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July 17th, 2014

Tech journalism students, staff earn several awards

Faculty, staff and students from Louisiana Tech University’s journalism department shined in three competitions this summer.
Overall, students received six awards from the Associated Press Media Editors competition and eight awards from the Louisiana Press Association. Faculty and staff, who also work part time for The Ruston Daily Leader, received two awards from LPA, 15 awards from APME and one award from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

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July 16th

Local teen benefits from Youth ChalleNGe

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Ponder works to inspire others
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The Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program is turning young people’s lives around and Ruston native Preston Ponder is living proof of that.
“I had some problems I had to stand up to and not run away from,” Ponder said. “I went to Youth ChalleNGe for six months mainly because I thought it was the best choice.”
Last summer, right before the start of his senior year in high school, Ponder was arrested for selling marijuana. He spent three days in jail, where he said he had time to reevaluate his life choices.

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Man faces battery, drug charges

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies made an arrest early this morning after a pregnant woman was reportedly beaten.
At 1:54 a.m., LPSO deputies traveling down Louisiana Highway 145 witnessed a woman in distress at East Emory Road.
The deputy reportedly made contact with the victim and noticed she had blood on her right arm, along with several bruises on her face, neck, arms, back and a swollen left jaw.
She reported to police she wanted to seek medical attention because she is three months pregnant.
The victim told police her boyfriend, Charles Bradley Jr., had beaten her.

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Altitude Vapor Lounge helps some to stop lighting up

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Manager: E-cigs safer than originals
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Anyone looking for an alternative to traditional smoking is invited to check out Altitude Vapor Lounge located at 975 Tech Drive, Suite 4.
The vapor lounge is the first of its kind in Ruston and Lounge Manager Jarrod Page said it’s a sign of progress and acceptance that their doors are open in town.

“Ruston is a very sound city,” Page said.

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Barmore receives quilt

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Nell Barmore, of Dubach, won the 2014 Peach Festival donation quilt made by the ladies of the Piney Hills Quilt Guild. Each year the guild puts together a quilt to raise money for MedCamps, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and Life Choices. The guild offers thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and the women who worked on the project. Those interested in joining the Piney Hills Quilt Guild can attend the meetings held at 9:30 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at Grace United Methodist Church in the CLC.

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K-9 Pool Party to wrap up pool season Aug. 2-3

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After opening on June 24, four sessions of swimming lessons and nine weeks of frolicking in our basin, the 480,000-gallon Municipal Pool on Georgia Street will be closing July 25.
However, the City of Ruston Parks and Recreation Department will be opening our hearts and pool to the canine citizens of Lincoln Parish. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 2 and from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 3, the pool is going to go to the dogs and will become the coolest place to be in the city for our hot hounds.

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Lincoln library celebrates 10

On Thursday, the Lincoln Parish Library is celebrating 10 years at its current location — 910 N. Trenton St.
In May, the Library Board of Control decided the best way to commemorate this occasion was by giving something back to the community, while also attempting to regain some of the books that patrons have accidentally forgotten to return back to the library. But, never willing to overlook an opportunity to provide some fun for patrons as well, library administrators decided to add a fun twist.

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Believing in equality now and then

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When I was 10 years old, American history changed course. It had nothing to do with me. It had everything to do with the few seconds that it took President Lyndon Johnson to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The landmark legislation, enacted 50 years ago this month, made it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The goal was to end discrimination in schools, workplaces and public facilities and prohibit unequal application of voter registration requirements.

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Anytime Fitness takes RPAR coed title

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Anytime Fitness pulled away in the sixth inning Monday night to defeat Glove Love 25-16 and capture the Ruston Park and Recreation Department’s coed softball championship. Pictured above is the Anytime Fitness team consisting of (front row, left to right) Brittany Brasell, Hannah Terrell, Dani Pendarvis, Petula Jones and Whitney Haddox. Back row (left to right): Drew Pendarvis, Forrest Hummel, David Welch, Chris Sharp and Sontus Mitchell. Pictured below is the Glove Love team (front row left to right) Jon Lee Avery, Andy Smith, Dakota Doss, Garrett Terry and Bolton Warren.

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July 15th

Jones appointed to District No. 2

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has appointed Rosalind Jones to fill the unexpired term of the late District 2 Alderman Elmore Mayfield.
Jones’ appointment came despite requests from two of Mayfield’s brothers that the board name his daughter, Angela Spiller, to the post. Both women were nominated, with Jones elected on a 3-1 vote.
“I’m happy to have the appointment,” Jones, who’s the executive director of Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish, said. “I see a lot of room for improvement in District 2.”

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