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October 14th, 2005

Tech students present plans for I.A. Lewis outdoor classroom

Brandi Jerry, Brad Deal, and Ben Rath, all senior architecture students at Tech, were at I.A. Lewis's Parent's Night to show off their plans for an outdoor classroom. The fourth member, Becky Carson, was not in attendance.
The classroom consists of a shed with stools under it for students to sit. Beside the shed there will be tables where students can work.
Telephone poles will jut out from the table area so people will be able to see the classroom from outside the school.

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Shooting suspect's charges lowered

The suspect, DeRunn Henderson, was apprehended in Ruston around 11:30 p.m. Saturday after the RPD was notified Henderson, 28, was driving from Arcadia in a green 1996 Chevrolet Caprice on U.S. Hwy. 80.
RPD Officer Allen Smith took a position along U.S. Hwy. 80 in a attempt to stop the suspect vehicle.
A short time later, Smith identified the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near West California Avenue.

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Jury accepts bid on sewer project

"We have about 13 or 14 days left before the bids expire," Ron Riley, a consultant hired for the project, told the jury at Tuesday night's meeting. "We believe we have the commitment for the $36,000 we need from the state."
The bid selected by jury members was one from Jabar Corp. of Calhoun, for $741,308.56.
Parish Engineer and Administrator Richard Durrett said the $36,500 needed to complete funding for the project could come from a rural development grant.

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Sun shines down on Dubach restaurant, store

"These Main Street buildings that have been vacant for at least 15 years will in the next few months see life again," Dubach Mayor Margaret Rogers said.
"A connecting door will be built between the buildings," Judy Gossler said, "and they will be called Sunshine Country Store and Restaurant."
Months earlier, Judy Gossler said residents were talking about somebody needing to open a country store and Gossler decided it was something she wanted to do.

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LPSB receives accountability results

Locally, Lincoln Parish Superintendent Dr. Charles Scriber said there were several Lincoln Parish schools that did not reach targeted expectations, but overall, Scriber said he was not disappointed.
“I can’t say I’m pleased, but I’m not disappointed,” Scriber said. “Our schools are working to improve through a cumulative testing formula and students will be tested on a simulated LEAP21 accountability.”

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Cedar Creek, Bernice speak to LHSAA at Ramada Inn

Coaches and administrators from both schools have been asked to state their cases before a Louisiana High School Athletic Association committee at 9:30 a.m., Cedar Creek head coach Jack Thipgen said.
Mac Chauvin, LHSAA assistant commissioner and director of officials, called Thigpen Monday to inform him of the meeting.
"He called me today at school and told me there'd be a hearing at 9:30 at the Ramada Inn in the Vienna Room," Thigpen said. "All he told me was they would start at 9:30 sharp."

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Tech fraternity placed on probation, fined for hazing incident

The findings came after a two-hour meeting Wednesday evening that included questioning of Kappa Alpha fraternity members and the alleged victim of the hazing.
"I think it was fair," Louisiana Tech Dean of Student Life Dickie Crawford said. "It's communicated by the committee and national office that we take hazing seriously, and we won't tolerate it."

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Band jam celebrates musician's life

The Annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam, set to begin at 5 p.m. and last until midnight, serves to collect donations for a Louisiana Tech music scholarship. The event was initiated by several area musicians, along with Simoneaux's sister.
"We knew that we needed to do something (after Simoneaux's untimely death in a car accident)," Ruston Road King's guitar player and fund-raiser organizer Ken Carter said. "We talked to the powers that be at Tech and were told you must have a minimum of $10,000 to start a scholarship."

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Ruston halts Fontainebleau

The second place team in District 1-5A had problems, as the Bulldogs held a 7-6 lead with 4:41 left in the first quarter after a basket by senior center Candi Wells.
That would be the last time Fontainebleau would lead, as the Lady Bearcats turned up the defensive intensity and found the open shot in the second and third quarters to break the game open.

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State officials visit Ruston

engineering, micro-manufacturing and business incubators were just dreams of people like Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau.
But when Olivier — now Louisiana's Secretary of Economic Development — paid a visit to Ruston Thursday, Reneau was able to show him a taste of all three.

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