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November 21st, 2012

An increased tax break for veterans?

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Jurors discuss putting option on ballot
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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury tackled a couple of issues last week during their regular monthly meeting.
Action was taken to move one step closer to allowing local voters to decide whether they want to increase the homestead exemption of veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability rating.
Residents who both own and occupy their property are eligible for a homestead exemption of up to $75,000 of the value of the property.

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New local shop offers donuts, breakfast

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Those looking for a sweet treat or a quick breakfast have a new option in Ruston.
In-N-Out Donuts, located on West California Avenue, offers a variety of donuts, breakfast sandwiches, muffins, pigs in blankets and other pastry items, as well as coffee, milk, soft drinks and other beverages.
Husband and wife team Theara and Sonika Chhay run the shop, which is owned by Theara’s sister. The couple has many years of experience in a donut shop run by Theara’s sister in Omaha, Texas.

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Dubach contemplates animal control fees

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DUBACH — In the future, Dubach residents who do not follow leash laws may have to pay a fine to get their pets back.
Dubach Police Chief Russell Croxton explained to council members that currently when he picks up animals, they are boarded at the Ruston Animal Shelter at Dubach’s expense.
“We have a leash law, but no fines,” Croxton said. “Ninety percent of the animals picked up no one claims.”

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Locals express holiday gratitude

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Editor’s note: With Thanksgiving on Thursday, a few local residents shared their thoughts of gratitude, along with their plans for the holiday.
Sonny Dykes, head football coach at Louisiana Tech University, said this Thanksgiving, team practice will be held in the morning so that everyone can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner together in the afternoon.

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Turkey alone does not induce food coma

With all of the Ruston Parks and Recreation Fall Sports wrapped up, let’s talk turkey. Let’s give thanks on Thanksgiving for its cornucopia of foods that are consumed on that day: stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato and pumpkin pie, hot rolls, cream corn and of course, turkey and maybe even a turduken, among other delights.

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New Rocky Valley Baptist Church celebrates Men’s Day

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New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling celebrated Men’s Day Nov. 11. Men’s Day is a tradition in African-American churches for recognition of contributions made by African-American men to their communities and the United States.
Carl N. Wright, PhD., CPA church member and Grambling State University College of Business dean, delivered the message. His topic was “Men Chosen by God for Greatness” from Ephesians 1:3-11.

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RHS boys: State champs

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SULPHUR — The words roll off the tongue. It has a very sweet sound. And, it is a reality for the Ruston High School Bearcat boys swimming team.
In only their fourth year of participating in high school swimming, the Bearcats have been making waves throughout the season. With several wins under their belt and a Red River Conference Swimming Championship title in early November, it was just a prelude of bigger things to come.

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Bulldogs complete sweep; Techsters squeak out win

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A back and forth, physical battle between Louisiana Tech (4-1) and Chattanooga (1-4) ended with the Bulldogs pulling away late behind guard Raheem Appleby’s matched career-high of 30 points to beat the Mocs 71-63 and complete the three wins in three days sweep in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the McKenzie Arena in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday night.
The chippy first half led to 21 personal fouls between both clubs, but the Bulldogs managed to build their largest lead of the game with five seconds remaining on Kenneth Smith’s three-pointer. Tech took a 42-34 lead into halftime.

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Cedar Creek places No. 3 at state meet

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SULPHUR — It is as simple as getting the most bang for the buck!
The Cedar Creek boys swimming team may have only four members, but all reached the finals in all of their events to help the Cougars to a third-place finish in Division IV of the recent LHSAA State Swimming Championships at the SPAR Aquatic Center.
“It was impressive that a four-member team could amass enough points to finish third at state,” said head coach Paulette Crawford. “And this is a young team.”

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Donation made for RGSA

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Ruston Girls Softball Association has made a $500 donation to Dr. Edwin Davis for the newly formed Buddy Ball League. RGSA wants to offer help to an organization that is being formed to help other individuals in the Ruston area as they participate in softball. Cheryl Lamkin is shown here making the presentation to Dr. Davis. If you need more information about the Buddy Ball League, call Dr. Davis at 255-3080.

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