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June 4th, 2013

'Literally' no so literal anymore

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I don’t consider myself to be a so-called “grammar Nazi.” Of course, being a writer and an avid reader, I do have an appreciation for the images that can be weaved with an artfully crafted sentence.
But, I’m not the sort of person who turns livid at the sight of a misplaced comma (except for maybe when it was my job to make sure it wasn’t there) or a typo.
I do, however, have a huge, grammar-related pet peeve. My skin crawls when I hear someone use or pronounce a word incorrectly — especially if they do it repeatedly after being told the correct usage or pronunciation.

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The figs are making their comeback

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Fig trees, once a must for the home orchard, are again becoming a favorite of homeowners wanting to grow fresh fruit. The increasing popularity is nothing new; figs have been cultivated in the Eastern Mediterranean area for thousands of years and were brought to the United States in 1769 by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries.

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Club news: Caney Lake Good Sammers

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Shady Pines RV Park in Texarkana, Texas, seemed a good place for hosts Patsy and Larry Bond and Vickie and Fred Benefield to invite the Caney Lake Good Sammers to a camp-out on April 24-27. Though rain had been predicted, the days were cool and sunny — just right for camping.
Ed Aston, Bill Austin and Hubert Estes got the grills stoked up so everyone could get their hot dog or hamburger grilled for supper.

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Wilson high on draft list

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RHS star ranked among nation’s top 200 prospects
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Ivan Wilson, Jr., has already had his own baseball trading card.
That came courtesy of his appearance in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where 36 of the top rated high school players in the country gathered to show their skills in front of a large contingent of Major League Baseball representatives.
Figure on some more cards in the future for Wilson.
The senior outfielder at Ruston High School is ranked among the Top 200 prospects for the 2013 MLB draft that will begin Thursday and conclude on Saturday.

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Hatcher’s focus on production

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IRVING, Texas ­ — Jason Hatcher is aware his current contract with Dallas expires at the end of this season. However, the Grambling State product isn’t worried about whether or not he gets a new deal from the Cowboys or if he is playing elsewhere in 2014.

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Carr resigns, to join Southern Miss staff

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Former Ruston High and Louisiana Tech University wide receiver John Carr has resigned as head football coach at Monroe Ouachita High to accept a position on the University of Southern Mississippi staff. The announcement was made by the school this morning.
In eight years with the Lions’ program, Carr compiled a record of 72-28 and led the team to the Class 4A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state semifinals in 2005 and to three quarterfinal berths in 4A and 5A, including the quarterfinals of the latter class in 2012.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
Pursuant to La. R.S. 9.4759, notice is hereby given, that WESTSIDE SELF STORAGE MINI WAREHOUSES, located at 821 West California Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, will sell the following described property located in the units indicated and belonging to the person named in ORDER TO ENFORCE THE PRIVILEGE CLAIMED BY THE SELF STORAGE FACILITY ON MOVABLE PROPERTY.
Unit #-1516
Anthony Jones III 9137 Mansfield Rd., #124, Shreveport, LA 71108
Bed, Chairs, Two Tables, Dolly, Foot Locker, Baby bed, Boxes.
Unit #-1503
Veda Yates 11227 Dalebrook Drive, Houston, TX 77016

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COLEY Cates

I, COLEY Cates, DOC# 483063, have applied for clemency for my conviction of negligent homicide. If you have any comments, contact the Board of Pardons (225) 342-5421
1td: June 3, 4 & 5, 2013

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June 3rd

Learning through Legos

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Bricks 4 Kidz offers unique opportunity to teach STEM
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Bricks 4 Kidz, a franchise of which recently opened up in Ruston, allows children to learn science, math, engineering and technology all by building models with Lego bricks and motors.
Sarah Wages, former New Tech @ Ruston teacher, said she fell in love with the concept and decided to take it on full-time.

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Peach Fest preparations

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For some people, the Louisiana Peach Festival is all about the fruit, the parade or the music.
For others, it’s all about the shopping experience that is wholly unique to the annual Ruston festival.
Nancy Bergeron, communications manager for the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said the annual festival still has spots available for those hoping to sell their wares in late June.
“We’re still taking arts and crafts and merchandise vendors, but not food vendors,” Bergeron said. “Food vendor spots are full.”

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