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Serving the dream

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MLK event focuses on helping others
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City of Ruston residents gathered Monday afternoon for the 10th year in a row to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Service at the Ruston Civic Center, sponsored every year by the office of multicultural affairs at Louisiana Tech University.
The service, themed “The Pursuit of the Dream through Service,” featured a variety of tributes to King from various student organizations at Tech, including one meant to further the educational opportunities in lower-income communities in Ruston.

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Marching to remember

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Lewis emphasizes King’s work to pave the way
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GRAMBLING — The many marches Martin Luther King Jr. did during his lifetime were powerful statements meant to spur social change in America, and Monday night, on the celebration of King’s birthday, Grambling resident Gloria North was able to commemorate King in a march of her own.
“It may not be on the streets of Alabama, but it is here in Grambling, and we are all gathered to continue to see if we can push (King’s) legacy even further,” she said. “We are trying to pay tribute to one of the greatest leaders in American history by taking a walk in his shoes, so to speak, even if it is just for a little while.”

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Two injured in house fire

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Home’s occupants transported to hospital
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An early morning fire sent two Ruston residents to the hospital and caused damage to their home.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the fire started around 6 a.m. on Cartwright Street, and the RFD got the call at 6:19 a.m.
Brazzel said the firefighters responded, and upon arriving at the scene they found the fire had started in the living room area of the home.

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Cameras added to increase Tech safety

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Louisiana Tech’s University Police Department and the Student Government Association will place 34 new security cameras in various locations on campus in the near future.
Clint Carlisle, president of SGA, said the new cameras will be placed to increase the safety of students on campus and to make Tech a safer environment.
“Our current system is adequate but does not provide enough coverage,” Carlisle said. “The growth of our university and student population has increased the need for more protection. They will provide a dramatic improvement in the level of security for our campus.”

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Artists sought for annual fundraiser

The Twin City Art Foundation and the Masur Museum of Art are asking artists to help with their annual fundraiser. The Off-the-Wall fundraiser, set for 7 p.m. March 16, will include a silent auction. Area artists are asked to consider contributing a work of art to this cause.
Artist guidelines for Off the Wall:
• Up to two works per artist.
• Work will be displayed in the museum’s Lower North and Lower South Galleries and will be sold at a silent auction during the party on March 16.

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New Year resolutions for 80-year-olds revealed

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Resolutions for the new year — did you ever look at the ones you made last year? Let’s make ones we can keep this year.
Resolutions
for the 80s
(80 years old that is).
1. If it weighs over 40 pounds, let someone else lift it.
2. If you can wait for a sunny day — do so.

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Piney Hills Harmony, ‘Elvis’ to perform together

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Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines is looking both backward and forward this month.
The a cappella singing group will pay tribute to music of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s during its annual show Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts when its members share the stage with Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin, of Monroe. Then next week, chorus members will glance toward the future as they invite area women to their rehearsal as part of a Global Open House.

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Ginn named Creek MVP

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Senior star leads Cougars’ award winners
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Another month, another honor for Austin Ginn.
In December, he was announced as the co-Offensive Player of the Year for District 2-1A and an honorable mention Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 1A All-State member.
On Monday night, the senior running back was named as the Most Valuable Player on the 2011 edition of the Cedar Creek High School football team at the program’s annual postseason banquet.

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Taylor’s Topics

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Another year over for the Saints
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Well, it is finally official. The National Football League season is over. I know there are still a few games left to play in the season, but with the Saints out of the picture, I officially do not care — especially the way the game played out.
That’s right folks, a 36-32 loss on the road to San Francisco and their allegedly powerful defense sounds like a respectable loss — especially with the team committing no penalties — but anyone who watched the game knows it was the Saints who gave the game away.

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Jones advances in tournament

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Bulldogs’ assistant basketball coach reaches third round
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Assistant coach Derrick Jones of the Louisiana Tech University men’s basketball program recently advanced to the third round of the CollegeInsider.com “Shots from the Heart” tournament in the assistant coaches’ bracket with a 52-47 win over Ramon Williams of Ohio University.
Competitors shoot 25 free throws each, with the first 10 shots each worth a point, attempts 11-15 are valued at two points each, shots 16-20 are worth three points each, attempts 21-24 are valued at four points each and shot No. 25 is worth five points.

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