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November 20th, 2014

Grambling Lab splits with Richwood; RHS Lady ’Cats to open home season tonight

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Grambling Labortory High School opened the 2014-15 basketball season Wednesday night by splitting with Richwood at home in both boys and girls action.
The Kittens defeated Richwood 61-52 with Kaedrick Williams leading the way with 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.
Tylan Dean added 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Kittens, who also got six points each from Xavier Davis, James Caesar and Shawtaveon Jenkins.

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Open House, Arts Tour benefits all

Ruston and Lincoln Parish will be bringing in the Christmas spirit with the annual Holiday Arts Tour and Downtown Christmas Open House.
Kicking off today, both events have much to offer residents and participants alike.
Starting with shopping, patrons of downtown businesses will enjoy extended shopping hours over the weekend and be able to enjoy some of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Holiday Arts Tour at the same time.
The tour consists of 35 sites, 14 musical performances and more than 60 artists.

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An allegory about justice

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When I was waiting on an interview Tuesday, I had some time to kill so I strolled into the courtroom. It was a felony court day and, unsurprisingly, the room was filled from wall-to-wall.
I felt a little awkward asking someone to scoot over, knowing I was about to make everyone on the row feel like a sardine, but I didn’t see too much of a choice in the matter.
Anyone who reads the paper regularly (and for this we thank you) knows that for the past several weeks, I’ve been exploring ideas on how to expedite adjudication.

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Be engaged in your government

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As I awoke Wednesday to a politically changed Congress, I immediately was struck by the continued rhetoric concerning the Affordable Care Act. Furthermore, I was floored by the audacious stance taken by the new Tea Party members of this august body.
If this will just be a repeat of split Congress gridlock, what will be accomplished if Republicans hold both houses?
I don’t think these new folks understand or are serious about what governing is or even means. I see disaster on the horizon.

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Maids selected for 2014 Homecoming

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Choudrant High School is celebrating Homecoming week, with this year noting the 100th anniversary of the school. The Homecoming court will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday. All alumni, including former Homecoming Court members, are welcome to attend.
Because this year marks the 100th anniversary, the faculty at CHS would like to recognize all alumni.
This years Homecoming Court maids are as follows:
Seniors are Courtney Hammons, Rachel Smith, Shaye Stephenson, Katherine Upshaw and Brianna Thompson.
Juniors are Emmy Aaron, Allie Hibbard and Kate Posey.

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Simsboro School Honor Roll

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A Honor roll
First grade:
Levi Adkins, Luis Bautista, Hunter Bazar, Mackenzie Becks, Aimsley Brown, Ivy Collinsworth, Jose Cornejo, Morgan Crowe, Jolee Dison, Alaina Garlington, Tate Hammond, Jacob Miller, Rayanna Pesnell, Hailey Tolbert, Kira Wright and Adlee Young.
Second grade:
Khidan Brantley, Elizabeth Cornejo, Dillon Kitchens, Kayla Mitchell and Iva Sibley.
Third grade:
Grisham Locke and Will Young.
Fourth grade:
Kailee Barnette, Vincent Buchenberger and Kristian Warfield.
Fifth grade:
Olivia Decoulode, Dakota Dowing, Helen Fischer and Hailey Johnson.

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November rotary students named

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the November Student of the Month Awards. Following comments by program coordinator Rachel Lilley, each student honoree spoke to the club members about their achievements at the November 19 luncheon and was then presented an award of achievement. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra-curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.
Ben Everett, a senior at Cedar Creek School, has earned a 4.6 GPA and scored a 31 on his ACT.

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November 19th

Downtown Open House, Arts Tour kick off Thursday

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Seventeen years in the making, the annual Holidays Arts Tour will kick off Thursday along with Ruston’s Downtown Christmas Open House.
HAT is a celebration of the arts in the region: visual artists, writers, dancers and musicians perform and sell their works amid holiday shoppers, said Executive Director of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council Jessica Slaughter.

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Suspected murder victim identified

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The victim in a suspected homicide on Tuesday has been identified.
Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers said the victim has been identified as 22-year-old Markeith Baylor, of Ruston.
Rogers added that toxicology reports are being conducted, along with a routine autopsy.
“We should have the results back within a few days from what I understand,” he said.
Until the autopsy results come back, Rogers said the cause of death remains unknown. However, police are treating the death as suspicious and investigating it as a homicide.

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Sales tax collections up 5 percent this year

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The monthly total for actual sales taxes collected this quarter was up by 8 percent and the year-to-date actual collections were up by 5 percent thanks to the oil and gas industry.
The Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission met Tuesday morning to discuss revenues for the third quarter. Denise Griggs, who will be replacing retiring Tax Administrator Jerry Moore, said every parish municipality was up in sales taxes for the third quarter, with the exception of the towns of Grambling and Dubach.

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