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June 28th, 2017

Local VFW warns area residents of recent scam

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Ruston’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4742 is warning area residents of a scam it has learned of that has been occurring across Ruston in recent months.
VFW Post 4742 Commander J.D. Harper said he was reminded of the scam over the weekend as he was attending a state VFW meeting in Baton Rouge.
“My wife called and said that there was a man at an interstate exit ramp red light saying that he was collecting money for the local VFW post,” Harper said. “He was asked if he knew J.D. Harper and he just looked at her funny, like ‘who is that and why are you asking?’

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Reader calls for political civility

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These are troubling and challenging times for our country. Turmoil throughout the world and anti-American attitudes pose a real threat to all of us and our way of life. A united, focused and effective effort must be maintained by our government to protect our country and our citizens.
This same effort is essential to meeting the economic, health care, infrastructure, education and budgetary responsibilities.
To effectively address the awesome tasks both here and abroad, our country must first deal with the enemy from within: an enemy we have created ourselves.

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Climate: Something's going on

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Here’s an absolute fact: Scientists disagree on global warming. Some say it’s real. Some say it isn’t. Others say the jury’s still out.
The dictionary defines global warming as “an increase in the earth’s average atmospheric temperature that causes corresponding changes in climate and that may result from the greenhouse effect.”
So what’s the greenhouse effect? It’s a phenomenon supposedly caused when increased qualities of gas, like carbon dioxide, trap the sun’s heat, causing a gradual rise in the temperature of Earth’s atmosphere.

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Help local business during summer months

When Grambling State and Louisiana Tech Universities’ students leave for summer break, that’s potentially up to 20,000 potential customers that leave the community.
Business can lose upwards of 25 percent business during the summer time when summer enrollment is significantly smaller than traditional academic years, said Tsegai Emmanuel, GSU management professor.
“Summer business slows down a lot,” he said. “There’s no buyers or students.”

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GSU women’s ho0ps team adds seven signees

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University head women’s basketball coach Freddie Murray has announced the signing of seven student-athletes who will play for the Lady Tigers in the 2017-18 season. The group features three junior college transfers and four players who just completed their high school careers.

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Neaux Geaux for LSU’s title hopes

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Florida sweeps Tigers in CWS finals to claim national championship
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Maybe this wasn’t Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan’s best team. It is, however, his first national championship team.
A year after the Gators went two games and out at the College World Series with a team seeded No. 1 and loaded with high draft picks, they won five of six in Omaha and completed a sweep of Southeastern Conference rival LSU in the finals with a 6-1 victory Tuesday night.

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June 27th

Local student places in national competition

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A former Ruston Junior High School seventh grader recently placed fourth in the 2016 National You Be the Chemist Competition in Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Gunasekaran, 13, received scholarship money, a TI-84 Plus calculator and other science-related prizes.
You Be the Chemist Competitions are contests in which students are questioned on science and chemistry-related material throughout a day-long, 11-round of academic challenge.
Jonathan represented Lincoln Parish in the last two national competitions.

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Lowest fee increase in a decade approved

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Louisiana Tech University students will see a $136 increase in student fees per academic quarter while Grambling State University students will not after the University of Louisiana System executive committee special meeting recently approved fee changes for its nine universities.

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Celebrating 100 years

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Former Ruston resident, Nona Mae Oliver Hall, celebrated her 100th birthday on June 17. Hall recently moved to Arizona to be near her daughter, Shirley White, of Phoenix. She is also the mother of Esther Mumford, of Seattle, and Debra Sapp, of Houston.
She was married to Shellie Otis Hall for 52 years. She is a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and has been a long-time member of the Morning Star, Chapter No. 43, Eastern Star Masonic Order.

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Students, teachers attend LA GEAR-UP Conference

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On May 11-13, 250 Louisiana students converged in the Shreveport Convention Center to talk and learn about their futures.
The LA GEAR UP Conference, funded through the U.S. Department of Education and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, aims to prepare elementary, middle and high school students for post-secondary education, including college.
LA GEAR UP is short for Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

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