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February 24th

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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Tech rolls up 26-point victory margin
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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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Dubach girls smack Ebarb; Creek, CHS fall

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And then there was one.
Dubach High remains as the only Lincoln Parish girls’ team still alive in the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs after defeating Ebarb 75-29 in the Class C regional round on Thursday night.
The Lady Hornets (30-5) reached the coveted 30-win plateau with the victory and will now move on to play a quarterfinal round game at Starks on Tuesday night.

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Bulldogs host Cowboys

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Coming off of its two-win road trip, the Louisiana Tech baseball team returns home to host in-state rival McNeese St. tonight at 6 p.m. at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Games two and three of the series will be on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday, at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs rallied to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock 11-9 Wednesday afternoon after defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 13-8 Tuesday afternoon.

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GSU hoopsters face Mississippi Valley

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s basketball teams apply the finishing touches to their regular season home schedule during the next several days.
The Tigers (3-21, 3-11) and Lady Tigers (12-12, 8-6) will play at the Fred C. Hobdy Assembly Center on Saturday against Mississippi Valley and then wrap up their home slate on Monday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Saturday’s Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader will begin at 3 p.m. with a women’s game and followed by a 5 p.m. tipoff for the men’s contest.

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February 23rd

Dubach water rates raised

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Increase will go into effect in April bill after March readings
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DUBACH — The village of Dubach’s town council met in regular session Tuesday night to handle business concerning the town’s water and sewer rates.
The current rate is $10 for the first 3,000 gallons of water used and $3 for each subsequent 1,000 gallons.
On Tuesday, however, the council voted unanimously to approve a water rate increase to $16 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $4 per 1,000 subsequent gallons. The change will take effect in the April bill, after meters are read in March.

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Naming RHS facilities

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Residents will have to wait a little longer to find out what the Lincoln Parish School Board will name the football stadium and new field house at Ruston High School.
On Wednesday, after a regularly scheduled school board meeting held at Choudrant Elementary School, the Building and Grounds Committee met to discuss the naming of the facilities.
Danny Bell, superintendent of schools, presented suggestions for the naming from a special committee of RHS alumni and other interested parties.

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Ruston Fire Department responds to debris fire

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A small rubbish pile fire broke out at the site where the Simba Inn is being demolished on the North Service Road around 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. Ruston Fire Department Assistant Chief Schuyler League said nine firefighters responded to the scene with two fire trucks and a command vehicle. The fire, which reportedly took about an hour to put out, began when a salvage crew cutting steel with a cutting torch accidentally ignited some old paper files from the motel, and the fire spread to some roofing material already on the ground from the demolishment, League said.

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Ruston High School class seeks items from the 1930s, ’60s

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A single week just wasn’t enough time for students to get their fill of examining items of World War II ephemera sent throughout the state by the WWII Museum in New Orleans. So, Ruston High School history teacher Heather Reeder decided she would make a box of her own for her juniors to use.
Operation Footlocker, the museum’s traveling ephemera box program by the museum, features a box of items from both the home and war front.

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