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January 1st

Ruston Council to meet Monday

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The Ruston City Council will convene for its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall.
During this first meeting of 2011, the aldermen will be asked to approve three city officials, as must be done every four years, recommended by the mayor. Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth is expected to recommend that City Clerk/Treasurer Emmett Gibbs, City Attorney Bill Carter and Public Works Director/City Administrator Lewis Love continue in their present roles.

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Inducted into the Army

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Two new Grambling State University graduates were officially inducted into the U.S. Army recently during a ceremony held in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union on the GSU campus. Justin Smith (second from left) and Blaire Griffin (second from right) were both commissioned as second lieutenants. Inducting the pair were Mst. Sgt. Sidi London (far left), retired Brigadier Gen. Sherian Grace Cadoria (center) and Lt. Col. Herb Sanders (far right).

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It's not Superman that schools need

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So if you had to come up with the most interesting or fascinating or headline-worthy names for 2010, who would you choose?
Sandra Bullock, the cast of “Glee,” Lady Gaga, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, the cast of “Jersey Shore,” Kate Middleton, Mark Zuckerberg, Betty White, LaBron James, Justin Bieber . . . these are among the names that seemed to consistently cross the lips of the masses during 2010.
And while many of those selections could be found within Parade Magazine’s first annual “Personalities of the Year” issue, none of them topped the list nor made the cover.
Instead, we were treated to a quintet of commoners whose voices even captured the attention of our commander in chief.

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Abuse victims aided by many groups

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Because of the care, concern and generosity of the people of Ruston and Lincoln Parish, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has once again been able to provide a good Christmas for disadvantaged families. The Vision Center, Curves and Cedar Creek started off the holidays by setting up angel trees with specific Christmas wishes from DART’s kids.

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Community dreams for 2011

Another year has come and gone. In 2010, Lincoln Parish saw both good and bad — new construction, increased water conservation efforts, cuts to higher education and the loss of a recycling program.
For 2011, we hope to see several things take place before the calendar year turns to 2012.
First has to do with higher education. State colleges and universities were recently instructed to develop “what-if” budgets for 2011 that could cut as much as 35 percent of current funding — a total of almost $500 million — in light of the fact that nearly $290 million in federal stimulus money being used to help fund Louisiana’s high education system will expire in the summer. That means the state could be facing a possible $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

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Tech looks back on its Top 12 of 2010

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Louisiana Tech University has made significant institutional and academic strides in the Ruston community and across the globe in 2010, from increasing enrollment to starting fundraising for a 90,000-square foot athletic facility to creating a new online engineering master’s degree. Louisiana Tech’s News Bureau has compiled a list of the Top 12 headlines of 2010.
• Tech earns high marks in multiple national rankings.
Tech was again recognized as being among the top public institutions in the nation, according to rankings by multiple media outlets.

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‘Coach Rob’ remembered

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Museum dedication is parish’s top sports story in 2010
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When the seeds were planted to have a museum honoring longtime Grambling State University football coaching legend Eddie Robinson, there were probably skeptics mumbling something like:
“It will be a cold and snowy day in February before that ever happens.”
Well, as ironic as it was, that’s exactly what happened in February of 2010.

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NFL Network is addictive for sports fans

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A nice problem has been created for Lincoln Parish sports fans by the Suddenlink cable television firm.
They’re making channel 690 highly addictive.
In case you haven’t noticed, that’s one of the new channels on their much-expanded programming schedule.

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Panthers’ win would be big for Saints

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It’s great to be home for the holiday.
It’s even better to be home for the playoffs.
That’s an unlikely scenario for the New Orleans Saints, but it is a possible one, even more so after Friday’s news that John Fox won’t be returning to coach the Carolina Panthers.
The Saints head into today’s regular season-ending home game against Tampa Bay one game behind the Atlanta Falcons for first place in the NFC. But it’s not only a divisional title on the line for the Saints — a win over the Buccaneers combined with a Carolina win over Atlanta would give the Saints a short at the top seed in the NFC and would give them at least one home game for the playoffs.

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The New Year sparks fond memories

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Had you noticed? It’s a brand new year!
I may have to rewrite my column, because it was a Sunday on Jan. 2, 2005 when my husband Wes gave me a crooked smile, which I was begging for, closed his eyes and went to meet his maker.
In the intervening years, with prayer and determination, I’ve made constant progress in building a new life. Why it came back at me with a rush on this day, I cannot explain.

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