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May 12th

Ruston sparkles for judges

At the reception in the Civic Center, Margaret Simpson, the clean city chair and secretary of the local Sunset Garden Club, also took note of the student clean city poster winners, who were Jimmy Hebert and Ratez Eliot, both of Ruston Junior High School and Morgan Hitt of Bethel Christian School.
“We think you kids are really bright to think of this,” Simpson said.
“We hope you teach your friends not to litter also.”

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May 11th

Aggies know about Bringhurst

Plus, we played in a tournament there during the early part of the season.”
The two-hour trip to Bringhurst has become almost a regular part of the Aggies’ schedule during Antley’s 16-year career with the Lincoln Parish program, one that is among the most successful in Louisiana prep history.
Going into a 1 p.m. semi-final meeting with Baton Rouge Runnels High (18-9) on Friday, he has compiled a 320-131 record since becoming the Aggies’ leader in 1991; that milestone No. 320 “W” was recorded at home on Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 regional decision over Zwolle.

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Life skills as important as algebra

Five young men at Ruston High School have not been afraid to step up to the family-focused organization’s challenges to learn cooking, parenting and leadership skills.
Until three years ago, the RHS chapter had been fairly inactive. However, participation has boosted over the last few years so much that the chapter captured the FCCLA state award last month for the largest increase in membership.
With an ever-greater emphasis on accountability and improving academic performance, students will presumably be better prepared for the work force when they graduate.

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Bringing bullies out of denial

Studies indicate 15-20 percent of children will be on the receiving end of a bully’s behavior before they graduate high school, according to the U.S. Department of Education Web site (www.ed.gov/index.jhtml).
Because of the prevalence of bullying, Ruston Elementary School invited D.A.R.T. Community Advocate Amanda Maxwell to address the topic during their annual Family Day last week.
“(Bullying) makes kids afraid to go to school and hinders their performances,” Maxwell said.

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Fashion through the century to be shown

“We have five different categories,” said Amy Pepper, who is on the stage props committee. “We have the Basic Composition, which is our little black dresses through the years; the Polished, which is the career wear; the Blasié, our casual section and everyday wear; the Shaken not Stirred, which is for cocktail events; and the Maximum Capacity, or the accessories.”
Another assignment the students completed was a window display in Lewis and Co.

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May 10th

Citizens’ arrest, citizens’ arrest!

Dr. Jesse H. Roberts III and Daron Flournoy were near Community Trust Bank on Monroe Street at approximately 7:30 p.m. when they spotted a man behind a nearby dumpster acting suspiciously.
“It looked like he had a purse and was going through the purse and stuffing things in his pockets,” Flournoy said.
The men made the block and the man was gone, they said. They got out and looked in the dumpster where they found a purse.
They took the purse to nearby Mexican restaurant Tia Maria’s where they were approached by a woman who claimed the purse.

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Kittens’ White chooses Demons

While his mother, Judy Kay White—she’s the “Chief”, and brother Denzel and Grambling High head coach Michael Lyons watched on, the 6-7 and 205-pound post star for the Kittens signed an NCAA national letter-of-intent with Northwestern State University here Tuesday morning.

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Drinking to celebrate not worth risk

In preparation for all of these planned festivities, area authorities are readying themselves to be increasingly vigilant.
Already, several operations have been held to target the bartenders and convenience store employees who could be the suppliers for the revelers.
By making a number of arrests, the Ruston Police Department has made a
statement that they will not tolerate underage drinking.
Also, there will be many officers patrolling the parish looking for impaired drivers.

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Sharing speeds up healing

I had such an experience Sunday night. While discussing with a friend the prevalence of sexual assault, I realized that I could think of not one person I know that has not been affected by the issue.
And when I speak of sexual assault, I am including everything from rape to a situation that could have easily gotten out of hand, something that made one party uncomfortable.
Yet, none of the events, that I am aware of, were ever reported to the police.
The reasons for that are as varied as the circumstances surrounding the transgression, I’m sure.

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Reneau sees bright future for Tech

“The difficulties brought about by the hurricanes overshadowed some of the accomplishments made by our staff, faculty and students,” Reneau told the crowd of approximately 40 men gathered in the church’s Christian Life
Center.
Reneau, who was named president at Louisiana Tech in 1987, said all of Lincoln Parish responded to help those who were displaced by the two hurricanes that hit about three weeks apart in August and September.
“I decided the first night that Katrina hit that we would reopen Caruthers Hall,”
Reneau said. “Less than 24 hours later we were moving evacuees in.”

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