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November 27th, 2013

Locals give for Thanksgiving

We gather around the dining table and someone cuts the Thanksgiving turkey. These are all good traditions, but where did they come from?
According to history.com, the Plymouth, Mass. colonists, also known as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest that is acknowledge today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, Thanksgiving was celebrated on a colony-by-colony basis. It was not until 1863 that Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day held each November.

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Enjoy this wonderful time of the year

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year …”
This is probably the only Christmas carol I like to sing, and I sing it all throughout the year.
Once we hit October, it’s almost like we are sprinting towards the finish line of a marathon. We give it one last push before the start of a new year and new goals. But, I implore you — take time and relish in this season.
Today is Thanksgiving, and a little under a month from now will be Christmas, then the New Year will be here. It goes so fast on its own, so it is important to savor the time with our families.

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Ruston High: Rewarding good behavior

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The Ruston High School Freshman Academy partnered with Lincoln ACHIEVE to provide a special field trip for students who completed the first nine weeks with no honor code violations, including dress code, behavior and discipline. During the trip organized by Freshman Academy Director Alisia Thomason, the students visited the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo in Monroe, where they not only had the opportunity to see exciting exhibits and habitats, but also learn about the different animals housed there.

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Rotary names November students of the month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the November Student of the Month Awards. Following comments by program coordinator Rachel Lilley, each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the September 18 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement with concluding remarks provided by Rotary President Angie Biscomb. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extracurricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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Kiwanis Club reads to LPECC

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The Sunrise Kiwanis Club continues its partnership with the Lincoln Parish School District through its early grades reading project.
Recognized as a local KEYS Champion and Distinguished Partner in Education, state-winning Education Partner maintains its commitment to supporting literacy efforts throughout the district.
With every club member serving as a volunteer reader at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center, the group continues to be a true leader in educational efforts throughout the community.

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Bearcat boy swimmers take state

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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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