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June 24th, 2013

Rape arrest made

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A Choudrant teen was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for aggravated rape following a tip the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received in reference to 19-year-old Hunter Mickhail Tippen having sexual relations with a 12-year-old juvenile.
According to reports, a parent of the juvenile phoned in the tip, which led investigators to interview both parents and the juvenile.
The detective then interviewed the accused, where he allegedly admitted to having sex with the juvenile but claimed he thought she was 16-years-old.

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Vann wins Fest treasure hunt

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Last week, when the clues for the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival Treasure Hunt started being aired on the radio and published in the Ruston Daily Leader, many scrabbled trying to find the card that would lead them to a cash prize, but only one could claim it. This year, 17-year-old Morgan Vann was the lucky participant who claimed the $500.
Morgan, who will be a senior this fall at Cedar Creek, said this is the first year she got in the competitive spirit.

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Fish dish earns Peach Cookery prize

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When thinking of peach dishes, most would naturally gravitate toward peach cobbler, but each year locals test out their culinary skills to see what new peach dish they can conjure up for the annual Peach Cookery Contest.
Sara Maricelli, formerly of Covington and now of Ruston, took home the Grand Prize for the Adult Division on Friday with her rendition of Cajun Tilapia with Fresh Peach Salsa.
“I write an amateur food blog, so I am always looking for new recipes to try,” said Marcicelli.

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Antique Car Show draws 84 entries in 14 classes

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Car enthusiasts and general observers had the opportunity to appreciate a host of classic cars and trucks Saturday in downtown Ruston during the weekend’s festivities. Hosted by the Ruston Antique Car Club, the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Antique Classic Car Show drew a crowd of onlookers to see cars of various eras were displayed in the parking lot of Bancorp South.

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Peach Festival Photo Contest winners announced

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Listed below are the names of the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival Photo Contest, sponsored by Barnes Portraiture. Photos below were submitted by Barnes Portraiture.
Most photogenic
0-6 months:
• Mattie Aycock — daughter of Benjamin and Britney Aycock of Dubach.
• Ryan Sandifer — son of Doyle and Katie Sandifer of Ruston.
• Victoria Copes — daughter of Clint and Sarah Copes of Calhoun.
Most photogenic
7-12 months:
• Lillie McManus — daughter of Quincy and Mollie McManus of West Monroe.
• Anna Lokey — daughter of Chris and Mandi Lokey of Ruston.

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Maton, Terrasas are All-Louisiana

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It was a tough spring for Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team, which finished with a 19-37 overall record and went 6-21 against Western Athletic Conference teams.
But Phil Maton and Taylor Terrasas are making it bearable.
Sophomore pitcher Maton and senior infielder Terrasas were the Bulldogs’ representatives on the 2013 All-Louisiana collegiate squad announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association on Sunday.
Both players were second unit members.

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Shaq has big heart for Louisiana

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Where do you start when trying to put your arms around the very large life and career of Shaquille O’Neal?
No one really has the arms that are big enough, literally and figuratively.
Let’s see, there is national college Player of the Year. No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Multi-time NBA Champion and multi-time regular season and postseason MVP. Olympic Gold Medalist. Member of NBA at 50. One of the all-time greats to ever play the game!

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Bulldogs: Record-breaking season in 2012

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As the sun sets on Louisiana Tech’s 12-year membership in the Western Athletic Conference and the University prepares to move to Conference USA on July 1, LATechSports.com wanted to take a look back on some of the top moments from the past dozen years.
Each day during this month, LATechSports.com will feature a top game, player or significant event that has occurred since the University joined the WAC on July 1, 2001 (these milestones will be done in random order).

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Clint Conque’s son is Army graduate

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WEST POINT, N.Y. — Former Ruston resident Cadet Benton Conque, son of Angele and Clint Conque of Conway, Ark., recently graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point.

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Help spread migraine awareness

For most people, headaches are a slight annoyance. However, 37 million Americans live in fear of the next time they’ll have what many people think is just another headache.
June is Migraine Awareness Month. Many people do not understand the severity of migraines, which is why it is important to learn more about a disease that affects many Americans.

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