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August 23rd

Over 500 lose power amid storm

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Sunday night’s storm wreaked at least a small amount of havoc on the parish as more than 500 houses were without electricity for an extended period of time.
Jim Pesnell, with Entergy, said the company worked during the night to restore electricity throughout the parish. In a few cases, he said people were without electricity all night.
“We started experiencing outages at around 6 p.m. and we worked through the night,” Pesnell said this morning. “Everyone is back on as we speak.”

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Ruston man killed

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A man is dead after losing control of his vehicle in Lincoln Parish.
The crash occurred at 6:08 p.m. Saturday.
The driver was identified as Geronimo Sanchez from Ruston.

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August 21st

Fire destroys Arlington Street home

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Residence owned by former manager/head cook at Blue Light Cafe
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August was already a month of anguish for the employees of what was the Blue Light Café in Ruston.
The owners closed the restaurant, perhaps permanently, earlier this month for unspecified reasons.
On Friday afternoon, some of the employees with the closest emotional ties possible to that restaurant felt sorrow for another reason.

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4 Paws rejects Jury offer

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Group wants longer lease, more land
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Volunteers with 4 Paws Rescue have rejected an agreement with the Lincoln Parish Police Jury that would have provided the non-profit group with a place to build a shelter for abandoned animals.
“We wanted a longer lease and more land,” said 4 Paws President Sue Martin. “We also did not get any assurance that they would be helping us with the land, dirtwork and fencing.”

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Area lends hand to Patriot Paws

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Mike McHale and area business leaders who helped raise money for Patriot Paws are waving flags of success.
And they vow to continue the fight for America’s disabled veterans.
McHale joined with Drake Mills of Community Trust Bank, Bill Elmore of Citadel Resources and Rick Hohlt of the Ruston Daily Leader to spearhead the fundraising effort that resulted in a $24,000 check being presented Friday to Patriot Paws founder and CEO Lori Stevens. CTB, Citadel Resources and the Daily Leader joined forces to match dollar for dollar other donations made to the project.

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Tech’s quest for WAC titles has improved

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Observations along the sports beat while wondering if Brett Favre will be named as national spokesman for The Waffle House:
• As destructive as the dismantling of the Western Athletic Conference has been in recent days, there is really some good news for Louisiana Tech University.
With the removal of Boise State and now Fresno State and Nevada, it’s not a stretch at all to label Tech as the new “power” in the league.

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GHS has new grid leader

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Former JHHS assistant Fred Hearn to guide Kittens
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GRAMBLING — Mark Twain and the Grambling Lab football Kittens have something in common.
That’s because reports of the demise of both were greatly exaggerated.
The Kittens are hard at work at preseason football, under the auspices of brand new football coach Fred Hearn, who comes to Grambling from Jonesboro-Hodge, where he has served as a coach for the junior high and high school football and basketball programs.

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Community gives hope to veterans

The goal was to raise $20,000 for Patriot Paws, a Texas-based nonprofit that provides service dogs for disabled veterans.
Instead, the community rose to the occasion, opened their hearts and pocketbooks and donated $24,000 over the course of two months.
A check presentation was made to Patriot Paws founder Lori Stevens on Friday. The donation will be used to purchase service dogs wounded veterans, making a significant difference in their lives. These individuals who gave of themselves in service to our country deserve it, and the community will be appreciated for their generosity and kindness.

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August 20th

RCT to present Louisiana premiere

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Locals will get state’s first taste of ‘The Red Velvet Cake War’
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Ruston Community Theatre has been given a rare opportunity, and as RCT president Mary Bell Tuten said, “When you get a rare opportunity you need to seize it.”
While rolling out the red carpet on a new season, RCT will also premiere, in Louisiana, on Oct. 17, “The Red Velvet Cake War” — a Southern comedy about three cousins who could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion.
The play is written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten.

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Bulldogs offense picks up pace

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Disciplined scrimmage pleasing for first-year coach Sonny Dykes
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Louisiana Tech held a shortened practice Wednesday evening with a 45-minute full-tackle scrimmage as the Bulldogs have almost hit the halfway point through fall camp. The team ran around 80 plays during the 45 minute scrimmage.
The team’s first scrimmage of the fall yielded predominately disciplined play on both sides of the ball with very few offsides and illegal procedure penalties and the offense only committing one turnover on a fumble.
Tech’s high-octane, no-huddle offense got its first test in a full-tackle situation and averaged close to two plays per minute.

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