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February 15th, 2013

RPAR needs volunteers

Ruston Parks and Recreation Department needs you!
More importantly, the children of Lincoln Parish do, too.
RPAR is breathing a sigh of relief after filling their final two open coaching spots on Thursday for the upcoming spring season that begins on Feb. 23.
But summer youth basketball is coming soon as well as fall soccer and flag football along with spring soccer.

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There are jingles on the mind

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There is a Freudian explanation for many, if not all of the strange morsels that leak from our minds, I’m sure. Every now and then, a tune, like a thought, will pop into my psyche.
Why on earth does my memory bank cash into the Red Goose Shoe jingle? Do they even make these kid shoes any more?
“Half the fun of having feet is Red Goose Shoes!”

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Brazil may lead corn exports

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For the first time in history, Brazil may eclipse the United States in corn exports.
Despite early weather issues for South America, such as a lingering drought in Argentina, their neighbors have seen crop estimates continue to rise as harvest there draws near. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber said last week that with such a big harvest looming and world stocks driving down prices, many countries may be looking for cheap grains coming out of South America.

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NCLAC thanks donors for support

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On Feb. 2, we at the North Central Louisiana Arts Council held our annual Silent Auction in conjunction with Ruston Civic Symphony Society's Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball. This fundraiser is always an important event for NCLAC, as it provides support for our upcoming Summer Arts Camps. We must say a huge thank you to our dedicated donors who provided artwork, goods and services to make the event possible. Thanks also to the buyers who took advantage of the great deals that were offered.

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Tech men win, women stumble against Seattle

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There were mixed results for Louisiana Tech University basketball teams against Seattle University Thursday night.
One good, another not so good.
The good came up in Seattle, where the streaking Bulldogs (22-3, 13-0) continued their first-place performance in the Western Athletic Conference with a 64-58 victory over the Redhawks (7-17, 2-12).
But at the Thomas Assembly Center, the Lady Techsters (11-13, 7-6) suffered their second loss in as many tries this season against Seattle with an 87-74 defeat in front of an estimated 2,400 fans.
Capsuling each game:
BULLDOGS

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Dameron to be Bulldogs’ new defensive coordinator

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A final piece in the Skip Holtz Jr. coaching “puzzle” at Louisiana Tech University has fallen into place.
Kim Dameron, a veteran of more than 20 years in the coaching ranks, will be the new defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs, according to multiple sources close to the soon-to-be Conference USA-affiliated program.
The Rogers, Ark., native whose stops on the coaching circuits have ranged from the University of Louisiana-Monroe to Cincinnati and various sites in between, was one of several candidates being considered by Holtz to fill the D-C vacancy.

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Parish prep hoops’ teams start playoffs

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For six boys’ teams and four girls’ squads from Lincoln Parish, there’s still some basketball to be played this season in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.
That’s how many representatives from the parish were announced Thursday as participants in the 2012-13 state playoffs.
On the boys’ side will be Ruston in Class 5A, Grambling in Class 1A, Simsboro and Choudrant in Class B and Dubach and New Living Word in Class C.
Featured in the girls’ division will be Cedar Creek in Class 1A, Dubach, New Living Word and Simsboro.

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Tech, Grambling teams begin season with road assignments

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Lincoln Parish’s collegiate baseball season will begin on the road.
Both Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University will start their 2013 campaigns away from the familiar surroundings of their own stadiums this weekend.
The Bulldogs will begin a three-game series at the University of Texas-Arlington today (6:30 p.m.) and continuing through Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
For the Tigers, a new season lifts off at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches with single games today (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).

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RGSA registration to begin Saturday

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Registration for the 2013 season will begin for the Ruston Girls Softball Association Saturday.
Girls between the ages of five-to-18 are eligible to participate in the program and can sign up starting Saturday and also on Feb. 23, with time periods for both dates being from 9 a.m.-noon.
Cost is $40 for T-ball and $65 for all other ages.
Individuals can also register via www.rustonsoftball.com or obtaining forms at The Locker Room and The Zone.
Additional information is also available by calling Lori Henry (245-2433), Leah Frazier (265-0123) or Cheryl Lamkin (235-5477).

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Tech softball squad at McNeese tourney

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Louisiana Tech University will travel to Lake Charles for the 2013 Cowgirl Classic that will be hosted by McNeese State over a three-day period starting today.
Head coach Mark Montgomery and Company will open play today with a 5 p.m. contest against the host Cowgirls followed by a 7:30 p.m. game against Alcorn State. Saturday’s schedule includes a 2:30 p.m. contest against Southern followed by a 5 p.m. game against Houston Baptist. The Lady Techsters will wrap up play Sunday with a 10 a.m. game against Alcorn State.

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