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July 2nd, 2014

Watch parties draw thousands

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — They turned out by the tens of thousands, some painted in red, white and blue, waving flags and chanting “I Believe!” in city parks, stadiums and sports bars from coast to coast on Tuesday to watch the U.S. national soccer team play Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup.
Some were die-hard soccer fans. Others were newcomers, spurred on by the rising tide of support for the national team in the world’s biggest tournament.
They left without what they wanted: a win.

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Safety first with fireworks

Ah, the Fourth of July. It’s a holiday that’s synonymous with “the rockets’ red glare,” sparklers and fireworks shot off in the driveway or around the neighborhood.
Yet the excitement of fireworks can also bring pain. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, on average, 240 people go to hospital emergency rooms with firework-related in injuries in the month around the Independence Day holiday.
To avoid making one of those visits, both the Consumer Products Safety Commission and the American Red Cross offer some simple safety tips for holiday fireworks use.

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Mayfield's good works live on

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I don’t remember the first time I saw Elmore Mayfield. But I remember the last time. It was June 2, at what would be the final Ruston Board of Aldermen meeting that Mayfield would attend.
He came in as usual, carrying a cold can of Diet Coke and flashing what his long-time friend Ruston Fire Chief James Austin calls “an infectious smile.” He sat at the same place he sat for years — 21 years to be exact as aldermen representing the city’s District 2.

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Man arrested on burglary charges

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A Ruston man has been arrested by the Ruston Police Department on burglary related charges.
Clint Williams, RPD public information officer, said they were contacted regarding the burglary of a residence on West Alabama Avenue.
“The victim reported that an unknown person entered their residence and stole items including a backpack and wallet,” Williams said. “The victim provided the detectives with the Criminal Investigative Division with video footage of the exterior of the residence.”

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July 1st

Choudrant man cited for failing to stop

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An Arcadia woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a three vehicle collision occurring on Monday at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 33 and Louisiana Highway 821.
Louisiana State Police, along with the Ruston Fire Department/EMS, Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office, responded to the call at 5:32 p.m.
Albert Paxton, LSP-F public information officer, said the preliminary investigation revealed that a 1993 Ford truck driven by Gregory Hinton, 42, of Choudrant, was traveling west on Hwy 821.

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Taylor lived pilot’s dream, fought in three U.S. wars

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Ira Taylor sits at his cluttered dining room table studying the directions for his latest project, a balsa wood model of an old bi-plane. The struts, he says, need to be redone.
Taylor, 89, of Ruston, knows a lot about airplanes — real ones, as well as the vast collections of models that hang from the ceiling in his bedroom and fill his hobby room downstairs.
Taylor flew combat missions in two wars and was a base engineer in a third.
“It scared the hell out of you at times,” he said about his experiences in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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New mosquito concerns arise

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Sitting outside enjoying cool summer breezes is a favorite pastime of many North Louisiana residents. Swatting mosquitoes, however, is a constant battle when enjoying the great outdoors during summer months.
While West Nile Virus has long pushed many individuals to spritz on bug spray, Kellie Lowery, director of the local Vector Disease Control International office, said there’s a new concern this year.
“This is a disease that the (Centers for Disease Control) and World Health Organization are watching,” Lowery said.

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Succulents require special attention to thrive

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In recent years succulent plants have become popular additions to the landscape. Succulent (Latin: succos = juice, sap) plants from more than 60 families and 300 genera have evolved special thickened water-storage tissues. By making the most of scarce available moisture, succulents can survive in habitats that are far too dry for most other plants.

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Watch party set for TAC

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A watch parties for today’s World Cup match pitting Team USA against Belgium will be held at the Thomas Assembly Center on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
The match is set to start at 3 p.m.
People wanting to attend will need to provide their own food and drink.
Ruston High School soccer coach Joe Aulds and his players have been participating in indoor summer workouts with other area high schools in the Lambright Center and has incorporated game-watch parties as part of those sessions but today that group will join the festivities at the TAC.

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Diamond ’Dogs add Wells

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Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Greg Goff announced Tuesday the addition of former Mississippi State assistant, Jake Wells, as an assistant coach to the Bulldog coaching staff.
Wells, a former player under Goff at the University of Montevallo in 2004-05, comes to Tech after serving two seasons as the coordinator of camps and volunteer assistant coach at Mississippi State.

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