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Morgan wins Caribbean discus title

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Jason Morgan had the ultimate highlight moment of his outstanding track and field career recently.
The former record-setting weight thrower at Louisiana Tech University captured the gold medal in the discus event at the annual Central America and Caribbean Championships in Puerto Rico.
Morgan, who has been working in the material management department of Northern Louisiana Medical Center, became the first athlete from his native country of Jamaica to win the gold medal in the event at the meet.

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Move would impact zoning

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Ruston City Council members on Monday will vote on a proposed ordinance that could impact where some businesses might be constructed.
The ordinance is an update to the transition zoning provisions, which allow a lower intensity buffer between residential and commercial or industrial zones.
The transition zoning basically permits specified businesses — such as offices for doctors, attorneys and architects — in certain instances to be located in areas zoned for residential use.

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Grad recalls Lincoln High reunion

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On the week of July leading to the 4th, I had a chance to see a lot of people I knew and went to school with at Lincoln High School. The concerted effort from all the classes that had attended Lincoln High School made our reunion a momentous occasion.
We had a parade downtown, enjoyed a picnic, a banquet and a worship service. We laughed, cried together and sang our alma mater. It was a wonderful chance to rub elbows with our teachers and people who were supportive of our school.
I felt compelled to write this article because the Ruston Daily Leader and Buddy Davis gave me the opportunity to write about sports at Lincoln High from 1967-69. It was an epiphany for me. As a matter of fact, I still have some of the articles in my scrapbook. My class was the last class to graduate from Lincoln High School. It was the class of 1970.

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Staying active, fit is good for quality of life

Businessweek.com had an article about Louisiana late last month, and the news was less than flattering.
Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana is the country’s laziest state. To clarify, Louisiana residents spend more of their time in activities that involve sitting down as opposed to physical activities that involve standing up (such as exercising and even working).
Some Louisiana residents may dismiss the study because they believe it was flawed. Other state residents, however, may believe the study is a polite way of saying we need to do better.

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New world mark set for catfish

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What must it be like to catch a fish that ends up in the record book? It has to provide a rush like nothing else.
I was at the right place at the right time on a humid night in May back in 1976 when I had a brush with the record book. No, I didn’t catch a record fish but my then teen aged nephew, Tommy, did. He and I were fishing with his dad — my brother, Tom — on Lake Claiborne out of my boat, casting spinners for bass around the pier out from Bo Peterson’s camp at Pleasure Point when Tommy tied into what we thought was a good bass.
It turns out that what Tommy hooked and landed was a giant chain pickerel — that’s a “jack fish” to north Louisiana anglers. We gave thought to tossing the toothy ugly specimen back in the drink when I remembered seeing information recently about the state fish records. I didn’t recall seeing chain pickerel on the list so I suggested that Tommy keep the fish, take it back home to DeRidder the next day and have a fisheries biologist officially weigh the big jack and see what might happen.

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Squire Creek slates USTA play for junior competitors Aug. 13-15

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Squire Creek hosted its first United States Tennis Association-sanctioned event in January of 2009 and it proved to be a huge success.
Despite freezing temperatures, 75 players from throughout the state made up the competitive list.
An even bigger turnout is hoped for later this months, when the Squire Creek Country Club Junior Championships will be held.

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Camptown races begin for Saints

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Yes, it’s that time of the year — one of my favorites — where months of anticipation finally wind down and we get down to business.
It’s camp-watch time as the New Orleans Saints have opened preseason training in the blistering New Orleans heat.
It’s funny, because I’ve heard a couple of other Saints fans say they’ll never be able to get that excited again after last season’s incredible performance. Me? I’m greedier than that. I’ll all about the “Two Dat,” and will still get excited watching the games whether the Saints go 16-0 or 2-14 in the regular season.

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William Brewster ‘Bill’ Kinman, Jr.

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William Brewster “Bill” Kinman, Jr., 84, passed away July 30, 2010. He died of complications from strokes suffered in February.

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Church celebrates 125 years

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First Baptist Church, the oldest church in Ruston, is planning a weekend of celebration to commemorate their 125th anniversary. First Baptist Church was incorporated in 1885, but met as a group for several years before that time.
Church historians through the years have kept detailed records and numerous photographs to preserve the history.
Chris Craig, current pastor, suggested that a committee be formed earlier this year to organize the celebration, which will be Aug. 7-8, at the church on Trenton Street in downtown Ruston.

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Regional artists’ works accepted in Art Melt

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council announces that five artists from the region have been accepted to the seventh annual Forum 35 Art Melt:
• Joshua Chambers
• Peter Jones
• Lacey Stinson
• Davenport Wang
• Caroline Youngblood

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