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May 21st, 2016

RHS soccer award winners

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Ruston High School’s girls soccer team handed out team awards following the season. From left to right are award winners Hannah Baker (Overall MVP), Alina Yocum (Bearcat Spirit), Christalle Bates (Most Improved), Mackenzie Parnell, Victoria Breeding, Dani Prescott (Coaches Leadership Awards), Julie Vandenberg (Defensive MVP) and Emily Davison (Offensive MVP).

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RHS baseball honorees

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Ruston High School’s baseball team held its annual awards banquet last week. Pictured from left to right with their awards are Cade Gibson, District 2-5A First Team Pitcher; Seth White, District 2-5A First Team Utility Player and team MVP; Michael Courtney, District 2-5A First Team Outfielder; and Bearcat Award winner Matthew Avery.

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Creek track and field teams 10th at state

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The Cedar Creek girls and boys track and field teams both finished in 10th place at the Class 1A state track meet held recently at Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
Cedar Creek’s girls finished with 20 points while the boys totaled 24.
Grambling Laboratory High School took 23rd place in the boys competition with two points.
Cedar Creek’s girls team finished second in the 1-1A Regional Meet with 105 points, behind first-place St. Frederick with 118.

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Tech’s Thomas participates in faculty rep seminar

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Donna Thomas, Louisiana Tech Faculty Athletics Representative and chair of the Tech Athletics Council, was nominated and selected to take part in the 2016 Division I Faculty Representatives Institute.
Thomas represented Conference USA at the Institute which was held Wednesday-Friday at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis .
“I was honored to be nominated by Conference USA and look forward to representing the conference and Louisiana Tech University,” Thomas said. “This is an exciting opportunity and I am grateful for the chance to participate.”

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Parish 4AH Archery Team on target at regionals

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The Lincoln Parish 4H Archery Team took 25 shooters to Grand Cane in late March to compete in the Regional 4H Archery Competition in the following disciplines: Junior 3D, Senior 3D, Junior Compound, Senior Compound, Junior Recurve, Junior Genesis and Senior Nationals Compound.
Medals were given to the top ten in each discipline and the top 15 in each discipline qualified to compete in the State Competition in Gonzales in April.

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Curly-tailed worm started in N. La.

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Dressed in bib overalls, shock of gray hair askew, he saunters into Toledo Town mega-shop near the banks of massive Toledo Bend Lake. He takes a seat at a table in the restaurant and the waitress brings him a plate of bacon and eggs.
At first glance, you’d think he was just a local fellow who has spent the last hour in his garden and stops by for breakfast.

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Local JA members attend 75th Education Conference

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“Discovering your JA Superpower” was the message to members of Junior Auxiliary of Ruston at the 75th Annual Education Conference held recently at the Hilton Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
More than 600 ladies were in attendance at this year’s event.
“An opportunity to travel to the annual Education Conference helps motivate and inspire us to be the best volunteers and people in our communities,” incoming President Summer Hammons said.

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Girl Scouts celebrate Shamika Hill

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Shamika Hill, center, celebrated her final year as service unit manager for the Girl Scouts of America in Lincoln Parish. Hill has served in this capacity for eight years in Lincoln parish.

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The loss of a true friend: Celebrating the life of Marna Irby

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My world is not as bright as it was only a few days ago — I have lost a true friend.
I only knew her for two decades, about 20 years, but I am forever wiser and richer for having known her as a friend and confidant.
Even though she was about 35 years older than me, the age difference was irrelevant.
I have said she was a “jump in the car, go get a Coke and talk about your boyfriend” kind of friend, not a grandmother figure, but that’s not to say she wasn’t a good listener.
What wise counsel she gave, without a hint of being judgmental.

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Weir, Kolins wed at Burkhalter Chapel

Caroline Elise Weir, of Ruston, and Michael John Kolins, of Allen, Texas, were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Burkhalter Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church of Ruston.

The Rev. Gordon Robert McDaniel, of Falling Waters, West Virginia, officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Daniel Weir, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Hugh Hearn, of Plain Dealing, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Brown Weir, of Morgan City.

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