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Answers still sought in five murder cases

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Five families in Ruston have been haunted by silence for several years as they wait for answers in the suspected murders of five residents.
The two most recent murder victims — Christopher Tillman and Kevin Foster, killed in 2008 and 2009 — have received the most attention from media and police sources. However, a visit to the Ruston Lincoln Crime Stoppers website will reveal three other names waiting for answers. The murder cases of Foster and Tillman, along with Tyrone Vereen, who died in 2004, Jonas Turner Kirkpatrick and Deanthony Mack, who both died in 2003, are still all listed on the Crime Stoppers website under the tab “Unsolved Crimes.”

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Teaching the game of life

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College Hall of Fame baseball coach Wilbert Ellis has a multitude of past honors to look back on.
But even after a 41-year career as a baseball coach at Grambling State University, Ellis only keeps looking toward the future.
Ellis’ drive for the future continues Saturday as he conducts the Wilbert Ellis Baseball Camp at Ruston’s Fraser Field on Martin Luther King Drive

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Shadoin seeks District 12 seat

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Ruston attorney Rob Shadoin has announced his candidacy for Louisiana state representative, representing Union and Lincoln parishes.
The District 12 seat is currently held by Republican Hollis Downs, of Ruston, who will not seek re-election in the fall.
Shadoin, a Republican, is a 1971 alumnus of Ruston High, graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1975 and earned his law degree from Louisiana State University in 1978.

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Boat launches being studied

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FARMERVILLE — The Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District Commission wants to know what lake users feel about accessiblity to lake boat launches and plans to move to do so.
Currently there are 11 boat launches on the lake, nine of which are maintained by Union Parish. Those launches are the two Louisiana Highway 33 spillway launches, the two other launches off of Hwy. 33, the two launches off of Louisiana Highway 2, the Stowe Creek launch, the Hog Pen landing and the Terrell Island landing.

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Weatherspoon makes WNBA Top 15 list

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For the second time in less than a week, Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon has been recognized for her contributions during her seven-year Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) career.
Six days after being inducted into the New York Liberty Ring of Honor, Weatherspoon was named one of the WNBA’s top 15 players of all-time during a special halftime ceremony aired live on ABC Saturday during the 2011 WNBA All-Star game in San Antonio.

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Summer visits turn into memories

Girl reminisces about trips to grandmother’s home
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Every summer Haley Norriss visits Ruston to stay with her grandmother.
During these annual trips she and her grandmother, Emily Baugh, make memories that will last a lifetime.
Among the many things that the two of them do together is sew, pick out recipes, and listen to music.
Haley has spent summers in Ruston since she was about 7 and said she enjoys every minute of it.
“I love being here with my grandmother and her teaching me the steps of recipes and showing me just what I need to do,” she said. “We usually pick out a couple recipes to make and I end up taking them home with me once I leave.”
Haley, an Austin resident, and Baugh agreed they hope the summers continue to last for many years to come.
“I love being around my family,” Haley said. “When I was 9 or 10 we started working on my quilt.”
The quilt is made up of drawings of dogs that Haley said she has done all by herself. Now 14, the quilt is finally finished and the duo plan to start another one next summer.
“I got the idea for my quilt one summer and we just sort of started working on it,” she said. “But my grandmother first started showing me how to sew strips together for a quilt when I was 6 or 7 years old.”
Baugh added that it is great to see Haley work with her hands both sewing and in the kitchen.
“(The Peach Bowl Delight) recipe really is good,” Haley said. “Right before the Peach Festival, we made a coconut cake and it was really delicious. So when my grandmother asked if I wanted to enter the Peach Cookery Contest it was pretty easy to decide what recipe to use.”
Haley said she changed out the coconut for peaches and added in the almond flavoring to make it even better.
“My grandmother got the recipe from a friend of hers a long time ago,” she said. “This was the first year I entered the contest and it was a lot of fun. I plan to do it again next year, if I’m here at the right time.”
There are a few tricks to the recipe, Haley said but they aren’t anything major. She added that certain things needed be done at certain times
“You could make the cake in the morning and wait until that night for dinner to actually serve it,” Haley said. “The average person only sleeps eight hours at night so if you waited all day it would be pretty much the same. Also, everything is about timing. You have to put it on at just the right time because milk burns very easily.”

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Saraf Ahmed: Harry Potter fan extraordinaire

Local student talks of wizardry’s effects on her and world
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Millions of fans across the globe left movie theaters on July 15 with a sense of finality tinged with sadness as the final movie in the Harry Potter series flickered off the screens.
Local high-school senior Saraf Ahmed was arguably one of the most dedicated fans sitting in one of the hundreds of midnight showings across the nation. In fact, “One may as well ask — and indeed, there are many who do — what is Saraf Ahmed without Harry Potter?” Saraf wrote in a first-place winning Harry Pottery essay contest.

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Baptism brings peace of mind for a family member

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I’m sitting at the dining room table where I use my laptop. Son Wesley just passed by on his way upstairs and said, “Go to bed, Mother.”
“When did the role reversal happen?” I wondered.
I used to tell him to go to bed. When did he decide he was in charge of my bedtime?
Oh well, the nice thing is, I can ignore him — which I just did.
I’ve had a great week, so far. Hope you have.

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Goats purchased for children around world

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Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church recently held vacation bible school with the theme of "Shake It Up Café: Where Kids Carry Out God's Recipe." The mission project was Heifer International and $1,448 was raised to purchase 12 goats for needy children all around the world.

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Church News

Assembly of God
First Assembly
of God
Our sixth-12th grade youth ministry is growing. Join us at 6 p.m. Sundays. We also invite you to come pray with us. Our doors will be open from 6-9 p.m. each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
For more information, call 255-8932 or e-mail fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
Baptist
Calvary
Worship and Bible study is at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Tuesday’s men’s prayer is at 7 a.m. and Celebrate Recovery is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening service is at 6:30 p.m.

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