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January 24th, 2015

Bearcats speed past ASH, 63-41

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Ruston High School moved to 2-0 in district play Friday night as the Bearcats raced to a 63-41 home win over Alexandria High School.
Isaiah Buggs led the way for RHS with 17 points while Jeremy Brown added 16 and Quay Jackson chipped in with seven points with several other Bearcats scoring six each.
Ruston (14-4, 2-0 in District 2-1A) will next play a district contest at Ouachita Parish High School on Tuesday.
Grambling Lab 75,
Haynesvile 60
HAYNESVILLE — Grambling Laboratory High School evened its record at 11-11 and 2-2 in District 1-1A Friday with a road win at Haynesville.

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Michael White’s Bulldogs spell F-U-N

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The suffocating defense, Michael White’s courtside intensity, Michale Kyser’s rejection slips or Speedy Smith’s pick pocket steals?
Those are just a few of the things that fans have to choose from as their main focus when watching the modern day version of the Dunkin’ Dogs at Louisiana Tech University.
And we haven’t even mentioned Alex Hamilton’s telescopic shooting eyes or Raheem Appleby’s ruler-thin physique shouldering past a wide-body defender to sink a lay-up.
But so it is on game nights at the Thomas Assembly Center whenever the ’Dogs are lacing ’em up again.

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Tainted water only one open burn issue

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If you live in northern Louisiana, you realize that we have fresh water issues. The Sparta aquifer that is the primary source of the water that comes out of the spigots in our homes is in danger of being sucked dry — it’s being used faster than it can be replenished.
Some of our lakes are threatened by noxious aquatic vegetation. Lake Bistineau, for instance, is being strangled to death by Giant Salvinia, a plant that can be somewhat controlled but likely never completely eradicated.

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Lewis Boutique to sell after 150 consecutive years in business

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In the mid 1890s, Studebaker farm wagons were considered the best wagons around. Advertisements boasted their hubs would “last till doomsday,” and that nothing was left to chance in the manufacture of a Studebaker.
Lewis & Co., Ltd., Dealers in General Merchandise, located at No. 3 Railroad Avenue, was the sole agent for Studebaker Bros. Wagons in Ruston. A 2-3/4 farm wagon sold for $52.50 in 1899. The seat was another $2.50.

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Late bills sent out

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City of Ruston utility customers who did not receive their December bills on time should have them by Monday or Tuesday at the latest.
The last batches of the delayed bills were mailed Friday, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said. Customers will have the standard 10 days in which to pay their bill.
A computer system crash in mid-December that resulted in the loss of about six weeks worth of data caused statements on two of the city’s five billing cycles to go out late.
The billing delay will not result in higher than usual bills for impacted customers, Walker said Friday.

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Superintendent search could begin Feb. 4

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The search for the new superintendent of schools for Lincoln Parish could begin on Feb. 4 if the full board approves the plan set forth by the executive committee during a special meeting held on Friday.
The Lincoln Parish School Board will be asked to make a decision on this plan during its Feb. 3 regular meeting.

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Hanson: Delta unphased by pending cuts

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During the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama addressed several different topics, such as middle class economics, the end of the most recent recession and a proposed plan for free community college.
Barbara M. Hanson, chancellor for the Louisiana Delta Community Colleges, said the president’s plan is impressive.
“The president’s plan is ambitious,” Hanson said. “(It) signifies the value proposition that community and technical colleges present to students, industry and the economy.”

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Experts discuss stalking awareness

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While the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team is an asset to the community for victims of domestic violence, there is little they can do for a victim of stalking.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and local experts shared information about what individuals should do if they feel they are being stalked, as well as information about stalking.
Terrie Queen Autrey, DART community advocate, said when a person comes in with the fear they are being stalked DART must refer them to the police.

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January students of the month announced

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the January Student of the Month Awards. Each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the Jan. 21 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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Students focus on preparing for spring tests

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Third grade news
Our third graders came back from Christmas break ready to learn. We have focused on learning about the different genres in reading. Our love for reading is growing, and our Accelerated Reading scores continue to rise. We are looking forward to our next chapter book, “Winn Dixie.”
Our study of the Louisiana Purchase provoked interest in our students; most students’ curiosity was on all the states that were involved. Students were intrigued by the people they were introduced to, including Napoleon.

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