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Top local stories of 2012

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Education
Locals participate in new state voucher program
In April, Louisiana lawmakers passed sweeping education reform bills. One of the most controversial of the bunch allowed students attending schools with a C, D or F letter grade from the state to use state funding to attend private schools. More than 100 students in Lincoln Parish took advantage of the program in its first year, which began with the fall 2012-13 school year.

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Make mental health reform a priority

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America’s hearts are still broken after 20 children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Like others around the world, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI National and NAMI Ruston) is horrified and saddened by this tragedy.
It seems clear now that the young man responsible for the tragedy had lived with a form of mental illness since childhood.

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Pet of the Week

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Zoey and Zylow are a cute couple looking for a loving, happy home. They love to be together playing, eating or just laying around. They get along with other dogs and are a happy pair. Zoey, a female, is apricot in color and Zylow, the male, is white. They are up-to-date on shots.

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Follow several tips for long, healthy life

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We hear about a lot of things we can do to improve our health and how we can have a longer life here on Earth.
For example, we’re told to avoid sugary snacks, exercise more, lose weight, control stress and keep our blood pressure down. For a lot of us this will involve making changes to our normal daily routines. But how many of the following things are you already doing to have a longer, healthier life?
• Having a hobby
• Going on a vacation
• Sleeping in on Saturdays
• Connecting with other people
• Flossing your teeth
• Daily prayer

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Have a safe, bright New Year

Many parish residents will likely opt to herald in the new year with the sparkling lights and bombastic noises of wares bought from the various firework stands that pop up around the area this time of year.
While the tradition is a beloved one for celebrating the dawn of a new year, it is also one of the more dangerous activities associated with the holidays. Because of this, local fire officials have offered up several tips for those who hope to begin 2013 with a bang.

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2012 going out with a bang

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If there is anything to be said about 2012, it is that it has been a year.
Contrary to popular Mayan calendar belief, it looks like we will be able to see the dawn of 2013. Whether you consider this an accomplishment or not, 2012 is definitely going out with a bang.

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’Dogs: A New Year’s eve duel

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Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs know exactly how they would like to welcome in the new year.
Easy answer: knock off preseason Western Athletic Conference favorite New Mexico State (6-7,0-1) at the Thomas Assembly Center tonight.
The rare New Year’s Eve meeting is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff on the Karl Malone Court, where the Bulldogs (10-3, 1-0) were a 68-60 winner over the University of Denver in a league opener on Saturday night.
That was a good win for Head Coach Michael White and his young and scrappy squad.

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Sloan due to join Holtz’s Tech staff

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Another University of South Florida connection could be wearing the coaching gear for Louisiana Tech University’s football staff.
The Bulldogs already have signed up former USF Head Coach Skip Holtz Jr.
According to sources close to the Bulldogs’ program, Tech is expected to add on former South Florida graduate assistant Joe Sloan.
The former special teams’ star at East Carolina University is slated to coach the inside receivers for the Bulldogs.

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Parish Hoops Slate

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Upcoming games for Lincoln Parish high school and collegiate basketball teams:
HIGH SCHOOL
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• CHOUDRANT: Friday, at New Living Word; • RUSTON: Friday, home, vs. Shreveport Calvary Baptist; • SIMSBORO: Jan. 8, home, vs. Atlanta; • NEW LIVING WORD: Thursday, home, vs. Ferriday; Friday, home, vs. Choudrant; • GRAMBLING: Jan. 8, at New Living Word; • CEDAR CREEK: Friday, at Benton; • DUBACH: Friday, at Downsville.
(Girls)

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Cougars win twice

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JONESBORO — Cedar Creek High’s boys won twice and lost in another game during recent action in the annual Jonesboro-Hodge High School basketball tournament.
The Cougars defeated Ringgold 57-47 behind the 24 points of Tucker Smith and 10 points of Corey Kennedy.
In a 44-28 victory over Quitman, Kennedy led the way with 10 points and Jordan Williams had eight points.
Kennedy also paced the Cougars in a 48-29 loss to Weston with nine points.

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