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February 15th, 2014

Johnny Jam to rock Ruston

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Music lovers are in for a rocking weekend when the 15th annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam hits downtown Ruston on Saturday night.
The event is set from 8:30 p.m. until midnight Saturday, with the pre-jam warming up the crowd beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
Ken Carter, event organizer and longtime friend of the event’s namesake John Simoneaux, revealed the opening acts for this year’s event.

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Three loves revealed

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Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
Upon meeting Lincoln Parish School Board president Otha Anders, one notices three aspects of his personality almost immediately — He loves God, he loves words, and he absolutely loves education.
Anders has dedicated most of his life — 48 years — to furthering education in Jackson and Lincoln Parishes. He has served as a teacher, principal, administrator and, since 1997, a school board member. For the past 10 terms, Anders has been elected school board president.

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As hunting season ends, fishing begins

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When I think back on places and Open your hunting season pamphlet and lay it beside your calendar. Deer season? It’s over. Duck hunting? No more this year. Dove season?
Fagetabowdit. About the only seasons still going on are squirrel, rabbit and quail and we have several more weeks to wait before spring turkey hunting kicks off.

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Palomino Association thanks Boyd

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Tommie Jackson, left, president of the Louisiana Palomino Exhibitors Association, recently thanked Louisiana Tech University Farm Equine Lab Supervisor Dan Boyd for Boyd’s assistance during the Sugar Bowl Classic Quarter Horse Show held at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. Boyd helped organize judging for the event among other duties. Pictured is Jackson presenting Boyd with a Palomino head bust as a token of appreciation.

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RGSA registration ongoing

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Registration for the 2014 Ruston Girls Softball Association is ongoing through Feb. 22.
A late registration fee will be charged from Feb. 23-Feb. 27.
The cost for T-ball play is $40 ($50 late registration) and $70 for 8u-12u ($80 late registration).
Practices will be held from March 10 - April 3 with jamboree games and pictures on April 5.
The season will run from April 7 - May 23.
Girls from 13-18 years old can register through April 4 for $70.
That 13-18 year old season wis set to run from May 5-May 30.
Registration can be done online at www.rustonsoftball.com.

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Wars continue on today

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Senator John McCain was on TV news today complaining because the United States has not gotten involved in the Syrian civil war. When will he and his like-minded political friends realize that killing tens of thousands of young Americans all around the world should stop? Wars that have been none of our business started with the Korean War in 1950. They are continuing today. It is not difficult to see that our efforts both in lives lost and billions expended have failed.
If John McCain, John Bolton and others in high office were first on the flight manifest, their enthusiasm would diminish.

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Aiming high to help the Choudrant fire department

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Locals have joined forces to help the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department by buying a raffle ticket that earns them a chance at 52 guns with a weekly raffle. For more information about the raffle, contact Celeste Butler, village clerk, at 768-4111. The CVFD worked with McKinney Honda to get the guns that are being raffled for the fundraiser. Pictured above, center, is Ron Riley with his new Benelli M2 American 20, along with Firefighters Tyler Hogan, Chief Bill Sanderson, Jimmy Knox and Assistant Police Chief Don McDonald.

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Community events to be held Saturday

If a night filled with music is your idea of a good time, Ruston is the place to be this Saturday.
Both the 15th annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and the 15th Annual John Simoneaux Jam are set to rock Ruston on Saturday night.
Both events offer area residents a chance to hear a variety of good music.

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Ideas for new Olympic sports

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I think in North Louisiana we might help the Olympics, American economy, Russians and the Weather Channel all at the same time. (Note: this is written on Wednesday at the height of the ice mess.) Although  not a big fan of the Winter Olympics, but missing football,  I cast my eyes on  other sports. Because I am not a big fan of the NBA, I look at the pros of the Winter Olympics. Many are professional athletes. Look at the  endorsements some winners receive. One of the recent U.S. swimmers received a $2 million endorsement. That is unusual, but they do get paid something.

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Instilling the love of learning

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The year 2013 was very good for the students, faculty and parents of Choudrant Elementary. In the State Department’s accountability program, the school was awarded a letter grade of “B” and was only four-tenths of a point from an “A.” Because of the growth rate of students who had the year before scored below Basic, CES was honored as a Top Gains School for Louisiana. We were also very proud of the “A” that Choudrant High School received. As its sole feeder school, we take pride in laying the foundation for their students.

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