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November 20th

Parish runners: stars at state

Count them: 14 state championships.
That’s the grand total of No. 1 trophies divided between Choudrant High, Cedar Creek and Ruston High at the annual LHSAA meet held in Natchitoches over the past six years.
The Lady Cougars (six in a row for Class A) and the Aggies (the last four in Class B) own the top streaks among parish programs.
At this year’s meet, Ruston High’s girls joined the latter two schools on the championship podium.

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Area schools win LHSAA state crowns

Although the Lady Aggies did not win the state title, they did place three runners in the top 10: Emily Young at No. 2, Lauren Sexton-Davis at No. 4 and Stacey Ammons at No. 4.
The Cedar Creek girls also placed four runners in the top 10, led by state champion Ashley Fallin. Also turning in top 10 finishes by the Lady Cougars were Casey Bowman at No. 4, Taylor Machen at No. 8 and Mallory Cox at No. 9.

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Thoughts that would stir the dead

Of course my loved ones would throw parades, build massive memorials in my honor and have a jazz band juke and jive me to my final resting place ... maybe not. But will the guy who makes the “caramel thingy” at The Cake Plate for me or that nice teller at the bank notice that I’m not there to tell them “You’re amazing!” as I flutter in and out of their lives?
Sadly, again, my money’s on “No.”
It takes a special kind of person to evoke the kind of outpouring of emotion that the deaths of John Lennon, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and even Princess Diana did.

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Board still at odds with Police Jury, CVB

That action was taken despite the fact that the Police Jury and the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau had reached a cooperative endeavor agreement whereby the Police Jury would “facilitate” the construction of a conference center in the unused portion of the Library. The conference center would have a 300-plus seat meeting room, three smaller breakout rooms and a catering kitchen.
Police Jury President the Rev. Eddie Allen said based on information he’s received, the Police Jury has the last say-so in what is done with the unused space at the Library.

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Be thankful for what you have — and don’t have

A couple of other things I have to be thankful for include the many friends Susan and I have made through our 25 years together, and the fact that our youngest son, Justin, made it through deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq and still has a majority of his faculties in tact.
What follows is a list of things I’m thankful for that I don’t often take the opportunity to verbalize.
• I’m thankful I cover the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and not the Ouachita Parish Police Jury. If you’ve not been to a meeting in Monroe, you don’t realize just how good we have it here.

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’Cats move on to quarterfinals

Now, it’s on to the quarterfinal round with a Friday night trip to Baton Rouge Catholic High, who defeated Holy Cross 38-14 in the second round.
“We gave a great effort,” Ruston head coach Billy Laird said following the game. “We never gave up. The attitude of our team coming into the game was that we were going to win.”
With the momentum swinging in favor of Fontainebleau following a Bulldog touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, Ruston High put together what would be the most important series of the night.

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CVB approves agreement with LPPJ

“In light of what has happened between the CVB and the Police Jury, a comment was made to me that the real winner of this agreement were the citizens of Lincoln Parish,” Board member Mickey McHale said. “There’s been some conflict about this convention center. I want to make sure the CVB appreciates what the Jury did. Now we can get on with what we’re supposed to do — bring tourism to Lincoln Parish.”
The agreement is based on three points:
• The Police Jury agreed to help facilitate the construction of a conference center in the Lincoln Parish Library;

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November 17th

Dogs glad to be back home

It probably seems like decades.
For the past three games, there’s been road treks to San Jose, Calif., Denton, Texas and Honolulu, Hawaii.
“It’s just going to be great to be around our own fans and atmosphere,” sized up senior wide receiver Eric Newman. “That can make a difference a lot of times, being around people who are really supporting you and encouragment. For the last several games, we haven’t had that, with being on the road and all. That can get tiring.
“Now, for the next games, we’re at home and it’s a great feeling.”

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JA projects on schedule

The following examples provide only a glimpse of the many projects which JA funds through fund-raisers such as the upcoming jambalaya and bake sale to be held tomorrow and the Jingle Bell Run to be held Dec. 9.
Any child who visits the emergency room at Lincoln General Hospital receives a huggy bear or coloring pages to comfort them. Preschoolers and elementary students across the parish enjoy puppet shows emphasizing healthy eating habits and character education every spring.

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It takes a lot of real dedication

Only a university professor’s daughter — as I am very proud to be — knows full well the dedication it takes to have one’s work published or to present papers.
I remember very clearly the hours, the weeks, the months, even the years my father spent in preparation of articles for newspapers, in preparation of papers to be presented at conferences and in preparation of a manuscript which was highly acclaimed by reviewers but which never made publication. Even the utmost dedication will not see all of those efforts succeed every time.

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