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June 27th, 2014

White completes ’Dogs hoops staff with Nichols

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Two days after filling one vacant assisting coaching position, Louisiana Tech men’s basketball head coach Michael White quickly found himself having to fill another.
His search concluded on Thursday with former Wofford assistant coach Darris Nichols who now joins Dusty May and recently hired Jordan Mincy in rounding out the coaching staff.

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Peach Festival offers plenty of sporting fun

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The 2014 edition of the Louisiana Peach Festival isn’t only about enjoying Lincoln Parish’s favorite sweet treat.
There’s plenty of action involved for those looking for the thrill of victory.
Sporting events have always been a vital part of the Peach Fest, and they began at 8 a.m. today with the annual Lincoln Parish Park Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Lincoln Parish Park.
Youngsters ages12 and under showed off their angling skills with poles and bait provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
There was no charge for the tourney.

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Groups join together to celebrate local arts

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You may be familiar with Louisiana Tech University’s annual summer orientation program, where loads of incoming freshmen and their parents descend upon our community.
This year the university, the City of Ruston, our hard-working Convention and Visitors Bureau and numerous downtown business owners have teamed up to make orientation an even richer experience. Forty-four downtown merchants have agreed to stay open late on four dates this summer, two of which are still to come on July 9 and 30.

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GSU gets funding approval for new health/wellness facility

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University students will once again have a campus facility where they can work out, attend exercise sessions and swim in a building of their own.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue announced that the institution has received final, official approval to renovate a 33,279-square-foot building constructed in 1993 and a natatorium.

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2014 Peach Festival Baby Contest winners named

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Categories include funniest, most serious, photogenic
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Barnes Portraiture has released the names of the winners of their annual Peach Festival Baby Photo contest. The winners are:
Most Photogenic 0-6 months
First place — Ryan Wyatt, daughter of Ashley and Justin Wyatt, of Jonesboro.
Second place — Samuel Frost III, son of Erica Spencer and Samuel Frost Jr., of Grambling.
Third place — Braleigh Burch, daughter of Betsy Doyle and Gilland Burch, of Ruston.
Most Photogenic 7-12 months
First place — Emily Walker, daughter of Katherine and Jason Walker, of Ruston.
Second place — Avery Moss, daughter of Alexis Moss, of Arcadia.

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Scholarship awarded to senior

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RHS student receives annual J.P. Fitzmorris award
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The J.P. Fitzmorris Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded to Ruston High School senior, Taylor Brazzel. This scholarship is given in memory of J.P. Fitzmorris, a 1999 honors graduate of Ruston High School who lettered in academics, baseball, football and track.

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Rolling through disaster relief

Rolling Hills Ministries in Ruston is much more than a thrift store. For some, it’s a lifesaver.
Since the late ’90s, associates of the ministry have been involved in disaster relief programs. Since the Rolling Hills complex was opened in the early 2000s, it has become a hub for disaster relief supplies, facilities and training.
There are more than 1,000 volunteers in North Louisiana involved in the Rolling Hills disaster relief ministry.

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Breast-feeding a healthy choice

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Being out of pocket for the past six weeks has given me an unearthly amount of time to browse the Internet via my phone at all hours of the day and night.
Starting with Facebook as most people do, I stumbled upon numerous mothering or parenting articles that had to do with breast-feeding — the benefits, how it has become almost taboo, indecency and even how Facebook itself has lifted the ban on breast-feeding photographs.

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Can comedy be an act of war?

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Apparently North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.
Funnyman Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” is set for release in October and according to North Korea, this will be an “Act of War.”
The movie, which features Rogen alongside James Franco, pits the two actors as celebrity journalists who land an interview with the North Korean President Kim Jong Un.
This prompts the Central Intelligence Agency to recruit the wannabe journalists to assassinate North Korea’s leader.

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June 26th

Hitting the books

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Ewings, AT&T help fund reading camp
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The Rosemary Ewing Foundation and AT&T are making learning fun again at the Lincoln Parish Summer Literacy Day Camp.
Former Sen. Randy Ewing said the program started as a tool to hone reading skills of local students in the early stages of their education.
“We are delighted to be a part of this program,” Ewing said. “The development of a child’s self-esteem is crucial and there needs to be innovative and imaginative approaches that appeal to them.”

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