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July 26th

Long-distance running beneficial

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There’s something admirable about long-distance runners. Beyond their impressive physiques they possess a quality that many don’t — extreme self-control. Being able to run for 30 uninterrupted minutes doesn’t happen overnight. It takes an almost religious dedication, plenty of sweat and being able to mentally transcend physical discomfort.
Although it sounds unrelentingly grueling, long-distance running intrigues me, and I’m tempted to test my grit (or to punish my inner weakling) by training for a 5K run. In my opinion, there are more than a few good reasons to start a running regimen.
High on my list of reasons to run is for self-discipline. To set a challenging goal that requires ultimate dedication and then to meet that goal can be life changing. Overcome what appears to be a formidable obstacle, and you will change your perspective about what you can and cannot achieve in life.

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Now is the time to prepare for storm season

It’s the time of the season.
Hurricane season, that is. And while Lincoln Parish is seated far from the Gulf Coast, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to be prepared for storm season.
Louisiana got lucky last week as Tropical Storm Bonnie fizzled out in the Gulf. We might not be so lucky next time, so the time to prepare is now. While we don’t have to worry about facing hurricane force storms in North Louisiana, it’s quite possible a strong storm could still be a formidable tropical storm as it passed over Lincoln Parish.

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Parish Park to receive more funding

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Lincoln Parish Park Director James Ramsaur will likely get a few items on his park wish list in the near future thanks to an anticipated funding boost.
A cooperative endeavor agreement between the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau approved by the legislature when the park was built called for the CVB and the park to share a 3 percent hotel/motel tax collected at the time.
The CVB would receive 2 percent and the park 1 percent of this tax paid by all who stayed at parish hotels and motels.

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Keep pushing for the disabled

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No, that wasn’t the Tour de France rolling through Ruston and Lincoln Parish Thursday afternoon. Instead it was the Journey of Hope, a 4,000-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Washington D.C. to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national charity of Pi Kappa Phi. The organization has committed its members to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities since 1977 and has raised more than $13 million during that span.

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Tech: An historic season

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’Dogs will play all-time game No. 1,000 on Sept. 18 against Navy
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The football season of 2010 will be more than just the debut year for new head coach Sonny Dykes at Louisiana Tech University.
It will also mark an historic occasion for the Bulldogs’ program.
When Tech plays host to Navy at Joe Aillet Stadium on Sept. 18, it will mark all-time game No. 1,000 in the Bulldogs’ history.

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LLL team: Regionals next

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Ruston 11-12 group will represent state in tourney
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Ruston’s Lincoln Little League captured the 11-12 year old first-ever state championship at Huber Park in Lake Charles earlier this week.
Lincoln is the first North Louisiana team ever to capture the state title.
Coming into the championship game, LLL was considered to be the hands down favorite with a record of 5-0 since post season tournament play began on June 25.

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June Bug needs a good home

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We don’t know where she came from, if somebody dropped her off at the dumpster up the road or just how she came to choose our hunting camp as her new adopted home.
She showed up sometime last month and one of our hunting club members came up with a fitting name for our little red homesteader. He named her June Bug.
She was skin and bones when she came and when you approached her, she’d roll over on her back in submission and empty her bladder.

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Gibson keeping NBA hopes alive

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Kyle Gibson can’t catch a break.
Or when he does, it’s a “break” in a part of his body that keeps preventing him from making progress in his dreams of playing professionally one day.
The former Louisiana Tech University star who had to deal with a late-season injury in his final collegiate season is now through with his NBA Summer League time with the Miami Heat.

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RPAR ‘Pool Party’ scheduled

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Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s “Pool Party” for K-9 divisional youngsters will be held Aug. 7-8.
The parties are planned for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Aug. 7 and then 1-3:30 p.m. on Aug. 8.
Also announced by the department are the continuation of volleyball action each Monday night at 6 p.m. and zumba sessions each Monday (8:30 a.m.), Tuesday (7 p.m.), Thursday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (9:30 a.m.) during the remainder of the summer.

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RPAR sets NFL event on Sept. 11

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The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department will host the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program on Sept. 11 starting at 9 a.m. at James Stadium on the campus of Ruston High School.
Girls and boys will be placed in four separate age divisions (8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15) and compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum.
Division age is determined as of Dec. 31 of the current year.

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