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January 28th

Relay for Life

In our community, teams are already signing up and money is already being put forward to fund research into a cure for the fatal disease, which at the very least alters a person’s life irrevocably if they make it through.
This community is invited to learn more about Relay for Life of Lincoln Parish at the official kickoff from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the historic fire station in Ruston, located at the corner of East Mississippi and Bonner streets. And, as organizers know, you can’t gather around dinnertime in the South without offering a bite to eat, so food will be provided.

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Blaze kills 2-year-old

“She looked around the house and saw smoke and fire in the dining room and started shouting ‘We gotta get out of the house,’” Brazzel said. “She gathered up what she thought was all of the children and went out on the porch. Then she realized there was still one child inside.”
Despite Jenkins’ attempts to get back inside the house to save her child, she was overcome by smoke and fire, Brazzel said.

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January 27th

Naismith: A passion for basketball

From front seat to back seat and aisles in between, where jerseys and photographs are squeezed amongst trophies, letters of appreciation and basketballs carrying the logo of the Naismith International Basketball Foundation.
He’s the grandson of James Naismith.
Yes, THAT James Naismith, the gentleman who invented basketball in 1891.
Forget that the 60-something Ian Naismith has suffered two strokes and a heart attack and has discovered — as a result — that he may not be as lean and fit like the days he was a competitive boxer and weight lifter.
Nonsense.

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Inaugurating hope for all

And the thing is, many of those wide-ranging emotions I was feeling weren’t coming from me — I was living vicariously through the feelings emanating from others.
I was covering an inauguration celebration at the Grambling Community Center, and looking into the eyes of the people there, I could see — feel — the sense of bursting pride and the disbelief as they looked on.
It was almost overwhelming.

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CVB award spotlights hard work

The CVB has recently been noted as an outstanding group among its peers in Louisiana, and deservedly so. In 2008, the CVB opened the Ruston Lincoln Visitors Center and achieved record-breaking revenue for the second year in a row. The CVB also partnered with two local organizations to host multi-day sporting events in 2008. The CVB partnered with Louisiana Tech University to host the Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament and the Ruston Showcase. In July 2008, the CVB worked with Lincoln Little League to host the Southwest Regional Big League Baseball Tournament.

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Looking for some jazz?

Band members include Clint Baker, Jason Vanderford, Evan Price, Jeff Magidson and Paul Mehling, along with various associate musicians.
The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s lead guitarist, Mehling.
Hot Club has performed at American festivals such as Monterey and Chautauqua to festivals in Mexico, France and Iceland and concert halls across North America.

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January 26th

Tech prepares for new facility

That presupposes that calls for deep cutbacks in higher education will leave the plans for the first building — approved and funded in the 2007 legislative session — unscathed.
Tech’s vice president for finance, Joe Thomas, said there has been no indication cuts would affect the plans for the building.
“We would hope they would continue to go forward since they were already budgeted and in the process,” Thomas said.

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Rome, Crowe lead ‘Elite 22’

And RHS also supplied the most overall representatives with 10.
Cedar Creek, which featured offensive lineman Joey Beard as the Spirit Award winner, had eight members and Grambling High was represented by three of its players.
The Kittens had the Coach of the Year in Cedric Sherrod, who turned the Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association program into a Cinderella story from the get-go.

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Entertainment options swoop in

The suspender, scally cap and fedora wearing, all-string quartet lays out tunes reminiscent of Django Reinhardt. A quick listen to any one of their songs on YouTube will verify that they are everything they are billed to be — a band that “carries listeners back to the 1930’s and the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris.”
This group makes me want to show up to the concert with a finger wave hairdo and dressed in a metallic lame gown, fitting of the times. And since their music is infectious, I can’t forget those low-heeled dancing shoes.

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Possible cuts mean more tough times

The administration is telling the Board of Regents to prepare for up to $382 million in cuts that it must divvy between the state’s university systems and services, and the mood is somber and measured.
Our local Regent Bob Levy, who assumed a role as vice chairman of the board just as this flurry of restructuring began, is cautiously hopeful, but he is of the mind that the state’s woes cannot be ignored or glossed over. It is time to make hard decisions about what the core mission of higher education in our state is.

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