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November 27th, 2013

Bearcat boy swimmers take state

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Meyer named Oustanding Male Swimmer while RHS girls place second
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SULPHUR — The lead for the 2013 LHSAA State Swimming Championships had been going back and forth between Ruston and Holy Cross of New Orleans all day Satruday.
A second consecutive state swimming title for the Bearcat boys hung in the balance of the final event. The horn sounded to start the 400 yard freestyle relay.
The Bearcats would need to finish first and Holy Cross of New Orleans had to finish no better than third for Ruston to capture its second straight Division II swimming crown.
That is exactly how the state championship played out at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.

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Creek, Choudrant fare well at state swim meet

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SULPHUR — While not having enough swimmers to compete for a state title, the three-member teams from Cedar Creek and Choudrant posted some top finishes in the Division IV LHSAA State Swimming Championship at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.
“It is impressive that these young swimmers, most of who are in the seventh and eighth grades, are competing with high school students and finishing strong at state,” said head coach Paulette Crawford. “They represented their schools well.”

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GSU’s Hopkins inducted to College Basketball Hall of Fame

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was billed as the “Game of the Century” and Elvin Hayes responded by playing the game of his life.
The 6-foot-9 front-liner with the trademark turnaround jumper would go on to a Hall of Fame NBA career, but the signature performance in his basketball life came on a January night in 1968.
That’s when Hayes and the University of Houston ended the 47-game winning streak of Lew Alcindor and UCLA before 52,000 at the Astrodome in the first nationally televised regular-season college basketball game.

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Strong representation for Tech on All-Time Southland team

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NATCHITOCHES — Headed by two-time All-America offensive tackle and 12-year NFL veteran Marcus Spears, Northwestern State players filled seven of the 50 spots on the Southland Conference’s All-Time Football Team announced by the league office.

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Hood bags 8-pointer

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10-year-old of Ruston bagged this eight-point buck on Nov. 10 at a distance of 130 yards while hunting with his dad, Mike Hood.

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WWII hero honored in Washington

Cochran relives his story
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In 1999 I interviewed Kenny and Kaye Cochran on my Shreveport Cable Vision talk show about their houseboat touring business on Caddo Lake because I read their story in The Shreveport Times, not knowing that Kenny is a nephew to long time friends, Earl and Alice Cochran Williamson, of Vivian.
Kenny spoke proudly about his dad, Ken Cochran, who authored a book about the Caddo Indians. That piqued my interest.
By 2001 I moved to Caddo Lake just a mile or so from their lake house because I had always wanted to live on the water.

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Lions club meets

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TOP: For his assistance in restoring funding for a statewide vision screening initiative, State Rep. Rob Shadoin was recognized by the Ruston Lions Club. Shown presenting the award is Ruston Lions Club President Perry Lassiter (left) and “cubsight” Chairman Jim Lowther (right). BOTTOM: A recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club was colon and rectal surgeon, Dr. Chad Lewis, M.D. Lewis stressed the importance of diet and timely exams in the early detection of abdominal pains.

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Artists invited to compete

The Union Arts Council will hold its second annual Competitive Art Exhibition on Dec. 7 at Claiborne Electric in Farmerville. All artists living in Union Parish are invited to enter works in all media, including two-dimensional fine art (paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, etc.), three-dimensional fine art (sculpture, ceramics) and folk art.
The competition is open to adult amateurs and professionals, and youth in grades nine through 12. Entries should be submitted for judging from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 6. The public exhibit will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7.

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Christmas music faculty concert scheduled at BPCC

The music program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Christmas Music Faculty Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), located at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.
The evening’s program will feature Christmas classics and popular holiday favorites that are known and loved by children of all ages. Performers for the evening’s recital are Gulya Chandler, Joy Ratcliff, Mary Cunningham and Ruben Reyes — piano; Ray Scott Crawford, Adam Philley — voice; and Paul Tinker and Michael Hart — trumpet.

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‘Good Ole Days’ brought back to Ruston

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A Ruston native is coming home and with her she is bringing “The Good Ole Days.”
Vickie Mayfield is a graduate of Ruston High School and Grambling State University, where she received a degree in computer information science.
“I have always had a love and a passion of theater,” she said. “But after graduation I moved to Dallas, began taking acting classes and starting doing stage plays.”
Mayfield has been the drama ministry leader at her church in Dallas for the past six years. She said it has been a great experience.

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