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November 22nd, 2012

Locals have much to be thankful for

Today we mark Thanksgiving, a day typically associated with gratitude.
Many are thankful for their family, friends and careers. For those who are fortunate enough to live in Lincoln Parish, there are a few more things for which to be grateful.
Despite a struggling national economy, new businesses continue to pop up in Ruston, as entrepreneurs remain confident that local residents will invest money in good food and quality items offered in retail shops.

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Black Friday bumps out Thanksgiving

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Today, there are countless families enjoying tasty turkey and stimulating conversation around a dinner table.
They use this time to bond with loved ones, perhaps sharing memories, opinions and beliefs. This is the tradition of Thanksgiving. However, for some individuals, this holiday is not enjoyable, because they may be grieving the loss of a relationship, either through divorce or death, and the celebrations and seeing other people in high spirits just emphasizes the emptiness left as memories flood back of happier times.

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Rotary names November students of the month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the November Student of the Month Award. Recognized by Rotary President Stephen Williams, each student was honored at the Nov. 14 luncheon and presented an award of achievement by Student of the Month Coordinator Jim Tuten. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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Simsboro 2012-13 Homecoming court presented

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Simsboro High School’s 2012-13 Homecoming Court is as follows: front row, left to right — Freshman Maid Aubrey Spencer, Senior Maids Alexandra Haulcy, Danita Rhodes and Tia Mitchell and Junior Maid Kimberly Walker. Back row, left to right — Freshman Maid Landon Bourgeois, Sophomore Maids Sabrina Pruitt and LaShonda Walker and Junior Maid Alison Alexander.

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New board members named, student success recognized

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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of Cedar Creek School is pleased to announce the recent board appointments of Greg Bimle, of Ruston, and Teresa Carroll, of Jonesboro.
Quiz Bowl
The Cedar Creek Quiz Bowl Team brought home the second-place trophy out of 24 teams at the Tal Atkins Memorial Quiz Bowl Tournament at Caddo Magnet School on Nov. 10.  Cedar Creek School Quiz Bowl Team is made up of Chloe Kaczvinsky (captain), Joseph Hild (co-captain), Erik Eklund, Ben Everett, Gary Sidhu, Aaron Hunt, Kay-Lynn Klug, Irene Hild, Brock Blackwell and Shelby Raley.
Science Fair

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Rowland recognized as state P.E. teacher of year

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Jeanie Rowland, itinerate adaptive physical education teacher for the Lincoln Parish School District, was recently honored with the Ellen Gillentine Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award for the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The recognition came during the 2012 Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention held in Baton Rouge.

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Tech: Day of ‘feel good’ stories

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Wouldn’t everybody agree that there’s too much of the Kardashians, out-of-control fans and silly reality shows (Honey Boo-Boo, no less) cluttering the populace’s mindset these days?
How about some genuine, really “feel good” stories?
You’ve come to the right place.
Or, rather, the nearly 26,000 fans who filed into Joe Aillet Stadium last Saturday afternoon for the showdown between Louisiana Tech University and Utah State University were at the right placefor several uplifting moments.

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Rattay: New pro career

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LAS VEGAS — The way Tim Rattay sees it, he was blessed to have spent a decade playing professional football, a career that included eight seasons in the NFL with four different teams and two more in the United Football League (UFL).
He spent 2009 and 2010 with Las Vegas and was part of the Locomotives’ back-to-back UFL championships before an Achilles injury forced him to retire in July 2010. Since 2011, the former Louisiana Tech standout quarterback has been the team’s receivers coach.

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Top ’Cats

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Ruston High School’s lone senior members (left) A.J. Brown and Jake Kyte show off the state championship trophy that the Bearcats captured at the recent Division IV Louisiana High School Athletic Association meet held in Sulphur.

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Scholarly swimmer

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Jake Kyte (left) of Ruston High School is presented with an All-Academic Composite team certificate by Louisiana High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Alexander at the recent Division IV state swimming championship meet held in Sulphur. Kyte was one of 24 student-athletes named to the team, plus one of only 15 on the squad with a 4.0 grade point average.

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