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June 27th, 2014

GSU Shabazz passes

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Educator’s health fails
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GRAMBLING — Abdulalim A. Shabazz, a distinguished professor at Grambling State University with a national reputation, has died at the age of 87. He had been hospitalized at Northern Louisiana Medical Center less than two weeks ago.
“I’ve known Dr. Shabazz for many years,” GSU President Frank G. Pogue said. “He represented the kind of excellence Grambling is known for, and for the university it means a great deal that he was with us.”
Pogue met Shabazz when he was a graduate student at Atlanta University. He said his roommate, a math student, “idolized” Shabazz.

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Fishing tournament reels in 50-plus kids

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Brayden Pye, 6, of Ruston, was the first one to catch a fish at the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Kid’s Fishing tournament. More than 50 children showed up to the annual event at Lincoln Parish Park, which is free and open to children ages 12 and under. This event is the first event of the 2014 Louisiana Peach Festival.

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John Peach

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A peachy tall tale

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Leader on June 20, 1974, to commemorate the annual Louisiana Peach Festival. It was written by former Leader Writer Ed Gage and is being reprinted for the first time in 40 years.
Up in the northwest parts of Lincoln Parish, where growing pains come on a little slower and life moves a little easier, the old timers often sit around the country store and swap tall tales.

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Peach prize money claimed

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Landon Wade, Annelise Pickett, and Keleigh Mathis found the Peach Hunt Prize at 12:15 p.m. Thursday on a stop sign behind the Lincoln Parish Library. Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President Travis Napper handed them the cash prize of $500.

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Techsters hoops team ‘chills for charity’

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Temperatures in the South can be brutal during the summer months as thermometers threaten triple figures.
Trying to find a way to stay cool in north Louisiana this time of the year can be challenging.
On Tuesday afternoon the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball coaching staff found a solution to the hot temperatures while meeting another challenge as they participated in the nationwide #Chillin4Charity fundraiser benefiting the Kay Yow Foundation.

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Simoneaux hired by W. Monroe HS

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Former Tech coach now top Rebel
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Former Louisiana Tech baseball coach Wade Simoneaux spent the last 12 years on the diamond in Ruston.
Now he’ll stay on a north Louisiana baseball field as West Monroe High School on Thursday introduced Simoneaux as the Rebels new baseball coach.
Prior to his tenure in Ruston, Simoneaux spent eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He went 297-370-1 as head coach at Tech but following a 15-35 finish in 2014 it was announced last month that his contract would not be renewed.
Tech has since hired Greg Goff as its new baseball coach.

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White completes ’Dogs hoops staff with Nichols

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Two days after filling one vacant assisting coaching position, Louisiana Tech men’s basketball head coach Michael White quickly found himself having to fill another.
His search concluded on Thursday with former Wofford assistant coach Darris Nichols who now joins Dusty May and recently hired Jordan Mincy in rounding out the coaching staff.

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Peach Festival offers plenty of sporting fun

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The 2014 edition of the Louisiana Peach Festival isn’t only about enjoying Lincoln Parish’s favorite sweet treat.
There’s plenty of action involved for those looking for the thrill of victory.
Sporting events have always been a vital part of the Peach Fest, and they began at 8 a.m. today with the annual Lincoln Parish Park Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Lincoln Parish Park.
Youngsters ages12 and under showed off their angling skills with poles and bait provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
There was no charge for the tourney.

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Groups join together to celebrate local arts

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You may be familiar with Louisiana Tech University’s annual summer orientation program, where loads of incoming freshmen and their parents descend upon our community.
This year the university, the City of Ruston, our hard-working Convention and Visitors Bureau and numerous downtown business owners have teamed up to make orientation an even richer experience. Forty-four downtown merchants have agreed to stay open late on four dates this summer, two of which are still to come on July 9 and 30.

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GSU gets funding approval for new health/wellness facility

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University students will once again have a campus facility where they can work out, attend exercise sessions and swim in a building of their own.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue announced that the institution has received final, official approval to renovate a 33,279-square-foot building constructed in 1993 and a natatorium.

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