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July 24th, 2017

Man dies in Lake D’Arbonne plane crash

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FARMERVILLE — A Monroe man was killed Sunday when the single-engine aircraft he was piloting crashed into Lake D’Arbonne.
Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said the Federal Aviation Administration will likely order an autopsy to determine how 71-year-old David Lockard died.
Lockard’s Facebook profile states he was employed by Ruston Aviation. Someone answering the phone at Ruston Aviation this morning said they could not confirm he was employed by the company.

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Fruit of their labor: Detention Center garden reaps savings for taxpayers

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Most residents who drive by the Lincoln Parish Detention Center don’t take a second glance at the large garden in the front of the compound, but that produce saves thousands of tax dollars each year, Warden Jim Tuten said.
In fact, the gardens saved taxpayers $10,000 last year in the kitchen alone, he said.
Created in 2014, the idea for the garden came from Tuten.

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Cultural District Board selects 11 designs

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The Ruston Cultural District Board announced this morning the artists who will be a part of the Bulldog Project.

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Do not give up: Try, try and try again

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Try, try again.
One of life’s simplest and richest pleasures for me is to carefully unwrap the silver paper off a Hershey Kiss and pop it my mouth.
I never chew — I just roll it on my tongue and let it melt in my mouth. Ahhhh, just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
My family loves to use the Hershey chocolate bar on graham crackers with a melted marshmallow for a good old fashioned s’more.
But do you know that these two favorites of mine almost never were?

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Finding ways to get help in your darkest hour

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The topic of suicide is not an easy topic to discuss. This past October, a friend I grew up with took his own life. Our moms were very close so we spent a lot of time together growing up. Although we had grown apart, hearing the news of his passing was a shock. No mother should have to bury her son.

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I realized I am turning into my parents

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Mama’s birthday was Saturday. She would have been 104.
For this reason — and several others, as you will see — the song “Help, I’m Turning into My Parents” has been on my mind. My Sweet Adelines chorus sang this song several years ago, and I’ve never forgotten the concept.
Here are the key lines: “Help, I’m turning into my parents, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, turning into my mom, turning into my dad. I like my folks a lot; that doesn’t mean I want to be ‘em. This situation’s very sad.”
Other favorites:

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Grambling State alumna deserves newest position

Grambling State University and the city of Dallas have plenty to celebrate after Ulysha Renee Hall, a 1994 GSU graduate, was named Dallas’ first female police chief this past week.
Hall, who earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from GSU, is a Tiger through and through and said her experience at GSU helped her both personally and professionally.
“Everyone there makes you feel part of a family,” said Hall, who attended GSU from 1989-94. “Being surrounded by black professionals was rewarding and I was able to connect with people form everywhere in the country.”

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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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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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