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May 26th, 2016

LeBron, Love power Cavaliers to 116-78 romp over Raptors

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Back home, the Cavaliers were not hospitable. Just rude.
They roughed up the visiting Raptors again.
LeBron James scored 23 points then sat the fourth quarter, Kevin Love scored 25, and Cleveland unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
On their court in front of 20,000-plus screaming, towel-waving fans following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half, pushed it to 43 in the second half and took a 3-2 series lead.

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Queen Dixie Gem Peach, Princess Peach LXVI to be crowned

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June 11 will mark the 66th annual coronation of Queen Dixie Gem Peach and Princess Peach.
On June 10 – 11, the historic Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston will host the festivities beginning with an ice cream social for the Princess Peach contestants from 1 – 3:30 p.m. June 10.
The Princess Peach portion of the pageant will continue at 10 a.m. June 11 where they will participate in an opening number, on-stage competition and a production number with reigning Queen Dixie Gem Peach Anna Blake.

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GSU’s Adriel Hilton receives coveted award

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Adriel A. Hilton, Miami, Flordia native, received the 2016 Harry Canon Outstanding Professional Award from the Standing Committee on Men and Masculinities of the American College Personnel Association during its annual convention in Montreal.
Hilton currently serves as executive assistant to the president and chief of staff at Grambling State University.
ACPA supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.

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Library event once in a lifetime

This summer, the Lincoln Parish Library will host a traveling Smithsonian exhibit called “Hometown Teams.”

The Smithsonian exhibit will feature sports from around the country, but in order to make the exhibit a success in Lincoln Parish the library needs the help of area residents.

The library is looking for team jerseys, helmets, signed balls, baseball cards, photos, riding equipment, trophies, shoes, etc., anything that can help make the exhibit the best it can be for the public.

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Reminiscing about building a boat

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I never deep-sea fished and couldn’t tell you how to paddle a boat. My only experience as a sailor was playing Battleship as a child.
But be it as it may, my best friend and I dedicated a solid portion of our junior year of high school to refurbishing a pirogue and we never looked back.
Way down in Kenner’s Duncan Canal, the type of place where if you got lost nobody could find you, my friend Travis and I found the abandoned long, narrow canoe.
The pirogue more than likely fell victim to flooding or storms and washed up to its lonely spot on shore.

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May 25th

City survey results are in

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Ruston residents want more dine-in restaurants, bowling, putt-putt golf, additional clothing stores, shoe stores and more places to buy sporting goods.

Those were the top responses to a recent online survey conducted by the city. Some 1,964 people responded to the three-question survey that asked what eateries, entertainment options and shopping options residents would like to see come to Ruston.

The survey was conducted only through social media and the city’s website.

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Tech creates functional art for MedCamps

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Hero’s Launch has been called a wonder piece of functional art.
Those words rang throughout Camp Alabama from Caleb Seney, director of MedCamps of Louisiana.
“The first camp we have planned this year will be about 30 kids with cerebral palsy,” Seney said. “We will be able to take them from their wheel chairs, place them in the canoes and launch them into the water.”
The Presbytery of the Pines Camp Alabama has been having camps on their grounds for almost 60 years, then in 1990 MedCamps came into the picture bringing special needs children to the camp.

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June 7 deadline for Peach Parade floats

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Event to roll through downtown June 25
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The 2016 Louisiana Peach Festival parade is set to roll through downtown Ruston June 25.
With a start time of 9 a.m., the parade is set to follow through the route that encompasses West Alabama Avenue, Trenton Street and Dan Reneau Drive.

The theme for this year’s parade is “A Peach of My Heart,” and is sponsored by PetStar Animal Care and hosted by the Rotary Club of Ruston.

Those interested in registering for a float or spirit group can do so by contacting the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, or by going online to www.LouisianaPeachFestival.org.

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Diamond ’Dogs open C-USA tourney play

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Rice led Tech 9-4 as The Daily Leader went to press this morning
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — On the cusp of its first conference tournament appearance since 2012, Louisiana Tech will be in a little bit of unfamiliar territory when the Bulldogs open ed play in the 2016 Conference USA Championship at 9 a.m. this morning opposite the Rice Owls.
Tech has not participated in the Conference USA Baseball Championship since joining the league three years ago, but a 37-16 overall record and a 19-11 mark in league play has earned the Bulldogs a five-seed in this week’s baseball championship at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.

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Jonathan Washam, Sutton named all-conference

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech’s Casey Sutton and Jonathan Washam have earned All-Conference USA honors, announced by the league office Tuesday in a vote by the head coaches, sports information directors and media representatives from each school.
Sutton received first team honors as a starting pitcher for the Bulldogs despite the junior being less than one year removed from Tommy John surgery.
He led Louisiana Tech’s pitching staff with a 6-1 record in seven starts and 15 total appearances.
Five of Sutton’s six wins on the mound came in Conference USA play.

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