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June 15th, 2013

Robinson elected New York K of C State secretary

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Charles Robinson, a 1969 graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, was recently elected as Secretary of the New York State Council of the Knights of Columbus at their 118th Annual Convention in Tarrytown, NY. The Secretary is one of five state officers and serves the State Deputy and the State Council. He leads the Council in the absence of the State Deputy.
Robinson first joined the Knights in late 1967 in his hometown of Bellaire, Ohio, where he attended St. John’s grade and high schools. He has served as Grand Knight at councils in Ruston and Norfolk, N.Y., and as District Deputy and Membership Coordinator in upstate New York.

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Dwyer, Gassam graduate from Tulane

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Tulane University awarded degrees to more than 2,800 graduates on May 18 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The following local students graduated:
• Sean M. Dwyer, of Ruston, graduated from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science, Management and Master of Accounting degree.
• Christopher Gassam, of Ruston, graduated from the Tulane University School of Architecture with a Five-year Master of Architecture degree.

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Wilson signs Mets’ contract

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Put an official professional baseball stamp on Ivan Wilson, Jr., now.
On Saturday, the former Ruston High School five-tool outfielder put his signature on a New York Mets’ authorized contract.
Wilson was the third pick of the third round by the Mets in the recent Major League Baseball draft, the 6-3 and 215-pounder being the highest baseball draftee ever from Ruston High and the second highest among all players in the city’s history.

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Ellis returns to Omaha for CWS

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The term “Boys of Summer” has much meaning for College Hall of Fame baseball coach Wilbert Ellis.
And as usual for time of year, Ellis is showing his love of baseball by making his annual trip to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
But while Ellis loves getting caught up in the action of the games and the beauty of Ameritrade Park, and he’s excited this year to see how friend Paul Mainieri will lead the LSU Tigers through the Series, that’s not the primary reason for his yearly trip.

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For Davisons, it’s been good month of golf

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Some observations, notes and quotes on the sports beat with your Sunday morning cup of coffee:
• June has opened with a bang for the Davison family of Ruston.
Well, make that with a hole-in-one and a tournament championship.

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Young stars could boost LSU

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BATON ROUGE — Alex Bregman had already made up his mind to turn down the Boston Red Sox and instead enroll at LSU as he watched upstart Stony Brook celebrate a College World Series berth following their upset of the Tigers in Baton Rouge last year.

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Tech has trio go in baseball draft

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Several members of the 2013 Louisiana Tech University team got a final day call during the recent Major League Baseball draft.
The Bulldogs had three players chosen during the third and last day of the annual selection process in which college and high school players are chosen by major league teams.
Being picked from the Bulldogs’ team were Sam Alvis, Ryan Gebhardt and Taylor Terrasas.
It ties for the largest number of Bulldogs’ players selected in the draft since 2011 when Tech sent three players to play professionally from that season’s roster.

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Buddy Ball: Learning life’s lessons

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(Editor’s note: Buddy Ball is a popular softball program designed for special needs’ youngsters in Lincoln Parish. Ages four-through-16 participate in the league that will feature its fall action during the last two weekends of September and all four weekends in October. The following story was written by Ruston’s Laura Smith, who served as an assistant coach for one of the teams earlier this year).
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It was a chilly Saturday in March, the morning of our first Buddy Ball game.
There were four teams there that morning comprised of 39 of God’s most precious children. And there I was, the assistant coach for one of those teams.

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Doodle socking: A ‘tad’ wacky

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To be a serious bass fishermen today you might need to mortgage the house and hold off on paying for your kid’s college tuition for a few years. Some bass boats cost more than the first house I bought, and it was brand new. With reels with computer chips and rods made of the latest space-age materials, fishing line the diameter of a spider web but strong enough to pull a mule out of a bog, and don’t get me started on lures.

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Protecting the big dog from the smaller one

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It’s been a good, but different, kind of week. Certainly not as glamorous as New York, but nice to be back home.
At our monthly Young at Heart luncheon, which we do once a month, as we did at Temple, we go to different restaurants. This time we went to Furr’s, which is a cafeteria I enjoy their old fashioned home cooking.

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