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February 24th

Appreciation for big city discovered at theater

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The “Giant” musical production world premiere at the Wyly Theater in the Dallas Arts District was an incredible first for me.
Sometimes I’m faced with what a country bumpkin I truly am — not because I came from Ruston, but because Dallas does everything bigger than life and I have to stretch my wings. I learned the art of growing in a smaller environment and was inspired to reach for the stars, and now I can revel in it.

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’Dogs, Techsters end regular home schedule

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Louisiana Tech University basketball fans get a final chance to see their teams involved in regular season action on the Karl Malone Court for the 2011-12 season this weekend.
The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will wind up the home part of their schedule with a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
A men’s game will tip off at 3 p.m. between the ’Dogs and Hawaii and be followed by a 6 p.m. contest between the Lady Techsters and New Mexico State.

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Tech to host jazz concert

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The Louisiana Tech Jazz Ensemble, along with Tech’s Concert Band and the symphonic wind ensemble will perform their annual winter concert this weekend.
At 2 p.m. Sunday at Howard Auditorium the ensemble will present a variety of jazz music for area residents to hear. But this year’s program will have a bit of a different tune.
“Each year we try to schedule a concert for both the Jazz Ensemble, Louisiana Tech Concert Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble,” Lawrence Gibbs, assistant professor of music, said. “But this year the nights we planned to have the separate concerts there ended up being double-headers. So, we’re having the concerts all together.”

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UP close to unitary status

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Four decades ago, the Union Parish School District was ordered by the district courts to desegregate its schools and achieve “unitary status.”
Now, in the following century, the district has officially achieved unitary status in three of the several required areas established by the Supreme Court prior to the district court’s 1969 ruling.
U.S. District Judge Robert James filed a signed order declaring the district unitary in the areas of facilities, transportation and extracurricular activities Feb. 2. The order states unitary issues are now “considered resolved” in the three areas, and the status of the three areas “will no longer be considered in court proceedings.”

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Traffic summit presented

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When traveling down roads just about every day in a vehicle, most people don’t stop to think about just how dangerous getting behind the wheel can be.
The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission funded a Traffic Safety Training Summit presented on Thursday at the Louisiana Children’s Methodist Home to better inform attendees. Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport and Caddo Parish Coroner Todd Thoma spoke on the dangers of driving.

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RFD responds to wreck

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Traffic was backed up on Tech Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday following a three-vehicle wreck. Ruston Fire Department District Chief Tommie Woods said the incident occurred at the intersection of Tech and Bearcat drives, and Ruston Ambulance Services transported two patients to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center with minor injuries. The Ruston Police Department did not have any additional details regarding the wreck as of press time today.

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NCLAC, 102 present ‘Translating Chaos’

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council and 102 A Bistro will be featuring the work of local artists Henry McCoy and Tym Toussaint. An opening reception for their show, “Translating Chaos,” will be held from 5-7 p.m. March 7.
McCoy graduated in 2007 with his Bachelor of Visual Arts in photography from Southeastern Louisiana University. Beginning his career in 2005 in event photojournalism, McCoy was able to quickly establish his own style for his artwork. McCoy and his wife soon moved back to Ruston and opened Fine Line Art Supply and Print lab.

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RPAR offers soccer app for teams, fans

Looking for Ruston Parks and Recreation spring soccer information? Check out: RPAR — Spring 2012 Soccer.
The RPAR TeamInfoApp is now available in the Apple App Store. Follow the link at the end of the article from an iPhone or iPad or download “TeamInfoApp” in the app store. Once you download it, click Browse TeamInfo Apps, next select Louisiana and then select League at the bottom of the screen. Then click on RPAR — Spring 2012 and start enjoying the new app.

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Yard of the Month

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The Ruston Garden Club’s February Yard of the Month is Community Trust Bank Financial Center, located on North Trenton Street. The Ruston Garden Club congratulates Community Trust Bank and other Ruston businesses that strive to keep Ruston beautiful and green.

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Dental event aids many in community

While it’s hard enough sometimes to get people to crack a smile, a group of area dentists is preparing to bring at least 100 brighter smiles back to the Ruston area Saturday for the fifth straight year.
Dentists and support staff from Peach Tree Dental in Ruston will be gathering starting at 8 a.m. Saturday to provide a free teeth cleaning, tooth extraction or tooth filling to the first 100 people who find themselves out and about at Peach Tree.
The program is offered as a part of the Dentistry from the Heart program, a national organization started in 2001 to help provide dental work to those who can’t afford it across the nation.

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