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February 9th, 2018

JA Mardi Gras Parade, festival ready to roll

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The inaugural Mardi Gras Festival: Jazzin’ It Up hosted by the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston will go ahead as scheduled, from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Railroad Park.
Rose Kebe, chair of the JA Mardi Gras Committee said the group is planning to go ahead with the event, even with the current prediction of rain.
“We are going to go ahead with it. It says it will rain in the morning, but we are going to go with it as it is,” she said. “We are going to cross our fingers and pray that it doesn’t rain.”
There will be 25 floats in the parade, and several vendors in the festival area.

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February 8th

Hot-shooting Techsters burn Rice

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Louisiana Tech got back to its winning ways in dominant fashion Wednesday night as three Lady Techsters reached double figures in a 75-55 victory over Rice before 2,039 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Lady Techsters (15-9, 6-5 Conference USA) shot 61 percent (31-of-51) from the field on and forced 20 turnovers to snap Rice’s four-game winning streak and hand the Owls just only second loss in C-USA play this season. Louisiana Tech outscored the Owls, 23-13, in the fourth quarter and led for more than 37 minutes in the contest.

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Ten new Tigers earn their stripes by joining GSU football team

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GRAMBLING — Ten outstanding high school seniors, along with a pair of mid-year transfers, signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday to play for Grambling State University and Tigers head football coach Broderick Fobbs.
“We had 10 quality student-athletes who signed with us, along with two mid-year transfers. We know they will come in and compete at the Division I level,” Fobbs said. “Our coaching staff did a great job of identifying our program’s needs and going out and signing the best players at each position. We signed an outstanding group and are excited to get them on campus.”

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Louisiana Tech adds eight new signees

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Less than two months removed from inking 14 signees to the 2018 signing class, Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz announced on Wednesday the addition of eight additional new faces and a pair of transfers to what resulted in an impressive class for the Bulldog Football program.

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‘DEEJ,’ a documentary about autism set for Feb. 22

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council presents “Deej” with Director Robert Rooy as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Following a screening of the film, Rooy will participate in a panel discussion with local autism and education specialists.
The panel will be moderated by Donna Miles, facilitator for special education services for Lincoln Parish Schoolboard, and author of “31 Day Promise, Prayer, and Encouragement Journal for Parents and Caregivers of Autistic Children.”

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Ruston Artisans’ ‘Spring Romance’ opens Thursday

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For the first time, with its “Spring Romance” show, Ruston Artisans is opening its private exhibitors’ event to the public with a catered reception from 6-8 p.m. today.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or at http://bit.ly/Springromance for $20 per person.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres from Ruston’s new restaurant Grown and Grazed will be served.
The public opening is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, with no charge to attend that event.
“Spring Romance” will run through March 2 in the gallery at 203 W. Alabama Ave. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

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Learn from enhanced school calendar program

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For the first time in Lincoln Parish history, potentially 500 kindergarten through fifth grade students will embark in the enhanced school calendar pilot program this summer.
That’s right. For possibly 500 students the unequivocally most exciting annual educational break in American education will be no more.
However, that might not be as bad as it seems. Early last year, school officials began talk to address the “summer learning loss” issue facing some Lincoln Parish students.

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Celebrate local Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras refers to events beginning on or after Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany in the Catholic church, until the day before Ash Wednesday, the Catholic church’s first day of Lent.

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RHS quartet begins next phase of sports

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Four Ruston High School seniors took another step in the walk of life Wednesday as they signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level.
Bearcats football players Donald “Red” Johnson, DeAndre Marcus and Tahj Samuel joined RHS softball player Kaylee Webb in officially announcing their college destinations during a signing day celebration at the school auditorium.

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Lincoln Prep’s Turner inks with Lane College

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Two-way lineman Taviauhn Turner of Lincoln Preparatory School dug up gold during his time in the trenches in the form of a college scholarship he signed Wednesday afternoon to play as an offensive lineman at Tennessee’s Lane College.
The 5-11, 290-pounder was a standout defensive tackle and offensive guard for the Panthers, and it looks like he’s headed to the O-line for the Lane Dragons.

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