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Spanish dancing to sizzle

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It has been a decade since Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, a premier company in the country, has performed in Ruston.
But the company is back yet again to expose community members to the art of Flamenco Dance.
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Howard Auditorium.
Carlota Santana, artistic director and founder of the dance company, said they were coming back to the area because they were asked.

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Legislative session nearing

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Jefferson, Shadoin speak out 
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When the final results were tallied in October and November for the District 11 and 12 Louisiana House of Representative seats, two new leaders were chosen to represent our area.
In District 11 (Lincoln, Bienville and Claiborne parishes), it was Arcadia Democrat Patrick Jefferson who would take home the victory, while District 12 (Union and Lincoln parishes) saw Ruston Republican Rob Shadoin walk away with the win.
These two “rookie” legislators will be heading to their first session in Baton Rouge that begins March 12, and the road preparing for this milestone has been a busy one.

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Roaf named for pro Hall of Fame

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William Roaf has added to Lincoln Parish’s membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The former Louisiana Tech University offensive lineman was one of six individuals announced Saturday as a member of the 2012 class of inductees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Roaf, who earned All-American honors for the Bulldogs before going on to be a perennial Pro Bowl performer in the National Football League, is the seventh former parish collegiate player to earn the sport’s highest honor.

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Local doctor makes difference

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Jones discusses African-American issues
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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of Sunday features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
Cynthia Jones knew from the time she was a little girl that she wanted to be a doctor.
This was despite the fact that she was unaware of anyone like herself who had followed this path.
“There were no black or female role models on television for doctors,” the Michigan native said. “But I was always interested in helping people feel better.”

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Grambling man charged with incest

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A Grambling man has been arrested on a charge of aggravated incest.
The Grambling Police Department on Jan. 11 received a complaint of possible inappropriate sexual relations between a man and teenager. According to a news release from GPD, investigators began an in-depth criminal investigation after they met with school officials. The investigation reportedly indicated that improper sexual acts had been ongoing for several years.
GPD Chief Tommy Clark Jr. said on Feb. 2, Dwayne Durham, 42, surrendered to Officer Louis Landry, at which time he fully cooperated with investigators.

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James: Longtime ties to Grambling

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Former Tigers’ basketball star adds to school’s Hall of Fame list
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GRAMBLING — Aaron James has been in it for the long haul at Grambling State University.
First as an All-American basketball player at GSU and then a New Orleans Jazz standout, followed by stints as assistant coach, head coach and now interim athletics director, James has long been a force for GSU athletics.
Those efforts were recently rewarded, as James was announced as one of eight former athletes who will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame later this summer. The announcement was made at the Ambassador Hotel in New Orleans.

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Choudrant wins over Simsboro

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Choudrant High won the showdown of Lincoln Parish and District 1-B boys’ basketball rivals on Friday night.
The Aggies (26-7, 6-1), ranked No. 10 in the Class 1B Louisiana Sports Writers Association state poll, took a 40-37 win over the No. 11 Tigers (24-5, 5-1) at the Choudrant High gymnasium.
Pacing the way for the Aggies of Head Coach Ryan Smith’s were Seth Hancock with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while DeAndre Williams followed with 10 points. Cortlin Mardis had five points, Nathan Taylor two points and John Paul Hancock one point for the Aggies.

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‘Heavy hearts’ at Tech

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Duplessis remembered for ‘touching lives’
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Tyrone Duplessis spent three years at Louisiana Tech University.
Yet, the lives of the many people he touched will last a last time.
Now, members of Bulldog Nation are having to come to grips with the passing of the redshirt sophomore running back from New Orleans.
Early Thursday morning, the 21-year-old died at his off-campus apartment in Ruston. The cause of the death is still unknown, but an autopshy is being performed in Little Rock, Ark., and results are scheduled to be known late next week.

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Student, teacher of the year banquet held

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Students and teachers from each local school were honored at the annual Student and Teacher of the Year banquet Jan. 30 at the Ruston Civic Center. At this time, the overall district winners were announced. On the left, from left to right are districtwide student winners Ruston High School student Neesha Siriwardane, A.E. Phillips Laboratory School student Collin King and Hillcrest Elementary School student Lauren Washington.

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New bass lure turning heads

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When I was growing up and upgrading my fishing from using earthworms to catch goggle eyes and mud cats on Molido Creek to trying out my rod and reel on bass, it was a simple matter. Would I tie on a Hawaiian Wiggler or a River Runt? If the bass were hitting on top, maybe a Dalton Special or Lucky 13 would be the ticket.

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