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January 29th, 2014

Bearcats too much for Lions

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RHS remains unbeaten in 2-5A
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Ruston rallied late and beat the Lions on the boards Tuesday as the Bearcats to a 62-32 home win over Ouachita.
The Bearcats (15-7, 3-0 in District 2-5A) outrebounded the Lions 20-11.
Isaiah Buggs led Ruston with 20 points while adding five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Jalen Tolliver poured in 12 points to lead Ouachita.
Ruston next travels to Natchitoches-Central on Friday for a showdown between the top two teams in 2-5A.
Grambling 65, Ringgold 50
Grambling Lab moved to 4-1 in District 1-1A Tuesday as the Kittens took a road win over Ringgold.

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Arcadia holds off Cedar Creek, 77-39

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Cedar Creek Cougars head coach Kyle Kavanaugh never would shy away from playing the best in the state at home.
“They have had an unbelievable season,” Kavanaugh said. “It’s not just the talent they have, but they are also well coached.”
Class 1A No. 1 Arcadia Hornets beat the Cougars, 77-39, last night.
The Cougars, who totaled 22 turnovers, struggled offensively throughout the game, never finding a groove. Defensively, however, the zone defense they run gave the Hornets some early game struggles.
After the first quarter, Cedar Creek was only down 16-9.

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Recreation volunteers get a tax deduction

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The W-2 forms are headed to your address and the tax deadline will be here before you know it.
And, I’ll bet you never thought you would read an article about tax deductions in the Ruston Parks and Recreation article.
Well, surprise, surprise.
Louisiana offers a tax code that rewards volunteer service.
In 2007, House Bill 949 was introduced to provide for a tax deduction for persons who volunteer with a recreation department. The key is the recreation department must be operated by the state of Louisiana. Obviously, RPAR qualifies.

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Learning about America’s Heroes

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The local American Heritage Girls Troop recently paid a visit to the Louisiana Military Museum as part of requirements for their Freedom’s Heroes badge.
American Heritage Girls is a growing national nonproit faith-based scouting organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. AHG offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members.

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Billy Webb Dawkins

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Memorial Services will be held at a later date for Billy Webb Dawkins, 87, who passed away on the afternoon of Sunday, January 26, 2014.

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RHS student accepted into West Point

When some of us find it hard just to get out of bed in the morning, Ruston High School senior Josh Owens has made getting accepted into the West Point military academy look easy. In the past year and a half, Owens has undergone rigorous physical, mental and academic preparation to be accepted into the prestigious school and not only are his parents, teachers and principals proud; his is a story that should make the heart of the Lincoln Parish Community swell with pride.

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Turning 60, reaching a milestone

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I was in the midst of writing a holiday letter to one of my best long-time friends and classmates, when I realized we’re turning 60 years old this year. Surely not.
Surely we’re still in Mr. Laney’s eighth-grade class at the old A. E. Phillips lab school, or maybe in Mrs. Garrett’s homeroom at Ruston High School. At the most, we’re just getting ready to graduate and make our mark on the world, right? Wrong.
We’re done with high school, done with college, and some of us have even passed through those life changes when we become our parents’ parents.

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January 28th

Commissioners OK zoning updates

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More public input to be sought for Feb. 17 meeting
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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission has adopted 52 proposed updates to the city’s two-year-old zoning ordinance. The commission has also directed its staff to continue to seek public input regarding the suggested revisions and bring that information to the commission’s Feb. 17 meeting.
The commission’s vote and subsequent request to staff came Monday night at the conclusion of a public hearing called to review the code updates. Approximately 80 people attended the hearing.

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Pearce bows out

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Ruston alderman decides against mayoral race
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Ruston Alderman Jim Pearce has pulled out of the race for mayor.
“I’m not running,” Pearce said Monday night. “I just need to stay at my business. I have a lifetime invested at the lumber yard and feel like I need to stay there.”
Pearce is co-owner of Pearce Lumber, a business started by his grandfather in 1936. Pearce said he will seek re-election as District 4 aldermen.

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Arbor Day and the placement of urban trees

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Next to Earth Day, the annual observance of Arbor Day is the most celebrated and important concept of our country’s conservation movement.
What is Arbor Day? It is an annual tree planting day observed throughout the nation. On this day ceremonial trees and shrubs are planted by schools, civic clubs and other organizations.
The purpose of this observance is to foster the ideals of conservation so that our forest and urban trees will always be plentiful, healthy and our surroundings beautiful.

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