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June 15th, 2017

Man who shot congressman was living in van, called a loner

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The gunman who wounded a top Republican congressman and several others during an early morning baseball practice had apparently been living out a white cargo van for months and was frequently seen working on a computer at a nearby YMCA, where he kept mostly to himself.
James T. Hodgkinson shot House Rep. Steve Scalise on Wednesday before he was fatally shot by police who had been guarding the House majority whip on the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field, officials said.

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Peach ice cream on tap for festival

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The Eta Omicron chapter of Beta Sigma Phi will carry on a tradition of serving peach ice cream at the Louisiana Peach Festival again this year.
“We’ve been serving up peach ice cream for over 30 years now,” Jackie Smith, chairperson for this year’s event, said, adding that the ice cream will be purchased locally.
It will be available beginning at noon June 23 and then again from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 24 at the Ruston Civic Center.
The group will purchase more than 100 gallons, and will sell it for $3 per cup, Smith said.

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City of Grambling celebrates Juneteenth

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The city of Grambling will kick off its annual Juneteenth activities on Wednesday.
Every year, young ladies from the area compete in a pageant that shows their beauty, elegance and pride in their heritage. They come to compete for the titles of Little Miss, Miss Junior and Miss Juneteenth.
The Juneteenth Pageant, presented by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday in the T.H. Harris auditorium and is open to the public.
The participants for this year are:
• Division 1 — Ages 5-10: Charity Willis, of Athens; and Asijah Wright, of Ruston

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Juneteenth remains unique

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While Juneteenth is a celebration of the enslaved becoming free, it feels much bigger than that.
Time travel to any point in history and try to find a significant amount of time where the average African American did not face some sort of hardship. That would be extremely difficult to do.
Now specifically time travel to June 19, 1865 when the announcement was made of the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas. It was the first time African American slaves in the Confederate South were told they were free from the tyranny of slavery.

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Addressing the summer slump

If all goes according to plan, two Lincoln Parish schools will use an alternate calendar school year as early as June 2018 to combat against the “summer slump.”
The summer slump is a time when students leave for summer vacation in May and return in August only to be lagging behind until at least October in their education.
If the school board chooses to do so, two schools with the greatest percentage of high poverty students will be selected to implement the alternate calendar school year on a voluntary basis, said schools Superintendent Mike Milstead.

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Tech, GSU baseballers drafted

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The was a run on Lincoln Parish players Wednesday as three Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and one Grambling State Tiger were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
Raphael Gladu, Tech’s senior left fielder, was a 16th round selection — the 487th overall — after leading Conference USA with a .378 batting average and totaling 88 total hits, 55 RBIs and 63 runs.
Tech senior right-hander Nate Harris, who served as both a starter and a closer for the Bulldogs in 2017, was a 21st round pick — 626th overall — by the Colorado Rockies.

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Four Diamond ’Dogs earn All-Region honors

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On Wednesday afternoon four Bulldogs were named to the ABCA/Rawlings South Central All-Region team, headlined by Raphael Gladu and Brent Diaz who earned first team honors.
Gladu and Diaz are now both eligible to be named to the ABCA/Rawlings All-America teams, thanks to their first-team all-region honors.
Conference USA Pitcher of the Year Nate Harris and second baseman Jordan Washam joined their two teammates, earning second team all-region honors.

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June 14th

GSU leader named Mississippi ‘Nurse of the Year’

Natchez native Brown leads nursing at Grambling State, training students to be compassionate health care practitioners
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Grambling State University’s Meg Brown has been named the 2017 Nurse of the Year by the Eliza Pillars Registered Nurses of Mississippi.
Eliza Farish Pillars was the first African American woman to work for the Mississippi department of health in 1926. The nursing organization is noted for health care efforts and helping nurses in Mississippi.

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‘Good Vibrations — A Cappella Style’ on tap for summer

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Each Thursday night for the entire summer, beginning June 22, a local chorus will offer musical escape and “Good Vibrations — A Cappella Style.”
Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines is inviting women to come sing with its 26 members during rehearsal and “find out what the fun’s all about,” President Judy Sisson said. The chorus is headquartered in Ruston but draws members from throughout North Louisiana.
Sweet Adelines is an international organization of women who sing four-part a cappella harmony.

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Local club thanks community

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April 8 marked the end to National Junior Auxiliary week as well as the end of Junior Auxiliary of Ruston’s 2016-2017 year. It is only fitting that we end our year with one of the community’s favorite events: Dinner and A Movie.
My heartfelt thanks go out to the unselfish volunteers from Junior Auxiliary of Ruston and to Rotary Club of Lincoln who rolled up their sleeves to ensure that the 10th Annual Dinner and A Movie was a success. Over 435 people were in attendance for the fun, entertainment, booths, giveaways, prizes, food and much, much more.

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