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May 10th, 2014

Annual hazmat collection set

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Lincoln Parish residents can properly dispose of paint, poisons, old computers and a long list of other items on Saturday during the annual Household Hazardous Material Collection Day at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center on Fairgrounds Road.
Items can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is no charge.
“This gives the citizens of Ruston and Lincoln Parish a place to take items that they can’t dispose of anywhere else,” parish Administrator Courtney Hall said.
Hazardous materials are not supposed to be put in public trash bins or in household garbage cans.

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For avid sports fans, it’s best time of year

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It doesn’t get any better than this time of the year.
Call it the “Perfect Storm,” where all of the major sports overlap to give a sports junkie the ultimate high.
Like baseball?
It’s in full swing now.
Football?
The NFL held its annual draft this week.
How about basketball?
It’s playoff time from coast-to-coast.
And hockey?
Welcome to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
There was the time, and seemingly not all that long ago, when I preferred the seasons of each sport to be tidily inserted into their proper places. Baseball in the spring, football in the fall, etc.

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Simsboro, NLW take state

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Tigers, Lions claim track and field championships

BATON ROUGE — The Simsboro High School boys track team took home a Class B state track and field championship on Friday as the Tigers edged past Centerville by three points at Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU campus.
Simsboro totaled 64.50 points with Rontavious Abney turning in first-place finishes in the 100m and 300m hurdles.
Not to be outdone, New Living Word raced to Class C state boys track and field championship on Thursday while the Lady Lions finished in sixth place overall.

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Cedar Creek teams finish in Top 10

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BATON ROUGE — Cedar Creek turned in a pair of Top 10 finishes in the Class 1A Track and Field Championships Friday at Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU campus.
The Lady Cougars finished eighth on the girls’ side while the Cougars finished ninth in team competition.
Grambling Laboratory High School’s boys team turned in a strong showing, finishing in a tie for 12th place on the boys’ side.
Cedar Creek’s top boys finish was a second-place showing tunred in by the 4x400m relay team of Shilo Perry, Jordan Riggs, Donald Jenkins, Jordan Williams with a time of 3:30.58

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Diamond ’Dogs downed by Charlotte

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Down by one run in the ninth, Louisiana Tech was one swing away from a win, but a double play ground ball ended the game and sealed the series for Charlotte with a 5-4 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech (15-31, 5-21 C-USA) left 10 runners on base in the loss, while Charlotte (16-29-1, 8-17 C-USA) used a four-run sixth inning to clinch the series against the Bulldogs. Tech had the lead-off hitter on base in five different innings in the game, but seven of the Bulldogs’ runners left stranded were in scoring position.

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Tech duo drafted

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“Go West, young man.” That is exactly what Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Justin Ellis will do as he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders Saturday in the fourth round of the 2014 National Football League Draft with the 107th selection overall.
His selection by the Raiders will take him just across the bay from former Louisiana Tech wide receiver Quinton Patton, currently with the San Francisco 49ers. The two will meet each other on the field when the 49ers visit the Raiders on Dec. 7.

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Uncle Evander spices up Jones’ latest book

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I would love to get to spend some time with Dick Jones’ uncle Evander Pritchart. You talk about a fellow who could turn an ordinary outdoor adventure into one that will stick with you for a lifetime, Uncle Evander could do it.
So you’re scratching your head and wondering who is Dick Jones and who the heck is his uncle Evander Pritchart? I’ll tell you but you’ll have to read the book to really find out.

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It’s all about the love of the games

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At least once a week, I am asked by someone the following question:
“What is your favorite sport?”
It may be a longtime friend who knows me well, yet remains baffled about my infatuation with sports.
Or it may be someone I just met and exchanged pleasantries with before inquiring about our professions.
Or it might be a therapist, aide or nurse at Princeton Place who discovers that I am seemingly always tuned to a baseball game on the television and the Stanley Cup playoffs on the iPad. At the same time, no less.
My favorite sport?

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Bank of Ruston hosts fifth annual First Responders Appreciation Day

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Approximately 100 Lincoln Parish fire, police, and emergency medical personnel gathered for Bank of Ruston’s fifth annual First Responders Day on Friday. Those in attendance enjoyed hamburgers and hot dogs served from grills manned by Bank of Ruston employees and board members. Bank of Ruston hosts this event each year as a way to express gratitude to local first responders for their hard work, dedication, and the services they provide to the community. "We're so blessed to have such an outstanding group of first responders in our area," said Bill Hogan, President and CEO of Bank of Ruston.

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Grambling Middle Magnet School

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Grambling goes green for spring
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Go-Green! Go-Green! Go-Green!

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