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January 13th, 2018

Strangest deer-hunting story ever

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This has been an unreal year for deer hunters around the state. While I didn’t get my buck, I had the privilege of writing about a bunch of others who did, stories that appeared in Louisiana Sportsman magazine or on the magazine’s web site.

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Lincoln Prep sweeps past Plain Dealing

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PLAIN DEALING — Lincoln Preparatory School’s varsity teams took a pair of District 1-1A road wins Friday night at Plain Dealing.
The Lady Panthers climbed to 9-6 overall and 5-0 in district play with a 57-47 win over the Lions with Alexia Perkins leading the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds long with four steals and three blocked shots.
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Lincoln Prep 66, Plain Dealing 58
PLAIN DEALING — Chanse Robinson poured in 24 points and pulled down 17 rebounds Friday to take a District 1-1A win at Plain Dealing.

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Cedar Creek splits varsity DH against Tensas

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The Cedar Creek varsity girls and boys basketball teams split a home doubleheader against Tensas Friday night at the CCS gym. Lauren Menzina (with ball above left) and the Lady Cougars edged past Tensas 51-47 to move to 18-2 overall and 5-1 in District 2-1A. Chandler Hay (3, above right) and the Cougars fell to the Panthers 68-30 and now stand at 9-9 overall and 0-5 in District 2-1A.

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January 12th

NCLAC announces President’s Awards

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council has announced the 2017 President’s Award winners that were presented at NCLAC’s Annual Meeting and Member Holiday Party at Ruston Artisans earlier this week.
Patron of the Year was awarded to Jeanette and Justin Hinckley for their continued support of the arts in our area, including the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
Volunteer of the Year is Liz Zanca, for her volunteerism in the office and with the Holiday Arts Tour Committee. Arts Innovator of the year was received by Randy Null on behalf of Judi Null.

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Southern Miss takes down Techsters

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech shot a season low 26 percent from the field as the Lady Techsters saw their seven-game winning streak snapped, falling 65-50 to Southern Miss Thursday night at Reed Green Coliseum.
Southern Miss (9-7, 1-2 Conference USA) used an 18-0 run spanning from the end of the first quarter through the beginning of the second quarter to build a 15-point lead and Louisiana Tech (11-5, 2-1 C-USA) could never recover.

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Blue Raiders pull away from Dunkin’ Dogs

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Down just two at intermission, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team struggled on both ends of the floor in the second half which allowed Middle Tennessee to pull away in a final score of 72-57 on Thursday night inside the Murphy Center.
Tech (10-8, 1-4 Conference USA) shot just 30 percent from the field while Middle Tennessee (12-4, 4-0 C-USA) shot 50 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes of action.

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Where does health care stand in Louisiana?

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When it comes to health care in Louisiana, there is considerable room for improvement.
Listed at 49 out of 51, including Washington, D.C., in adequacy to provide manageable, affordable healthcare to our citizens, Louisiana seems to be stuck in a rut.
According to America’s Health Rankings, Louisiana is one of the least healthy states in the county.
What does this mean?
It means that when we are compared to the rest of the country, we fall behind in ensuring that the overall healthiness of our people is guaranteed.

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JoAnn Grafton

Funeral services for JoAnn W. Grafton, 80, of Ruston will be Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Visitation will be Sunday from 12:00 PM until the service.

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Shine light on Sparta process

We applaud the Sparta Groundwater Commission for what appears to be its decision to move forward with drafting proposed legislation that would give it the management authority it should have had from the start.
We say “appears to be” because the commission spent an hour during its meeting this week discussing their legislature druthers in a session that was ill-advisedly closed to the public and the media. In fact, more than one attorney and several sources with long careers dealing with the public bodies have said the executive session was simply illegal.

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Trio opens Utility Brewing Company downtown

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Just down from the Dixie Center for the Arts sits Ruston’s newest pizza and beer gathering spot — Utility Brewing Company.
Karl Puljak and Cassidy Keim take care of the brewing while Dean Norton keeps up the business end.
“As a hobby, (Keim) and I were home brewers,” Puljak said. “I have been home brewing for about 12 years and then Keim and I started home brewing together a couple of years after that.”
After brewing only for their families and friends, they decided to share their craft with the people of Lincoln Parish.

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