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May 22nd, 2013

Man arrested for copper theft

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A man is in jail after investigations linked him to stolen copper from an outside air conditioning unit on Mondy Road.
According to the arrest affidavit, a deputy with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office was patrolling after 10 p.m. Tuesday night when he saw a suspicious vehicle parked on the 700 block of Mondy Road. The vehicle was called in, and it was reportedly registered to Mitchell L. McWain, 31, of 502 E. Colorado Ave.

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Raising Cane’s helping in tornado relief effort

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BATON ROUGE — Thousands of people across North Texas and Oklahoma are in desperate need of food, water, shelter and other basic necessities after their communities were devastated by deadly tornadoes over the past several days.
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, which has several restaurants and hundreds of crew members in the affected areas, is teaming with the American Red Cross to assist in the massive tornado relief effort.

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RPAR getting ready to splash into summer

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Valencia, Calif., plays home to The Forgotten Sea, a man-made wave pool that holds 480,000 gallons of water. In Island Park, Idaho, Henry’s Fork River is best known for its outstanding fly fishing and beauty. The river starts at Big Springs where 480,000 gallons of water a day flow out of the ground.
What does this have to do with the City of Ruston Parks and Recreation Department?
Well, answer these few questions and you will have your answer:
• What holds 480,000 gallons of water?
• What was built and opened in 1930?

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Brush up on boating safety

Most children in the parish will finish up classes this week.
The additional free time will have many families packing up for vacations or week-end trips, many of which will involve boating or other water-related activities.
May 18-24 is set aside as National Boating Safety Week, and the timing certainly fits as many people will be headed out on the water during the upcoming Memorial Day festivities.

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Seeing the future from the past

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Some of the old pictures are brown-tones of downtown Ruston when Trenton and Vienna streets were just barely paved and open to two-way traffic.
One photo, taken the year I was born, shows railroad waiting platforms on either side of Trenton. The buildings are recognizable even now: the old Ruston State Bank, built in 1910; the drug store on the corner that’s now an Italian restaurant but has the same big plate-glass windows, the law office up the street that also used to be a bank, and the furniture store that still has a tall neon sign hanging over its awning.

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Tech: Diploma time

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Louisiana Tech University enjoyed an overall successful year in athletics for the just completed 2012-13 season.
Both on and off of it.
Thirty-five student athletes from nine different sports received degrees during the university’s spring commencement exercises held at the Thomas Assembly Center last weekend.
A dozen players on the Bulldogs’ nine-game winning football team earned their degrees in various fields.
The group included:

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All-Academic players

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Hunter Antley (left photo) of Choudrant High and Sam Phillips of Ruston High were recently selected to the first unit of the 2013 composite Louisiana High School Athletic Association All-Academic baseball team. Antley, a utility player, and catcher Phillips were Lincoln Parish’s only representatives on the prestigious squad whose members were nominated by administrators/coaches at their schools.

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Millsap honored by state

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Former Louisiana Tech basketball great Paul Millsap was a recent recipient of the Bob Pettit Award, given to Louisiana’s professional Player of the Year, chosen by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC).
Now in his seventh year in the NBA, all with the Utah Jazz, the Bulldog Hall of Famer averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this past season while starting all 78 games. Millsap registered 15 double-double games and had single game highs of 34 points, 15 rebounds and five steals.

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Techsters’ Starkova advances

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SUMTER, S.C. — With three consecutive wins in the qualifying rounds, Louisiana Tech University freshman Alexandra Starkova advanced to the main draw of the ITF Palmetto Pro Open at the Palmetto Pro Center.
The Madrid, Spain, native received a bye in the first round before cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kayla Price (USA).
Starkova proved dominant once again when she defeated Jemileth Aguilar (Venezuela) 6-4, 6-0.

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GSU football: ‘Kansas City here we come’

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Tigers to meet Lincoln University at Arrowhead Stadium in September
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KANSAS CITY— Arrowhead Stadium will play host to the 2013 Missouri Classic football game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Lincoln University Blue Tigers at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, marking consecutive year No. 13 that Arrowhead will host at least one NCAA football game in the fall.
Grambling State, the game’s visiting team, is one of the most successful historically black universities in NCAA Division I athletics and enters the season just two years removed from its last Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship in 2011.

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