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Cheerleaders win nationals

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Ruston High cheer squad wins championship for second year
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The Ruston High School cheerleaders have secured a national championship for the second year in a row.
RHS’ competitive cheer team, made up of girls from the freshman, junior varsity and varsity squads, won first in the National Cheerleaders Association Game Time Division during the competition held Jan. 7-8 at the Dallas Convention Center.

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GSU audit addressed

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Two issues reported

GRAMBLING — Grambling State University recently received its audit for July 2010 through June 2011 and only two problems were reported to the university over that period.
The report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office found instances of Internal Revenue Service penalties and missing moveable property on campus, while no other instances were reported on, leaving Grambling in good shape for the next audit.
According to the report, the first reported problem involves unlocated moveable property in the amount of more than $1 million.

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Truck catches fire on I-20

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At approximately 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, a truck traveling east on Interstate 20 near the Lincoln and Bienville parish line caught on fire. Jim Hilton, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Fire Department, said the truck was completely destroyed, but no injuries were reported. The fire reportedly began in the engine of the one-ton Ford pick-up truck, but officials are uncertain what caused it. Hilton said the truck was pulling a Gooseneck trailer carrying some welding supplies including oxygen.

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NELTC offers free job training

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While many people across the area look for work with limited to no job training or experience — and no funding geared toward an education or job training — Northeast Louisiana Technical College is gearing up to shrink those numbers through a free program starting in February.
NELTC, partnering with Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, will be offering free industrial training in collaboration with the Northeast Louisiana Workforce Centers, Inc.

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RPAR volunteers get a tax deduction

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The W-2 forms should be headed to your address, and the tax deadline will be here before you know it. And, I’ll bet you never thought you would read about tax deductions in a Ruston Parks and Recreation article.
Well, guess what? Louisiana offers a tax code that rewards volunteer service.
In 2007, House Bill 949 was introduced to provide for a tax deduction for persons who volunteer with a recreation department.

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Lions Club

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Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, was a recent speaker at the Tuesday noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Brazzel told the assembly that the personnel at Ruston Fire Department stand ready to assist the community in any emergency situation.

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State championship chili cookoff to benefit St. Jude

The 21st Annual St. Jude Chili Cookoff is right around the corner and cooks from across the nation are making plans to attend.
Minden has again been designated as the site for the 2012 Louisiana State Championship. State Championships not only draw more cooks, but the first three Louisiana cooks that place automatically qualify for the World Championships held in Terlingua, Texas during the first weekend of November.

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Simsboro boys advance

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Tigers move up to No. 8 in state Class B poll
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Simsboro High’s boys have made an early move in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball poll.
In the first rankings announced two weeks ago, the Tigers were No. 10.
Now, they’re No. 8.
With a 22-3 record entering a Tuesday night meeting against Lincoln Parish rival Choudrant, Simsboro is off to one of the best starts in school history.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Billy Cundiff has to be the most hated and depressed man in Maryland.
For those of you who didn’t watch the AFC Conference game, he missed a 32-yard field goal that could have given the Baltimore Ravens their ticket to the Super Bowl.
The Ravens and New England Patriots game was one to put in the books.

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Ruston, Tech: ‘Heaven’ for prep hoops

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All roads will lead to Thomas Assembly Center in March
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At the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s (LHSAA) annual convention in January 2010, the member schools’ principals decided to make changes to the high school state basketball championship tournaments. In previous years, the girls’ and boys’ teams played their semi-final games during different weeks and at various locations.
This year, the committee wants to decrease travel time and make the tournaments more convenient for both teams and fans. In 2012, the semifinals will take place at three different regional sites; the finals will be held at one location. Semi-finals are scheduled to be played in Monroe on the University of Louisiana-Monroe campus, in Hammond on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus and in Lake Charles at the Civic Center.

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