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Police Jury has a busy 2012 scheduled

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Lincoln Parish could have a bundle of business to which they must tend in 2012.
Four new jurors officially began their four-year terms on the Lincoln Parish Police Jury this week.
Along with the rest of the jurors, newcomers Randy Roberson, Walter Pullen, Nancy Wilson and Ronny Walker could face some tough issues in 2012.
Some of the big dilemmas for which the community can hope to see progress this year are the following:

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In hot water at Cissie's restaurant

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As long as I can remember, I’ve been eating hot water cornbread.
Mama probably even squashed some up and put it in my baby bottle. Daddy used to do that.
Not in his baby bottle. He would sit at the dinner table and take a piece of hot water cornbread and crumble it in his hands and drop it into a glass of buttermilk. Then he would use his teaspoon to spoon it out and go on and on about how good it was.

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Tech teams host WAC foes

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Not one, but two —yes, two — doubleheaders should help give rev up the basketball appetite of Louisiana Tech University fans during the next three nights.
Starting tonight, the Lady Techsters and Bulldogs will play host to rare back-to-back doubleheaders in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Tech teams will have Idaho coming in tonight, then followed by Utah State on Saturday night.
Previewing tonight’s games:
BULLDOGS
New Head Coach Michael White and his young Bulldogs aren’t satisfied with just applying a gradual foundation to what they hope will lead to future contention for a WAC championship.

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’Dogs give back to community

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Part of the philosophy for Louisiana Tech head coach Mike White in building the Bulldog basketball program is community involvement and giving back to Ruston and the surrounding areas.
Assistant coach Derrick Jones and Bulldog players Brandon Gibson, Cordarius Johnson and Kenyon McNeail did exactly that earlier this week, as the foursome visited fourth graders at Cypress Springs Elementary School.
“This was a great opportunity for our players to serve as mentors to students at Cypress Springs,” said Jones. “It was as beneficial for Brandon, Cordarius and Kenyon, as hopefully it was for those students.”

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Dooley optimistic about Vols’ future

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — In his first public comments in 37 days, Head Coach Derek Dooley said earlier this week addressed a wide range of topics in hopes of assuring Tennessee fans — and recruits —- that the football program is not in disarray.
Dooley had nothing but positive things to say about defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon, who have been announced in their new positions at the University of Washington.
While acknowledging that it’s important to move quickly on three staff hires due to recruiting, the former Louisiana Tech head coach said the search is “in the early stages” and that he wouldn’t compromise on making quality additions to the staff.

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MLK ecumenical
service planned

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Kimbrough to speak, education walk to be held at 10th annual event

The 10th Annual Martin Luther King Day Noon Ecumenical Observance will be held at noon Monday in the Ruston Civic Center. 
                  
Walter Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, will be the keynote speaker. Kimbrough will address this year’s theme, “Pursuit of the Dream through Service.”  The event is sponsored by the office of multicultural affairs at Louisiana Tech University.

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Babies crawl, toddle to victory

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Local babies’ speed will be put to the test this week during the fourth annual March of Dimes Diaper Derby.
The event is set to race forward in between games on Saturday when the Lady Techsters play Utah State at 6 p.m. and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs take on Utah State at 8 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The derby will feature young ones both crawling and walking to the finish line at the Thomas Assembly Center with two winners — a crawler and a toddler — to take home bragging rights.

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Plans for 50 acre lot tabled

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GRAMBLING — Fifty acres of land in the Grambling town limits became an issue for further contemplation last week during the town’s January monthly meeting.
During the meeting, Lincoln Parish resident and Police Juror Skip Russell came to the town to speak on behalf of approximately 50 acres of property he had purchased in the town’s limits on the south side of U.S. Highway 80.
Russell said he bought the property as a means to build a farm to hold his horses, but realized he would have extra land left over, he only required 35 acres for the farm.

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Tae Kwon Do at RPAR

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How popular is Korean Karate — The Art of Tae Kwon Do?
There are currently seven schools from the Chittim-Jordan lineage in North Louisiana. Susan Watts, a sixth degree black belt and USKA world fighting champion is chief instructor at the Ark-La-Tex Tae Kwon Do located in Bossier City. Buster Cotten, a sixth degree black belt and USKA world kata champion, teaches students at the Jackson Parish Karate School located in Jonesboro. Rodney McPherson, a sixth-degree black belt and USKA world weapons kata champion recently promoted three students — Bethany Rhodes, Dee Nyegaard and Aleck Nyegaard — of Farmerville D’Arbonne Martial Arts to the rank of black belt.

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Children’s Advocacy Centers receives donation

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Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana was recently named the Walmart Associates’ Choice program winner for 2011. As the winner, Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) received $100,000 from the Walmart Foundation to help ensure child victims of sexual abuse receive quality services from their local CAC. Locally, Pine Hills Child Advocacy Center provides services to the children and families of Lincoln, Union, Jackson, Bienville and Claiborne parishes.

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