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January 28th

James was in ‘rare air’ as NBA player

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GRAMBLING — Aaron James was in “rare air” as an NBA draftee in 1974.
The former Grambling State University star, who was announced Saturday as a member of the 2012 class of inductees for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, was one of a select few of players drafted in that year who finished with a double-digit scoring average during their pro careers.
Of the 36 players selected in the first two rounds of the 1974 draft, James was one of only 15 who closed out his NBA stay with a scoring average of more than 10 points per game.
The New Orleans native who prepped at Cohen High School before joining the then Fred Hobdy-guided G-Men averaged 10.8 points during his 356 games as an NBA player.

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Hayes sets new record in long jump

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All-America jumper Chelsea Hayes of Louisiana Tech University set a new school record and the nation’s best long jump mark of the 2012 season on Friday afternoon as action began at the Arkansas State University Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark.
Hayes jumped 20-11.25, besting her old school record of 20-9.75 set at the Western Athletic Conference indoor championships last year.

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RHS boys win first 2-5A game

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Ruston High put a stop to its losing streak in District 2-5A boys’ basketball on Friday night.
The Bearcats took a 61-58 victory over Monroe Ouachita to improve to an overall record of 14-11 and to 1-3 in league play.
In a girls’ game, Ruston (4-23, 0-4) was a 51-31 victim of the Lady Lions.
Other results involving parish teams on Friday night include:

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Plummer helped by deer hunting

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Although Pam Plummer grew up around hunters in her extended family, she seldom hunted, preferring instead to enjoy nature and the outdoors experience without a deer rifle in her hand. That all changed after a divorce a dozen or so years ago.
“After the divorce, my son, Casey, prodded me to get on with my life and find something fun and relaxing to do. He thought I should consider deer hunting, so I decided to give it a try. I’d go with him and he has always been supportive and a good teacher, showing me tips and hints to help me,” Plummer said.

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Brooke’s first deer

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Brooke Evans, an eight-grade student at Cedar Creek, recently killed her first racked deer during a hunting trip to the Double Mane Ranch near Brady, Texas.

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State wildlife convention set March 9-11

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The 2012 convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) will be held March 9-11 at the Clarion Inn and Suites Conference Center in Covington.
The event will celebrate the Federation’s 73rd year of conserving our natural resources and right to enjoy them.
Convention pre-registrations are encouraged to aid in LWF’s preparations for this annual event. Simply download and fill out the registration form and return it to the LWF office (fax number is 1-225-344-6707; email- lwf@lawildlifefed.org; or via mail at LWF, P.O. Box 65239, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 70896-5239).

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Be prepared for C.A.P.

If there seem to be a few more Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Deputies in your neighborhood, don’t be surprised.
The department last week launched its C.A.P. (Concentrated Area Policing) unit, an initiative aimed at reaching out to the public and identifying their concerns.
Deputies assigned to the C.A.P. unit will make their way through the parish, including those areas within the city limits, knocking on doors and listening to the complaints / concerns of the public.

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Man: Alcohol boost 'blood money'

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In response to the column in the Jan. 16 Ruston Daily Leader titled “New alcohol sales show progress,” by Jessica Darden, a reminder is needed. Progress in the wrong direction is a prologue to disaster. She pictures the passage of the l8th Amendment, known as the Prohibition Amendment, as progress in the wrong direction, whereas the repeal of that amendment 14 years later was progress in the right direction.

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Awards season has arrived

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Despite the fact that January tends to be a blue time for most folks, I love this time of year.
Certainly not for the weather or for the post-holiday sugar crash that inevitably wears me down. No, I love this time of year because it’s “awards season” and for pop culture disciples like me, it’s the time to see what’s considered the best of the best.
The Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards . . . check them off. The Independent Spirit Awards, Oscars and Grammys loom ahead, and tonight will be the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Plus there are other awards celebrations as different entities within the various industries pause to present their highest honors. You can bet that I’m not the only one anxious to see what the outcome will be.

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Basketball tournaments to bounce up

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Get ready. In the event that you have missed the story announced some time ago, Ruston will be hosting both the girls and boys state championship basketball tournament. It may sound a little early to be commenting on this, as the dates are March 8-10. The tournaments start on Thursday and end Saturday. The reason I mention this here, though, is to remind people of the pride in our community and the tremendous impact this will have here and elsewhere.
I know that it is dangerous and difficult to single out any one person. But I do want to mention one name, Kyle Edmiston, who is the current president and CEO of the Ruston-Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau. I have received very good indication that Kyle was actively involved in seeking and landing this tournament, as were many others. But with any great idea, there is often a point person driving the project.

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