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January 2nd, 2013

RPAR looks back at strong year for programs, facilities

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Another amazing year at the City of Ruston Parks and Recreation Department has concluded. From our youth basketball league to the National iHoops Basketball Skills competition; from Yoga for Life to Zumba Gold classes; from participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson to Hook a Kid on Golf programs at the Ruston Country Club; and from the sixth Annual Furry Fun Walk to the two-day K-9 Pool Party, it has been a busy 2012.

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Bulldogs push record to 11-3

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He may be only a freshman, but he came through like a polished veteran on Saturday night.
Alex Hamilton burned the nets for a career-best 20 points to help lead Louisiana Tech University to an 81-72 victory over New Mexico State on New Year’s Eve night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference while dropping the preseason title favorite Aggies to 6-8 and 0-2, respectively.
Despite Tech being out for the holidays, a good crowd turned out for the second straight game on the Karl Malone Court.

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Techsters fall at NMSU

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Stefanie Gilbreath scored a game-high 18 points to lead four players in double figures as New Mexico State defeated Louisiana Tech 71-67 before 757 fans at the Pan American Center Monday night in Western Athletic Conference action.
With the loss, Tech dropped to 5-7 overall, 1-1 in WAC play, while New Mexico State improved to 7-5, 1-1 in league action.

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Grambling teams start SWAC play

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The Grambling State University (GSU) men’s and women’s basketball teams get Southwestern Athletic Conference action under way tonight with a doubleheader against Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala.
A women’s game is set for 5:30 pm. and the men’s game will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers swept the regular season series last year from A&M winning by a combined eight points in both games. It was the first time that the Tigers had swept the regular season series from the Bulldogs since the 2006-2007 campaign.

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Laird was loyal to RHS football

On a recent day when Billy Laird retired as head football coach at Ruston High, school Principal Mike Milstead listed three qualities that earmarked his career.
Loyalty, service, integrity.
Those were, indeed, the characteristics always exhibited during the nine years that Laird headed up the Bearcats’ gridiron program.
It will continue with his now full-time duties as athletics director, a role he also carried with his coaching responsibilities.

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Time capsule: Rewind to 1976

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I never thought much about still being around to witness a time capsule opened that I had seen be buried. That’s something that really old people do, and they get their picture in the newspaper for remembering things like when George Burns married Gracie Allen.

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Local, national events in 2012

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Note: About this time every year, I take some time to reflect back on the events of the past year. Here’s the one for 2012.
I saw in 2012:
A lifelong friend lose his mom;
The death of a brother and the opportunity to honor his last wishes;
The loss of a great actor, a news and pop icon;
A high-school principal with a tear in her eye — so born to do what she does;
A teenager get a nice used truck and a daughter her first car;
An elementary school robbed of precious souls;
A beautiful part of the country destroyed by a hurricane;

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NOTICE is hereby given, pursuant to Article IV,

NOTICE is hereby given, pursuant to Article IV, Section 21(D)(1) of the Louisiana Constitution, that on December 21, 2012, Entergy Louisiana, LLC (“ELL”), an electric public utility providing retail electric service to customers in forty-six (46) Parishes of the State of Louisiana, filed with the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“LPSC”), pursuant to Article IV, Section 21(D)(3) of the Louisiana Constitution and Title 45, Section 1163.1 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes, filed its Revised Formula Rate Plan (“FRP”) Rider (Rider Schedule FRP-6) Evaluation Report for the test year ended Decemb

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January 1st

Simsboro post office to close

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SIMSBORO — It appears the village of Simsboro will soon be without a post office.
Mayor Willie Hendricks said he recently received word that the Simsboro Post Office will close, with all operations moving to Ruston.
“It’s just a major impact on a small community,” Hendricks said. “It just caught everybody by surprise.”
Stephen Seewoester, U.S. Postal Service public information officer, said that effective Jan. 26, services will be suspended at the Simsboro Post Office.

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Too much drinking?

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Resolving to practice moderation in 2013
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As people wake up on New Year’s Day and recall what happened the night before, some may make it their first duty to add drinking a little less alcohol to their list of resolutions for the year ahead.
While some infrequently drink or only do so in moderation, others do so every night or excessively. According to usa.gov, drinking less alcohol is one of the top resolutions at the beginning of each year.

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