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November 19th

Drive cleans up card clutter

“The children take the cards and make new greeting cards to sell,” Shell said. “The profits from the sale of the cards go directly to the children who made them.”

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Fans keep up Cougar spirit for playoffs

He said he’s just looking forward to a great game and hopes the Cougars will come out on top.
Though the school has its own built-in fans and spirit squads, a new group called the Hallwalkers has added a new level of excitement and spirit out on the field, Dwyer said.
The Hallwalkers, a group of student fans who cover themselves in body paint, cheer and dance at the home games, started last year.
Catherine Kirby, one of the group’s members, said it began with a group of seniors who painted themselves and showed up at a football game.

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November 16th

Arrests expected in robberies

“So, for three out of the five armed robberies that we’ve had lately, we have identified a suspect and are waiting on warrants to be issued by the judge’s office this week,” Hawkins said.
“The two armed robberies (on South Homer Street and South Vienna Street) are still outstanding or unsolved at this time.”
The robbers in Tuesday’s incident were described as black males both wearing some type of stockings over their face. One was approximately 6’2”, 210-240 lbs. The other was approximately 6’, 180- 200 lbs. Both were armed with handguns.

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Police work critical as crimes persist

Although the position of police chief has been the subject of much discussion this week, we’re depending on Ruston police officers to maintain their commitment and presence throughout the city. Police pressure has to stay strong on the streets in order to prevent crime.
People come to our community for its small, friendly atmosphere and its relative safety. With a string of yet-to-be-closed robbery and burglary cases, that feeling of security is weakening.

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Heeding my own advice

In later columns, I’ve given you my opinion on issues. I have shared with you my love and appreciation for Ruston and Lincoln Parish. I’ve stood on my soap box telling you to get immunized to ensure healthy lives; pay kindness forward; obey the speed limit; consider becoming an adoptive or foster parent; and protect children by helping with school bus safety.
For the past three months, I’ve encouraged residents of Lincoln Parish to get involved, attend local events and participate in community activities.

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Bulldogs end home schedule

“This is particularly important for our senior players. They’ve got a chance in this last game or two to do something special. Our team, as a whole, has the opportunity to build a foundatiuon for the future. We’ve got two games left and both are very important.”
Tech had won two in a row — both were in the league — before bumping into the Tigers in Baton Rouge.

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RPD chief nomination rejected

Pearce also expressed his support.
“I spent time with Mr. Davis Tuesday. We talked about his plans for the department, and I thought they sounded good,” Pearce said.
Lewis declined to comment on his vote.
Mayfield said his failure to support the recommendation was not personal, but he believes a person from outside the department could do a better job at changing the current system.
“I can’t see a buddy system changing the system,” he said. “Friendships run too deeply.”

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November 15th

Alderman's allegations inappropriate

What was supposed to be a fairly routine vote among the aldermen turned into a spectacle in which insults were hurled and unverified accusations were made. In the end, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth’s recommendation of Ruston Police Capt. Bill Davis for the position of police chief failed as aldermen Jedd Lewis, Elmore Mayfield and Levell Thurman voted against the nomination and aldermen Jim Pearce and Marie Riggs voted in favor.

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Courtroom leaves impression

Sitting in the courtroom to gather information for a story, I saw a number of men and women who were already incarcerated brought before the judge who entered pleas or requested a lawyer.

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Cougars, ’Dogs collide Friday

There’s been a first-ever perfect record in the regular season, then last week’s cruise control decision that made the 2007 squad the first one ever to post 11 wins in a single season.
“We’ve just taken the approach all year long of ‘the next game is the most important game’,” Aldredge said. “Last week, it was Plain Dealing. This week, it’s White Castle.”
The Bulldogs come in with a solid reputation as one of the state’s most successful Class 1A programs.
For sure, they’ve got one of Louisiana’s most dangerous offensive players on their roster.

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