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July 24th, 2017

Is counseling needed for O.K.’s eBay obsession? as Tech great

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I thought I had whipped my obsession with eBay.
’Fraid not.
Now it’s sports bobbleheads and autographed baseball cards, two areas of my memorabilia collection that had been lacking prior to my love affair with eBay.
No surprise: it was a Mickey Mantle giveaway at Yankee Stadium last summer that kick started my liking of the “bobbies.”
The same item given to fans could be purchased on the online shopping company app.
Next thing I knew, I had “The Mick” arriving in the mail, all packaged with the preciseness of an astute Brink’s bank heister.

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Tech’s Dugas on Outland Watch List

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The Bulldogs are once again represented on a national preseason watch list as Louisiana Tech offensive lineman O’Shea Dugas has been named to the 2017 Outland Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America has announced.

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July 22nd

Chamber loses money on Peach Festival

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Tropical Depression Cindy blamed for poor attendance

A lack of attendance caused by Tropical Depression Cindy and a last-minute decision to reduce admission prices are the reasons the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce losing money on the 2017 Louisiana Peach Festival, Chamber President Judy Copeland said Friday.
This year’s festival had a $1.29 million local economic impact, according to figures released by the Chamber, the group that produces the annual summer celebration. That number is $1.08 million less than last year’s figure, $2.37 million.

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Opportunity to serve

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First local elected state FFA leader in 60 years
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In 1953, Billy Ray Pesnell was selected to serve as the Future Farmers of America state president — 64 years later, it’s Isabel Oakley’s turn.
While Pesnell, now a Shreveport attorney, doesn’t remember a lot about his experiences in FFA, he does remember the lessons they taught him.
“I became a member at Ruston High School and was active in the FFA during my entire tenure at RHS,” Pesnell, pictured above, standing second from left, said.

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GSU alumna named Dallas Police Chief

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A Grambling State University alumna has been named Dallas’ first female police chief.
Ulysha Renee Hall, a 1994 GSU graduate, will leave her position as deputy chief of her hometown Detroit to take overs as Dallas chief on Sept. 5.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” Hall said. “I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our officers and the entire Dallas community.”

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Peach Royalty crowned

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Aubrey Marie Summersgill, left in photo at top, was crowned Miss Princess Peach 2018 on Saturday in the annual festival pageant. With her are Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen Gracie Reichman, center, and Princess Peach 2017 Rylie Jean Nations, right. Molly Humphries, right in photo at bottom, was crowned Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2018 by MIss Dixie Gem Peach 2017 Alexandra Gullino.

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Park upgrades encouraging

Residents may notice some changes around Lincoln Parish Park soon, as the staff begin putting the $180,000 earned from their sale of lake water to local oil and gas companies to use.
On the top of Park Director James Ramsaur’s “to-do” list are the upgrades to existing campsites.
Each of these sites currently has only gravel or sand platforms RVs or other non-tent equipment.
Now, when the construction thta’s underway is finished, each of the campsites will have concrete platforms with gates surrounding the backside of the site.

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Louisiana is the place where I want to be

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What does that proverb mean? It means that beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.
That line of thinking definitely is true for me.
According to a recent ranking conducted by CNBC based on the new organization’s “CNBC’s ‘America’s Top State for Business” study, Louisiana is listed as one of the worst places to live in the country, setting the state ahead of only Alabama and netting only a 87 on the 300-point ‘quality of life’ scale.

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Being prepared for the upcoming school year

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A meal can be a simple sandwich, or it may consist of different items on the same dish. Normally my focus is on one topic. Today, though, I present a “meal” of different topics; none of them are broccoli or cauliflower. (I extend my apologies to both of you who love those vegetables.)
August is nearly upon us together with the annual excitement of the advent of fall. That brings the start of school, at all levels, with the parallel excitement of football season.

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Reader thanks community for help with Peach Festival

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The great Vince Lombardi once said, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” With that in mind, the Ruston–Lincoln Chamber of Commerce would like to stop and thank all who contributed to the combined effort that allowed this year’s Louisiana Peach Festival to go on in spite of Tropical Storm Cindy’s descent on Lincoln Parish.

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