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February 29th

‘Wrong Window’ features community

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Each year the Ruston Community Theatre comes together to put on productions for the residents of Lincoln Parish.
On their agenda for the coming week is a play written by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Mimore — “Wrong Window.”
Director Mitch Dufour said the play is a parody of Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Rear Window.”
“The play is more of a comedy,” he said. “Marnie and Jeff Elbies are spying on their neighbors when they think they see a murder take place. The comedy around the whole production is that they are trying not to get caught.”

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Scam artists sought by police

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On Saturday afternoon, an elderly Ruston couple was approached in their home by two white males who were reportedly in the “antique and flooring” business.
According to reports from the Ruston Police Department, two unidentified men offered to give them an estimate on refinishing the couple’s floors and engaged them in conversation for some time. After they left the residence, it was discovered that valuable jewelry had been stolen from another room of the house.

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Escapee caught in Lincoln

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An escapee from Jackson Parish was arrested outside of Ruston early Wednesday morning after police went on a near 10-mile chase after the suspect.
James A. Jackson, 32, was arrested by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office after he escaped from Jackson Parish and led LPSO deputies on a car and foot pursuit early Wednesday morning.
According to LPSO Public Information Officer Maj. Stephen Williams, Jackson was a pre-trial inmate in Jackson Parish, and officers in Jackson took him to the hospital around 3 a.m. to check some health problems he had been having.

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Mack Jr. named to board in interim

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The District 10 seat of the Lincoln Parish School Board will stay in the Mack family, at least for now.
The school board held a specially called meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday to appoint an interim board member for the District 10 seat and to discuss pending litigation in the school district’s desegregation case.
The meeting was called before longtime board member George Mack Sr. died last week, but electing an interim was added to the agenda before the meeting. Board member Mattie Harrison, representative for District 1, nominated Mack’s son, George Mack Jr., to take his father’s seat until a special election is held. The board unanimously — with the exception of Lynda Henderson and Danny Hancock who were both absent — approved the nomination and approved a resolution to instate Mack Jr. to the seat. Mack Jr. accepted the interim seat, though Superintendent Danny Bell said Mack Jr. has previously said he does not intend to run for the seat.

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RHS cheerleaders highlight local movie

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Ruston High School cheerleaders were given an opportunity to be on the big screen this past summer.
“New Hope,” filmed in the summer of 2011 and recently released, featured the RHS varsity squad as part of the film.
Producer Rodney Ray said he chose the RHS squad after talking with parents and school officials.

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Get fit, have fun with cardio tennis

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Ruston Parks and Recreation is marching onto the tennis courts. Beginning March 12 RPAR will be offering cardio tennis.
What is Cardio Tennis? You might have seen Anna Kournikova put the participants through their cardio tennis paces on the ABC weight loss series “Biggest Loser.”
Unlike a regular game of tennis, cardio tennis is focused on fitness, and less on hitting great forehands, backhands, slices, volleys and lobs. This program started in September 2005 by the Tennis Industry Association as a way to get more people involved in the sport. If you are a fan of the U.S. Open, you might have seen the first advertisement for cardio tennis during that tournament back in 2005.

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Ruston Lions Club hosts speaker

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2012 Olympic Games qualifier Jason Morgan, was a recent guest speaker of the Ruston Lions Club. Morgan, a Louisiana Tech University graduate, told the group about his unending training and dedication that has brought him to qualifying for the Olympics and will, hopefully, make him a medal winner.

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Storey lecture series a strong initiative

Over the past several years, the landscape of journalism has continued to change rapidly.
Print journalism has been challenged by the ever-changing face of media and competition from new sources, and newspapers across the country are going to an online-only format.
At our universities, there are students learning about these changes to the profession, and utilizing new formats for journalism such as blogs and other means to tell a news story.

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A case of the 'Streep' fever

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When did Meryl Streep become the patron saint of cinema?
Recently, there seems to have been a canonization in the hearts of moviegoers, making every performance Streep takes on (Julia Child in “Julie and Julia,” Sister Aloysious in “Doubt,” Donna in “Mamma Mia”) a miraculous occurrence.
This past Sunday night, Streep was awarded her third Academy Award for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.”

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Bad guys need be wary

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Bad guys in Ruston and Lincoln Parish took it on the chin in 2011. Ruston-Lincoln Crime Stoppers, the organization that seeks anonymous tips leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of suspected criminals, logged an almost 400 percent jump in the number of successful tips from 2010 to 2011.
It paid out just shy of five times more reward money last year than the year before. So crime must be rampant, right? Nope. What’s booming is the number of people who are calling, texting, or going online to offer a tip.

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