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January 18th

Ground broken on service road project

The project is one that has been seven years in the making, Ruston Public Works Director Lewis Love said.
“This started before I came here in 1999, when they were doing the preliminary work on this project,” Love said. “The environmental assessment was the first part of all of that. Now it’s 2006, and we are actually getting the first contract.”
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth called today a “red-letter day” because of the groundbreaking on the project.

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Dixie really taking off

The newly-renovated Dixie Center for the Arts was packed Monday evening for the Dixie Tribute to the Joe Woods Wildwood Express. More than 20 entertainers, including Nashville singer Linda Davis and Practissing 4 Heaven, the 2006 Dixie Horizon Entertainer, wowed the audience with songs and skits.
The large turnout for the Dixie’s first ticketed performance provides evidence that local residents know the jewel they have in the Dixie.

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RHS boys pull out 61-59 district win

Big time.
Despite playing what head coach Chris Bush termed as “our worst game of the year”, the Bearcats found enough life at the very end to sneak away with a 61-59 District 1-5A victory over Airline.
With the game appearing to be headed for overtime, a la an earlier varsity girls’ matchup, the ‘Cats (21-6, 3-1) and Vikings (15-12, 0-4) were locked up at 59-all before junior Adrien Garr sank two free throws with 0.1 seconds remaining.

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January 17th

Connection spotted, watched

“‘Tom’ told me that his cat had baby kittens and that he buried them with their heads above the ground and ran over them with a lawn mower,” I said, tears in my eyes as I held my puppy, Che-che, in my arms.
My mom, knowing I needed to be reassured with the goodness in the world, said that “Tom” was probably just trying to brag about what a man he was and probably did not perform the cruel act.
Then my mom added that many animal abusers turn out to be serial killers and to stay away from “Tom.”

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Millsap’s name now exonerated

Ruston city prosecutor Alana Belton has announced that Millsap’s charges will be dropped at his next court hearing, which is scheduled for next month.
Millsap was arrested in October and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly pointing a gun at the mother of his child.
Latoria Scott reported to the Ruston Police Department that she passed Millsap on West Alabama Avenue, and then he pulled up beside her and pointed a gun at her.
Belton said since then Millsap has enrolled in anger management courses, while Scott requested the charges be dropped.

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Millsap ‘playing like a pro’ for Tech

Until then, fans of Louisiana Tech University’s basketball program can enjoy him as one of the nation’s best collegiate players.
Nearly 21 points per game, the No. 2 ranked board grabber in the land at 12.5 and a blocked shots’ technician who looms as a nightmare for any player foolish enough to get in his way.
For the two times that the ‘Dogs played at the Thomas Assembly Center last week, Peerless Paul could have charged admission for the clinic he put on in Western Athletic Conference wins against Hawaii (65-62) and Fresno State (73-54)

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Deadline for Chamber awards nears

So far, about a dozen nominees have been turned in.
“I do expect several more to come in before the deadline (4 p.m. Friday),” Chamber Programs-Communications Manager Nancy Bergeron said. “No matter how many (nominees) there are, it’s always a tough decision for the committee because every person nominated has contributed to the community.”
Lincoln Parish residents have been garnering the Robert E. Russ Award, named for Ruston’s founder, since 1984.

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’Dogs start baseball practice Tuesday

He compiled a 22-game hitting streak, led the team in three major offensive categories (.339 average, 8 home runs, 37 runs batted in) and was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference squad.
All achievements that look nice on the resume, but the senior infielder is concerned with much loftier objectives.
“The main thing is that it’s a team game and the mere fact that one gains individual honors doesn’t always mean there’s a win,” Hamilton said. “I could care less about statistics. If what I might do personally can help us win, then that’s fine. But it’s all about team and winning.”

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January 16th

What is authentic manhood?

Growing up, young boys are bombarded from every direction about what it means to be manly — macho, athletic, strong-willed, and the list goes on.
As the son of an ex-athlete and someone who fell in love with sports almost by the time I could walk, I faced many of those same stereotypes of manhood myself. On top of that, like my father, I was pretty small. It wasn’t until high school that I actually caught up with many of my classmates height-wise.

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MLK’s dream remembered still today

Dr. King had a dream, a dream for a better America and a dream of equality.
On Aug. 28, 1963, he delivered his now famous speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal,’” Dr. King said that day.
It is that creed for which he gave his life, at the age of 39 years old.

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