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November 24th, 2012

Bush’s Bearcats capture two wins

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Ruston High School’s boys went 2-1 in basketball action held at the Paul Millsap Classic which was hosted recently by Grambling High School.
The Bearcats of Head Coach Chris Bush won over New Living Word 60-36 and Grambling High 53-37 while losing to Monroe Carroll High 67-58.
Pacing the way in the win against Grambling High were Jerry Melton (16 points, five rebounds), Jamaya Burr (14 points, three rebounds, five assists), Deterrial Samuel (nine points, five rebounds) and Raheem Regis (five points, five rebounds).

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Parading through ‘Candy Land’

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The Ruston Jaycees Christmas Parade sponsored by Volvo Rents will have a “playful” theme this year.
Those who enter the parade, set to roll out at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Thomas Assembly Center, are asked to decorate their floats with a “Candy Land” board game theme.

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Stores have mixed results

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For many merchants around the parish, the Thanksgiving shopping event brought an early Christmas present.
“We did over 72 percent better than last year,” Stage Store Manager Tia Culpepper said. “However this was our fist year to open on Thanksgiving. We were handing out coupons at the door and ran out.
“I would say we had nearly 70 people on Thursday night. We did a lot better than expected with such short hours, between 8 p.m. and midnight. Friday did really well also, but we were opened for a much longer time, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.”

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Wellness benefits OK’d by LPSB

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Lincoln Parish School employees might notice some changes in coming months as benefits discussions were on the table during the Nov. 13 regular school board meeting.
School board members unanimously — with the exception of Bobby Dowling and Debbie Abrahm who were both absent — approved a proposal to include several wellness benefits free of charge to school system employees at the meeting earlier this month.

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GSU examines anti-hazing policy

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NEW ORLEANS — All university students would sign an anti-hazing commitment if a proactive hazing solution idea is implemented.
During a two-hour, afternoon 2012 Empowerment Exchange: Historically Black Colleges and Universities Institute session, the president of Grambling State University and the President of Southern University System discussed a variety of issues involving student hazing rituals with nationally known analyst and commentator Roland Martin. Both universities have marching bands mandating that members sign such pledges.

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Passing for Tigers

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Quarterback D.J. Williams gets ready to follow through on a pass for Grambling State University in Saturday afternoon’s 38-33 Bayou Classic loss to rival Southern University in New Orleans. The loss ended the G-Men’s season with records of 1-10 overall and 0-9 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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GSU, Southern ‘break bread’ before big game

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On Saturday, Grambling State University and Southern University came together for the annual Bayou Classic Coaches’ Luncheon to talk a little trash before the big game, but more to recognize top performers.
The U.S. Marine Corps honors one outstanding student athlete from Grambling State and one from Southern each year. Recipients must exemplify the Corps’ 14 leadership traits, including respect, confidence and loyal cooperation.
Fabian Carter, Grambling’s senior punter, and Christopher Browne, Southern’s left tackle, were recognized with the “Excellence in Leadership” award.

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Toys for Tots Drive has begun

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The Ruston Jaycees Annual Toys for Tots drive has begun. Boxes have been placed at various places around the city, including several Community Trust Bank locations, both Walgreens stores, all three Dollar General locations, Super 1 Foods and many other places. Pictured, from left to right, are Laura Jones, Shane Grubb, Timothy Bush, Brandon Sutherland, Callie Grubb, Billy Lowe and Elizabeth DeGrie Killeen, Jaycees members who were on hand to help wrap boxes for the drive.

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Help from the Weyerhaeuser Foundation

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Contribution to LifeShare aids in protecting rare blood cell collection
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Weyerhaeuser Foundation was recognized by LifeShare Blood Centers for their $20,000 contribution to protect and preserve one of the world’s largest collections of rare red blood cell samples. LifeShare Blood Centers is the steward of the rare collection that it uses in blood compatibility testing for hospitals and blood centers worldwide.

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Past events make for optimistic future

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Question: Our country’s federal deficit is larger than ever. Social Security and Medicare are broke. Our politicians are too busy fighting each other to fix anything. Does it seem like our economic problems are just getting worse and worse?
 
Answer: Let me make an unsolicited plug for the school teachers in our communities. Go hug a history teacher!
A working knowledge of history will help you get over your fears. It isn’t that the problems you’ve outlined aren’t real. Of course they are real.
But let’s back up a moment and look at the big picture.

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