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August 30th, 2014

Deer herd released in area 50 years ago

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My dad, T.E. “Doc” Harris died in 1976 after a 30-year career with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) as a predator control trapper. I still remember the name of his first supervisor, Joe Miller. I also remember his supervisor’s name when he retired. It was another Joe; Joe Herring.

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August 29th

Aftermath of WWI will be on display

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Louisiana Tech University’s exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of World War I opens at its Enterprise Center on Sept. 26. The show is sponsored by the Bank of Ruston. This article — the fourth and last publicizing the anniversary and exhibit — surveys publications that will be on display that address the immediate aftermath of the fighting.

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Do-nothin’ days are good for everyone

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I’ve done it again — put off writing my column until late at night. Here’s hoping my brain is not at sleepy as I am. I should have reminded myself earlier of my dad’s  admonition, “Procrastination is neither a Baptist doctrine, nor a virtue.”  OK, let’s take it from here.
This is the end of a great day for me. I gave myself a lazy do-nothin’ day off. I didn’t even go down for meals, just snacked in my apartment all day. I did start off with a normal breakfast, but the other meals consisted of finishing off all the leftovers.

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Football season is back

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Football season kicks into high gear this weekend as area high schools play jamborees while colleges began their seasons. Ruston High will play host to West Ouachita in a 6 p.m. jamboree tonight at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium while Cedar Creek will take on North Webster in a jamboree at Haynesville High School. Grambling State and Louisiana Tech both kick off their seasons at 6 p.m. Saturday. Grambling State will open at Lamar while Kenneth Dixon (pictured above) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs start things off on the road against highly-ranked Oklahoma.

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Domestic abuse arrest made

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Man allegedly strangles pregnant girlfriend
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After a foot pursuit, Ruston Police Department officers were able to apprehend the suspect in an alleged domestic abuse battery case involving the strangulation of a reportedly pregnant woman.
According to the arrest affidavit, officers responded to West Vaughn Avenue where the complainant described the suspect as a black male wearing blue gym shorts and a white T-shirt.
The complainant identified the male as Ladevin L. Patterson, 22, of 114 McCallister St., her current live-in boyfriend.

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Union Parish Driver killed

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At 4:12 p.m. Thursday, troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 33 north of Louisiana Highway 151 that took the life of a Downsville woman.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 GMC Acadia, driven by 74-year-old Patricia Holloway, of Downsville, was traveling north on Louisiana Highway 33 when it lost control, crossed the centerline and drove off the left side of the road. The GMC then traveled into a ditch and struck a tree.

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Mudd Mania benefit set

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A benefit event for Neil Crenshaw, a Choudrant resident and disabled veteran, has been set for Sept. 6.
Heidi Peters, coordinator for the event, said she has known Crenshaw and his family for many years.
“We’re friends with Neil and have seen his progression and we wanted to be able to help,” she said. “Neil served in the Gulf War and as a result has a protein deficiency that has caused the deep veins in his legs to clot, so there is n o blood flow.”
Peters said Crenshaw has been without work for more than one year.

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Harrison announces school board candidacy

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Mattie Mae Harrison has once again made the decision to run for the Lincoln Parish School Board District 1 seat.
Harrison, who has served her district as a school board member for the past 16 years, said she is grateful to the people in Lincoln Parish for allowing her to have had the opportunity thus far.
“I’m a firm believer in the Lincoln Parish School System — that every child needs to be provided a quality education and every child can be successful,” Harrison said. “I take this roll very seriously and prioritize it.”

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Boom or bust: ’Dogs set for Sooners

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Tech facing tough season-opening test at highly-ranked Oklahoma
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It couldn’t be any tougher of a test for the new-look Bulldogs as Louisiana Tech hits the road to play Top 5-ranked Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
That contest is only part of a tough opening slate for Tech that will include games against Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas and Auburn.

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GSU hoping to run past Lamar

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GRAMBLING — First-year Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs hopes to see his team get off to a fast start Saturday as the Tigers open the 2014 season on the road at Lamar.
That means playing “basketball on grass” — creating a fast-paced, high-powered offense that can light up a scoreboard in a hurry.
“It means playing fast, playing hard, and I think it also means playing to your strengths because we feel we have some kids that can run,” Fobbs said.

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