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June 18th, 2014

Calvary kids donate items to help local babies

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The staff at Life Choices of North Central Louisiana is thankful to the kids of Calvary Baptist Church for their donation of diapers, wipes and other baby-related items. The children’s group chose Life Choices as one of several organizations to serve during their Children’s Ministry Mission Impact Week.

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Bird migration lecture set for June 24 at LPL

The Lincoln Parish Library will host “Freedom of Flight: Bird Migration and Navigation” presented by Timothy Keyes at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Library Events Center.
Birds have a remarkable homing instinct, allowing them to return to the same area year after year, even when their migration takes them halfway around the world. In North America, most bird species migrate to some extent, with more than 350 species traveling to the tropics each fall.

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Summer raises skin’s risks

While summer doesn’t officially begin until Saturday, temperatures have been steady in the 80s and 90s for the past few weeks.
The warm weather has many people hitting the beach, heading out to the garden or enjoying a variety of other outdoor activities. While many people enjoy the tanned skin that comes along with these activities, the truth is tanned skin is not healthy.

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Overlay makes everybody happy

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You have to hand it to Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. It’s reached a success level that few, if any, public bodies ever attain. On June 2, the board of aldermen made everybody happy.
That’s the night the board unanimously approved the city’s first neighborhood conservation overlay district. The historic vote came after the board also unanimously agreed to remove from the plan one street that’s on the edge of the new district.
Suddenly — well, maybe not so suddenly — both supporters of and challengers to the original plan were happy.

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LSP: Road rage incident results in assault arrest

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A Ruston man was arrested after allegedly pointing a gun at another motorist on Interstate 20 in Ouachita Parish.
On Monday, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F arrested 56-year-old James Robinson, of Ruston, for aggravated assault following an alleged road rage incident.
Around 8:45 a.m., Troop F received a phone call from a motorist traveling east on Interstate 20 near the Cheniere Drew exit. The motorist called to tell troopers that she was involved in a road rage incident and the other motorist reportedly pointed a gun at her.

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June 17th

Former GSU football signee killed

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A 2012 Grambling State University football signee was shot and killed Friday in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office reported that Shaquille Purifoy, 22, was shot in the head about 7:30 Friday night in the 8400 block of Country Walk Drive. He was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where died on Saturday.
A police report said that investigators arrested 39-year-old Xavier Tyrone Moore for the shooting on Saturday night.

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Tech hires Jenkins as golf coach

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Louisiana Tech athletics director Tommy McClelland announced the hiring of Jeff Jenkins as the Bulldogs’ new head golf coach Monday.
Jenkins replaces Jeff Parks who resigned to pursue other opportunities.
“We are excited to have Jeff Jenkins and the experience that he brings to the table as our next head coach,” McClelland said. “He comes highly recommended and he has been a part of one of the better golf programs in our region at Texas Tech. We believe that he is the right person to lead our program to the next level.”

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Benson boogies way into La. Sports HOF

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There are many paths to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and each visitor must find his or her own way.
Some take the Expressway, the swift and direct route, never detouring off the beaten path. Others take the back roads, enduring the potholes, the bumps and the hazards. Eventually, however, all reach their destination in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
The same is true for the Hall of Fame inductees. Some get there swiftly and surely, while others have to find their way. And some have to make their own way.

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Gallot exits race for judge

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After much consideration, Sen. Rick Gallot has made the decision to drop out of the race for the 3rd Judicial District judgeship.
“Since the end of the 2014 regular session of the Louisiana legislature, I have had the opportunity to enjoy some much needed quiet time and quality time with my wife and sons,” Gallot said. “After considerable prayer and contemplation, I have decided not to seek the office of Judge for the 3rd Judicial District Court.”

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LPDC garden flourishes

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Inmate work helps provide food for prison, public
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Two Lincoln Parish Detention Center inmates kneel straddling a soft hill of dirt. The sharp tines of a pitchfork come down quickly between the two, loosening the damp earth.
The men shift through the soil, lifting red potatoes out of the hills, wiping them clean and tossing them in a large, white plastic bucket. The three inmates move methodically down the row until it’s clean. The yield: 207 pounds of potatoes — from only one row.

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