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July 3rd, 2015

Tech’s Galbraith inks pro contract

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Former Louisiana Tech pitcher Laetten Galbraith is set to continue his baseball career after agreeing to terms to play for the Ottawa Champions, an independent professional baseball club, announced by the team Wednesday.
Ottawa is a first-year member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League) based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Konkol brings strong pedigree

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New Dunkin’ Dogs head coach no stranger to success
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Growing up, Eric Konkol want- ed to be a 6-foot-9 guard like Magic Johnson or forward Larry Bird. Unfortunately for him, things did not work out that way, but Konkol has found the next best thing.
Growing up in the farming community of Amherst, Wisconsin, Konkol was a budding basketball star. After setting the school record for career points at Amherst High School, Konkol joined coaching legend Bo Ryan at Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Platteville.

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Temple hosts patriotic program, fireworks

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The second night of Temple Baptist Church’s 18th annual Patriotic Program will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Sanctuary. The program will be followed with a fireworks display. All area veterans are invited to march in the parade and are asked to meet in the Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. Pictured above is the Procession of the Patriots from Thursday night’s program.

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Monster COO visits local club

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Rick Sukkar, the president and COO of Monster Moto spoke to the Lincoln Parish Kiwanis Club at Trinity Fellowship Hall on Thursday.
“We’re thrilled to be here in Ruston,” Sukkar said. “The support we’ve gotten here is overwhelming. Alex (Keechle, the CEO of Monster Moto) and I consider Mayor Ronny Walker our third partner.”
Sukkar said when he met the mayor, he wanted to bring the company to Ruston.
“This community is chocked full of amazing business people,” he said. “When we met Ronny, we just knew that this was the right place to bring our company to the United States.”

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Red Peach Radio gets facelift

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The radio airwaves in Lincoln Parish are a little more colorful this season, all thanks to the Red Peach radio group of Ruston.
Red Peach Radio consists of four stations — KPCH-FM, KXKZ-FM, KRUS-FM and KRUS-AM — that are based at 500 N. Monroe St. in Ruston.
Two satellite dishes outside of the station have recently received a facelift with Ruston’s John Mitchell, a radio personality at the station, painting one as a peach and the other in an American flag theme.

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South Carolina remembered

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An ecumenical service was held at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church on Wednesday in remembrance of the nine who were killed at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Grambling State University President Willie Larkin read Psalms 133:1. The event also featured various hymns, other readings and prayers.

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Elementary schools learn about gardening

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Recently, the LSU AgCenter with the support of the Lincoln Health Foundation and Louisiana Tech University offered a school garden training for teachers and Master Gardeners. 12 participants attended the training held at Lomax Hall on Tech’s campus.
Grace Peterson, Horticulture Agent, Jennifer Williams, assistant Extension Area Agent, and Cathy Judd, Area Nutrition Agent, conducted the workshop. All agents are in the LSU AgCenter Northwest region.

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Kailee receives $1,000 scholarship

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Ruston High School graduate Kailee Rivera, center, was recently selected as the recipient of the second annual Tom and Cathi Cox-Boniol New Tech Scholarship. Pictured with Rivera is Tom Boniol, left, and ACHIEVE COORDINATOR Cathi Cox-Boniol, right. While earning a 3.9 GPA, Kailee served as cheerleading captain, was inducted in the National Honor Society, served as a Bearcat Mentor, participated in the talented art program and was a student representative for the NT@R Advisory Board.

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Fireworks safety a must for fun

Barbecues, family gatherings and fireworks are entrenched staples of American celebratory festivities — especially when it comes to observing our nation’s birth on Independence Day.
However, while the first two are usually laden with great food and wonderful people, the improper and/or illegal use of fireworks can easily spoil it all.
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office reminds the thousands of area residents who plan to use fireworks throughout the state that fireworks can cause catastrophic damage as well as unnecessary deaths, if not handled with great care.

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Tolerance with intolerance

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Hate in our country is at an all-time high and the last couple of weeks have only made it worse.
From the Charleston shooting to the Confederate flag debate and to the same-sex marriage ruling, it is time to stop preaching tolerance with intolerance.
The beautiful thing about our country is that we are free to say what we want and believe in whatever we choose. The majority of today’s media will label anyone not in line with their thinking as intolerant.

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