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May 27th, 2016

Getting closer to new a president

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164 days.
That is all the time we have left to make up our minds on which policies we would like to see implemented in our nation for the next four years.
While the conventions have yet to be held, Donald Trump is running unopposed at this point for the Republican nomination, and Hillary Clinton — while it doesn’t seem she will have the needed delegates to take the nomination without fuss — seems the most likely to be nominated by the Democratic party.
While I am not a fan of one of these candidates, I cannot in good conscience vote for the other.

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New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival set

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Composers from around the U.S. and beyond are coming to Ruston and Monroe from Wednesday through June 4 to have their music performed at the New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival.
Monroe concert venues will include the Masur Museum of Art, The Palace, Black Bayou and the Biedenharn Recital Hall of the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Ruston venues will include Louisiana Tech University’s F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center, as well as the Dixie Center for the Arts.

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May 26th

RHA: Quotes

The Ruston Housing Authority is soliciting quotes no later than JUNE 8, 2016, at 11:00AM at 615 N. Farmerville Street, Ruston, Louisiana, for the following Open End Labor Only Contracts: This is an Open End Contract agreement for a two year term, to supply services in which quantity to be supplied at the contracted price is limited by the not-to-exceed yearly sum of $50,000. Vendors may quote one or more of the work items listed.
Work Items:
1. Removal of existing and Replacement of new bathtubs, installation of shower heads, faucets etc., based on a per bathroom cost.

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Peach Stops supports small business

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Since its beginning in 2014, The Peach Stop Passport Game has been helping direct potential customers to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce members in the time leading up to the Louisiana Peach Festival.

“Now, heading into its third year, it’s enjoyed by the business owners and players alike,” according to the Chamber website. “The foremost goal of this event is to encourage Lincoln Parish residents and non-residents alike, to show support to small businesses in this community.”

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Caviness named GSU police chief

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Grambling State University recently announced Interim Police Chief Howard Caviness as the university’s permanent police chief.
Caviness, who served in the interim position for 23 months, said it felt good receiving the permanent status.
“It’s a big honor. I’m happy to serve the faculty, staff and students,” he said.
Caviness, has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He is the first white police chief in GSU’s history.
But what matters most to him was the administration chose him for his skills and experience.

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Juneteenth Fest comes to Grambling

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The 44th annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival will take place from June 12-18 in Grambling with the theme “Building Our Future … Honoring Our Legends.”
The yearly celebration honors the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States.
Some of the schedule events include:
• A Black Poetry Contest at 3 p.m. June 12 in the Grambling Community Center
• A History of Grambling program at 6 p.m. June 13 in the Grambling Community Center
• An opening ceremony and old fashioned prayer meeting with a Watermelon Feast at 5:30 p.m. June 15

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Diamond ’Dogs fall to Rice in opener

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — After fighting back from a seven-run deficit after the second inning, Louisiana Tech’s ninth-inning comeback against Rice fell just short as the Bulldogs dropped the Conference USA Championship opener, 13-12, to the Owls Wednesday morning at Pete Taylor Park.
The Bulldogs and Charlotte began a elimination game at 9 a.m. today.

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Dunkin’ Dogs add Forrest to coaching staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol announced on Monday the addition of Shawn Forrest as assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff.
Forrest brings 18 years of college coaching experience to Ruston, most recently spending three years at fellow Conference USA member WKU.

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LeBron, Love power Cavaliers to 116-78 romp over Raptors

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Back home, the Cavaliers were not hospitable. Just rude.
They roughed up the visiting Raptors again.
LeBron James scored 23 points then sat the fourth quarter, Kevin Love scored 25, and Cleveland unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
On their court in front of 20,000-plus screaming, towel-waving fans following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half, pushed it to 43 in the second half and took a 3-2 series lead.

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Queen Dixie Gem Peach, Princess Peach LXVI to be crowned

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June 11 will mark the 66th annual coronation of Queen Dixie Gem Peach and Princess Peach.
On June 10 – 11, the historic Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston will host the festivities beginning with an ice cream social for the Princess Peach contestants from 1 – 3:30 p.m. June 10.
The Princess Peach portion of the pageant will continue at 10 a.m. June 11 where they will participate in an opening number, on-stage competition and a production number with reigning Queen Dixie Gem Peach Anna Blake.

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