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Locals gather for MS month

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Group offers support to those with multiple sclerosis
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“It’s an invisible disease,” Robbie Wheat said, “There are many symptoms that are not visible. Some [of us] are in wheelchairs, some are in walkers but most of us look like normal people.”
“We all have handicapped parking tags, and I try not to use it when I don’t need it, but when I do use it I feel like when I walk into the store people will judge me based on how I look. [But] I can walk into the store and 15 to 30 minutes later be barely walking.”

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GSU presents ‘Ruined’

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Play set to begin at 7 p.m. today
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As the school year draws nearer to the end, the Grambling State University theatre department will put on their final production.
Titled “Ruined,” the play by Lynn Nottage, is the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner.
Based on the struggles endured by women during the civil war of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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One dead in crash

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Louisiana State Police investigated a single vehicle crash in Lincoln Parish that left one man dead and another in serious condition.
At approximately 1:45 a.m. Sunday, troopers investigated a single vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 167 South, just north of Jackson Parish. A 1999 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, driven by 32 year-old Earnest G. Chatman, of Jonesboro, reportedly traveled off the left edge of the roadway, rotated clockwise, struck a portion of the bridge rail, went airborne, rolled onto its roof and came to rest on the roadway in an upright position.

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BESE OKs D’Arbonne Woods Charter expansion

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School ready to build at new site

D’Arbonne Woods Charter School will open its doors to ninth graders this fall, as plans for construction of a new school campus progress.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved an amendment to the school’s charter March 9, allowing the school to increase its enrollment from 360 students to 560 students, a portion of which will be ninth graders, the beginning of the 2012-13 school semester.

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Pet of the week

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Kiwi is a 3-year-old hound mix that has been waiting for her forever home ever since she was a pup at 4 Paws. Kiwi loves to be around people, especially kids. She also loves to be outdoors and to go for walks. She’s spayed and current on shots, so she’s all ready to go to a new home. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Kiwi. Adoption is fee is $50

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NCLAC workshop set to begin in April

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s annual spring workshop, Drama Warehouse, is set to begin in Jonesboro in April. Twenty student participants, from eighth-12th grades, will meet once a week at the Jackson Parish Library to explore creative dramatics and hone reading, writing and discussion skills.
The literacy component to this year’s program will be taken from Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana. Students will read and discuss selections from the book, in addition to journaling and performing in the storytelling tradition.

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McGrath wins naming contest

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Ruston Parkss and Recreation congratulates Emalee McGrath. She won RPAR’s Mascot Naming Contest with the name of Rusty. Rusty is very happy with his name. As the winner, Emalee was the first to meet Rusty and received a gift basket with a pink soccer ball.

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’Dogs could have nice problem

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Banks means more talent, depth for receiving corps
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In an area of longtime expertise for Louisiana Tech University’s football program, the receivers had an overall inconsistent day Saturday during the first scrimmage of the spring.
Dropped passes, lack of follow through on some routes and just a flat demeanor with a position that should be one of the Bulldogs’ strong points in 2012.
It still will be, regardless of how that nearly two-hour event evolved on the FieldTurf of Joe Aillet Stadium.

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Cedar Creek boosts baseball mark to 12-5

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Cedar Creek High’s baseball team stopped Oak Grove 9-5 and rolled past Simsboro 12-1 during weekend action.
The Cougars of Head Coach Ben Haddox improved to an overall record of 12-5.
Highlighting the offensive performance for Cedar Creek was a home run by Stephen Kunz in the 9-5 victory.

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LHF vital to health of the parish

This past week, the Lincoln Health Foundation had their annual meeting in the Lincoln Parish Library’s meeting room to review their efforts over the past year.
At the meeting, members of the community shared the impact the LHF is having in the community of Ruston and surrounding areas and how certain programs implemented this past year have benefited the community.
From Life Choices to Lincoln Parish Schools, the LHF has provided grants and funds to help these places grow and foster a more active community.

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