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July 15th, 2017

Remembering July's purple thumbs

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It was an annual rite of summer when I was growing up.
Every July my mother, sister and I would head north from New Orleans for an extended trip to the Piney Hills of north Louisiana with one goal in mind: to bring back ice chests — several at least, if not more — filled with fresh, small, white cream peas along with purple hull peas that had been blanched and bagged — to stock our deep freezer until the next summer.

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Detention Center needs help

Last October, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury began discussing the possibility of helping the Lincoln Parish Detention Center expand its facility.
In the October meeting, jurors heard from Jim Tuten, warden of the detention center, who explained to the committee that the additions to the center would mostly be a new segregation wing and a trustee dormitory.
“These additions would be a new segregation wing and it would have 10 isolations cells and each of those cells would be a two-person cell,” he said. “It would also have in it a padded cell and showers and storage.”

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GSU begins $1M fundraiser

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Grambling State University, Grambling University Foundation, Inc. and the Grambling University National Alumni Association are calling on all alumni, students and supporters of the university to help raise $1 million for “continued institutional growth and the execution the execution of the University’s mission.”
The primary focuses of the fundraiser are to support scholarships, encourage endowment growth, improve athletic facilities, gain faculty support for research and various other needs for the university, said Marc Newman, GSU’s advancement vice president.

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East Kentucky bridge reopens Monday

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The rebuilt East Kentucky Avenue Bridge is scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Monday.
The two-lane bridge has been closed since the end of May for widening and shoring along the portion of Colvin Creek that runs beneath the span.
But officials caution motorists to be aware that when the bridge reopens, the project won’t be finished. Construction crews will still be working around the roadway through October, John Freeman, Ruston’s construction projects supervisor, said Friday.

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‘A world of fun for kids with special needs’

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For 30 years, MedCamps of Louisiana has served thousands of special needs youth from the region to experience one of America’s greatest pastimes — summer camp.
“You get introduced to a whole new world at camp,” said Caleb Seney, MedCamps director. “It’s just a really special place.”

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Local grads donate items

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Recent high school graduates Sarfraz Ahmed, shown here, and Davis Glen Ellis have donated clocks and a utility wagon to the Pine Hills Advocacy Center using proceeds from a lemonade stand the two set up in downtown Ruston. Pine Hills Director Julia Summersgill said the surprise gifts were items the center needed for its counseling and forensic interview rooms. Ahmed is a 2017 Cedar Creek School graduate; Ellis, a Ruston High grad.

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July 14th

Former juror remembered for ‘heart of gold’

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Former Lincoln Parish Police Juror Annie Brown is being remembered today for her “heart of gold” and dedication to the community causes in which she was involved.
Brown, 88, died July 5. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling.
“Mrs. Brown will be deeply missed. She has helped a lot of people — not just in District 10, but in all of the districts,” Nancy Wilson, Brown’s successor in the District 10 seat, said.
“She is very well known and she had a heart of gold, and she does have a legacy that remains to be filled.”

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Woman robbed in parking lot

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Ruston Police seek public’s help in locating suspect

Ruston police are asking the public’s help in locating the suspect in an armed robbery that occurred Thursday night in the parking lot of a local motel.
The incident happened at approximately 10:25 p.m. at the Motel 6, located on 1105 North Trenton St.
According to police, the victim had pulled into the parking lot to go to her room and was still seated in her vehicle when a man armed with a handgun confronted her. The man demanded the victim’s purse.
The two struggled and the suspect fled, running west towards Coushatta Street, police said.

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Tech’s Barnes on Groza Watch List

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Louisiana Tech kicker Jonathan Barnes has been named to the 2017 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List, it was announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission on Wednesday.
Barnes is one of only three kickers named to the watch list who have previously been named semifinalists twice, while a total of 30 players around the country are featured on the preseason watch list for the honor that will be awarded to the nation’s top kicker.

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NCLAC announces fall activities

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Happy Fall from the North Central Louisiana Arts Council office. Yes, we know it’s really summer — we’re definitely feeling the heat when we step outside — but inside the office we have all things autumn in mind. We’re currently planning our exciting fall and winter events, so grab your calendar and mark these dates because you don’t want to miss out on these great cultural activities in Ruston.

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