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January 16th

Dancing in those shoes

Over the years I have been back in Ruston I have seen them perform at such occasions with precision and talent and indescribable humor. They spread good cheer wherever they go and it is obvious that they have an unbeatable camaraderie which joins them in the same spirit that their talent does.
This week I got to see them where they really belong — on a dramatic stage under the flood lights entertaining a sizable and enthusiastic crowd.

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Lewis speaks to men’s hearts

Experts also agree that families with both parents in the home are more likely to be those same families involved with their children’s schools. Studies have shown that the parent most likely to be the one missing in their child’s life is the father.
Area men have an opportunity tonight to learn first-hand what they can do to develop stronger marriages, which in turn builds stronger family units, thus improving the education system.

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Judson remains optimistic about future

Judson’s remarks came at the 2006 Spring Faculty Seminar where he delivered his annual State of the University address.
“What a difference a year makes,” Judson said. “I know that all of us hope, particularly for the state of Louisiana, that 2006 is a much better year than was 2005, although at the university we made tremendous progress in a lot of areas.”
Judson said he remains strongly optimistic about the future of GSU despite the challenges and changes caused to the university’s budget by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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There’s no quit in Joe

Not even close.
Joe Ferguson had thought he had been involved in plenty of “make or break” moments during his football career, extending from those all-star days at Shreveport Woodlawn High and later at the University of Arkansas and various stops along the National Football League circuit.
But cancer?
Those bruised ribs, shoulder separations or concussions as one of the game’s best quarterbacks ever now seemed like child’s play.
A mere ripple in the water.
The proverbial mole hill among the mountains.
But The Big C?

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Richard as entertaining as the game

On Thursday night our beloved Bulldogs staved off a furious late-game rally by the cagers from Hawaii and came away a hard-fought 65-62 victory.
Once again, dynamic forward Paul Millsap led the statistical way to victory, tallying 23 points and hauling down 18 rebounds. The ‘Dogs also got solid play from the likes of Marcus Elliot, Michael Wilds and the team’s elder statesman, Corey Dean.

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Judson makes best move for GSU

Unlike some schools that made across the board cuts, Judson and his staff made the decision to spare faculty and the university’s programs, citing the need to protect both.
While this meant that some deserving employees lost their jobs, the end result was there was little effect on the students — the reason for Grambling State’s and every other university’s existence.
If given an option, Judson would have probably kept all of the school’s employees. But he was fiscally responsible, as was Louisiana Tech president Dan Reneau and University of Louisiana at Monroe president James Coffer.

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Fire breaks out in James building

Two Ruston Fire Department trucks and three Ruston Police Department cars closed the road between Vienna and Trenton streets and kept it closed until the fire was put out.
Kip Franklin, district chief with the Ruston Fire Department, said the fire broke out when a platform knocked out the electrical line on the east side of the building.
“There was a crew working on the outside of the building, and the platform lift swung into the electrical line,” Franklin said.

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LGH faces profitability problems

“This has been going on for five years, but the balance sheet really began to deteriorate in 2005,” CEO Tom Stone said.
Lincoln General stands to lose between $6 million and $7 million in net income in fiscal year 2005, Stone said.
Labor and technology represent the two biggest costs to the hospital, and Stone said measures have already been taken to reduce one of those areas. He went on to say the hospital had cut the equivalent of 100 full-time time positions.

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January 12th

’Dogs, Hawaii in WAC showdown

How about the Thomas Assembly Center tonight?
That’s where co-leaders Louisiana Tech University and the University of Hawaii will collide starting at 7 in an early and certainly important league showdown.
Tech is 2-0 against WAC opponents and ditto for the Warriors.
The ‘Dogs are coming off of two gut-check wins on the road, first a 75-72 thriller won on a last-breath three-point field goal by rebounding stud Paul Millsap and the other a five-point (66-61) squeaker against Idaho.

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Schools’ changes manageable

With the new system, all Lincoln Parish high school students will take seven 55-minute courses, adding about 25 minutes to the school day. This means less time for video games, sports and dates after school.
But as Ruston High School principal Kenny Henderson has pointed out, the new system might better serve young people’s attention spans. RHS freshmen and Dubach High students are currently on the Modified Block schedule, which uses a combination of 90-95 minute and hour-long classes.

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