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February 22nd

Mardi Gras parade held

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Residents Norma Jean Martin and Irethra Mattox enjoyed a Mardi Gras parade along with employees Leanne Aront and Sarita Blankenship. The parade was held at Princeton Place.

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Lions Club hosts speaker

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Summer Hammons with the Arbor and Terrace of Ruston was a recent guest speaker at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Hammons spoke of some of the challenges faced by the “Graying of America.”

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Parish boys’ teams advance

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Five squads capture bi-district state playoff victories
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Five Lincoln Parish teams remain alive after the bi-district round of the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball playoffs were held on Tuesday night.
The parish survivors: Choudrant, Simsboro, Dubach, Grambling and New Living Word.
Cedar Creek was the lone representative from the parish who didn’t advance to Friday’s regional round. The Cougars (14-16) suffered a 62-55 loss at East Iberville (15-11) in Class 1A.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Celtics’ Rondo earning rep for technicals
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Throwing a temper tantrum may not have been the best idea for Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo.
On Sunday night’s game, he was thrown out for throwing the ball at an official that struck him in the chest.
Rondo’s little fit cost him a two game suspension that he is currently serving.

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Bulldogs blast Golden Lions, 13-8

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Kody Neel hit a three-run home run to center field, as Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team defeated the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff1 13-8 Tuesday afternoon in Pine Bluff, Ark.
Tech (2-2) got off to an early start as the Bulldogs scored five runs on four hits in the second inning.
Freshman Bre’shon Kimbell led off the inning with a double to right field, as Jeff Whitney lost the ball in the sun. Second baseman Austin Hedges followed with a single to center field to extend his hit streak to 13 games, giving Tech runners at the corners with no outs. Catcher Kyle Arnsberg followed with a double into the right-center gap scoring Kimbell, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.

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RGSA sets registration on Saturday

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The Ruston Girls Softball Association is currently registering for the spring softball season.
Registration for the 2012 season began last weekend and individuals interested in being a part of the popular program will also have the opportunity to do so on Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon.
Registration forms can also be picked up at the Ruston Locker Room or logging on to the organization’s website at www.rustonsoftball.com. The RGSA offers softball for girls ages 5-18.

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Be wary of depression

We are fortunate to have an educational resource for mental health in our community.
Each month, the Ruston Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness brings in a different speaker to discuss various issues pertaining to mental health. Most recently, NAMI hosted Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald, professor of clinical psychiatry and vice-chair for psychiatry education at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.

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Puzzles, emotions revisited

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When I was younger, my grandmother introduced me to many things: Beanie Babies, hot water cornbread, and most importantly, jigsaw puzzles.
No, we did not put together just any puzzle either.
Our puzzles ranged anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 pieces. Usually they were landscapes or pictures of beautiful flower gardens, and pretty much every piece looked the same.

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Jindal budget full of problems

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It may be a good thing that Bobby Jindal is a lame-duck governor. The 2012-13 budget he’s proposed to the Louisiana Legislature is bound to make a lot of people mad.
Among other things, Jindal’s asking state workers to work more years for less benefits, and, in some cases, sacrifice their jobs all together.
He’s proposing to sell a state prison in Avoyelles Parish, close prisons in Pineville and Keithville, hire a private company to run Louisiana’s state employee health-care plan in the Office of Group Benefits, privatize two facilities that care for the developmentally disabled, eliminate ferry boat operations in two south Louisiana towns and privatize ferries in three others. The closures and privatizations would cost up to 2,700 people their jobs, something that may not be too popular in the current economy.

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February 21st

Jindal announces proposal

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$325 million to be invested in rural roads
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CHATHAM — Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a legislative proposal Monday to bond out half of the State Highway Improvement Fund, which will generate $325 million to repair nearly 1,000 miles of roads across Louisiana, in nearly every parish.
The State Highway Improvement Fund was created exclusively to fund state roads classified as non-federal aid routes that are not eligible for federal funding. Non-federal aid routes are made up of mostly rural roads. Unlike major roadways, non-federal aid routes are not eligible for matching funds from the federal government, which means there is less money available to fund projects for rural roads throughout the state.

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