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July 22nd, 2016

Drug bust leads to two arrests

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A six-month investigation by an area law enforcement agency aided by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of a Lincoln Parish couple on multiple drug charges.

Scott Kalanquin, 32, and his wife, Kristin Kalanquin, 26, of 583 Main Street in Grambling, are each charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and firearm violations.

Scott Kalanquin is also charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I Ecstasy.

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Local businessman passes away

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Long-time Ruston businessman William Sanders “Bill” Baskin is being remembered today as a one-of-a-kind individual who was compassionate, engaged in his community and enjoyed visiting with friends.
“He was one of those people you meet that’s not like everybody else,” former Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. “He was very patriotic and real strong in his Christian beliefs. He was devoted to the community.”
Baskin, founder of Ruston Glass & Mirror, died July 18 at age 93. Funeral services are at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.

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City begins moving forward

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Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, left, and District 2 Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, right, stand by a sign on Martin Luther King Drive marking the start of the first Moving Ruston Forward road project.
Martin Luther King Drive will be extended from Farmerville Street to U.S. 167 South.
The $2 million project is designed to enhance traffic flow in that area, and will also include water and sewer system upgrades.
Construction is expected to start within the 30 to 60 days, Walker said.
Moving Ruston Forward is a multi-million program of citywide infrastructure improvements.

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Grambling uses basketball to teach life skills

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The city of Grambling recently sponsored a community basketball camp beginning an initiative to get community children active during the summer.
Cornelius Dunaway, a local basketball instructor, has held his camp for more than 10 years.
Grambling and surrounding community fourth through 12th grade children gathered Wednesday at Grambling State University’s Intramural Recreation Facility.
Dunaway said the camps teach basketball fundamentals from area coaches and life lessons from guest speakers from around the community.

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Gallery Crawl set for Aug. 4 in West Monroe/Monroe

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Several Lincoln Parish artists will be featured in the August Downtown Gallery Crawl from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 4 in Monroe/West Monroe.
People of all ages will visit with happy neighbors while reveling in live music, good food and fine art in downtown Monroe and West Monroe.
Eight galleries will be open and displaying great art, and many of the artists will give artist talks, explaining the inspiration and technique underlying their creations. The event is always free — the only expense is incurred if you decide to buy some original art.

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RDBA teams to begin World Series action

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It’s going to be October in July for two teams in the Ruston Dixie Baseball Association starting this weekend.
World Series challenges are on the postseason schedule for the 9 and 11-year-old teams, with Regional WS action set for those representatives in Searcy, Arkansas, beginning today.
The 9-year-olds opened their competition this morning against Nacogdoches, Texas, and will face Pottsboro, Texas, at 4:15 p.m.
First-game action for the 11-year-old team will be noon against Hudson, Mississippi, and at 3 p.m. versus Cleveland, Mississippi.

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Tech predicted for second-place in C-USA West

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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech has been projected to finish second in Conference USA’s West division in a preseason vote conducted by a panel of media members that cover the league’s schools.
Coming off back-to-back bowl victories, the Bulldogs have compiled a 13-3 league record over the past two seasons and recently placed the most student-athletes of any school to C-USA’s preseason all-conference team with seven players honored. Among those seven, kicker Jonathan Barnes was voted preseason Co-Special Teams Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

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Expo Center gets new stalls

The North Louisiana Exhibition Center is one of the most booked venues in our area.

With an event held almost every weekend, it is no wonder the staff at the facility requested new stalls from the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

Angela Manning, commissioner of the expo center, said in order for the center to continue to provide its customers what is needed, as well as expand to new customers, new stalls had to be purchased.

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Never too young to learn to cook

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Something I learned a long time ago is that you have to find those small moments in life where everything seems to quiet and the only thing that really matters is whatever you are focused on at that moment.
I had a lot of those moments in the kitchen with my mom growing up.
I wasn’t always standing beside her with my own dish in front of me, sometimes I was just at the bar, watching her.
She cooked so much, I think, not because it was a passion or a love, but because she enjoyed the quiet moments that preparation allowed.

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July 21st

William Baskin

William Sanders “Bill” Baskin of Ruston, 93, passed away at home on Monday, July 18, 2016. Bill was born in Crowville, LA on November 13, 1922 to Sanders and Gladys Kinman Baskin. He graduated from Ruston High School and received a baccalaureate degree in business from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1942.

Bill served both as an active and reserve officer as Major in the USAF from 1942 to 1965, flying P-38, P-39, P-40 and his favorite, the P-51 Mustang. He was selected with six other pilots to be in the first experimental jet fighter squadron test flying the XP-59A.

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