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June 19th, 2017

Juneteenth festival a hit

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The Grambling City Council, left pic, waves and throws candy to Juenteenth festivalgoers during the annual festival parade in downtown Grambling. Right pic, from left, Miss Little Juneteenth 2017 Charity Willis, 10; Miss Junior Juneteenth 2017 Jade Smith, 11; and Miss Juneteenth 2017 Amaya Wright wave to parade attendees during the annual festival parade. The pageant winners were announced during the Juneteenth pageant Friday at T.H. Harris Auditorium on Grambling State University’s campus.

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Bullies in my bedroom: Internet aggression is real

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Today I watched a video that made me want to cry.
A boy of 12 or so broadcast himself reading hateful messages others had written to him on the internet.
I cringed as I watched and heard him read “Swine,” and “His Daddy scared the gay out of him,” and “Fatty” and other statements that I can’t repeat because they are so foul.
Why would another human want to say these things to him?

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Customer service back at City Hall

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Ruston’s utility customer service office has moved back to City Hall. The office, located on the first floor, opened for business this morning.
Also as of today, visitors to City Hall are no longer able to enter through the front door.
Entrance to the building is now through breezeway that connects the City Hall to the Ruston Civic Center.
The change in entrance is part of the building’s new security system.

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Local educators attend Teacher Leader summitt

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More than 30 Lincoln Parish school district educators and several administrators attended the 2017 Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit this month to share “knowledge, learn new skills and prepare for the upcoming school year.”

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Grand prizes equal more than $1,200 in products

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This year there will be more than a congratulatory handshake for the winners of the Louisiana Peach Festival Cookery Contest.
The adult grand prize will be $1,000 worth of products from Le Creuset, Skyros, Lenox, Vietri, Juliska, Portmeirion and Taos Twist on display at Townsend House Gifts.
The youth grand prize will be a trophy, $100 Cash Prize and $70 baking set from OXO.
The contest will be Friday at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston Fellowship Hall, located at 212 N. Bonner St.
Entry free is $15 per entry/per category, and is non-refundable.

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Pit Bulls are not always dangerous

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There is a news article from Utah that tells the story of an 8-year-old boy hopping his neighbors’ fence to retrieve a ball that had gone over into the other yard. When the boy landed in the yard, three pit bulls attacked him. He was bitten and dragged a few feet before his mom made it to the yard to save him.

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Somewhere in the ballpark

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I was having lunch the other day with my childhood-friend-turned-billionaire, Ty “Tycoon” Pendergrass, when the subject of the baseball park in Dubach came up.
“You do realize that we had one the finest baseball parks in the state of Louisiana. It was one of the only high school parks at the time with lights, a lit manned scoreboard and a press box,” Ty said.”
I hadn’t thought of that in years. I just assumed all ball parks were that nice.

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Give Peach Fest a chance

On Friday, the 67th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival will begin, and residents from all over the state will make their way to Ruston to celebrate.
This year, attendees will be able to enjoy a little more time at the event free of charge as no admission will be collected until the events of Friday evening begin.

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Doug Williams deserved new Redskins’ title

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Time for another “Buddy’s Blog Banter.”
Today, we put the highlight marker on various individuals with local connections who have been making news in the sports world:
DOUG WILLIAMS: Finally, after months of speculation, Doug Williams received a more than appropriate and much-deserved upgrade in his job description for the Washington Redskins.
The former head coach and All-American quarterback at Grambling State University is now, while absent of actually carrying the label, the new general manager of the franchise for whom he enjoyed his greatest days as a professional.

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June 17th

LSU rallies past FSU

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OMAHA, Neb. — Trailing throughout its College Baseball World Series opener, No. 4-seed LSU put together a two-run eighth-inning and battled past Florida State, 5-4, on Saturday night in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
LSU (49-17) faced a 4-3 deficit with one out and Cole Freeman on first base after single in the eighth inning when a beach ball came into play in right field to halt the game momentarily.

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