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February 11th, 2013

Taking a stroll with a pet

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Event kicks off March 16
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The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department is in pre-event mode and working hard to make the seventh consecutive Furry Fun Walk the best yet.
The free event is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. March 16. The community is encouraged to join — with their dog on a leash — for a stroll through one of the 11 scenic park facilities, the J.C. Love Softball Complex on Ball Park Road.
This is a move from previous park locations as the need for additional parking and room to roam has become a necessity due to the popularity of the event.

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Driving the numbers

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Chamber exceeds its membership drive goals

On Jan. 22-23, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce set out on a two-day member drive with the help of approximately 75 volunteers and Your Chamber Connection, a Ft. Worth, Texas, based chamber consulting firm, which resulted in more than 120 new business joining the efforts of the chamber to “cultivate a healthy business environment” within the region.
“Our goal was to reach 100 new members, and we exceeded that goal. Last count I saw was 123 and it could be higher than that today,” said Gregg Phillips, who also chaired the event.

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Waging the war against childhood cancer

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Members of the sponsoring organizations posed with a mock check showing the amount raised in this year’s local St. Jude Radiothon — $124,568. “We thank the community so very, very much for helping us, not only this year, but for 31 previous radiothons,” Susan Elkins, event co-chair, said. “We thank you not for ourselves, but for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.” Sponsors were KXKZ 107.5 radio station, the Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and Super 1 Foods. The event was held Feb. 4 and 5.

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Familiar food, new name, owners

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Monjuni’s bought by Hannas, renamed Little Pizzoli’s Italian Cafe
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For those traveling along the main drag of Downtown Ruston, some may have noticed an old favorite recently received a new name — along with new owners — as Monjuni’s is now Little Pizzoli’s Italian Café.
“We purchased Monjuni’s in October and changed the name to Little Pizzoli’s shortly thereafter,” said new owner Eric Hanna. 
“The name means ‘little pea’ in Italian, which was our granddaughter’s nickname.”
And in the Italian tradition, Hanna keeps cooking and his business a family affair with co-owners Suzanne, Eric’s wife, and their daughter Kaitlin.

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February is dating violence awareness month

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Without a doubt, February is the month of love. Valentine’s Day provides wonderful chances for young sweethearts to offer tender expressions of their feelings. It might be flowers, or chocolate. It might be a romantic candlelight dinner. It might be a beautiful card or love letter.
But for all too many young people, their dating relationships are not tender. They are not sweet. They are not romantic. Instead, they are pressured, intense and jealous. They hold threats, fear and anxiety. They are filled with abuse.

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Littera Club

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer was the setting for the Feb. 6 meeting of The Littera Club. The hostesses Alice Herrmann, Faye Davis and Wanda Moseley used a Mardi Gras theme for the table decorations and a Valentine’s theme for the refreshments. Members enjoyed a time of fellowship during refreshments.
After calling the meeting to order, thanking the hostesses and welcoming the members, President Emily Baugh asked Erma Hudson to lead the Club Collect and Joan Gordon to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Our speaker, Sheriff Mike Stone, was introduced by Kathey Roane.

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Cameron: Big year for honors

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Ex-Tech quarterback adds to resume with Baugh Award
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Colby Cameron put the finishing touches on a super senior season with Louisiana Tech University’s football team on Saturday night.
The starting quarterback for the Bulldogs’ nine-win team won the coveted Sammy Baugh Award at the annual Touchdown Club of Columbus banquet held in Columbus, Ohio.
Cameron is the first Tech player ever to receive the award which is presented to the top collegiate passer in the nation during the 2012 season.

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Cage-Bibbs inks juco standout

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Lady Tigers land highly-regarded Georgia post player
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GRAMBLING — Patience, Lady Tigers’ fans, patience.
Help is on the way.
While this 2012-13 season has been tough for the women’s basketball program at Grambling State University, the future looks promising.
Head Coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs, the architect of numerous outstanding teams during her first stint as the Lady Tigers’ leader, has landed one of the top-rated junior college players in the nation.
Signing on for the 2013-14 recruiting class is Brittney Logan, a 6-4 center/forward from Perimeter College in Decatur, Ga.

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Helping lead Cougars

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Ryan Dwyer will be one of the senior players helping lead Cedar Creek High School into a regular season finale tonight at home against Arcadia. Dwyer and his teammates will face the District 2-1A rival with a four-game winning streak after having been a 61-33 winner over Monroe Ouachita Christian on Friday night. The Cougars are 10-15 overall and 4-3 in league play.

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RHS, Ouachita boys to decide No. 1 slot

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First place is on the line for Ruston High and Monroe Ouachita High in a battle of Top 10 state ranked Class 5A boys’ basketball teams tonight.
The Bearcats and Lions will meet at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the RHS gymnasium following a 6 p.m. girls’ game between the two schools to determine who settles the top spot in the District 2-5A standings.
A win by Ruston would result in a tie for first place and force a tiebreaker game. If the Lions (26-4, 7-0) prevail, they wind up with outright possession of No. 1 in the league.

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