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August 23rd, 2016

Roberta Gayle Simmons Poole

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Funeral services for Roberta Gayle Simmons Poole, age 92, will be at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church on North Trenton, Ruston, LA, under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston with Rev. Bob Deich officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service starting at 9:00am. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Gloster, MS at 4:00pm.

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Andrew Frazier

A service of memory will be held for Mr. Andrew Douglas Frazier on Tuesday August 23rd, 11:00 a.m. with a wake and vigil held Monday, August 22nd, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm both at Mays Chapel CME Church in Ruston.
Mr. Frazier passed away Tuesday, August 16th.
He was born on April 18, 1934 in Arcadia, Louisiana to Andrew and Lenora Frazier and was proceeded by his wife and high school sweetheart Lucy Frazier. He attended Lincoln High School and Grambling State University. He also served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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August 22nd

RPAR, local fraternity hand out school supplies

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More than 90 Lincoln Parish students received free school supplies at the Ruston Parks and Recreation second annual Back-to-School All-Star Game Saturday at the Bobby James Gym.
RPAR partnered with the fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi — Alpha Delta Delta, Gamma Gamma and Pi Tau chapters at Louisiana Tech and Grambing State universities and grad programs — to host the event as a way to get students excited about the new school year, said Korick Wilkerson, RPAR sports coordinator.
Pens, tablets, pencils, glue and crayons were some of the items given to the students.

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Police search for suspects

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Ruston police continue their search today for three men suspected in an armed robbery of the Dollar General Store on Dan Reneau Drive.
The robbery happened around 9 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say three black males, all wearing some type of camouflage masks, entered the store while a customer was at the counter checking out.
Two of the men had handguns, Ruston Police Deputy Chief Clint Williams said. He said the other man jumped over the counter and took the store’s cash drawer.
All three fled the area. No clothing description or direction of travel was available.

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GSU student starts new chapter after her home flooded

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Essence Brown planned for her first week at Grambling State University to be a dream come true.
But after the freshman criminal justice major was awakened by her mother at 5 a.m. Aug. 13 to knee-deep water in her Albany home, Brown knew her dream would be tarnished.
“It was unbelievable,” she said. “The water was everywhere. I didn’t expect my freshman year of college would be coming out of a flood.”
Brown went to sleep on Aug. 12 thinking what any freshman might be thinking of — decorating her first dorm room.

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Lincoln Parish men continue to stand strong

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For the fourth year in a row, men in Lincoln Parish are forming ranks and standing up to be counted. DART’s 2016 Men Standing Strong campaign has officially launched, and this year’s leaders are an impressive group of men. They are: Drake Mills, Gary Stokley, Brian Smith, Clarence Williams, Wilbert Ellis, Lewis Jones, Cassidy Keim, Jake Woods and Skip Holtz. Allow me to mention each of them here. This will be a two-part column.

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Grambling Chamber of Commerce donates goods

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The Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce recently bagged and delivered for victims of the south Louisiana flood to Cook Baptist Church. The church has been sending trailers to Fellowship Church in Prairieville. Monique Pruitt, vice president of the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, brought donations the chamber had received. “This is a natural disaster and we came together and wanted to help. It could have been us,” Pruitt said. The chamber donated several bags of toiletries, hygiene items, clothes and school supplies.

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Club News: Caney Lake Good Sams Club

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The Pavilion RV Park in West Monroe was the destination for the July 20-23, 2016 campout for the Cane Lake Good Sams Club. Hosts Mary and James Dugdale invited the campers to bring their sack lunches and join them on Wednesday evening.
Sightseeing began Thursday morning after breakfast. The group went out to the Biedenharn Home, Coke Museum, Gardens, and Bible Museum. There were very interesting facts about the way the Biedenharns came to be in Monroe and the way the bottling of Coke began.

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Miss America events can help Louisiana

Not every community can lay claim to being home to a potential Miss America. Lincoln Parish can.
Choudrant resident and reigning Miss Louisiana Justine Ker is in Atlantic City today to begin the concluding weeks in a quest that she — and we — hope ends with her being crowned the new Miss America.
Between now and the final night of competition Sept. 11, Ker will participate in number of events that will not only give her the opportunity to showcase her talent and vibrant personality, but also to talk about the state from which she comes.

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The man in the folding chair

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When I drive down Lewisville Road, on my way to somewhere, I see him sitting there — off to the west — sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon.
I’ve thought about stopping but I still consider myself a mild-mannered polite Southern gentleman. By that I mean, my nature; I don’t like to bother people. Normally, I wouldn’t think of pulling my pickup truck over to ask a man why he chooses to sit in a folding chair at a graveyard — of all places — day after day, rain or shine, like he was waiting for his favorite team to take the field.

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