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May 30th, 2013

Dawson retires from Grambling staff

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Equipment manager logged more than 33 years of service
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Leslie “Chuck” Dawson took the long route to get to his own party Wednesday night.
It wasn’t his idea, but that of fellow Grambling State University athletic staffer Charlie Lewis.
“Charlie told me about this great new restaurant in Monroe that we needed to check out and he would come pick me up,” Dawson said. “But then when I asked him why we were going in the wrong direction and wound up at the National Guard Armory in Ruston, he said he had to pick up Wanda (Currie, of the GSU athletics’ staff).”
Well, Wanda was at the Armory, for sure.

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‘Jam at Joe’ scratched by NCAA

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Scratch the “Jam at the Joe” for Ruston High and other area schools for the 2013 season.
Because of new NCAA guidelines, the highly popular season football preseason event that has been held at Joe Aillet Stadium since 2009 won’t be played this year.
The “Joe” isn’t the only jamboree getting chopped by the national collegiate governing body. Also canceled is the “Bayou Jamb” in Monroe, where the event has been held since 2006.
Combined, those two jamborees will have 16 schools scampering to fill a late August preseason date.

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May 29th

Former Marine makes cross country trek

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After spending four years in the U.S. Marine Corps and serving in Afghanistan, Sgt. Brendan O’Toole wanted to find a way to help and support his fellow veterans.
So he took a cue from a fellow Marine, albeit fictional — Forest Gump and came up with “The Run for Veterans” — a cross country run to raise money for veterans.
So last Nov. 11, O’Toole started his run in Oceanside, Calif., with his destination being Portland, Maine, which he hopes to reach by fall as he continues his journey averaging 15 miles per day.

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Fight leads to arrest

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A man is in jail after a fight he was in ended badly for the other person involved.
Maj. Stephen Williams, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said the office received reports on May 20 about a fight that had taken place on May 17 on Gahagan Road in Simsboro.
Williams said the fight, which had been witnessed by several individuals, reportedly resulted in the victim receiving severe damage to his head.

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Library to kick off reading program

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From 2 -4 p.m. today the Lincoln Parish Library will kick-off its 2013 summer reading program at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
The library encourages residents to take this opportunity to sign their children up for the summer reading program. Registration will be available for children, infants through sixth grade. The registration will include information about story times, crafts, games and special guests.
Children will also receive reading logs to track their progress throughout the summer.

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Locals awarded merit scholarships

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Recent Ruston High School graduates receive honor
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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced approximately 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by United States colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.

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Aqua Zumba will begin June 3 at the Ruston pool

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Known as the Zumba pool party, Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout.
Splashing, stretching, twisting and even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class. Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.

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Temple graduates Pre-K4

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Temple Baptist Pre-K 4 held its graduation on May 14. Graduates pictured, in the front row, are Addie Harrington, Brody Meinhardt, Jessie Hardel and Kennedy Hall. Graduates in the middle row are Hydi Boyd, Cannon Frasier, Evie Hasley, Wyatt Tice, Anna Robbins, Hayden Edgeworth and Ryleigh-Faith Logue. Graduates in the back row are Taylor Rattay, Cole Spurlock Jane Ramsey, Eli Diebold and Alivia Lee. Not pictured are Abiha Ali and Jolie Nguyen. Not pictured are Pre-K4 teachers are Brooke Martin and Steffanie Pace and Weekday Director Angel Causey.

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Don’t become a statistic this summer

For the most part, Lincoln Parish is a fairly safe place to live, although it is not immune to crime. And like most places, area crime will probably spike as the temperatures continue to rise.
In fact, according to the Uniform Crime Reports, compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a burglary occurs every 14.6 seconds in the United States. Most occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and the average burglar spends eight to 12 minutes in the home. The average loss per burglary is $1,725.

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The Justice Department debacle

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It’s been 10 years since I was a full-time reporter, but I’m hacked off nonetheless. What was the Justice Department thinking when its investigators secretly seized phone records from Associated Press journalists?
Come on, now. In the slightly toned down words of House Speaker John Boehner, “they better have a good explanation.” So far, the only thing we’ve heard is that the feds were trying to figure out who leaked details about the CIA’s disruption of a Yemen-based terrorist plot to bomb an airliner.

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