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Stuffing the puffing

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Quitting smoking near the top of many resolution lists

Whether it’s to save money, get in better shape or lower blood pressure, many area residents resolve to quit smoking as one of their New Year’s resolutions.
Different techniques are employed to reach this goal, with some stopping “cold turkey” and others using a patch or other tools.
Ruston resident Danielle Hamilton has set a date of Feb. 8 to quit.

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A new beginning

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Grambling swears in new mayor, council
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A new era for the town of Grambling was kicked off Thursday as new Mayor Edward Jones was inaugurated in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union on the Grambling State University Campus.
“It’s a great day and I just want to thank everyone here,” Jones told a packed room of around 350 people attending the inauguration.

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Resolving to have a better life

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Area residents share their New Year’s resolutions

Like many people throughout the country, many Lincoln Parish residents used the start of the new year to make resolutions to improve their lives in 2011.
Following are some of the resolutions made by parish residents:

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Ruston Council to meet Monday

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The Ruston City Council will convene for its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall.
During this first meeting of 2011, the aldermen will be asked to approve three city officials, as must be done every four years, recommended by the mayor. Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth is expected to recommend that City Clerk/Treasurer Emmett Gibbs, City Attorney Bill Carter and Public Works Director/City Administrator Lewis Love continue in their present roles.

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Inducted into the Army

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Two new Grambling State University graduates were officially inducted into the U.S. Army recently during a ceremony held in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union on the GSU campus. Justin Smith (second from left) and Blaire Griffin (second from right) were both commissioned as second lieutenants. Inducting the pair were Mst. Sgt. Sidi London (far left), retired Brigadier Gen. Sherian Grace Cadoria (center) and Lt. Col. Herb Sanders (far right).

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It's not Superman that schools need

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So if you had to come up with the most interesting or fascinating or headline-worthy names for 2010, who would you choose?
Sandra Bullock, the cast of “Glee,” Lady Gaga, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, the cast of “Jersey Shore,” Kate Middleton, Mark Zuckerberg, Betty White, LaBron James, Justin Bieber . . . these are among the names that seemed to consistently cross the lips of the masses during 2010.
And while many of those selections could be found within Parade Magazine’s first annual “Personalities of the Year” issue, none of them topped the list nor made the cover.
Instead, we were treated to a quintet of commoners whose voices even captured the attention of our commander in chief.

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Abuse victims aided by many groups

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Because of the care, concern and generosity of the people of Ruston and Lincoln Parish, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has once again been able to provide a good Christmas for disadvantaged families. The Vision Center, Curves and Cedar Creek started off the holidays by setting up angel trees with specific Christmas wishes from DART’s kids.

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Community dreams for 2011

Another year has come and gone. In 2010, Lincoln Parish saw both good and bad — new construction, increased water conservation efforts, cuts to higher education and the loss of a recycling program.
For 2011, we hope to see several things take place before the calendar year turns to 2012.
First has to do with higher education. State colleges and universities were recently instructed to develop “what-if” budgets for 2011 that could cut as much as 35 percent of current funding — a total of almost $500 million — in light of the fact that nearly $290 million in federal stimulus money being used to help fund Louisiana’s high education system will expire in the summer. That means the state could be facing a possible $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the next fiscal year.

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Tech looks back on its Top 12 of 2010

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Louisiana Tech University has made significant institutional and academic strides in the Ruston community and across the globe in 2010, from increasing enrollment to starting fundraising for a 90,000-square foot athletic facility to creating a new online engineering master’s degree. Louisiana Tech’s News Bureau has compiled a list of the Top 12 headlines of 2010.
• Tech earns high marks in multiple national rankings.
Tech was again recognized as being among the top public institutions in the nation, according to rankings by multiple media outlets.

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‘Coach Rob’ remembered

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Museum dedication is parish’s top sports story in 2010
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When the seeds were planted to have a museum honoring longtime Grambling State University football coaching legend Eddie Robinson, there were probably skeptics mumbling something like:
“It will be a cold and snowy day in February before that ever happens.”
Well, as ironic as it was, that’s exactly what happened in February of 2010.

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