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January 25th

RPAR volunteers get a tax deduction

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The W-2 forms should be headed to your address, and the tax deadline will be here before you know it. And, I’ll bet you never thought you would read about tax deductions in a Ruston Parks and Recreation article.
Well, guess what? Louisiana offers a tax code that rewards volunteer service.
In 2007, House Bill 949 was introduced to provide for a tax deduction for persons who volunteer with a recreation department.

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Lions Club

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Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, was a recent speaker at the Tuesday noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Brazzel told the assembly that the personnel at Ruston Fire Department stand ready to assist the community in any emergency situation.

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State championship chili cookoff to benefit St. Jude

The 21st Annual St. Jude Chili Cookoff is right around the corner and cooks from across the nation are making plans to attend.
Minden has again been designated as the site for the 2012 Louisiana State Championship. State Championships not only draw more cooks, but the first three Louisiana cooks that place automatically qualify for the World Championships held in Terlingua, Texas during the first weekend of November.

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Simsboro boys advance

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Tigers move up to No. 8 in state Class B poll
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Simsboro High’s boys have made an early move in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball poll.
In the first rankings announced two weeks ago, the Tigers were No. 10.
Now, they’re No. 8.
With a 22-3 record entering a Tuesday night meeting against Lincoln Parish rival Choudrant, Simsboro is off to one of the best starts in school history.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Billy Cundiff has to be the most hated and depressed man in Maryland.
For those of you who didn’t watch the AFC Conference game, he missed a 32-yard field goal that could have given the Baltimore Ravens their ticket to the Super Bowl.
The Ravens and New England Patriots game was one to put in the books.

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Ruston, Tech: ‘Heaven’ for prep hoops

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All roads will lead to Thomas Assembly Center in March
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At the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s (LHSAA) annual convention in January 2010, the member schools’ principals decided to make changes to the high school state basketball championship tournaments. In previous years, the girls’ and boys’ teams played their semi-final games during different weeks and at various locations.
This year, the committee wants to decrease travel time and make the tournaments more convenient for both teams and fans. In 2012, the semifinals will take place at three different regional sites; the finals will be held at one location. Semi-finals are scheduled to be played in Monroe on the University of Louisiana-Monroe campus, in Hammond on the Southeastern Louisiana University campus and in Lake Charles at the Civic Center.

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Creer: Late addition to Senior Bowl

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Lennon Creer has been added to the Senior Bowl roster and will play on the South Team coached by veteran NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
Creer, a two-year letterwinner at Louisiana Tech University, will wear jersey number 33 for the South Team on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
The game, set to kickoff at 3 p.m. will be televised on the NFL Network along with SiriusXM broadcasting the game on SiriusXM NFL Radio, channel 88.

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Grambling squads face road challenges

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s basketball teams will embark this weekend on a two-game road trip in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Lady Tigers (7-10, 3-4) and Tigers (2-15, 2-5) will play at the University of Arkanbsas-Pine Bluff on Saturday before going jto Mississippi Valley on Monday.
Grambling State’s women recently ended a two-game losing steak with a 59-55 road win against Jackson State.

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Memorial fund to honor ex-Tech coach

Devoted fans and supporters are making sure that the many accomplishments of one of Louisiana Tech University’s most successful coaches will live on in the future.
Announced last week was the establishment of the Scotty Robertson Memorial Fund.
The fund will serve as a means of raising money to renovate the basketball court and add new goals at Memorial Gymnasium.

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Education key to piracy debate

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At 13 years old, I could tell you anything you’d possibly want to know about approximately 10 of the most popular movie/television stars of the day, as long as that information could be found on even the obscurest website on the Internet. And, even today, many of my friends and family members know that if they want to find a particularly tricky piece of information, I’m usually the go-to gal.

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