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April 19th, 2013

Jolis Jardins, more than just a tour

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Spring is finally here! The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is happy to announce that the Ruston Garden Club will be presenting the Jolis Jardins garden tour again this year from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on April 27. The tour will feature gardens at three area homes, as well as vendors with hand-crafted jewelry and other trinkets, repurposed items and specialty herbs. You are invited to roam as you please from garden to garden, and we encourage you to visit our artisans’ displays as well.

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Club news: Happy Gardeners

The April 11 meeting of the Happy Gardeners Society met in the home of Cathy Downs with Dianne Jefcoat and Joan Couch as co-hostesses. President Couch called the meeting to order and Magdi Ferguson read the prayer. Couch led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Treasurer’s Report was given by Ann Jones. Dimes for the Dixie and Domestic Abuse Resistance Team donations will be made before next month when the new treasurer takes over.

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Rogers speaks to Culture Guild

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Ruston Chief of Police Steve Rogers was recently the guest speaker for the Culture Guild. Pictured above is Rogers with club president Lou Ropp.

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Lives Lost Display serves as warning

On the South Service Road stands a reminder of Lincoln Parish lives that were cut short.
Black silhouettes represent someone’s loved ones who died in alcohol-related vehicle crashes in recent years.
These deaths were tragic and unnecessary, and they serve as a warning to those who drink and drive.
Most vehicle crashes are avoidable, which means much of the costs taxpayers and society in general take on are also avoidable. We all end up paying the terrible toll that is inflicted on us by those who insist on driving while impaired.

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Who is the misguided ‘we?’

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I was having a mixed bowl of floaters and soakers on Sunday morning when a headline in the April 7 Monroe News Star jumped off the page.
Milk was already splashing from my spoon after reading the more gripping saga about a little fat toad with the bad hair cut in North Korea. Making matters worse, there were quotes espousing more hollow theory about gun control.
This particular, aforementioned front page banner revelation concerned the subject of student behavior and school discipline.

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The violence must stop now

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As Americans, we are raised in a bubble, most unaware of the cruelty in the world.
We think we have it bad but never consider that others, many others, have it worse. We complain about the simplest things — a lack of food in the pantry when the pantry is clearly full — and say we are starving or dying when we truly are not.
Our “dire” need for a candy bar simply because we crave chocolate does not mean we are dying. Our want for the newest iPhone is not death, and having to drink Pepsi instead of Coke will not kill us.

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GSU spring test set for Saturday

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GRAMBLING — Head Coach Doug Williams and his staff put the grades on a final spring report card for Grambling State University on Saturday.
The former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player is hoping there’s a lot of plus marks for his Tigers in a 6 p.m. “Black-Gold” spring showdown at Robinson Stadium.
“We’ve had about 70 players out and they’ve shown a good work ethic and preparation during our spring practices,” Williams said. “Now, with the game Saturday, we hope to get a final, good look at our personnel and an idea of what we’ve had to work on when we come back for preseason camp.”

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Lady Cougars host regional round game

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Nine-game winning streak, an average of nearly 11 runs per contest during that time and atop the power rankings and seeding charts for their classification.
And while those achievements and statistics are impressive, Cedar Creek High’s softball team has much more to achieve during this special spring.
How about keeping their “second season” alive and marching straight down to south Louisiana — Sulphur, specifically — later this month to play for a Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association championship?

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Cougars claw Huntington

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Cedar Creek High’s baseball team had its second consecutive victory by a wide margin with a 17-1 romp past Shreveport Huntington High.
The Cougars (19-8), which is No. 6 in the Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association power rankings, got a five-inning one-hit pitching performance from Preston Sparks and two runs batted in each from five different players.
Sparks struck out eight batters and also had a single and RBI in the balanced offensive attack.

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Bulldogs host NMSU

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Louisiana Tech University (13-24, 2-10 WAC) will return home for the first time in three weeks, as the Bulldogs host conference foe New Mexico State (19-18, 5-7 WAC) in a four-game series beginning at 6 p.m. tonight at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
The Bulldogs are coming off a midweek victory over in-state rival Northwestern State in a win that snapped a five-game losing streak for Tech.
Last weekend, Texas State completed a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs, while New Mexico State lost two of three to Sacramento State at home.

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