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May 22nd, 2017

Run For The Wall

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Bikers pass under the Tarbutton Overpass Sunday as part of the Run For The Wall event. The motorcyle trek ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D. C., on Memorial Day. See more photos on page 5A.

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Suspect caught in attempted murder case

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The suspect in an attempted second-degree murder that occurred May 17 is now in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Justin Lamar Early, 23, of 2401 Washington St., in Ruston, was located in Ouachita Parish and arrested by authorities there Sunday evening.
Early is charged with attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Early was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he is being held on $1 million bond for the attempted murder charge and $50,000 on the firearm charge.

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Parish offers opportunity for mental, physical activity this summer

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Lincoln Parish students have the opportunity to remain mentally and physically active this summer now that the final school bells have rung for the 2016-17 school year.
Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol and City of Ruston Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn Shell said reading, signing up for scheduled Ruston Parks and Recreation camps and science and art camps are only a few of the many things students can do to stay active this summer.
Cox-Boniol said reading is “among the most important things students need to be doing regularly.”

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Ride Ruston Bike Week ends

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Hudson Futrell, 6, of Choudrant, maneuvers through part of an obstacle course at Cook Park during Friday’s evening’s culminating event of Ride Ruston Bike Week. The week, with its emphasis on biking for transportation as well as for fun, included group rides and a look at the first section of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path.

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Cedar Creek students use math to aid St. Jude

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For the past four years, Cedar Creek School has been in the “Top 100” schools to raise monies for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon.
The Math-A-Thon helps students get excited about learning math and helping others.
Dana Milam, St. Jude Math-A-Thon coordinator and fifth-grade teacher, has participated for 16 years – the same number of years she has been teaching. This year the school raised over $8,600 for St. Jude patients with more than 70 students participating.

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Cheers

Northwestern State University awarded degrees to 865 graduates during Spring Commencement Exercises held May 12 in Prather Coliseum. The commencement speaker was Stewart Ewing, executive vice president and chief financial officer for CenturyLink, and a 1973 graduate of Northwestern State’s School of Business. Lincoln Parish graduates are as follows:
• Choudrant — Oliver Howard, Master of Science in Nursing
• Ruston – Daveon Jones, Bachelor of Science; Foster Phillips, Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
Landry Bagwell and Jennifer Calvert, Master of Science in Nursing

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Gallot bringing GSU back to prosperity

Almost a year ago, Grambling State University Senate Faculty President Herb Simmons defined the university’s situation then as “their backs against the wall with only one strike remaining.”
Simmons made that statement following the resignation from first-year president Willie Larkin in June 2016.
Simmons was right. GSU did not have many more options left and the school was in desperate times.
But GSU’s answers were found in one of its own.

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Allow me to have five minutes

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At a recent charity event in Ruston benefitting the Pine Hills Advocacy Center, as the father of a victim of child sexual abuse; I was asked to give my testimony. Here are my remarks:
For the next five minutes, I’d like to speak to you about what it’s like to be the parent of a victim of child abuse and how the Child Advocacy Centers helped me get through it.
I can still remember the counselor’s words: “Mr. Rogers, we have reason to believe that your son has been sexually abused by an out-of- family member.” Those were the words that forever changed my life.

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Run For The Wall events draws crowd

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Run For The Wall biker Judy Atkins of Tuscon, Arizona, who was ahead of the main group of participants, stopped under the Tarbutton Overpass Sunday to greet supporters and hand out 2017 Run For The Wall pins to local onlookers showing their support.
The 10-day ride will end at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day. At right, a close-up of the commemorative pin for this year’s ride.

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Lady Techsters fall in extra innings

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. —Louisiana Tech took No. 1 ranked Minnesota into extra innings before the Gophers (56-4) scored three runs in the top of the ninth to defeat the Lady Techsters (38-24) 5-2 at Rhoads Stadium Sunday afternoon in the Tuscaloosa Regional.
Two days after playing out-of-character in an 11-3 loss to Minnesota, Louisiana Tech stood tall Sunday, playing cleat-to-cleat with the Gophers in the elimination game.

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