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November 15th, 2012

Should we allow saggy pants?

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There are a broad range of opinions about what is acceptable to wear in public.
But one local town is toying with the idea of making some clothing choices illegal. Currently, Grambling leaders are seeking feedback about whether an ordinance should be crafted that would mean fines or jail time for those who wear saggy pants that reveal their undergarments.

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Election Day impacts on businesses

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The French have an expression: “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may well be the most accurate description of the outcome of the 2012 national elections. Entering election night, Barack Obama was President, the Democrats controlled the Senate and the Republicans controlled the House. The morning after the election, nothing changed except the shift of a few seats. If the voters were tired of the status quo, if they wanted to blow up gridlock and if they thought Congress was as despicable as all of the polls indicated, they sure didn’t act on those emotions.

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Simoneaux speaks to Lions Club

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Louisiana Tech University Head Baseball Coach Wade Simoneaux was a recent program guest of the Ruston Lions Club. Coach Simoneaux told the group about the team's commitment to community service as well as the required off-season training.

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Caney Lake Good Sammers

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Hosts Janece and Louie Miller and JoAnn and Richard Taylor suggested the Caney Lake Good Sammers get some old clothes on, get their belongings, tie them up in a kerchief, throw that stick over their shoulder and come to the “Hobo Gathering” at Colfax Lock and Dam R.V. Park in Colfax on Oct. 24-27.
The Caney Lake Campers weren’t quite sure who all those “hobos” were that came through the door the next day. But they all brought their can of “grub” to make a huge Hobo Stew Pot for lunch.

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Support group paints the town pink

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The month of October known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has come and gone, but More Than Conquerors Breast Cancer Support Group (MTCBCSG) was busy all month spreading awareness.
The group was busy raising awareness and hoping to reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment. These survivors know that greater knowledge will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates.

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RHS, Lions: Act No. 2

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Another chance.
That’s what Ruston High gets on its home field Friday night.
For the second time this season, the Bearcats will meet up with Monroe Ouachita High.
And at a time when it means the most.
The District 2-5A rivals will collide in a 7 p.m., regional round test in the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium at James Field.
The winner moves on to the quarterfinal round.

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Quote Book

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Quotes from coaches and players on Saturday’s Louisiana Tech-Utah State game:
TECH
SONNY DYKES
(Head coach)
• On injuries affecting the continuity of play on defense: “It has hurt us all year just in terms of continuity. If you look at guys, it has been hard to get settled in defensively just because we have had so many injuries and so many different guys. We will get them back healthy for a week and then they will not be able to practice, and then we are trying to get them ready for a game. It has just hurt our continuity a little bit.”

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Dykes: High respect for Utah State ‘D’

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Nobody has been able to slow down Louisiana Tech University’s cheetah-quick offensive attack this season.
Well, if you call “only” 28 points against New Mexico State and 44 points versus Virginia putting the semi-brakes on the Bulldogs.
But other than that, it’s been membership in the “50 Point Club” every Saturday for the Top 20 ranked ’Dogs.

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Aggies’ coach calls Tech attack ‘vicious’

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Throw in the word “vicious” to go with fast-paced, no huddle and spread to describe the 53.4 points per game scoring offense for Louisiana Tech University.
At least that’s one of the ways Utah State University Head Coach Gary Anderson describes the Bulldogs’ No. 3 Football Bowl Subdivision ranked assault.

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Parish: A busy signing day

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RHS trio puts names on scholarships

Staff Report
Three Ruston High School student-athletes signed national letters-of-intent in three different sports on Wednesday, the National Signing Day for NCAA-bound performers.
Mitchell Haddox inked a golf scholarship with Louisiana Tech University, Jamaya Burr signed on for boys’ basketball with McNeese State University and Kendall Smith put her signature on a scholarship to play softball at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Haddox was a Class 4A Louisiana High School Athletic Association regional champ in 2010, a regional runner-up in 2011 and a Top 12 finisher at the 5A regional and state tournaments and the medalist for the 4-Area tournament this year.
Burr is a 5-11 guard who was an honorable mention All-District selection as a sophomore and first unit All-District 2-5A pick and All-Area choice as a junior.
Smith will follow in the footsteps of her sister, former RHS standout Katie Smith, to the nationally prominent Louisiana-Lafayette program. She was an All-State 5A and All-District 2-5A pick this year after having been All-Area in both 2011 and 2012.
BULLDOGS’ SIGNEES: Head coach Michael White of Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs officially announced on Wednesday the signings of guard Dominic Jackson of Sunset and forward Leo Edwards of Detroit, Mich.
Jackson is a 6-foot-3, 165-pound shooting guard out of Beau Chene HS in the Lafayette area. Last season for his junior year, he led the runner-up district champion Gators to a 21-win season and a second round playoff appearance in Class 4A while averaging 25 points, six rebounds and five steals per game.
As a junior, he received all-district honors while also being named first team Class 4A all-state.
“(Dominic) possesses the speed, quickness and stroke to be an ideal shooting guard for us,” said White. “He’s a very competitive defender as well.”

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