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November 13th

Prep teams face ‘second season’

The mission is clear for all teams now suiting up for season No. 2: win or else.
“It’s one or done now,” said Bearcats’ coach Billy Laird. “Now is the time when you’ve got to bring your best game.”
RHS, Creek and Grambling hope to keep the parish’s representation in postseason play alive into next month, when the LHSAA stages its annual Superdome Classic.
Last year, the Cougars had the deepest advance into the playoffs of any parish program, going until the quarterfinal round, where they fell to District 2-1A rival Ouachita Christian 49-13.

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Community calls forth vision

Muriel Butler, a resident of Ruston’s south side who sat at the Adams Street table, chatted with nearby residents about education and transportation.
“I was highly motivated to come see what this was all about,” Butler said of Community Visioning Day. “I want to see new ideas and change coming from the meeting.”
Community participant Brandon Watkins, a student at Louisiana Tech University, is originally from New Orleans and said Ruston has strengths and weaknesses compared to his hometown.

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November 12th

Tech concerned about crowd

“We really need a great crowd and the university is urging our students to stay here and help provide support,” he said. “We’ve got great fans and a great student body and they have been such an important part of the success we’ve been able to have at our home games.”
Tech is unbeaten in four games held at “The Joe”, starting out with a 22-14 upset over Southeastern Conference member Mississippi State and following up with wins of 41-26 over Southeastern Louisiana University, 46-14 over Idaho and 38-35 over Fresno State.

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Say what? Readability is key

He let that hang for a second for me to chew on while I picked through my penne pasta. It’s always harder to take criticism from a friend, but it’s easier to walk away smiling.
I thought it was an interesting coincidence at the time, an irony considering a conversation with State Rep. Rick Gallot from earlier that same day.

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AG's answer needed quickly

Seldom, however, is real life as simple as black and white. Simsboro’s Saint-Gobain Containers is one prime example of a gray area that needs the state’s attention.
The plant, which makes glass products, employs 345 people from Lincoln and Bienville parishes. It’s also in the midst of an expansion project for a new furnace that is estimated at a whopping $52 million.
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has thrown its hat into the ring and is fighting to keep the plant’s parent company in France from throwing in the towel in Lincoln Parish.

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America notes soldiers’ sacrifices

Lincoln Parish had a variety of celebrations. American Legion Post 593 joined with the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce and Grambling State University for an observance at the university. Choudrant gathered at First Baptist Church for a tribute ceremony and lunch that would benefit the North Louisiana Military Museum.

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Downtown renovation develops

During the city council meeting last week, aldermen approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign an agreement indicating the city would pay 5 percent of the $1.1 million.
Love said plans have been sent to the bidding section of the DOTD, which indicates bids will likely open in 60-90 days. He believes work on the downtown area could get started in March or April, and the city is working on accommodations to ensure all downtown businesses are accessible under construction.

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Cougars, Kittens: Tough 1A tests

For the Kittens to be preparing for a Friday night first-round Class 1-A playoff game at South Plaquemines, they had to get past the stigma of being a bottom-feeder in the District 2-1A and a program that had won a combined four games since 2001.
This season, under new leader Cedric Sherrod, they’ve gained respect and several highlight moments in the process.

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Remember to honor military

Lincoln Parish has always taken pride in its American patriotism — witness the yearly Fourth of July celebrations held locally and the Veteran’s Memorial statue in front of the Ruston Civic Center/Courthouse — and Veterans Day isn’t being left out of the mix.
On Saturday, the Louisiana Military Museum played host to a Veteran’s Day commemoration program. And there were several programs held earlier today, including a tribute by the Choudrant Restoration and Beautification Society.

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Veterans deserve our gratitude

Louisiana has 26,921 residents currently serving in our nation’s armed forces and 325,992 veterans who have served the United States of America in our armed forces.
These men and women, and their families, are our friends and neighbors. The reality of war and service to country is very much alive here in Lincoln Parish, and today is an opportunity for all of us to pay our respects.
Local residents should try to attend one of the many Veterans Day programs going on today. Shake hands with the veterans who dedicated precious time in their lives to protecting us.

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