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July 26th

Squire Creek sets tennis tourney

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Squire Creek hosted its first United States Tennis Association-sanctioned event in January of 2009 and it proved to be a huge success.
Despite freezing temperatures, 75 players from throughout the state made up the competitive list.
An even bigger turnout is hoped for in August, when the Squire Creek Country Club Junior Championships will be held.
 Interested players can sign up now for the tournament, which is set for Aug. 13-15 at the Squire Creek courts.
The event will include divisions for both boys and girls and ages 10 and under through 18 and under. 

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Fla. man dies in I-20 accident

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Simsboro resident also injured in two-car collision involving livestock

A Florida man has died and several other people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 in Lincoln Parish.
Louisiana State Police Troop F Troopers responded to the crash at about 3 p.m. Friday. The investigation revealed that a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban was traveling east on I-20 in the inside lane, at about milepost 97, overtaking a 2002 GMC truck pulling a livestock trailer. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Suburban abruptly swerved to the right and struck the GMC. Both vehicles then ran off the south side of the road and entered the tree line.
The Suburban struck several trees before coming to rest. The front seat passenger of the Suburban, identified as 51-year-old William “Tim” Harris from Niceville, Fla., was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lincoln Parish Coroner’s Office. The 16-year-old driver of the Suburban was transported to the LSU-Shreveport hospital with critical injuries.

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Donald James Hess

James Hess Obit

Donald James Hess, age 92, a resident of Ruston, Louisiana after living in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania for forty-one years has died July 22, 2010 at the LSU Medical Science Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He was born in Crystal City, Missouri in 1918 to Francis Joseph Hess and Anna Mae Bond. He is survived by his wife, LaVerne Margaret Menk of Shaker Heights, Ohio. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Mr. Hess has four children: Tricia and Donald Walden of Ruston, Louisiana; Charles and Jennie Hess of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Donald Hess of Patterson, California and Rita Holt of North Providence, Rhode Island. He has nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews as well as grandnieces and grandnephews.

He has three surviving brothers: Robert and Mary Lou Hess, Thomas and Carol Hess and Philip and Peg Hess all of Missouri. Both of his parents, as well as his brother Francis Joseph Hess, Jr. and his sister Patricia Mae Green preceded him in death.

After thirty-four years, Mr. Hess retired from PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the Director of Human Relations with the Coating and Resin Division.

He was a Fourth Degree Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He attended their Tuesday morning breakfast club in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania for many years. He was a Captain in the Quartermaster Corp in the Army of the U.S. during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion.

Mr. Hess was an avid supporter of the arts, loved to golf was a sexton at Our Lady of Grace Church in Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania and Volunteered many years for the United Way.

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Wyatt won’t abandon Democratic Party

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People at the local, state and national levels must be watchful of the political hand that reaches out to them. Is it a hand that holds the vision, commitment and proven record of lifting you up or a hand with a hidden agenda of keeping or pulling you down?
The October 2010 election is bigger than Grambling’s challenges. It is larger than any candidate. This election will test the moral fiber of candidates and voters.
It may very well determine how other HBCU’s, friends and alumni might view Grambling State University and the community. We may risk the loss of respect by both friends and foes.

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Ruston is ahead of curb on road work

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The large eastern cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia are on the threshold of massive shut-downs of their busiest streets. Most of their buried utilities are in deplorable condition and need replacement. When the water lines, sewer lines and electrical cables were installed, the assumption was that they would not need replacing for 50 years. The 50 years concluded 25 or more years ago.
The reason for the delay in repairs is due to the requirement to shut down streets for one to two years. There are high-rise apartments and office buildings with thousands of people residing there. Closing the streets would have a devastating effect on them. Most of those people are not aware of the problem.
Recently, Ruston affected similar repairs on their city streets. It was bothersome for local residents but it was a manageable program. The finished product is nothing short of excellent. Those individuals responsible can take credit for the fine results we all see and enjoy. It is an obvious advantage of living in a small town.

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Dumpster users must act responsibly

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Thanks to the city of Ruston for an excellent job repairing the pavement on Sybil Drive.
What has happened to pride and curb appeal? There are four or five Dumpsters on Sybil Drive, which is off of Cooktown Road, but many people throw their trash out beside, and not in, the Dumpsters. The city of Ruston does their part keeping the Dumpsters emptied.
The public needs to do their part. Keep Lincoln Parish clean. Thanks to those who use Dumpsters.

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An experiment worth watching in our parish

Officials at Ruston Junior High aren’t going to allow most boys and girls at the school to take math and LEAP preparation classes together for the 2010-11 school year, and perhaps beyond.
Their reasoning — placing junior high-level boys and girls together in a classroom setting that requires more concentration than perhaps other subjects causes distractions for them.
“A lot of middle school students feel that they have to perform for the opposite sex.

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July 23rd

Hewitt Douglas Carter

Hewett Carter

Funeral services for Mr. Hewitt Douglas Carter, age 84, of Farmerville, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Owens Memorial Chapel in Ruston with Pastor Steven Wilkins and Pastor Duane Garner officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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District 5 represents our area with pride

If it’s late July, then it has to mean one thing concerning baseball in Ruston and the surrounding area.
The Louisiana District 5 team is back in the Big League World Series.

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Tossing for District 5

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Josh Sims gets ready to fire a pitch for Louisiana District 5 during its recent run to a Big League Southwest Regional championship at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. Sims and his teammates will start play in the annual Big League World Series in Easley, S.C., Thursday. See editorial in today’s paper.

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