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December 21st

How to stop school shootings

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After the 911 skyjackers rammed their planes into our buildings, what did we do? We created an air marshal program. We recruited highly-trained armed individuals and asked them to blend in with ordinary air passengers.
You would only know who those air marshals were — get to see the air marshal in action — when someone jumps up and is running to the cockpit with their briefcase. The air marshal would be the one who puts a gun to his or her head and asks them to get on the floor.

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Laird to go full time as AD

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Coaching career comes to close for Ruston High grid leader
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Yes, no, yes, no.
Ever since the 2012 football season had ended at Ruston High School, those two words have flip-flopped with a decision that Billy Laird knew one day he would have to make.
It was a decision that anyone has had to cope with after remaining and being loyal to one profession for so many years.
Yes, I’ll stay.
No, I’ll move on to another stage of my life.
“For the last three weeks or so, I’ve gone back with the ‘yeahs’ and ‘nos’,” Laird said as he sat in Principal Mike Milstead’s office at RHS late Thursday morning.

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Karr coach still studying Tech job

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Jabbar Juluke, one of Louisiana’s most successful high school coaches, is still pondering a move to the next level.
The Edna Karr High School head coach who guided the New Orleans-based program to a Class 4A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state championship recently has been in talks with new Louisiana Tech University Head Coach Skip Holtz Jr. for a position on the Bulldogs’ staff.
Talks have been held between the two parties and there is a mutual interest, but a formal offer has not been extended to Juluke, according to sources close to the program.

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GSU women home Saturday

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University Lady Tigers’ basketball team will host the University of Tulsa Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Admission for the game is free.
The Lady Tigers (1-8) are coming off of a tough 90-59 road loss to LSU in Baton Rouge on Wednesday night.
Guard Cierra Ceazer led the way for Grambling with 18 points. Guard-forward Jasmyn Reynolds led the way on the glass for GSU with five rebounds.
As a team, Grambling shot 83 percent from the free throw line.

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Bush’s Bearcats win fourth straight game

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Ruston High’s boys upped their season record to 9-4 with a 70-47 victory over Lakeview in action at the Bearcats’ annual December holiday tournament on Thursday night.
The Bearcats of Head Coach Chris Bush won their fourth consecutive game behind the leadership of Jerry Melton (29 points, 14 rebounds), Jamaya Burr (13 points) and Raheem Regis (11 points).
Today’s tournament schedule, with all games being played at the boys’ gymnasium:

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Dorothy Saline Castle

Funeral services for Dorothy Saline Castle, 79, formerly of Ruston, will be 2PM Saturday, December 22, 2012 at the Anchor Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Choudrant. Burial will follow in Longstraw Cemetery near Choudrant under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Castle went to be with Jesus Thursday, December 20, 2012.

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December 20th

Saving the day

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Residents chase carjacking suspect
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A group of bystanders came to the rescue when a man reportedly stole a woman’s purse and attempted to take her vehicle in Walmart parking lot
Ruston Police Department Capt. Tim Parker said his office received a call at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in regards to the purse snatching.

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Thousands lose power

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More outages expected

With area storms whipping through the region last night, many residents of Lincoln Parish and the surrounding areas lost power, and roadways became a hazard due to falling trees and limbs.
“We are working diligently to clean up trees and limbs on the roadways throughout the parish,” said Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Major Stephen Williams. “Power outages have been sporadic throughout the parish and there were no major accidents, a few minor ones, but none with any injuries.”

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Advisory board looks to 2013

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RHS mock crash, traffic summit discussed

The North Central Alliance Partners in Prevention Advisory Board spent their final meeting of the year looking forward to 2013.
Jenny Crume, Lincoln Parish Safe Community Coordinator with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, told attendees at this week’s meeting that she is currently in the planning stages of the annual Traffic Safety Summit. The summit will be held at the Methodist Children’s Home, where it was held previously. She said she would have a more specific date after the holidays.

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Drunk driving crackdown

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Impaired driving killed 10,000 in 2010
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To help save lives this holiday season, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is launching a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired drivers and to save lives on local roadways.
Sheriff Mike Stone said his deputies will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired. Enforcement efforts will include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, etc. The special enforcement crackdown began Dec. 12 and will continue through Jan. 1.

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