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June 17th, 2017

The question: Doodle soc or go wacky?

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To be a serious bass fishermen today, you might need to mortgage the house and hold off on paying for your kid’s college tuition for a few years. Some bass boats cost more than the first house I bought brand new. With reels with computer chips and rods made of the latest space-age materials, fishing line the diameter of a spider web but strong enough to pull a mule out of a bog, and don’t get me started on lures.

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Ex-student teacher arrested

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Ruston police have arrested a former Ouachita Parish educator on sex crime charges stemming from when he was a student teacher at Ruston High School.

Christian Jamaal Amos, 25, of Ruston, was arrested Thursday and charged with nonconsensual disclosure of a private image and prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student.

Amos allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a RHS student during the 2015-16 school year, Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said. The male student never filed a complaint with authorities, Williams said.

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Grambling celebrates Juneteenth Festival

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State Rep. Patrick Jefferson (D-Homer) throws candy to parade attendees Saturday during the festival’s annual parade in downtown Grambling.

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Peach Parade to roll through downtown

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There’s nothing better to kick off a celebration than a parade.
When Ruston celebrates Christmas, it all starts with a parade.
And when Louisiana Tech University celebrates Homecoming, it all starts with a parade.
It’s for that reason organizers hope that thousands of fest goers will “Give Peach a Chance” and again line the streets of Ruston on Saturday as the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Parades rolls through downtown when the festival kicks into high gear.
While Peach Fest activities begin on Friday, the parade is the thing that many feel kicks off the summer celebration.

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‘God was watching that child’

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Barking dog, family and first responders save toddler
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Four days before the Wednesday that Megan Faulkner will never forget, she was talking with an acquaintance about enrolling her 16-month-old son in baby swimming lessons.
She didn’t know that before the week was out, she would help save her child from a near drowning in a backyard swimming pool.
Ruston Fire Department officials said Faulkner’s performing what they called “instinctual CPR” saved the toddler’s life.
But the story of little Kipp Faulkner’s experience is more than that.

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Lawmakers pass budget

Louisiana legislators have finally passed a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and some of the biggest winners in the final package are higher education students in Lincoln Parish.

Passage also ended the Legislature’s special session Friday afternoon, a few days ahead of the Monday deadline for the session to end.

Gov. John Bel Edwards praised the new budget.

“This is a prudent budget. It is a conservative budget. And I am proud of that,” Edwards said.

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Reader thanks dog, paramedics

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It was Wednesday, June 7; a beautiful ordinary day. Daddy Thom had gone to his job. Mother Megan and Baby Kip went to grandparents Staci and Gary Faulkner where she and Staci sell their “Baby Darden” baby garments.
Megan and Staci were in the sewing room. Gary was in his office and Baby Kip was playing with his companion Charlie the dog.
The back door to the patio and pool had been inadvertently left open.
Suddenly, the dog went into hysterics in the back yard. Staci heard the dog and went to see what caused her to go crazy.

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Father's Day: Time for rememberance

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Father’s Day is always special for me as a day I set aside time to spend with my daughters and treasure the value of family time spent together.
But it’s also a day I treasure for remembering my dad and the father-like figures who have played such a crucial role in helping me become the man — and father — I am today.

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Juneteenth Festival deemed a success

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Top Left: Local residents cruise down Main Street in downtown Grambling during the 45th annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival.
Top Right: Juneteenth festivalgoers walk down the hill at the entrance of Grambling City Park to enjoy the festivities going on for Juneteenth Fest.
Middle Left: Grambling State University president Rick Gallot throws GSU beads to Juneteenth festivalgoers on Saturday.
Middle Right: Members of the Dance Company Style of Life, above, show off their dance moves during the parade Saturday at Juneteenth Festival.

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Grambling celebrates heritage, community

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Top Left: From left, Little Miss Juneteenth 2017 Charity Willis, 10, Miss Junior Juneteenth 2017 Jade Smith, 11, and Miss Juneteenth 2017 Amaya Wright listen to Alter Ego, of Shreveport, during the festival hours of Juneteenth Saturday.
Top Right: American Legion Post 593 members throw candy and wave to parade attendees at the Juneteenth Fest parade Saturday.
Middle Left: From left, Ciara Caldwell, 6, and Jaylon Mayfield, 5, enjoy a delicious snowball during the festival portion of Juneteenth Festival.

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