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Ruston’s Got Talent

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MOD to benefit from event

Ruston’s Got Talent will take the stage today and the monies raised from the event will go to benefit the March of Dimes.
Cindy Hockenjos, grandmother to two of the Ruston-Lincoln MOD ambassadors, said she is really looking forward to the event.
“I wanted to find a way to help the March of Dimes and to help the community,” she said.

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LHSAA finals set

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Ruston set to host basketball tourney
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Commissioner Kenny Henderson and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association made the perfect “handoff” by choosing Ruston as the site of the 2012 boys’ and girls’ State Farm Insurance “Top 28” basketball format.
The state’s governing body for prep sports found itself suddenly without a city and a facility to host the dual hoops’ fest last year when Shreveport/Bossier turned it down.
Henderson and the LHSAA had to go into a two-minute drill to begin formulating the logistics, personnel needed and a variety of other challenges that result from staging such a big event.

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Hospital auxiliary reaches 50 years

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March 22 marks the 50th anniversary of a long-standing community institution. The Hospital Auxiliary formed in 1962 in order to meet the needs of the new Lincoln General Hospital. The people of Lincoln Parish had gathered together to support the building of a new community hospital to replace the aging Ruston Hospital.

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Raise gambling awareness

When someone says “I am going to the boat this weekend,” it is unfortunate that most people know exactly what this means due to its common use in the state.
Gambling is a major problem in Louisiana, and “going to the boat” leads many hook, line and sinker into depression and overwhelming debt.
In a 2008 study the Department of Health and Hospitals — Office of Behavioral Health conducted, problem gambling is a health concern facing approximately 99,000 Louisiana residents and their families.

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I'm very sorry for your floss

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Don’t tell anybody — but I don’t floss regularly. I also don’t even floss every day.
I do however make it a habit of flossing right before each dental appointment. My thinking is that if you brush a couple of layers of enamel away and floss your gums until they bleed your dental technician won’t be able to tell that you haven’t been a compliant dental patient.
That plan hasn’t always worked. Back when I lived in Plano, Texas, my dentist, Doc Vee, would get so mad he’d stop the exam and throw his probe down in the tray. Then rip off his mask and yell to his dental tech: “Get in here and get this man cleaned up!”

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The benefits of running

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The auspicious weather introduced to me an all weekend opportunity to bask in the sunshine, while walking laps around the beautiful lake at the Lincoln Parish Park. While noticing the other people often taking advantage of the weekend as well; I observed some running, some bicycling and some throwing frisbees or flying kites or performing some other form of aerobic fitness. So again, I questioned myself. What do I tell other people when they ask, “Why don’t you come running with us?”

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Learning to overcome inertia

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In less than one week, the 2012 regular session of the Legislature will be gaveled to order. There will be new faces in both chambers, new leaders in the House and Senate and a bevy of controversial issues that will make life interesting for the lawmakers.
Members of the Legislature do not relish controversy. They much prefer issues that make groups of their constituents happy without making any of them angry. On at least two issues — education and retirement reforms — that ideal situation isn’t likely to occur in the impending session.

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NCLAC, 102 a Bistro present ‘Translating Chaos’

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council with 102 a Bistro will be featuring the work of local artists Henry McCoy and Tym Toussaint. 
An opening reception was held on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. for the show titled “Translating Chaos.” 
In his recent work, McCoy, professional photographer and owner of Fine Line Arts Supply and Print Lab, said, “Working as a photojournalist over the past few years, abstract photography is a way for me to clear my mind and refresh.

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R-Squared Productions offers movie studio tours

R-Squared Productions, the makers of “New Hope,” “Flag of My Father,” “We Call Them Heroes” and “Desires of the Heart,” is offering their next opportunity for area students — free Movie Studio Tours.  Students will get a “behind the scenes” look at the only studio in Northeast Louisiana that performs all three phases of the movie making process — pre-production, production and post-production. Students will tour sets and learn about their design, observe the use of movie equipment, participate in an editing session and contribute to sound design. They will meet the director and/or production manager and be involved in a question and answer session about movie making.  Students of all ages will enjoy the tour.

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Choir, FBLA compete, speakers discuss the future

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Certifications
Joshua Anderson achieved Microsoft Office Certification by passing the certification exam. Microsoft Certification enables you to keep your skills relevant, applicable and competitive. In addition, Microsoft Certification is an industry standard that is recognized worldwide, which helps open doors to potential job opportunities.

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