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November 24th

Bearcats vs. Bears: playoff duel

The quarterfinal showdown is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff from Memorial Stadium in Baton Rouge.
It’s a return to the south Louisiana area of the state for the second consecutive weekend for the ‘Cats (9-3), who turned back Fontainebleau in Mandeville 19-17 during second round action last weekend.
Another road trip or not, Laird and the red and white are more than happy to still be playing.

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DOTD to work on intersection

The detour route for those who need to access the area of La. 146 near its intersection with U.S. 167 is Louisiana 822, Shapiro said.
Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 Chief Dennis Ford said the closure of the intersection could affect response times to areas on the eastern end of La. 146.
“There’s no doubt this will have some effect, but we will work around it and do what we can to minimize any potential problems,” Ford said.

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November 22nd

Bearcats: rushing for glory

In the previous week, during a postseason opener against Mandeville High, Ruston High used its rushing schemes to get into a position to pull off a 24-21 victory in the final minute and a half.
And for Friday night’s battle against Catholic High at Baton Rouge’s Memorial Staidum, head coach Billy Laird realizes even more the value of that running assault.

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Be safe over the holidays

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, the roads will be full of revelers on their way to celebrations, which means the major streets and Interstate 20 are bound to be crowded. Motorists should allow themselves extra time to make it to their destination so they do not become rushed when faced with extra traffic. People who feel rushed are much more likely to drive without proper caution, which can lead to an accident.

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I’ll take that confession now

I wanted something different — preferably something that included air conditioning and heat. Yes, I’m a creature of comfort.
To make a long story short, I made it to college based on academic achievement and pure dumb luck and have been in the journalism field for several years now.
Overall, I’m happy with the path I followed, but sometimes (like all of us), I wonder about the road not taken. Luckily, being a reporter offers me many opportunities to explore other jobs should I ever choose to hang up my steno pad.

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Ruston sees growth spurt

The cost on new building valuations and permits in 2005 was almost $33 million, but in the past fiscal year, it’s gone up more than $10 million. Hollingsworth said he attributes the city’s growth to what Ruston can offer and what Realtors have been preaching for decades: location, location, location.

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November 20th

Parish runners: stars at state

Count them: 14 state championships.
That’s the grand total of No. 1 trophies divided between Choudrant High, Cedar Creek and Ruston High at the annual LHSAA meet held in Natchitoches over the past six years.
The Lady Cougars (six in a row for Class A) and the Aggies (the last four in Class B) own the top streaks among parish programs.
At this year’s meet, Ruston High’s girls joined the latter two schools on the championship podium.

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Area schools win LHSAA state crowns

Although the Lady Aggies did not win the state title, they did place three runners in the top 10: Emily Young at No. 2, Lauren Sexton-Davis at No. 4 and Stacey Ammons at No. 4.
The Cedar Creek girls also placed four runners in the top 10, led by state champion Ashley Fallin. Also turning in top 10 finishes by the Lady Cougars were Casey Bowman at No. 4, Taylor Machen at No. 8 and Mallory Cox at No. 9.

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Thoughts that would stir the dead

Of course my loved ones would throw parades, build massive memorials in my honor and have a jazz band juke and jive me to my final resting place ... maybe not. But will the guy who makes the “caramel thingy” at The Cake Plate for me or that nice teller at the bank notice that I’m not there to tell them “You’re amazing!” as I flutter in and out of their lives?
Sadly, again, my money’s on “No.”
It takes a special kind of person to evoke the kind of outpouring of emotion that the deaths of John Lennon, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and even Princess Diana did.

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Board still at odds with Police Jury, CVB

That action was taken despite the fact that the Police Jury and the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau had reached a cooperative endeavor agreement whereby the Police Jury would “facilitate” the construction of a conference center in the unused portion of the Library. The conference center would have a 300-plus seat meeting room, three smaller breakout rooms and a catering kitchen.
Police Jury President the Rev. Eddie Allen said based on information he’s received, the Police Jury has the last say-so in what is done with the unused space at the Library.

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