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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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Injury sidelines ex-Tech star in summer league play
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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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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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