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November 13th

RPAR iHoops Skills Challenge Winners

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For the fourth consecutive year, Ruston Parks and Recreation hosted the iHoops Skills Challenge.
The free event, held Saturday in the Bobby James Memorial Gymnasium, is a fundamental skills competition for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 to flaunt their basketball talents.
Around 30 young athletes competed in the event with Auniyah Rhone (8-10 girls), Antonio Mayfield (8-10 boys), Aujwuan Simmons (11-12 boys) and Jordan Houston (13-15 boys), winning the competition in their respective age groups.

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November 12th

Lincoln celebrates Veterans Day

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Harry Farrar flew 66 combat missions in the Vietnam War. He celebrated his 40th birthday somewhere over Southeast Asia.
On Monday, the retired U.S. Air Force captain paused at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember his days in a B-52 bomber, as well as the service of other veterans.
Farrar, of Ruston, was among more than 200 people, many of them veterans, who gathered around the flagpole at Choudrant Park in Choudrant for the village’s annual Veterans Day celebration sponsored by the Choudrant Restoration and Beautification Society.

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Alexander stops in at GSU

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To honor all veterans, the American Legion Post No. 593, Grambling State University Army ROTC and the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce joined together Monday.
Guest speaker for the event was the Honorable Rodney Alexander, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs.
Ewing L. Collier, Commander of Post No. 593 and retired Lt. Col. U.S. Air Force, said the nation’s veterans are from many generations and backgrounds.

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Tech student invents special cell phone cord

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A close call behind the wheel may be one of the best things that’s happened to Evan Puckett.
“I looked up and I was coming in on them fast,” Puckett said about the day he was on his way to class at Louisiana Tech University and dropped his cell phone auxiliary extension cord between the front seats of his car.
The near miss led to the formation of ConnectOne, a consumer electronics accessories company that will launch a newly developed, easy-to-use extension cable on Amazon.com on Black Friday.

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I-20 crash yields serious injury

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At approximately 10:20 a.m. Monday, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle serious injury crash on Interstate 20 about seven miles west of Ruston.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Honda Accord, driven by 23-year-old Kaitlin Boyett, of Jonesboro, was traveling east on Interstate 20 when it lost control, drove into the median while rotating clockwise and struck a tree on the passenger side. A witness described the right rear tire as having a “blow out” prior to the Honda losing control.

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DA asks LPPJ for additional $197K

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has asked Lincoln Union District Attorney Bob Levy to attend the jury’s Finance Committee meeting tonight after Levy again recently requested a significant increase in funding for his office.
During last month’s meeting the LPPJ discussed requested increases for 2014, including a 70.73 percent increase requested by the Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office requested $289,660, a $120,000 increase over the $169,660 the agency received last year.

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Play premieres at GSU tonight

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The Grambling State University Theatre Department will host a production of “How I Learned to Drive” beginning Tuesday.
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre.
Admission for the event is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Director Mary Fran Crook said the decision to do this production came from the story itself.
“As a multiple award-winning show, not the least of which was the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the play provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to work on a challenging, wonderfully written show,” she said.

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Celebrating local heroes

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Choudrant, Grambling, Cedar Creek recognize Veterans Day
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Harvesting various winter vegetables

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Now that our winter vegetables have been planted and well on their way toward production it is time to properly maintain the health of the plants and prepare for harvest. Most home gardeners have no problems harvesting warm season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, peas and cucumbers, but growing and harvesting cool season vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts can be confusing to the first time grower. Below are some tips to keep these members of the cole family (Brassica oleracea) on the right track and increase the production during the winter months.

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AARP celebrates service members

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On Sept. 11, AARP’s National Day of Service members of Calhoun/West Ouachita Chapter No. 5453, roamed the highways and by-ways of Ouachita Parish giving out cold bottles of water to workers that were laboring in the 90-100 degree heat. The workers welcomed the team with grateful smiles and words of thanks for bringing them much needed relief by giving them a cold and refreshing bottle of water. Five cases of water were handed out beginning in Calhoun, West Monroe, Chauvin Point and finally ended at CenturyLink’s construction site in North Monroe.

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