touched.

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Football season approaches

It’s that time of year where everyone starts getting excited about the upcoming football season.
And for the Ruston Daily Leader and Lincoln Parish gridiron fans, this season’s potential is as bright as the blistering sun shining outside.
For Louisiana Tech fans, it’s the projection of their Bulldogs to repeat as champions of Conference USA’s Western Division that has generated much excitement.

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NSU to honor Brad Laird, A.L. Williams

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Brad Laird and Albert Lawrence Williams will now have their names forever etched into the athletic history manuals of yet another North Louisiana-based institution.
On Monday, they were announced among the seven inductees for the N Club Hall of Fame by Northwestern State University.
It is the highest honor available in athletics at the Natchitoches-based school.
Ceremonies are scheduled at 10 a.m. on Oct. 17 at the Magale Recital Hall as part of the school’s annual homecoming festivities. The event is free and open to the public.

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Tech announces Cross Country schedule

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Louisiana Tech head cross country and track and field coach Gary Stanley announced the 2015 cross country schedule Monday with the Mook Triple-Dual highlighting the slate on Sept. 19.
In all, Tech will compete at four regular season meets in four different states while heading to a fifth state for the C-USA Championships.
The season opens on Sept. 12 when Tech heads to the North Texas-hosted Ken Garland Invitational before returning home to host the annual Mook Triple-Dual.

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