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August 1st, 2013

Operation Summer Heat continues

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Six more individuals have been arrested as part of the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team’s Operation Summer Heat campaign.
LPNET officers made four initial arrests late last week as a result of months of ongoing investigation, and more arrests will continue to be made throughout the coming months.
Over the past several days, several more names were added to the list.

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GSU strives to ramp up customer service

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GRAMBLING — In difficult times when money is tight, there are fewer jobs, more duties for those employed and significant structural changes, customer service is key.
Chicago-based consultant, trainer and “master communicator” Lisa Laude’ told a group of Grambling State University administrators, faculty and staff that they, individually, will determine the university’s reputation every time they come in contact with someone, must realize they are “on stage” every time someone calls or walks in and that they shape the environment in which they work.

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Final ‘Family Day in the Park’ set for Saturday

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Saturday will bring the final installment of the Joy Tellis Cooper Foundation’s Family Day in the Park.
Cooper, who is a former Ruston resident, has been presenting the event, which hands out free school supplies to local children, for the past 10 years. And, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, residents will gather at the Greenwood Recreational Center — known as the Blue Building — for a time of celebration.

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Many benefits to RPAR’s K9 Pool Party

They’re man’s best friends, so take advantage of the opportunity to allow them to have fun while also getting a little healthier in the process.
The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department is holding its fourth annual K9 Pool Party this weekend, closing out the summer Municipal Pool season.

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How much does sincerity matter?

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At what point does sincerity not matter? Let me propose a hypothetical situation. Imagine a group or a club of children that gets together every summer. And for one of their programs, they go out and help people, whether that be raking their yards or painting their houses or washing their cars. But the reason why children join the club is because their friends are in it, not necessarily to participate in the programs.

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Grambling kicks off football practice

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It’s the start of a new season for Grambling State University’s football team, something that couldn’t come quick enough for Tigers head coach Doug Willams.
Last season, Williams and the Tigers endured a 1-10 campaign that included a winless Southwestern Athletic Conference run.
That’s something the G-Men can’t forget, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to dwell on the past while preparing for the future.

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New Tech AD gains a ‘Buddy’

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New Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland, left, stopped in to visit with Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis last week. Davis is in Northern Louisiana Medical Center recovering from a stroke.

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Tech Softball signs Moran

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Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery announced that Natalie Moran will join the Lady Techster softball program this fall after a stellar prep career in California.
Moran spent the past three years lettering on the varsity at South Hills High School in Covina, Calif., where she caught for the Huskies while leading the program to the 2011 CIF-Southern Section Division 3 championship finals.
“Natalie is a gifted athlete and will provide some much needed depth at our catcher position,” said Montgomery. “She also has the potential to become a fantastic hitter as well.”

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Weyerhaeuser donates to club

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The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana recently received a $3,000 donation from Weyerhaeuser. The community grant will be used in the area of academics and comes just in time as the Boys and Girls Club prepares to begin a new school year. One of the daily programs at the club is Power Hour where all club members are engaged in homework, enrichment activities and reading for fun. Long time friend of the Boys and Girls Club Jedd Lewis, with Weyerhaeuser, left, presents the donation to CPO, Eldonta Osborne and several excited club members.

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ANECA Federal Credit Union teams with BPCC Theatre

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ANECA Federal Credit Union of Shreveport and Bossier City joined forces with Bossier Parish Community College Performing Arts as the official sponsor of the BPCC Cavalier Player production of Barefoot in the Park. As the sponsor of the summer production, ANECA will help send BPCC students to the Chicagoland area, where they will present the show for audiences of the Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, Ind., Aug. 15-17. The show will be the final offering of the professional non-Equity summer stock theatre’s 2013 summer season.

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