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NHTSA warns to be safe on Super Bowl Sunday

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The Super Bowl is America’s most popular national sporting event. All across the country, millions of people gather to socialize and watch the big game.
The U.S. Department of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with support from the National Football League and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management Coalition, have joined forces with Ruston local highway safety and law enforcement officials to spread a safety message to the public about designating a sober driver on Super Bowl Sunday — Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

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Educators honored at annual Gala

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Kenny Galyean, vice chairman for program development with the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, congratulated students and teachers who had been chosen by their schools and the district to be honored at the fourth annual Lincoln Parish Schools Student and Teacher of the Year Awards Gala on Monday night. Pictures and a full list of the winners will run in Sunday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader.

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Horticulture questions answered

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Well, Christmas is over and we are about to finish the first month in 2012.
We are headed toward Armadillo Day since we do not have ground hogs. Will this be Skunk Day instead?
I saw an armadillo last Saturday by the road with a beer can held on his belly, as he was on his back. It could be Skunk’s Day, since I smelled two skunks just past the armadillos. They were stinking to high heavens.

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NCLAC to offer theater workshop

North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Arts Academy will hold Scenes for Teens on Feb. 20.
This all-day workshop, taught by Leigh Anne Chambers, will focus on auditions and scene prep work for students ages 13-18. The class will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the President’s Day school holiday.
The cost for the workshop is $35 for NCLAC members and $45 for non-members. All supplies and a snack will be provided, but each participant should bring a sack lunch.

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Parents lead club fundraiser

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is having its first annual Parents Panel fundraiser. The fundraiser consists of selling discount cards that feature various restaurants and stores in the Ruston area. Cards are $20 each and are valid for an entire year.
The Parents Panel is led by six parents: Irma Booker, Tiffany Curry, Adrianne Gray, Kimberly McCarter, Natasha Tellis and Rachel Turner, who all have children that attend the club. These parents have also pledged to sell a minimum of 10 cards with hopes of exceeding that number.

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Join the relay to save lives from cancer

Unexplained weight loss, fever, fatigue, pain and skin changes may be symptoms of an easily treatable illness. They can all also be symptoms of one of the scariest diseases of all: cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 45 percent of men and 38 percent of women have a lifetime risk of developing cancer. As of 2008, the most recent year for which statistics are available, nearly 12 million Americans had been diagnosed with cancer.

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TV boxes can drain energy

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that cable and other pay TV boxes that sit atop television sets consume massive amounts of energy, in part because they are always on, even when the TV is off?
— Sam Winston, Metairie
We hear a lot about how much energy modern day flat screen TV sets consume, but the innocuous set-top boxes that drive them, along with their built-in digital video recorders, may be even more to blame.

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Man jailed over theft

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A Choudrant man was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing approximately $500 from a fellow resident.
According to an arrest affidavit, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint on Monday that Andrew Bryan Fowler, 43, of 366 Hogan Road in Choudrant, had sold a large amount of miscellaneous items to another Choudrant man.

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I-20 site for two-car collision

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A two-vehicle wreck on Interstate 20 involving the red Dodge Durango pictured above sent two people to the hospital this morning.
According to reports from the Louisiana State Police, the Durango was traveling westbound on I-20 when the driver lost control, ran off into the median, crossed onto the other lane of traffic and then collided with the rear axle of an 18-wheeler.

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Tech recruiting: Local flavor

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Kentrell Brice from Ruston and West Monroe’s Terrell Lathan gave Louisiana Tech’s 2012 signing class a big boost last week when they committed to Bulldogs’ Head Coach Sonny Dykes.
The NCAA’s National Signing Day is Wednesday.
Brice, a 6-1 and 175-pound defensive back from Ruston High School, had previously committed to Missouri and Oregon State before ultimately deciding on his hometown team.

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