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February 28th

Parish teams in quarterfinals

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Simsboro, Dubach, Choudrant, NLWS face tests tonight

If Lincoln Parish is to have all four teams survive in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball playoffs tonight, it will have to do so under near Herculean-like conditions.
Those four opponents have a combined average of 31.5 victories, with all having won no fewer than 28 games.
Of the last 57 games played by the parish foes, 54 have resulted in wins and two will carry double-digit victory streaks in tonight’s game.

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Taylor’s Topics

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It’s Oscars’ night over a ‘dunk fest’
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Well, it was the choice between the National Basketball Association’s annual All-Star game or the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, and without a doubt in my mind, I went with the Academy Awards.
While sports are my favorite thing in the world, I cannot bring myself to watch any professional sports’ all-star game. Between the ridiculously over-hyped competitiveness of the game and the complete lack of defense, I really just don’t understand why I am supposed to care.
Let’s take Sunday night’s All-Star game in the NBA for starters. Now I didn’t watch the game, but I did see the highlights. I can honestly say one thing after watching them, too. I thought the dunk contest was Saturday night.

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Simsboro wins own tourney title

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Simsboro High School’s baseball team captured the championship of its own tournament recently with four wins in as many games.
In the title contest, the Tigers blanked Downsville 6-0.
Capsuling the games for Simsboro:
TIGERS 16, FAIR PARK 1: Early lead gives the Simsboro Tigers easy victory over Fair Park, 16-1
The Tigers shut the door early on the Indians. Sixteen runs in the first three innings allowed Simsboro to put the game away early.

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Cage-Bibbs gains career win No. 500

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Patricia Cage-Bibbs joined an exclusive “neighborhood” on Monday night.
There’s not that many coaches in the history of women’s collegiate basketball who have won 500 games, but that’s exactly the company that she belongs now.
With her North Carolina A&T University team defeating Savannah State University 88-74 in Savannah, Ga., Cage-Bibbs reached milestone career victory No. 500.

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Speak up to representatives

In Lincoln Parish, we have five individuals who will be representing our interests in Baton Rouge when the legislative session begins on March 12.
Lincoln Parish was divided into three senate districts after the Census count in 2010, which left us without a majority stake in any of the districts.
Because of this, it is more important than ever for Lincoln Parish residents to make sure that state senators and representatives know how we feel about the issues at hand. Each district is more geographically diverse than it was previously, which means senators have the concerns of voters in other parishes to worry about as well. These men that we have elected to represent us — Rob Shadoin and Patrick Jefferson in the House of Representatives and Rick Gallot, Mike Walsworth and Bob Kostelka in the Senate — can’t do so properly if we do not express our views to them.

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Parish 4-H holds foods festival

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On Feb. 20, the halls of I.A. Lewis were filled with the mouth-watering aroma of many wonderful food dishes prepared by Lincoln Parish 4-H members. Lincoln Parish 4-H celebrated foods with its annual 4-H Foods Festival competition. There was great participation and many prizes were awarded. The winners and participants were as follows:

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Beat sleep deprivation

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If you found yourself dosing off while sitting at your desk today, you’re probably not alone.
According to a press release from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Louisiana is one of the states with the highest prevalence of sleep issues.
Louisiana residents, along with those from West Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma, are the “most likely to report sleep disturbances.” Approximately 21.2-26 percent of the state’s population report sleep disturbances. Additionally, 23.1-25.2 percent of residents report daytime fatigue.

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February 27th

Collections up in parish

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Sales and use taxes increase by 1.73 percent

Sales tax collections in Lincoln Parish inched up by 1.73 percent in 2011 over collections in 2010, which Jerry Moore, sales and use tax administrator, said wasn’t bad.
“Truthfully, for what we had last year with the economy, I wasn’t too upset with these numbers,” Moore told the Sales and Use Tax Commission at a meeting last week.
Moore told commissioners that they are still waiting on $270,000 from audits in 2011 that hasn’t been collected quite yet.

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Landmark no more

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Historic hotel sees final days
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In 1962, when a group of people from Ruston got together to build a hotel in the city limits, they had no idea the next 50 years were going to be full of history they would never forget.
“I remember at the grand opening of the hotel, there were 3,500 people there just to see it,” former hotel manager and co-owner Johnny Maxwell said. “It was something to see.”
Now, 50 years later, the hotel that sat on the service road off of Interstate 20 has been closed, slowly torn down and will no longer be a part of the surroundings that make up Ruston.

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Second robbery suspect arrested

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A 22-year-old man was arrested Saturday in connection with an armed robbery that allegedly happened in November.
Maj. Stephen Williams, public information officer for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Alma Jakob Hardyway, of 1301 Highland, No. 5, was arrested by deputies late Saturday evening on one charge of armed robbery with a gun and a charge of aggravated second-degree battery.
Back in November, Hardyway and his relative Felicia Hardyway allegedly picked up a male walking on Rog

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