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May 29th, 2014

Saying goodbye after 25 years

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Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Tim Parker, second from left, looks at a shadow box containing insignia and other memorabilia from his 25 years with the department during a recent retirement reception in his honor. The shadow box, along with congratulatory letters from former President George W. Bush and Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, were presented to Parker on behalf of his friends and family by long-time friend Ghost Cheatham, right. Looking on is Parker’s mother, Mary Parker, of Ruston.

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Help keep the Arts Afloat

Area residents have an opportunity to Keep the Arts Afloat for the coming year, plus the chance to win $5,000. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce this annual campaign that provides funding for the council as it offers support for visual, performing and literary arts in the region.
Only 250 donations will be accepted at $100 each to go into the “pot” for the chance to win $5,000. The winning donor’s name will be drawn at the Peach Art Exhibit reception on Sunday, June 22 from 3-4pm.

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Help keep the Arts Afloat

Area residents have an opportunity to Keep the Arts Afloat for the coming year, plus the chance to win $5,000. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce this annual campaign that provides funding for the council as it offers support for visual, performing and literary arts in the region.
Only 250 donations will be accepted at $100 each to go into the “pot” for the chance to win $5,000. The winning donor’s name will be drawn at the Peach Art Exhibit reception on Sunday, June 22 from 3-4pm.

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JA selects 2014-15 Board Members

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New board members pictured from left, back row: Sandi Stephens, public relations chair; Kristy Lumpkin, hours chair; Christol Sterling, vice president. Pictured from left Front Row: Kristy Burton, recording secretary; Sadie Watts, assistant treasurer; Summer Hammons, website chair; Erin Rockett, finance chair; Lana Bullock, president; Jodi Wood, education chair; Lindsay Kennedy, treasurer. Not Pictured; Melissa Salter, projects chair.

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Crocker Museum picks Hooshang floral work

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A floral painting by Hooshang Khorasani, of Ruston, is part of an exhibit and auction at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
The exhibit began May 22 and will run through June 7, when the 36th annual Art Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Hooshang’s piece is “Picked from the Garden,” a 24-by-30-inch acrylic on canvas.
Events June 7 will feature the work of more than 100 artists in both live and silent auctions, followed by a gourmet dinner.

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Sci-Port brings Gee Whiz Carnival to Lincoln Parish

Events for grades preschool through eight

This summer the library can be a laboratory as children, teens and adults explore a science themed reading program.
As part of the events for the summer, Sci-Port, Louisiana’s Science Center, is coming the Lincoln Parish Library.
Sci-Port’s traveling Gee Whiz Science Carnival will be at the Library Events Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. Up to 60 participants at a time can actively engage in the interactive stations. Each session will last approximately an hour.

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Keep arts alive in Lincoln

For a place the size of Ruston and Lincoln Parish, the community has a thriving arts scene, and this summer offers a variety of ways for individuals young and old to enjoy the arts.

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White: Master of pushy

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There are many qualities I find attractive about our state superintendent of schools John White. Unfortunately, none of them are qualities that I would look for in the type of man who runs education for our children.
He’s articulate, educated, intelligent and even handsome. But when I think of him, I don’t think about any of these things.
I think he’s pushy.
Why is our state superintendent a self-proclaimed “education reformer?”

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Tech set for NCAA East Prelims

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13 track and field team members will compete in Jacksonville, Florida
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Louisiana Tech’s track and field program heads to Jacksonville, Florida, this week as qualifying athletes — 13 entries in all, the most among any North Louisiana school — begin the quest to reach Eugene, Oregon and the NCAA Championships.
Tech’s list includes 10 individual entries along with three relays. Among Tech’s qualifying marks, five rank in the Top 10 in the East Prelims led by Jarvis Gotch’s 26-0.25 (7.93m) mark in the long jump.
In all, Louisiana Tech is second among Conference USA schools at the East Prelims and third among Louisiana schools in number of entries.

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GSU trio ready for meet

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It’s been another banner year for the Grambling State University Men’s Track and Field program.
The Tigers have won two conference championships this year and now they are hoping to build on that as they compete in the NCAA Regional meet in Jacksonville, Florida, beginning today.
“We feel that we are ready,” said Head Coach Bertram Lovell.

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