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June 24th, 2017

Local accepts spot in prestigious Google program

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Earnest Miles III remembers accidently dropping and breaking a television remote from his top bunk bed when he was 6-years-old.
“I thought, ‘My dad is going to be so angry when he sees this,” said Miles, who is now 28.
Miles frantically began to put the pieces back together one-by-one, aligning the number pad on the base, putting the wires back in place and eventually screwing everything back.
“It was a lot easier than I thought it would be,” he said. “From then on I just liked building stuff. I loved technology.”

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Postel: ‘We’ve been pleased with what we’ve seen’

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Despite some event rainouts and rescheduling, the 2017 Louisiana Peach Festival saw a successful run Saturday, festival officials said.
“We’ve been real pleased with what we’ve seen,” festival spokesperson Doug Postel said about midafternoon Saturday. “People seem to be really enjoying themselves, which not only makes up happy for the (Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, the festival producer) but also happy for our vendors.”
The festival ended Saturday night with a late-evening concert in Railroad Park by Matthew Shafer, also known by his stage name, Uncle Kracker.

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What happened to living by the Golden Rule?

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In earlier time, some biblical scholars used to live in the quiet world of quiet solitude.
Perhaps this was a way of living in peace. One thing for sure, if things got a little bumpy with these folks, they generally had few to “blame,” a word I have come to detest.
In earlier centuries after the arrival and salvation of Christ, a phenomenon developed in which some people lived in virtual isolation in monasteries. They lived in obscurity. Generally, I think of that as miserable.

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Reader thanks volunteers, donors

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On behalf of the Board, Staff and children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, we would like to thank our community for supporting and participating in the first annual Holiday Basketball Camp, sponsored by Origin Bank. One hundred twenty-seven kids got to personally interact with NBA Champion and current New York Knick Justin Holiday.
Each participant received a Camp T-shirt and personal photo with Justin that Justin autographed. We had participants from all over our community, and even a Shreveport area’s Junior High School’s girls basketball team.

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Higher ed, TOPS budget priorities

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For Louisiana universities like Louisiana Tech and Grambling State, a battle was won last week as state legislators passed a budget that for the first time in nearly decade during cut funding to higher education while also including full funding for Taylor Opportunity Program for Students scholarships.
But while that battle was won, the war is far from finished, especially considered the uncertainty of Louisiana’s financial future.

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New students flood to Tech

While Tropical Depression Cindy didn’t leave a lot of water standing in the streets of Ruston when she roared in late last week, Louisiana Tech University did experience a flood of its own — a flood of incoming freshman students and their families.
There were 564 new incoming Tech students who attended last week’s orientation session, the second following a honors student session that started off the summer with 330 students registering to begin classes in September.
That’s the kind of flood the Daily Leader likes to see.
Even better, the forecast calls for more.

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Juneteenth bakeoff held

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A bakeoff, hosted by Hazel Hunter, was held June 16 at the Grambling City Hall in the community room. Hunter, right, presented the top prize in the bakeoff to Rita Shaw of Sterlington for her peach cobbler entry.

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Lolley, Songer celebrate wedding

Morgan Elizabeth Lolley, of Ruston, and Levi Benjamin Songer, of Ruston, were joined in holy matrimony during a 6 p.m. ceremony June 3 at Temple Baptist Church. Dr. Reggie Bridges officiated the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Shannon and Memrie Lolley, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ron Riley, of Ruston, the late Ms. Billie H. Lolley and the late Mr. Bobby G. Lolley.

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Woods looms as draft ‘steal’ for Cowboys

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A cornucopia of items, observations and other thoughts from the sports world:
• It’s not often NFL executives exhibit the giddiness of a pre-teen when doing a post-draft evaluation of its latest acquisitions.
But such doesn’t apply to sixth-round pick Xavier Woods of the Dallas Cowboys.
How much did “America’s Team” covet the West Monroe product and former Louisiana Tech University secondary stud.

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La. Sports Hall of Fame inducts new class

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NATCHITOCHES — Eddie Kennison rounded a bend of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, which mimics the meandering Cane River Lake, catching the eye of fellow Hall of Fame inductee Juan Pierre.
“THE Eddie Kennison,” Pierre said after doing an interview Thursday as part of the Hall of Fame’s introductory press conference. “I had speed and maybe could of hung with Eddie for 10 yards, but this guy was fast.”

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