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June 30th

‘Home Run Derby’ set by RPAR

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The third annual “Home Run Derby” hosted by the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department will be held July 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Each participant will receive unlimited swings until they have 10 outs. Foul balls and swinging strikes will count towards an out. Softballs will be provided by RPAR and only those balls may be hit during the competition. For more information, please contact the RPAR office at 255.5800 or RPAR@Ruston.org. And, find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RustonRPAR.

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LSWF message: Leave fawns alone

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This is the first account I’ve heard so far this year but I’ll bet I’ll hear more. Baby fawns are being born just about now and these little fellows are often found by people walking the woods or in the case I heard about recently, looking out their kitchen window.
A friend called to report something strange his daughter had found in their yard within 10 steps of the kitchen window. A tiny fawn, still wet with umbilical cord still attached, was lying in the grass in the yard. Obviously, a doe had delivered the fawn in this most unlikely of places.
Knowing that baby deer should be left where they’re found, this homeowner had a problem; he had four dogs and was fearful of what would happen to the fawn if the dogs found it.

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Brantleys take Fishers of Men honors

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The sixth season of the North Central Louisiana division of the Fishers of Men national tournament trail division recently concluded with the final tournament held on the Ouachita River.
As this was the last tournament of the season, much was at stake, as both the tournament victory and the season points’ race would be decided at the close of the day.
Coming into the tournament, Kenny and Courtney Harris held the season points lead, but would have to finish at least in eighth place to ensure they retained the top spot in the points championship race.

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July 4 holiday: it’s boating time

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ALEXANDRIA, Va.,– For recreational boaters, being on the water for the July 4 holiday is akin to driving to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving.
Waterways are jammed, launch ramps are mayhem, and getting home after the fireworks end can feel like a California freeway at rush hour — except there are no breakdown lanes.
The folks at Boat Owners Association of The United States have seen it all before, and have these three tips on how to overcome the challenges of boating’s busiest day of the year:

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Add Life hosts training camps

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Ruston’s Add Life Fitness and Wellness Center is currently hosting training camps for youths who are seeking to improve their overall performance and building strength, speed, endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, injury prevention and general health and wellness. Boys and girls ages 10-over are eligible to participate in the camp. Among the participants in the camp are Mallory Goss, Mary Goss, Skyelar Scott, Logan Brown, Gabbie Turner, Kinslee Spatafora, Madi Soto, Stone Weaver, Mackenzie Tatum, Crsanna Weaver and Jordan Scott.

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Library well worth exploring

It was estimated that there were more than 21,000 visits to the Lincoln Parish Library in May.
Despite these encouraging numbers, new Library Board of Control President James Pilgreen recently pointed out that many local residents have never set foot in the library.
He notes that many of these individuals may live in rural areas, and it might take some effort for them to come into town.

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A second look at July 4

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Happy Second, er uh, Fourth of July!
It might be suggested that there are two great moments of birth or beginning that we celebrate in the United States of America, Christmas and Independence Day.
Many of us still believe that our heritage is intertwined with Christianity and its teachings, despite the fact that many of our forefathers were Deists. Many were Christian, though, and Christianity is more prevalent in our history and culture. So without traveling into the realm of what led to our country’s formation, it can be safely stated that the birth of Jesus Christ is quite important to the people of this country. We celebrate His birth on  Dec. 25.

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Neighborhood remembers Hashway

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On Friday, June 8, our lovely, peaceful neighborhood lost its innocence. On that day we awoke to find that our friend and neighbor Susan Hashway had been taken from us in a brutal act of mindless savagery.
Dr. Susan E. Hashway was born and raised in West Warwick, R.I., the daughter of the late Leslie A. and Barbara W. Hartman. She was married to the late Dr. Robert Hashway, professor at Grambling State University. She is survived by three sisters, Janice Hartman Curtin and husband LeRoy of Palm Harbor, Fla., Joan Hartman Lisee and husband Remi of Weare, N.H., and Betty Hartman Gould of Richmond, R.I. She was predeceased by her brother George Albert Hartman. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, as well as great nieces and nephews.

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Meeting focused on crime prevention

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Thank you to Peter Gallagher and the University Hills Neighborhood Association for the great neighborhood meeting Tuesday, June 26, at Louisiana Tech’s Lomax Hall Auditorium. 
Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers, Deputy Kevin Peden and Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies (Charles Thomas,  Emma Williams, Mattie Huston, Jim Stevens and Kyle Luker) presented a well-received program on crime prevention. Approximately 100 neighbors were in attendance. It was made clear to the neighbors that crime happens in any neighborhood.

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Man discusses Christianity, Obama

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As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, I am reminded of something that has bothered me since 2009. In April 2009, President Obama said that we do not consider ourselves to be a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation, but we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values. (Fox News Media — April 8-9, 2009)
I disagree with our president on several points. First, we are a Christian nation. A study of the beginning of this nation makes that clear. Secondly, we are a nation of citizens that are bound by ideals and a set of values, but those ideals and values are based on the principles of the Bible. The United States of America has always been a Christian nation blessed by the God of the Bible.

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