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December 20th

Parents cope with loss

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When a gunman entered an elementary school in Connecticut last week and killed 20 children and six adults, it sent shock waves across our nation.
Sure, there have been other school shootings in recent years that produced mass casualties. In 1999, two teens enrolled at Columbine High School in Colorado killed 12 students and one teacher. More recently, 32 lives were lost in a 2007 shooting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Right-to-work catching on

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Like a bolt from the blue, the Michigan Legislature in its current lame duck session recently passed legislation making the Wolverine State the 24th right-to-work state. Michigan, the birthplace of the United Auto Workers, has now joined Indiana as the first states in the Rust Belt to embrace right-to-work. Both passed their laws this year. The other 22 members of the club are in the South and Mountain West, so the spread of Right to work to the heart of the Upper Midwest is huge news indeed on the labor front.

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Rotary names December Students of the Month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the December Student of the Month Award. Recognized by Rotary President Stephen Williams, each student was honored at the Dec. 12 luncheon and presented an award of achievement by program coordinator Jim Tuten. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and has been active in extracurricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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Helping DART

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National Honor Society students at Cedar Creek School collected more than 100 gifts for delivery to the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s Angel Tree Program. Taylor Lee, Anna Rose Chestnut and Jeff Carroll are pictured preparing the gifts for delivery.

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Schools spread holiday cheer

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Adopt-A-School Program recently wrapped up its annual holiday food drive to support the local food bank at Christian Community Action. Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol organized the event with each school throughout the parish and was assisted by Rotarian Bill Cox, Super 1 Foods Store Director Chris Turner, New Tech @ Ruston Assistant Director Catherine Letendre, Ruston High School Career Center Counselor Jessie Bryan, Louisiana Tech University’s Theatre Department and Emmanuel Baptist Church. NT@R also provided a team of students to handle the bulk of the loading as the trailer covered the parish.

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CYPRESS SPRINGS HONOR ROLL

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Cypress Springs Elementary has released the honor roll for the second six-weeks grading period.

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Tech’s Allen in rare territory

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David Lee mentioned him in an acceptance speech at the 2011 edition of the Louisiana Tech University Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
Skip Holtz Jr. referred to him when being introduced last week as the new head coach for the Bulldogs.
Good reasons, too.

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’Dogs add juco signees

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz announced the signing of three junior college players to National Letters of Intent Wednesday.
Joining the Louisiana Tech Family are defensive tackle DeAngelo Brooks and linebackers Tony Johnson and Nick Thomason.

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Washington is 5A All-State pick for RHS

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Damian Washington was No. 1 in tackles for losses and quarterback sacks for Ruston High during the 2012 season.
Now, he’s got this distinction in his final season with the Bearcats: he’s an All-State pick.
Washington was announced today as an honorable mention representative on the annual Class 5A postseason team selected by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

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Grambling women defeated by LSU

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BATON ROUGE — Danielle Ballard scored a game-high 21 points and tied an LSU freshman record for steals with seven as the Lady Tigers used a 15-0 late first-half run to pull away from Grambling State University (1-8) by a score of 90-59 on Wednesday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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