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November 30th

Jessie’s Jottings

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Saints’ win over Giants was superb
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Before this column goes any further, “Who Dat?!”
OK, now that has been stated, how about the New Orleans Saints? People thought that they would possibly win the Monday night game, but to say that they won this one would be an understatement.
The 49–24 win over the New York Giants was a surprisingly large point margin, seeing as the Giants are not a bad team.

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Area swimmers place high at state meet

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SULPHUR — Local high school swimmers performed well and brought home plenty of hardware from the Louisiana State High School Swimming Championships last weekend.
The Ruston High boys’ team finished sixth and the girls were ninth of the more than 20 teams competing from around the state.
Cedar Creek finished in a tie for third among the 21 schools competing in that division.
The state championships consist of heats of preliminary events with the Top 8 swimmers in each event competing in the finals and the second eight finishers competing in the consolation finals.

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Tech men’s basketball team at SLU tonight

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The Louisiana Tech University men’s basketball (2-3) team will travel to Hammond to face Southeastern Louisiana (3-2) at 7 p.m. tonight at the University Center.
It will mark the first of three straight games against in-state opponents for the Bulldogs.
“This swing against in-state programs will be a tough test for us as we will probably be the big non-conference game for some of these schools,” said Head Coach Michael White.

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November 29th

Man gets 21 months on porn charge

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A Ruston man has been sentenced to prison on a pornography charge.
Third Judicial District Judge Wayne Smith handed down a sentence of 21 months at hard labor this month to Edwin Scott Clark, 44, of Marbury Drive.
Clark was working as a realtor when he was arrested in June 2010 for possession of child pornography.

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Holiday drama

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RCT to present ‘Kringle’s Window’
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A Christmas drama about family relationships and holiday magic will unfold on the stage of the Dixie Center for the Arts on Thursday-Sunday.
“Kringle’s Window,” written by Mark Medoff and directed by Nancy Wallace, starts off with a little family conflict as two parents are separated, and the older daughter causes chaos.
“There are two daughters,” Wallace said. “The older daughter, who is around 13 (played by Neesha Siriwardane), and her friends decide they will tell the 8-year-old younger sister (played by Sarah Katherine McCallum) there is no Santa Claus. Then it is how the parents deal with helping the little girl feel OK about this. At the same time, there is a person (played by Wallace) who comes into their life and sort of does things behind the scenes that makes things happen. She is sort of magical.”

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Hico grade gets a bump

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School up from D+ to C+
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Those who hand down letter grades to local schools are not immune to mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes work out in Lincoln Parish’s favor.
Hico Elementary School, which received a D+ letter grade when School Performance Scores were handed out in October, has been upgraded to a C+ school after a review of that grade.
Donna Doss, Lincoln Parish school accountability and performance coordinator, said when reviewing the results given by the state some things just didn’t quite add up.

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Parish roads slated for repair in 2012

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A number of Lincoln Parish roads are slated to receive repairs in the next couple of years.
During their regular meeting this month, Lincoln Parish Police Jurors approved the planned Capital Improvement Program for 2012 and proposed work for 2013-14.
Louisiana Tech engineering professor Aziz Saber, who acted as a consultant for the jury, said he and parish transportation department employees examined roads throughout the parish. He said a database was developed containing information about roads and a rating for those that need work immediately. Saber said this priority status was based primarily on the condition of the road.

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Varieties in bloom, help with heavy lifting

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Question: This spring we bought an established house in a good neighborhood. It has a well-designed landscape. It has been interesting to watch the different plants bloom. They had a yard care service to take care of it that I have retained but am learning to take care of it from him. I hope to do my own maintenance next year when I retire. I do have some questions I would like you to answer.

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Children of First Baptist to present musical/drama

Children of First Baptist Church present their annual Christmas musical/drama at 6 p.m. Sunday at 200 S. Trenton St. in Ruston to area residents.
Under the musical training and direction of Stacy Bridges and the drama coaching of Linda Bernard, more than 50 children, representing a 10-year span in ages 2-12, will present “WAM 4 Kids — 4 Christmas.” The show is written by Cathie Hill Music.
First Baptist Children choirs — Wee Singers and Preschool—will perform initially. Then, the older children — the WAM group -— will display their talents in Worship, Arts and Music, telling the Christmas story using art, drama, instruments-drums, media protocol, choreography, sign language, slide PowerPoint show, along with music, which ties these talents in WAM areas together to tell the story.

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GSU Tiger Men’s Group

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Top Photo: Newly-elected state representative Patrick Jefferson visited the Grambling State University Tiger Men’s Group during their Oct. 26 meeting at Ryan’s Restaurant. Pictured are (left to right) Jefferson, Stephanie Griffin from Christian Community Action and club President Joseph Capers Sr.
Bottom Photo: GSU Tiger Men’s Group collects canned good donations as a monthly project to be donated to Christian Community Action. Pictured (left to right) are the Rev. Hall Fields, Willie Young, James Davis, Jefferson, Ben Hamilton, Griffin, the Rev. Julius Hill and Charlie Gillis.

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