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February 1st, 2014

Kittens scratch out 2-1A home win over Cougars

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GRAMBLING — Grambling Lab head coach Antonio Hudson credited every senior on his team for not only the show they put on for their home fans on Friday night, but also what they HAVE accomplished thus far this season.
Led by Davauhnte’ Turner, Marty Tolston and DeAndre’ McGuire, Grambling beat Cedar Creek 62-25 on Friday night in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the Grambling State University campus.
“We played well at the defense of end tonight,” Hudson said. “We rotated well, we played actively and it was a good win.”

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Pyles powers Creek girls to win

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GRAMBLING — Head girls’ basketball coaches Katie Eagles of Cedar Creek and Antonio Hudson of Grambling Laboratory High School agreed the team with the least turnovers wins the ball game.
The Cedar Creek Cougars brought on full-court pressure every Grambling Lab Lady Kittens possession, creating 30 turnovers.
Easy transition baskets off those turnovers led to a 41-33 Cedar Creek victory against Hudson’s Lady Kittens on Friday night in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the Grambling State University campus.

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Natchitoches-Central sweeps RHS hoops teams

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A sluggish start combined with a poor finish was too much for the Bearcats to overcome Friday night as Natichitoches Central took a 60-49 win over Ruston High School in the RHS gym.
Ruston trailed 16-10 at the end of the first quarter but remained within striking distance at intermission, going in to the locker room trailing 32-18 at the half.
The Bearcats made a move in the third quarter, outscoring the Chiefs 16-7 to make it 39-34 in favor of Natchitoches Central heading into the final stanza.

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Making our community a better place

People who do good work for the sake of making a community a better place for all of it citizens to live deserve to be recognized.
Chris Turner, winner of the Ruston Rotary Club’s 2013 Bill Best Humanitarian Award, fits perfectly into that category. The award, named after the late Ruston businessman and civic leader Bill Best, is one of the top honors that can be bestowed on a local resident.

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Grandparents sharing in story time

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Intermittently some of you request comments about special topics. I have formerly addressed the joys of grandparenting. Fellow grandparents, we have a camaraderie stemming from shared laughter. Yet I wonder: will my grandchildren one day ask “Why did you put that in the paper?” Some of you have asked me to re-print my so-called “Grandparents’ Bill of Rights.” That comes later; this is story time. And please, if any of you have any grandchildren stories, send them to me at joe@northlalaw.com. I will mention your name or not, whichever you prefer. Now for two of mine.

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Simsboro High a successful school

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Simsboro High School recently received the school performance score for the 2012-2013 school year and the faculty and staff at the school were thrilled with the results. Our school scored a 93 or “B” on our school performance score —the highest score that Simsboro has ever earned. We recognize that our success is attributed to many factors including the academic achievement of our students, the proficiency of our teachers, the contributions of our community and the innovation of our teaching practices.

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Meth is a monster drug

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I consider myself a lucky individual in many ways. One of those ways is that I’ve never felt even a slight desire to try any illicit substance, which is a blessing since so many people do fall into that temptation.
I’ve also never (knowingly) known anyone who was has taken methamphetamine. And, after talking to a few people this week because of the arrest of an alleged big-time meth distributor — I’m glad no one I love has ever become involved with the stuff.

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Hollingsworth thankful for input on zoning code

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I should like to thank the citizens of Ruston for their attendance at the Ruston Civic Center on Jan. 26 for our first public hearing of proposed updates to our zoning code.
At the same time, we wish to thank those of you who have made contact with us directly to offer suggestions and changes but were unable to attend this first formal public hearing.
When we adopted the new zoning code in November, 2012, we promised that we’d continue to look at improvements to the code and that we’d come back to the public for more input every year.

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Resident tired of trashy highway

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Ruston and Lincoln Parish have many obvious positive points. One that isn’t positive, is an eye sore, and a negative image of our city and parish is the trash.
Our roads look worse than some third world countries. Our roads are littered, particularly ones that lead to the parish landfill off Louisiana Highway 33. And main contributors are the municipal trucks headed to the landfill with trash flying out of their trucks.

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Wheelin’ Sportsman hunt yields huge buck

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Michael Timpa, 26, does not let his handicap keep him from spending time on the water and in the woods. The Lake Charles resident, born with spina bifida, had grown somewhat tired of duck hunting and wanted to move his hunting experiences up a notch to deer hunting.
On January 11, Timpa not only moved it a notch; he put it through the roof when he downed a monster nine-point buck with an eye-popping 29 1/4 inch inside spread.

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