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March 28th

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NELA name honorees at annual meeting

Congratulations is due to the Volunteers of the Year for 2012 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana (NELA). This year’s honorees are:
• Volunteer of the Year Doug Harvey who is a Big Brother in Lincoln Parish and volunteered hours of his time to serve as Coordinator of Run for Kids’ Sake for the past two years. Under his guidance, this fun 5K walk/run and fundraiser doubled in size from its first to its second year. This event raises the local funds that let Big Brothers Big Sisters serve more children in the region.

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GSU names Hall inductees

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GRAMBLING — At Grambling State University, football has long been king and that fact is certainly portrayed vividly with the announcement of another GSU Legends Hall of Fame class.
Of the dozen individuals who will be honored in July exactly half excelled on the gridiron.
That group consists of wide receiver Trumaine Johnson, defensive back Albert Lewis, wide receiver Jake Reed, defensive lineman Alphonse Dotson, running back Preston Powell and running back Essex Johnson.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Alright sports fans, I was watching ESPN and came across a story that made me giggle.
Apparently, Magic Johnson and a group of investors have bought the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yes, you read right, Magic Johnson is a co-owner of a baseball team. This is something that no one could see coming, but then again, I could expect this from him.

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Bulldogs thump Demons, 8-2

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Beau Bayliss, Austin Hedges and Jacob Derouen were a combined nine-for-12 from the plate, as Louisiana Tech University defeated Northwestern State 8-2 Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Bayliss and Hedges were three-for-four with two runs batted in and scored a run, while Derouen was three-for-four and scored two runs to lead the Bulldogs, as Tech moved to 12-12 on the season and the Demons dropped to 10-13.

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Bearcats roll past Tide, 18-3

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MINDEN — Ruston High’s baseball made it four victories in a row with an 18-3 pounding of Minden High Tuesday afternoon.
The victory boosted the Bearcats’ record to 14-5 entering a Thursday home game against Bastrop starting at 6 p.m.
On Friday, RHS will play host to Ravyille in both varsity and junior varsity action that is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, a District 2-5A doubleheader will be held at Bastrop starting at noon.

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Cardio tennis on RPAR slate

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The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department is now featuring cardio tennis as a popular full body, calorie burning program at the city courts located adjacent to James Stadium. All of the various aspects of tennis are featured along with cardiovascular exercise. Additional information is available by contacting Phoebe Thomas at 337-540-3734 or emailing her at phoebe. thomas@gmail.com.

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Donate blood to save lives

According to Life Share Blood Centers, seven out of 10 people that enter the hospital will use blood or a blood component during their healing process.
Currently, there is a dangerously low supply of blood in North Louisiana. LifeShare says they try to keep a six day minimum supply of blood, but this year they are struggling to stay on top of that need.
If something doesn’t change soon, many will die without the blood donations.

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Movie, books hit close to home

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In the new movie “The Hunger Games,” there is quite a bit of symbolism ranging from an attack on the war in Iraq, centralized government and the media as a whole.
Watching it the other night, it even seemed to mesh with the primaries going on right now, especially when you see the way Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich all bash each other and Barack Obama, hoping to clinch the nomination.
To catch you up on the story, “The Hunger Games” takes place in a dystopian world called Panem.

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Jindal firings raise questions

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Here’s a word to the wise: If you sign on to work for Gov. Bobby Jindal, you better not disagree with him. Just ask Martha Manuel. She was head of Louisiana’s Office of Elderly Affairs until she criticized Jindal’s budget plans for the agency in an appearance before the House Appropriations Committee.

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March 27th

Bearcats to take the Dixie stage

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For the fifth year in a row, choral students at Ruston High School will take the stage of the Dixie Center for the Arts for their annual Bearcats on Broadway performance.
Mindy Martin, RHS choral director, said the money raised from the annual event will go toward updates.
“In the past year our choir has grown massively,” she said. “So we need to update a lot of stuff. We will be updating the choral library as well as our choral music.”

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