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July 19th, 2013

Family vacation, book signing excitement soon

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Do you know the word fantabulous? It’s a combination of fantastic and fabulous. It best describes my wonderful beach vacation with family.

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GSU student lands internship at Taipei-based university

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GRAMBLING — A Grambling State University master’s student is the first to spend a semester abroad as a sports administration intern at Alethia University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Though Devin Brown does not leave for Asia until September, he is getting more and more excited about visiting another continent for a dual academic and professional internship experience.

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RCT to hold auditions

The Ruston Community Theatre announces auditions for “Angel in the Pawnshop.”
Written by A.B. Shiffrin, the play will take the stage Oct. 3-6.
The play will be directed by Mitch DuFour. Audition dates are 10 a.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. July 29 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Those interested in auditioning should know that there are eight adult male and two adult female roles ranging in age from 18-80.
It is helpful to attend both auditions, but it is not required.

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Missionary speaks to club

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Retired missionary to Kenya, Vance Kirkpatrick was a recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club noon meeting. Kirkpatrick told the Lions of some of the trials and adventures he had in almost 40 years in Kenya.

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Tech professors receive grant to aid in teaching of reading, literacy skills

Reading abilities for students at Ruston’s Glen View Elementary School are expected to soon get a boost thanks to a Louisiana Systemic Initiatives Program (LaSIP) grant received by Louisiana Tech University professors and instructors.
The grant will fund a program titled, “Powerful Instruction through Interactive Read Alouds, Literacy Stations and Workshop” which will be initiated at Glen View in the fall.

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Local man dies in plane crash

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Flight instructor Clarence Collins, student go down in Morehouse

A Lincoln Parish man is dead after a single engine airplane crashed in rural Morehouse Parish near Oak Ridge Thursday morning.
Morehouse Chief Deputy Brian Shoemaker identified the two men who died in the crash as 75-year-old Clarence Collins, of Dubach, and 25-year-old Jonathan Whitacre, of Illinois.
Shoemaker said Collins was an instructor for Flying Tiger Aviation school, of Oak Ridge, and Whitacre was a student pilot.
The cause of the crash is unknown.

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A lesson in America’s pastime

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First pitch for Wilbert Ellis baseball clinic set for July 27
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Area children will get the chance to learn about hitting, pitching, catching and winning the game of life on July 27 as College Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Wilbert Ellis conducts his annual clinic at Fraser Field.
Registration from the free clinic will be held from 8-9 a.m. with instruction and teaching from 9 a.m.–noon, followed by lunch.
The clinic is for boys and girls ages 8-16, with a T-ball clinic set for children ages 4-7. All campers will receive a T-shirt and a College World Series gift bag.

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Dubach millage remains level

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The Town of Dubach had two important items of business to address during their monthly meeting on Monday.
First, council members voted to OK setting the property tax millage rate at 7.110 mills, the same rate they were for the 2012-13 fiscal year. A public hearing was held, but no citizens were present to speak.

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LPFD fire chief spot remains unfilled

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At the Vienna Station of Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1, the Board of Commissioners of Lincoln Parish met in session Tuesday, where they discussed several matters that would determine the immediate and near future of the district.
Chairman Richard Aillet led the meeting, opening items on the agenda for discussion, among which was the issue of interim fire chief.

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DART accepts donations

Though there are still quite a few days of summer vacation left, the first school bell will ring before long.
Anyone who has visited local stores lately has likely noticed that pens, pencils, paper and other school supplies have already begun to line the aisles ­— and school supply lists will soon publish in the July 28 Back to School edition. While many children will head to the store to pick out the coolest backpacks and the cutest folders for the new school year, some are not so lucky.

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