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December 21st

Farmers excited about 2008

In a year that saw the election of a new governor, a new commissioner of agriculture and the start of a new farm bill, things have been pretty topsy-turvy legislatively as well, Anderson said.
“We’ve got a real opportunity,” he said. “We’ve got a new governor, and we know he cares about farmers.

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December 20th

RHS girls, Simsboro boys win

Jalena Sanders had 21 points and Allyson Christian and Nakedra Hendricks had seven each to lead the way for coach Ricky Durrett’s Lady Bearcats, who won convincingly after having been edged 54-52 by Monroe Carroll High on Tuesday night.
The victory advances the District 1-5A RHS squad into a Friday game at 7 p.m. against the winner out of tonight’s Madison Parish-Bossier City Airline High meeting.
Sanders had provided nine points in the Lady Bearcats’ loss to Carroll High.

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Safe place to call home is a blessing

This time of year is when many people reflect and count their blessings. The privilege of living somewhere safe is definitely something to be thankful for.
As the police patrol streets across the parish, residents also must do their part to stay safe and prevent crime.
We urge everyone to make smart decisions during this happy time of year. Christmas is all about joy and love, and we should exhibit those qualities in everyday life.

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Police out in force for holidays

In Ruston, RPD Public Information Officer Lt. Curtis Hawkins said extra patrols will be planned, along with the possibility of DWI sobriety checkpoints. No specific date was given for heightened rounds, as measures are being arranged daily to ensure safety for the upcoming weeks.
“During the holiday season, we will be assigning extra patrol units looking for drunk drivers,” Hawkins said. “We’re making the schedules, and now through after New Year’s, we’ll be increasing patrols.”
Every holiday season throughout New Year’s is prime time for people to party and celebrate.

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Protect home from intruders

• Leave on at least one light in the home or put timers on the lights for various times;
• Contact your local newspaper to stop the papers from piling up in your driveway as a tell-tale sign no one is there;
• Tell a trusted neighbor you will be away so they might take note of any unusual activity;
• Ask a friend to stop by and pick up the mail and check on the place periodically;
• Do not leave house keys in obvious places such as under a door mat;
• Make sure valuables cannot be seen through curtains from outside; and

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December 19th

RHS ‘Holiday Classic’ tips off

“It’s good to get the win, and now we have our tournament starting up and the competition there will be good,” Bush said. “We want the fans to come out and enjoy a great tournament over the next several days. There should be a lot of good games.”
The Ruston High/Community Trust Bank “Holiday Classic” begins today and continues through Saturday, with games split between Ruston High’s main gymnasium and that of Ruston Junior High’s.

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Tech athletics plan is encouraging

Change comes with a price, however. The university’s athletics budget must be boosted by at least 50 percent, in Reneau’s eyes, to have the required impact — bringing it to a cool $16.5 million.
Increasing fundraising projects, upgrading facilities and adding support and coaching staff are key moves in this plan, and must all be addressed for that success.
The additions of Derek Dooley and Kerry Rupp play right into those plans.

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Creek in giving spirit

“The National Honor Soceity tries to emphasize service,” Marilyn Hyams, NHS adviser, said. “We did this last year. They enjoyed it, so we decided to do it again this year.”
Hyams said NHS members volunteered to be on the committee to work on the Angel Tree project, which was divided into seven teams, with 14 Cedar Creek students, including five NHS members, on each.
Claire Tilmont, 12th-grade NHS member and team captain, said each team received a list of gifts. Her job was to go around to different homerooms to inform other students about the drive and also pass out angels.

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Wasteful creature lurks

He probably didn’t think that last one. I did, however, in my scramble to try to rationalize the massive electricity and water fine. I went around my house like a little Napoleon, holding even my cats responsible for this disaster during a rampant fit of E.B.D.S. (Electric Bill Disbelief Syndrome).
My whopper of a bill has gotten me in total hyper-conservation mode. As well it should, right? I’ve taken to unplugging everything in my house when I’m not using it, as I’ve read that 75 percent of a TV’s power usage, for example, comes when it’s not on.

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December 18th

Locals arrested at dog fight

Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley said 23 individuals were arrested and charged with dog-fighting by UPSO, along with Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents.
“Those are the ones arrested at the scene. They’re still all in jail; none of them have been released,” he said. “We’re still interviewing and feel like there’s some more arrests that could come out of it.”
Buckley said all were charged with dog-fighting, which is a felony charge, but there were also additional charges.

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