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March 23rd, 2013

RPAR readies for softball competition

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Spring and summer softball action is nearing for the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department.
Divisions of competition to be offered by RPAR will include men’s “E”, coed and men’s Church. Team fees will remain at $280 and are due April 24. Payments can be made at the RPAR office located at 605 James Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
All games will be played at the J.C. Love Athletic Complex located on Farmerville Street.

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Tech’s Francis captures award

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Louisiana Tech University’s Kim Francis is the current Western Athletic Conference women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of March 11-17.

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White River: Outdoor ‘March Madness’

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I love me some March madness. I look forward to it every year about this time; I get excited at the prospects of what’s about to happen.
Oh, you thought I was talking basketball? Sorry, that’s not what March Madness means to this outdoors guy. What flips my switch is the opportunity each March to go alley-oop over the prospects of heading to the White River in north Arkansas for the chance to apply the pick and roll and slam-dunk on some rainbow trout.

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March 22nd

Raising signs of awareness

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Anyone headed out of Ruston on Louisiana Highway 33 might notice a bright new sign on the horizon encouraging them to “Look Twice and Save a Life.”
A new, permanent sign has been placed near Smokey Hollow BBQ, in front of Patton Service Company by the North Central Chapter of the American Bikers Active Towards Education of Louisiana.

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Voting for progress

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The Town of Dubach will once again apply for a block grant that it has been denied every year since 2010, as the aldermen voted to begin the reapplication process at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting held March 18.

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Students give Tech high marks

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Nine out of 10 first-year and senior students at Louisiana Tech University said they would rate their entire educational experience at the University as “good or excellent,” according to the National Survey of Student Engagement’s (NSSE) 2012 survey report.
Ninety percent also said that, if given the chance to start over in selecting a college or university to attend, they would choose Tech again.
“It has often been said that Louisiana Tech has a private school feel at a public school price,” said Pamela Ford, dean of enrollment management at Tech.

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New Eagle Scouts shine for area

Be prepared Lincoln Parish, we have reason to celebrate.
That’s because on their honor, they do their best for God and country, and Lincoln Parish, too.
Three of our parish’s young men were honored earlier this month as the Louisiana Purchase Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored the 39 members of the 2012 Class of Eagle Scouts at its Council Banquet.
Joshua Jeremy Cook of Troop 35 in Ruston, Asen Tyler Poole from Choudrant and a member of Troop 45 in Ruston and Logan Parker Young of Troop 59 in Ruston all were recognized for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

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Revising the pain rating system

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“Mr. Carter, are you experiencing any pain?”
“Yes, I hurt like Hell!”
“On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst, what number would you pick?”
“I’m hurting like Hell!”
“I’m sorry, sir, but that is not an answer. I need a number.”
“Okay, when you die, where do you not wish to end up?”
“Hell?”
“That’s correct; give me a 10!”

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The hubris of modern society

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Back in the day, circa 1998, my friends and I would play “war” on the playground during recess.
Now the mere uttering of the word “war” on a school campus can get you suspended, or worse.
The hypersensitivity of schools toward guns, violence and other violent media has gone too far recently. There are numerous cases of children being punished by schools for merely being children.

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DHS receives new LED sign

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Dubach High School recently received a brand new LED display. It will be used to keep students, parents and teachers informed of upcoming events. Chad Towns’ shop class will perform the installation. Funds for the display were donated by DHS alumni and friends. Pictured above are (left to right) Chastity Cole, Leyton Miller, Chad Towns and Josh Pate.

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