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June 21st, 2014

2014 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Photo Gallery

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT • Top left: Former Ouachita Christian and Houston Astros pitcher Shane Reynolds took his turn meeting the press on Thursday. Top Right: Former LSU and NFL offensive lineman Alan Faneca showed he’s now much leaner than he was in his football playing days. Bottom Left: Pictured is Lionel Washington during Thursday’s Class of 2014 press conference in Natchitoches.

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Here are seven parish HOF candidates

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Another well-deserving class was recognized with the state’s highest honor in sports on Saturday night in Natchitoches.
Among the honorees: former Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball star Venus Lacy.
Now, who’s next from Lincoln Parish to be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame?
Here’s seven names worthy of consideration:
• PAT PATTERSON: The lovable native of Delhi made friends as if they grew on trees.

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Catalog triggers fishing memories

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Molido Creek ran cool and clear, meandering beneath the beeches and ancient oaks half a mile below our house.
Come summertime, I’d shuck my shoes, grab my fishing gear and head to Molido to lob a Hawaiian Wiggler next to cypress roots, hoping a bass would be fooled. I usually only caught jackfish, ugly as sin and outfitted with fierce teeth and most times when one bit, the sorry rascal would sever my fishing line and swim off with my lure.

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Macaluso inducted into State Sports Hall of Fame

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Versatility has been one of the hallmarks of a nearly 4 1/2-decade career in sports journalism for the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Joe Macaluso is the 2014 Distinguished Service Award winner by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Covering a variety of sports, which also includes outdoors reporting as well as hosting a weekly television show, are the things that earned Macaluso the nod from among 17 candidates nominated for the Distinguished Service Award — the most prestigious honor offered to sports media in the state.

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State sports shrine makes for joyous June

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This weekend is one of my favorites on the annual sports calendar.
For someone who appreciates the tradition of athletics’ success in our state, it doesn’t get any better than being in Natchitoches in mid-June.
It’s the 2014 edition of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, where another outstanding class of legendary performers are honored.
I’ve noted this before in other blogs and columns, but will offer it one more time: our state’s roll call of members can stack up against anybody’s in the country.

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Make festival Peach Perfect

This year’s 2014 Louisiana Peach Festival is only six days away and the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce still needs volunteers to help in the many activities and events set for the weekend.
One major event added to the festival is the Peach Stop where local residents have been competing for a $1,000 prize package from the game.
The game works kind of like a Bingo game. Individuals who want to play get a peach passport — that’s the playing card —take the passport to as many participating businesses as they can and get the card stamped to verify their visit.

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School: Thanks for great week

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Lincoln Center teachers and staff are thankful to our supporters during Appreciation Week. Those supporters are Dowling’s, Papa Johns, Popeye’s, Raising Cane’s, Subway and Janie Humphries. It was a great week. Thank you!
Tyler Price
Ruston

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Bravo to University Hills area

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Bravo to the people living in the University Hills area who want stricter laws for their neighborhood. What they have done is bring out the “elephant in the room” that nobody in Ruston really wants to talk about — that unfortunately there are some students that just make plain lousy neighbors.
Ruston wants the money the students bring, but nobody really wants them in their neighborhood.
If you are a student reading this letter and are getting all insulted over it, you have identified yourself as just the ones I am talking about.

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What would have happend if?

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“I wonder what would have happened if...?”
In pondering history I often ask this question. Here are short examples.
I wonder what would have happened if  Robert E. Lee had accepted the position as Chief General of the forces of the United States at the beginning of the civil war?  In my opinion, the Civil War would not have lasted over a year; there would have been a cessation of hostilities; slavery would not have been abolished.  That of course is all subject to debate.

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Smelly spray can be lifesaver

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The other night, I was sitting at the dinner table about to get to the task of cleaning up, when all of a sudden I noticed that my foot was fiercely itchy. I looked down and saw a red bump somewhere between the size of a pencil tip and eraser.
My first thought was perhaps a spider or ant had bitten me, but then, my brother-in-law who was visiting suggested it looked like a mosquito bite.

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