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August 2nd

District 5: Unstoppable?

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Is this finally year Louisiana team rules BLWS?
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Maybe this is the year for Eddie Parkman and his Louisiana District 5 baseball team.
For seven years now, including the last five, they’ve reached the Big League World Series in Easley, S.C.
They’ve become as familiar around the Red Owens Complex as the hospitality exhibited by the townspeople.

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’Dogs: New look for uniforms

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Tech will bring back blue pants for road games
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Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes announced the new uniform combinations for the 2010 football season Friday with the return of blue pants for road games highlighting the changes.
Participants at the inaugural Pigskins and Pearls Women’s Clinic and Luncheon got a sneak preview of the uniform combinations Thursday afternoon.
As a part of the athletic department’s contract, Nike is the official supplier of uniforms for the LA Tech football team.

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State ‘passport’ comes with ‘tour guide’

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Anyone who lives in or visits Louisiana can see that it is a cradle of unique history and culture, but there are many state residents who are unaware of where those traditions originated. With the sluggish economy and people sticking close to home this summer, being transported back in time at Louisiana’s museums is a great way to “vacation” on the cheap.
Now, state residents have an incentive to learn more about the culture and history of Louisiana by participating in the Heroes and Heritage Trail, a Secretary of State promotion. Visit 11 of the 17 state museums and you’re eligible for an overnight stay in Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Scheduling is on a first-come first-serve basis, and travel is at the participant’s expense. However, the cost of gas when traveling the few hours to the capitol city will be negligible in comparison to a free night’s stay and a change of scenery. The city has more to offer than you might think.
Those who visit Baton Rouge should take the time to explore not just the tourist attractions but other parts of the city as well. As a former resident with a special place in my heart for the “Red Stick,” as it’s called, allow me to be your unofficial tour guide.

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LTC Ruston branch staying on smart course

It’s no secret that our state colleges – Louisiana Tech and Grambling State included — have taken some tremendous budget cuts in recent years.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s No. 1 goal in his comprehensive plan to redesign workforce development is to strengthen and prioritize community and technical colleges to match workforce needs, meet market demand and fill available jobs.
But even our community colleges weren’t spared the budget axe as the Louisiana Community and Technical College System took a $2 million cut for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.

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August 1st

Minor

Willie Mae Minor, 90, of Ruston, died Monday, Aug. 2 in Ruston.
Services are incomplete under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

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Tyler Wayne Ledford

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Funeral services for Tyler Wayne Ledford, age 17 of Eros, LA will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at Fishnet Worship Center in Eros, LA with Bro. Russell Rhodes officiating.  Interment will follow in Longstraw Cemetery, Choudrant under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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July 31st

LPNET cracks down on drugs

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More than 30 arrests made in July as part of ‘Operation Summer Heat’
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Lincoln Parish Narcotic Enforcement Team officers arrested more than 30 people during the month of July on drug-related charges as part of a sting operation they call “Operation Summer Heat.”
The arrests wouldn’t have taken place without the hard work and diligence of the LPNET officers, according to a statement from Sheriff Mike Stone, Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers, Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark and Lincoln Parish District Attorney Bob Levy.
Just as importantly, LPNET officers couldn’t have arrested the suspects without help from the public. Many people in the public offered tips that resulted in the arrests, the statement said.

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The game of life

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Ellis Baseball Camp focuses on preparing for future
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The youth of Ruston hit their “Field of Dreams” Saturday as they participated in the second annual Wilbert Ellis Baseball Camp at Fraser Field.
But this camp was about much more than the horsehide. Around 100 campers learned baseball fundamentals, but more importantly, they learned about the basic skills they’ll need to hit home runs in the game of life.
“I’m thrilled with the turnout, especially in this heat,” said Ellis, a College Baseball Hall of Fame coach who spent years directing the Grambling State Tigers program.

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Blue Light fades away

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It looks like the end of an era in Ruston.
But there may be a silver lining waiting for this dark cloud.
Founded in 1970 by Fannie Rushing, the Blue Life Café on Arlington Street closed its doors Friday on what appears to be a permanent basis.

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Football time is nearing

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As August arrives, parish teams start readying for season
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If today is the first day of August, then it can mean only one thing: football is around the nearest goal post.
By this time next week, Lincoln Parish high school and collegiate programs will have either reported for fall training camp or closing in on their first day of preseason drills.
Grambling State University will be the first team in the parish to have players checking in for before-the-season rituals.

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