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SB plans revealed

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Desegregation vote set
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More than 300 parents and community members concerned about the future of Ruston district elementary schools gathered to hear and lend their voice on plans to revise the school attendance zones.
At a special called Lincoln Parish School Board meeting Monday night, the public was presented with two very similar plans for restructuring the school districts in a way that would make the racial percentages at all four schools more equitable.

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Ruston High ready for playoffs

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Ivan Wilson (at the plate) will be swinging away and helping Ruston High School’s offense Wednesday when the Bearcats play host to West Monroe In a Class 5A opening round game in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs. The Top 10 power rated RHS team has a 24-9 record and a second straight district (4-5A) championship. Read more about it on Page 3.

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Two sentenced in officer shooting

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Roger Dale Davis Jr., 29, pled guilty to attempted first degree murder on April 23 for his role in the September 2010 shooting of Ruston Police Department Corporal Marchale Canty.
In addition to his plea to the charge of attempted first degree murder, Davis also pled guilty to several vehicle burglaries and one count of felony obstruction of justice.

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RHS educator named as regional teacher of year

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Ruston High School and Lincoln Parish once again is home to the regional high school teacher of the year.
Kyle Falting, a math teacher at the school, has been named a finalist in the Louisiana Teacher of the Year competition.
Each summer, Louisiana recognizes a Teacher of the Year.

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Russ Town to present carnival

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The Russ Town Society is an organization of young women devoted to the care and development of Ruston as a unique community. For the past 10 years they have coordinated a fundraiser, Downtown Delights, that allows them to contribute to worthwhile local causes in order to further the restoration and preservation of Ruston.
This group has decided to take a break from that this year and present a family fun event called May Day Carnival.

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Southern gardeners may face challenges

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In the United States, northern gardeners might think of those of us who garden in the South as being incredibly lucky. We have warm temperatures, lots of sunshine and a long growing season. In addition, there are so many more varieties of plants that we can grow as perennials in the South that would be considered annuals — if they could be grown at all — further north. However, we southerners do have our own challenges with which we must deal when gardening in our sometimes quirky climate.

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Long-time resident turns 100 years old

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Irene Riley Anderson celebrated her 100th birthday on March 18.
She was honored with a birthday open house in New Mexico hosted by her two daughters, Shirley and Dolores and her son, Eugene. Ruston family members attending the celebration were two grandchildren, Scott Harrison, now of Venice, Calif., and Heather Spillers and husband, Mitch and Shirley and her husband Wes Wesselhoeft. Also attending were five great-grandchildren,Lauren, Mitchell, Maryanna and Landon Spillers as well as Riley Scott Harrison. Many other relatives and friends also joined the celebration.

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Prep baseball: playoff time

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RHS, Creek, Simsboro, Choudrant look to advance
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Four Lincoln Parish high school baseball teams still have their seasons intact and will try and remain in that position this week.
For three of those squads, regional assignments are scheduled for today on the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff brackets.
The other will open up postseason competition Wednesday.

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Taylor’s Topics

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Saints’ draft could have been better
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With a Canadian defensive tackle, a receiver from Wisconsin, two offensive linemen and a defensive back from a small private school in Alabama, the Saints managed to string together a draft I personally was not all that thrilled about.
Sure the team didn’t have the benefit of picking in the first two rounds, thanks of course to the trade last year into the first round to pick up Mark Ingram and as everyone most recently remembers the loss of the second round pick thanks to bountygate, but we could have at least addressed some needs a little better.

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Techsters split with McNeese

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Dacia Hale’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the difference as Louisiana Tech defeated McNeese State 4-3 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Monday evening at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The Cowgirls came back in game two to win 5-4 to split the twinbill.

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