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January 29th, 2015

Louisiana is basketball country

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Cut me open, and I bleed black and gold.
“Who dat!” is more of a lifestyle than a two-word sentence.
I was born to love two things, the New Orleans Saints and football.
Well, really I love every sport and have a favorite team in all the four major leagues, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, college and soccer. But growing up in Louisiana, it pretty much goes in order. Love God first, family second and football third.
But before the start of the 2002-03 NBA season, I fell in love with another team: the New Orleans Hornets. They were fresh off the moving truck from Charlotte, North Carolina.

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January 28th

Johnny’s Pizza House to open new location on East Kentucky Avenue

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The north side of Ruston will be the location of a new pizza stop.
Local pizza company Johnny’s Pizza House is opening up a new additional location in Ruston next to Eskamoe’s on 2029 E. Kentucky Ave.
Richie Sturgis, store manager at the new pizza house, said he thinks being on the north side of town is great because it’s on the opposite side of town from their other location in Ruston.

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Delta looks toward its future

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Monty Sullivan, president of LCTCS, spoke with the faculty and staff of Louisiana Delta Community College, spoke at the Monroe campus on Tuesday and told faculty and students not to panic in the face of pending budget cuts.
“Don’t panic,” Sullivan said. “It’s our job to stay focused and remember there is always someone trying to find ways to fix these problems. Focus on what you do, which is producing the workforce.”

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Sutherland wins hospitality award

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Brandon Sutherland, director of sales at Hampton Inn of Ruston, is the 2014 recipient of the Lincoln Parish Hospitality Award. The award will be presented at the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at the Ruston Civic Center.
Throughout the year, the staff of the Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, who give this award, believes Sutherland has gone above and beyond what is expected.

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GSU could lose its nursing program

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Grambling State University officials will meet with the Louisiana State Board of Nursing next month to learn the fate of the university’s undergraduate nursing program.
For the past three years Grambling’s undergraduate nursing program has been on the board’s “conditional approval” list because it has not maintained an 80 percent passing rate by students taking the NCLEX exam, which is required to get a nursing license.

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LifeHouse Ministries to offer book studies

LifeHouse Ministries is offering book studies on “The Artist’s Way” and “The Shack” beginning in February. Both classes are free and open to the public.
A seven-week study of Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” begins Sunday. Sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. each Sunday through March 15 at LifeHouse, located at 813 N. Trenton St. in Ruston.

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NCLAC receives donation

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Jessica Slaughter, executive director of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, left, said the group was grateful to receive a donation check from Bank of Ruston and local artists. She is pictured receiving the donation from Bank of Ruston’s Angie Biscomb. Each December, Bank of Ruston holds an art exhibition and encourages participating artists to contribute a portion of their sales to NCLAC. The donation is then matched and donated by the bank. NCLAC thanked artists Hooshang Khorasani and Dianne Springer, as well as to Bank of Ruston for this continued partnership and support.

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Tech English instructor to have poems published

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April C. Honaker, an instructor of English in Louisiana Tech University’s School of Literature and Language, will see two of her poems published in the coming months.
“The Way She Carries Us” will be published in Volume 13 of “Mom Egg Review,” and “Louisiana” will soon appear in “Southern Voice,” an online publication of “Deep South Magazine.”

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Cobb set for prep HOF honors

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Gerald Cobb will be among Louisiana’s most valuable contributors to high school athletics in a much-deserved spotlight tonight.
The former Ruston High and Simsboro High principal, as well as superintendent for the Lincoln Parish School Board System, will be among the individuals inducted into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Induction ceremonies are set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.

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Kittens sweep Ringgold

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RINGGOLD — The Grambling Laboratory High School Kittens swept a doubleheader at Ringgold Tuesday night in boys and girls action.
In boys’ play, Grambling noves to 12-11 overall and 3-2 in District 1-1A with a 73-52 win over the Indians.
Tylan Dean led the way for Grambling with 23 points and nine rebounds while Shawntaveon Jenkins added 12 points and seven rebounds along with two blocked shots.
Kae Williams added nine points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals for the Kittens, who also got eight points, eight rebounds and two steals from Darius Williams.

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