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November 23rd

Creek, OCS: Showdown, Part II

It could be one of those headache-inducing, anything-can-happen contests that invariably involves teams with a short, yet intense rivalry and lofty reputation among this year’s teams in the 1A neighborhood.
Last month marked only the third time that the Cougars and Eagles had ever played each — they’ve been in separate classifications (OCS in 2A, Creek in 1A) — yet the way that game should remain vividly etched in the minds of fans from both schools.

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Giving thanks for bad times

• Failed relationships — Sometimes it takes extended periods of time in the company of someone who is mean, disrespectful or selfish to know what not to look for in a significant other.
• Illness or injury — When a person is suffering from some physical condition such as the flu, a bad sinus infection, bee sting or ankle sprain, he realizes how insignificant most of the things were he was fretting about before the sickness or pain began.

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Shopping locally boosts the parish

Locally, officials have moved forward with building projects at both local universities. Construction in Ruston is still booming, with businesses expanding north of the interstate and the limits of the city creeping outward.
But in all honesty, many of us will likely not think about these improvements and advances today.
The obligations of the holidays loom large in most of our minds.
Tomorrow is Black Friday, the day many of us will strap on our shoes before sunrise to take a crack at the best possible Christmas shopping deals around.

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Clear-cutting irks residents

Baldwin’s daughter, Kia Baldwin Richardson, represented the church at a recent meeting of the University Hills Neighborhood Association. She said the church has no comment on what the property will be used for.
“I went to the meeting to let them know we were there not to cause any kind of discord,” Richardson said.
The situation has brought an outcry from the neighborhood, though. Residents are appalled at the removal of the forest and heartsick about the things the neighborhood lost with it.

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November 21st

Creek overcomes adversity

“It just shows you the great group of kids that we have, the fact that we’ve lost so many over the course of the season, but had others to step up for us,” said head coach Corwyn Aldredge. “When somebody has gone down, there’s been somebody else ready to step up.
“When somebody has had to stay out, we just go to the next guy and they pick it up.”
Although Aldredge and his staff had talked about the casualty situation, he didn’t actually realize that the number had reach such a high figure until it an official total was tabulated earlier this week.

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New chief can lead city forward

Aldermen Jedd Lewis and Jim Pearce said they have received input that Rogers, who worked for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for 12 years and the Ruston Police Department for three, will receive both police and community support in his new role.

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Turnover leaves questions

Three were defeated in runoff elections that leave no doubt as to the voters’ preferences, but the margins of their defeat are surprising.
One lost the seat by a nine-vote margin, another by eight. Last election, District 7 juror Jody Backus, who ran unopposed this election, managed victory by 13 votes. It makes you wonder how close the next election will be once votes are tallied.
What does that mean about the mindset of the voters and what is in

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La. Sparta stakeholders look to Arkansas for solutions

Union County Water Conservation board president Robert Reynolds and member Sherrel Johnson presented data and information about the $65 million Ouachita River Alternative Water Supply Project. The successful project has allowed Union County industry to convert from using the Sparta Aquifer to using water from the Ouachita River and is being studied by the USGS for possible implementation in other parts of the country. Water levels in the aquifer are rising in the Union County area and some areas in Union Parish in Louisiana for the first time in 60 years.

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Rogers to lead Ruston Police

Rogers, of Ruston, will replace Randal Hermes, who retired as Ruston police chief after 14 years in May.
Capt. Jim Hilton has served as chief during the interim period.
Rogers has been a patrol officer for the Ruston Police Department since November 2004.
His responsibilities in that post included enforcement of traffic and criminal law, as well as investigation of traffic crashes.
Today’s action followed the aldermen’s rejection last week of Hollingsworth’s recommendation of Ruston Police Department Patrol Commander Bill Davis for the chief of police position.

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November 20th

Techsters tip off season tonight

All five starters from last year’s team that went 17-13 overall and tied for first place in the conference (12-4 mark) are gone.
The roster will have players who have a composite total of only four starts at the collegiate level.
There’s only three seniors: former Ruston High star Nastassja “Tub” Levingston at guard, West Monroe product April Williams at another backcourt slot and All-WAC hopeful JoKierra Sneed at forward.

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