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February 21st, 2015

NWTF banquet slated for Thursday

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Growing up in the south, I have always looked forward to spring and all it affords those who love to get into the outdoors to enjoy what the Good Lord has provided.
For me, that always meant that I’m spooling new line on my reels, getting them cleaned and lubricated, checking my tackle boxes taking inventory of what lures need new hooks and skirts and what needs to be replaced. Springtime means that bass, crappie and bream are headed for the shallows to spawn and wild horses couldn’t keep me away.

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Meetings set for proposed hunting seasons

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host seven public meetings around the state to gather comments on the proposed 2015-17 resident game hunting season dates, wildlife management areas general rules, and regulation changes and the 2016 turkey season and turkey hunting areas.
Public comment will be taken on all items currently under consideration as notices of intent by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission through April 2.
The meeting dates and locations include:
Monday — 6 p.m., LDWF Outdoor Education Center, 661 Robinson Bridge Road, Woodworth

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Bearcats honored at football banquet

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Photos by ROBERT SUMMERLIN • Top Left: Ruston High School held its annual football banquet recently with many Bearcats being honored. Pictured are Ben LeBlanc (left) and Jawaun Wright (right) being presented with the Michael Parker Award by Wayne Parker. Top Middle: Aulontay Rachal (right) received the “Hoss” Garrett Award from the legendary RHS coach’s children, Lois Miller (left) and Pat Garrett. Top Right: Pictured is Isaiah Buggs receiving the Chick Childress Award from RHS assistant principal Byron Miller.

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Tech Athletics begins ‘318’ fundraising campaign

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Building on a record breaking year in fundraising in 2014, the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC) is launching an inaugural annual fund campaign. In direct acknowledgement of our geographical location and area code in North Louisiana, LTAC is launching a push to add 318 new members to its totals. The “318 campaign” starts immediately and runs through June 30.
The 318 campaign offers fans and supporters different levels of membership into the Louisiana Tech Athletic Club (LTAC). For as low as $8.33 a month, fans can join LTAC and receive several benefits.

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Buddy's Blog: Picking best Bulldogs: a tough task

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Well, I asked for it.
And it doesn’t surprise me.
Because any time someone under takes the task of selecting an all-time team of any thing, it means you’re open to more second-guessing and Monday morning quarterbacking than a politician seeking re-election.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re choosing the all-time best composers at Carnegie Hall or the All-Time finest fiddlers at a Hee-Haw convention, folks simply are going to question your picks or — worse — sanity.

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Accent on Black History: Henderson builds business in Ruston

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Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
Joe Henderson’s financial business was one of the first African-American businesses to open up in downtown Ruston.
Henderson first moved to Ruston in 1981 when the National Finance Company transferred him here from Jackson, Mississippi. The Yazoo, Mississippi, native said he was one of the first African-American employees hired by the company when legislation mandated that they stop discriminating based on race.

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Courthouse renovations, rebuild under construction

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The Lincoln Parish Courthouse was constructed 65 years ago and is in much need of renovations.
After the Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office vacated the ground floor in 2014, there is approximately 7,750 square feet of space available for other offices.
Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said the floor plan of the space is one factor in keeping some offices from moving.

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Celebrating National FFA Week

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Members of the National FFA Organization began celebrating National FFA Week on Saturday.
In recognition of the rich agricultural history and achievements embodied by the organization, National FFA Week will be celebrated through Feb. 28.
Barrett Moore, Louisiana FFA state vice president, said National FFA Week was first established in 1947 and was meant to encompass the week of February that contained the date of George Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, in honor of his legacy as an agriculturalist.

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RHS FFA host dinner

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The Ruston High School Future Farmers of America group will host a breakfast-for-dinner in honor of National FFA Week at 6 p.m. Monday at the RHS Agriculture building, located at 900 Bearcat Drive. This event is open to all RHS FFA alumni at no cost. For more information contact the RHS FFA building at 255-2353 or visit the RHS FFA Alumni and Friends Facebook page. Those who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP on the Facebook page or call. There will be several choices such as bacon, pancakes, sausage and other breakfast items. The group needs a head count to know how much to prepare.

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Body cameras to protect officers, students

Grambling State University Police Department officers began to wear multifunction body cameras earlier this month.
The cameras, which strap around an officer’s neck and clip to their shirt, record audio, video and can be used to take photos of evidence at a crime scene.
Interim Police Chief Howard Caviness said students were alleging complaints about his officers.
With the cameras, Caviness said, the department can assess the situation further and protect not only the officers, but also GSU students.

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