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July 20th, 2016

Local AAU team national champions

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The Williams Brothers Basketball Program 11-year-old team recently captured the championship of the Amatuer Athletics Union 2016 Hoop Play National Tournament in Conway, Arkansas. The team, founded by Reggie, Ryan and Rory Williams, was coached by Willie Newton and assisted by Brandi Ross and Dayshun Mardis. Team members were Justin Mack Jr., Nikaulyn Green, Chilaydrien Newton, Parker Batterton, Braylon McNeil,

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Miss Dixie Gem Peach to be crowned

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New Dixie Peach royalty will be crowned during the 66th annual Miss Dixie Gem Peach Pageant beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.

Joe Price, executive director of the Dixie Gem Peach Scholarship Organization, said the winner of the competition will compete in the Miss Louisiana Pageant next June.

Along with the ladies vying for the crown, Miss Louisiana 2016 Justine Ker, of Choudrant, will emcee the event.

“We are excited to have Justine emceeing for us because she is local,” Price said. “You could say she got her start in our pageant.”

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Campers participate in art camp

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Layla Smith, 8, left, and Maggie Hood, 8, center, begin to trace their hands while Matthew Knopps, right, instructs campers as part of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Summer Arts Camp. Forty youngsters are participating in the camp that began Monday and will conclude Friday. Campers are taking classes in drama, music and visual art. The camp is being held at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.

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Couple opens nutrition store

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David Long: We want to provide quality products
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David and Michelle Long opened Peak Sports Nutrition with one goal in mind: “provide residents with top quality sports nutrition products at wholesale prices.”
The store, which opened at the end of June, stocks several different nutritional items as well as workout supplements.
“It is a nutrition and supplement store, so we sell sport’s nutrition products like protein and pre-workouts and weight-loss products,” David Long said.
Long said he and his wife have been in Ruston since 2002, and he is a Louisiana Tech University alum.

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Neighborhood Watch good investment

“Good fences make good neighbors,” declares the neighbor in Robert Frost’s poem “The Mending Wall.”

Well, not always. Poetry analysts say Frost’s contemplative poem is a discussion about barriers that keep the two neighbors from getting to know each other.

And while the issue in the poem is an old-fashioned rock wall, there are plenty of present-day “barriers” that tend to keep us from knowing our neighbors like we once did. Among them: more time spent on social media than in actual conversation, schedules filled to the max with activities and changing neighborhood dynamics.

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Closing time in aldermen's hands

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Who would have ever thought? Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Ruston staying open until 2 a.m.?
Heck, not too many years ago, who would have ever thought of bars and restaurants that serve alcohol being in Ruston at all?
The city was “dry” and proud of it. Oh, not that people didn’t take a drink; they did. They just didn’t want other people to see them doing it in public.

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July 19th

Tech volleyball releases schedule

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Head coach Adriano de Souza and Louisiana Tech has announced the 2016 volleyball schedule, which features a total of 29 matches, including four tournaments to open the campaign.
The upcoming fall season features 10 home matches for the Lady Techsters, seven of which come against Conference USA opponents. Overall, Tech will play 29 matches, including 13 in league action.

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Bearcats Legends Banquet to be held

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Thursday event honoring Dean, Williams to include a fundraising auction
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A Ruston High School Bearcats Legends Banquet and Auction will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Davision Athletics Complex in the south end zone of Joe Aillet Stadium on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
The event will honor Bearcat Legends Fred Dean and Kyle Williams while the auction will be a fundraising project by the Bearcat Football Club booster club.

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LPSO brings back Neighborhood Watch

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office is bringing back an old program with a new twist.

Neighborhood Watch makes its official comeback from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex, located on Road Camp Road. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about Neighborhood Watch or in starting a Neighborhood Watch program.

The revived program will include not only the traditional neighborhood organizations and signage, but also a social media presence, Sheriff Mike Stone said.

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LPL presents a lesson in fun

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The Lincoln Parish Library hosted a children’s event, “Pop-Up Hoop Jam!” in which Jennette Ginsburg, right, from Hey Now! Hooping! taught attendees of all ages how to hula hoop. Samantha Anderson, 4, left, listens as Ginsburg tells her how to properly pick up a hula hoop.

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