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June 5th, 2013

COLEY Cates

I, COLEY Cates, DOC# 483063, have applied for clemency for my conviction of negligent homicide. If you have any comments, contact the Board of Pardons (225) 342-5421
1td: June 3, 4 & 5, 2013

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June 4th

Harper serves with many hats

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To some, he’s known as “Flipper.”
Others call him “Ugly.”
But for many people throughout Lincoln Parish, he’s primarily known as a friend, especially in a time of need.
Helping others is something that comes easy for Ruston’s J.D. Harper, a native of Hattiesburg, Miss., who has called Lincoln Parish home for the past 21 years and become a familiar face to many Lincoln Parish residents.
Harper, who has been retired from cross-country trucking since 2005, serves as head of Ruston’s Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts as well as handling a number of other jobs.

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Murder suspect caught

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The suspect in a May 30 fatal shooting in Ruston has been apprehended with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Office and the Tallahassee Police Department in Florida.
Capt. Tim Parker, spokesman for the Ruston Police Department, said that early on Monday evening, Dumauriea McGee, 22, of Ruston, was taken into custody in Tallahassee.
“The U.S. Marshal’s service received a tip that (McGee) was in Tallahassee, Fla.,” Parker said.
“The U.S. Marshals and the Tallahassee Police took him into custody without incident. He is currently in custody awaiting extradition.”

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Peachy goodness

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For Ruston resident Julie Holmes, peach dishes are more than a hobby. They are her passion.
“When I got that ribbon the first time I placed, I was hooked,” Holmes said.
She said her strategy is to mimic what is popular in food trends.
“I collect recipes all year long from newspapers, magazines, TV and I ask myself ‘I wonder how this would be with peaches?’” Holmes said.

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Local places in state teen competition

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Twenty-seven teens from across the state competed for the title of Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen this past weekend at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Brown Auditorium. More than $12,000 in scholarships were awarded to the contestants. On-stage competition included fitness in sportswear, talent and evening wear and each contestant also had a private interview with the judges.

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Open call for chorus singers

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Area women have a chance to become summer singers and participate in Piney Hills Harmony’s annual show Aug. 24.
The Sweet Adelines chorus, which is based in Ruston but draws members from across North Louisiana, will bring back its “Rock Around the Clock” show, first staged in 2012 at Ruston’s Dixie Center for Performing Arts. Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin will also perform at the event, to be presented in Monroe’s Jack Howard Theatre as a benefit for Angel Ministries of Monroe.

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Tech softballers enjoy good year

Louisiana Tech University added a final chapter last weekend to its success story in softball for this season.
After being one of the top three finishers in the Western Athletic Conference race, the Lady Techsters had their best representation in several years on the 2013 All-Louisiana squad.
Tech supplied five players to the team that is voted on by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, with two of those being on the very first unit.
Earning that top team recognition were seniors Amanda Krueger in the infield and Melanie Goff as a utility player.

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Life skill lessons on tap for kids

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Looking for ways to keep your children busy this summer?
The LSU AgCenter is offering summer workshops, which will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime.
Youth can learn how to start a baby-sitting business and become the best baby–sitter in town. This three-day workshop is geared for students in the fifth through 12th grades. Youth will learn important information like how old should they be to baby-sit, how to set their fee, facts about different ages and stages of children, how to handle active children and more.

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'Literally' no so literal anymore

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I don’t consider myself to be a so-called “grammar Nazi.” Of course, being a writer and an avid reader, I do have an appreciation for the images that can be weaved with an artfully crafted sentence.
But, I’m not the sort of person who turns livid at the sight of a misplaced comma (except for maybe when it was my job to make sure it wasn’t there) or a typo.
I do, however, have a huge, grammar-related pet peeve. My skin crawls when I hear someone use or pronounce a word incorrectly — especially if they do it repeatedly after being told the correct usage or pronunciation.

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The figs are making their comeback

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Fig trees, once a must for the home orchard, are again becoming a favorite of homeowners wanting to grow fresh fruit. The increasing popularity is nothing new; figs have been cultivated in the Eastern Mediterranean area for thousands of years and were brought to the United States in 1769 by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries.

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