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July 23rd, 2016

Whitetails Unlimited returning in August

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It was one year ago that an event was held in north Louisiana that had folks excited and turned lots of heads. The inaugural banquet of an organization was held that outdoors people still talk about. It was the initial gathering of a new organization, Whitetails Unlimited, Lincoln Parish chapter.
The reason for all the chatter was the number of people willing to purchase tickets and turn out on a hot August night and the amount of money raised. Upwards of 500 were in attendance of this new event.

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A Gazebo, a misstep and an important truth

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It began as a date night with my wife, and ended with a substantial purchase at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Please allow me to explain. Over the past few months, my wife and I have discussed expanding our patio space by adding to our covered porch.
What we found at Lowe’s, however, gave us some much needed shade without the complication of a construction project. We found a beautiful gazebo, perfectly sized for our patio area, and determined it would provide the expanded are we desired at a minimal cost. So we placed our order and waited for delivery.

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Local man speaks to Kiwanis Club

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Brad Gunither spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club about the use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in surveying and mapping.

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Tech’s “Bulldogs Without Borders” aides Haiti

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A team from Louisiana Tech University’s “Bulldogs Without Borders” student-led service organization recently traveled to Sous-a-Philippe, Haiti, where they began restoration on a water desalination system that was destroyed by a cattle stampede more than 40 years ago.

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Church News: 7.24.16

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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July 22nd

Drug bust leads to two arrests

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A six-month investigation by an area law enforcement agency aided by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrest of a Lincoln Parish couple on multiple drug charges.

Scott Kalanquin, 32, and his wife, Kristin Kalanquin, 26, of 583 Main Street in Grambling, are each charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and firearm violations.

Scott Kalanquin is also charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule I Ecstasy.

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Local businessman passes away

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Long-time Ruston businessman William Sanders “Bill” Baskin is being remembered today as a one-of-a-kind individual who was compassionate, engaged in his community and enjoyed visiting with friends.
“He was one of those people you meet that’s not like everybody else,” former Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. “He was very patriotic and real strong in his Christian beliefs. He was devoted to the community.”
Baskin, founder of Ruston Glass & Mirror, died July 18 at age 93. Funeral services are at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.

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City begins moving forward

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Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, left, and District 2 Alderwoman Angela Mayfield, right, stand by a sign on Martin Luther King Drive marking the start of the first Moving Ruston Forward road project.
Martin Luther King Drive will be extended from Farmerville Street to U.S. 167 South.
The $2 million project is designed to enhance traffic flow in that area, and will also include water and sewer system upgrades.
Construction is expected to start within the 30 to 60 days, Walker said.
Moving Ruston Forward is a multi-million program of citywide infrastructure improvements.

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Grambling uses basketball to teach life skills

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The city of Grambling recently sponsored a community basketball camp beginning an initiative to get community children active during the summer.
Cornelius Dunaway, a local basketball instructor, has held his camp for more than 10 years.
Grambling and surrounding community fourth through 12th grade children gathered Wednesday at Grambling State University’s Intramural Recreation Facility.
Dunaway said the camps teach basketball fundamentals from area coaches and life lessons from guest speakers from around the community.

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Gallery Crawl set for Aug. 4 in West Monroe/Monroe

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Several Lincoln Parish artists will be featured in the August Downtown Gallery Crawl from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 4 in Monroe/West Monroe.
People of all ages will visit with happy neighbors while reveling in live music, good food and fine art in downtown Monroe and West Monroe.
Eight galleries will be open and displaying great art, and many of the artists will give artist talks, explaining the inspiration and technique underlying their creations. The event is always free — the only expense is incurred if you decide to buy some original art.

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