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September 1st

Community Foundation ready for donations

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The Ruston-Lincoln Community Foundation is ready to receive donations that will eventually be disbursed to worthy causes.
The 501 (c) (3) foundation was established to “give individuals and corporations the ability to make tax deductible donations within our area,” said Scott Terry, Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce president and ex-officio foundation board member.

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Cotton wins McKinney Honda Fall Open House drawing

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McKinney Honda’s 27th Annual Fall Open House was held Aug. 25. Richie McKinney, owner (left), reported a record attendance at this year’s event. Standing with him is Delbert Cotton, of Calhoun, who was the winner of the Honda 250 Recon that was given away in this year’s drawing.

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Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 receives $1,000 from Devon Energy

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Amie Skipper and Michelle Gantt of Devon Energy Corporation presented a check for $1,000 to Chief Dennis Ford of the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1. Devon Energy is a leading independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company whose home office is in Oklahoma City, Okla. Devon Energy’s local production facilities are located on Arkansas Plant Road north of Ruston. In keeping with the company’s commitment to be a good corporate citizen, Devon Energy has presented this check to the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1 with the funds to be used for supplies and equipment.
Pictured from left to right are Amie Skipper, Chief Dennis Ford and Michelle Gantt.

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Ruston-Lincoln CVB reports strong tourism showing in first half of year

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According to the Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, the first half of 2012 has been strong for tourism in Lincoln Parish.
“Certainly one way we measure success is by the revenue figures,” said Travis Napper, president and CEO of the CVB. “For 2012, we are up 4 percent over last year. That’s an encouraging trend for the local area even with a still weak economy.”

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Bearcats honor Fitzmorris

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RHS players will wear ex-player’s ‘44’ on helmets
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J.P. Fitzmorris will remain in the hearts of his alma mater’s football program.
As a means of honoring the U.S. Navy sailor who died recently in a helicopter crash, members of the Ruston High School team will wear his jersey number (44) on their helmets throughout the 2012 season.
Fitzmorris was a member of the RHS team in the late 1990s, including the 1998 squad that made it to the state championship round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association at the Louisiana Superdome.

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An embarrassing poll for WAC

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Five league schools included on list of ‘25 Worst Teams’

There’s no nice way to spin this: the Western Athletic Conference is clearly on life support and dipping closer to the doldrums.
With the departure of BCS busting Boise State, Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno State in recent years, the league has lost a large chunk of the “Wow” factor.

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‘Mailman’ pays a visit to see G-Men

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Former Summerfield High, Louisiana Tech University and NBA star Karl “The Mailman” Malone (eighth from left) recently watched Grambling State University’s defending Southwestern Athletic Conference champions go through a fall camp practice session. Malone and former Westside High, GSU and NBA standout Willis Reed are among the 2012 Beacon Award recipients announced recently by Grambling State for their contributions to the school’s and area’s legacy in athletics.

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PREP GRID POLL

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The preseason 2012 Louisiana Sports Writers Association football poll (first place votes in parentheses):
CLASS 5A
1-West Monroe (10), 120 points; 2-Rummel, 96; 3-Barbe, 93; 4-Acadiana, 82; 5-St. Paul, 77; 6-Ouachita, 60; 7-Carencro, 47; 8-Dutchtown, 45; 9-East St. John, 41; 10-West Jefferson, 29; 11-Denham Springs, 27; 12-RUSTON, 23; 13-Westgate, 17 14-Jesuit, 11; 15-Byrd, 5; 16-Airline, 4; 17-Haughton, 2; 18-New Iberia, 1.

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‘Calamity Jane’ was born to hunt

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I belong to Two Creeks Hunting Club in Jackson Parish, sharing a camp with my good friend, George Seacrist.
The camp located adjacent to ours was formerly occupied by another member of our club.
While getting dressed for the daily hunt, we’d pull on our camo pants and shirts.
This hunter in the camp next to us would walk out dressed in a camo skirt.
This hunter was Elizabeth Seacrist, George’s mother, a spunky little lady who garnered the nickname of Calamity Jane, a moniker we shortened to simply “CJ”.

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Wildlife agency sets private land for dove hunting

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will provide public dove hunting opportunities on leased private land and state wildlife management areas around the state.
All hunting sites announced are subject to closure however, due to Tropical Storm Isaac impacts on habitat which will have to be determined once the storm has moved through the state.
The 2012-13 dove season opened Saturday in the north and south zones and hunters have multiple options available. LDWF leased private land in the following parishes for Saturday only, from noon to sunset:

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