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May 2nd

Bearcats host Rebels

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RHS, West Monroe open 5A playoffs
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A regular season game alone between Ruston High and West Monroe is enough to rev up major excitement for their fans.
But a playoff showdown?
That takes the enthusiasm mode to an even greater level, just as it will be tonight when the Bearcats (24-9) and Rebels (20-13) square off in a 6 p.m., Class 5A first-round Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff contest at the RHS diamond.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Watching ESPN, I saw something that startled me, but did not surprise me. It was one coach criticizing another coach, which isn’t really common place in the NFL; however, the comments made weren’t expected.
While being interviewed on ESPN with Tedy Bruschi, John Harbaugh stated that the New England Patriots’ championship wins were tainted. For those of you who have been underneath a rock for the last decade, the Patriots were the team to beat when the era opened.

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Aggies prevail; Cedar Creek, Simsboro lose

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After five lead changes in Tuesday’s Class 1B Louisiana High School Athletic Association regional round playoff game at Choudrant, Choudrant High finally pulled out a 9-4 win over Stanley.
Choudrant High took the lead in the fourth inning and held on for the victory.

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Tech golfers No. 8

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Louisiana Tech University’s golfers are in the No. 8 position entering today’s final round of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference golf tournament being held at the Rio Secco Country Club course in Henderson, Nev.
The Bulldogs shot a 17-over-par 305 on Tuesday.
San Jose State is the team leader going into the final 18 holes, as the Spartans have an overall score of 581.

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City, students plant oak trees in honor of Arbor Day

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According to the City of Ruston’s proclamation, Arbor Day, where more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska, was started in 1872. Arbor Day is celebrated throughout the world, including Ruston.
Last year, the City of Ruston planted two Bald Cypress trees in the front of Bobby James Memorial Gym. This year, the tree planting ceremony was held in Duncan Park on Arlington Street.

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State director speaks at local Lions Club meeting

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Louisiana Lions Cubsight director Jeff Robinson was a recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club. Statewide, the Lions screen more than 25,000 children annually for poor vision. Approximately 6 percent are referred to a medical professional for further testing.

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Continue to support area MOD cause

Welcoming a new life into this world is not only a momentous occasion, it’s a miracle. Unfortunately, not all pregnancies or births make it to full term, which can substantially increase a baby’s chances for birth defects and life-long health issues. In Louisiana, the statistics are alarming.
According to the March of Dimes’ website, www.marchofdimes.com, in an average week 1,255 babies are born in Louisiana. Out of those, 194 of are born premature, 136 of them are born with low birth weights and 12 die before reaching their first birthday.

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Not so award-winning novels

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In our culture today it is odd when there is not a winner.
We are developing a cultural identity centered on happy endings and ease, and let our cell phones and computers live for us so we can prop up our feet and watch life float by.
Since winning is usually synonymous with a happy ending, it can cause an uproar when something throws off everything we have worked so hard to achieve.

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Follette Pottery plans closure

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There will be no Christmas at Follette Pottery this year. Kent and Libby Follette are retiring.
They’re turning off the kiln, unplugging the cash register, selling the compound — house, studio, gift shop and “12 of the prettiest acres in Lincoln Parish”— and moving to South Louisiana to be closer to their grandson.

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Minister Hessie James, Jr.

Minister Hessie James, Jr. was born on January 21, 1947 to Hessie, Sr. and Maggie James. He was of the Baptist faith. Minister James was Associate Minister of New Bethel and Mt. Taber Baptist churches of Bernice, LA. As a man who walked by faith, Minister James was committed to his calling.

On May 5, 2012, Minister James left his earthly home to reside in the heavenly mansion God had prepared for him.

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