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July 14th, 2018

Man with loaded assault rifle arrested

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A Shreveport man is in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center after an incident Friday morning involving an assault rifle.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the UPS Customer Care Center, located at 2312 Farmerville Highway, at approximately 9:21 a.m. after a UPS employee saw a customer open the trunk of his car and load an assault rifle.

Dontavious Raquan Alexander, 21, had gone to the UPS center inquiring about a package that was supposedly being shipped to him from California, Chief Deputy Stephen Williams, with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said.

But the package wasn’t there.

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Jones announces re-election bid

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Grambling mayor Ed Jones announced Saturday he is running for re-election.
The second-term mayor said he is running on the slogan “Project Progress” because he wants to continue enhancing economic development in the city. Jones said he wants to continue to build upon Legends Square’s success that city officials figure will bring in approximately $1.5 million annually.
“I love my job. I love what I do,” Jones said. “My way of thinking is, ‘Whatever it takes to get the job done, do it.’ I want to be it the best it can be.”

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Qualifying for all election begins Wednesday

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Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 6 primary election begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Clerk of Court’s office located on the main floor of Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The qualifying period continues daily through 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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Scooby-Doo, forever stamps coming to Ruston Post Office

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Ruh-roh, Scooby-Doo fans, you don’t want to miss out on this.
America’s favorite canine sleuth will be at the Ruston Post Office from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday to celebrate the release of a new forever stamp being issued in his honor.
And yes, Scooby snacks will be available, too.

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Grambling breaks ground on ‘Legends Hotel’

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Dignitaries from the Grambling City Council as well as Grambling State University were on hand Saturday as ground was broken on the site where what is being called “Legends Hotel” will be built.

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Flying Burger cuts ribbon

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony recently for The Flying Burger. They offer burgers, shrimp, catfish and more and is located at 1108 Tech Drive in Ruston. The owner/operator is Scott Brasuell.

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Reds 10u wins two at state regional

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The Ruston Reds 10u Dixie All-Star baseball team remains alive after winning two games so far in the State North Regional Tournament being played in Shreveport. Ruston downed Oakdale 7-2 on Friday before defeating Monroe 9-3 on Saturday night. The Reds will take on Lakeshore Playground at 5 p.m. today as the tourney continues. Pictured are the Reds following a tournament earlier this season in Monroe.

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Spillers celebrate 70 years of marriage

Ed and Elsie Spiller, of Ruston, recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house hosted by the couple’s family on July 7 at the Ruston Civic Center Peach Suite. Ed and Elsie have resided in Ruston since 1980 and are members of Temple Baptist Church. They were wed July 3, 1948.

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Couple celebrate platinum anniversary

Melvin and Wilnora Harris celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on July 13. They have four children, Sharyon Mayfield, Tyrone Harris, Mrajorie Bell and Donna Joe; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

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Local named recipient of Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship

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Thomas Hudson, a graduate of Ruston High School, was named the recipient of First National Bank’s 2018 Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship. Each year, graduating seniors from Lincoln Parish schools apply for the $1,500 scholarship. Hudson graduated from Ruston High School with a 4.5 GPA. He was an active member of National Honor Society, Key Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bearcat Mentoring, Future Farmers of America and the Bearcat baseball team. Thomas will be attending Louisiana Tech University in the fall pursuing a degree in business as an accounting major.

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