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RFD responds to wreck

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Traffic was backed up on Tech Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday following a three-vehicle wreck. Ruston Fire Department District Chief Tommie Woods said the incident occurred at the intersection of Tech and Bearcat drives, and Ruston Ambulance Services transported two patients to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center with minor injuries. The Ruston Police Department did not have any additional details regarding the wreck as of press time today.

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NCLAC, 102 present ‘Translating Chaos’

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council and 102 A Bistro will be featuring the work of local artists Henry McCoy and Tym Toussaint. An opening reception for their show, “Translating Chaos,” will be held from 5-7 p.m. March 7.
McCoy graduated in 2007 with his Bachelor of Visual Arts in photography from Southeastern Louisiana University. Beginning his career in 2005 in event photojournalism, McCoy was able to quickly establish his own style for his artwork. McCoy and his wife soon moved back to Ruston and opened Fine Line Art Supply and Print lab.

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RPAR offers soccer app for teams, fans

Looking for Ruston Parks and Recreation spring soccer information? Check out: RPAR — Spring 2012 Soccer.
The RPAR TeamInfoApp is now available in the Apple App Store. Follow the link at the end of the article from an iPhone or iPad or download “TeamInfoApp” in the app store. Once you download it, click Browse TeamInfo Apps, next select Louisiana and then select League at the bottom of the screen. Then click on RPAR — Spring 2012 and start enjoying the new app.

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Yard of the Month

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The Ruston Garden Club’s February Yard of the Month is Community Trust Bank Financial Center, located on North Trenton Street. The Ruston Garden Club congratulates Community Trust Bank and other Ruston businesses that strive to keep Ruston beautiful and green.

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Dental event aids many in community

While it’s hard enough sometimes to get people to crack a smile, a group of area dentists is preparing to bring at least 100 brighter smiles back to the Ruston area Saturday for the fifth straight year.
Dentists and support staff from Peach Tree Dental in Ruston will be gathering starting at 8 a.m. Saturday to provide a free teeth cleaning, tooth extraction or tooth filling to the first 100 people who find themselves out and about at Peach Tree.
The program is offered as a part of the Dentistry from the Heart program, a national organization started in 2001 to help provide dental work to those who can’t afford it across the nation.

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Tech merger could be plus

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As the years pass, I have started to realize a few things. For one, you are always learning, no matter what you are doing. Sure it may be learning something simple like, “Hey, maybe I shouldn’t eat all that fast food,” or “Maybe staying up past midnight wasn’t such a good idea,” but regardless, you are learning something new every day.
Another realization came across my mind the other day when I went and covered the meeting on the study results of a possible merger of Louisiana Tech University and Louisiana State University at Shreveport, and that thought was simple — grow or disappear.

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Obama does not speak for all women

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President Obama, you do not speak for women. Stop claiming — you and other Democrats — that when you try to ram abortion-inducing drugs and contraception mandates down the throats of religious charities, schools and health care institutions, you are speaking for women.
That’s the message of a new letter signed by hundreds of women at womenspeakforthemselves.com. It was organized by George Mason Law professor Helen Alvare and lawyer-turned-stay-at-home mom Kim Daniels.

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And like a good neighbor

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Before the bulldozer came, it was a wonderful place to play. It had tall grass that I could stomp down to hide from my imaginary foes.
One day I looked across the street and it was gone. I asked Mama why Fort Randy now had wood frames and fill dirt. She said, “They’re going to build a house there!”
The impact of that life-scarring event was not lost on a 9-year-old former fort builder
I sat on the kitchen counter so I could see the family moving in. If I was going to sacrifice a perfectly good fort for them, the first thing I wanted to see was if they had any kids my age — preferably boys, although pretty girls would do.

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’Dogs slam Spartans

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Romario Souza had the best single-game scoring performance of his college career.
So did Robby Price.
And appropriately enough, Louisiana Tech University produced its largest victory margin of the season with a 75-49 Western Athletic Conference blowout of San Jose State in front of 1,760 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday night.
Souza, a 6-10 and 245-pound senior forward-center from Mias Gerais, Brazil, wrecked the Spartans’ defensive efforts inside with a game-leading 19 points and also shared the night’s top honors with teammate Brandon Gibson for most rebounds with eight.

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Parish boys’ teams seek to advance

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Five Lincoln Parish teams still have their hopes alive of eventually reaching the championship round of the boys’ division for the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball tournament to be held at Louisiana Tech University.
All of those squads will try and take yet another step tonight making it to the finals that will be held March 8-10 on the Karl Malone Court of the Thomas Assembly Center.
Still in the postseason picture and set for regional round competition tonight are Choudrant and Simsboro in Class B, Grambling in Class 1A and New Living Word and Dubach in Class C.

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