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January 1st, 2013

Jaycees collect Toys for Tots at Russ-Town Band performance

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Members of the Ruston Jaycees recently accepted toys collected at the Russ-Town Band holiday concert. Entry to the concert was free except for a toy for the annual Jaycees Toys for Tots drive or a food item for Christian Community Action. Pictured, from left to right, are Libby English with the Dixie Center for the Arts, Shane Grubb with the Jaycees, Callie Grubb with the Jaycees, John Emory Jr. with the Dixie Center for the Arts and Kailyn Harris (front).

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Making New Year’s gardening resolutions

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The 2012 Christmas Holidays are history, and the New Year is here. Let’s make a new resolution — a Louisiana-friendly landscape. Gardeners can make changes in their gardening practices which reduce pollution, conserve water and enhance the environment by improving home and landscape resource use. A Louisiana-friendly yard doesn’t just offer a good-looking landscape, it also requires that the gardener realizes the home landscape is connected to and is part of a larger natural system.

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New Year filled with promise for parish

The last few years have been filled with progress for Lincoln Parish.
As we enter a New Year, it is hoped that 2013 will see greater growth and expansion of cultural and recreational offerings throughout the area.

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Resolve to save the Sparta

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With the New Year upon us, many of us ponder what we can do for the upcoming year to improve our life.
These so-called “New Year’s Resolutions” often don’t make it past Ground Hog’s Day.
So, this year while pondering on what changes I could make to improve my life for the next year, I tried to make sure that it was something that I could continue with and not so difficult that I would give up and pretend that I never set that resolution in the first place. So, what would a good resolution be?

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Tips on how to stress less in 2013

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There are so many big (and bad) headlines that are currently grabbing the attention of our entire country.
We’ve spent much of the past month mourning the loss of several children whose lives were ended too soon. We’ve spent another large portion of the month fearing what will happen in the case that Congress doesn’t figure out how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, a scary situation of which most of us don’t really understand the full extent (myself included).

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A Top 25 list of parish’s top stories

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It was another exciting, high-profile year for Lincoln Parish sports in 2012.
Here’s 25 things to remember about the past 12 months:

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A high-Tech year for sports

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Louisiana Tech University was a year-long headline for sports in Lincoln Parish for 2012.
From the time the year began until the final weeks of December, every week seemed to include Tech Nation on the radar of fans, media and Arguably, it just might have been the most news-filled 12 months of sports happenings in the university’s history.
Coaching changes, success on the playing fields, national awards and a transition to a new conference.
And, unfortunately, there was also sadness.
In the year of 2012, Tech was a big sports story waiting to happen.

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Robinson joins Tech track staff

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Louisiana Tech University head track and field coach Gary Stanley has announced the hiring of Calvin Robinson as an assistant track and field coach.
Robinson joins the Louisiana Tech Family after spending a little over four years as an associate head coach at the University of Miami in Florida, where he guided a high jumper to the 2012 London Olympics.

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Streaking Bearcats at home on Friday

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Ruston High School’s boys will go streaking into the new year.
The Bearcats of Head Coach Chris Bush will carry a six-game winning steak into a Friday night game against Shreveport Calvary Baptist.
Ruston (11-4) will play host to the Indians at 6 p.m.
Bush’s squad has won nine of its last 11 games, including three in its own recent Christmas holiday tournament.
This past weekend, the Bearcats took a 53-29 home win over Shreveport Fair Park.

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December 31st, 2012

Top local stories of 2012

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Locals participate in new state voucher program
In April, Louisiana lawmakers passed sweeping education reform bills. One of the most controversial of the bunch allowed students attending schools with a C, D or F letter grade from the state to use state funding to attend private schools. More than 100 students in Lincoln Parish took advantage of the program in its first year, which began with the fall 2012-13 school year.

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