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October 26th, 2013

Howl’oween event set for Downtown Ruston

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Pint-sized ghosts, goblins and other creatures will be on the prowl in downtown Ruston for the annual Downtown Howl’oween event on Thursday.
The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with trick-or-treating at participating businesses and games and other activities in Railroad Park. A pet costume contest starts at 5:30 p.m. in the park. All events are free of charge.
The pet costumes includes four categories: scariest, funniest, most unusual and best dressed. Local veterinarians will be the judges.

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Bearcats lose to Ouachita

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It was something the Ruston Bearcats had unfortunately seen before that was the primary difference Friday night in a District 2-5A showdown at Ouachita Parish High School in Monroe.
A lack of consistent offense and too many mistakes made at crucial times was too much for Ruston to overcome as Ouachita took a 21-10 victory to remain unbeaten in district play at 3-0 while climbing to 5-2 overall.
Ruston is now 5-3 and 1-2 in District 2-5A.
Ouachita jumped out early, nabbing a 7-0 lead three plays into its first possession of the game as the Lions took advantage of good field position.

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Kittens fall to Arcadia in OT heartbreaker

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ARCADIA — Close games can be the toughest to lose, something the Grambling Laboratory High School Kittens found out firsthand Friday.
GHS took the lead in a see-saw contest with a little more then three minutes remaining before Arcadia countered with a comeback touchdown and then held off the Kittens’ last-ditch efforts to take a 33-32 win in a battle of District 1-1A rivals at the Arcadia football Stadium.

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Cougars roar past La. New Tech, 54-24

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Cedar Creek started strong and then pulled away in the third quarter Friday as the Cougars topped La. New Tech 54-24 in Plain Dealing.
Donald Jenkins opened scoring for the Cougars with a 21-yard touchdown burst for an 8-0 lead following Mark Van’s two-point conversion pass to Wes Gresham at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter.
Jenkins danced in from two yards out with 11:55 remaining in the first half to push Cedar Creek up 14-0, but La. New Tech countered on the next play as Isaac Jacobs’ 80-yard kick return made it 14-6.

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Jazzland concert set for Friday at Dixie

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Squire Creek will present Jazzland, a benefit jazz concert for the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana at 7 p.m. Friday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
The event will feature a tribute to the Louisiana Legends of Jazz, which is to be presented by Grambling State University’s School of Music Department Head Larry Pannell and the Grambling State Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

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School’s scores show growth

Choudrant and Simsboro appear to be a great place education.
The schools in both municipalities were named as Top Gains Schools when School Performance Scores were released last week. To be named a Top Gains School, schools have to see a five to 10 point increase in score.
Donna Doss, school improvement and accountability coordinator for the parish, said schools that are already an ‘A’ school, such as Choudrant High, have to earn five additional points, while other schools must gain 10.

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Something frightful is brewing

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A newly released report questions the activist tendencies of one of Louisiana’s regional appellate courts, where a number of rulings seem to ignore well-established legal statutes in an apparent attempt to manipulate the law to achieve preferred outcomes.
Louisiana’s 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, which has jurisdiction in an area that stretches across Lafayette and Lake Charles and from Cameron to Natchitoches, has the role of reviewing the legality of procedures and interpretation by lower courts.

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Identity theft is real, get protected

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Something happened to me recently that I would like to share with everyone concerning identity theft.
I received a letter from Vantage Healthcare that I had been dropped from their coverage of Medicare because I had moved to Longview, Wash. What a shock!
I have been living in Marion for more than 20 years — my clothes are still in the closet and my car is under the carport. As many of you know I was born and raised in the state of Washington in a town about the size of Marion, Skamokawa, about the same distance to Longview as Marion is from Monroe.

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Halloween history visited

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Thursday is Halloween. When I was a child, this was a day of great anticipation. I was not so much interested in the costumes, but my focus was an excessive ingestion of chocolate candy.
When celebrating Halloween in those days, it was unnecessary for parents to accompany children on their treks for sugar, at least in our neighborhoods, because there was no concern for safety.

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Rotary names October Students of the Month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the October Student of the Month Awards. Following comments by program coordinator Rachel Lilley, each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Sept. 18 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement with concluding remarks provided by Rotary President Angie Biscomb. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extracurricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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