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March 29th

Schools filled with growth opportunities

Classrooms, clubs and sports provide opportunities for young people to learn socialization and prove to themselves they can excel in multiple areas.
Louisiana’s Student of the Year competition offers recognition for individual students’ comprehensive accomplishments, with an emphasis on leadership, character, service to the school and community, and academic achievements. Lincoln Parish has taken an active role in this contest and the efforts have paid off.

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Dog’s day has yet to come

Less than a month old, filthy and skinny, he and his siblings were rescued from a life on the streets and taken to the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter.
Weeks later, he was on his way home with me, surely an indication that his luck was about to change.
That is until he got stuck under the car’s front seat. Well, I don’t know if it was so much stuck as he refused to come out. Absolutely refused. Finally, we were able to reach in and manually jerk him out, with him squealing like a stuck pig the entire time.
Talk about the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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Grambling receives audit results

The audit showed unlocated moveable property totaling more than $900,000. More than half of the unlocated equipment was computer related, a total of $457,450.
“According to the property control officer, a major problem occurs when the personnel responsible for safeguarding property items fail to report items received, missing or moved to other locations in a timely manner,” the audit stated.

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March 28th

Champion now gets his turn

“I didn’t like being on the bench,” he admits. “It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, to just sit there and wait my turn. I wanted to be playing, but I knew that I had to wait it out and sooner or later I would get my chance.”
Now, the former Alabama prep star has his chance and he plans to make the most of it for Louisiana Tech University’s football team.

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FCA classic keeps area legend alive

The local Fellowship of Christian Athletes director held a high school all-star basketball game this past weekend to honor one of our area’s legendary coaches, the recently-departed Rick Huckabay.
Butler took some of the best prep hoops players in Lincoln Parish, along with the surrounding parishes, and hosted two all-star games in honor of the late former Ruston High and Simsboro High boys coach.
While the games gave several local graduating seniors one last chance to strut their stuff on the court, the FCA classic is more about Huckabay and will hopefully continue on into the future.

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Sexual violence a serious issue

I’m a member of it, but I’ve never been to any of the meetings. The dues are cheaper than any other organization I’m a part of: only $1.50 a year. I can’t buy a mocha for that price.
I sat down earlier this week with Corinne Barnickel, one of the members of the Association of Women Students, and learned just exactly what this growing organization is doing to support women not just at Tech, but in the entire community.

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Northside bank invests in new shape

“We wanted to make a statement with this facility about how we feel about the northside of Ruston,” said FNB President Brian Woodard. “The Christ Community Church and the whole Toma Lodge area have set a tone which we wanted to follow. In fact, we will call this building the Toma Lodge Branch. We want this sign of our continued growth to show how we feel about the future for this part of our community.”
The two floors of the building will serve different purposes. The bottom floor will house the largest Ruston branch of FNB. The top floor will house the operations for all branches of the

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March 27th

FAA promises airport help

The Airport Authority has been working on the project since 1992, in hopes of expanding the current 5,000-feet runway an extra 1,000 feet.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, along with U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, and other local officials traveled to Ft. Worth, Texas, last week to lobby with the Federal Aviation Administration over the importance of the runway expansion project.

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Cuz’ sends dagger to the heart

I recently ran into one of my cousins, who is currently a senior at Ruston High School, at Raising Cane’s when we were both grabbing lunch.
Knowing his high school career was winding down, I asked him, “So what are you doing about school next year?”
His reply?
“I’m going to Tech ...”
That’s what I’m talking about right there!
As a proud alumnus of Louisiana Tech University, I’m always trying to recruit quality students — and my cousin is a very bright, hard-working young man — to my alma mater.
Of course, what followed up those four words is what shattered my heart.

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North, South split in FCA hoops fest

The director of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes wants to make the Game of Honor even bigger and better in the future.
“I was very happy with the results for year No. 1,” Butler said Sunday following boys’ and girls’ games that were held at the Ruston High School gymnasium. “But we have some things we can build upon. We have some things we will add and, most of all, we will continue to honor the legacy of coach Rick Huckabay.”

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