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July 15th, 2016

Parish library gears up for “Hometown Teams”

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Sports have long been a part of Lincoln Parish history, and the staff at the Lincoln Parish Library wants to showcase it along side the “Hometown Teams” Smithsonian traveling exhibit.
To do so, Nick Davis, reference librarian for the library, has asked residents to loan the library items related to the sports history of the parish.
“Right now we have gotten quiet a few donations,” he said. “We have gotten some Tech memorabilia, a lot of Ruston High memorabilia as well as some Cedar Creek items.”

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Bringing tourism to North Louisiana

Billy Nungesser said he knows what it’s like to be fighting for the underdog.

After riding out Hurricane Katrina in his Plaquemines Parish home, his demands for help for the sparsely populated South Louisiana parish went worldwide.

In 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon spilled oil on Plaquemines beaches and wrecked the economy, Nungesser, by then the parish president, lost no time in bluntly criticizing the cleanup efforts.

To hear him tell it then, in both catastrophic events, the big boys had been pointing fingers instead of solving problems.

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Pride is not always a sin

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My brother is an American Airman.
He wakes up every morning, puts on his Airman Battle Uniform and goes to work.
Everyday he serves his country in the best way he knows how — as a member of its military.
Nick is three years older than me and has always been willing to stand up for what he felt was right. He has never struggled to do what needed to be done. That’s just who he is.
When he first told me he was joining the Air Force, my heart fell out of my chest.

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Kyser back with Pelicans Summer Team

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Former Louisiana Tech standout center Michale Kyser, who was dropped from the New Orleans Pelicans’ Summer League roster right before summer play began, has ended up back on the team. Kyser has played in two Summer League games for New Orleans, scoring two points and pulling down rebounds while blocking one shot in 6.6 minutes per contest. The Pelicans Summer League Team hits the court again today as they take on former Dunkin’ Dog Jaron Johnson and the NBA Development Team Select at 3:30 p.m. today in Las Vegas.

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NCLAC says goodbye to one of their own

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The NCLAC office has a number of announcements today. First of all, Executive Assistant Tess Stickney is leaving us for marriage and a new city.
We are excited for her, appreciative of the work she’s done with us, and we wish her the best in her new adventures.
This means, however, that we must search for a new NCLAC employee.
We are seeking a part-time Executive Assistant who will work closely with me, planning and executing NCLAC’s programming.

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Local author hosts book signing

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Donna Miles, a local author, recently held a book signing for her new book “31 Day Promise Prayer and Encouragement Journal For Parents and Caregivers of Autistic Children” at the Lincoln Parish Library. Miles said she wrote the book with the intent to encourage and uplift parents and caregivers of autistic children. The book features prayers and scripture reference with a journal question for each day. Residents can purchase the book by visiting xlibris.com, Amazon Prime, The Avenue Bookstore or from Miles via email at donnasherim@gmail.com.

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Local student recognized

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Jalen Ferguson recently participate sin the summer enrichment program at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Students majoring in biological science or chemistry who matriculated into historic black colleges and universities are invited to participate in the summer enrichment program. Students are selected by the site coordinator at each university based on the student’s grade point average and the coordinator’s personal knowledge of the student.

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July 14th

Morgan’s golden dreams now in doubt

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Former Louisiana Tech discus standout not list on Jamaican Olympic roster
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Jason Morgan’s golden dreams may have come crashing to earth.
But the former Louisiana Tech University track and field standout hasn’t given those dreams up quite yet.
Despite qualifying for the Olympics with the second-best discus throw in the world last year, Morgan was left off the Jamaican Olympic team roster when it was released earlier this week.

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Rennie Bailey named head coach at Minden

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There’s no place like home.
The Minden Crimson Tide have hired Minden native Rennie Bailey to succeed Alan Shaw as head coach of the boys basketball program.
“This is home,” Bailey said. “But saying that is not always about what you want or what my will is. I just think this is the will of God. There is a time and season for all things, and this is the time and the season for me to be here.”
Bailey, who graduated from Minden in 1979, has held coaching jobs at Nicholls State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Stephen F. Austin, among others.

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Nungesser discusses tourism

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The key to Louisiana’s tourism success is its people. That’s the message Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser brought to the Ruston Rotary Club Wednesday.

“We’ve got great food, music, history, but the one thing I’m so proud of is our people,” Nungesser said.

As the head of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Nungesser is Louisiana’s top tourism official. He cited stories of residents befriending tourists, saying that kind of hospitality makes a difference.

At the same time, Nungesser acknowledged his department needs to do a better job of promoting North Louisiana.

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