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February 19th

Creek, Choudrant girls end season

The Lady Cougars (18-11) were dealing with the state’s No. 1 ranked Class 1-A squad in Southern Lab, which boosted its winning streak to 15 games and raised its overall record to 29-2.
Jordan Ingram was the leading scorer for Cedar Creek with six points and adding on five points was Lauren Kirkland and with two each were Kadee Malone, Kaitlin Farris and Kadee Malone.

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Farmers markets ripe with assets

A farmers market has the potential to attract visitors to Ruston from all over the immediate area. Bringing people and tax dollars into our city is always a good thing.
Along with establishing a community forum for local growers, the farmers market organizers also are taking steps to keep it as environmentally friendly as possible.
Limiting the travel distance for participants will reduce gasoline use and vehicle emissions. Making reusable grocery bags available also will reduce waste from plastic or paper bags.

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Time — where does it all go?

“Best laid plans?” At this, I scoff. I’m a new reporter with her hands full. Forget New Year’s resolutions; it’s hard for me to keep up at work.

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Group cheers team to wins

Ruston High has won eight of its last 10 games and has a 29-6 overall record.
“We have a good team,” Pearce said. “I wanted to support Coach Bush and what he’s done.”
Chris Bush, RHS basketball coach, estimates that there is usually a crowd of 50 or more in the cheering section.
“They came to me and asked if I mind them calling it Bush’s Boys,” he said. “I thought it would be 10-15 kids.”
The excitement of one game led Pearce to make the Bush’s Boys T-shirts, and soon plenty of students joined the cheering section.

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February 18th

Parish park touted nationally

While he was here, McIlvain also visited five other parks and learned about an additional one. His article titled “Louisiana’s Magnificent Seven” came out in the January edition of the magazine and named Lincoln Parish Park as the best of the seven highlighted routes.
McIlvain wrote that the Lincoln Parish “trails are an absolute blast to ride.”
He wrote that he was impressed by the aesthetics of the trail, the natural amenities that Louisiana has to offer and a few extras Ramsaur has thrown in.

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Creek, Choudrant: Round No. 2

Hathaway is on the other side from the Lady Aggies and they were lodged in at No. 5 in the final rankings for Class B.
Thus, in order to survive and move on to the third round, Cedar Creek and Choudrant will have to register their biggest victories of the season.
The Lady Cougars (18-10) will face Southern Lab in Baton Rouge in a 6 p.m. tipoff and the Lady Aggies (27-11) will play at the same time at Hathaway.
Cedar Creek advanced into the regionals with a solid 63-50 victory over Gueydan at home.

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Students will be prepared for testing

That’s a lot of stress for our kids.
We have faith in our teachers and in our schools. We know they’ve worked from day one of this school year to prepare students for these tests, which have become so critical on both the state and national levels.
We also believe in our students. We know they’ll do their best. Let’s try not to put too much pressure on them.
Even with all the preparation that’s happening in the classroom, parents also have a role to play in their children’s testing success.

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Here's some food for thought

Proponents believe that farmers should be compensated fairly for their work, and they actively support farmers by connecting them with the public.
Though the nearest Slow Food organization is in Shreveport, the community soon will have the opportunity to collectively adopt a healthy, eco-conscious lifestyle when the Ruston Farmers Market opens for business in May.
Initially, the idea for the market was kicked around at a local book club meeting, where a gathering of friends found themselves wondering why Ruston did not have an outlet for local growers.

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Local artist draws a positive image

McLeroy’s students turned to him and said, “Coach, somebody ought to do something. Somebody ought to create a cartoon character that would be positive, that kids can look up to.”
So, that’s what McLeroy did. He created Lil’ Daddy’s Filosophies from Da Hood, a one-panel cartoon that features a 12-year-old black child named Lil’ Daddy and a positive message that spans generations and races.
“Lil’ Daddy is so positive,” he said, “and he can impact not just a child’s life, but anybody’s life, more than any other drawing could ever do.”
A good example

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Voters to decide on school taxes

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of taxable property value over the homestead exemption limit of $75,000. Taxable value is 10 percent of fair market value, or assessed value.
An individual with $200,000 in assessed property with homestead exemption now pays approximately $120 per year for the two parish-wide taxes combined.

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