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January 2nd, 2013

Woman injured in hit and run

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Police seek tips in connection to New Year’s incident

A Ruston woman sustained life-threatening injuries in a hit and run that appears to have taken place sometime late on New Year’s Day.
Ruston Police Department Capt. Tim Parker said Latisha Parker, 34, of Ruston, was found at 12:30 a.m. this morning lying in the roadway at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Clay Street.
“The officer was just patrolling and saw her lying in the street,” Parker said. “When he made contact with her, it was obvious she had been struck by a vehicle. We don’t know how long she had been there.”

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Career takes Ruston native across U.S.

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Lincoln Parish School Board member George Mack Jr. has lived in some of the most interesting cities in the country.
“There are some great cities in this country,” Mack said. “But, in this state, I think we have a unique kind of dynamic here. New Orleans is a unique city in and of itself. That is probably the most interesting city, I think, I’ve lived in.”
New York City, which was the last big city he lived in before coming home to Ruston in 1995, also held great appeal, Mack said.

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Fire district passes budget

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Just in time for the New Year, the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 approved the 2013 budget at a special called meeting on Dec. 31.
The budget, with which three of the seven commissioners disagreed, included $1,563,325 of means of financing. That number included a $336,947 prior year fund balance and a $62,216 interfunds transfer from the fire district’s equipment replacement fund. Expenditures were expected to amount to approximately $1,213,619, leaving an ending fund balance of $349,706.

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RPAR looks back at strong year for programs, facilities

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Another amazing year at the City of Ruston Parks and Recreation Department has concluded. From our youth basketball league to the National iHoops Basketball Skills competition; from Yoga for Life to Zumba Gold classes; from participating in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson to Hook a Kid on Golf programs at the Ruston Country Club; and from the sixth Annual Furry Fun Walk to the two-day K-9 Pool Party, it has been a busy 2012.

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Bulldogs push record to 11-3

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He may be only a freshman, but he came through like a polished veteran on Saturday night.
Alex Hamilton burned the nets for a career-best 20 points to help lead Louisiana Tech University to an 81-72 victory over New Mexico State on New Year’s Eve night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 11-3 overall and 2-0 in the Western Athletic Conference while dropping the preseason title favorite Aggies to 6-8 and 0-2, respectively.
Despite Tech being out for the holidays, a good crowd turned out for the second straight game on the Karl Malone Court.

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Techsters fall at NMSU

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Stefanie Gilbreath scored a game-high 18 points to lead four players in double figures as New Mexico State defeated Louisiana Tech 71-67 before 757 fans at the Pan American Center Monday night in Western Athletic Conference action.
With the loss, Tech dropped to 5-7 overall, 1-1 in WAC play, while New Mexico State improved to 7-5, 1-1 in league action.

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Grambling teams start SWAC play

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The Grambling State University (GSU) men’s and women’s basketball teams get Southwestern Athletic Conference action under way tonight with a doubleheader against Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Ala.
A women’s game is set for 5:30 pm. and the men’s game will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers swept the regular season series last year from A&M winning by a combined eight points in both games. It was the first time that the Tigers had swept the regular season series from the Bulldogs since the 2006-2007 campaign.

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Laird was loyal to RHS football

On a recent day when Billy Laird retired as head football coach at Ruston High, school Principal Mike Milstead listed three qualities that earmarked his career.
Loyalty, service, integrity.
Those were, indeed, the characteristics always exhibited during the nine years that Laird headed up the Bearcats’ gridiron program.
It will continue with his now full-time duties as athletics director, a role he also carried with his coaching responsibilities.

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Time capsule: Rewind to 1976

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I never thought much about still being around to witness a time capsule opened that I had seen be buried. That’s something that really old people do, and they get their picture in the newspaper for remembering things like when George Burns married Gracie Allen.

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Local, national events in 2012

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Note: About this time every year, I take some time to reflect back on the events of the past year. Here’s the one for 2012.
I saw in 2012:
A lifelong friend lose his mom;
The death of a brother and the opportunity to honor his last wishes;
The loss of a great actor, a news and pop icon;
A high-school principal with a tear in her eye — so born to do what she does;
A teenager get a nice used truck and a daughter her first car;
An elementary school robbed of precious souls;
A beautiful part of the country destroyed by a hurricane;

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